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Displeasing Drink

I went to the mall yesterday. It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve been there. I stopped in the food court for lunch. Mmm… mall pizza…

The pizza place didn’t have unsweet tea, which is my go-to drink now, so I got root beer. It has been a LONG time since I’ve had a soda. I’m trying to cut back on sugar.

I didn’t like it. It could have been that their soda machine wasn’t doing the mixture right, but it was bitter and harsh tasting. I should have just gotten a water.

One response to “Displeasing Drink”

  1. Lauren says:

    Yeah, a disappointing soda is just not worth it. Sam’s Choice Cola had a weird run for a while – it was metallic tasting.

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Seeing Sights

The Las Vegas visit was fun. We started with breakfast at a diner. Look what they had on their wall. Nebraska? Ha!

Iday wanted to buy some t-shirts, so we went to the world’s largest gift shop. I know, right? The largest? I couldn’t believe it! Right there in front of us? We totally had to go.

It was pretty big. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that there might be a bigger gift shop somewhere in the world. It sounds like a Quest!

After having lunch at a Filipino restaurant, we started heading back to drop Iday off at her friend’s house, when we saw a garden center. We stopped! Woo hoo!

We dropped Iday off at her friend’s, and headed back to California. Not far outside of Las Vegas is a solar farm of some kind.

I read about it online. Mirrors on the ground focus the sun on the central tower and vaporize water to turn turbines. The internet also said that, unfortunately, birds who fly through the light beams also get vaporized.

A little farther down the road, we stopped at this amazing place:

It was full of candy!

I admired a lot of things, but ultimately settled on Boston baked beans. Do people generally know what Boston baked beans are, or are they an obscure item? They’re candied peanuts. I didn’t take a picture of them because I was too busy eating them.

We got back to Torrance at about 7pm. Enough time to relax on the couch a little before bed.

Strange City

I slept in a different city last night. Here’s a clue from the lobby of my hotel:

Here’s another clue. This thing is outside my window:

I’m in Las Vegas! Denis’ friend Iday is here from the Philippines visiting friends who live here. Denis wanted to do a quick visit, and invited me along. I have to be back for church tomorrow, but that works for him, so here we are!

We plan to meet with Iday for lunch tomorrow, and maybe see some sights. I know Iday, because we stayed at her house and at a resort she owns when we visited the Philippines. How fun to see her here!

Work and Watermelon

Yesterday was teacher meeting day. After the meeting was a lunch, and then I went to my classroom. …and didn’t get anything done. D’oh! Today will be a proper work day. I have some paperwork to do first, and then I need to straighten things up. The detritus of the year is all over my classroom.

I didn’t take a picture at school today, so here’s a picture from my second-to-last day of school. It’s my first fresh watermelon of the season! Yum!

Graduation Celebration

Eighth grade graduation was yesterday. It went well. The kids did a great job, and the families were all lovely.

After graduation, there was a banquet at a local event venue. It’s made up to look like an Italian village.

It was a fun night. Good food, and then some dancing. I did get out there on the dance floor. It was hard to dance because I didn’t know the songs. They needed to play some 80’s songs…

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