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[Comments] (1) Quickie Trip: Gretel and I are back from a trip to Costa Mesa to visit Susie and John. They have a lovely apartment set in lushly landscaped grounds, and they appear to be doing just great.

I drove all the way there on the 405, my least favorite freeway, because I thought about staying on the 5 and then I thought, "Do I really want to be driving through The Stack" at 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon?" The answer to that question was No, I Really Do Not. Really.

Gretel behaved horribly at John and Susie's. She peed on the carpet, and wouldn't go to the bathroom outside. John took her for a nice long walk, and when they came back in she made eye contact with him and peed AGAIN, right in front of him. (I think this answers the question of whether she is going to Utah with me in a couple of weeks!) Then she would'nt settle down and kept getting up all night. This trip disabused me of any notion that I could have a doggie who can go on trips with me and keep me company. She's just too high strung.

In the morning while John went to work, Susie and I took Gretel to the Bark Park where she had a good time. Then we went to lunch at MickeyD's. I tried the new grilled classic chicken sandwich. It had a huge slather of mayonnaise on it, but fortunatly most of it was on the lettuce leaf which I had to remove anyhow because it was a type of lettuce I can't eat anymore. It needed a little something else. Some kind of other sauce on the chicken, or something. If I ever order one again I'm going to ask for one of those little tubs of bbq sauce to put on it.

Susie and Gretel each had a double cheeseburger, so don't say that dog isn't spoiled. We took at nap at the apartment and then drove home. I am exhausted, and we didn't really do anything!


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