19 November ’15
The bus driver told Eleonora not to speak to anyone in Rosemead because it is a very dangerous city!
Then she got a little lost walking home.
Then her phone started to run out of battery.
20 November ’15
Friday started off a lot better. We walked over to East Gourmet Seafood at Garvey Ave & San Gabriel Blvd for a little dim sum breakfast.
After breakfast Hania, Justa, Lucas, Terézia & Eleonora headed off to Venice Beach. All 5 of them packed into the tiny Fiat 500 that Hania & Justa rented. They got to enjoy the eclecticism of Venice, dip their toes in the November waters, and experience first-hand a Friday afternoon cross-town commute in Los Angeles.
Wall Warts Be Gone!
While the gang was off to Venice beach I noticed the chain of “wall warts” Eleonora needed just to charge her sexy new Alcatel phone from Boost Mobile (US$60 for a smart phone and a month of unlimited service!!) The sad sight gave me a sort of aesthetic toxicity and I realized I needed to change the tired, old wall outlet in the Budapest Train Station just as I had previously done for the Sonthofen Ski Lodge and Curaçao Beach.
Cooking with Fire!
… or, you know, a potato masher…
And then around the magical hour of midnight, “Eleonora #2,” aka “Eleo Rey”, aka “Universal Eleonora” arrived. Her presence was as robust as I’d imagined it would be.
After hugs for everyone, Eleo sat down in the entrance hallway of the house and played a song for us.
A while later Ele went to bed. Eleo, Tete, Lucas and I talked in the Sonthofen Ski Lodge.
Another while later Tete crawled onto the other sleeping pad in Ele’s Budapest Train Station room. Eleo, Lucas and I stayed up a bit longer.
And another while later I went to bed. Eleo and Lucas continued to play the Cuatro and sing in soft melodic tones as I drifted off to sleep.
21 November ’15
Hania & Justa drove their Fiat 500 to LAX for their flight to Mexico City and the drive to Puebla around 4:30 this morning. I thought I’d get up and wave goodbye, but I slept through it. Lucas woke up, at least enough to see them depart.
Hania & Justa and Eleo slept under the same roof for a few hours, but they never, at least in waking life, met. Hania & Justa went to bed before Eleo arrived. They departed before she awoke.
Terézia wanted to wash some clothes. Lucas was thinking of getting a guitar when he was down in Central America. Inspired by Eleo’s Cuatro, I suggested Lucas might like to take a peek at the Pawn Shop down the street.