First off just wanted say this entry is a bit offbeat and won't appeal to everyone, but it does give a valuable insight into how my enigmatic mind works, so stick with it if you can. As you all know by now, I love comics, specifically Marvel Comics.
And that's why I loved them so much, because their adventures were so utterly different from the New York based heroes. Rather than existing in a rain soaked cityscape of skyscrapers, yellow cabs and bustling streets (which were also very alien to me at the time), they explored sun drenched locales, exotic beaches, barren deserts and the over-the-top glamour of Hollywood.
Who'd have thought that almost 20 years later, here I am on that same West Coast, having slightly different adventures granted, but that's why they'll always hold a special place in my heart and memories.
In other news, my driving lesson didn't go so well yesterday and I just couldn't get into the groove at all. It didn't help that so many people were making illegal right-hand turns on red where signs prohibited them, doing u-turns into the wrong lanes and generally being really bad drivers. Not very inspiring at all.
But as someone said, you don't have be able to be the world's greatest driver all of a sudden, you just need to be good enough to pass your test - then you spend the rest of your life learning how to drive! Let's hope my lesson today goes better.
Plus it's good to know that the test is only about 15-20 minutes long. Although my instructor did tell me that the student she'd had before me that day had a seven minute test, because she had to get back to work!!!
A bit of good news is that after all my whirlwind world travelling, I've qualified for United Airlines Premier Mileage Plus, which apparently entitles me to all kinds of wonderful benefits (or that's what the marketing blurb says - those cunning marketeers). Basically what it means is that when I'm travelling cattle class in the future I'll be able to check in at the Business or Premier check-in when I fly and avoid the riff-raff. Funnily enough though, until I get my visa sorted I won't be leaving the country, but at least America is a big place.
Finally here's my prediction for who will be voted off Dancing with the Stars tonight. My shortlist of three includes Cristian de la Fuente, Priscilla Presley (although doing the splits at 60+ has to be applauded) and Marlee Matlin, who all gave disappointing performances last night. I'll go for Priscilla being the next to leave the dance floor!