Saturday, March 18, 2006
Just a brief note to let you know I made it home safely from California late tonight. Kristin's husband picked us up at the airport in Moline. Our trip to Muscatine was MUCH better than when he drove us to the airport a few weeks ago.
Kristin got "lucky" again and was awarded another upgrade on our flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. I was really glad when she got her ticket today. We flew on a very big plane and her upgraded seat was in business class. It was very nice. Kristin says the plane we were on today is much newer than the plane where she had the first class seat. I could tell. Her seat today was even softer. Plus, Kristin even had her own TV screen. But, she didn't watch TV. I can tell she is very tired and I know she slept most of the flight.
I am also very tired. Making a radio program is hard work!
I want to thank Kristin (and Eugene for his safe driving). I also want to thank Kristin's friend Rima and her dog Willa for being so nice to me during my trip.
Oh....I almost forgot. Even though the radio program is now complete, Kristin still has several trips planned in the coming weeks. And she says I am welcome to tag along if I want to. How can I say no to that?
So....guess what? I'm headed back to the Big Apple! Kristin is flying to New York City on Wednesday to work on a different project. This one doesn't involve radio so I can't wait to see what other projects she gets to work on.
Until next time....
Kristin and Rima finished the program at 2:30 this afternoon LA time. Here you can see me with the "master CD" as Kristin calls it...in one of Rima's red wagons.
The "master copy is the first CD of the entire program. This is the same CD that Kristin will send to a place that will make many more copies. I think it is really cool that I am one of the first people to hear the full radio program. I don't understand all of the issues but it sounds very, very good. And, I can honestly say I was with Kristin and Keith through the entire process of making a radio program.
Kristin and I celebrated tonight with a trip to the hotel pool. It was really neat because we were the only people in the pool area and thus, we had the entire place to ourselves.
All of the swimming made me very tired so Kristin told me I could go to bed when I wanted. She is staying up late to pack for our trip back to Iowa. As long as the weather is good I will be back in Iowa on Saturday night.
That's all for now...I can barely keep my eyes open.
Until next time....
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I just wanted to send you a short note to say that all is well here in LA. Kristin is still very busy with Rima trying to finish the radio program. So I have been free to play with Ted, Oscar, and Willa during the day. It is still cool here but the sun has been out during the day so I have been able to play outside.
I'm not sure exactly what's happening with the radio program but I do know that Kristin has been on the phone with Keith and her friend Simon in Washington many, many times in the past few days. Kristin says this is normal and I shouldn't worry.
I had no idea but Kristin tells me the radio program MUST be a very specific time....or "on time" as she calls it. She says this is like being on time for school everyday. If the program is over time...or late...it will cause many problems. I know I don't want to be late for school or I will be in trouble so I don't want Kristin's program to be late too!
On Tuesday afternoon Kristin looked very happy and did a small, but strange dance at Rima's house. She calls it her "happy dance." She told me that she, Rima, Keith and Simon had finally gotten the program script "trimmed" to the correct time. I think this must be similar to making sure I cut along the lines when I am making a craft project.
Kristin says this is very good but she and Rima still have a great deal of work to do. Today they spent part of the day "polishing" parts of the program. To me, polish is something you put on a car to make it shiny. I was curious so I asked Kristin, "how do you polish a radio program?"
Kristin says what she and Rima are doing is similar to polishing a car. They are making sure the radio program is perfect....like a shiny new car. Kristin says it will be Friday before she and Rima finish the program.
Man...it REALLY takes a lot to make a good radio program.
I am really enjoying LA but Kristin told me she feels bad that she hasn't been able to spend more time with me. I keep telling her not to worry. But, tonight she gave me a new present. I guess when I wasn't looking at the airport in Chicago, Kristin bought me an entire set of metal planes, cars and other airport items.
This means I can now create my own airport and pretend like I am working just like the people I see working at real airports. This is SO cool!
I have decided that I am going to play "airport" here at the hotel at night while Kristin works on her computer. I will continue bring Ted and Oscar with me during the day when I play with Willa.
That's all for now. Until next time...
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Today Kristin had lunch with Rima and Rima's husband, Norb. Rima said the restaurant was near the Pacific Ocean and she said she would take us there if we wanted to see it. Of course I said YES!
We walked just a few blocks and suddenly we were walking on a sandy beach along the ocean. The sand is very thick and Kristin said it is a bit hard to walk on with shoes on. Rima took her shoes off but Kristin had on a pair of boots and decided it was OK to keep them on.
The beach is SO COOL! It smells like nothing I have ever smelled before. Kristin says the smell is a combination of the sand and the salt in the ocean. Kristin says the Pacific Ocean is a saltwater ocean. I had no idea!
It was VERY windy today and quite cold for this time of year in California but there were many people playing sand volleyball on the beach. Others were walking along a trail.
Norb took this picture of me with Kristin and Rima. You can see the ocean behind me.
Can you tell it was really windy? Look at how funny Kristin's hair looks!
Kristin said it was way too cold to actually play in the water but she did let me play in the sand. I noticed while playing in the sand that there were lots of little pieces of shells. Here you can see me looking for shells in the sand.
Most of the shells I saw were broken but I found a small one and Rima found a few more for me. Kristin said I could keep them so she is storing them in a safe place for me.
I am so glad I got to see the ocean. I had never visited an ocean before today. Did you know there is more than one ocean in the world? See if you can look up the names of the other oceans.
Until next time....