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Buddhists in the Air & A Harbor House Omelet. Today is 01/07/10 in California

ElAl flight 5 finally loads – it is a full flight – but I am in a three-row aisle with Kathy and Marv, practicing Buddhists.

Kathy gets some sleep but Marv and I talk for most of the 15.5 hour flight. Marv is 71 and done it all – very vital – a psychiatrist, who teaches meditation retreats. Born Jewish, an atheist making his way to God through Buddhism. He and Kathy take pilgrimage tours and this one happened to be 35 days in Israel.

Talk is lively and deep as we compare notes and experiences. We eat dates, walnuts, and tangerines.

Marv sensed “Mercy” while in Jerusalem, when meditating at the tomb of the virgin … that was an interesting discussion! Sensing mercy while meditating in the Tomb of the Virgin.

Flight seems to move rather quickly and we are landing in LAX – there are a lot of babies on this flight and the ear popping landing sets them all off like alarm clocks.

I get a bit emotional setting down in Southern California… it feels good to be back.

Get through LAX rather quick and retrieve my carry on luggage – all is intact.

Jack picks me up in my car – it is 6:30ish am Los Angeles time.

Lot’s to talk about – it is good to see each other.

We drive to Harbor House for traditional welcome home meal.

I call my Mom: she knows I am safe.

I order a Ham and Cheese Omelet; Jack gets waffles, scrambled eggs and bacon.

Mel Andrews joins us – try to talk Mel into a legendary Harbor House Tuna Salad but he goes for a typical breakfast instead. We all eat hearty.

Drop Jack off at Moss Warner and say “hi” to Annette.

Unload my stuff at Jack’s, do laundry, transfer files to the Mac Pro and update the log…. napping in between as Jet Lag and a sleepless flight begin to catch up, and I slow down.

I realize I didn’t take a single photo.

Cameras are all put away in the Pelican cases.

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4 Comments

  1. Annette Holden
    Posted January 8, 2010 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Welcome home Jeff!

  2. Posted January 8, 2010 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Thanks Annette !! Looking forward to dinner (I hear you have planned Chicken Pasta)

  3. Posted January 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe you’re home already… I think, deep down, I expected you to get lost in Israel and become a legend.

  4. Posted January 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha – Dale, there is still time…:)

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