Random Girl on San Francisco cable car: “Hey, Neilochka. C’mon over tonight with your Talking Penis and I’ll cook you guys some Rice-a-Roni, a San Francisco Treat! Leave Sophia back at the hotel!”
Presents from Bloggers – Napa – Mendocinio – Eureka – Redwoods – Oregon Coast – Portland – Ashland – and the longest birthday celebration ever continues with our arrival in San Francisco today. We’re staying at the spiffy Omni Hotel, where the only option is parking your car for $48 a night! $48 dollars a night! I can stay at a Motel 6 for the same price as parking my car. Luckily, it is the weekend, and I found a nearby garage where I can park my car for twelve dollars a night.
I mentioned in my last post that Sophia was stopped twice by Oregon Highway Patrol and smiled her way out of each ticket. Today, it was my turn to drive the six hours from Ashland to San Francisco.
Sophia: “You’re driving 65 on the freeway.”
Neil: “You’re supposed to drive 65 on the freeway.”
Sophia: “No one drives 65 on the freeway. It’s dangerous. Everyone is passing you.”
Neil: “I don’t want to be stopped by the police.”
Sophia: “No one is going to stop you if you stay the same speed as everyone else. I want to get to San Francisco today.”
A half hour later, in the Mount Shasta area of California, I noticed the twirling lights of the Highway Patrol in my rear view mirror. I pulled over. An officer slowly walked to my window. I kept my hands on the steering wheel so he doesn’t think I’m armed. I smiled nervously. This was the FIRST TIME I”ve ever been stopped on the freeway.
And yes, I received my first traffic ticket, despite my smiling. Thank you very much, Sophia! So much for my perfect status as a Citizen of the Month.