La la land

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The view from Nick and Maddie’s apartment.

We had a wonderful weekend with Nick and Maddie despite them both being sick, the stifling heat and bumper-to-bumper LA traffic (which Nick adroitly navigated!). Their new apartment is modern and very comfortable. A wall of windows provides incredible views of the city. When you get Nick and Frank together, it’s all about food and they have their favorite must-have “eats” — a Godmother sub, a couple Wurstkuche exotic sausage sandwiches and dessert at the Pie Hole. We hit them all. Nick showed us around USC and his “second home” – the new state-of-the-art Annenberg School of Communications. The weekend also included a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to Thousand Oaks to visit our friends, Jim and Connie Olson. Jim was leaving for Spain the next day to begin the 500-mile El Camino Trek – the Way of St. James –  a Christian pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Poor Maddie, with whom Nick shared his flu, couldn’t join us but was well enough the next day to cheer on her fantasy football players as we hung out at the LA Brewery. Always hard to leave them, but much easier knowing we will see them over Christmas in New Zealand!

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