Another post by David...
MALIBU...on the beach, no less! After a great day yesterday at the Santa Monica Pier with Steve Lenier, we ended up at the Malibu Beach RV Park. It was dark upon our arrival, and I ended up with the bus stuck in a one way high hill curvy situation and had to have some good samaritans assist with backing our 35' ass out of there. It was rather stressful, with steep dropoffs on either side where we would tumble to our grisly deaths. Fortunately, we slowly and meticulously backed out and found our spot, only to realize that the power steering was going out and I could hardly turn. We limped into our RV space, however, overlooking Malibu Beach so how bad can it be? Thanks to our Good Sam membership, a mobile mechanic was dispatched to our site and went and had the power steering line made and is putting it on right now. If you're gonna be stranded, I can't think of a better place than Malibu Beach! Again, we totally dodged a bullet and instead of breaking down in the middle of the 115 degree Arizona desert, we crap out in our RV space with an awesome view! Pure luck, I tell you!
The mechanic finished his job around 4:00 in the afternoon, right as we were finishing grilling some bratwursts. Then, we loaded up the bus to head back down to Venice Beach so the kids could see the scene there. It was quite the scene, with characters everywhere. After a couple of hours on Venice Beach, we had dinner at Mao's Kitchen, which was excellent. We then headed back up to Santa Monica so we could see the Pier in her lighted glory.
Now, back in our RV space in Malibu, we are getting ready to crash for the night. Tomorrow, we go back down to Venice Beach for a few hours of beach time, then have lunch with our sweet cousin, Whitney, who just got married and is expecting her first child, little Betty, in about three weeks. After lunch with Whitney, we are headed to Hollywood and then to the Coffees for dinner with Bill and Mary Lynn and the Radjef family, who also happens to be in town!