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Here I sit in the Internet ‘cave” in the lobby of the Hacienda Hotel near LA (place of some of Roger and Phil’s misspent youth) – it ain’t the Hilton but the sun is shining, the room is very clean and bed was comfy bliss, along with the pillow. We had a last minute change of plans with Roger and Frances going to London ahead of us.  The Internet is slow here so I need to type fast before my $5 runs out! We walked to our local shopping centre (Manhattan Mall) yesterday where I replenished my makeup supplies at Macys for  half the cost it would be at home, managed a great buy at Banana Republic for US$20, and then we went to the Lebanese restaurant we love, Open Sesame – YUM. We have just experienced an IHOP brekky – huge and pretty tasteless but they do good pancakes – if you cut the portion down by about 2/3. Great flight over, but missed  on the business class upgrade, though front row in premium economy is pretty good!! Looking forward to London now, and meeting up with Rog and Frances and nice lunch in Reading with Kim and Co.