we arrived

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

by the time we got to colorado springs we were sure that lady liberty’s message was directed to us.  we were tired, cranky, hungry, and stinky.  knowing we were going to need to get here and there and everywhere while we were in colorado springs i had taken a little time while we were in tokyo and found us a deal on a rental car.  my only requirements were that it be able to seat five.  i didn’t even care if it could seat five comfortably, i just needed for five us to be able to sit in the car – legally.  here’s what i had reserved.

except i had forgotten something.  there was no way all five of us and our luggage were going to fit in that car.  .

when michael went to pick up the car he was able to get us an upgrade.

and now we’re living the american dream in our mondo big s.u.v.

once the car situation was sorted we headed to the house of some friends who were putting us up for the first several days of our trip.  (spoiler alert:  this is where we learned that monica can not plan both a vacation to tokyo and a trip to america.)  we rang the bell and no one answered.  odd, but we managed to come up with several scenarios that had them out of the house at the moment we were due to arrive.  rather than wait around we figured we’d go grab dinner.  as we headed to dinner we realized we were gonna be awfully close to some other friends and we decided to stop by there first.  plus it would give me a chance to check my email to see if there was an update from our friends that weren’t home.  my email didn’t give me any new details, but it did answer our questions with some old information.  i’d penciled in the wrong dates.  oops.  rereading the emails i discovered that the friends who weren’t home weren’t home because they were out of state.  luckily, the friends we were visiting are kind and generous and all around amazing because they went ahead and put us up several days before we were due to arrive at their house.

and we spent almost the entire first week in america kicking jet-lag and trying recovering from a bad case of undiagnosed nastiness.

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