And all through the hotel lobby, it was not quiet.  And that’s a good thing!  Hello from the Renaissance Long Beach.  Enjoying a cocktail and 2 hours of free internet in the lobby bar.  MrsMJonTravel and I made a full day of it with a trip up to Simi Valley and a tour of the Reagan Library.  A great experience all around, but I think my favorite was walking through one of the 707’s that served President Reagan and many other Presidents of the United States as Air Force One.

Our trip out yesterday could not have gone smoother.  Both flights on United were very nice and remind me that United can be a great airline to fly on.  We were blessed with really good crews on both legs, especially the widebody flight from ORD to LAX.  I will post a full review of our United trip when we return.  I have some observations on United that I feel like sharing, and a cross-country first class trip seems like the ideal time to share.

Avis upgraded us to cherry red Mustang, and boy will it fly!  Kind of helps make up for the 20 minute wait for the shuttle yesterday at LAX.  Seriously, I saw 3 Thrifty buses…  Thrifty!!!  Before Avis finally rolled around.  Not acceptable.  But other than that, a great trip so far.

Renaissance upgraded us to the Club floor as a Marriott Rewards Silver, something I haven’t seen at Hilton in over a year as an HHonors Gold.  Granted, the lounge is closed for the weekend, but the fridge is stocked with water and sodas, and the turndown lady even stopped by last night.

I know this post contained a lot of rambling.  Things will come into focus after vacation, I’m sure.  I’ll post again before I leave, with some details of the guest posts coming this week too!