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Fri 19 May 2006

Four therapists and a biologist in Palo Alto

Category : travel

I had never expected to meet friends I had not seen for almost a decade when I came to SF. Well I did, and last Sunday I met up with SFMel.

After sprinting for the 5.25pm Bart from Berkeley yesterday (18 May 2006), I arrived on cue at 6.01pm, pretending not to see a very surprised VancSu, who was waiting as instructed next to the exit gates of the Balboa Park station. In the corner of my eyes, I saw her freeze in surprise, and then nearly knock over emerging passengers as she rushed to me. She must have spent some 10 minutes jumping up and down in great excitement at this "coincidental" meeting after nearly a decade.

I finally revealed she'd been setup, and her look was priceless! Pity I had not the presence of mind to pretend to be just as surprised that she was meeting friends and let SFMel reveal the real truth when she arrived.

Anyway soon four of us were zipping down to Palo Alto where, for a brief hour, we met with the fourth adventurous therapist (three OTs and one PTs). After a heart to heart dinner interspersed with some rowdiness I had nothing to do with, we sprinted for a nearby train station with a piece of heavy luggage filled with important notes and said heartfelt goodbyes to one of the five.

Then we headed back to San Francisco to first retrieve something from an office at the edge of the seedier side of town. There we also took apart the luggage in an attempt to have me take it home with me this weekend. Unfortunately we failed to find some important documents and it'll be hauled back with lots of other heavy luggage by the smallest of us. Oh well, we tried.

I was dropped off and told to head for the train station directly, and to avoid anyone/anything in the street. Coupled with the advice was them locking the car doors before they left, so it was with some relief when I finally sank into the now familiar comfort of a BART train.

Some surprise it was, even for me...

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