CaliforniaFri, Dec 18, 2015
The memorial for dad was December 12 so flew back from Europe straight to California. Renting a car for just the second time I was happy to be able to visit friends in Sacramento and Visalia in the intervening days. Some of the biggest rains the state has seen in a while fell during the week there but good forecasting by allowed us to be outside at just the right time.
I rented an Audi A4 from Silvercar, a start up offering a streamlined administrative process and guaranteed vehicles for a slight premium. This was the first I've driven a more upscale vehicle since trying a BMW 3 Series for several days over the summer. It turns out it is built on the same frame as my VW Jetta but with a number of more upscale features. Little things like auto headlights and windshield wipers are nice though the entertainment and nav seemed overly complicated perhaps due to the lack a touchscreen.
The memorial was held at the museum in the International Terminal of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) reflecting a theme of travel and his worldliness. Assembled were perhaps around 70 people of various connections to dad's education, work, friends, and family. A few people spoke and much time was given to socialization where informal interaction that he so promoted could take place. Thanks to those who helped put the event together and who were able to attend.