Things Have certainly Changed
I remember when I was about thirty, single and took a long winter vacation stopping in L.A., two weeks in Hawaii and back to San Francisco on to New York. The year was 1980 and my costs were around $800. To be fair, I took my meals in Chinatown in Honolulu. I brought my guitar and conducted sing a longs with the other passengers on the flights. Going to the Pacific, the stewardesses dressed in moo moos and local Hawaii music blared into the cabin. The girls did the hula for us. I did not know about laptops, Smartphones, Apps or wide screen TV's then. I did not follow financial markets or text anyone either. I had the time of my life. The food was authentic South Pacific and everybody was happy, laughing and in a state of Nirvana. I hung around with the flight attendants at the meal station and probably could have got a date. My vacation was relaxing with that huge mall out there and the spot where Gilligan's Island was filmed was right at my fingertips. L.A was topped with me at the Troubadour watching one of Elton John's first appearances in America. San Francisco was affordable grand cuisine and beautiful colored real estate.
I am 62 now but when I think back to that earlier trip I can only compare to what we are facing today in our speedy lives. Things have certainly changed.