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Oakland, CA
Jan 23, 2000

These older journal entries were hastily typed in at local cybercafes where I was paying by the minute.  Please excuse grammar mistakes or typos. 

Heading home
PST
2am It's 8am in Morro do Sao Paulo.  After a night of drinking and dancing and just over 3 hours of sleep I am now walking down the sand filled streets of Morro do Sao Paulo in shorts and no shirt. 
3am It's a nice relaxing two hour boat ride to Salvador with salt water crashing over the side of the speedboat. 
5am I return to the hostel in Salvador.  I pick up some things that I had left there, and promptly check in for a 2 hour nap.  After some sleep, I head out shopping for my last few hours in Salvador. 
10:30am It's now 4:30 in the afternoon.  I discover that some friends from the hostel are taking a taxi to the airport.  I can share their cab if I leave NOW.  Throw half my clothes in a plastic bag rather than spending the time to pack them.  I'm still getting dressed in the cab. 
1pm A 2 hour flight in the wrong direction to Rio to catch my international flight back to the US. 
4:30pm I catch a 9 1/2 hour flight to Newark. 
2:30am I arrive in Newark at 5:30am local time.  I laugh at the first people I see as they are wearing these huge cumbersome jackets and gloves.  I explain that I haven't seen a jacket in 3 months.  Ten minutes later I find out that I'm waiting for a monorail that isn't running to catch a plane that isn't flying. 
5am As my flight has been cancelled due to 'maintenance' I am redirected to Oakland via Phoenix.  I get on a 4 1/2 hour flight to Phoenix. 
10:30am I catch my fourth and final flight of the day.  A two hour flight to Oakland. 
1pm 34 hours after I got on the boat from Morro I arrive in Oakland.  It is raining. 


Despite 34 hours of traveling and a 6 hour time difference I arrived in California with no jetlag.  What it took was 3 days of heavy drinking and late night dancing.  I got very little sleep for those 3 days, so I had no problem sleeping on the planes.  In addition, I was up until at least 6am for those last few nights (midnight in SF) so I was already on California time.  Not only does alcohol cure the common cold, it solves jetlag too.


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