Flight connections went well and no one blew up their underwear so we are safely in California.
Had my annual battle with the rental car company over the kind of car they were going to have me drive.
After several false starts with their foreign selections I prevailed and am driving a Ford Fusion (I originally posted Focus only because I needed to focus) for the time we are here.
"Sir, I'm not giving you one of THOSE Toyotas," the man said.
"Oh, it's not about the Toyota problem," I said. "It's about only driving American brand cars."
Then when he saw my Michigan driver's license, it made sense to him. The Focus is a really nice car, so far.