Imagine the following purely hypothetical scenario: a certain Cavs team has two all-stars, let’s call them LeBron James and Mo Williams. They get used to playing with each other and the team becomes quite good. Then they add another all-star named Shaq and lose two games before regaining their rhythm. Then they add another named Antawn and they lose three games before figuring things out. (Remember, this is purely hypothetical.) In the end though, they’re a much better team that is destined for great things. It’s just that right off the start it takes a bit of time to gel.
That’s pretty much exactly what’s happening to Zhou (Mo) and me (LeBron) right now. We’ve become so good at traveling on our own (one person – me – even called me the greatest traveler on the face of the planet, but that’s another blog altogether), but soon we’ll be adding two more all-star travelers (my dad and brother) to our team. And that’s caused us to look quite stupid.
The facts: Dad is coming to meet us in Peru one week before Steve is. Our plan was to meet Dad in Lima, then tour Arequipa and Colca Canyon before taking an overnight bus to meet Steve in Cusco.
The unforeseen problem: In order for us to get to Lima to meet Dad, we have to stop in Arequipa for a day then take an overnight bus to Lima. One night later, we’ll take the overnight bus right back. Seems like a waste of time.
We’ve been planning a trip for just the two of us for over 7.5 months now, so it’s clearly taking us a small adjustment period to smooth out the details with Dad and Steve. Fortunately for us though, Dad (Shaq) used to be a world-class traveler himself, roughing it many times in the woods of Canada. Now he’s bringing his experience to a new team, and will do whatever it takes to make the vacation go smoothly. We luckily found a cheap plane flight to Arequipa the morning after Dad gets into Lima, so he’s agreed to tough it out on his own for a night before meeting us in Arequipa.
The big advantage of this is that it gives us an extra day to spend doing things, as opposed to riding buses and recovering from the long nights. So once we’ve overcome this first misstep, we’ll have a team much more well-built for a championship vacation. And once Steve (Antawn) and his ridiculous scoop shots and knowledge of Australian vocab arrive in Cusco, there will be no stopping us!
[Note: for those of you non-Americans reading this, I apologize for the over-the-top NBA references. I do not, however, apologize for how awesome the Cavs are and will be as long as LeBron sticks around.]
Pictures of the Day: Zhou, using her best Spanish negotiating skills, worked a bargain so good that we just had to buy these hats today!