I was picked up from the airport by "Bill." My head was killing me so I turned the radio off in the back. After that, it was oddly quiet so I asked Bill to tell me a story. I thought he might have some good one's from his experiences as a driver in LA. He just laughed and didn't say anything. After about 20 minutes, he said,"Okay, I have a story for you. It is about the best tip I have ever gotten."
He told me about a couple from Saudi Arabia with a 2 year old little girl. They had come to America to vacation for a month. He was their driver for time they were here. The only place they ever wanted to go was "shopping, shopping, shopping."
The other thing they wanted was a dog for their 2 year old little girl to play with while she was in America. Apparently, dogs are considered unclean in the Muslim world and they would not be able to take it home with them. They told Bill it wasn't considered sanitary to eat in the same building as a dog "poops".
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,212980,00.html This link talks about dogs being banned in Saudi Arabia, but for reasons including western influence as well as cleanliness. From the article: "Then what's the point of dragging a dog behind you?" he added. "This is blind emulation of the infidels."
Anyway, Bill bought the girl a $2,600 Maltese puppy and got to keep it when they left. I was not able to top that tip.
We still haven't gotten anywhere near the Dr. Phil studios, but this photo was taken from my hotel room.
At this point, my head and neck are killing me (that's what whiplash does to you) and my cell phone doesn't have coverage. I can't even check on my kids to see if they are being shuttled from babysitter to babysitter correctly. Brad, meanwhile, is living it up in Las Vegas.
I order about $70 worth of room service which was pretty disgusting except for the creme brulee, but it's pretty hard to ruin creme brulee and go to bed.