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our arrival. A wheelchair was waiting for Baba at the foot of the stairs, and the attendant wheeled him about 100 feet to the plane for San Francisco. As soon as we were aboard the plane started. We landed in San Francisco at 8:40 p.m. Fog had drifted in along the coast and it was quite chilly. While the mandali waited to get the baggage, I asked Baba's leave to reconfirm the Qantas reservations for the next morning, and to arrange for a limousine to drive us to my house in Kentfield where the party was to spend the night. Baba approved, but said we had to leave the airport by 9:00.

 

The Qantas desk was closed for the night. No limousines could be had, so I decided to rent a U-drive. We managed to load into the car and get under way just at 9:00. Baba wanted to know how far and how long to my house. My mind went blank. After a bout of concentration I finally guessed an hour's drive and 35 miles. Baba asked me all along the way whether we were halfway yet, and how much further we had to go. I kept checking the speedometer and subtracting mentally. It turned out to be exactly 36 miles. Baba next inquired about the arrangement of my house. How many rooms? Where were the beds?

 

Baba decided to sleep in my daughter Threebee's room. Shortly after arriving, he drew a line across the middle of the house with one of his canes and said I wasn't to cross it for the night. No sooner had he done so, than I remembered that there was neither heat nor hot water, both having been turned off when we left for Myrtle Beach. Baba made an exception and allowed me to reenter the forbidden section, to turn on the hot water. Then Adi and I went for a drive to locate some 7-Up and food for breakfast. We all finally got to bed around 11:30, some 23 hours since we had arisen in Myrtle Beach this same morning. Just as I was getting into bed, Nariman entered and said, "Baba wants me to tell you that for many nights now He has not slept well, but that tonight He would sleep well."

 

 

Saturday, May 31

 

At 4 a.m. Adi woke me. The house had gotten quite chilly and Baba wanted the furnace turned on. After I showed Adi, who was on watch, how to adjust the thermostat I went back to sleep until 6. Just as I was awakened by daybreak, Nariman came in and said Baba wanted me to get up. After breakfast, Baba took a tour of the house. He then wanted to know how long it would take to get to the airport, process customs, etc. He decided he wanted to arrive there at about 9:30. His plane left at 11:00 am.

 

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