Long Beach, CA, Day 48, March 19, 2009

     Sunrise 6:56 am / Sunset 7:00 pm

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The picture on the left was taken around 11 am and the other at 4 pm.

     We arrived in a foggy, cool Long Beach this morning.  Everyone has to go through immigration in the terminal today and no one is allowed back on the ship until every passenger has been cleared.  There is a free shuttle from the Queen Mary which is berthed right next to us.  We hung around on the ship until 11 and then got on line.  It took about an hour to get through.  It took some passengers 90 minutes.  We got off the shuttle near a little mall of shops.  We found the Internet Cafe, went in a $ bookstore and Wal-Mart.  We had a mini lunch at the Panda Express.  We got back to the ship around 4 pm.

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     The dining room was only about half full at 5:45.  We were supposed to sail at 6, but we were an hour late.  There was a lot of traffic in town and Dennis and Becky just got back a little after 6.  President Obama was taping the Jay Leno show this afternoon.  Our entertainment this evening was Marcus Raymond.  He was billed as “juggling talents” and he did a little juggling along with other things.  He was very entertaining.  At the end he got out of chains and a straight jacket.  Picked up a few dollars in the casino and caught the end of Jay Leno with Obama.

 

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     This is part of the blurb they gave us about Long Beach.  “Long Beach is a large city located in southern California, USA on the Pacific coast. (duh)  It is situated in Los Angeles County, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.  Long Beach borders Orange County on its southeast edge.  Long Beach is the 36th-largest city in the nation and the sixth-largest in California.  It is also the largest city nationwide that is not a county seat.  The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s largest shipping ports.  Over the centuries several successive cultures inhabited the present-day area of Long Beach.  By the time Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, the dominant group were the Tongva people.  They had at least three major settlements within the present day city boundaries.  Tevaxa’anga wan an nland settlement near the Los Angeles River, while Ahwaanga and Povuu’nga were coastal villages.  Along with other Tongva villages they disappeared in the mid 1800’s due to missionization, political change, and a drastic drop in population from exposure to European diseases.” 

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