"California Here We Come" by Phantom Planet. I heard it on the radio yesterday and it took me right back to Eastertime 2005 and our wonderful family holiday in California - just before this blog first saw the light of day.
We had taken a non-stop Virgin flight all the way from London Heathrow to Los Angeles and in the bright California morning the first thing we had to do was to pick up our hire car from Hertz - a brand new black Jeep.
Then we were out of the airport area and heading for our first hotel in nearby Santa Monica. My then fifteen year old daughter - Frances handed me a CD that unbeknownst to me she had prepared especially for that California trip. And the very first track was "California Here We Come".
It became the theme music for our holiday. As I recall the road trip itinerary went like this - L.A. to Las Vegas (Nevada) to Boron to Bakersfield to Four Rivers near the Sequoia National Park to Lombard Street in San Francisco to Salinas to Santa Maria and back to L.A... It was a great holiday in which we saw marvellous things and had many interesting experiences.
When we returned to Heathrow who should be walking right next to us on our way to baggage claim but Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach. Surprisingly, he didn't ask me for my autograph. I guess the little squirt felt intimidated.