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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

92253, La Quinta

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Arnold Palmer golf course in La Quinta

Dear ——–,

For their annual vacation, Bryan’s parents rented a beautiful house at the Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta, near Palm Springs. (They got access to the house because Bryan’s dad works for Toll Brothers.) The dry, 100-plus-degree heat made sitting outside like baking in a sauna, but it actually made me feel very loose-limbed. As Bryan played two rounds of golf with his dad for a discounted greens fee, I read “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and cleaned up some work e-mails. Bryan’s mom also treated us to an hour at Mirela’s Spa du Jour. Sue’s facial was on par with the best she’s ever had and I was in a sweet daze after my attentive ylang-ylang aromatherapy massage. We wondered where all the water was coming from to prop up all this development (Northern California?), but clearly green sprouts where there’s green … We were happy that Karen and Jason were able to join us for one night. The boys grilled ribs in the backyard with a stunning view of the Santa Rosa Mountains and Bryan’s dad got to meet his grand daughter for the first time.

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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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