My visit to the Reagan Library was pretty much the very last thing I did during that vacation; the only thing that remained on my itinerary was to return to John Wayne Airport in Orange County for my flight home. So I stopped at the information desk in the lobby and asked the docent for an estimate of how long it might take to get from Simi Valley to Irvine. She had no idea where Irvine was, and when I told her it was in Orange County, she explained apologetically that she almost never went to the Los Angeles area, a claim that baffled me, insofar as I was under the impression that Simi Valley was part of the Los Angeles area.
Anyway, it seems to me that my experience at the Reagan Library dovetails neatly with my impression of Ronald Reagan himself: a decent but fairly clueless man who possessed an incomplete and highly selective understanding of what was going on in his own administration. And for all his shortcomings, it could have been a lot worse. I haven't decided yet whether I'll go see him lying in state; on the one hand, I really have no interest in memorializing him, but on the other, who knows when I'll have another chance to see something like this? And I'm getting a day off work out of the deal, so maybe I owe it to him.