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Our family vacation

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - I've been away for a couple of weeks, not that anyone noticed. Well actually, my boss did. This morning he said to me, "Hey, you must have been off the air, because the ratings have gone up."

Actually, my family and I went on a cruise. Cruises are amazing social experiments where people attempt to eat and drink twice their body weight in one week, while living together in a cabin the size of a telephone booth.

The highlight of the trip for me was being just a few feet away from the Pope as he took his weekly ride through St. Peter's Square. He has an amazing aura about him and is fluent in several languages. As he passed by, I thought I heard him say to me, "Amo Barbara-Lee and Carlo," then in perfect English, "You, not so much."

Of course, I saw a lot of churches in Rome, and they were crowded, because each one has its own flock. In Rome, I also saw the Colosseum, which reminded of Qualcomm Stadium. I also a lot of ruins in Greece. We're talking ancient ruins, not like the ones you see in Stockton.

But it's always fascinating to trace the roots of your ancestors. Although, when it comes to my relatives, I'm more interested in when they are going to leave, rather than where they came from.

For my birthday, my family gave me a gondola ride on Venice's Grand Canal, which is about as crowded as the 805 southbound at 5:30 p.m.

I would have my family share some their favorite memories of the trip, but after spending 15 hours in the air yesterday, none of us are currently speaking to each other. But we are in agreement about one thing -- Europe may have beauty, culture, lots of charm, but San Diego is still the best city in the world. Man, it's good to be back home.

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