Thursday, August 31, 2006
I was able to upload a couple of photos from my stroll along the San Diego waterfront. This is probably the absolute best time of day to appreciate San Diego...if a coastal fog hasn't rolled in. But in this case, the fog was safely off shore for the evening.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Yes, I do live the life of luxury. The Doubletree in San Diego left VOSS water and chocolates next to my bed. Of course, I can't take the VOSS home to Jeff...because asses want to blow up planes with liquids masquerading as my backwash.
Anyhow...San Diego. A really pleasant evening here. I took a very nice stroll along the harbor and took some beautiful boat pictures (I hope). I'll try and get those posted tomorrow.
On scientific fronts, I did estimate that there are more flip flops per capita in San Diego than in any other major U.S. city. Granted, my research was limited to the bar at On the Border where I ate.
DAMN. Business travel is SO glamorous! But I do have my VOSS :)
So, my overheard quote of the day comes courtesy of a guy along the harborfront chatting up a woman. The only line I heard as I was passing by was "I just back from four years in Mexico," which would be sexy coming from a blonde, carefree surfer. Unfortunately, this guy looked like he was probably hiding out from drug enforcement officials.
Monday, August 28, 2006
And no, the photos below are NOT our retro-diner-style kitchen. I took these two summers ago in Muskegon.
No, its the rude people. Because they just don't care. These are the folks who:
- Leave dog poop on the sidewalk
- Spit chewing gum on the sidewalk
- Throw trash on the ground.
The stupid are just funny. Like the Starbucks barrista I overheard today telling his coworker, "I have already lost three fingernails today." What would we do without life's court jesters?
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Anyhow, that is just my excuse for posting a couple of the pics I took in the Marin Headlands the other weekend. Matt, Jeff and I went adventuring on the cliffs above the Pt. Bonita lighthouse.
I bought a few summer items for dinner this week, including some BEAUTIFUL heirloom tomatoes and a couple of summer squash.
And then I topped off the lunch hour with a smooth latte from Blue Bottle Coffee.
[FYI, I failed to report the OPPOSITE of guilt-free dishes. It was reported to me that a join in Oakland called Spettro serves up a peanut butter, bacon, and cheddar pizza.]
Sunday, August 20, 2006
But as we were driving back to our empty nest, we received a call from my Mom telling me that my brother was a proud papa. Cliff and Jody gave birth to Benjamin Michael Coe last night. I'm THRILLED for my brother, and can't wait to meet my first nephew.
As a send off to Matt, here are a few pictures from yesterday's road trip to Pinnacles National Monument. Pinnacles has two sides--East and West--which are not connected by roads. In February, Jeff and I visited Pinnacles East, so we decided to try Pinnacles West with Matt.
As you might expect, Pinnacles is strikingly difference between rainy winter to sun-beaten summer. We took plenty of water for our lower-90s hike. Our hike took us along the Balcony Cliffs for some sweeping vistas of the park, and then plunged down into the Balcony Caves. The caves were short, but a nice cool break from the heat. Along the hike, we ran across many piles of dried animal scat...since it hasn't rained in these parts since April.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
No photos from this LA trip...so here is one from our flight home from Europe. I believe this is the ice breaking up in the North Atlantic nearing Greenland. Very cool shot.
Monday, August 14, 2006
So...I'll just leave you with a 'what the...' moment. I believe this is probably an evil Stanford mascot, or something. From the Marin Headlands this weekend.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
There is a reason that I haven't replaced my eight year old car...because there are too many stupid people. Case in point...
This evening, Jeff, Matthew and I were returning to the City from a leisurely afternoon hike in the Marin Headlands. We had just come off the Golden Gate Bridge, full of hope and happiness, when a crazy b**** merged her white Mustang into the side of my car.
We were moving slowly...BUT SHE MERGED INTO MY CAR. So, we pull over and out pops this crazed looking woman with one shoe on. She did very little other than hobble around the cars. As her passenger and I exchanged information...Helen declared that 'this calls for a cigarette'.
We finished our business, and Helen's daughter-in-law offered to drive, to which a defiant Helen cried 'the hell you will' and stumbled off on her one shoe to get back in the car.
This brought back memories of the crazy woman who totaled my PARKED car in college.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
You see, kind-hearted Laura brought me this piggy bank on returning from a ski trip out west. We were working in Bethesda, MD at the time...sharing a tiny office with no windows. (Laura and dear friend Ashish used to draw windows on our white board to pretend we had windows...sigh.) I think we shared a 286 computer between us.
Anyhow...nice pig huh? Laura bought me the pig, because I constantly needed change to buy sodas. Yeah. Good story. Well, it turned out that Laura was fond of my easy-access coins as well :)
NICELY DONE INDEED.
Anyhow, I always chuckle when I see the pig. Fond memories of a simpler time. [Hi, Laura!]
Saturday, August 05, 2006
To close the day, Jeff, Matthew, and I visited one of our favorite dinner spots--Lime--which always pleases with their mini burgers and mini fish tacos. Well tonight, there was a first-time special: mini BLTs. And they were spectacular.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Little did I know! I arrived at work this morning, and saw a note from my Mom who had heard about the earthquake in Virginia and was curious if we had felt it.
Well, rest assured, the City is still standing. The only report of damage that I have seen was in the Chronicle this morning quoting a manager at a Safeway in Sonoma: "The only thing to break in the store...was a jar of sauerkraut."
[Kim...THAT supply isn't in our earthquake kit!!]
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
And this made me stop and think about MY memories of Venice. Particularly the quiet scenes at night, which have become a regular touchstone for my photo shows and blog entries.