Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
On Saturday we went to the local farmers market,a nice size for the small community. Same hippies we have here, but they also had a singing cowboy, we do not have those. Apparently socialism "is not all that bad". These are things you learn at a farmers market in the mountains. After we went to the local swap meet. It was basically a local yard sale. An excited Mexican man in his early fifties showed off his new 1930's SS Swastika arm band. He proudly showed this off to all who would listen, including an very elderly man in full camo gear. Apparently he paid $35.00 for it and hoped to re-sell it for as much as $650.00. Apparently Nazi's have a lot of money. These are things you learn at a swap meet in the mountains. After the delightful sale we ate at The Miners Cafe. The cafe has the following stats.
1. Average business: busy
2. Average cost of meal: $7.50
3. Average weight of patron: 235
4. Average number of weapons on each wall: 8
5. Average number of shirt sleeves: None
The food however was ample and good.
In the afternoon we headed to Murphy's, a small town to the North, with as it turns out, a nice wine community. There were more than a dozen tasting room on the quaint towns main strip. It is a beautiful town. I visited Ironstone wineries. A beautiful but large place. Too many people, but worth it for the grounds. They also have a museum on site, with a gold nugget housed in a vault you walk into valued at $3.5 million dollars. It is big. The wines were decent and I left with a 2005 reserve Cab. On the way our of town we stopped at one more small winery with the small tasting rooms I like. I was impressed by the whole region and it would be worth a second visit.
I always loved the mountains and it was in many ways a weekend for nostalgia. But I had a good time.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I like Santa Monica. People not from California have the idea that it is a land of beautiful beaches and palm trees, where celebrities are often spotted amongst the lowly commoners. The weather is always perfect, always summer. This is in fact all true, for the most part. The beaches are beautiful, there are tons of palm trees, the weather is almost perfect all year, and yes, celebrities do walk amongst us. Why, just two days ago I saw none other than Rick Schroder at the deli I was eating at. Doesn’t ring a bell? He is that child actor who was on NYPD Blue. He also looks like real life Richie Rich. I guess I also recently missed Angela Lansbury, excitement I wrote! Did I mention the weather is perfect here too? Just today though a guy passed me as I was strolling around during lunch. “Finally summer huh?” “Yeah”, I said with a bit of a laugh. But then I thought to myself, “What on earth is he talking about, it’s always like this here”! Seriously, google the average temperature of Santa Monica (like you did for Rich Schroder, common, you know you did). Heck, google the average temperature for just about any city on the south coast of California. When isn’t it summer?
Mostly I like the diversity here. The graffiti artists mixed with beautiful architecture, the massive buildings and the beautiful beaches. Bums, Lawyers, Celebrities, Doctors, Surfers, they are all present. If there is something you are craving to eat, it’s here. Want a Japanese only market and food court? No problem. Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern? No problem. That’s what Southern California is about, making everyone else’s stuff our stuff too.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
OK, so aside from my multi million dollar book deal, I do have other dreams, more reasonable ones, but grand non-the-less. So I am one of those guys with a great career, especially in the long run. But I am also one of those guys who can't imagine 60 hour work weeks just to have no time to spend the money I earn. Money, no life, is not fun. No money, but a life, is fun for awhile. Enough money to provide for your needs and a few extra's and a real life, well that is always the goal.
So it was, that through many dinners with friends, we came to discuss the lack of a decent restaurant review site in our area. There is not a lack of quantity, just quality. There are plenty of Chili’s of the review world, not enough Spago’s (not that I have ever been). So we thought, why don’t we start our own? We like to eat out, so why not? So at this point I have kicked the idea around for well over a year. So to give the rest up, the drive, the job, and to spend my days eating food, drinking wine, and other tomfoolery, that is my current dream, my race around the world.
Monday, March 2, 2009
This weekend was a nice break from the throbbing misery that was my cold last weekend. On Saturday I headed to
For dinner we went to a locals favorite, one of ours too, Los Arroyos. A perfect little Mexican restaurant off
After we ate, we decided to try something we have talked about for some time: fondue for dessert. The Melting Pot is a brilliant idea. There are two locations in our local area,
Sunday started with a drive to
After returning home for a few hours and an attempted afternoon nap, it was time to head to
Back to Sarah Vowell, the reading was very fun. I have never done anything like that before so it was a new experience. I am kind of an NPR geek, so listening to someone in person I have heard many times on This American Life was a treat for me.
So, it was a fun weekend.