Travelogues: Home again, home again

posted on: Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm finally home after a truly amazing and enlightening trip to northern California. My head is spinning, not least of which is due to the fact that our plane arrived at JFK at 7:30 this morning and then I went basically straight to work. I tried to sleep on the plane, I really did, but turns out Independence Day was playing and when that movie is on I just can't help but watch it. I have loads of photos to go through, who even knows what is hiding on my sd card as I was shooting and not even reviewing. Adventures were had, new friendships were made, so on and so forth. And for now, I'll leave off with a photo or two from our little adventure driving down California 1 from Point Reyes to San Francisco and on to San Jose. Honey's first time (being blurry) in the Pacific Ocean, a drive down Haight Street, all kinds of firsts.

These gulls went after some unattended chips. Turns out they didn't like the Tapatio Doritos near as much as I do...

Travelogues: Sonoma County adventures, Jack London State Historic Park

posted on: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

And here we are, half way through our trip to California. We'll see if we actually go back (just kidding... Sadly...). We've had a blast and still more good times to come but this morning and afternoon turned out to be the perfect time for everyone to do their own thing. Family to be seen, naps to be had, etc.

We weren't sure what to do for our little solo hang so we headed to downtown Santa Rosa to get some coffee and walk around a bit. While there, I got a notion to get in the car and head to Jack London's ranch that is now a state historic park. I mean, who wouldn't want to hang out somewhere called House of Happy Walls? Alan suggested picking up sandwiches to picnic and off we went.

Seriously beautiful country although everything is toasted with this wicked awful drought they're having right now. We didn't explore much, just a little picnic table and the house itself, but we did get enough of a taste for me to know I'll go back and enough adventure to feel like we'd done something worthwhile with our solo outting.

And now, a bit of a rest before BBQ and river adventures and who knows what else. Love it here...

Summer stuff

posted on: Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer isn't just about bike rides and race horses and bbqs, as fun and wonderful as all those things are...

Summer is also about remembering that even though we're married and grown ups and kind of sort of boring these days, that even though we don't go to punk shows and stay out all night drinking or build forts or anything like that, we're still young.

Summer is about remembering the things we love, like Alan loves skateboarding even if he'd forgotten about it for years and years. And those long summer evenings are perfect for going on a walk together around the neighborhood and seeing if muscle memory can still pull off a half cab 360 something or other (skateboard tricks have such funny names). And sometimes it can and that's pretty awesome.

Summer is ALSO about going on summer vacation. And guess what I'm doing!! You got it! Off we go for 9 solid days in northern California with some awesome friends. Can't wait to hit the west (BEST) coast!! Good times, y'all. Good times ahead.

Day Trips: The Belmont Stakes (in which California Chrome gets a bit screwed)

posted on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Early on in June, our very dear friends let us know that they had arranged for a babysitter and BY GOD we WOULD have a double date! It's been a while, we were well overdue. The boys mentioned some lame ol' boring shit like see a movie (what? no) and the girls decided that we would go to the Belmont Stakes. After all, California Chrome was a Triple Crown hopeful and how often do you get an opportunity to see that happen?

We had a bit of an oops on the way there. Half awake I navigated us through the badlands of Bushwick, opting to cut through neighborhoods instead of taking the expressway. I'm not a fan of heading into zones the maps app has marked as red with heavy traffic. We arrived at the racetrack only to find… No one was there! I'd led us to Aqueduct! Doh! From there, there isn't really a good route to Belmont so again, we went the direct route. It paid off though as we found a sweet parking spot in a neighborhood about a 5-10 minute walk from the track!

Belmont Park was a bit more crowded than the last time I was there, over 100,000 people had the same idea we did. This made things like making bets, seeing the horses, getting a beer, etc a bit difficult. But you know what? It was crazy fun! Well worth it. I still feel like California Chrome got the short end of the stick and while his owner wasn't perhaps the most sportsmanlike, he did have a valid point. It might be a bit unfair to allow completely fresh horses to compete. Next year, we're going to all the races! And next year I'll get a full length shot of Jodi's outfit because it was fantastic.

Bike rides: To the Gowanus Whole Foods

posted on: Thursday, July 10, 2014

I'm really sad today… I keep taking too long getting ready in the mornings and farting around until it's too late to have enough time to ride my bike to work. Booooo. I managed it on Monday and every morning since has been "crap! better take the train again…" Oh well… I did ride my bike to the gym this evening for my very first workout as a paying member. Yep!! I joined a gym!! So nerdy…

Anyway, a while back a friend of mine invited me to attend a bbq with her. She mentioned needing to go to Whole Foods to pick up some gluten free veggie hot dogs. I suggested that we make an adventure of it and ride our bikes from Williamsburg to Gowanus.

And so, that's what we did. Almost down to Whole Foods we rode by Littleneck, a restaurant I've been wanting to try. I suggested we stop and have oysters and bloodies and luckily, my friend is easily swayed. Yeah! Good thing we did stop because it started pouring about 15 minutes after. Perfect excuse to follow up a bloody with a beer, right? We waited it out, it finally stopped and we carried on. Tracked down some grub, rode to the bbq and then I went home and washed my incredibly greasy hair. Oh yeah.

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