Thursday, February 17, 2011

Stu in the Bay

This month I've been fighting off visitors seeking refuge from blizzards in bee-yootiful California! Last Friday I squeezed in a lunch with my aunt and uncle in Berkeley on my break, then went straight from work to pick up Katie and Richard for their first not-eaten-by-a-convention visit to Oakland!

But I'm getting ahead of myself, I should mention that I first roused myself from my cave of unemployment for a visit from my dad back in January, which turned into a whirlwind of bay area cultural delights. I can't completely reconstruct the awesomeness, but I'll try.

There was cinema - ranging from our second annual father-daughter screening of Jeff Bridges drinking heavily to an unscheduled viewing of the last 2/3 of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World on PBS (you try looking away from all that classic car destruction) to a brilliant Cukor film, part of the Noir City fest at the Castro. Not to mention the screening of Awake My Soul at the Swedish American Hall.

There was food, food, and more food. We spent an afternoon just noodling around the mission (actually managed to get on the same bart train as my ex-coworker, who was, yes, going to work. Awkward.) that started with pupusas and ended with house-grown olives (and house-grown goat for my dad!) at Pauline's Wine Bar. We also ate our way through the other sides of the bay, including my favorite spot in Oakland and an amazing Indian-Mexican fusion place in Sausalito.

And let's not forget The Great Outdoors. If forced to choose a highlight from the weekend, I would have to say finally biking over the Golden Gate Bridge! When unhypothetically forced to choose, my dad agreed. Actually, he said he was amazed to feel comfortable biking in San Francisco to get to the bridge, which was the hardest part of the whole thing. We went out of our way to rent a beater for him from the Bike Hut, which I can't recommend highly enough. The awesome dude there even fixed my own bike for me. With a mallet.

Well, dad, thanks for the high times. But I still haven't forgiven you for the dead cat surprise.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Rebecita & KT - blogging from the same laptop

As Linda pointed out, R&I are indulging in some rampant, indiscriminate traveling right about now. First stop: Bay area! R&R are currently making the most of their mornings by earning a respectable living wage and/or going for a run around the lake; I on the other hand am doing what anyone would do given a few hours to kill on a beautiful sunny day in one of the most spectacular places on earth: blogging in Rebecca's bedroom with the curtains closed.

Vacation highlights so far have included waking Rebecca up with our snoring, scaring 19-month-old Joe (he keeps pushing his dump trucks into Rebecca's bedroom and then slowly backing away with a frozen smile on his face each time he realizes that she's not alone in here), brunch with Greg B., and a long beautiful stroll through Golden Gate Park. Obnoxiousness, terror, food, and aimless walks: pretty much everything a proper vacation should encompass. I have no regrets.

Okay, off to make something of my life! Or at least change out of my pajamas...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

In which Katie guesses wisely

Please enjoy this transcript of a telephone conversation between your favorite bloggers, which took place at approximately 7:30 PST this evening.

R: I have good news and bad news for you!
KT: Bad news first.
R: No, it's the same news! And you only get one guess.
KT: Ummmmmmmmmm
R: It's exactly what I KNEW was going to happen riiiight before my aunt and uncle and you and Richard came to visit the same weekend.
KT: You got a job!
R: I got a job! Guess when I start!
KT: Tomorrow!
R: Tomorrow. Guess where I'm going to work! It's your favorite store in Texas...
KT: Goodwill!
R: No, but it is next to the Goodwill.
KT: Half Price Books!
R: Ding ding ding! You can come to work with me when you visit.
KT: Don't let me buy anything!

That's right folks, I have a job. (A low paying job with a long commute. At least they're opening a new BART station essentially right next to it.) And the people rejoiced.