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Archive for August, 2009

Biker no more

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Since I’m moving to an apartment with only one parking space and I have two cars and a motorcycle, something had to go. The vehicle I use the least is the bike.  I certainly thought I’d use the bike a lot in Southern California, but the reality is that the convertible is nearly as much […]

A quick trip

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Last weekend was a much too quick trip to Austin.  With only two weekends under our belt, I think we’re starting to see the pattern for these trips – one nice dinner together (found a great Ethiopian place in Pflugerville), one big planned event (a trip to a water park near San Antonio), and a […]

The Tao of Travel #15

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The seat belt light goes on at both predictable and unpredictable times It could be a comedy sketch – every time I wanted to go to the restroom the seat belt light came on.  It wasn’t a long flight, but I’d made the mistake of drinking tea at lunch and of course its diuretic effects […]

White, not red

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

John generally likes red wines and I usually prefer whites.  Like many red wine aficionados, he looks down on white wines as somehow inferior to whites. Tonight I took a class on how to taste wine.  We talked about the components that we taste and smell and the vocabulary to describe it.  The teacher selected […]

Jock Day

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Although I wasn’t able to do the powerlifting meet last month, I did get to achieve one of my year’s goals, specifically to run a half marathon.  Yesterday I did the America’s Finest City half marathon.  I particularly wanted to do it because of the scenic course – it starts at Cabrillo Monument, on the […]

The Tao of Travel #14

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Nowhere can be special if you let it “At least it’s summer” I thought as I got off the plane in Sioux Falls.  Having spent a considerable number of business trips in the upper plains, I knew the weather could be harsh, though less so in the summer.  After flying over what seemed like endless, […]

Dating and Visiting

Friday, August 14th, 2009

John was back in San Diego for the first time since he moved to Austin.  It felt much like dating again. We went paragliding at Torrey Pines; tandem flights with instructors doing the actual flying, and each of us mostly along for the ride.  He had some trouble with the takeoff, face-planted and skinned his […]

The Tao of Travel #13

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Everywhere can be nowhere special if you let it When you’re early mid twenties and you live in Washington DC, a business trip to Nassau in February is a big deal.  Even better, to save money on the ticket, there was a night in New York City on the way.  I was going with my […]


Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Tomorrow will be three weeks since John went to Austin, and Friday is his first visit home.  It’s long enough that I’ve been developing my own patterns of life. I’ve found myself being quite a bit more domestic in his absence than I have been in years – I’ve started a batch of ginger infused […]