Tuesday, June 21, 2005

235 Yards.

That's what the GPS system tells me I drove on the 18th hole at crystal falls. What's that? Golf? Not Disc Golf, but real golf? I've been playing for about 15 years! (but only about once a year) I did manage to fulfill my goal of always hitting it past the ladies tees. I have determined that golf is a lot more fun when 1) you have a giant bag of balls, so you don't care where you hit, 2) you don't keep score (that'll just make me angry), and 3) when I can hit the darn thing!

I think golf is like the opposite of poker. In poker, they say that you always remember your bad beats. In golf, you only remember the great shots that make you come back for more.

p.s. on that last drive, I did gain ~40 yards on a bounce off the cart path, but still...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Weiss Weiss Baby?

That was the name of a beer I had tonight. In spite of the name, it was quite good. Apparently, the Bitter End has all night happy hour on Tuesdays. A glass of good beer is only $2.50. NTSB! The price you pay for drinking 7 glasses of good beer, on the other hand, is something a certain other Dave will find out tomorrow. Thankfully most of the glasses were smaller, sampler sized glasses. Now we only have to find happy hour places to go on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and our week will be complete!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Then let them eat Cake!

Today was pretty interesting. A bunch of us went to see a Cake Show over at the Texas Culinary Academy. Luckily for us, Anuj stumbled upon this while skating yesterday. The pieces truly demonstrated mastery in the use of fondant and gum paste. The cakes were more like pieces of art than food, which is unfortunate.

Art:

what's up dog? Posted by Hello

Food:

good enough to eat! Posted by Hello

By consensus, we all agreed that this one cake looked the most edible while the dog cake gave me the giggles.

Pictures, as promised

Here's a couple of pictures of the weird stuff in California.

First, there's the plants in Point Lobos. I didn't take any pictures of the poison oak, but here's some interesting furry plants instead. Why is it furry? To keep warm in the cold Monterey weather of course!


Furry Plants Posted by Hello

It's not just the plants. People are strange too. I know that we have five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot, but who has ever heard of a five-way stop?


"Fi-Fo", you have met your match Posted by Hello

Of course, for the full set of pics, you can visit my gallery (link on the right side of blog)

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Goin' back to Cali

Man, I don't think so. I'm coming back from Cali instead. I put up all my pictures in my gallery, but I think I'll pick out a few to link here later.

The trip was good. I flew on the "Nerd Bird" (direct Austin-San Jose), though it's less nerd nowadays. On the way up, See Neng was kind enough to pick me up at the airport and drive me down to Monterey. Before leaving me there, we stopped at Fisherman's Wharf, Point Lobos, Carmel, and Pacific Grove.

For our first stop, Fisherman's Wharf, we looked around for a whale watching boat, but they were all done for the day due to small craft advisories. It was really really windy. After a nice lunch (I had a fish w/ a Hawaiian name that I cannot remember and could barely pronounce), we headed out to Point Lobos.

Point Lobos is an interesting park. At certain times of the year, there are seal, sea lion, and various bird populations resident in the park. Also, you can sometimes see whales from there, though they were not "in season". Instead, the main things that were in season were wildflowers and poison oak. I was looking at the poison oak and thinking, that looks like a bad bad plant and I don't have any Zanfel with me, but I wasn't sure what it was until I saw the sign warning people not to touch the poison oak. The wildflowers were gorgeous. The cool thing about the wildflowers was that they were coastal breeds, which look totally different from inland breed like we get here in Texas. For instance, there's the poofy one, the other poofy one, the furry one, etc... Also of note in Point Lobos were "Seal Rock" and "Bird Rock", each of which was stained white by you-know-what.

Carmel Beach is right next to Pebble Beach (of golf course fame). There were a bunch of people playing golf at the time. Did I mention that it was really really windy? Also, it was a little cold for going to the beach. Carmel, the town, was pretty interesting too. The architecture of the houses varied greatly. Some looked like little castles while some looked like they were puked up by the 70s. We saw some interesting artwork walking around the down. All-in-all, there was a lot of neat stuff there that I had absolutely no interest in buying. Except for that frog shaped lamp. Maybe.

Dinner was found at an Italian restaurant in Pacific Grove. I had the gnocci in a tomato cream sauce. The sauce was excellent, but the gnocci were a little overworked -- i.e., rubbery.

The final task we had to accomplish was finding my hotel before See Neng could drive home. This sounds pretty easy, since Monterey is a pretty small town, but the Hyatt was tucked back behind the highway. We could see it, but took a couple of loops to figure out how to get to it.

And that was how my journey started. Thanks See Neng!