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Monday, July 24, 2006

Road trip!

Apparently, everything in my life is on fast-forward all of a sudden.

One minute, I'm filling my friend Sherri in on my new job, and a few hours later, she's calling me to invite me on a short little trip to Lake Tahoe. She was planning to drive up yesterday to drop her daughter off at camp, and planned to stay the night in the area, in order to avoid the hideous traffic out of the region on Sunday afternoons/evenings. And since I'd just told her I was... uh... NOT WORKING at the moment (I still can't get used to that!)... she thought I should go.

So I did!

We hit the road at 0-dark-hundred (as my young friend Sierra would say) yesterday, and made it up there in about four hours (after an interesting detour in some abandoned business park in a Sacramento suburb, looking for a place where I could pee)... drove around the lake a bit, had lunch, found a place for Sherri and me to stay, then dropped her daughter Anais off.

Sher and I then headed back to the Driftwood Lodge -- which sounds like something charming and rustic, but is really a bit old and shabby... though it was clean, had comfy beds, a nice pool, excellent water pressure in the shower and a fantastic location, right near tons of stuff, so what else do you need?? -- and spent some time cooling off in the pool. It's been very hot in the Bay Area of late, especially where Sherri lives, and was mighty hot and muggy in the mountains, so a little pool time was restorative.

We were both hankering for a yummy dinner -- she, because of a very stressful few days at work, and me, because I haven't really had a chance to celebrate my new job yet. We found a good place that we could walk to, so we went all out. Prime rib, salmon, and a yummy bottle of wine (a Kenwood Pinot Noir, in case you were wondering... YUM.). Dinner was excellent

We then thought it might be funny to head to one of the big hotel-casinos for a cocktail, if we could find a cheesy lounge...(okay, that was probably my idea, knowing me... but Sherri was game...)...

Well, we found a bar next to the casino that was cheesy-lame as opposed to cheesy-funny, and the bartender made us some lame cosmos, so we left after that. We headed back home today, after picking Anais up in the morning, because.... well, it's a long story, but suffice it to say that the camp was not all it should have been and the supervision was non-existent and she wasn't comfortable.

It was great fun. I wasn't expecting to have time -- and I definitely don't have the money -- to go anywhere this week, during this unexpected vacation -- so it was just a fabulous little getaway.

And tomorrow is the "official" work farewell, where I expect to shed more dorky tears, but you've come to expect that by now, yes?

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At 24 July, 2006 22:57, Blogger sassinak said...

oh babe

party on in your time off and whatever you do it's okay if you end up a bit poorer at the end of it cause you are starting a new job :)

anyway i'm glad you had fun but sad that anais didn't!

 
At 24 July, 2006 23:03, Blogger terry said...

sass, with any luck, i'll be handed a check tomorrow for some unused vacation time and such, and there will be no more cash worries...

and i'm sad anais didn't have the grand time she was expecting, either! mind you, she is not a wimpy girl who gets homesick and gives up on anything easily.

no, she's a veteran camper and an independent, hardy soul.

this place was just seriously fucked up.

 
At 24 July, 2006 23:53, Blogger Jon said...

Too bad for Anais, but great that you got away. I need to do something like that.

Come on by my place and take a look :D

 
At 25 July, 2006 10:32, Blogger bg's Little Sis said...

Congrats on the new job and on getting a short little break, I hope your trip to see the old coworkers goes well and not to teary and sniffly...so happy for you and the Pinot Noir, yummy

 
At 25 July, 2006 13:30, Blogger Jon said...

Oh, and love the wine. Blackstone's Pinot Noir is good too.

Word verification

likclx

I got aroused

 
At 25 July, 2006 14:25, Blogger buddha_girl said...

Wait a second here. I can't believe no one's said anything about this...

I guess I'll have to take leadership of it:
Where you could PEE? Jaysus. Too funny. You should talk to my Lil Sis about peeing in public places. She's peed in a cop car. I was in the front seat. He was being a fucktard (file that, now!), AND she punished him by pissing in the back seat before he let us go. Good times.

Have a good time on your last day. Crying is just a sign that you're VERY sad to leave some VERY wonderful people and memories. Nothing wrong with that at all.

If you were one of those dry-eyed nitzelflits, I couldn't possibly be your friend!

BWT. Word verification: lapif.

Reminds me of some sort of naughty lap dance *eyes wide*

 
At 25 July, 2006 15:43, Blogger terry said...

jon, you SHOULD get away while you have the time. hey, come to cali!

lil sis, thank you! yeah, it was teary, but i can't help myself. i'm a big mush.

jon again, you are such a perv. that's one of the reasons why i like you.

BG, luckily we found a mcdonald's so i didn't have to pee in someone's car or in the street...!
but i want to hear that cop car story one of these days...
and yeah, lots of wonderful people... and loads of funny stories.

 
At 25 July, 2006 18:45, Blogger Chrissie said...

Good for you on gettign away! I was almost in Tahoe myself this weekend but decided to be too lazy to drive lol

Congrats on the new job too!

 
At 25 July, 2006 18:46, Blogger Chrissie said...

HA! I just noticed the lil wheel chair guy there... HEAR whats there... thats handy!

 
At 26 July, 2006 10:56, Blogger cadbury_vw said...

hmmm

i left a comment here yesterday and now it's not here

blogger must have made it die

 

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