April 2002

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April 15, 2002:  Geeze, every time I got to sit down and write something, something else comes up!  Hahah, usually it's another episode of "Law and Order" which has become my TV addiction :)  Hehehe, it's a great show and now I'm watching it 2-3 times a day, when I'm home.

Ok, that aside, what have I been up to?  Well, two weeks ago, my neighbor Deb and I took a great ride out towards gold country.  Basically, drive East of Dublin for about 1.5 hours, and you're there!  It's a beautiful ride out on Rt. 4.  Long windy roads, nothing but country for miles and miles around.  It was great!  We ended up in the quaint town of Murphy's around lunch time, where after walking around for a bit, we ended up having lunch at the local inn.  It was good meal! She had the blue cheese burger and I had the grilled open faced garlic soaked prime rib sandwich <droooooool>.  Hehehe, it was yummy.  After that, we grabbed a couple of ice cream cones from the local parlor and took a 1 mile walk outside of town to Mercer Carverns.  We took a tour of this wondrous place, where you'll find some pretty amazing rock formations over 1 million years old!  The walking tour takes you down 16 stories of steps into the cavern and lasts about an hour.  If you ever find yourself in that part of the woods, it's a worth trip!  After the tour, we happily accepted a ride from some nice people who saw us walking and once we reached my car, started the trip home.  That night, Deb and I hung out w/her husband Ike and 3 bottles of wine, 2 great bowls of soup and 5 hours later, we finally ended the evening :)

On Sunday, I just relaxed and basically spent some quality time with my couch :)

Also this week, I made a new friend, Art M.  He's 23, from the local area, and is turning out to be a really cool guy!  I've had a lot of fun just hanging out with him as we get to know each other better.  We got along so well, that I invited him down to LA for a road trip the next week, of which he happily decided to go along :)

That Saturday morning, we left Dublin around 9:00 after getting some coffee at the local Starbucks.  We made it down to West Lake Village where we met Adam, his brother Michael and an old friend Johnny "Cannabis" around 1:30.  We headed down to Josh's place (a friend of Adam's), and took a nice 1.5 hour hike up into the mountain areas.  It was pretty cool, as we visited the areas where M.A.S.H, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and a few other shows had been filmed.  Pretty country :)  After that, we headed back to Adam's place for a few and then headed over to his friend Doug's place for a party.  It was Doug's brother's 40th BDay party and it was a blast!  He had it catered and it was an open bar!  Naturally, I took advantage of that and the drink of the night were many apple martini's :)  There was a fine selection of sushi of which I thoroughly sampled, as well as grilled salmon, 4 different pasta dishes, and some fabulous chocolate deserts!  Between the food, company and interesting people I met there, I had a great time!  Of course, any amount of time spent with my brother Adam is a good thing :-)

The next morning, Art and I got up early and were on the road back to Dublin by 7:30 (after we got our coffee at the local Starbuck's, of course :).  Hehehe, I made my best time yet, 4.5 hours back!  Hehehe, I LOVE driving fast on Hwy. 5!  I spent the rest of the day hanging out with Justin and chillin.

All in all, things are good on the home front.  Justin has been keeping very busy with work and is doing pretty well.  I think he's looking to work at a different Starbuck's in the near future or switch careers all together.  We'll just have to wait and see what's going to happen there.

Got a few nice phone calls from Becky and Lisa over the past week.  Becky's been just as stressed (probably more so) at work, as I have over the past couple of weeks.  She's been putting in some very long hours!  She and Lisa got to meet up down in New Orleans for a few days, which I think is great!  I got a call from them while they were attending a Blues Traveler concert one night and another time while they were just thinkin' of me :)  God, I miss and love those two to death!  I can't wait to see them in a few weeks :)

Also got a few nice voice mails from Tucker :)  hehehe, HI TUCKER!  We really need to talk and do some catchin' up bro!!

So, let's see, the next few weeks are going to be BUSY!  Hopefully, I'll remember to update my damn journal sometime along the way!  Here's a summary of what's coming up:

  • This weekend, no plans as of yet, but we'll see what happens
  • April 25-29:  Friday night, Blue Moon trance party in San Francisco with Justin.  Saturday - Tuesday, I'll be out in Grand Rapids, MI visiting my good friend James Canders!  Hahah, last time I was there, he was sick as a dog, so this is a make up hang out trip :)
  • May 2 I fly back to New England, arriving in the late afternoon
  • May 3-5, work remotely on Friday and then head up to Port Clyde, ME for the weekend with Paul Barnes and company for an awesome weekend:-)
  • May 6-10:  Gonna be a fun week of driving all over New England visiting friends and family!  I haven't set my itinerary yet, but will be soon :)  I've got a big list of people to see and I'm going to try and NOT piss anyone off during this visit out there :)  Oh yeah, I'm on furlough from work that week, so NO WORK FOR ME!
  • May 11: My sister's graduation!
  • May 12:  Early morning flight back to CA!
  • May 18:  Concert:  Dave Matthew's Band!
  • May 24-26:  Going to Las Vegas to meet up with Mark "Hummer" Hamel for Jimmy Buffett!
Hahahahaha, yep, May this year (just like May last year) is going to be very busy and hopefully full of fun!

Well, that's about it for now.  I hope that all is going well in your neck of the world.  Drop me a line and say HI! :)

All the best,

Penz

April 1 2002:  Well, a belated Happy Easter to you :) It's about 12:03 am PT and I'm just getting ready to hit the hay.  I had a really nice weekend!

On Friday night, I went to Justin to IKEA (again) where he picked up a new computer desk for his room.  After getting out of there with me only spending $38 (a new record for the cheapest I've ever walked out of there :), we headed back to the East Bay, grabbed a bit to eat and then went and saw "Amelie".  From "Fandango.com" it's described as 

"Amélie is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children) invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue."

In a nutshell, it was a really good movie! I highly recommend that you go and check it out.

On Saturday, it was gorgeous here (about 82'), so of course, I wanted to take a ride.  Justin came a along and we were on the road a little after 9:30 am. We headed out to Half Moon Bay where I stopped by this cool smoke house and picked up some smoked trout and salmon (it's hellah good) and a block of smoked Canadian cheddah' cheese :)  From there, we headed down Route 1 towards Santa Cruz.  It was a picture perfect day for a ride along the coast, though it was  bit foggy in some spots (which was just fine, as it only added to the beauty of the day).  As we entered Santa Cruz, I swung off Route 1 onto Bonney Doon Road which of course, led to the Bonney Doon Winerey.  There, I spend about 30 minutes tasting some wines, before picking up 5 different bottles of desert wines (2 of which I brought over to Rob and Susan's today for)

Penz


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