One highlight from my trip two weeks ago. For those who don't know who he is (!) he's won multiple gold medals in long track speed skating, he hails from Chicago, and he's pretty much the nicest athlete ever. Poonam, Jerry and I stalked him for like ten minutes before he finally stopped long enough for us to pounce and request a picture. What a good sport!
Plus the service sucks, and they charge you an extra $25 for each piece of checked luggage. Give me JetBlue or Southwest over Virgin any day.
I couldn't get a picture of Dave himself (photos strictly prohibited) but believe me - he is alive, and he's still a genius. It was awesome to sit there and have an almost-normal conversation with him...and about 200 other people.
I've looked forward to visiting Angel Island since I took a class on Chinatowns in college and learned about the Chinese poetry carved into the walls of the detention hall at the US Immigration Station. Finally, last weekend, we went in honor of Sushmita's birthday and it could not have been a more perfect day for the 5-mile, 3-hour hike up to the summit of Mt. Livermore. Beautifully sunny and clear, except for a foggy portion of the ferry ride over.
I guess you could say I live in "the barrio" of MV (right next to the Burrito Triangle), but this truck definitely looks out of place. Yes, the guys are Chinese and yes, they are careful, efficient and pleasant to work with. I heard them speaking a dialect I couldn't recognize at all. Turns out they are from Hebei province! Not something you come across every day.It's only been an hour and they are nearly through with clearing out all the junk I have in my current apt. $65/hour. I better tip them well.
Garry and I were driving down PCH towards Pescadero yesterday when we saw this big handmade sign that announced, "Straw Maze." We looked at each other and said, let's go! We had no idea what to expect, but we weren't in a rush, so we thought we'd have a little adventure.