December 24th, 2008
meerkat and I went to Dickens Fair, hence the previous pictures. It was kinda fun, but lots of stuff irritated me. For example, cafe latte, French dipped sandwiches, and French onion soup were all served at places that were supposed to be in London ca. 1850. Not only would French food be *less* common at that time, but French dipped sandwiches were invented by a guy in LA in 1918. There were other things, but I'm not going to put too fine a point on it. meerkat and saraphina_marie did one hell of a job and they deserve all the credit for the good bits of how I looked.
(Incidentally, the French dip place, Philippe's, is still there. It's extra busy at lunch time since it's right in the middle of downtown LA and extra tasty.)
I also attended the last party at the Armory with meerkat. spcecdt & pax are moving elsewhere. I took a few WYSE-60s for old time's sake. Caught up with max who I haven't seen forever and a few people who haven't been in my thoughts for a while. The same can't be said on their end. Apparently, many of them were rather bitter about my presence.
Well, screw 'em! There's 6 billion other possibly cool people to take their place! 8)
Saw a hockey game -- San Jose vs. New York Rangers. I sat next to a Rangers fan. Sharks ended up winning 3-2, but it was looking kinda touchy. Nabby made one hell of a save which convinced me that he hasn't completely lost it.
We saw the San Jose vs. St. Louis game before that for meerkat's birthday. I sprang for lower level seats and we had a great time until the Sharks went down 3-1. meerkat leaned over and said we shouldn't have come because they always lose on her birthday.
Well, apparently the Sharks were listening. They came back out and won it 5-4.
Also, in past birthday news, the two of us went down to Cambria to stay at a place called the Olalliberry Inn -- a lovely little bed and breakfast. We got down there kinda late and hung out in the common room chatting with a couple that was there for their anniversary. We had a good chat over wine, cheese, crackers, and veggies.
Eventually wandered the town a bit before deciding on Lombardi's -- a little Italian place to eat. I had some wonderful raviolis.
Back to the inn and our room. We shared some of the creme sherry that was in a decanter right outside our room and played a few games of chess. They had a couple of books in the rooms which were set out for you to write in. I think the best entry in there was from the wife of a married couple who said "If you think anniversaries are good when you're 30, they're even better when you're 70." I wrote an extended entry which meerkat approved of.
Went off to Hearst Castle after that -- the weather foiled us. I ended up deciding to leave my coat in the car and regretted it as soon as we stepped in the bus to get up to the house. It started pouring, so I was out there in my T-shirt & pants, trying to make the best of it. That said, it really was spectacular -- it's essentially a monument to the wealth he had accumulated. Lots of very old artwork and one can imagine the parties he must have thrown, but it must have been very weird living in such an enormous place.
Speaking of Cambria, I ended up driving down to Santa Maria at the behest of stonesundial. She was up here on Sunday, so we saw Quantum of Solace with her friend DC. I took a quick nap and we hit the road after a few games of Rock Band. I ended up back home at about 11am and crashed. My schedule's been trying to recover since then.
That said, I'm going to go to sleep. 8D
|Date:||December 24th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)|| |
Sounds like the two of you had some great times there! And I need to tell a friend about the Dickens fair, as it sounds like something she would love (and she would be pointing out all the 'mistakes', too).
Which tour did you go on for Hearst Castle?
At this time of the year they do a period costume lead tour (1920s regalia!) during the night so that the guests may experience what a roarin' 20s party would be like during Hearst's time.
It's like tour 5 or something.
Went on tour 1 last year with zweeb. 'twas awesome! We didn't even get kicked out =) i've been to all but the night/costumed tour when i was younger.
This is, in fact, the time of year for that tour. Unfortunately, it was not to be. We got down to Cambria much too late and the weather was much too poor for it to be practical.
We did the first one. I'd never been there before and meerkat
said that was a good one to start with.
It would've been nicer if I hadn't been fooled by the weather.