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November 13, 2005

The weekend

View from the front porch We were visited this weekend by blogging friends. The wonderfully lovely and ebullient Space Kitty, the every bit as lovely and marginally quieter Mandyman, and the surpassingly lovely and alternately reflective and stentorian The Bone traveled up from Lost Ambulance, California to visit Zeke and Thistle. Oh, and us humans, and there was something about going out to a bar in San Francisco for alcohol and alcohol accessories.

The visit was wonderful. We drank tea for a bit, and Space Kitty made friends with the various livestock around the place. (When she met Thistle, she let fly a noise so high-pitched that only Zeke could hear it.) And then down the creek to the bay, and we watched birds wheel around the sewage treatment plant. Halfway down the creek, Becky and I argued briefly over whether the very small raptor I saw was a kestrel. She's asleep now, so I'm safe in saying that it was. At the bay, the resident belted kingfisher scolded us as it flew across the open water. A quarter mile out a windsurfer struggled with the lack of wind. Eventually he stood up. The water a quarter mile from shore was not up to his ass.

We headed back upstream to Taqueria Sanchez just off Fernandez Park, where we had some of the best Mexican food you can buy at Taqueria Sanchez. We talked about bloggers suing bloggers. We talked Public School Teacher Shop - The Bone and Becky share a profession. We talked Hello Kitty WMD accessories. (I slayed with my "Sarinrio" bon mot.) And then we walked back to Zeke's house where we all checked our email. We are not nerds.

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yes you are nerds, but we love you for it!

Posted by: drilakila at November 13, 2005 11:16 PM
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kestrels are gorgeous. some rescue/rehab people had one at a fundraiser booth a couple years ago and I was able to get a couple feet from her... I would have cooed at her for hours if I hadn't been being hurried by Coral etc. She was beautiful.

Posted by: craig at November 14, 2005 02:47 AM
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A tale:

Space Kitty, mandyman and I didn't really plan this trip as well as we could have... there's something delightful about impulsive travel. We decided at the last second to get a hotel room in the immediate vicinity of the bar in SF where we were meeting friends that night. Of course, since we waited until 5:30 PM on Saturday to do so, there was nothing available. D'oh!

Chris, my travel companions and I spent a significant amount of time at the house using the internet to try and find something. As there was apparently not a hotel room in the city to be had, we expanded our e-search to Oakland, which also seemed to be impacted, hotel-wise.

So, we had the entire power of the web at our fingertips, four people searching on two computers, and kept coming up with naught. Therefore, it was perhaps inevitable that Becky strolled in with the Yellow Pages (the one printed on paper of all things, in case anyone was wondering), and within two minutes found us a room at the La Quinta in Hayward.

I'm sure that there's a lesson here somewhere.

We had a wonderful time, Chris. Thank you so much for your friendship and hospitality (and thank Becky for us, too!).

Posted by: the_bone at November 14, 2005 03:31 AM
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We love nerds, they are only friends!
If the pirate and I weren't such anti-social misfits we would have emailed you when we were in the bay area and tried to get together. We actually imagined doing such a thing, but we always yield to the lonely angels of our nature.
Glad some nerds do reach out and connect. Sounds like you had a great time. BTW, how is Thistle?

Posted by: Rexroth's Daughter at November 14, 2005 08:14 AM
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A wonderful visit with amazing folks. How I managed to leave without sneaking Thistle into my luggage, I'll never know.

For me, I think the best part was standing on the little hill overlooking the bay and realizing, that if weren't for the internet, I wouldn't have met any of the people who surrounded me.

Thanks again for lunch and the hospitality. Looking forward to our next visit!

Posted by: Space Kitty at November 14, 2005 12:40 PM
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Space Kitty, I've seen Thistle's pictures. I'm pretty sure that if I met him in person, I'd say something like "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeebunnybunny!" and not in a register audible to humans.

Posted by: Stephanie at November 14, 2005 01:37 PM
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"...and we watched birds wheel around.... [we] argued briefly over whether...a raptor I saw was a kestrel. ...the resident belted kingfisher scolded us.... A quarter mile out a windsurfer struggled with the lack of wind."

I was reading along thinking a windsurfer was some new kind of bird, and then I got to the next sentence:

"Eventually he stood up. The water a quarter mile from shore was not up to his ass."


Posted by: Miguel Alondra at November 14, 2005 06:59 PM
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I thought that the first time I read it, too, Miguel.

Posted by: nina at November 14, 2005 09:03 PM
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Thanks again for the tea, tacos, and other stuff that doesn't begin with the letter t. When my mother asked me if I went on any hikes while on my minivacation, I could at least answer that I walked along a creek to the bay so that it didn't seem as if my weekend was all booze and booze accesories. And now I think I'm going to have to mozy on down to my local Peet's for a tin of that tasty green peony tea.

Posted by: a/mandyman at November 15, 2005 10:57 AM
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This blog is awesome!
Good post...

Posted by: Space Kitty at November 15, 2005 05:57 PM
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