I’ve been away from the blog for about a week…Just too busy to put all the stuff going on in my life in print because of all the stuff going on in my life. (It’s a vicious cycle.) But here’s a short update of the latest whirlwind adventure.
Returned to my soon-to-be former apartment in Oakland Monday evening after being mostly away for the prior two weeks. Long story not-as-long—I started an apartment hunting adventure that turned into a non-event due to finding the townhouse of my dreams, in a fashionable part of North Hollywood, in one (count ’em 1) day. Decided to catch a ride back to Oaktown with my friend Brian, who was down in L.A. for the weekend, then turn around and ride my motorcycle down so there would be one less thing to (pay to) move…Oh, and while we’re at it, as long as I’m driving down and don’t really have to be back in LA. until Sunday for the Geekie Awards, why not take that motorcycle ride down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway (aka CA-1, or the PCH) that I’m always talking about doing, but never do because the deadly boring, but relatively quick, I-5 corridor through the Central Valley is much faster and I’m always go-go-go, run-run-run. Except, right now, I’m not. (Well, mostly.)
Added incentive is that the Central Valley can be anywhere between 75-110° during day at this time of year, and since I’m a leathers and protective gear kind-of-guy that would be about as much fun as you can have without actually having fun. In fact, it would suck most heinously, and I know, because I’ve done it before.
The apartment is an awesome little duplex just a couple of blocks from the NoHo Arts District, which was at the top of my location list, and it was also pet friendly (love me, love my Lucy (the faithful, attack-trained, Sun Conure.)) It was a perfect find, and the timing couldn’t be better…
So we did the 30MM on Saturday, had breakfast with friends, Sunday morning, and I was back in Oakland in time for dinner (Park Burger, btw…Grass Feed, locally-raised beef. It’s not only good for you, and the environment, and the cows, who, you know, are the one’s really invested in the effort, but it also makes for the best-tasting beef you’ve ever had. Srsly.)
(Have I mentioned that I’m running on very little sleep and way too much caffeine, ’cause I’m starting to see vapor trails and becoming worried that I’m repeating myself myself.)
The trip down the Coast, included some very beautiful scenery, wildlife, and a trip to fabled Hearst Castle that are all worthy of a very long post, which I just don’t, responsibly, have the time for today (nor do I have the time to proofread, or copy edit, as anyone reading this can tell…Sorry.) Spent the next few days getting pre move-in stuff done in L.A., including more job searching.
The trip ended on a high note with a trip to the 1st Annual Geekie Awards on Sunday night with Jes, looking simply stunning in one of her own elegant designs, as my plus one, and a group of friends, including Kenny, who has thoughtfully chronicled the night here (and I’m gakking a photo of Kenny’s, just for the record…)
Also, just wanted to extend warmest congratulations to Kristen Nedopak, Executive Producer and Creator of The Geekie Awards, and her crew, for an amazing job well done. It’s almost impossible to conceive of the effort, and persistence of will it takes to bootstrap an awards show from scratch, let alone one executed as professionally, and successfully, as the Geekies were on Sunday night. It was an honor to be part of the judging panel this year, working with gracious professionals to serve our Geek Community, and I would welcome the opportunity to work with Kris and her folks again next year.
So that’s it, I’m done for now…Probably until after Labor Day when I’ll be coming to you alive (hopefully) from North Hollywood. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from my Central Coast trip, including this picture of the Roman (Indoor) Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA. The rest will come later because just I have no time to process any photos (or my life for that matter 🙂 )
And here are some sleepy Elephant Seals. You’re welcome.
See you, in September…