We got back from our mini-vacation Saturday. Emily said she really felt like she just came back from a vacation. I think I did, too. But I also had to be reminded of it, so I don’t think it was the same vacation for me as it was for her. But regardless it was amazing. We did the math and figured out of the five places we stayed, we were in no place longer than 3 nights. 3 nights in Rye, NY. We [heart] Hiltons. 3 nights in Manhattan. We [heart] pretending to live in midtown and Tribeca is our new jam. But Bubby’s, you don’t accept AmEx?! Bobby would be very unhappy with you. Three nights in Western Maryland. We [heart] marrying our two good friends. What an unforgettable experience. 3 nights in OC with Em’s mom and boyfriend. We [heart] OC. One can never window shop for air-brushed t-shirts enough on the boardwalk. And 3 nights in Duck, NC with the in-laws in a 10 bedroom hizzouse on the Atlantic Ocean. OBX is the new (and closer) Cape Cod. I can dig it.
I tell you, vacations with Emily are perfection. I am the driver and Emily is the navigator. Who needs a GPS when you have Emily and a good U.S. map?! We make the best team ever. And Lily is definitely our co-pilot these days. She did, for the most part, wonderfully the whole trip through. She’s incredible. It’s amazing how many states she’s already been to. More than I had been to when I started college. MD. PA. NY. NJ. OH. VA. WV. NC. That’s almost 20%. And did I mention she’s 3 months?! Holy crap.
And today, I decided to check how my site rendered in IE. I sort of apologize for not really checking. Well. Er. Not really. I actually thought to ask a few friends to double check it. But after looking at my iChat list, few of my friends even have PC’s anymore. It’s a great state of affairs, but sure makes it hard to cross-check for the 51% of my visitors who still use IE, not to mention a Windows-based machine. Um. Remind me again why people still use IE? For drizzle.
Recently acquired music from Other Music:
One can never go wrong at Other Music. Emily made a remarkable remark while leaving the record store:
Isn’t it funny that Tower Records [which used to be across the street from Other Music] is no longer around while Other Music still is? It’s no longer Other Music.
After Mount St. Helens we headed to Timberline Lodge. It was built in the 30s for the Works Progress Administation. It was also the building that was shot for all the outside scenes of The Shining. It was pretty cool. And it was strangely anything but creepy. What was awesome about it was that it was 6,000 feet up in Mt. Hood. And the artwork and detail in construction were amazing. I’d tell you about it, but Emily would do a much better job. So needless to say it was snowing. We got to enjoy the hot tub while it was snowing. Nothing is more fun than an outside hot tub and snow falling on your face. At least I found that out afterwards.
The next few days were spent in Portland, OR. Jamie’s wedding was incredible. We, go figure, randomly sat down with the CDbaby people at the rehearsal dinner and met some really interesting people. Very cool people. Great connections were made. The wedding was awesome. Incredible food, as expected and incredible people. It was awesome spending a weekend with Jamie’s friends and family. The rest of the weekend primarily was spent in our robes ordering a lot of room service. We did spend one afternoon with Brian (Beb) – which was fun! It was nice seeing Brian. Man, it had been years! What really ruled about the hotel was that they had bellboys to take our luggage to our room and people to call cabs for us. So fancy for such little money. Portland was ok. I really liked it, but I could see it getting on my nerves after a while. Too many white people and too many people to agree with, politically and musically. That and it’s kinda lame to be a teenager or in your 20s and be a punker homeless person. That’s just a lame copout. Oh and there is a book store, record store and recording studio on every block. I’d go broke in 3 weeks. Oh yeah, and then we stayed with Cara and Jon for a few nights while during the day Emily and I went to a bunch of studios. Seeing Larry Crane’s Jackpot! Studios was most excellent. Thanks Kendra. All the studios in Portland were such a wild range and it was definitely very reassuring that this is something we will be quite successful at.
The rest of the trip was spent in San Francisco. Traveling to SF via Route 1 was beautiful however it was giving me a heart attack as the drop off was so goddam steep with little or no guard rails most of the way. Mark and Maria graciously offered to let us stay with them. It was great hanging with Mark’s family. His two kids were fun. It was kind of strange sleeping in his studio with Emily and having his sampler at eye level. Very surreal. But none the less, getting to spend time was more than informative. He took us around to a few studios and we all learned a bunch! It was also cool tieing up loose ends on the record we plan to release. We also got to talk about Horsetricks III. There was also a lot of wine and politics. Go figure. The last night in the Bay Area was spent in Oakland having dinner with Tolya and Otto. Yay Tolya and Otto! Oh snap and we got to hang with my old friend from University of Hartford. Ben! Yay Ben. And John was also coincidentally in town so we go to to spend some time with him which also ruled. And we also went to this gay leather festival. Nothing is more San Francisco than nude (sans shoes) oiled up men masturbating in public down the streets. I shit you not. Sadly we missed the parts where the pornstars were peeing on each other. Wild, I tell you.
Ok that’s it. Yesterday was spent with the ever wonderful and supportive Al and JG moving our stuff in to the apartment. The rest of the week will be spent rebuilding our nest.
Catch ya later Bill & Ted…