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week of stuff, florida, knee high, canoe club

My left eyelid has been twitchy for over a week. At first I thought it was that I was allergic to whatever the trees were doing to get ready for spring, and later someone told me that it could be symptomatic of a potassium deficiency so I drank a couple "smoothies" from my office's Starbucks. They are reasonably delicious.

I've also been feeling chronologically disentangled lately, which I blame on being in the midst of planning a series of trips, which creates distortions in my personal internal calendaring abilities. These facts might not be related.

In any case, I've just returned from a conference in a nowhereland somewhere north of Tampa, where I got lost at every opportunity due to repetitive geography and cosmetically curving roads with poor signage. I flew in very late and rented a car and drove around the grounds of the golf resort until they could locate an unoccupied room. The facilities seemed to have been built a few decades ago for elderly golf enthusiasts to spend their last days, leaving their small residences smelling vaguely of nursing homes to be rented to hotel guests for eternity. On Saturday afternoon I eventually overcame my severe disorientation to drive to a state park and walk on a rocky, shelly beach for a couple of warm barefoot hours. With the wind at your back, the smell of fish was hardly evident. Oh, and there were people getting married on the beach and some of them were wearing swords along with their corporate casual apparel.

It was a pretty grown-up bit of travel though, with a rental car, shiny new suitcase, several room service breakfasts, and very lucky airline upgrades that made the unexciting affair much more pleasant. The major advantages of the event were the opportunities to meet people whose voices I've heard on conference calls and to experience a few days of sincerely nice weather.

When I got home, it was raining. I met friends at a small new bar close to my office called the Knee High. It used to be a pizzeria that I never tried. Now it is a cute little place with an array of fancy/old timey/sour cocktails and the significant bonus of having a hot pretzel with rarebit on the menu. After a while, I zipped to Norm's in Fremont for a birthday party that slowly became compressed as hordes dressed in St. Patrick's day apparel overtook the entire bar.

I hadn't realized that this was a holiday that merited being stretched out into five day affair, yet there were even few plastic green hats at brunch today, too. Later, after the snow and rain and wind, I went to the International District to check out a new gallery/bar/membership place that's taken over the space formerly occupied by the Wing Luke museum. It's kind of neat, but also kind of big like a residence hall's community lounge with couches and friendly networking conversations to match.


i will definitely visit the knee high again for another soft pretzel and rarebit. yumm.

as for the canoe club, well, i'm glad charlie was able to meet the love of his life, and i'm also glad he was able to show off his zig-zag running skills to the crowd.

thanks for hanging out this weekend. it was fun :)
In addition to being a home for earnest conversations about art, inappropriate Vertigo references, stolen potluck food, and cheapish drinks, Canoe Club was a very ideal spot for dog love connections and phenomenal displays of speed and agility.

Edited at 2009-03-16 05:35 am (UTC)
charlie is asleep already and having dog love dreams.
I think that you should get one of david's pictures of charlie's dog love printed on a pillow so that they can be together forever.

Off topic!

I have an epidemiology question:

Someone was telling me that they are trying to find a kid with chicken pox to expose their kid to so he/she wouldn't get chicken pox later on in life as an adult. I told her that getting a vaccination is probably a better choice because you're more likely to develop shingles after getting chicken pox. She said you could get it from the vaccination as well and she made it seem like the likelihood of getting shingles from the vaccination was the same as getting it from a full blown chickenpox infection. What is your opinion on the varicella vaccine?
hmmm canoe club is not far from my house at all. i should check it out next time yall go there.