Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!

A splendid and steadfast new year. Indeed! 
It was super fun to get out of town for a few days with my sweetie. We love San Francisco! And it was a beautiful night. The negative ions in the air did us some good. Although it's been the strangest thing; we've been so sleepy since New Year's Day. Sleeping 12, 13 hours a night. Really weird. Are we hibernating?
Highlights of our trip:
  • Finding out that our concert venue was only two blocks away from our hotel! Yay for walking!
  • Not being searched by security. Cameras were a-okay!
  • Being squeezed into the best seats in the house by American Music Hall staff. So accommodating! 
  • My first Manhattan!
  • Beer-Can Chicken.
  • Watching Zach Hill lose his mind on drums. It was also amusing to watch some of the crowd below, intoxicated on psychedelics, I'd assume, lose their minds as well.
  • Dancing with Tipsy
  • Getting to know our lovely balcony neighbors, Chanda and Janette. Chanda snuck out of her house when she was 12 to see Mr. Bungle play at the Omni in Oakland. Dedicated fans are the best!
  • Having the gentleman next to us not die from his overdose. He just needed to sleep it off in the paramedic van out front. Whew.
  • Kisses at midnight!
  • Champagne toasts at midnight!
  • Fantomas!
  • Director's Cut!
  • Meeting Buzz Osbourne.
  • Sleeping, cuddling, and sleeping.
  • Honeymooners marathon.
  • Managing to leave the hotel with barely enough time to make it to the museum before it closed.
  • Great parking in San Francisco!
  • Brisk afternoons.
  • Seeing the renovation of the Academy of Sciences building. All school children, in Sacramento, go there for field trips. It had been many, many years since I had been there last. It's so gorgeous! 
  • Indoor rainforest.
  • Humidity.
  • Aquariums! So many fascinating plant and animal species. Breathtaking.
  • Running out of time and camera batteries...
  • Samosas, naan, raita, lamb vindaloo, rice pilaf, and tandori chicken for dinner.
  • Twilight Zone marathons.
  • More sleep.
  • Coming back home! There's no place like home!
Whoa! That's a lot of highlights. We had a great trip.  Happy New Year, Everyone! Have any words of wisdom for 2009? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

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