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random road trip, at last, the pie 2006

Also, lunch pails.


(photo by Joe)

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Posted on July 30, 2006 at 01:36 PM in Food and Drink, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

random road trip day two 2006

Exeter Frosty King


Exeter murals

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Sierra foothills


Moro Rock

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Posted on July 29, 2006 at 12:00 PM in creativity, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

random road trip 2006

After heading north when we crossed the Bay Bridge and luckily ending up in my home town—new rule: if passing exit for street anyone in car grew up on, you must take it—we traveled on around down the other side of the bay.

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Random snack and safety supplies - in one!


Incredibly random snack: a fresh apple found in the trunk of our rental car


And then, after washing, turned out not to be ripe, so it was not a snack, in fact, after all.

Random snack for I-5 south

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Posted on July 28, 2006 at 12:03 PM in travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

It seems smaller to me now 2006


odd how taking away all the trees around it and painting it light blue actually seems to reduce the size of the house I lived in as a kid...

Posted on July 28, 2006 at 12:02 PM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tourist map of SF reflects mental model of city 2006

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Posted on July 28, 2006 at 12:01 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

vacuuming 2006


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How Dinah murders vacuum cleaners

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One brush cleaning's worth of assault on my poor new vacuum


(The quarter is what you use to unlock the beater bar cover on this Dyson)

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Posted on July 28, 2006 at 12:00 PM in mundania, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

QotD: Your fantasy restaurant 2006

If you could open any sort of restaurant, what would it be like?

It would be like a cross between a dim sum place and a sushi boat place only instead of just a couple pieces of nigiri on a price-indicating little plate, there might be something from any number of cuisines. Little slice of roast beef with fresh grated horseradish, mac & cheese, spanish olives, gyoza, gnocci, fresh hot bacon, a little artichoke with aioli, a crab claw with hollandaise, tsukemono pickles, ramekin of soup, wedge of cheese.

The plates would indicate price and the wait staff (drag queens, punks, and perky goths) would bring around the hot food and serve really excellently mixed cocktails.

After 10pm about half the food would be desserts.

It would be called "Cameo".

(and if you open it, I get to eat there many many times for cost!)

Posted on July 27, 2006 at 09:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A good reason to work up a sweat 2006

I loves me some Lord Loves A Working Man and 12 Galaxies is one of my favorite venues to see them in. If Joe & I aren't completely wiped out and have in fact safely returned from the aleatoric roadtrip, we may just see you there...

Check out Lord Loves A Working Man LIVE
 On KZSU Radio 90.1 FM
 Wednesday, Juy 26th at 9:00 PM
 and live on the web @ http://kzsulive.stanford.edu/
 (See video at http://studio.stanford.edu/ )

 Then on Sunday:

 "Something Old, Something New"
 A Night of Soul Music With
 Ubiquity Recording Artist Nino Moschella
 Lord Loves A Working Man
 & DJ 4am
 Date: Sunday, July 30th 2006
 Location: 12 Galaxies,
 Address: 2565 Mission Street (@22nd), San Francisco,
 CA 94110
 Time: Doors 8pm/ 9pm Show
 Cost: $8

 Event Description:
 NINO MOSCHELLA, the newest sensation of Bay Area based
 soul label Ubiquity Records, brings his powerhouse
 vocal stylings and his talented band to grace the
 walls of 12 Galaxies.

 His impassioned brand of neo-indie soul captured on
 his debut album "The Fix" has been garnering large
 amounts of critical praise and airplay. The
 influential music blog Music For Robots calls his
 Ubiquity recordings "absolutely fabulous...a record
 that Steve Wonder should be making in 2006." It also
 caused DJ Mag to label his accompanying EP "Single of
 the month" and state, "Cut from the same cloth as
 soul/funk legends Stevie Wonder, Prince, Betty Davis
 and Sly Stone, 29 year old, multi-instrumentalist Nino
 Moschella is what they call in A&R circles "a right
 f*cking find".

 Hosting the evening and also performing is San
 Francisco's own 9-piece 60's style Soul group LORD
 LOVES A WORKING MAN. Rooted in the sounds of Stax and
 Muscle Shoals, LLAWM captures the spirit of the horn
 driven groups and Southern soul shouters of a by-gone
 day. Known for keeping their audiences dancing,
 romancing, and working up a sweat with original songs
 and some rare covers, they pay respectful homage to
 the tradition while infusing it with their own passion
 and spirit.

 Rounding out the evening will be DJ 4am, a favorite
 soul and sound collage vinyl spinner of the late night
 club scenes of the Hush Hush, Element, and Alpha

 Lovers of soul and funk music should not miss this
 chance to experience these new artists who will be
 providing a rare live listening experience that
 satisfies the appetite for sounds of the past as well
 as sounds of the future.

 For more info or music samples please visit

Posted on July 25, 2006 at 07:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday afternoon: the Doublemint Twins ride the subway naked 2006

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Posted on July 23, 2006 at 12:01 PM in random synaptic firing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lovely downtown Oakland 2006


Great evening out to see Dreaming In A Firestorm, Tim Barsky's follow-up show to The Bright River. Recommended. One more show left, next Saturday. BART to 12th St, dinner at Ichiro sushi on 15th, Greyhounds at Cafe Van Kleef on 17th, and then down to 2232 MLK for the show. A fine evening!

Posted on July 22, 2006 at 05:00 PM in creativity | Permalink | Comments (0)

It's the kind of hot day in SF where beautiful women stroll slowly down the street trailing their fingers along the fence... 2006

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Posted on July 22, 2006 at 12:03 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Man with major ear piercings knitting on muni. I love this town. 2006

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Posted on July 22, 2006 at 12:02 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Detail from Mona Caron Church St mural 2006

I hadn't noticed ol' Frank on there before.

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Posted on July 22, 2006 at 12:01 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dude, lip service ain't gonna be enough here... 2006

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Posted on July 22, 2006 at 12:00 PM in politics & philosophy | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jinx & Paul arriving at Dinah's for weekend 2006

[according to Joe's Google Calendar]

Posted on July 21, 2006 at 10:00 PM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Alabaster 2006

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Posted on July 21, 2006 at 12:03 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Mint 2006

'Superstition', well delivered

Posted on July 21, 2006 at 12:02 PM in music, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

And all of the sudden Catch's patio filled up 2006


There was plenty of interest along Castro tonight for the dancers outside Boy Bar.

Posted on July 21, 2006 at 12:01 PM in San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

It's morning in America... 2006

Starbucks with a mini, baby.

It's like the 1980 Republican convention in your mouth.

Posted on July 21, 2006 at 12:00 PM in the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

Newsflash for the airline industry: 2006

"Cheese food" is not an entree.

Posted on July 20, 2006 at 07:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

QotD: Midway Through 2006

What's one thing that you hope to do or accomplish before the end of this year?

Visit Asia!

Thailand is looking highly probable.

Posted on July 20, 2006 at 12:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

incoming parental visit 2006

[Google calendar: Joe Goes Into Monastic Mode and Dinah Goes Into Heloise Mode]

Posted on July 19, 2006 at 06:00 PM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Plumber's crack for girls. Lesson two. 2006

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Posted on July 19, 2006 at 12:01 PM in warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Polish dog, garlic fries, and free wifi 2006

[with Joe's co-workers]

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Giants vs. Brewers


Posted on July 18, 2006 at 07:00 PM in San Francisco, Sports, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Elite 2006


on Fillmore

Meetinghouse biscuits

Very rich, but sips of the Azalea cocktail, which was otherwise too sweet & tart, cut it nicely and acted as a sort of boozy jam for them.

Absolutely flawless dish
"Bloody Mary" aspic with crab salad. Phenomenal.

[Still dreaming of this in 2014. It was a hell of a thing.]

Posted on July 18, 2006 at 12:00 PM in Food and Drink, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

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