Archive for November, 2007

2007.11.28

No Time for Scott

Scott and I made plans to hang out tonight. Drink a bottle of wine, maybe watch a movie, shoot the shit, and simply relax. I was a bit worried about getting home on time tonight as I got a little carried away practicing ping pong. Since I won my match in the first round at our work tournament I decided to get a little better for the second round. The thing is that I get carried away when practicing and I didn’t notice the time.

Still, I got to my place before Scott, parked the motorcycle in the garage (I have to come up with a name for the motorcycle!) and settled in. Scott showed up, we cracked open a bottle of red wine (2005 Bogle old vine Zin), started talking about the weirdness of management and…

*ring*

His phone rings. It’s his girlfriend. She has managed to run out of gas driving home. Who runs out of gas? Doesn’t the little light come on saying, “Yo, you need to feed me juicy petrol or I go on strike.” I think the French know something about strikes. Her engine must be French. Anyways, I went on about how I’d never run out of gas but then I remembered I had. About 17 years ago.

I told Scott he should go rescue his damsel in distress. As he is my friend then I will forgive him leaving. It means more wine for me, after all. If he hadn’t gone,though, then his girlfriend would not have been very forgiving. Hey, I’m just trying to save his relationship!

No time for Scott. An entire evening of red wine. Oh hey look, my sister just got on IM. Someone to tease…

2 Comments | Catergorized: food-drink  friends  life

2007.11.24

The Ride to SLO

Highway One Motorcycle RideScott and I rode down to San Luis Obispo along coastal Highway One. We rode down on Thanksgiving and traffic was surprisingly light. I thought it would be a difficult ride with four hours of nothing but my brain for company but it was easier than I thought. The views, the curves, the stops along the way… I can see why people love to simply go for a drive.

Note in the picture that Scott can’t just make a normal face for the camera… Anyone interested in photoshopping him?

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2007.11.21

C-C-C-Cold!

I knew that riding a motorcycle caused a lot of wind chill but I just rode to Scott’s place in Half Moon Bay so we could get a jump start on our trip to San Luis Obispo tomorrow and DAMN! 50ËšF without wind chill can be cold enough.

Memo to self: wear more layers.

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2007.11.20

Nouvelle Vague

Last night I met NHK at Boboquivari’s for some huge portions of meat. Specifically steak, though I augmented mine with a lobster curry soup and espresso martini. Delicious! Bobo’s (as they like to call the restaurant) is a bit upscale for my tastes and higher on price point than I expected, but it has a really nice atmosphere and I could see myself going there again.

When we walked into the place I heard the nostalgic lounge sounds playing in the background, but it didn’t register just what was playing until we were led to our table. Then it hit me; someone was doing a super mellow, super laid back cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart! I was impressed, and as we sat and talked about work, friends, boots, and attempts to abolish rent control in California we heard covers of Depeche Mode, The Cure, Modern English, Sisters of Mercy, Public Image Ltd and more. There was even a cover of an old, obscure Martin Gore solo endeavor. WTF? I didn’t think anyone even knew Martin Gore did a solo! It intrigued both of us enough that as we were leaving I asked the hostess who the band was.

They are Nouvelles Vague from France. I think I’m in love. I bought two of their albums and am staying up too late listening…

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2007.11.19

Attempting to Abolish Rent Control?!?

This is so patently stupid it goes beyond words. Yet I will try to write what needs saying.

Last week my friend Stinky Pork Chop (lovely handle, neh?) alerted me to the fact that there was a proposition in the works for California to do away with rent control. While alarming I didn’t think much of it because no one would be stupid enough to try and enshrine in our state constitution something so moronic. Then I read this article and it became clear. The proposition is primarily (but not only!) about putting restrictions on eminent domain because of the poorly thought out Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London. The trick is that the so-called “Californians for Property Rights Protection” group is sneaking in language that would ban rent control (among other things).

The provisions of this Act shall become effective on the day following the election (“effective date”); except that any statute, charter provision, ordinance, or regulation by a public agency enacted prior to January 1, 2007, that limits the price a rental property owner may charge a tenant to occupy a residential rental unit (“unit”) or mobile home space (“space”) may remain in effect… [emphasis mine]

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of eminent domain, no more than I am of modern homeowners associations and their neighborly fascism. Those smarmy bastards are trying to sneak in rent control abolishment under the guise of regulating eminent domain. Slowly but surely Californians are becoming aware of this situation and an alternate proposal called Eminent Domain Reform is trying to get their own ballot proposal up and running. It has one -and only one- clear mission.

The Homeowners Protection Act will prohibit the government from using eminent domain to take a home to transfer to a private developer.

I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with the slimy, underhanded, craptastic people at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. You might remember them from such brilliant schemes as Proposition 13, one of the single greatest problems facing the public and private economy of California today, if not the greatest. If this were exclusively about eminent domain I would have less of an issue but it’s not. Let’s see if they can fsck things up even more.

1 Comment | Catergorized: grrr  political  rights  san francisco

2007.11.17

First Ride

Today I took the Thruxton out on my first big ride. Scott was the leader on his Honda since at this point I feel more comfortable following rather than going solo. We went about 70 miles covering city streets, interstate and curvy coastal roads. From San Francisco to Half Moon Bay. The worst part for me was the drive home in some of the heaviest pea soup fog that Ocean Beach could spit up at us. I’m telling you, motorcycle helmets need to have windshield wipers and window defrosters!

We also picked up my jacket (the last thing I ordered with the bike to arrive). It’s a leather riding jacket (Triumph’s Rivton) with armor in the shoulders and elbows.

Most embarrassing part of today’s trip: running out of gas. We’re cruising along 280 when the engine starts losing power. No sputtering, this, just a smooth gliding deceleration. At this point I didn’t know I was out of gas. I assumed that the dealer would have at least started me off with a full tank. Apparently no! Fortunately motorcycles come with a reserve tank (about 30 miles worth) and Scott and I gassed up both bikes for $20. Not too bad considering that wouldn’t even fill half of my Subaru’s tank!

Now it’s not even 10PM on a Saturday night and I’m exhausted. Partly this is because I went to bed late on Friday and got up quite early (for me) today. Mostly, though, it was the excitement and nervousness of going for a ride -a real ride- for the first time. I’m looking forward to the next one, hopefully with no fog!

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2007.11.13

Motorcycle License… Acquired

I went in this morning to take the test for the M1 motorcycle license and passed. I hate taking tests. I always over think the questions and answer incorrectly even though I know the answer. I also suck at Trivial Pursuit for the same reason in case any of you feel like whipping my butt at a board game. I was very pleased with the San Francisco DMV once again. I keep hearing what a nightmare the place it but I’ve always seemed to have good luck with expected waits and friendly worker bees.

Now I need to practice riding this new bike. I still need to get pictures for you to see it!

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2007.11.12

Battlestar Galactica: Razor

Battlestar Galactica: Razor

On November 24th, just a short ways away, SciFi Channel will be premiering Battlestar Galactica: Razor, a two hour movie that tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus and her crew. This has been expected to be filler to tide everyone over until Season Four, the final season of the show, gets underway sometime in 2008.

However tonight I just got back from a movie theater showing of Razor with Banana Boy and let me tell you, it kicked some serious butt. Spoilers follow so stop now if you aren’t into it; just be satisfied that you will really enjoy the show!

Read the rest of this entry…

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2007.11.10

Brand Spanking New Motorcycle!

Today I did something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid… I bought a motorcycle! After looking around, doing research and listening to my gut on what I would *want* to ride I settled on the Triumph Thruxton. It’s the black with a gold stripe! I went to Munroe Motors over on Valencia at 15th and everyone was really helpful; thanks guys!

I’m generally not one to get terribly excited about things. “Nonchalant” was the word I used to hear all the time. But when the truck pulled up to deliver my bike I must have the biggest shit-eating grin on my face cause the driver asked, “Excited are you?”

:-D

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2007.11.07

Ping Pong Tournament

My workplace is having a ping pong tournament soon and for some (stupid?) reason I signed up. I don’t play ping pong (or tennis for that matter) so Banana Boy has been helping me out. He’s really good so I hope practicing with me isn’t diminishing his skills. We have some really great players. I’m hoping that practicing one or two hours a day will put me in contention to at least make it to the second round; the last time I lost in my first two sets!

Ping pong is more of a workout that I expected… Forrest Gump made it look so easy.

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