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Old 10-17-07, 09:04 PM   #1
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My SoCal trip

I haven't had this much fun on vacation in a long time. Part of the reason for that is I had so much to do (and for that, I have jschen to thank, among others). The highlight of the trip was definitely the Palos Verdes Fun Ride.

I arrived on Friday, and Jason (jschen) picked me up from the airport. Saturday morning was spent fitting me to his beloved Vivian. We rode for about an hour (silly me, I thought it was quite a bit longer than that). We descended the road on the left, and went up the road on the right, which was probably the longest "steep" hill I'd ridden (darnit, can't see the road on the left).



After riding, we went out to lunch and to the beach. There's nothing like the sound of the ocean. I just love that sound--couldn't get enough of it. The beach we were at:



Saturday night, we went out to dinner with Mark (efficiency) and Dave (DaveSANYYZ) at a restaurant called BJ's. It was awesome--oh, and the dessert! Heaven... we had a deep-dish cookie that was cooked PERFECTLY with a big scoop of ice cream on top. Some of the best dessert I've had, and that's saying a lot coming from me--I'm a dessert connoisseur. Mark and Dave were cool as hell--and Mark gave me an awesome bottle of tequila!! It's one of those bottles you almost don't want to open because it looks so cool. (I said almost.)

Sunday morning, I woke up at 4:30 so that Jason and I could get to the ride by 7:00. He picked me up around 5:30, and we headed out. You can read my ride report here. After the ride, we went to Pancho's, and I had a margarita (hm... on retrospect, probably not a good idea considering I was already tired as hell and dehydrated) and a HUGE burrito. Got back to the hotel room at around 4:30 and crashed for two hours. Ate dinner with Jason later on that night.

Monday, I got a rental car and went to SeaWorld. I saw the Budweiser Clydesdales (and scratched one's nose even though you're not supposed to--hey, I'm a horse person, I can't not touch 'em!).



When I got there, they had the dolphin and killer whale exhibits closed, so I was disappointed. As I was leaving, I turned a corner and happened to notice that I was passing the dolphins... they had literally just opened it! And I pet them!! Dolphins are one of my favorites, and I've never touched one before, so I was in awe.



I also saw the killer whales, as they opened that exhibit, too! One of them kept "spitting" at the birds... I took a closer look and realized he (she?) was taunting them with a piece of fish. He kept spitting it out about two-four feet away, making the birds chase after it and go scampering back to their little dock after realizing they couldn't get to it. This went on for the full half hour I was there watching.



Monday night, Jason took me for a tour around his lab. I saw some really cool (or weird... depending on your stance) art, and a bunch of cool lab-geek stuff. After that, we went to dinner and I crashed in the hotel room early.

Tuesday--bike shopping!! I hate shopping, but I do love shopping for bike stuff... I went to Nytro and tried out a Felt Z25, which was a pretty nice bike... also tried out a Kestrel something or other. Nice bike, but not for me. At Hi-Tech, I tried out a Look 555 (again, nice bike, but not for me) and a Kuota Kebel. I think I found my new bike! I think I even like it more than Vivian! The only thing I didn't like about this bike was the saddle (oh my ass hurt on that thing)... but the frame felt stiff and responsive... I actually felt like I had something substantial underneath me, without it being heavy or bulky. Now to work something out with my shop... I love love LOVE that bike.

Tuesday night, Jason and I went to an awesome beachside restaurant. We had great food, talked bikes, watched crazy swimmers in the ocean, watched the sunset, and watched crazy dogs chase after orange thingies in the surf. I couldn't keep my eyes off that dog--I know he loved every minute, but I couldn't help thinking he'd go under.

This morning, before I went to turn my car back in, I stopped for a few minutes at a beach and listened to that heavenly sound of waves crashing against the shoreline. This was one of the few vacations where I really wished I had a few more days to spend. Normally, I'm looking forward to going home, but I really could have easily spent more time here, and at the beach. I'm almost (almost) thinking of looking for jobs in San Diego...
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Old 10-17-07, 09:12 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great trip April, sorry I missed you. My boyfriend George "Vireo" here at BF works at Nytro...it's a great store...definitely lots to lust over there! <~~~bikes people, I'm talking bikes!
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Wow April, with everyone travelling and visiting Foosters I'm getting JEALOUS!! Looks like you fell in love with Cali, and maybe next time you can come visit us in NorCal. I'm really sorry I didn't get to meet you in person - everyone says how much fun you are!

Wonderful pics you have there but I think it would have been cool to see you next to the Clydesdale, for comparsion's sake, you know what I mean?

Spring time is another wonderful time to visit. Mark your calendar....
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Love the pics!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time too.
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Wonderful pics you have there but I think it would have been cool to see you next to the Clydesdale, for comparsion's sake, you know what I mean?
They're really not that big. I mean, they're big, but I've ridden much taller horses... Clydesdales are just bulky.

And hey, if I move to SoCal (did I just say that?!), then I'm sure we'll find some time to have a lunch.

Brandy, Jason told me to ask for George, but I must have been distracted by the lovely Colnago they have displayed up front.
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That's a promise April. Or even the next time you come to Cali.
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Old 10-17-07, 10:20 PM   #7
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April, I'm glad you had a good trip. I had a huge amount of fun hanging out with you and showing you around. And, of course, riding with you. You're a good climber, and I hope we'll ride together again sometime.

I look forward to seeing your Kuota Kebel get built up.

And if you want to move to SD, let me know and I can try to find out what jobs may be out here for you.
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So did you like the tequila? I love the stuff, but I rarely drink it (can't spoil it ya know).

Glad you had a good time in my hometown! I especially like the dolphin picture.
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I haven't had a chance to try it out yet! Maybe this weekend.

Jason, feel free to look (was Dave the one that said his company is hiring--or was it Luwin?)... if I get a good enough offer, I don't think I could resist.
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Where in the heck is SoCal?
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Sounds like you had a great trip overall, and that the BF'ers did a good job of keeping you busy.
As for the tequilla, you can send it my way and I'll be glad to give you a full report on its quality and taste
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I haven't had a chance to try it out yet! Maybe this weekend.

Jason, feel free to look (was Dave the one that said his company is hiring--or was it Luwin?)... if I get a good enough offer, I don't think I could resist.
But you haven't seen where I live yet!

Sounds like you had an awesome trip. I hope to get there someday myself.
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I haven't had a chance to try it out yet! Maybe this weekend.

Jason, feel free to look (was Dave the one that said his company is hiring--or was it Luwin?)... if I get a good enough offer, I don't think I could resist.


It was Dave. My company is always hiring as well, but I doubt you'd want to be a therapist.

Glad you enjoyed your stay!! Can't wait to see the new bike -
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April, you know you want to move to the UTC/La Jolla area of San Diego. Three miles from the beach, 15% grade hills within easy reach (your new Kuota will need exercise, you know), dolphins to the south and horses to the northeast. To top it off, Vivian is offering to share her Spinergys with your Kuota.
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Like I told Joy, the mountains are calling my name... But the price of housing is making me think twice, especially in that area!

The horses would be a bigger issue than anything, I think. I gotta be able to ride.

We'll see. Anything can happen.
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Like I told Joy, the mountains are calling my name...

The horses would be a bigger issue than anything, I think. I gotta be able to ride.

We'll see. Anything can happen.
You know, we have mountains and horses right here in Western NC. Just sayin'.
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But do ya have the beach?
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But do ya have the beach?
Picky, picky, picky. We have lakes and rivers. The beach is a 5 hour drive. We have whitewater paddling instead of surfing. We don't have 33 million people either.
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Well, if I'm going to move, I've gotta have the sound of the ocean--at least within an hour's drive!

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Yeah, that would be a plus.
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Well, if I'm going to move, I've gotta have the sound of the ocean--at least within an hour's drive!



Yeah, that would be a plus.
We usually get to the beach for a week every year. Having grown up at the beach, it isn't that big a novelty to me. I like a rushing mountain stream just as much. Besides, I'm a whitewater paddler so I'm all about fast rivers. For me though the best time for the beach is not the summer when it is so hot. Probably not an issue in SoCal though.

I really hope to get out to SoCal soon so I can see for myself. I'm sure it is a great place to be.
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Move to the northwest. Plenty of hills and room for horses. Oh wait, I've trying to stop people from moving here and screwing up my property taxes.
So let me see, AprilM visits SoCal, rides with ME, goes to Seaworld right down the road from where I'm staying.......
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Like I told Joy, the mountains are calling my name... But the price of housing is making me think twice, especially in that area!

The horses would be a bigger issue than anything, I think. I gotta be able to ride.

We'll see. Anything can happen.

Maybe you should look into Big Bear Lake, CA.
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I think we have another California transplant here ... but the question is ... northern or southern? I've lived in both ... can't decide which I like better.
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