(a story in 2 parts where one part is vague and the other is about wine, mostly)
part 1 "The more I look at it, the more I like it. I do think it's good. I wish you were here to see it." King Crimson "Indiscipline"
I freely admit to showing a complete lack of discipline on my trip to NYC. It's been a very long time since I had even half of the fun that I had in New York. It was a really great time and I wish I could tell you all of the stories that I have; all of the things I saw and did. Some of them will forever be mysteries (to you and me both). I am so so happy I met many great robots. Everyone was as cool as I thought they'd be. Thanks New York and your Robots. (also, the out of town robots were very cool! You will see me in your cities.) And thanks Mina for the great party, cake, and place to pretty much crash at any time of day. Hey, I saw 2 sunrises in New York!
Despite missing my airport shuttle on Friday I actually made my 9 AM flight to San Francisco. And this was after a night of HoDos and whiskey (Oh Rudy's) with Honky and Stu. Ouch. I am not afraid to suffer for art or drinking.
part 2 "Bitches can't hang with the streets" -Snoop Dogg (and a hysterical cover by Ben Folds)
I tried to spend a day recovering in SF; moroccan food, The Aristocrats, book shopping, pirates, and a really great bed..let me just tell you how fucking depressed I am. Really fucking depressed.
With that out of the way, today we went to a really super farmer's market down across from the Embarcadero. Fisherman's something. The cocoa was great (sorry, City Bakery, this shit kicked your ass). We picked up some cheeses and bread and olives for the day trip to Napa. We visited Tattinger's Domaine Carneros for the "Big Champagne" experience. Nice and slightly boring but informative. However, I didn't like the Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay) as much as I thought I would (where is the toasty?). Much better was the Brut Rose... can you beat sparkly and pink? Next up was the small Goose Crossing. I'd been alerted to try their 2005 Viognier. They don't have a distributor but do a lot of internet sales (they can ship to NY). My favorite was their AmerItal, a kind of "super tuscan". Big, bold, well balanced with a little spice on the finish. After that we were off to Sterling Vineyards, a very swell place where I developed a distinct liking for their 100% 2002 Sangiovese. So now, when you add wine and books, my suitcase is really heavy.
Tomorrow we are off to the wonderful North Beach for brunch and then a spin to Amoeba (records!) to spend the rest of my birthday money (thanks Grams).
I'm sitting here and just watching the bells from the church up the street chime the 6 o'clock hour. Life..it's definitely sucking.