Six C's Under

Trip Start Apr 05, 2007
Trip End Apr 22, 2007

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Before going further, I wanted to send my deepest sympathies to those affected by the senseless and brutal murders that took place yesterday at Virginia Tech.  Regardless of whether we as individuals have a direct connection, none of us can help but be overcome by sadness. 


Six C's Under
Tonight is a short update, as I'm trying by best to go to bed early in a valiant attempt to get up at 5 a.m. for a spin class. Sleeping until 8:00 a.m. west coast time is not going to help me next week when I try to return to any sense of life or schedule BC (Before California).

This week has been all about C's: catching up, cuisine, cats, Che, credit and cars, and believe me, I have the stories to prove it.

Catching Up:
Catching up with old friends is an obvious one, and you know there are few people in life with whom you can pick up where you left off, whether a month, a year, or several years have gone by. It gives you that warm feeling of home, and I most certainly can do that with Heather.  It's been almost seven years since we saw each other, and it feels like a week. Without fail this week, we've laughed a lot, and shared the odd tear (usually after a bottle of wine, but hey...), so it's always nice to be able to go back and pick up from where we left off. 

Heather and Craig, as mentioned, are both "foodies" like me, and together we've all been appreciating (not overindulging in) some amazing, mouth-watering food, whether it be home made by us, or by someone else who presents us with a bill at the end of a meal.  Additionally, the three of us are spicy-food fanatics, so we've had great fun sharing in some terrifically spicy meals, and it just keeps getting better.  It's been great just eating my way (with my friends) through my vacation!

Mae and Jem are the resident cats.  Jem is a Canuck, and moved to San Diego with Heather in 2001 - I haven't asked if she has her Green Card.  Mae is the newest member of the family, and is a rambunctious Calico kitty, who has more energy than a can of Red Bull! I understand from Heather and Craig that Calico's are known for being spunky, and this one is no different!  The name "Mae" is, rather aptly, short for Mae-hem, and she provides hours of endless entertainment, particularly when she and Che come face-to-face.  Mae is a little monkey, and I'm sure I'll get some fun photos of her as the days go by. Jem, by the way, doesn't really like her little sister, and often emits dog-like growls in Mae's general direction.

Che is the resident Blue-Fronted Amazon parrot.  I used to have a Mexican Red Headed Amazon parrot named Fred, so being around Che has really reminded me of how much I liked having a parrot, and how much I miss my Freddy. While I don't dare test my luck with Che by offering up my finger as a perch-cum-snack, he's received plenty of treats from me since my arrival. He's a character as well, and the dynamic of the three companion animals is really enjoyable to witness.  I've been companion-less (as in feathered or furried, or, come to think of it, the flesh-kind as well) for some years now, and after growing up with pets my entire life until about three years ago, there always is this small void that exists when you don't share your life with one.

Credit - oh ya, that. Without going into the gory details, I've had a successful shopping vacation.  Those who know me well know I always look for a good deal, and am hard-pressed to buy things that aren't well worth the money.  Heather herself admits she learned how to shop for bargains from yours truly - hey, some people win lotteries, and I sniff-out bargains.  If I were smart, I'd moonlight as a personal "thrift" shopper; I'd make millions I'm sure!!! Today, however, was the best day of all, as I had a field-day at Wilson's Leather...the deals were SO amazing, that I simply couldn't leave the store empty-handed. ;-)

And finally, my favourite subject - cars.  Well, maybe not my absolute favourite, but close to it. Sometimes I think I'm more like a guy in the sense that I love to drive, and I appreciate a cool car, even if I don't have one myself. California is the place to be for cool cars, that's for sure - imagine, cars older than mine without a spot of rust on them!  Amazing!  Today, I saw my first-ever Lamborghini in the flesh, err, rubber.  I was so overwhelmed, I could barely look at it - and then as I looked around, I wondered whose it was. What a car!!!  Had the owner come along, and looked friendly, I would have asked him for a spin around the parking lot - my goodness what a machine! Only in San Diego...

Well, that's it for now - I'm off to hit the sack for my early-morning spin class. I hear I'm bringing the warm weather home with me on the weekend - you can thank me later!

Be well,
K x
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