Day three in the Big Brother House
Trip Start Oct 16, 2009
163Trip End Feb 25, 2010
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Pesky jet lag had me up at four thirty this morning. At my age that and a full bladder is the only thing that is going to get me up that time of day and neither of those things are particularly appealing. No matter – it meant I could get on with some stuff and have breakfast before heading off to the REI outdoor store. It would appear that in this part of Ca Sunday worship is given over to two things: bikes and the great outdoors. On the way to the store me and Matt must have seen over a thousand bikes including the sort of Monster Choppers (oooerrr) that would not have been out of place on the discovery channel. And when we got to REI 5 minutes before opening there were a dozen people queued at the door wanting maps, poles, shoes – the lot.
I have to say the map selection was not good – all I wanted was the USGS sheets for the region (like the OS maps that line the shelf in my reading room at home) but all they had were more tourist off-cuts of maps
The remainder of the day was firmly in the wino mode. The fun bus was fully loaded and I took first shift on the driving so that I did have to be designated driver once the booze started flowing. We managed to hit five tastings in one day – which given we started after 1 and left the first tasting way after 3 was good going. The sparkling wines at Gloria's place were the highlight but the pepper jack cheese sampled in Sonoma and subsequently purchased was also a good find.
On the way home from the last tasting which closed at the outrageous but convivial time of 6.30 we turned the Flex fun-buss into a really poor edition of "America’s got some talent but it can’t be heard for all the hollering and flat singing around it". What a laugh!
So after a lardy and boozy day I got back and did some exercise right? No we all gathered around the big brother dinning table and consumed more wine, cheese and some fabulous pizzas.
What I read: A couple more wine tasting menus – load of loquacious old fluff they were
What I saw. A crappy churned up freeway leading to some beautiful back woods wine country.
What I watched. California State Parks – a day hiker’s guide by John McKinney – very accessible and readable – when the rain stops I can pt a couple of suggestions to the test.
What I listened to. The Flex fun-bus resounded to a chorus of lounge music showtunes (on the street where we lived and all that ) before giving way to an eighties set (love was indeed a battlefield) before getting techno-techno large with some nineties club-expose tunes (everyone one in the house SIT DOWN!)