Trip Start Aug 09, 2004
Trip End Aug 29, 2004

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

We left San Diego to travel up the coast to Napa and San Francisco, with a brief stop off in L.A.

San Diego is a bit weird and it definitely seems to have a bit of a chip on it's shoulder. Most people there seem to be a bit aloof and be all about being a "local". I don't know I mean the city was beautiful and seemed really clean and I loved the style of all the buildings, but the people kind of put me off. Celeste and I had talked a few years back about moving there, and while I don't think we would have been mad at ourselves if we had, I'm kind of glad we didn't. The third day at the beach and Old Town was great though and just about made up for the first couple of days. Benjamin, you brought me more than my vegetarian enchiladas...you brought San Diego joy to my heart. Love the white boots too.

Travel note: we've been at the mercy of the car's radio anytime we had to drive anywhere. It's kind of getting to me, but I've also discovered some things about radio in the west. First, San Diego's version of WFNX is amazing. By far the best radio station I've ever gotten to listen to. No crap, the DJs told thier opinions of the songs and the highlight; they played the new Pinback single right as we were driving in to Old Town. Now that's a radio station I can get behind. I also realized that if Little John produced your song, it's getting played 10,000 times a day.

So anyway, we left San Diego and headed north. We had plenty of time to kill and we decided to stop in L.A. (Also our friend Sage lives there and we wanted to try and meet up with her; which we didn't. Boo!) So we stopped in Venice Beach to see what that was about. Guess what? It's about crap. We walked up onto the boardwalk to see a dude balancing on a ladder with some fake snakes talking about the war on Iraq and snakes allowing him to talk. We kept walking a came up on "muscle beach" (not sure if that's what it's called, but it works for me) which was empty and disappointing. Since the boardwalk was so full of awesomeness, we walked through a little square to the beach, where we heard some guy talking about how he gets to a point where he snaps and he just wants to see you on the ground covered in blood. Hey bring the kids and the umbrella! Build a sand castle and then push a guy to beat your head in! Where's the cooler!?

So we spent a grand total of 5 minutes on Venice Beach, which was just enough time to make that snap judgement. Next we drove to Hollywood and Beverly Hills to drive around a bit and see what was there. That's where we saw the "dancing" woman. She was great and should be on Star Search. We then went up to Mann's theater and decided to get out and walk around a bit. We saw where Jimmy Kimmel films his show, as well as the people dressed up like superheros that he had competing in olympic type events earlier in the week. It was pretty shabby, but it was cool to see. But that doesn't matter. We were here for one thing; In and Out burger. Thats right; we got back in the car and drove up to the In and Out burger referenced in The Big Lebowski. In a display of unchecked aggression, I threw Celeste's milkshake at a guy walking down the street while yelling "Is this your homework Larry!?!" He gave me a thumbs up.

We spent the next 4 hours listening to crazy people broadcast on AM stations about how Jesus will crush the will of you and break your face and make gay people who get married blow up and die in fires. Good times no? We spent the night in Patterson California to break up the trip a bit. It was what it was, although I got a really good Boca burger from Denny's. Next I'll tell you how we bought $15 worth of jelly beans.--Nick
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