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I'll be flying to Seattle on Friday, Jan 23, and out (to Wenatchee (iata:EAT) (and then on to Quincy)) on Sunday, around 4pm. I'm staying at the Ace Hotel and haven't yet decided to rent a car.

On Wednesday, I'll be flying EAT->SEA->SFO and driving down to Sunnyvale, where I'll be staying Wed and Thu. night.

I'll have a car, and be at loose ends, from Friday after work until Sunday, 6:30pm, when I fly SFO->SEA->BOS.

The only square dancing I've found during those times is:
Interlocked Squares, Cupertino, on Thursday (I'm not sure I'll be able to make it, there might be work obligations, or not...)
... and I THOUGHT there was something on Friday, but I can't find it now.

I have no idea where I'm staying for that weekend.

Who wants to do things? What things should I be doing?
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Having just read [personal profile] coraline's post (on LJ, I keep forgetting the dw syntax for lj users) of her ongoing Spain/France travelogue, I'm reasonably sad that I've never managed such a fabulous writeup of any of my trips (let alone pictures half as good).

I started this sitting in OAK about to board a flight back home after being in SF since the very start of July 4th.

I spent the 1st few days of that square dancing with about 1100 others (including about 18-20 others from Tech Squares) at Weave Your Heart In San Francisco and then the rest of the time touristing with 2 of the Tech Squares folks. (1 has an LJ she almost never uses and I can't remember, and the other, I don't know/doubt if he has one at all.)

I really hope to write more later, but for now, 2 things:
A) Ice Cream
I didn't make it to Humphrey Slocombe. Their hours were always too early for me to get there.

I DID make it to BiRite Creamery twice, and Ici (in Berkeley) once, as well has having Gelatto in the SF equiv. of Little Italy once.

A1) why is ice cream cheaper there than here? We both have cows... and almost all the rest of the food in the region is more expensive than here.

A2) BiRite: Strawberry Balsamic, Orange Cardamom, Roasted Banana, Basil. All were excellent. the OC was amazing. I bought the cookbook.

A3) Ici: Nectarine, Burnt Caramel, Vanilla. All were very good. Nectarine was excellent. BiRite won this contest. The Pink Peppercon/Sour Cherry was too peppery (and a bit too gritty) for me, but the concept was solid.

B) Incanto. As both of my regular traveling companions are vegetarians, I went here with Twitter user=@sunshinemug. It was excellent. Chris was in the restaurant for a while, but I didn't quite feel up to intruding - though he was working the floor for part of it. The men's room stall came equipped with an Encyclopedia Brittanica for your reading pleasure.

Beginnings: Smoked pork tongue, stone fruits, mustard & watercress; Boccalone salumi platter (piglet (small))

Supper: Beef heart, sweetbreads, radish, pea tendrils & bone marrow vinaigrette; Pork belly, salsiccia, plum agrodolce & mizuna.

Ending: Bushberry crostata, Douglas fir & pinenut brittle ice cream

Everything was excellent except the bread & butter (so called) pickles on the salumi plate and some of the greens on one of the plates, which were too bitter for me. (I DID try them 2-3x to be sure.)

The pork belly was the best hunk of same that either of us had ever had. The fat was sort of the ideal essence of fat, not at all greasy or chewy, and not even really unctuous. Just ideally fatty, and the lean was tender and beautifully bathed in said fat.
It was almost a shame that the sausage was on the same plate, as it was a VERY good sausage, but next to that pork belly...

I had a bunch of other good food that I hope to burble about later. In the mean time, I should've been asleep 90m ago at least.
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I'm going to be in SF from Jul 3-13(ish) and will be kicking around the area touristing for the 8-13ish. I'll be at the National Gay Square Dance Convention over that 1st weekend.

Should I come home on a Saturday night/Sunday morning red-eye, missing whatever the Bay Area has to offer for that night, and getting more rest on Sunday (before returning to work), or do I just push through it and come home on Sunday - again, probably on a red-eye - and go to work on Monday?

Also, if you're out there: A) Shall we visit? B) might you happen to have some crash space for some of the time? Possibly for 2 people - I'll be kicking around the area with another square dancer...

Also, what shouldn't I/we miss?
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A bit of packing.
9AM Bus to NYC.
Hotel in the west village.
Okonomiyaki in the east village. (been jonsing for it since Amsterdam)
Patty LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Wander around the city Saturday night. MacBar? Rice To Riches? Frites? Even maybe {gasp} some live music?
Sleep.
Wander around the city Sunday morning/early afternoon. No idea what I'll be doing then.
4pm Bus back.

Anyone want to join me for any of it?
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Discoveries of the 1st 28 hrs:
  • Heineken in its own country, on tap, is drinkable.
  • Center city is very small.
  • I would prefer it not be raining. However, I'm coping. And yes, I know what weather I'm missing in Boston.
    • Related: I've bought a museum card. Is anyone I know likely to be visiting here in the next year that I should be bringing it home for, or should I be trying to sell it to my landlady (I'm in a room via AirBnB.com) for some percentage of its cost as an added benefit to her future lodgers?
    • The Hermitage Amsterdam is an impressive building that is, at the moment, full of stuff I don't care about.
    • The Rembrandt House is a very differently impressive building and I very much like the current exhibit.
    • I'm still planning on the Highlights-Only Rijksmueum experience.
    • And the Amsterdam Museum.
    • And Van Gogh.
  • I've yet to go to a 'Coffee Shop', but I have Andy Looney's page of 10 favorites up in my browser.
    • However, the fact that half the people visiting here seem to be here to get stoned is actually somewhat offputting.
  • It was lovely to see [livejournal.com profile] _nicolai_ last night.
    • This draws attention to the fact that I wish I had a traveling companion. Anyone have any suggestions of people they know in town? :)
  • www.wynand-fockink.nl makes some very nice alcohol. I had the Quarter To Five, and the (Prune?) Punch - ladled from a vat next to all the bottles.
    • I'll be going back on Friday to see Kate's friend, who wasn't in today.
    • I'm still debating the distillery tour on Saturday.
  • Why aren't there any Indonesian restaurants in Boston??
  • I'm disturbed that the statue of Rembrandt in Rembrandtplein was surrounded by a dozen or more large freestanding posters with scenes from all the Harry Potter movies.
  • I found a very large game store I want to get back to when it's open.
    • I hate how early so many things close...
  • It's just as picturesque as you've heard, though the rain has limited the picture taking I've done.
  • I have no idea what I'm going to do tomorrow. Probably depends on the weather... which looks generally crappy for the rest of the time I'm here, other than Friday. {sigh}
  • I didn't find a sleep-mask today.

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Off we go!

Jul. 4th, 2011 10:33 am
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Today starts my 2 week European odyssey...
Today I fly to Hamburg, Thu-Sun I'm in the Hamburg suburb of Barmstedt for http://ipac-barmstedt.de/ then back to Hamburg for a couple of days, then 6 days in Amsterdam and an overnight layover in Iceland on the way home.

I expect to have net, and I expect to mostly not use it that much.

If you leave me your address in a (screened) comment, I'll _try_ - no promises - to get you a postcard. :)

If there's anything I _must_ do, let me know.

Have lovely fireworks!
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So, I'm going to be in Rochester (NY) for an event on the 24th.
I'm returning home Very Frakking Early on Tuesday the 27th.

I have Sunday and Monday available for wandering about and touristing and such.

By my figuring, the options are:
Rochester
Buffalo/Niagra
Toronto
Kitchener/Waterloo
The various spaces between the cities.

Opinions? Ideas? Offers of entertainment and/or crash space?
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So, I'm going to be in Rochester (NY) for an event on the 24th.
I'm returning home Very Frakking Early on Tuesday the 27th.

I have Sunday and Monday available for wandering about and touristing and such.

By my figuring, the options are:
Rochester
Buffalo/Niagra
Toronto
Kitchener/Waterloo
The various spaces between the cities.

Opinions? Ideas? Offers of entertainment and/or crash space?
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Sadly, the audio-only recordings I made of the Oysterband concerts didn't come out well (The Nokia E71 has a good voice recorder app, but it's not that good.), but I have some (relatively) good videos of The Destroyers in Bristol, and a really pretty nice recording of the Oysters' _Put_Out_The_Lights_ in London.

Everything's up on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/baitcommajail

Enjoy!
More about the trip later.
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Sadly, the audio-only recordings I made of the Oysterband concerts didn't come out well (The Nokia E71 has a good voice recorder app, but it's not that good.), but I have some (relatively) good videos of The Destroyers in Bristol, and a really pretty nice recording of the Oysters' _Put_Out_The_Lights_ in London.

Everything's up on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/baitcommajail

Enjoy!
More about the trip later.
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A) it's very hard to get the fanboy Torchwood pics when the Rally of Great Britain has its 'festival' on top of the elevator opening.

B) If you happen to be in Cardiff this holiday season: http://westend.broadwayworld.com/article/John_Barrowman_To_Star_In_ROBIN_HOOD_THE_PANTOMIME_ADVENTURE_1212_01242010_20090629

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A) it's very hard to get the fanboy Torchwood pics when the Rally of Great Britain has its 'festival' on top of the elevator opening.

B) If you happen to be in Cardiff this holiday season: http://westend.broadwayworld.com/article/John_Barrowman_To_Star_In_ROBIN_HOOD_THE_PANTOMIME_ADVENTURE_1212_01242010_20090629

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As there seem to be no cruises sailing up the Avon today, to Brunel's bridge or such, I'm off to Cardiff for the day.

Woo. :)
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As there seem to be no cruises sailing up the Avon today, to Brunel's bridge or such, I'm off to Cardiff for the day.

Woo. :)
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Does anyone want to join me for lunch at St. John, either Smithfield or Spitalfields, in a week?

I'm going to try to make the booking tomorrow or Thursday at the latest.
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Does anyone want to join me for lunch at St. John, either Smithfield or Spitalfields, in a week?

I'm going to try to make the booking tomorrow or Thursday at the latest.
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Things you don't expect to see on exhibit at the Museum Of The History Of Science in the Old Ashmolean Museum... Works by people you know. (That'd be stuff by Tom Willeford, in the Steampunk exhibit.)

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Things you don't expect to see on exhibit at the Museum Of The History Of Science in the Old Ashmolean Museum... Works by people you know. (That'd be stuff by Tom Willeford, in the Steampunk exhibit.)

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If you were arriving at Heathrow on Saturday Morning, and had to be in Bristol by Monday night, what would you do with the weekend?
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If you were arriving at Heathrow on Saturday Morning, and had to be in Bristol by Monday night, what would you do with the weekend?
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I'm sitting here, on the Northbound platform of the Baltimore Light Rail's Univ. of Baltimore/Mt. Royal station, waiting for the train to Hunt Valley, using wireless from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

It makes the annoying (and kinda warm) wait for the train less, well, annoying.

Here it is now.
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I'm sitting here, on the Northbound platform of the Baltimore Light Rail's Univ. of Baltimore/Mt. Royal station, waiting for the train to Hunt Valley, using wireless from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

It makes the annoying (and kinda warm) wait for the train less, well, annoying.

Here it is now.
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So, SmarterLiving's doing a corporate offsite.

It'll be in Las Vegas in early January.

I'm not sure what the evenings are going to look like, but I'm getting to at LEAST one Cirque show. I'd love to get to all of them, but that seems unlikely.

DrBitch, Frotz: Where were your posts about LV Food?

What else should I be trying to cram in around the work meetings? (They're covering 2 nights, certain, maybe 3.)
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So, SmarterLiving's doing a corporate offsite.

It'll be in Las Vegas in early January.

I'm not sure what the evenings are going to look like, but I'm getting to at LEAST one Cirque show. I'd love to get to all of them, but that seems unlikely.

DrBitch, Frotz: Where were your posts about LV Food?

What else should I be trying to cram in around the work meetings? (They're covering 2 nights, certain, maybe 3.)
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So, let's see...we couldn't cancel the hotel we booked through priceline, so I'm spending tonight and tomorrow at a Holiday Inn in Bloomington. Happily, they not only have net in-room, it's FREE Wireless. This is very cool.


When I woke up this morning, the worst of my foot pain had passed, leaving a messed up ankle from walking on it funny over the past 2 days...I bought an ankle brace and, by the time it was time to leave or bail, I was feeling like I could dance, so...

I danced to my 7th Square Dance Caller tonight (http://www.lse.org/~jailbait/callers.html ) - Dan Salstrom at the Minneapolis Wild Roses.

It's interesting dancing with an explicitly gay group, and with a mixed mainstream/plus group.

Things I learned tonight about my dancing:
- My recovery skills when dancing arky (the female/follower role) are much much weaker than when I'm dancing normal - even when doing mainstream. Those same skills still need work even when dancing normal.

- It's very very hard to change your hardwired flourishes to deal with another group's habits...

- The singing of 'Announcements, announcements, annou-ounce-ments!' is not just a Tech aberration.

- When dancing with a gay club, learn what they mean by 'boy' - current beau position or person who started out as 'boy'/leader - before the tip gets started - most of the time, it's obvious, but there are times when it can be unclear.

- While storing my badge in my courier bag - badge inside, magnet out - works most of the time, don't do it when flying...you'll lose the magnet. :/

When I arrived, there were six couples dancing a rectangle...I was amused.

They'd recently graduated a mainstream class (which ran Sept-Jan...) and so, along with me and the 2 other guests, they had 2 squares of MS, and 1 of plus. They're trying to figure out how to recruit more. I have no idea what the answer to that is, other than go and become part of a local university. All in all, very nice people...including one person who might come out to Tech around the time of Pinewoods English Week...but it becomes VERY obvious about the level that Tech dances...


I spent the earlier part of the day - after breakfast at Hell's Kitchen (YAY!) - I went to the Science Museum Of Minnesota...it's quite nice. It has a buch of good exploritorium-type stuff, great space, cool art/science installations, and currently, a very nice "Items From Our Collection" exhibit. The Omni theater's also extremely cool - but I'll get into the details of why later.


Tomorrow? Who knows...maybe Al's Breakfast (per suggestion from Ambar...) then, who knows...
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So, let's see...we couldn't cancel the hotel we booked through priceline, so I'm spending tonight and tomorrow at a Holiday Inn in Bloomington. Happily, they not only have net in-room, it's FREE Wireless. This is very cool.


When I woke up this morning, the worst of my foot pain had passed, leaving a messed up ankle from walking on it funny over the past 2 days...I bought an ankle brace and, by the time it was time to leave or bail, I was feeling like I could dance, so...

I danced to my 7th Square Dance Caller tonight (http://www.lse.org/~jailbait/callers.html ) - Dan Salstrom at the Minneapolis Wild Roses.

It's interesting dancing with an explicitly gay group, and with a mixed mainstream/plus group.

Things I learned tonight about my dancing:
- My recovery skills when dancing arky (the female/follower role) are much much weaker than when I'm dancing normal - even when doing mainstream. Those same skills still need work even when dancing normal.

- It's very very hard to change your hardwired flourishes to deal with another group's habits...

- The singing of 'Announcements, announcements, annou-ounce-ments!' is not just a Tech aberration.

- When dancing with a gay club, learn what they mean by 'boy' - current beau position or person who started out as 'boy'/leader - before the tip gets started - most of the time, it's obvious, but there are times when it can be unclear.

- While storing my badge in my courier bag - badge inside, magnet out - works most of the time, don't do it when flying...you'll lose the magnet. :/

When I arrived, there were six couples dancing a rectangle...I was amused.

They'd recently graduated a mainstream class (which ran Sept-Jan...) and so, along with me and the 2 other guests, they had 2 squares of MS, and 1 of plus. They're trying to figure out how to recruit more. I have no idea what the answer to that is, other than go and become part of a local university. All in all, very nice people...including one person who might come out to Tech around the time of Pinewoods English Week...but it becomes VERY obvious about the level that Tech dances...


I spent the earlier part of the day - after breakfast at Hell's Kitchen (YAY!) - I went to the Science Museum Of Minnesota...it's quite nice. It has a buch of good exploritorium-type stuff, great space, cool art/science installations, and currently, a very nice "Items From Our Collection" exhibit. The Omni theater's also extremely cool - but I'll get into the details of why later.


Tomorrow? Who knows...maybe Al's Breakfast (per suggestion from Ambar...) then, who knows...
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I've been meaning to post this for a while.
I found the slip of paper today and finally remembered to bring it in with me.

So, in 5/99, I went on a whirlwind 4-country-in-9-day business trip for Interleaf.

It was going to be shorter than that, but I was stuck in Main-Tannus-Zentrum, outside Frankfurt, for 2.5 days longer than planned thanks to UPS and the customs depts of US and Germany.

After I finished in the burbs, it was Friday late afternoon. I decided to spend Friday night in town and leave Frankfurt mid-afternoon Saturday, seeing a bit of the town that I'd been so near.

Looking through the tourist papers, I found that the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel (Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse 7, www.arabellasheraton.de) had a really great weekend rate going, so I booked and got a cab.

It's a very nice hotel.

It was late enough that I didn't bother looking for a nearby local restaurant, I just ate in the main hotel restaurant.

Win.

The dinner cost DM170 - about $100 at the time - and was worth it.

It went as follows:

Gin & Tonic

Cream Soup Of Asparagus served with Balik Salmon Strips

Salad "Mimosa" of White Asparagus served with Venison Ham and Tuscany Olive Oil

Roasted Saddle of Venison Served with Sweetbreads, potato crepe and kohlrabi.

Port (no, I didn't note whose. It was very good, but not superb.)

Chocolate Tart with Wild Cherry Sauce and (I failed to note the flavor) Ice Cream


It was the 1st time I'd ever had sweetbreads and I was quite pleasantly surprised.

And the service was excellent. :)

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