In celebration of my new job, amongst other things, i decided to have some fun. To wit:

Monday we sauntered over to Dark Carnival and hung out there for a few hours before having a nice dinner and zooming off to Death Guild. We met up with Aki and mostly hung out and chatted with him, though a little dancing was undertaken.

Tuesday was spent puttering around the haus, going to Chaosium to talk to Charlie about my next book (i also got copies of Secrets of San Francisco-huzzah!!), then having practice that night. Gavin was still off traipsing around the Galapagos Islands, so we were still drummerless at this point. Despite that, we were still able to get some work done. We’ve got a couple of new songs in the works, and we hope to have them ready by the time of our next show.

Wednesday, we took a road trip down to Santa Cruz and visited our favorite restaurant, the Saturn Cafe. Yes, me actually enjoying a veggie restaurant. I hardly believe it myself. Record and book shopping were also the order of the day. Picked up the brand new Killing Joke for myself, while Zept got the latest RevCo (which, after listening to it in the car later, is a damn good album- can’t wait to see them next month!). Our next destination was the Brookdale Lodge, but upon arrival, we discovered that their dining room was closed that night. We were offered the karaoke bar as an alternative, but based on the horrific warblings that we could hear, we passed. Instead, we extended our trip through the mountains and took a leisurely drive up Skyline, and eventually arrived at Bella Vista, which i think is probably the swankiest place i’ve ever eaten at. The maitre’d was in a tux, fer chrissakes. And the food was amazing.

Thursday we took a trip by ferry from the island to S.F, with the intention of going to Alacatraz. But stupid us wrongly thought that we could just walk up and get tickets; we found out once we got to Pier 41 that tix were sold out a week in advance. Undaunted, we proceeded to have fun at Pier 39 and allowed ourselves to get caught up in the horrible touristiness of it all. We went to the aquarium, which i’d yet to see, and had some really crappy food. Good fun, all in all, the highlight being the ferry rides to and fro.

Friday was spent cleaning the haus in preparation for Saturday. In the evening, Sherpa came over to watch Brazil with us (she had never seen it before, and i had recently purchased the Criterion edition).

Saturday involved more cleaning and running around. It was more of a Waning Moon Party than a FMP, but we still had a grand time. After a short gathering at our place, we drove over to the new tiki bar in town, Forbidden Island, to meet up with other friends who were already there. Forbidden Island had their grand opening that night, so there was quite the line to get inside. Very neat place, with a great selection of tropical drinks. I had, on the advice from Vegas Johnny, a Zombie. Ouch. After hanging out there for a bit, we retreated back to our place, where the party continued.

Sunday consisted of practice again, then zooming off to Black and Blue for some fill in work. I got the right arm completed, and i’ll be posting pictures soon. Practice went well- we’d been working without Gavin for basically two weeks, but things flowed nicely, and the set sounded really tight. I’m anxious to play these new songs in front of people.

So today marks my last day before the new job. Eeeeeeek!

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