I will be in San Francisco this Tuesday (Ian as Scott)

Yes, this is my first official duty as co-moderator, and I will be out
West in San Fran, LA & Denver this week – ALL on United. 5 United
flights in one week – if you add up all of the minutes, how late do you
think I’ll be? Closest guess wins a beer (don’t cheat & look at the web
site!)

Ian – I would like you to make good on the NJ comment and have to sit in
5-6 miles of traffic for the Del Mem Bridge tonight like I had to do. So
much fun to go 5 miles in just over a 1/2 hour…

So another friend got married today. Ironically, it was in Red Bank, NJ –
about 3 mins from the last wedding that I went to. I am not comfortable
being able to find things in NJ without directions.

This was the 4th wedding where it was a mix of a Jewish and non-Jewish
pair. I must say – this is the best way to have a wedding. The ceremony
was VERY short – and at this one, you could bring your drink to it, since
there was a cocktail hour BEFORE the ceremony! A quick thanks be to god,
some lines from the bible, and mazeltov – you’ve got a new couple! How
cool is that?

Things to do in Denver (and Fort Worth) when you’re dead…

ALOHA!

You know, its never a good thing that my roommate finds out where I am from Skippy who called me looking for my roommate… if you can parse that sentence, you’re sicker than I am.

Any rate… I’m back. I spent a few days in Austin… not a bad town, lots ‘o music.

I spent a week in Denver… skiing wasn’t so good. There was only 30″ on the ground at Copper Mountain. But, heck, I never skied out there before. If you are traveling to Denver (specifically you Oracle folks) do not stay the Hyatt Regency in the Tech Center. The walls are paper thin… one night, my next door neighbors where having their company holiday party. At 12:45am they decided to come back from the party and start yelling at each other in the way completely unique to twenty-something drunken men… even with three pillows on my head, I couldn’t block it out. It was the closest I have ever come to knocking on the door and beating the shit out of whomever opened it. I did learn some interesting things about my neighbors: the loudest one, Josh, weighed about 300 pounds and lost his virginity at age 20. These were not things I needed to hear at one in the morning.

From Denver, I flew to Fort Worth. Most people fly into DFW and then keep flying… I, like a fool, got out of the airport… big mistake. Fort Worth has undergone, apparently, a huge amount of urban renewal. But not matter how much urban renewal you have undergone, when the big event of the season is your annual Stock Show (with great events for the kids) you can’t really be a respectable urban area. While in Fort Worth, I was working on the 25th floor of the a building. Okay, DC residents, when was the last time you were on the 25th floor on anything? I could see the Dallas sprawl… what an inspired view.

Booze Nooze You Can Yooze…
In Denver, check out the Wynkoop Brewery in LoDo. I recommend the Elk Medallions to eat and the Artillery Ale and Scottish Ale to drink… great beer!

In Fort Worth, check out the The Grape Escape and the Flying Saucer. The Grape Escape is a good wine bar that sells flights of wines… the food is light, which is good compared the rest of the standard Texas-fare. The Flying Saucer is an amazing beer hall… great stuff on tap, great stuff in bottles. It’s a lot like The Brickskellar, but I wouldn’t be as afraid to eat the food.

Atlanta by way of Richmond

Things you never want to hear from your airplane pilot… “Folks, we don’t have enough gas to circle for the next 40 minutes, like ground control at Dulles wants us to. So, we are going to land at Richmond and wait until we are cleared there.”

Why couldn’t we land at National, I thought to myself… ‘cuz that makes too much sense.

An insightful comment:

“No wonder why people worshipped a Jewish carpenter.” – Josh upon our 25th unsuccessful attempt at hanging a picture frame.

How were people’s weekends? I was in Atlanta, and the last few times I have been in Atlanta there have been disasters. One time a Cessna tried to land in the middle of the major highway. This time there were tornados. Simply, I shouldn’t travel.

Tornado, Nato, and other traffic causing disasters

I moved this weekend…

Editorial Note: Moving sucks. Here’s why… that nice solid coffee table that you like so much, well guess what, it ways 2500 pounds, is cumbersome, and cannot fit in your new apartment. Another example, that freight elevator in your apartment is always in use and slower than walking.

Moving does have some advantages. People bring you beer… beer good.

… well at least the move is over.

Stats from the move:

* Most stylish mover: Viv, for her appearance in heels and with pet
* Best use of the dolly: Kate wheeling around Heather
* Best driver: Josh, a real trucker
* Best moving company: Yoko Ono Movers Inc… just ask us for a reference
* Best almost gift: the Wandering Jew plant
* Universal way to carry things: Like a table… except for tables, which need to be rolled like a spool.

Back to your regularly scheduled madness…