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This is my new favorite thing. Yes it’s an app on the iPhone and it will own this weekend!! Leavening for Savannah tomorrow night!!
What a crazy trip!!! First off we all most got “snowed” by Snowicanne Memo. Our flight was suppose to leave Friday the 8th at 9pm and by Thursday at 2 it had already been cancelled. We didn’t let that get us down. We rallied hard and got rebooked for Saturday afternoon at 5. The pain of losing a day of vacation stings pretty bad. Especially when it’s a short trip to begin with.
Sunday had us up early looking for celebrities of which we saw none. So we set off for Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. There is a crazy flee market there once a month and even though I wasn’t in the market for any garbage I had fun just hanging out in the stadium with Kate Aaron and Alison. In an unbelievable turn if events best good friend of dport7 Brian Lauvrey happened to be in Santa Barbara and was oddly enough going to the very same flee market that day!!! He joined up with us and spent the rest of the day with us while his Santa Barbara friends shopped for furniture.
Monday we went to Venice which Kate and I loved, along with Santa Monica which felt a bit touristy. They are only about five minutes from each other. I’m still having a hard time with the geography of the area as neighborhoods changed quickly. In Santa Monica good friend of dport7 Josh Niegle of Hearts and Lazerbeams fame joined us for the afternoon. His klout is off the chain!
Tuesday our last day found us hiking up the Hollywood hills to the iconic Hollywood sign. It’s a pretty good hike walking all the way up and back but we did it. Although arguably the most touristy thing we could have done it was fun. I snapped some great pictures and got to see some great terrain.
That evening Kate and I met up with her good friend and former coworker Mandy who is always great to see. For dinner we met up with my old college friend Dan to hear a bit more about what living in LA is like.
It was a quick trip. Sadly no time for skateboarding but maybe next time. Check out the pictures!
Man oh man I have fallen behind on my picture posting! Last night I had the strength to get some stuff uploaded and tagged. Below are two sets of shots. The first, some snaps from my time in Singapore and Bintan. The second, from my time with John in Boston for my birthday and the BC ND game. Enjoy!!
Boston Birthday 2012:
We are back from San Diego and I don’t want to say I’m devastated, but I’am sad. It’s pretty tough to come back after a trip like that. The coast is so lovely and the people are so nice its roof stoof flying back into Newark.
That said it was great to see San Diego. I’ve never been and Kate grew up there. The Zoo is great Balboa Park is amazing, as well as the Hotel Del. Kate and I stayed downtown but her parents stayed at the Del so they showed us around. We went out to Point Loma to see the light house. Then up to Ocean Beach, and La Jolla to see the sea lions. The last day Kate and I were on our own so we rented a car and drove up the coast again. We stopped in Ocean Beach so I could live the dream of skateboarding in a California Skate Park. It was great. I’m out of practice and kinda shitty but it was fun just to try. If only I lived there I could go all the time and still be decent even into my 30’s. We had a great time. Enjoy the pictures!!!
I know things have been pretty dark around here. Let’s just be honest with each other for a minute. If you’ve followed the ebb and flow of this site over the years you know it goes in spurts. We happen to be in quite an ebb right now and my only advice to to wait for the flow.
That said I have a bunch of pictures from my Oregon trip last month. Half of these are mine, the other have are Billy’s. Billy was the bachelor of the bachelor party trip. The trip was great no one got hurt and everyone had fun. I even got to see friend of dport7 Aaron Shurts on the day before I returned to NYC. Check out the pics the country side out there is amazing.
In other news (much more recent) Kate got promoted last week!!!!!! It’s been a long time coming and well deserved. The entire dport7 staff has been celebrating all weekend after hearing the news.
Also in other news we are headed to San Diego California on Thursday evening and I will be taking my camera so LOOK OUT!!! I really want to try to get some good shots. I’ve never been there before so I’m looking forward to it!!
Day 4 and 5
We spent our last day in Napa at 1 last winery and the hot springs. The winery was called Chateau Montelena. There is a movie called “Bottle Shock” that is all about how the Chateau got started and it’s pretty good. We then moved on down the road to the famous Calistoga Hot Springs. Really it feels more like a hotel swimming pool but it was great to get some sun outside. We had dinner at Rutherford’s in Napa and I dare say it was the best meal of the trip. I had the Prime Rib but they are famous for their rack of ribs which is what everyone else had.
Kate and I stayed an extra day and walked around San Francisco. We hit all the tourist spots and somehow managed to walk down the worst street in the city. Eddy St. in the Tenderloin, don’t ask. We were able to meet up with our pal for NYC Ben and have dinner and a few drinks which was nice. Check out the pictures they say it better than I can.
Napa Day 3
So we really had to slow things down after day 2. Day 3 saw us only hitting one winery named Artesa. The wine at this place not so good but the views were cray. You’ll see in the pictures this place was built on top of a hill and you could see beautiful views all around. We then went to lunch or brunch at some crazy fancy French place ( please tell no one I went to a French restaurant). Kate took some great food pics check them out. We ended the day with some hangout time here at the little yellow house. We grilled out some fajitas for dinner.
Napa Day 2
Yesterday was pretty intense. We hired a car to take us around so we wouldn’t endanger the locals with wine driving. We ended up making it to 5 wineries Inglenook, Cakebread, Elisabeth Spencer, Mumm, James Cole. I think our favorites were Elisabeth Spencer and James Cole. We ended up struggling through dinner at FARM I was only able to snap one shot. I had the duck and everyone else had the rezoto. Check out the pictures below we had enough fun in one day for a whole week.
If your reading this then you some how survived St. Patrick’s Day. For that I congratulate you. I find St. Patrick’s Day to be my most feared holiday. We encourage the public to all go out and get drunk together. This year being in Columbus was a whole other level. These people drive!!!!! Don’t get me wrong I was with John Diehl so we were driving safely, but it’s the meat heads I’m worried about. John and I stopped in at this party advertised on the radio. This place called Flannigans. Oh the humanity!!!! All the dudes where either really fat and nerdy or type A meat heads and scary. The girls were a similar ratio of fat and unfortunate or hot and busted. Needles to say John and I were incredibly uncomfortable there. Luckily we avoided the cover charge but sneaking in the back band entrance purely by mistake. The rest of the night was lovely eating Danoto’s pizza and drinking Great Lakes beer at John’s apartment.
Truthfully the real reason for my visit was to visit John Diehl and my cousin Krissy and family. I had business in Cincinnati on Thursday and Friday so it was a perfect opportunity to spend the weekend in Ohio to visit some folks I rarely see. Krissy had a baby earlier this year and as often as I get to Ohio I was worried Ethan would be in his early 20’s before I got to hang out. The good news is that Mom and Baby are doing great. Krissy seems to be handling motherhood like a champ and little Ethan couldn’t look more comfortable in his surroundings. I know what your thinking “where are all the pictures of Paul holding the baby!” I prefer to leave that to the capable parents. Cousin Paul brings over some toys and has a beer. No baby holding its just better for everyone that way. As a special treat John and I got to take Krissy out for a burrito giving mom a little hang out time with her favorite cousins. It was just like old time except we are all much older now.
With that said I think it was an incredibly successful trip. Just a few other notes. I got to have lunch with my old pal Rusty on Friday which was great! He’s a relatively new parent as well and seems to be doing great. Lastly one major highlight was John taking me to his super secret baseball club called the Green Diamond in Cincinnati. It’s a private baseball museum he belongs to that is simply incredible. They have old baseball players come and speak every month and I wish I could explain it better but I can’t so just know its amazing and enjoy the pictures posted below.
Wow what a trip!!!!