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memorial day visits [May. 31st, 2005|11:55 pm]
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Had a wonderful visit with J and S, as well as chancellor_d this weekend. It was far too short, but we had lots of fun. They arrived Friday evening, and we had some yummy Ranchos for dinner. Turns out that S and D's friend D2 knew a lot of people in common, and both played guitar. In fact, the rest of that evening was an impromptu guitar session at my house; D and I were just slacking and listening, but J, S, and D2 went on for quite a while.

D2 is hitchhiking and ridesharing his way around the Southwest; he's based out of Austin, Texas, and came in with chancellor_d. One of his ex-girlfriends is in the area, and she came over to pick him up. The guess is that the weird hippy / geek / guitar factor freaked her out a little bit, but she stuck around for a few songs anyway.

Saturday we went to the beach. I had a new sunshade that I'd never tried before (worked well, although I need longer stakes to feel comfortable that it won't blow over in the wind), so that was fun for my geeky ex-boy-scout side. We grabbed a few sandwiches at Poma's along the way, and spent a couple of hours on the beach. It was sunny and warm when we got there, then about two hours later the marine layer came back in. J and S went for a couple of long walks, and D mostly napped. :) I whiled away the time looking at the cute scenery, then went for a bit of a swim -- the water was bracing but not painfully cold. Must swim more this summer. (And might chop all my hair off to do so...)

We had some yummy fish tacos that night -- J and S had only ever had Denver-based fish tacos, so they were pleasantly surprised by the yumminess. A few more beers were sampled, but we went to bed pretty early.

Sunday we had a slow start; eventually we got lunch at Newbreak Coffee. D took off to see the boats and then drive either up to LA or back to PHX, while the rest of us went up to the Wild Animal Park. I'd never been there on a weekend before, and it was packed! It took us almost two hours to get onto the tram ... which was fine, since it was warm enough that walking the whole time would have been a drag. Interesting conversation in line, too; an older couple next to us were nice enough, but we very carefully avoided most political talk after they mentioned they'd just gotten back from a religious mission to Africa. J and S had to head north after that, while I just came back home and relaxed.

Monday was a nice lazy day: lunch at Ranchos; worked through the Sunday NYT crossword puzzle. Only drama was a friend who called me for help moving her out of a house due to relationship doom, but it seems that things got smoothed over for now. Hope it works out for them...