I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it, what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don't you know, if you see what I mean.
--P. G. Wodehouse
the train back from Sacramento 2007
Field of sunflowers seen from the train
View of the Carquinez Strait from the train between Martinez and Crockett
From the train to Sacramento 2007
Posted to Flickr afterwards.
From the train to Sacramento Saturday
I like the part where we're right on the bay.
(Alas, Flickr had a problem over the weekend. I tried to upload all these as we traveled for your vicarious enjoyment, but no such luck. It was The Weekend o' Dinah's Rye from Thursday.)
more riding along by the north bay
Beautiful marshland on the way to Sacramento
Sacramento Train Station
Great mural of the First Transcontinental Railroad celebration at this end of the line.
Whee! Wii! 2007
My Wii number is [something I used to have back when this post was written on Vox].
Come on my Wii-owning friends, send me your codes. (Matt H., yours is already in because I found your old post with it).
Rye flight night at Absinthe 2007
Rittenhouse 100 rye
Michters 10 yr rye
Like being in a marble room with a parquet floor after the bustling flavors like dust motes in a working haybarn that is the Rittenhouse.
The delicious Black Maple Hill 18yr rye
Thank you, Absinthe Flight Night.
Thursday the 2nd: Islay Scotch.
Citizen Cake Tomato Night 2007
(photos and descriptions by Joe)
tomato water, tomato oil ceviche thingy
"Trouble at the mill?"
Our universe is simply one of those things that happen from time to time.
jazz at pearl's 2007
@ Jazz at Pearl's, Jonathan Poretz with Noel Jewkes on sax, Lee Bloom on piano, Jeff Neighbor on bass and Vince Lateano on drums
Mmm, cheese 2007
"Enjoy the confidence of more explosive ejaculations" 2007
Boom! Bang! Kapow! are not sounds I like to hear in bed, frankly.
Joe plays with GoogleEarth on the new screen 2007
greetings from my beautiful grandmother 2007
Smuggery in the birthday season 2007
It's truly gratifying to be carded - in New Orleans no less - when you're got double the necessary years to go into a place.
(My jealous friends remarked "Well, you noticed that lady did have very thick glasses", but I found the security person quite perceptive).
Workers on the roof below 2007
I noticed these guys up there - usually not in yellow slickers - at least twice a day every day I was here.
in New Orleans 2007
Robert's beautiful old house
My Negroni, which I was able to order at Marigny Brasserie without having to tell them how to make it and which was delicious
Delightful shrimp cocktail
Coquille something something
deliciousness at Marigny Brasserie
Lamb something something
Amish free-range chicken on Louisiana rice with a cognac-dijon demiglace
omg, so good.
Sandy and her soft shelled crab
Our fantastic waiter, Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson, "legend of the delta blues, sold his soul at the crossroads, reincarnated as a white man in New Orleans with no musical talent whatsoever"
Pecan Pie and a proper Manhattan with rye whiskey
Oh beautiful Marigny Brasserie, for you alone I would visit New Orleans again!
the creme brulee
we all tasted many of the desserts, but no one was unhappy about their choices, so far as I could tell.
Another rainy end-of-lunchtime and another big boat passing by 2007
Pretty paddleboat heading past, presumably on a river tour
more boats in the distance on the other side of the land
and then, 10 or 15 minutes later, it's raining so hard I can barely see the other side of the river
good thing my presentation is here in the building I'm in...
Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone 2007
The non-rotating top of the rotating Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone
(forgot to take a picture at Acme Oyster House where we had dinner and I had my second 1/2 & 1/2 po'boy of the day. Also two grilled oysters. Yum!
The Monteleone napkin
Out of my normal mode and having a silly drink at the Carousel Bar
Snatch the swizzle stick from my hand, grasshopper!
Watching the river 2007
Q: hmm, what will happen when the barge hits the log? A: Not much.
barge carries on along the river
bye bye barge
hello train right below my room
another big ship going by
Oo, another big boat! (Windows over major rivers are fun!)
View of the river from my hotel room in New Orleans 2007
at AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) 2007
[7/14-7/17 according to Google Calendar]
Mr. B's Bistro, Royal Street, New Orleans 2007
trio of soups and a Sazerac from bartender Patrick at Mr. B's Bistro on Royal Street
Good, but not that different from the trio that I had at Acadiana in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago. Whether that's high praise for them or lower marks for Mr. B's, I'm not sure.
The Sazerac was very good, but the high water mark for that remains the one Gary Regan made me at Absinthe at the party for the end of Cocktail Week.
Crab cake at Mr. B's Bistro on Royal Street
Nerd Salon 2007
wishing Jason a happy birthday at the Latin American Club in the Mission 2007
At Latin American Club with the beautiful people
The bright lights in the dark places.
Comment on this picture on Flickr included a response from someone whose photo I'd commented on:
The Bukovac painting is this:
Photos by Ann Larie.