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Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Dave!Last night was a tragic turn of events when I couldn't get any sleep. At all.

It seemed as though every fifteen minutes there was an ice emergency going on at the ice machine outside my hotel room. I can only guess that somebody is making the world's largest frozen margarita... or they're trying to keep a dead body from decomposing while they made plans to flee the country (don't you just hate it when the crack-whore you hire for the evening's entertainment goes and dies of an overdose while you're in the shower?).

Oh well. Who really needs sleep anyway?

I did have an absolutely beautiful morning view of the marina from my balcony though. I went to grab my Canon pocket camera so I could capture the moment, and was pretty upset when I discovered that I forgot to slip it into my backpack for the trip. I then decided to see just how bad a job the crappy camera on my iPhone would do, and somehow managed this...

San Diego Marina at Sunrise

Not bad. Every once in a while iPhone takes pictures like a real camera, and it always takes me by surprise.

From there it was work in San Diego followed by a ride to more work up in Orange County. The weather forecast was dire, but other than a few rain sprinkles, it wasn't the armageddon-level event the television meteorologist warned about.

After work I was lucky enough to hook up with Ninja & Bombshell for dinner and kr├ąpflaarg in Irvine, and got to meet the latest addition to their family. It seems like only yesterday they got married, and here they are with an 8-week-old baby!

As expected, a fun time was had by all, and dinner at The Veggie Grill was fantastic. There were quite a few birds entertaining us by goofing off and scavenging around our table. One bird in particular caught our attention because he appeared to only have one leg. But every once in a while he would drop his other leg and go hopping around. Eventually we figured out he had a foot that was deformed, and figured it must have been easier for him to just tuck it up rather than try to stand on it. Tonight as I was looking through my iPhone photos, I zoomed in and noticed his "good foot" was also looking a bit deformed...

Bird with One Foot?

What a trooper! He didn't seem to be malnourished or anything. He just had a little tougher time getting around than other birds, but had found a way to adapt to the situation just fine. Yet another example of nature inspiring us to cope with adversity in our lives.

And thus ends my adventure in SoCal. A big thanks to Ninja and Bombshell for the 150 miles they drove in order to hang out with me today. I am totally not worth that kind of trouble, but was happy to meet up again after two years!

Halloween Caramel Apples

Really, really hoping that my journey home tomorrow is incident-free...

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  1. Hilly says:

    I’m so glad you got to meet the baby – how awesome!

  2. wow, i actually love that marina photo. way to go, iphone.
    here’s hoping you get a full eight hours sometime in the VERY near future…

  3. martymankins says:

    Oh, Orange County, how I miss you. Good think a visit from Dave2 brings remote happiness.

  4. Rebecca says:

    How do those people get their boats out of the middle?

    I love nature’s role models.

    Those apples look good (they are apples, right?)

    Safe travels, Dave.

  5. nicole says:

    I think the iPhone camera sucks but maybe I just suck at taking pics with it since people seem to love it and the photos they post from it are always better than mine. :p

  6. Jeff says:

    Another near miss! Dave, you were quite a bit less than 150 miles from where I live and I would had loved to drive out to meet you.

    A little advance notice…..

    Maybe next time! I’m glad you had a good day.

    BTW, a sprinkle here in SoCal qualifies as a weather apocalypse; more than an inch of rain over a couple of days qualifies as a disaster. Wimps!

  7. I love The Veggie Grill! I live in OC and have been there several times. Another favorite in that general area is Native Foods (vegan) in Costa Mesa. Their Mama Mia pizza is really tasty.

    If you ever find yourself working in the South Bay area in Los Angeles, The Veggie Grill also has a location in El Segundo. It’s actually just a couple of miles from my office, so it’s a favorite spot when I go out for lunch.

  8. Thanks so much for hanging with the Eiler family! We had a great time catching up with you again. Next time please don’t forget your cookies!

  9. whall says:

    Wow, that *is* a great iphone snap. I’ve been using “night camera” at Jester’s recommendation because it almost always helps stabilize the camera.

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