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So what happened to summer? Sunday it was hot as the dickens, then Sunday night it turned cold (well, cold by southern California standards - back to 75°), and now it looks like fall has arrived - WHOMP! I noticed it used to do that back in Philly, too - the day after Labor Day it would just suddenly turn into autumn overnight. Weird, but welcomed - these last few weeks have been unbearably hot (well, hot by southern California standards - in the 80's!).

Friday night I took it easy. darkscydeDaniel took me to Miramar College to be his cheerleader to get over the wall, but it wasn't happening. Afterwards the household went out to dinner at Islands.

Saturday I had my annual eye exam and bought another year's worth of contact lenses (got a price break plus a rebate plus will get money back from my insurance, so it's all good). From there I went to the Living Room to do some work online before the (rescheduled) LYC Executive Committee meeting at Bamboo Tea (which went well), followed by Saturday tea and dinner at Amarin Thai.

Now udmanYudi called Friday night and asked me to bring some of my games for Travis' party on Saturday (i.e., mundane games, i.e., games Yudi wants/is actually able to play, i.e., "games that you don't have to think about," i.e., "NOT games your roommates like to play," i.e., Clue, Uno, Jenga, Apples to Apples, etc., nothing too "geeky"). I told him sure, I'd bring them to the party, but he said, no, bring them to the meeting (which of course he couldn't attend) and he'd pick them up from me. When I got to the Living Room I thought, hmmm, I'll just leave the in the car and when he shows up I'll give him my keys, but then I thought, hmmm, Yudi will definitely be running late and will probably get mad that I don't have them right there for him to take, so I should bring them in with me (after all, I was really doing this for Travis, not Yudi). So I schlep them to the Living Room, then to Bamboo Tea... and of course he never shows up anyway, so I schlep them to dinner, then back to my car, then to the party after dinner. Ugh.

The party was fun, though. Yudi went to get Travis while Vince, one of the SDGMC members, organized things at the community room in his apartment complex. My first San Diego ex Joe was there, and he still never acknowledges what a jerk he was to me. Ass.  mike14780Michael was there, who I haven't seen in forever, and he got a little drunk, which was amusing. Travis was very surprised, although you can never tell with him because he's too laid back. He's so cute, tho - at one point Vince told him that he and Yudi were going to strip down to their underwear and have a pillow fight for his birthday, and Travis was all like, "OK!" with that goofy grin of his. (Of course I pointed out that my birthday was coming up soon, too, so...) Recognized a few faces from the chorus, and ended up spending a lot of time talking to Daniel (who just went out on a date or two with Yudi now that he's single AGAIN), and his friends Eduardo and Jose. Much fun was had playing Apples to Apples, Uno, and a new card game they taught me, spoons.

At one point I said to Yudi that we could have an exes convention - there was me, Travis, Dr. David (who came with a very cute muscular Asian boy) and his now-roommate Brady (who came with an even hotter ex-Navy tattooed Flip). I thought it might be a good idea to sit Daniel down and explain The Ways of Yudi to him (which wouldn't be a long conversation). Yudi didn't like that idea. (He also didn't like me showing pictures from an LYC pot luck where we raffled off some Asian porn because he thought it gave us a "bad image," to which I replied, then why did we raffle them off in the first place? Whatever.)

So all in all a lovely party. The bunch of them ended up going to TJ to see some stripper boys, but I bowed out and headed home.

Sunday I got up, loaded the car, stopped at Smart & Final, and headed to the LYC new member picnic in Balboa Park. T'was quite fun and well-attended, although it took both me and Mike to figure out how best to get the coals started. Was there for quite a while, and finally headed home. I was pretty wiped from the day in the sun (got a little burned, too), so I just vegged for the rest of the day, made some dinner, and had a nice chat with pinoyboytoyQ (didn't talk to him Friday night as he was out clubbing in DC nor Saturday night as he was in Baltimore at Comic-Con with Darwin).

Yesterday it was back to work, and Annamarie came back from maternity leave. It'll be interesting working towards getting her back into the swing of things, but it's all good. Because it was actually chilly overnight my sniffles and stuffiness came back, but I made it through the day, although by the time I got home I was really tired so I took a nap. I got up just as Q called, and I talked to him while making dinner. He's been really tired too lately so maybe it's the change of seasons.

Today has been ok so far. Nothing planned for tonight (except maybe cleaning the bathroom) as thomasmMyke put up a poll for the new folks joining us for gaming and it's been decided to move it to Wednesdays.

Tomorrow morning is an all ER meeting at 8:00 am - bleargh. Then gaming, and both Stuart and David said they could come - hooray! If we add in Bill and lenniersdHans we'll have a rollicking good crew.

Got a Conjecture staff meeting Saturday at the Polar Den followed by darrelxDarrel & glittercat13Kris' fandom gathering, which I should be able to stay at for a while unless I head off to tea. No plans for Sunday, although it's both David and ben_raccoonBen's birthdays, so maybe I'll be one of the cool kids and get invited to their parties or something. :P



( 13 comments — Comment )
Sep. 14th, 2004 12:09 pm (UTC)
although it took both me and Mike to figure out how best to get the coals started

What's so hard? Coals in the top of the chimney, newspaper in the bottom, open the vents, put the chimney on top of the bottom grate, and light. 20 minutes later, dump the coals out and spread them around, and 20 minutes after that, you should be ready to cook.

Sep. 14th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
We didn't use the chimney, we did it the old fashioned way. Worked out fine once we got it going.
Sep. 14th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
If there's a next time, I'd recommend using the chimney, it's a lot easier.

Sep. 14th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
Meh, we got it going. In my day, we rubbed two sticks together - and we liked it!
Sep. 14th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC)
Actually at one point it was so hot Mike had trouble flipping the burgers, but since they were frozen, they all turned out quite nice - and fast, too! :) (The hot dogs, alas, were another story...) T'was great fun.
Sep. 14th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
Too hot fire + frozen burgers = undercooked meat

The BBQ gods smiled on you in pity, I suppose. Good thing no-one got sick.

I think I'll refrain from asking how your future BBQs go. The griller in me just doesn't want to know the details.

Sep. 14th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
No, actually, they came out perfectly - no pink inside, perfect color outside, tasted great. No problems at all. These things work even if you don't have a degree in BBQing. :)
Sep. 14th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
Um, dear, it's not the color that matters but how long the center of the meat was at a certain temperature. Many microbes can withstand short periods of high heat. Most cannot tolerate longer periods.

Trust me, you don't want to find this out the hard way considering the kinds of things that can live inside of (frozen) ground beef.

As I said, I probably don't want to know the details in the future. More peace of mind for everyone involved, I think.

Imagine a process you know well that has an element of risk involved for the participants. Now imagine someone you know telling you how they blundered through the process not knowing what they were doing and risked the lives of other people. Now imagine that when you try to inform them that they might have done things more wisely and safely that the person says essentially, "whatever" and pointed to the fact that no-one died to "prove" that your knowledge of the process was baseless. If you feel the slightest bit of frustration when you imagine that, you know why I probably don't want to know your BBQing details in the future.

Sep. 14th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
John, I'm not trying to prove anything - I'm just trying to have a friendly conversation. I know you know more about BBQing (and just about everything else, it seems sometimes) than your average person, but I've grilled at many BBQs over the years with my dad, and no one has ever gotten sick - including this weekend. So please give me the benefit of the doubt that I might actually know what I'm doing (or that the other people there did), even though I don't know quite as much as you, and that I don't do it exactly the way you do.

So, yeah, next time, don't ask if it's going to upset you this much.
Sep. 14th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)
I read your response, don't agree with it, but find it pointless to continue discussing.

Sep. 15th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC)
"... back to 75°."

Oh stop whinging, you're supposed to have Scottish blood, it's 39°F here!
Sep. 15th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
Born and raised in Philadelphia, you'd think my northeasterner roots would have steeled me to the winds and weather, but it's amazing how fast your blood thins in southern California. Rain turns the highways into the Land of the Paranoid Schizophrenics. Anything under 65° and they break out parkas. They refer to winter as "the rainy season" (which means exactly two days of light drizzle). I always joke that the difference between summer and winter here is that in summer they wear shorts and a t-shirt, and in winter they wear shorts and a sweatshirt.

The scary thing is, it's absolutely true.
Sep. 16th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
I long for that life... soon...
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