I just got back from California - well, I got back Thursday... what a great trip. I went for work, as usual, but ended up having some free time, which I used for a change (I normally sit in the hotel and work or read).
The first day, Sunday, was a bit of a waste. I wrote a 4 page summary of a book, watched some football at the hotel bar and had a glass of wine.
Monday was spent working, but I finished the day off by going out to dinner at a cool restaurant in Burlingame, CA - Kincaids. The food was good, but the scenery was spectacular... overlooking the bay and watching planes land at SFO.
Tuesday started bright and early with a trip up to Santa Rosa... it was a beautiful drive, which included my first time going over the Golden Gate Bridge...
On the way back from Santa Rosa, we drove into the city to have lunch, but not before a quick trip down Lombard St.
I flew down to San Diego on Tuesday night, what a great city that is. I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott on 6th and Broadway - right next to the House of Blues... can you see where this is going? Black Label Society was playing, a tad heavier than my tastes in music run, but how often is there something going on like that so close to a hotel you're staying at (at least that was my justification for going).
More work on Wednesday, but the day ended by spending a few hours with an old friend from high school, Scott, having drinks at the airport bar before I caught the red-eye home.
Real estate is obviously expensive in California, however, I understand why people pay what they do - what a beautiful state.