Archive | April, 2006
April 26, 2006

I messed with Texas

San Antonio riverwalk

I finally made it to the actual city of San Antonio on Friday after our conference ended. My flight was leaving at 3pm the next day, so I had a little under 24 hours to see “touristy” stuff. My first stop was the Riverwalk:

San Antonio riverwalk

The Riverwalk has a lot of restaurants and stores…that’s about it. Venice, it is not.

Next, I went to the Alamo:

Alamo

I was actually surprised how small the Alamo was. For some reason, I thought it was a bit larger. I totally blame the Billy Bob Thornton movie for misleading me.

Self-portrait: I’m so happy to be in Texas I forgot to smile…or I am severly sleep-deprived.

A very good friend of my family lives in San Antonio, so I stayed at her house on Friday night. Friday marked the beginning of “Fiesta”, a 10 day celebration to mark the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. I’m not exactly sure what that is, because as a Californian I did not study Texas history, but if I remember the Billy Bob Thornton movie correctly, that’s when the Texans defeated General Santa Anna’s forces. Anyways, they have these big parties/carnivals where you eat a lot of Mexican food and drink Shiner Bock, which is a pretty good beer, for being American and all.

I should probably mention that I was absolutely floored at how nice everyone in Texan was. It was like a culture shock coming from a city overflowing with jackasses to one where everyone was genuinely polite. Now if only they wouldn’t make such poor choices in the voting booths…

April 18, 2006

The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas

I’m in San Antonio, Texas this week for a business conference. I found it highly amusing that in order to get here, I had to fly from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Now, if only San Antonio would name their airport after Bill Clinton, my presidential airport journey would be complete!

So…Texas…yeahhh…

We are staying at this nice resort in the “hill country.” I somehow ended up with a suite which is decorated with ranching paraphernalia. On one wall ,for instance, hangs two large branding irons that were leftover from when this resort used to be a ranch. On another wall, there is a framed photo of the owner of the aforementioned ranch, and a caption explaining that the dog in the photo is, in fact, his best squirrel-hunting dog.

The temps are in the upper 90s to low 100s, which is putting a severe strain on the state’s power grid (Texas, you see, has its own power grid, unlike the rest of the states). This strain has resulted in…wait for it….ROLLING BLACKOUTS. I tell you, this Californian’s heart is just BREAKING…I am soooo torn up over this.
Not really.

Our meetings here are done on Friday afternoon, but I am staying over an extra night so that I can go check out downtown San Antonio…maybe visit the Alamo or something. I’ve never been to San Antonio before, so this city is completely new to me.

April 16, 2006

Happy Easter

I spent all day at church:

I guess we all have our own concept of “church”, eh? Watching the Angels play the O’s on a beautiful spring day sure beats sitting inside a stuffy church and listening to some minister drone on endlessly, wouldn’t you agree? Welcome to religion, Lindsay style.


Dressed in my Sunday finest.


Vlad


Tim!


O’s mascot gives an Angels fan a hug


Laura keeps score.


The Angels managed to win this game, 9-3, with some help from Vlad, who hit two homers, and Chone Figgins, who brought in three with his home run. Lackey also pitched an excellent eight innings.


Mathis signs caps and balls for little kids


Showing Cal some love

I don’t like to discriminate – I’m pretty much an equal opportunity hater when it comes to east coast teams.
Laura and I have decided that we are going to go on some weekend roadtrips and visit as many ballparks as possible this summer. Here’s our preliminary list of cities we are planning to see a game in:

Washington, DC – Nationals (a given, considering we live here and will be buying the 19 game mini plan)
New York – Yankees and Mets
Pittsburgh – Pirates
Philadelphia – Phillies
Boston – Red Sox
Chicago – Cubs and White Sox
And possibly Atlanta and Houston.

April 15, 2006

A beautiful day for a ballgame

camden yards

Saw the Angels play the O’s at Camden Yards today. The weathermen kept predicting rain for this weekend, but as you can see it turned out to be a perfect day for a ballgame. The last time I saw a game at Camden Yards was in 2002, right before the Angels went on to win the World Series. I swear, I was one of five Angels fans in attendance at that game. This time around there were definitely a lot more people sporting Halo caps.

camden yards
camden yards
Angels at camden yards

Unfortunately, the Angels lost 3-2…the Rally Monkey magic was most definitely not working today.

April 2, 2006

So goodbye California, It’s really been nice

I never thought that after leaving California in January, I would be back in a mere two months. I was in San Diego for a business trip from Monday to Friday. Business trips, I’ve discovered, mainly revolve around plentiful eating and drinking, with several hours of meetings during the day. We also toured a manufacturing plant that provides services to the oil & gas industry, and afterwards cruised around San Diego bay on a yacht. It just so happened that there were four Russian businessmen on the boat, so I spent the majority of the cruise talking to them. I really need to start brushing up on my Russian, considering it’s been almost a year since I’ve been in a classroom. The end result of the night, however, is that I’m now betrothed to one of Ruslan’s sons back in Moscow. Ruslan assured me that he is strong and handsome, so I’m cool with that.
On Thursday my parents drove down from the desert and we had dinner at the Old Town Mexican Cafe, a restaurant we’ve been frequenting since I was a little kid. I stuffed myself with the homemade tortillas and guacamole…we don’t get much of that out here on the east coast so you have to take advantage of it when you get the chance. Afterwards, I met up with Diana, Alex, and Jonathan for drinks.
And now that I’m finally back in DC, the weather is absolutely wonderful…time to put away all the winter gear and break out the flip-flops!