Back Home Again
Oh, it’s been busy.
First, Los Angeles, where I hosted my wife’s 50th birthday celebration with her closest friends from all over. Good times, good food, good wine. Met a bunch of punters from Melbourne at the incredible restaurant at the top of hotel we stayed at in Santa – the Huntley House. The. Single. Best. Place. To. Stay. In. Los. Angeles.
I bought them a round of drinks. They seems surprised.
Then, back to Northern California for a day or two, and then off (flying) to Buffalo, New York to surprise my mother-in-law on her 75th birthday. Spicy chicken wings, beef on weck, incredible pizza, char-grilled hot dogs and good local beer.
Then back home for a day or two, and then off (driving) to Bozeman Montana to with a Toyota Sienna full of my son’s stuff. He is renting a house with two very fine midwestern young ladies for his second year in that horrible place.
Helped the kid move in, bought him a bed, a desk and some shelves. Met his room mate’s parents (from Chicago, so they are fine folk). Ate great food (totally unexpectedly amazing). Drank some unbelievably good local beer.
Then off to Walla Walla (midway between Bozeman and Portland, Oregon). Again, great food, great local beer and great local wine. I will go back and spend time there just wandering around. Beautiful little city.
Then off to Portland to spend a few days with my sister, Kelly and my brother-in-law Bill. Bill works for Intel. Kelly is an executive assistance for a Nike executive. Got a tour of the Nike campus. I want Nike to run the world. All would be well if Nike ran the world.
Again, great food, great local beer, great local wine and the company of two intelligent, articulate, funny people.
Then straight back home. Long drive. We were going to stop in Ashland, but I wanted to get back home.
The whole thing – back and forth/up and down – took about three weeks.
I’m getting old. I no longer enjoy driving long distances.
Today my wife went back to work for the first time in a month. Tonight I seared two Bison strip steaks (bought a bunch of Bison in Bozeman) and two little Bison fillet rounds. I made a red wine/shallot/garlic/pepper/a pinch of salt/butter reduction. I will serve it up with roasted vegetables and a glass of Four Rivers (a Paso Robles winery) Loco (the red wine I used for the reduction). Organic raspberries and fresh whipped cream for dessert.
It is good to be home.
Now I need to firm up my trip Down Under.