September 2006

Hey folks — Dave here. 

So far we’ve seen Spain, France, Tuscany, Rome and Naples.  Now we’re going around the Italian boot around to Mykonos and taking a day of sea R&R. 

Hope all of you are doing well, we’re really enjoying this cruise thang and hope to recruit you all into the “crusing cult” when we return.

Sorry for the lack of pictures in the last couple of posts.  We have already filled a couple of gigs on the travel drive, but the lack of accessible USB ports on the boat is intentional (they wanna make more money to transfer the images to CD/DVD) and/or unintentional (Javascript problems on our end). 

We’ll update the posts with appropriate images once we get to a decent internet cafe or when we return… ciao for now!


Dave and I arrived in Barcelona last night…finally!  After a evening of much needed sleep, we awoke to find giant people walking down our street, right outside our hotel.

Apparently, today is the feast day of Barcelona´s patron saint.  

We´re off to enjoy the rest of the day here!  Adios!

This past weekend, my sister Lily Ann came for one of her whirlwind Bay Area visits.  Lily Ann, or “Lyn” as I’ve called her since she was a wee bebe, just turned 30, and was visiting from Chicago.  Actually, she goes to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, but if I were to write that she were visiting from DeKalb, well, then, she wouldn’t sound nearly as fabulous as she really is.

Lyn is in her second year of a Masters program in History at Northern Illinois University.  She’s a southeast Asian specialist, with a focus on the Tagalog language.  She’s probably going to get her PhD in History and teach, so in about 5-7 years, I hope to visit her as she is teaching in some fabulous city, standing in front of some fabulous group of college students at a fabulous university.

Yes, my sister is a bit of a diva, and that is why the word fabulous was used thrice in one sentence.

So, the point of my story is that on Sunday we went to Thirsty Bear in San Francisco (they’re on Howard at Third, kitty corner from the Gold Club. Ick).  It’s a brew pub that for some reason also serves Spanish-style tapas.  Their beer is good, I’ve been told.  Their tapas are even better.  I’m sure that there are several other more authentic tapas joints in the Bay Area, but this bar holds a special place in my heart.  I moved to the Bay Area from Los Angeles in 1999, and Thirsty Bear was one of my first regular after-work haunts.  I’ve loved it ever since.

We don’t get to go there very often anymore, but whenever Dave and I are in the city, it’s always one of our food destinations of choice.  Their tortilla espanola is good, as are the empanadas.  We couldn’t have the empanadas this time around, unfortunately, because there is killer spinach out on the loose.  We did, however, have beer, sangria, and lots and lots of yummy spanish food. 

Lyn Dave Lyman Lyn, Dave & Lyman

Check check check! Dave, me & Lyn

 Dave looks scared Lyn, Dave, me (sort of) and Lyman all trying to squeeze into the timer shot)

Lyman loves flames Belated Happy Birthday Lyman!

First, a flurry of WARNINGS:

WARNING: Yes, I’m a complex man. Enjoy the richness and fullness of character that is Dave.

SECOND WARNING: My long term goal is to turn this into an audio podcast (hosted elsewhere and linked here) with Lorin as my co-partner in crime. Watch the digital airwaves – I’ll likely explore this more after Val and I return from our upcoming honeymoon!

THIRD WARNING: If you think reading comic books in general are a waste of time, I don’t need to know your opinion. Keep it to yourself. If you are a comic book reader and don’t like the specific books I’m referencing, go right ahead with an atomic flame-war of passionate comic commenter hell.

I’m ready for you. ☺


For those of you living in cubicles, you won’t need an explanation, but for those that don’t…

I work in a cube. The cube walls are beige. As are the computers. One has to wonder — what came first, the cube walls or the computers? (I think the cube walls.)

Anyway, companies install these beige walls and then realize that they have to inspire their co-workers to loftier goals and assignments. For this they have colorful MOTIVATIONAL posters.

WARNING: SOME issues and items may not be safe for work, depending on your own corporate environment’s attitude.



Yes, I admit, it’s quite juvenile, especially since I’m not a 15-year old girl (nor have been for at least 15 years), but for some reason this $%#$% song just gets my feet tapping and my hips wiggling. 🙂

No major articles this time out — just a few things I found interesting:


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