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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-07-19 18:30
Subject: [personal] Catching up to the weekend
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Tags:books, calendula, california, cancer, child, conventions, food, green, personal
Well, no link salad this morning due to various events involving the_child and calendula_witch. We all got up in time to go to breakfast with doctodd, Mrs. Doctodd and Baby Doctodd. After that we hit the King Tut exhibit at the De Young museum in Golden Gate Park. Then it was off to the airport to dispatch the_child back to her mother. Then back to the witchnest for some fall-down-in-a-heap time. Dinner's on the stove now (mmm, jambalaya) and calendula_witch is working on the Sekrit Projekt.

Yesterday was a good day, with one notable exception. We had a slow morning, I cooked breakfast for the team, then were off to my Green Powell's | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] reading at Borderlands Books in the afternoon. That was nicely attended.

Evening brought the Footprints reading, with a cast of several and a nicely full house. That was fun as well. Dinner afterward, however, brought a total failure, with one of the worst episodes of restaurant service I'd ever experienced in my life. We'd latched onto therinth's party and gone to a place called The Pork Store at 16th & Valencia here in San Francisco. Orders were taken, etc. Food was irregularly distributed over the next ninety minutes. Except for mine, and a couple of people at the far end of the table. (Not sure whom, I just saw empty place settings.) The second time they came back to retake my order, "just to check on the kitchen", ninety minutes after my original order, I gave up. All that for a chicken sandwich that I never got to eat.

I can categorically state that no one in their right mind should go anywhere near the Pork Store. Ever. It was ridiculous, bizarre. Might even have been funny if I wasn't so damned hungry and tired.

Anyway, music now, email and writing related program activities to come after jambalaya has been eaten. Tomorrow's another day. Including, erm, another set of CT scans to check the progress of my various metastatic cancer sites. Ah well.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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dinogrl: Nemo butt
User: dinogrl
Date: 2009-07-20 02:37 (UTC)
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Keyword:Nemo butt
Yelp it, baby!
Speaking of that, I have a rec for dinner in a couple of days if you don't have an idea.
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User: csinman
Date: 2009-07-20 02:40 (UTC)
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How was the King Tut exhibit? I'm jealous!
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User: thecrimsony
Date: 2009-07-20 15:14 (UTC)
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One time in High school, a friend and I ran lights and sound for a particularly horrible ASB "Lip Sync" contest. Afterwards, to decompress, he took me over to Shari's. All we ordered was two banana splits and a piece of cheesecake. 45 minutes later, we had mastered flipping those little cream containers over a full 360 and launched all the sugar containers into the light fixture. The manager came by and apologized because our order was lost at a shift change and he was going to take care of it right away. 20-30 minutes later, another waiter came by to explain they were out of bananas (they had JUST run out!) and would we just want the ice cream.

So we got two sundaes. I never asked about the cheesecake.

The manager appeared again to reassure us that they were on the house. I was speechless, but my friend managed "That's good because we were going to walk out without paying."

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aesthetics of astonishment
User: sassy
Date: 2009-07-20 16:58 (UTC)
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The reading was great fun and it was good to meet you. Best of luck with the rest of your San Francisco stay.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-07-20 17:27 (UTC)
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It was good to see you there! Thank you for coming.
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