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Saturday, July 02, 2005

The Rents 

My folks are visiting me in L.A. from Houston this weekend. I picked them up from the airport last night and basically just came straight back home after that. It was already almost midnight, Texas time, and I didn't mind getting to bed early.

Today we may go meet some friends of the family down near San Diego for a meal and a chat. If they're not available, then I think I'm going to take the parents for a tour of my office here and then go see the Huntington Gardens (and library and art collection) over in the Pasadena/San Marino area. I'm trying to get L.A. to leave a good impression on my mom, which isn't easy. But I figure if that's going to happen, we're going to spend most of our time on the far west side and Pasadena (which will be a good thing to check out today). I'd never live near the Pas, but she doesn't have to know that.

I think tomorrow we might go to the Getty. More on that later.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Taos Hiking Adventure 

Was awsome. It was a really great experience all around. The hike was pretty arduous. We did about 14 miles, gaining about 4000 feet in the process (and then going back down 3000 of it on the other side of the mountain). It was only a day hike, so there were no backbacks involved (other than a day pack with 4 liters of water and a sack lunch). If I'd had more than 25 lbs. on my back, I wouldn't have made it.

Here's the view from the top - Wheeler Peak (the highest point in New Mexico) is visible in the background:



Here's the whole crew once we got back to the bottom again:



I'll post some of my own pics later if I have a chance. Overall the hike was excellent and it was a great bonding experience. I really got to know the people I work with here much better and the more I get to know them, the more I like them. That's always a good sign.

I learned that quitting smoking can cause you to breathe with greater ease...who knew? I also learned that if you don't work out for months on end or do any kind of cardio, then you hike 14 miles at altitude on steep grades, your legs feel like they are going to fall off for three days following the experience. But I'm more or less recovered now.

After hiking all day Saturday, we took over the nicest restaraunt in town and the debauchery began. It didn't end until about 3:30 in the morning. A good time was had by all, except the few people who didn't realize that shots and altitude don't mix right in certain members of the population.

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