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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by raindog, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. NotBetty

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  2. Rollin

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    Poetry.
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  3. earwig

    earwig Crowbar of Embrayage

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    Hey . . . I know that spot. Stopped on a ride down to Mexico several years back.

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    Hiya, David! :wave
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  4. Johnny Dakar

    Johnny Dakar Fuckin' Smartass

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    thanks for the link, brudda...I need to get out of the basement more often. May your next meeting be your best meeting.

    Keep it upright and smooth, daddy.
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  5. L.A. Woman

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    Sorry I missed this too. 120 more miles and you coulda had a scrumptious feast at Casa Dakar. Sorry we missed you sweetie.

    Make sure you jump in crater lake. I hear it IS fabulous.:jkam
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  6. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    hey Eric!
    hey JD I woulda shouted..but had no time to head further south this go round.



    ok..so time for a quick entry...I left off with Sunday. I've been interested in Buddhism for a long time. I find The Dharma makes perfect sense to me. Anywya I had been wanting to attend a class at Spirit rock for a long time and when i went on to check if anything coincided with my trip I was pleasantly surprised that there was an all-day class on 'Forgiveness and Assertiveness" well considering what I'm going through right now I couldn't imagine a more perfect class for me.

    I was expecting maybe 75 folks to show up at this incredibly beautiful meditation center for the class..I was surprised when we had 375 people there:huh

    The class featured Dr. Fred Luskin director of the Stanford Forgiveness projects and Dr. Rick Hanson a neuro psychologist and buddhist scholar.
    It was a really great day of information absorption. I like spending the day surrounded by engaged and thoughtful people while learning new stuff. i don't do it often enough.

    anyway an amazing day and spirit rock offers a wide range of classes and meditation retreats and everything is on a sliding scale if you don't have the dough. Good folks.

    After class headed over to the oakland hills to hook up with one of my oldest friends Johnny & his wife and have dinner and crash at their place..and see more puppies:D
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    John's wife Cindy breeds French Bulldogs as a hobby. not just any frenchies have you..but the kind that get flown all over on private jets and stuff..it's like the movie "best in show" only more bizarre..talk about stories:norton:lol3

    I got to hold the runt...here is what a 4K puppy looks like at 8 weeks
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    my homeboy Johnny..holding the man of the house
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    That cute little dog he's holding..after dinner..sat up next to me on the couch and started whacking it..I was like."is he doing what i think he's doing"..YUP..did he just lick his paw:lol3..YUP..alrighty then.

    anyway Johnny kicked down with an amazing dinner of Curry chicken, rice, and a spicy Indian veggie medley:D
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    I don't think this guy was digging the fact we were eating chicken
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    stayed up late catching up with one of best friends. Woke up and hit berkely for breakfast a really great joint and i think it was called Rick and Annies (someone correct me if I'm wrong) but it's right across the street from the carlisle hotel..which I believe is the largest wood frame structure this side of mississippi
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  7. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    Monday mid morning and I gotta get going to Los Angeles to get some work done. I wanted to take the coast but just didn't have the time. Flogged it down the 5 in the heat wave:puke1 Had a lady in lexus SUV wave her finger at me and tell me to slow down..so i waved a finger back and told her to have a nice day. I don't think she heard me because i had my helmet on.

    it was so Hot the bugs would dry as soon as they hit your face shield. I would try to wipe em off but they were instantly crustified:lol3
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    OK God if you don't smite the chick in the lexus..I will
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    my helmet is looking a lil ghetto

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    near bakersfied..I think this might have been a training excercise but I'm not sure
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  8. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    I hit LA. checked into my room and got right back on the bike to head over toward Westchester to have a meeting and hit one of my favorite places to eat in LA...ALEJO's. They have two locations. I used to go to the one in Venice all the time but it's small and there is always a line. The one in westchester is big..no line..same food.

    It's amazing Italian food but I have never seen a single employee that wasn't mexican..all the staff all the cooks everyone. They bring you bread with a bowl of chopped garlic and oil. It's the best..I ate a whole bowl by myself:D
    then i got the same thing I get every time..the special Pizza with clams and shrimp and red pepper.
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    I've eaten at Alejos probably 100 times..I have only ordered one other thing and that was the carbonara..which is great..but the other 99 times..it's the Pizza..trust me..go there. Then check out marios Peruvian on Vine just below Melrose for garlic shrimp..that is a top secret:deal
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  9. Troutldy

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  10. Sasquatch

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    David,
    I hope you dont mind, but I am taking notes from your report. I am doing the exact same ride after wetfest. I have no schedule or destination, and will ride until the money runs out.

    Would be nice to meet some of the inmates along the way.

    Thanks for the ride, looking forward to seeing you at Wetfest!
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  11. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Smells like Bacon

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    Not too secret...it was was sister's fav places, been there a time or two....good stuff :D

    I'm glad you're having a good time David!
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  13. ladygodiva

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    Just checking in on my favorite wetpooch.

    Peace, my friend.

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  14. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    You know Raindog, I've never met you, but I'd like to.

    I've read a lot of your stuff here, and all of it is good.

    Ride on Bro. Clear that head. Do the right thing.
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  15. helikron

    helikron The Fixer

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  16. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    updates coming soon..long day yesterday. carson city, Nevada to crater lake the n all the way home on the 138/36 (what a complete dream road) noone was out yesterday. gotta go be dad right now:D
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  17. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Smells like Bacon

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  18. richard cabesa

    richard cabesa The Mayor Supporter

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    Good on ya


    We'll wait :lurk
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  19. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    hey Mayor! My routing changed..but I'll be coming down again next month it sounds like:D
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  20. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    After Alejos.
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    It was more business. My two partners and I stayed up late going over our business plan since we would be presenting the next to final version at lunch the next day to two very important people that have signed on to our board of advisers and could make the whole thing go pop if they opened their Rolodexes for us.

    lunch was very important and the reason I came down.

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    Nice place..it came highly recommended and for good reason.
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    The food was simply fantastic..I ordered a lobster cobb salad and it was :tb
    also i had a cucumber and mint lemonade thing that was the single most refreshing thing I have ever drank. Did I mention that I'm riding around LA in a Stich during the Hottest week of the Summer(sucked).

    For a fancy place the prices were not bad at all. The staff was awesome and the food was perfect.

    Sorry for the lack of picks because the food was very photo worthy but it may have been a wee bit inappropriate for me to bust out the camera given the discussion and company:lol3

    The meeting went about as well as could be expected:D and more doors opened..which means i get to keep walking down the hal in hopes of finding some funding at the end of the hallway(fingers crossed).

    Yeah..your babe may have arrived in the Ferrarri but she's checking out the guy in the highlighter suit on the motorcycle:wink:(actually i think she was saying "is that guy a fireman or something..am I about to be punk'd..God it's hot..I am soo not driving to the valley today)
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    left that meeting to sit in front of the starbucks and watch the 0% body fat contingent walk buy as we went right onto an hour long con-call with our lawyer:norton

    I gotta go load some pics