frank - up in grand blanc wrote:So we had/have a client dinner at some place deep enough into Delray that I honestly have no fucking idea where I am. Couple blocks off of Zug island they told me. JWB and calmari.
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:Giovanni's. On the back of their business card is a complicated little map. Very good food, but what a damned adventure finding the place.
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:counting the minutes until I leave our hotel for the airport in Melbourne, Australia. Being off by 14 hours has played hell with my sleep: it's about 11 pm here and my body hates me for effectively staying awake all damn night for the past four or five (lost track) nights. Coming here is an adventure that I do enjoy but the flying is awful (total of 23 hours in the air spread across three legs.
Since I'm not sleeping until as late as possible there's time to share a few things:
-these people are really friendly, more like Americans than Brits or Canadians. go to a bar and in short order you can have a handful of best friends for the evening.
-the American elections are a big topic of conversation in Australia. Upon discovering that I'm an American many will ask my position on the presidential candidates and most will offer that while both are crap they are frightened by Donald Trump. Funny, because I cannot think of which party currently holds power in Oz parliament or who is their prime minister. Sure, Google can answer that but the point is that they know plenty about us while their leader could have served us drinks last night and I wouldn't have known
-standard price for a beer in the CBD is ten or 11 bucks Australian. So maybe this works out to only nine dollars US, but still you have to admire the financial commitment needed to get a buzz by locals and others not an expense account
-Australian rules football Super Bowl (called something else. don't care so I've forgotten) is Saturday and is being held at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, a former olympic stadium that is really Goddamn big, They'll fill it up I'm told. It's the Swans vs. Bulldogs,
middle aged female wrote:getting ready for the annual trek to Colorado; flight leaves at 10am tomorrow. Several road trips planned while we're there which qualifies this post for this thread.
Guanella Pass this weekend as well as Gold Hill loop and probably RMNP again with a side trip to either Estes Park or Fort Collins as well as the usual trips to Boulder, Lafayette and maybe a pumpkin patch.
Oh, and a bit of mountain gambling up at Black Hawk/Central City.
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