So as many of you know, my recent obsession with the FX show Sons of Anarchy has evolved into an obsession with all things motorcycle. And when I obsess over something, I do it hard.
Last night, I feel asleep reading this.
Collaborative artwork with three-year-old Milo:
Hours of research of local motorcycle clubs have led me, repeatedly, to the East Bay Rats. Fortuitously, their clubhouse is about a mile from my apartment, which has led to a couple "lurking" incidents:
taken from my car, parked conspicuously outside
Lucky for me, my friend Audrey is a damn good sport, and agreed to go prowling for bikers with me tonight. Our first stop was Godspeed, which was unfortunately closed. After driving by the Rats' clubhouse (no one home), we headed to the Ruby Room, a reliably "Rat"-infested watering hole, which was a straight-up gold mine. First of all, the president of the MC was the doorman. Secondly, the bartender had a huge EAST BAY RATS MOTORCYCLE CLUB tat on his forearm. Thirdly, two dudes approached us at the bar, revealed that they were Rats prospects, and invited us to a biker party Saturday night at their warehouse. Let the investigative research begin!
I should have been one of those undercover journalists. Wish me luck! And if you have any inside info on where the Hell's Angels hang out, holler at your girl.
Two things you should know about my nephew, Ethan (my cousin Jennifer's son) to set up this story:
1. He is six years old and working on writing in his class;
2. He's been a hip hop fan since birth.
The other day, Jennifer and her mama (my aunt KK) were driving to our Nana's house with Ethan in his car seat in the back. Prior to getting in the car, Ethan requested his notebook so that he could use it in the car.
All the way to Nana's, he was quietly scribbling away in his notebook, practicing his writing, except for when he paused to ask, "How do you spell big?"
When they got to Nana's, Jennifer asked Ethan what he'd been working on, and he proudly presented her with this:
Enlarge it if you can't read it.
I don't think Ethan understood why Jennifer burst out laughing . . .
Yesterday marked the end of the most incredible girls' trip imaginable. I will post all about my time in San Francisco with Micaela, Marianne, and Jessie tomorrow; for now, I'm running off to work from the nonprofit office today.
And so I leave you with some Monday man candy. Thanks to my friend Cari, who is responsible for my obsession with Tim Riggins as well, I can't stop thinking about Jax Teller:
Suffice to say, the four of us indulged in some Sons of Anarchy-watchin', beer-drinkin', lustful-fantasizin' about good ol' Jax. Have any of you seen Sons of Anarchy? I'm totally willing to get past the violence in order to see this man walk around like the ultimate good-hearted bad ass in a bullet proof vest.
Micaela arrived yesterday evening! After I picked her up at the airport, we dropped her stuff off at my house and had a quick beer before walking up the street to dinner at Burma Superstar. We shared a carafe of red sangria, samosa soup, rainbow salad, coconut rice, and platha, along with long-overdue stories and laughs.
Marianne and Jessie were scheduled to arrive this morning, but they had a little incident on a country road involving Jessie's car and a deer around 4:30 am, so we'll be picking them up at SFO at 4:45 pm instead. ;) Everyone's okay except Jessie's car . . . and the deer. :(
Micaela and I are off to lunch & a little shopping before picking up the girls, but I just wanted to say a quick hello. More updates to come from all four of us!
One of the many perks about living in San Francisco is that lots of people want to come visit you. :) One of the many perks of having frequent visitors is that while showing them around, you re-fall in love with where you live.
When Jennifer was here last week, we had a very "San Francisco" day:
We started with a drive through Chinatown to look at all the buildings, color, and livelihood:
After which we did a figurative 180 and stopped on Union St. in the Marina for a little shopping:
Ambiance--my favorite boutique--I behaved and only bought earrings
And then we took a trip down the crookedest street in the world . . .
And hopped over to North Beach for a trip to City Lights Bookstore, lunch at Cafe Zoetrope (a Coppola restaurant), and drinks at the famous Beat-hangout, Vesuvio.
with Sofia champagne at Cafe Zoetrope
Jennifer in front of City Lights
behind the bar at Vesuvio,
where we made friends with the bartender & his drunken regular
With more visitors coming in on Tuesday (Micaela! Marianne! Jessie!), and Leeann hopefully coming back July 4th weekend, I'm wondering what you all love about San Francisco and any ideas you may have for impressing tourists. ;) I will obviously take my Texas/Oklahoma girls up to Napa for a day, and we'll hit all the requisites: Haight/Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Baker Beach, the Mission, North Beach . . . but what are the best crowd-pleasers?
I'm still on the hunt for a cute, affordable bathing suit this year (I've been wearing one I got last year). Once I saw this one at Victoria's Secret, I knew that it would be the one if I were tall & skinny like the model sporting it, ha! Unfortunately, and contrary to Snooki's belief, I don't think monokins are for short people. But check it out:
While Jennifer was here, she showed me something magical: the following commercial for Red House Furniture in High Point, North Carolina. I emailed the link to drollgirl immediately, knowing it was up her alley, but then I decided I had to share it with the rest of you.
Videos can be tedious but trust me . . . this one's worth it.
I'm back from my little blog hiatus--my cousin Jennifer is in town visiting, and we've been so busy drinking wine, eating great food, and seeing the sites that I've been absent from the internet entirely. She's still here, and we're headed out in a minute for a day of seeing some of my favorite San Francisco spots, but I wanted to pop in to say hi and post some pictures from our time in Napa yesterday:
at Cakebread, home of my favorite wine of the day (a 2006 Cab)
Jennifer at our first stop, Baldacci, a charming little family owned winery
me in front of Raymond with some awesome construction going on in the back ;)
cousins in the swanky Raymond lounge
We had a perfect Napa day: visited four wineries, shared tastings so as not to overdo it, and had lunch at my favorite spot, Tra Vigne Pizzeria. To finish an already incredible day, we drove over to Cari and JJ's for dinner, where we grilled out over some more wine and laughs. It's been wonderful having my cousin--who is like a sister--out here; I don't want her to go home!
I'm not really shredded (yet), but I did finish the 30 Day Shred! I did it in 5 weeks: 6 days a week, taking Thursdays off (my Thursday schedule during the school year is crazy).
Gotta say, annoying as she is, Jillian knows what she's talking about. Granted, I've also been eating meticulously over the past month and a half (and thanks to My Fitness Pal, I know everything I've consumed over the past 5 or so weeks), but I think this really works. I don't have a scale so I'm not sure what my weight difference is, but I put on a pair of jeans the other day that haven't fit in over a year. And I can see a lot of definition in my legs.
Originally from Georgia, I'm a high school teacher and San Francisco transplant who is passionate about teaching, poetry, prison reform & education, strong coffee, good wine, beautiful beaches, writing letters, hot football players, jetsetting, deep friendships, creative writing, fashioning an engaging, social justice curriculum, and shoes!