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Went to Larrabee State Park on Saturday with [ profile] velvet and [ profile] whip_poor_will. It was a pretty decent drive, and it cleared up right as we got there. We sat at a picnic table for a bit, had grapes, then took a short hike to the shore. We turned left instead of right at a crucial part, and instead of a beach ended up on a rocky cliff. Which had no kids screaming and running on it, for obvious reasons. So that was awesome.

We sat in the sun and explored a bit before heading up to Fairhaven to see Pamela Ribon read from her new book, Going In Circles. It's a lot darker than her previous books, but still funny. (I only just started reading her again this year, but I'd read devotedly from 1999-2003.) We stopped at Boulevard Park, where we made fun of all the fat people in Bellingham, and also the hippies. This one guy literally climbed a tree then hung upside-down from it, whereupon his son promptly smacked him with a branch.

Next we went to dinner at a non-authentic-but-tasty Mexican place, where Reg and I split fajitas, and he and Keely wouldn't stop singing "Shaddup You Face." Over and over again. Reg finally had to search Youtube, then watched two versions, and then downloaded to make a ringtone out of the chorus. They kept sending Tweets quoting the song, too.

And then it was time to go to Village Books. Pamie got a homeless guy immediately coming in, who took a little present she had for questioners, and then he mumbled in Russian or something before wandering off. Anyway. She read a chapter, then read from her diary at 17, then fielded questions, then signed autographs. Good times. Only one person asked intrusive divorce questions, but apparently they were less intrusive than the questions last week. Wanh wanh wanh. I had also been reading archives looking for signs of a divorce, and I kind of found them. It's a tricky art, reading between the lines of a public journal/blog. Anyway I figured she didn't write about it for a reason, although I still wouldn't mind knowing what happened. (Like the character in her book, she got married and got divorced over the span of less than two years or so.)

And that was that. I told her about Seattle's Salon of Shame, signed the derby poster (despite my protestations), and took a pic of her signing the next person's item, which was a stuffed dog rather than a book. I sorta wished I'd brought Why Girls Are Weird for her to sign, but oh well. I was glad that Keely and Reg were entertained - although we all had sore butts from sitting in those metal folding chairs. We headed back to the car and drove back to Seattle at about 90mph.


Sep. 28th, 2009 09:59 am
lauralh: (wisdom tooth bandit)

Second roadtrip in the new car. Resolved: we need seat cushions and rubber mats.

The other notable thing is that we almost ran out of gas in the park; fortunately Reg switched to Neutral most of the way out of the park, which was tricky as we were right behind an idiot who was even more terrified of hairpin curves than I was, so the brakes had to be hit quite often. But the light never even came on, and we got to Ashford and bought gas, voila.


Sep. 8th, 2008 11:38 am
lauralh: (beach)

The San Juan Islands are lovely, but a real pain in the ass to get to during summer. I don't think I will do that again without my own boat (or perhaps chartered flight). Two ferries filled up on Sunday, so we had to wait 3 hours for the next one. Fortunately there was a restaurant with booze so we got shit figured out.

As for the trip itself, well, it was nice. Got in and made camp and dinner, went to bed, got up, saw a deer, made coffee then went for a walk around Cascade Lake (3m). Then after recuperating from that, we made the drive up Mt. Constitution. It had cleared up a bit by then, although there were still some low-flung clouds preventing our view of Mount Baker and such. Oh well. Reg scored at the giftshop with this great book about fire lookouts. We then got a pizza and ate it for lunch, and that was the extent of our activity. Oh we also went back to the lake to look at the moon and stars after dark.

So it was cool, although I would really like to be there in the winter next time.


May. 27th, 2008 09:46 am
lauralh: (camera)
We experienced Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, the "historic triangle." I also took a lot of pics out of the plane, b/c it was the first time in a while I'd flown during a sunny day out of SeaTac, and vice versa.

For me the real highlight was watching Bourdain and Top Chef. And then realizing that almost nothing else on TV is worth watching, and therefore cable is worthless for more than 48 hours a month. Oh, and the constant replays of everything.


May. 12th, 2008 12:41 pm
lauralh: (bourdain)
Us european backpackers were always told "Don't wear shorts or tennis shoes or you'll look like a tourist." This is assuming that you didn't want to be pegged immediately. But frankly, Europe is not warm like the US is warm, at least not as early in the year. Moving to Seattle this makes much more sense. In May 2001, the weather here was comparable to the weather in Germany and such. Some nice days, but not many. So it doesn't really make sense to wear shorts or non-watertight shoes.

But now I wonder: what do Europeans wear when they visit DC/Disneyland/world/NYC in August and such?
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I need to spend some time in Buenos Aires.

Originally posted on

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Reg's parents took us to Volterra for his birthday type dinner thing. They also gave us about a zillion glass plates and bowls, including a punchbowl/cake dome thing. And a birthday cake made to look like a hamburger, which is high unappetizing to me. But dinner was excellent, I got the tenderloin and Reg got the wild boar, which he loves.

Last night we watched No Reservations, Paris and New Jersey. The Paris one made me really really want to go to Europe somewhere, anywhere, and just buy lots of cheese and bread and eat in cafes and watch people and smoke Gauloises. And then go for a nap in the afternoon after lunch, then get ready to go out and dance till 5 in the morning. Repeat, repeat. I suppose there are a couple places you can do that in this country, but the cheese isn't the same, you know.

Originally posted on


Oct. 8th, 2006 10:36 pm
lauralh: (Default)
* happy birthday to Will and Hannah!

* the article about the pornographer Star Wars Nerd/pedophile is fascinating. I mean lurid. Yeah.

* weekend pics here.

* did nothing all weekend. well, read books and watched Arsenic and Old Lace and Caberet, drank, BBQ'd, walked.
lauralh: (cynical or sarcastic)

Got at!
* I have not been to London.
lauralh: (cynical or sarcastic)
lots of burger and mexican fast food places that are not ass.
lots of nice beach areas

everything is really far from everything else and no one seems to find anything wrong with this
8 hours of "rush" traffic
90+ degree weather
soft water
lauralh: (Default)
Day one driving down

Day two Wimo

Day three Muir Forest

Day four Santa barbara

Day Five 101 and I5 north
lauralh: (sunglasses)
OK, food bought, clothes packed, need to shower, iRiver synced....

bed time then california here we come

my weekend

Mar. 12th, 2006 03:26 pm
lauralh: (Default)

We are definitely going back before the season ends.


Mar. 2nd, 2006 10:55 am
lauralh: (something wicked this way comes)
Road Trip anyone?

it would be a total rush-down then rush-back job, I have no interest in staying in Portland.

edit: Reg is wary about driving my car*, and his is fucked at the moment. So I guess people would need to drive us unless his gets fixed.

edit2: some tunes


final edit: yeah not gonna happen.
lauralh: (cynical or sarcastic)
Hmmm. Most of the stuff on this site is crazy expensive but this isn't bad.


May. 30th, 2005 06:43 pm
lauralh: (cynical or sarcastic)

The northern loop is prettier.

part 1

May. 30th, 2005 06:37 pm
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southern cascades
lauralh: (the cheat is not dead)
god, my sinuses have been so freakin' horrible since coming back from mexico. they weren't great there either, i think it's the air travel thing, as every time i yawn now my ears pop. I hate air travel so much. They really need to get on the ball with the superfast railway systems. There should be a fast train from Vancouver->Seattle->SF->LA->San Diego to Mexico to Panama all the way to Tierra Del Fuego, man.


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