Fri. 11.09.18 – Last night I had more bizarre dreams that bordered on nightmarish. It was truly cold here in Mammoth, with the low of 12F / -11C, and El Coache’s heater worked overtime to keep the internal temps around 54F / 12C. As a result, every time the heater cycled back on – loudly – I vaguely woke up. When one is roused from sleep on a regular basis, one tends to remember most of the dreams from the REM sleep one does get.
In last night’s case, it was dreams of other people hitting my rental car and me being stranded with a rental car employee yelling at me about my insurance. Somehow, in each dream, Family Hernandez (Alex, Paige, the boys, and Penny Laine) showed up to drive me home and rescue me from bad rental car employees.
My brain on anti-histamines and being woken up by an RV heater is a rather frightening place. And yes, with all of my serious allergy problems of recent years, I am a daily or twice daily anti-histamine taker – I like living.
I am renting a car next Wednesday and plan to pull two sets of rental car insurance, just in case – as Alex and Paige may not be available to pick me up.
Furthermore, I am wearing ear plugs tonight.
Sun 06.30.13 – On this Sunday, CJ and I went up to Santa Monica’s Back on the Beach Cafe to meet up with Jason S, Chuck, Tiffany B, and Jason T for brunch and then a walk down the boardwalk to the Santa Monica Pier. It was a lovely day catching up with friends and I took my Nikon FM3a film camera with me to the party loaded with Ilford XP2 Super 400 B&W film.
I have a new true love, besides my friends, in the Ilford XP2 Super 400 film. I love the grain, the contrast, the no need for any post-production other than adding metadata in Lightroom. Next to Fuji Velvia 50, it is my new true film love.
Thanks to Jason, Tiffany and Jason for letting me take their photos.
Mon 12.31.12 – Photos of family dinner and seeing friends at Alex’s Bar on New Year’s Eve 2012 by Ms. Jen with her Nokia 808 PureView.
Sat 10.13.12 – Early this evening, I had a delightful dinner with Steve Marshall and Hannah Donnovan at Yauatcha in Soho.
Sun 05.06.12 – I arrived at London Heathrow to start my two month #AppRetreat this afternoon around 1:30pm or so. The airplane journey from LAX to LHR was fairly uneventful and so was passing through passport control and customs at Heathrow.
Upon arriving at my fave studio hotel and getting settled in, I checked twitter, only to see that Dhruv Bhutani was tweeting about sightseeing London. After a few back and forths, I found myself taking the Tube down to Oxford Circus and meeting up with Dhruv, Nirave, and Dani at the Slug and Lettuce next to the Apple Store on Regent’s Street.
[Insert jokes here about mobile geeks meeting up next to the Temple of the Oh Holy Jobs…./]
I last saw Dhruv and Nirave at MWC in February and Dani last year in Berlin and did not expect to see any of the three on my first evening it in London, so it was a delightful surprise to find Dhruv in London for a few days for the Galaxy S III launch.
From our meet up point at the Slug and Lettuce, we walked over to Busaba eathai on Wardour Street in Soho for a very tasty dinner of chicken, chicken, chicken, and aubergine, as well as a lot of mobile device and app programming talk.
Thanks to Dani, Nirave, and Dhruv for making my first night in London a great one!