My trip to the east coast last weekend went very well, and I've been able to check off another destination on my "places to visit" list. I went out there for my good friend Adam's wedding. We've been friends for about ten years now, since the beginning of high school, and he's like a brother to me, and it was so weird seeing him grown up!, with his own house!, and getting married! His wife, Diane, is adorable, and I really like her. I am just so happy for him.
So, I flew out on an 11:30pm (pacific) flight Wednesday night, had a connecting flight in Chicago, then made it to Norfolk, Virginia at 8:30am (eastern). I was able to only get the head-bobbing in-and-out kind of sleep, which wasn't terrible, but not enjoyable either. This was my first trip having to rent a car and drive around by myself, which I was a bit nervous about, but it turned out well. The freeway and streets were easy to navigate, and the area became familiar fairly quickly. I had a Doubletree hotel room all to myself, which was very fun--especially being able to sprawl out on the king sized bed. Thursday, I met with Andrea & Kayla and did some errands with them. We then had lunch down by the boardwalk and hung out at the beach for a few hours. It was beautiful out, and a perfect day to be spending on the beach. I dipped my toes in the Atlantic Ocean for the very first time, and although it's no different from the Pacific, it was still exciting. The one difference I noticed from the beaches at home is the color of the sand, which has a much yellower tint to it. Thursday night, the two families got together for dinner, and I joined them, at a great restaurant called Hot Tuna. Friday morning, Adam cooked breakfast at his (beautiful) house, and I took Kayla to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center after we ate. It was a cute place, and Kayla had a lot of fun. After that, we went back down to the beach for a few hours, and that night was the rehearsal (which I didn't go to, since I wasn't in the wedding), and the rehearsal dinner (which I did go to.) It was at another excellent restaurant, called La Marinella. Saturday was the wedding day. Diane is greek, and the ceremony was at a Greek Orthodox church. It was interesting and very different from the traditional ceremonies we're all used to seeing. The reception was at the Hilton down at the beach, and it was all very beautiful. Sunday, I had to fly out at 10am, and when I woke up, was regretting all the wine I drank at the reception. I made it to the airport safely, though, flew to Atlanta for my connection, and then got home in the early evening. And that, in summary, was my trip. The one thing that I wish I could've done was visit the Shedd Aquarium and Georgia Aquarium while I was in the two stopover cities. Oh well, guess I'll just have to do a little more traveling...
Pictures coming soon, keep an eye on the photoblog.
So, I get home from my trip last night and turn my iBook on to check emails, and find this picture as my desktop! Since I locked the door to my room when I left, Jake and Justin decided to mess with me. They had figured out how to open my door the last time I went on a trip, and had left me with a new desktop then too. I thought this one was hilarious, so had to share. It's Jake, wearing a fro wig, pretending to eat chilean sea bass. (The chilean sea bass line is this inside joke between us. I'm always badgering them to eat sustainable seafood, and they're always messing around saying they love chilean sea bass.)
Story and pictures from Virginia and the wedding to come...
So, although I haven't seen "An Inconvenient Truth" yet, I do plan to sometime soon. Here's an email from my sister Kat and what she has to say about it... Dear Friends,
Like the flick of a switch, my interest in politics came to an abrupt halt on November 5, 2004, when Bush was again given the presidency despite all the grassroots efforts to get rid of him. I had given so much of my own personal effort, and it seemed all my energy was in vain. I took off to Puerto Rico the next day in symbolic withdrawal from it all, and since then, my fire hasn't been stoked enough to care enough, to take action.
Until I saw "An Inconvenient Truth" last night. If you're going to spend $14 on a summer movie this year, let this be it. The message is that global warming is real, and polar ice cap melting is real, and super-hurricanes as a result are real, and that our choices as consumers, the way we live, is putting incredible stress on this planet's fragile ecosystem - and the question is, when we see the facts, are we willing to make changes to the way we live?
It's very easy to live in our insulated bubbles of reality: The world of shopping malls, TV, gossip magazines, billboards, credit cards, Martha Stewart living, fast cars, bespoke clothing, fun gadgets, sport, distractions. It's hard for us to walk outside of ourselves and see what else is happening down the street, let alone across the span of the globe.
This movie takes us out of our lives and lets us see it all at once: Our living planet.
In the very end of the film, we are shown a photograph of the earth taken by the satellite Galileo as it traverses through space. Earth is but a pixel of bright light in an otherwise huge canvas of black space. That image made me see how fragile our existence is in the universe. Like Al Gore said, "It's our only home."
And it's imperative that we take accountability for the way we live on our only home. Go see this movie.
Official movie site: http:///www.climatecrisis.net
I've been meaning to write up a number of posts over the past few weeks, but it seems that the further I get behind, the more overwhelming the task gets, which in turn makes it easier for me to procrastinate. So, I give up. I'm not even going to try to recap all the events in detail, like I originally intended. Here's the abridged version...
Over memorial weekend: went to Alyssa's Masters in Engineering grad party, visited Palm Springs with the family (we checked out the tramway and took it up the mountain), and hung out at the Ferris' for their bbq and pool party.
Jen finished up her NOAA training in New York, and was in town for A DAY, before heading up to Alaska to her boat (and home for the next couple of years), the Miller Freeman. We had pizza and hung out with her down on King's Pride for the evening. It was fun, but I was sad she had so little time in town, wish we could've hung out more.
The next weekend: spent the day at the beach for Kiernan's 2nd birthday party. He's TWO already! Amazing, how time flies. It's neat to be able to watch him grow up and develop, and I'm super excited because he finally knows how to say my name.
This past friday: had a "welcome summer" beach bonfire, with a nice warm fire, hot dogs, s'mores, and good friends. It was a fun, low-key evening at the beach.
Up next: I'm flying out to Virginia Beach Wednesday night, for my good friend Adam's wedding this weekend.