We're always happy going home even if we have to put up with a little bit of culture shock. The adjustment back to order and functionality after living in chaos most of the year is sometimes disappointing. There are two different worlds at play and we are apart of both, the connected and disconnected. Of both worlds I'm certain of two things:
A simple task is never a simple task in Egypt. It might take 5 workers 10 minutes of discussion and arguing to move a potted plant a few meters. If social class and job hierarchy wasn't a factor you could have moved the plant on your own.
A simple task is never a simple task in the States if a computer is involved. This week I tried to order materials from a company in New York and my instructions on how to send it to Egypt wasn't compatible with their computer program. I told him to take a marker and just write the address on the box. "I'm sorry Mr. Medina we can't do that because the address label get automatically printed out."
Back in the 80's my friend Matt and I would visit Dairy Queens in Denver trying to order a tomato Blizzard. The automatic response was always, "we can't make one" followed by several reasons such as: there is no recipe, it's against company policy, it'll mess up the machine. We would reply back "sure you can, just throw in tomatoes instead of the Oreos, and no tomatoes won't break the machine."
|JFK layover looking at the Empire State Building in the background.|
|The first meal back home in San Diego should always be carne asada.|
|Ana acquired a new fashion sense during our stay in Alex.|
|A drive up to Ventura to see the Kortlucke-Ortegas is a must.|
|7 beers 6 people.|
|Yes, we actually did this. If you're looking for speed, you won't find it on this machine though we did find ourselves in a race with another group.|
|Recent CA transplant Matt (of Bloodspoon fame) and Melissa met us for Thai and record shopping in Santa Barbara. BTW, Dr. Know's Plug In Jesus is a great album.|
|Wine Steals has the best happy hour in San Diego with their $2 pizzas and cask wines.|
|My former boss Dr. C invited us out to the bay to ride his water sports toys. I failed on the paddle board whereas Ana played the big show off.|
|The lovely home of Ms. Boulevard aka Mangolicious.|
|Ana's sister wanted a wine tasting adventure for her birthday so the family piled into the car and drove north up the 15 to Temecula.|
|Temecula hosts more than 35 wineries, for a list visit http://www.temeculawines.org/|
|Bel-Vino grapes were so delicious that we joined their wine club. |
|Carlos working concessions at the Voz Alta.|
|Bill Caballero's Thursday night Latin Jazz Jam Sessions only at the Voz.|
|A snack on the pier.|
|The guy who caught this was pretty excited, he told me he was going to eat it for dinner.|
|Summer weather in San Diego is jacket weather for most.|
|An evening over at cabron Shane's|
|Shane getting ready for the kill, actually getting ready to set up a Kickstarter project for his graphic novel Caustic Soda-A Year Future Narco Romance. More on that when the details come out.|
|Ana's cousin sampling a beverage at the Blind Lady.|
|The view from Cowles Mountain (not Hell's Mountain like when I originally heard the name). Though after hiking up it it should be called Hell's Mountain.|
|The secret to Yoda's longevity.|
|There are Jack Mormons and there are Jack Vegetarians like Ryan showing us how to eat a juicy pork wennie. Good thing I didn't tell him about "bronies"|
|Going to see the Padres.|
|Family night at Petco Park.|
The Pads actually won.