Weekend in Cupertino (sort of)

After last weekend’s fun, I decided to take it easy and stay close to home this weekend.

Friday at work was finished up with a Beer Bash where the MacBook team demoed their new babies while everyone drank Guiness and Harp (get it — black and white MacBook, dark and light beer? So clever!). I gotta say I don’t mind those glossy screens at all.

After that wrapped up, I joined Jonathan and his friend Jeff for a trip to Palo Alto (Jeff was going to buy a skateboard; Jonathan and I bought a frisbee). Palo Alto is yet another beautiful California town, with an active downtown strip. We had some sushi before we headed back to Cupertino and played some night frisbee in the courtyard of our apartment complex.

Saturday started off with a trip to the monthly flea market, which was somewhat uninspired — rows and rows of tents all with the same kinds of crap. Then we took a little shopping trip to San Jose, where I got some cheap Reef flip-flops at the Nordstrom outlet store.

Then we were off to Santana Row (there was some debate as to whether this is actually ‘downtown’ San Jose), where we planned to see An Inconvenient Truth. We were all quite impressed with Santana Row — it’s very upscale, reminds me a little bit of Soho, with a lot of nice restaurants (mostly out of our budget for the day), and high-end (mostly) corporate chains.

So it’s been a nice weekend so far. The film was incredible, and deserves more attention than I’m going to give it in this post, but needless to say, go see it.

Netflix finally (again)…

I’ve been thinking of joining Netflix again after a brief flirtation in it’s early days — I hardly watched the movies I rented because I was too busy galavanting. Since our cable system has no movie channels, and the nearest video store is a Blockbuster (which is bad enough) that’s barely in walking distance, and because there’s NOTHING to do in Cupertino, Netflix seemed like a great affordable choice for the summer.

Feel free to invite me as a friend so we can share queue recommendations, or subscribe to my Netflix Queue rss feed.

Memorial Day, Angel Island – a photoset on Flickr

I had the good fortune to spend Memorial Day with my friend Gideon & his co-workers on a boat at Angel Island. It capped off an awesome weekend, actually.

My roommate Jonathan and I took the CalTrain up to San Francisco on Saturday. After walking around SoMa for a bit, we met my friend Ryan Junell and helped him pack up some stuff before he moved to Brooklyn of all places. We had a couple of drinks at Zeitgeist, a great bar on Valencia, and then had dinner at Bacar, the fantastic restaurant where Gideon works.

Jonathan went home, while I hung out with Gideon. On Sunday we had a great lunch at Frjtz and went to the Capsule design fair in Hayes Valley. Gideon had to work, so I met up with Karina, one of Mikey’s bandmates, who was cool enough to invite me along to a barbecue at her friend’s place in the Lower Haight.

Went back to Gideon’s place and slept for about 4 hours before we had to get up to get a van to Sausalito to get on Gid’s co-worker’s sailboat, a 40 foot beauty. We didn’t actually sail out — the engine sufficed for the short trip out to Angel Island.

So that’s a brief rundown of my memorial day weekend — check out the pix!

Welcome to Cupertino

I arrived in Cupertino yesterday evening. Seems nice enough, very nice apartment, and my roommates (well 2 of them — the 3rd hasn’t arrived yet) seem really cool. We were talking about things to do in Cupertino, so I decided to look online … here’s a great review I found:

iTravel | Cupertino Nightlife

Whoever said there is nothing to do in Cupertino is obviously mistaken. […] If you’re looking for a bit of fun and adventure for a cheap price, I recommend Dar’s Hideaway next to the local Target. It maybe a gay bar, but it’s always a surprise to experiment. Another source of entertainment for fellow Cupertino-ians is grocery shopping. Conveniently, Cupertino is equipped with more than 10 grocery markets for you and your wife’s wildest shopping fantasy.

So needless to say, it looks like we’ll be having to go a bit farther to find some fun things to do. Speaking of which, I tried my damnedest to go to Oakland last night for Ryan’s screening of the slomo video fest, but it was a total bust. First my flight to San Jose was delayed about 45 minutes, which ensured that I would miss the 6:14 CalTrain to San Francisco. So, I called David, who was supposed to give me a lift from the CalTrain station to Oakland, and he assured me that the 7:14 train would deliver me in plenty of time to make the screening. I called a cab to take me to Sunnyvale, where the station is. Continue reading