Like I said, I had a good time hanging out all my myself. I meandered down the coastal highway Friday afternoon, and arrived in Morro Bay just in time for dinner. Checked myself into my motel (they gave me room 218, same room number I'd gotten the night before in Monterey), took myself out for a nice meal down by the harbor, came back and read my book in my rented peace and quiet.
Saturday I checked out a few places I hadn't been before, like Avila Beach. Didn't know there was a nucular power plant tucked back into the aptly named Diablo Canyon. Lunched in San Luis Obispo, strolled around town a little, pondered what else to see and decided I was really in the mood for a nap, and did not feel at all obligated to do anything.
Sunday morning the rock was a bit fogged in, but after I was done drinking my latte in the secluded garden of the Rock Espresso Bar and starting in on Nick Hornby's latest novel "A Long Way Down", it looked clear and bright in the sun, so I drove down there to check it out.
Debbie, did you know that there's a bird sanctuary all around Morro Bay? I've never seen so many pelicans - I loved it! I sat myself on a little rock on the beach and watched them for an hour or so.
Meandered (I love that word) back up north, just as leisurely as I'd come down on Friday, and met up with Chris and Kate for a glass of wine and a little taste of heaven where else but at Soif in Santa Cruz.
Kate said she'd almost gotten me a rubber ducky as a birthday gift because she really liked the picture of me and Dea Arthur. So let me set the record straight before this gets out of hand: I do not collect rubber ducks. Silvia had bought Dea Arthur for me because she'd seen the rubber ducks on the bathtub at my house and concluded that they were mine, but they're my housemate's. I am not into rubber duckies. Much too plain vanilla for that, so please, nobody get me any more rubber duckies, not even one of these, thank you very much.
Having said that, I do love Dea Arthur, and promise to bring her to the next meetup. I think she deserved to be the center of attention, and I will gladly let her have the spotlight again.
What else to say? It was very very good to see Chris and Kate, it had been much too long. I think the last time I saw them was last September at their birthday party. And of course food and drink at Soif were fabulous, even though I was disappointed that my favorite waiter wasn't there - I'd wanted to ask him about something he said last time. I guess I'll just have to go back there. That won't hardly hurt at all. :-)