Today was an interesting day (no, not in the sense of Interesting Times, but rather an "interesting" day - one that was pleasant).
It started with lunch at a nice Lebanese restaurant in Tustin - Zena's. Hummus, rice, pita bread, Wheatgrass tea, and lamb mishwee (lamb kebabs). Ok, I'm a sucker for REALLY good lamb. And, as it happened, good conversation - with another software type who left the company I work at about a month or so ago (IIRC). A fellow who will remain unnamed, to protect the innocent. Good conversation (and yes, before you ask, my wife was there too) and good food. Quite pleasant.
Since we'd already gone just a few miles (about 45 or so to Zena's from our house), it wasn't all THAT much further to San Diego and a concert by Allison Lonsdale and Eben Brooks at Lestat's Coffee House. Well, we left Tustin at about 1430 hours, and the rain was only a slight delay, so we reached Lestat's at around 1600 hours (Allison's and Ebon's performances began were scheduled to begin at 1800 hours). So we relaxed, read and sipped teas (I stuck with my favorite - Earl Grey, Kay tried two different herbal infusions). We had a small dinner at Lestat's (the sandwiches are really GOOD there) and then enjoyed the performances of Kay's two friends.
Allison is someone Kay has known for years (she's more the filker than I, by far) but as far as I could (and can) recall, I'd only just met Allison and Eben at this last LosCon. Allison said that she met me sometime back around 1988-1990 at a party, but I cannot for the life of me remember this; my apologies for forgetting you, Allison. In my defense, I can only say that if I'd heard you sing, I do not think I would have forgotten you. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
There were a couple of rain induced accidents (not involving us, thankfully) on the way back, and the heavy rain made for poor visibility; it seems every year that Angelinos forget how to drive in the rain, and today was no exception. But we managed to get back by 2230 hours (and I'm still up, thanks to the contact high from the performance and the adrenaline from the drive home.
To anyone out there reading this from the San Diego area, or who can reach the San Diego area with a drive of less than about two hours, keep an eye on Lestats Coffee House (their website is http://www.lestats.com/
) and check their calendar; apparently, Allison and Eben perform in Lestats West (an annex to the main coffee house) on a fairly regular basis. If you're an SF or Folk music fan, go and listen; it will be well worth your time. You can also check Allison's website (http://www.allisonlonsdale.com/
) for the schedule of her performances with Eben at Lestat's. There is no cover charge to get in.