Well, I have had such crappy connectivity while we’re out that I just had to finally let it go. Seriously, I’ve been trying to connect now (Sun 1:42 AM) for the past hour and a half. Instead, I’m closing the (seeming lack of) internet down and rambling here in TextEdit. I’ll cut and paste it when (if) I finally get a signal.
So far this trip, while our rooms have been lovely, Sheraton has still managed to screw us. Neither hotel has been able to upgrade us and we have the points – we’re not even in the “preferred guest” floor. And don’t get me started on the whole internet thing…you’d think when you pay $10 a day for internet that they can at least make sure it works well!
But on to bigger and happier things. Wine tasting yesterday was great. I was surprised to see the leaves on the vine change for the fall as well as the leaves on the trees. And of course, the wine tasting was lovely. We also had some great food (one of my favorite things about this region is just how good the food can be).
Today though we’d planned to do a winery cave tour in Kenwood/Sonoma (at Kunde), but we woke up to rain. We figured that it would be cold (and it was), it would be wet (and it was) and we wouldn’t get any decent photos, so instead we just headed out to San Fran for the Herbie show.
The show itself was awesome! One of my favorite things about seeing live music is watching the band interaction. I love nothing more than seeing that a band is having fun and playing with each other (unlike the Police this last tour). Herbie’s band was having a ball playing off of each other. Even the sound check was good. And everyone kicked ass on When Love Comes to Town – it wasn’t U2 and it wasn’t Joss and Johnny (from Herbie’s last album, Possibilities), but it was still AWESOME. Sonia has a great voice – nice and raspy.
That said, I was stuck in that damn auditorium from around 3:00 until 11:00! And let me just tell you, that’s just too fucking long to be in one place. Probably the one part of our “vacation” that I’m not enjoying – and get the privilege of doing again tomorrow (well, I guess tonight since it’s already Sunday). At least tomorrow/today, since we’re in Santa Barbara, I can take the car out myself during sound check and whatnot (without incurring a $30+ parking fee – crazy San Francisco parking!!) In fact, I volunteered to pick up a birthday cake for Herbie’s daughter just so I had an excuse to leave soundcheck – I’m a smart cookie, you see.
And speaking of being Sunday, it’s nearly 2:00AM and woooweee, I’m tired. The hubby is still working on downloading the photos, so he’ll probably be up for the next hour or two. It’s times like this and his crazy late nights that I’m thrilled he’s “on vacation” and can sleep in as late as he wants once we get back home on Monday.
I’m thankful that my husband feels comfortable driving in San Francisco – those hills scare the hell outta me! I’m also thankful for our yummy, Heavenly Bed that we’ll be sleeping in tonight. And I’m thankful for good friends that willingly agree to visit the kitkat to make sure that he has enough food and love while we’re away (okay, she might have bitched a bit and does it out of obligation because we stock her fridge the day she comes home from their international tours, but still – she does love our little boys, honest).