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That was what you would call a whirlwind vacation. We packed so much into seven days (five, really – I don’t count flying days) that we came exhausted and glad to have three days to recover before we head back to work.

Sacramento, Lincoln, North Lake Tahoe, Tahoe-Donner, Truckee, Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove, Lincoln, Old Sac, Fair Oaks, Sacramento again -with stops in Minnesota an Atlanta. Lots of miles, one tram ride up the mountains of Squaw valley, one birthday boat ride around Emerald Bay, a ridiculous amount of food, lots of walking, train museum, beaches and mountains, a tour of Todd’s childhood haunts, vegetarian burgers, roosters in the road, deer in the yard, one tattoo session, hanging out with old friends, time with Todd’s parents, 1,000 photos, intense heat and whole lot of fun. And somewhere in there I read a book and started another.

I have a day’s worth of photo processing/uploading ahead, news to catch up, unpacking to do…I hope to have most of the pictures up on flickr tonight and a recap of the vacation here. I think the only thing worse than forcing someone to look at vacation slides is asking people to read your blog about your vacation. But I will do it, anyhow.

Oh, we never did get to the State Fair. Eating deep fried White Castle burgers was not a good enough reason to brave the crowds and heat.

Stay tuned for pictures.

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poll: deep fried love

one froggy nightNext week, I will be attending the Sacramento State Fair. My sole purpose of going to this fair (ok, besides the opportunity to put my new wide angle lens to good use) is to experience the deep fried goodness of Chicken Charlie.

Now, I am not really big on fried foods, but the novelty of some of these treats makes me want to try them. My first experience with fair fried food was recently, when I tried these Oreos:

deep fried love, come on give me the grease (365-182)

Yes, they were good. But I could only eat one. At a time.

So what does the famous Chicken Charlie have on his plate this year?

Twinkies, Oreos, Pop Tarts, Spam, frog legs, cheese ravioli, avocado, onion strings, zucchini, artichokes and mushrooms. This year, the hot new items are deep-fried White Castle hamburgers and frog legs

I’ve had fried ravioli and oreos before, the vegetables are passe and I had frog legs last weekend. Oh, and I loathe Twinkies. UnAmerican, I know.

That leaves me with the choice of White Castle burgers, Spam or Pop Tarts. Deep fried, all of them.

There is a poll over on the sidebar. Vote for which one I should try, and I will eat, photograph and possibly regurgitate it.

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speaking of sacramento

Jeff has started a series of posts about his hometown of Sacramento. He asked to use my photos for his posts and of course I said yes. The first is up here. I look forward to reading the rest.

Also, I did want to thank fellow Flickr-ite tspauld. Prior to my visit to Sacramento, I used to peruse all of his photos of the city while Todd pointed out all his familiar places and told stories about each one. I visually learned about the city from going through tspauld’s photostream. When I finally got there, it was great to see all the places up close that I had gotten to know through is photos and Todd’s stories.

I swear, I am almost done talking about Sacramento. Almost.

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raise the cup and let's propose a toast (365-85 and contest winner!)

Day 85 of 365: a year in songs and photos
Song: Faith No More, Last Cup of Sorrow

I know I skipped the last two days, I’ll get back to them eventually. I’m all discombobulated now.

So it’s about time I announce a winner to the contest, eh?

I took a very surprising amount of photos. Surprising for me, at least. Most people, knowing my penchant for shooting anything and everything and for shooting in continuous mode, guessed upwards of 3,000. Myself, I would have guessed closer to 4,000.

But something interesting happened on this trip. At some point, photo taking became secondary to having fun. I was having such a good time that there were whole hours when I didn’t even take the camera out of the bag! I was so relaxed, so attuned to the stress and weariness being released from my body and mind that I just kicked back and let the pleasantness of being away overtake me. I stopped seeing everything as a potential photo op and instead just concentrated on enjoying the hell out of the vacation and the company.

All told, I took 1,228 photos (about 100 of which will go up on flickr). Which means, the winner of the above pictured Genuine, Authentic Sacramento Shot Glass Bought In Old Sacramento (liquor not included, hearts sold separately) goes to………

Wait….addendum here. I know I said “without going over” but being that we all (self included) overestimated my photo taking, I have to scratch that. So the shot glass goes to…

The Savvy Savorer, who guessed 1400.

Congratulations. I’ll be in contact about getting the shot glass to you.

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raise the cup and let's propose a toast (365-85 and contest winner!)

Day 85 of 365: a year in songs and photos
Song: Faith No More, Last Cup of Sorrow

I know I skipped the last two days, I’ll get back to them eventually. I’m all discombobulated now.

So it’s about time I announce a winner to the contest, eh?

I took a very surprising amount of photos. Surprising for me, at least. Most people, knowing my penchant for shooting anything and everything and for shooting in continuous mode, guessed upwards of 3,000. Myself, I would have guessed closer to 4,000.

But something interesting happened on this trip. At some point, photo taking became secondary to having fun. I was having such a good time that there were whole hours when I didn’t even take the camera out of the bag! I was so relaxed, so attuned to the stress and weariness being released from my body and mind that I just kicked back and let the pleasantness of being away overtake me. I stopped seeing everything as a potential photo op and instead just concentrated on enjoying the hell out of the vacation and the company.

All told, I took 1,228 photos (about 100 of which will go up on flickr). Which means, the winner of the above pictured Genuine, Authentic Sacramento Shot Glass Bought In Old Sacramento (liquor not included, hearts sold separately) goes to………

Wait….addendum here. I know I said “without going over” but being that we all (self included) overestimated my photo taking, I have to scratch that. So the shot glass goes to…

The Savvy Savorer, who guessed 1400.

Congratulations. I’ll be in contact about getting the shot glass to you.

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about that del taco….

about that del taco...

(I will announce that contest winner later today)

Part of the lure of going to California was the constant talk from friends about how their fast food is so much better than NY fast food. Yea, we both have our Taco Bells and chain restaurants and such, but there are things I could get in Sacramento that I can’t get in New York: Del Taco, Wienerschnitzel and Jack in the Box.

Like I said yesterday, the Wienerschnitzel chili dogs were quite good for what they were, if a little small.

We used to have Jack in the Box here, ages ago. They no longer exist in New York. Let’s just say that the best thing about Jack in the Box is their commercials (which I was forced to watch on You Tube).

Now, let’s talk about Del Taco. Because every Californian I know will go on and on about how much better Del Taco is than Taco Bell. Seriously, that’s like comparing cholera and typhoid fever. Who the hell cares which one is deadlier? They both suck.

I wolfed down two soft tacos as we were driving from one excursion to another. Some of you may think that’s not the best way to conduct a fast food taste test, but I beg to differ. Half the times I eat Taco Bell, it’s in the car, in a rush on my way to somewhere. So it was actually the perfect taste test.

I dug in to the taco, expecting some kind of fast food nirvana, or at least something that would make me forget that Taco Bell exists.

You know what it tasted like? A 59 cent taco. It tasted like ass sweat and cheese with hot sauce. Which is to say, it tasted like Taco Bell.

Your fast food is NOT better than our fast food. And really, who would want that claim to fame, anyhow? Sure, your bagels are softer (which I enjoy) and your pizza (I only sampled Round Table pizza) is about one child-size step above Pizza Hut, but everything else gets a FAIL.

On the other hand, your sushi is better (thank you, Tamaya) and your REAL Mexican food is better (shout out to Tres Hermanas on K Street). Hell, I can’t even find real Mexican food here.

Good thing I’m not a big lover of fast food, or I would be rethinking my decision to head west. I could definitely live on sushi and Mexican for a long, long time.

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welcome to der wienerschnitzel

Day 78 of 365: a year in songs and photos

Song: Descendents, Wienerschnitzel

Taken at Wienerschnitzel on Broadway in Sacramento

Yes, I finally tried the famous Wienerschnitzel chili dog, along with chili cheese fries and a kraut dog.

They were smaller than I thought they would be, which is good, being that I ate both the dogs. While the taste was acceptable as far as hot dogs go – dare I say they were GOOD, maybe even DELICIOUS, my stomach was not very happy with me later on.

At least I can cross "eat chili dogs at wienerschnitzel" off my "things to do before I die" list. Maybe move it onto the the "things I do that will make me die" list.

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