Monday, June 30, 2008
Autodesk has given us the week off, but some of our plans fell through. So, just hanging around the homestead, maybe a road trip or two. It's kinda nice not having any plans.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Because of this broadcast coverage, Jon's inaugural article spurred some interesting feedback. Check out the discussion threads below. We especially relish the comments on PeakOil.com:
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Their visit was serious quality time full of cooking together, reading and commenting on gossip magazines (balanced with discussions over serious issues in The Commonwealth Club magazine), playing Table Topics, running away from killer mosquitos on a flooded Rio Grande river trail in 100-degree heat, and generally relaxing, laughing, and hanging out.
Bon voyage Mark and Tara! We wish you all the best on your new adventure, and we WILL come to visit you as soon as we can....
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I find it funny that the editor chose to call us "hipsters". No offense to Jon, but we must be the nerdiest hipsters I've ever seen. When I hear that word, I think of Posh and Becks, or 20-somethings droning about like zombies with their jeans halfway down their bootys and their iPod headphones permanently connected to their ears. But, it's kind of a cool label to carry. It's way better than "Gen Ex-ers" or "farm geeks".
Thanks for publishing the story of our lives, John G!
Monday, June 9, 2008
When we arrived Thursday night, we had our first dinner at Benihana. Mom loves to sit at the teppanyaki table and enjoy the chef doing his thing. Yummy cocktails too--I had a cucumber cocktail made with sake. Sooooo refreshing....
We spent most of our time on the Strip as we stayed at a Hilton behind the Flamingo, a Las Vegas hotel rich in dramatic history (the infamous mobster Bugsy was one of its founders). Our hotel was in a great location--completely central to the Strip, right on a monorail stop, clean, decent service, and not expensive. The Flamingo is somewhat of a stone's throw from the Paris hotel and casino, where we had our favorite breakfast of fresh pastries and coffee, Parisian style. And our hotel had a nice, quiet patio area engulfed with palm trees and other lush foliage to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening or coffee in the morning. Perfect pace for me and mum.
We did, however, spend a day in downtown Las Vegas, which was surprisingly great. It has such a retro-Ocean's Eleven feel (the original, with Sinatra & co.). Mom likes to feed the slots more than I do, so I either played the blackjack tables or wandered around with my camera waiting for her. Downtown generally has lower-limit tables than the Strip, so it's easier to sit and enjoy a longer, less-devastating round of blackjack. We also stumbled into Triple George Grill on 3rd street, a great restaurant/bar that had a phenomenal wine list and fresh kumamoto oysters--my favorite. It was a welcome light lunch before we headed off to Rosemary's Restaurant eons away from the strip later that evening for what may have been the most amazing meal (and service) I've ever had.
There was a vintage car show going on downtown, with the most gorgeous classic cars on display. I'm not a huge car fan, but it was fun to see all the different styles and the enormous effort people pour into them...
We had a great time, but it's good to be back on the farm. Seventy-two hours in Vegas is just enough to never want to see it again...until next time.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
When Lee finished his tractor work, our eager neighbor Richard came over with his four-wheeler and jerry-rigged an old gate to the back to drag over the ground once Jon and I had broadcasted some sweet clover seed (for ground cover, to nourish the soil in prep to plant crops next spring). Jon and Richard were like two boys with their G.I. Joe action figures--it was even fun to watch them at work.
When Richard went home, we were fortunate to have water in the acequia so Jon opened the gates to flood the field and water the seed. Now, we wait and watch....