Monday, August 28, 2006

Forget the chips-n-dip

Forget the chips-n-dip
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The hors d'oeuvres bowl of cigarettes is a nice touch at any sporting event.

Michael, the founder and organizer

Michael takes his role of official bocce referee seriously: Notice the belt mounted cigarette lighter and looong tape measure. You can't argue with the man in the bocce headband.

All Terrain Bocce

All Terrain Bocce
Originally uploaded by buckyreed.
Saturday I went down to Mission Bay to compete in the All Terrain Bocce tournament. It was started by Michael and his girlfriend. He manages a Pat-n-Oscars and she is a rep for Skyy Vodka, so of course the food was top notch! For $20 you get to compete for the championship while enjoying all the food and beverages you can stand. There were something like 100 contestants sprawled out over most of the NE side of the bay. I had fun hurling bocce balls across the boardwalk while people jogged by. I made it as far as the second round, but was soon thrashed by the pro players.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Terrorism drill at Calit2

I spent most of this morning at work up on the roof of my building watching a terrorism drill being conducted nextdoor in the Calit2 building. They blew up a fake bomb in the alley and then had EMTs, the fire dept, the police, and the swat team come in to take care of the victims and apprehend the terrorists. Several of my coworkers volunteered to be victims along with about a hundred other people. They were told to fake injuries, were herded around by the rescuers, or were held hostage by the evil terrorists. The highlight of the drill was watching the helicopters drop off the swat team so they could rescue the hostages (requires RealPlayer). We were standing right next to the filmcrew that shot this footage.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Harbor Seal in the Lineup

On Saturday I saw a seal in the lineup while surfing at La Jolla Shores. I saw its head pop up about fifteen feet from my board and look around. It started swimming out to sea and a couple of surfers paddled after it. A girl next to me yelled at them and told them they were assholes, but I'm sure they knew that already.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Taste of Encinitas

I went to the Taste of Encinitas last night and had a blast. 31 restaurants along a one mile section of the 101 highway participated and I made it my mission to visit them all. I wasn't quite able to do, but I think that this was because I gave into the free hotdog and slushie at the 7-11. Other than that all of the samples were very good! It was much better thab the Taste of Hillcrest a few months ago.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

More Surfing Adventures

I went surfing again last night and saw dolphins for the first time in months. There were three of them swimming north together about 50' outside of the lineup. The waves were chest high and breaking very nicely. I've been used to the smaller stuff, so I pearled quite a few times before I remembered where to position myself on the board. I caught quite a few fun rides once I got used to the steeper waves.