Bachelor Night 04

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People often get a little confused when they visit San Francisco in July and August. Generally, we have fog but haven’t had any real rain since February. So all the hills are parched and dry, yet it is often quite chilly and kind of damp.

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Any weekend morning usually starts with a walk to the top of Bernal Hill, from which you often has vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, or points South. Well, sometimes, unless it is summer. But there are usually a lot of nice people and dogs up there, so you take what you can get.

Well, I guess I painted myself into this corner. Even Mrs. Flannestad was telling me I had to rent “Sucker Punch” tonight. While it wasn’t super awesome, it was a pretty amazing translation of the action usually associated with a video game into a full length feature. As far as the summer crappy movie fiesta goes, as someone who has spent far too many hours of his adult life playing computer games, I’d put “Sucker Punch” in the middle, just in terms of personal enjoyment. It was sparkly. Strangely still giving Inception the crown, with Sucker Punch second, and Source Code last.

We had some leftover roast chicken from a dinner last night and it seemed like a comfort food kind of night. Chicken Tetrazzini. Make a Bechamel. Saute some vegetables. Boil some pasta. Mix them all together with the boned and diced chicken, cover with bread crumbs and bake until browned. Cocktail was a Hanky Panky. 1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth, 1 1/2 oz Dry Gin with a teaspoon of Fernet Branca built over ice. Lemon twist garnish.

Aside from my little cocktail project, one of my off and on projects has been to attempt to rip a portion of all our CDs to digital format (320kbps mp3, highest quality VBR). I have already finished most of the Jazz and World CDs, but I started on the “Rock” CDs recently. The Missus being away allowed me to spend some serious CD crunching time and I finally finished the first CD rack, as pictured, approximately 720 CDs, from Able Tasmans to fIREHOSE. And I got close to finally finishing the PC game Bioshock. Whee! I may finish it before Bioshock Infinite comes out!

Sometimes Monty has a hard time telling the difference between stuffed animals and dog toys.

Bachelor Night 03

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Of course the way to start some quality Dog Boy weekend time is to take a trip to Fort Funston! Happy Dog, Happy Man!

Then fry some leftover baked potatoes with onions. Fried potatoes, not hard. Why do they suck most of the time in restaurants?

And serve the fried potatoes with leftover hamburgers on a toasted English Muffin.

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Some time passes. What would a Bachelor Afternoon be without a nap? Anyway, dinner for one at Gialina. Roast Chicken Breast with a Panzanella salad and a glass of wine. We’ve been going to Gialina nearly once a week since it opened and it remains about our favorite nearby restaurant.

Somehow ending up in Berkeley of all places, at the Albatross Pub, with friends, recently re-arrived in the Bay Area.

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They do have tasty beer at Albatross Pub, who can complain about Moonlight Brewing‘s Bombay by Boat?

BART back to San Francisco, and another night gone.

I guess “Sucker Punch” will have to wait until tomorrow.