Straight off of 90210

Trip Start Aug 24, 2004
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Trip End May 09, 2005


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Monday, November 8, 2004

Well the last few days have been somewhat eventful. I picked up a few more hours at work this week and hopefully I can head down to Invercargill to check out a few cars.

On Saturday (supposed to be my day off, as well as today) I ended up going kayaking on Lake Manapouri with Hamish and Angela. Hamish is a chef at Bailiez (Luxmore) and Angela is a kitchen hand (she also lives next door at the Nunnery). We headed out early in the morning. They went together and I went in a single kayak and we followed the shore. Lake Manapouri is much more interesting than Lake Te Anau. This was my second time on Lake Manapouri (the first being on the way to Doubtful Sound). This trip was very calm and the weather was perfect. I'm looking forward to heading out there for a few days with camping stuff. We paddled for a while and then stopped on a beach and hung around for a while. In the water you could see a few trout now and then, except the noisy rudder would scare them away quickly.

Last night I went to work for the old man. In Bailiez we had a wine taste testing for for the new menus and I was "researching". Of course my "research" was obstructed by the fact that we didn't have anything to spit the wine into. Not that I couldn't have found something, but why waste good (free) wine? Cab Sav, Merlot, Gewurtz, Chardonnay, etc., etc. I took notes so I'll be able to refer to those. In fact I was the only person taking notes and that got a good laugh. It was a good time all around and the title is a quote from the woman from Montana wines. I don't recall what exactly made her say that. I do also recall getting a little flak for American oaks being much cheaper than the French and not lasting as many vintages.

Pictures when I can get them scanned, I've gotta get back to work!

edit 11/10/04 -

Just a few thoughts I forgot to add. Even though Bush won a disappointing election (for me), there might be some changes in the Middle East. As bad as it may sound, Yasser Arafat's death may bring change within the Palestinian Authority, which hopefully will not be viewed the same by Ariel Sharon. It's about time for a Palestinian state and without it we'll be seeing a lot more terrorism in the future.

John Ashcroft resigned - yay.

Dad, what kinds of wine do you/Murphy like? Montana and Stoneleigh are two kinds I tested off the top of my head. Check to see if they're in the States. I know some are.

Nick, I got your mail, thanks. I'm going to work again (it seems like I'm always writing this)
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