Friday, November 14, 2008

Peacocks and other secrets-

Drive yourself around back country roads and you, too, may stumble upon dozens (hundreds?) of peacocks happily pecking their way around Walla Walla. What a funny trip I have just had, an amble of obscurities. Tried and liked The Green Lantern, currently my Best Tavern of Walla Walla. Turns out that Jody and his pals have gone for it and opened Walla Walla Brewers. Had their Walla Walla IPA and really liked that very much indeed. Cannot wait to try more. This one is very alive in the mouth, super fresh, with a powerful hoppy back. Between that and a Rogue "Double Dead Man", the beer scene was superb.
Played quite a bit of Texas Hold 'Em at The Blue, had a ball and let my game go to hell just for the fun of it, calling on hands where I left my brain at the door time and many bluffs that I couldn't stop laughing at myself. Twice came over the top with $16 bets and won them both with absolutely nothing. Got burned on legitimate hands just as often. Had queens under five different times and lost 4 of the 5.
My new mantra is "Don't trust the ladies". Sorry Sue, spouses excepted.
The weather was warm and dry, very pleasant, for all but one of the days. It was in the 60s on two nights, nowhere near winter yet.
I will be trying to get over in three weeks to install the three new windows going into the living room and the upstairs bedroom. Come Spring, I'll be getting in the new outside features...cannot wait!
I've been invited to play poker in a home game on Tuesday nights and to shoot skeet at the gun club on Thursday nights. Don't know that I'll be going to either, but being asked is great. I was just talking about how my mom and dad have bridge as the central piece in their amazing, vibrant social scene. DO I love any game enough to play every week, much less four or five times each week?
There is a roving gourmet club that I'll find more out about, and I'm trying to find out whether I can use the YMCA occasionally...would love to get in some work outs in WW.
The one disappointment on this stay was truly bad food. Wretched! Grabbed meals rather than going to good places. The finale was a bowl of clam chowder at Shari's in Union chunky glue that was. I hope they checked the serve-by date before they opened that two-gallon can of chowder.
The birds were just wonderful, even better than usual! In an earlier blog entry I had wondered about whether November might be the one month where Walla Walla had little to offer. Wrong. The peaceful scene in town was lovely all by itself, low-crowds and nice weather.
Take some meandering roads and look for peacocks.

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