Saturday, July 30, 2011

In the Land of Oz

Matt’s on annual leave. How else would a bloke from the land down under celebrate a birthday .. Strap a hairy bloke to his back and Jump out of a plane: … Nice one Matt.

“Whitsundays in the Great Barrier Reef and I jumped from 14,000 ft – it began with a one minute, or 9,000 ft, free fall. Absolutely unreal!!”


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Robbie Under the Pacific

Robbie safe and sound in Kauai with Heather.

A few pictures form her first dive: between Kauai and NiihauIMG_0714 cIMG_0704 cIMG_0781 cr cIMG_0819 c

Sunday, just another day in paradise.

Busy week .. this post was Last Sunday (17th) .. Oh well "C'est la vie",

Swells intensify, breaking  for thrill seekers  that wait .. cold and wet.sunasun1Capitola’s old pier beckons all.sun3The cat sits on its ocean mat.sun4Those who fish for fish.sun5

A game of; Paper-Scissors-Rock, Weather beats Tree..sun2 

Living on the edge, so to speak.sunb

As peaceful as it gets, Half Moon Bay to the north.sun6Half Moon Bay from atop the southern cliffs.sunc

Same day different venue:

Lance Armstrong Leads ‘Tour de Dornach’ In Scotland

Crowds gathered as American cyclist Lance Armstrong led fellow riders from the Sutherland town of Dornoch SEVERAL HUNDRED cyclists joined seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, 39, on a bike ride in the North of Scotland Sunday night.

He had issued an invitation on Twitter for people to join him on the 30-mile route.

His Twitter message read: “Alright Scotland – it’s on. Twitter ride! Meet 5pm tomorrow (Sunday) in Dornach at The Eagle Pub. 30 mile loop.”

Saturday, July 16, 2011

PCH and a Shabby “City”

Driving PCH north from Santa Cruz offers the constant of a changing Pacific and a mixed bag of adjacent land usages. Market Gardeners and Farmers ply their trades.

Flatter than Kansas, this “Big Wave” mecca sits undisturbed.  Enjoy the trip up the coastpch1pch2pch3pch4pch5pch6pch7wbt1wbt2wbt4

Oh and San Francisco;  RUINED by a plague of politicians, a rather shabby shadow of its former self.

“It’s Déjà vu all over again..”

"It's déjà vu all over again". Yogi Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the Yankees' seasons in the early 1960s

I find this quote quite poignant, another sojourn to the bay area and Robbie off for a month in Hawaii. After my Bay Area trip its back to China (mainland).

On to the time at hand, a weekend looms and coastal vistas beckon.

So far; a mild summer (euphemism for overcast skies). The “City” aka San Francisco is infamous for inclement summer weather.

Saturday plans include a circumnavigation of the SF peninsula:SF bay Capturesf bay map Capture

Motoring along PCH, coast highway 1, from; Santa Cruz, via Half Moon Bay, into the City.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

2007 Meng Ku; Sheng Pu

Continuing life on the road, I dig through my acquired booty, looking to augment my domestic travel supplies and top off my office cache. That accomplished,  I’m ready for the off, on Thursday next and I metaphorically trip over this Sheng-Pu

Not being a big fan of young Raw / Sheng Pu-erh, Mrs.Yang put this gift in amongst a purchase of my normal fair. Reporting to be a: 2007, Spring Tips, Raw Pu-erh Tea. A  400 grams Cake, comprising of; “Early Spring Leaves”  This was picked up in early 2008, just before Chinese New Year, Link to relevant posting

Being stored in So. Cal, I foresee a long aging process ahead.

Wrapper Aesthetics: This outer label presents too much, methinks. 2006 mengku2006 mengku in1The modern “Inner-Ticket”, printed on glossy paper that separates easily from the pressed leaves.  I lean to the older / cheep paper that, in part, ends up in the soup.2006 mengku in2Over the years we see many variants of Inner Tickets: Nèi fēi (内飞): Small ticket  or a Nèi piào (内票): Larger ticket  .. many now include a full on Flyer as part of the inner propaganda.

Now its time for: 亮女,我饭票 liang nu, wu fan piao (short form of: Pretty Girl,a local euphemism for waitress, my lunch receipt / ticket)