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18 April 2011
No cameras allowed, so this was as close as I got to taking a picture to commemorate our last trip to the Says You taping in San Francisco. We had such a good time, though. After six shows taped, the cast all seemed to be a little giddy and that always adds a nice bit of shared camaraderie with the audience (and the "good stuff" that will never make it to air when the show is edited!).
The promise is that the show will return to San Francisco next year, so perhaps we won't be flying down to Los Angeles on our annual jaunt again, if we can see them with only a brief drive from Davis.
After the show, we went out to dinner. Walt had had a late breakfast, but I had a bowl of oatmeal at 8 a.m. and by 4:30 I was pretty hungry. Rather than try to decide where we wanted to eat, we decided to drive until we found parking and then check out the available restaurants around the parking space.
So, that's how we found ourselves at Mel's diner on Geary Street. It was just what the doctor ordered. I had an "avocado burger" with onion rings that were fantastic.
Usually when you order something like an "avocado burger," it comes with a couple of slices of avocado on it. Not this baby.
This had half of an avocado on it, along with bacon and cheese. This was the lo-cal option of course :). Walt opted for a hot roast beef sandwich because it came with "lumpy mashed potatoes."
We both decided to indulge in a chocolate malt, which was the nice old-fashioned kind that I remember from my childhood, full of a malty taste, and coming in its own container in which it had been mixed so that you ended up with not one, but actually three glasses full of the stuff.
It reminded me of when we used to take the kids to The Hippo restaurant. It was a hamburger restaurant, but a gourmet hamburger restaurant where you could have any one of a number of choices. Jeri always had the hamburger sundae, which was a hamburger patty withice cream and chocolate on it.
It's not that she was weird, it was that she figured out that if she got the hamburger sunday, she got dinner and dessert, because we never could afford to get the kids dinner and dessert. She would scrape the ice cream off the burger and eat it separately. No dummy she!
So we had a really nice afternoon, with another two Says You tapings and dinner and we were home in time to watch Amazing Race. Can't beat that!
Tomorrow I have planning to do because I have a 2-day Cousins Day coming up. Peach is eager to return to the town where my mother spent her first years and find the place where the old farmhouse used to be, so we will go to my mother's on Tuesday morning and have a regular Cousins Day but on Wednesday we will drive the 120 mile drive to Valley Springs, take a picture of a plot of land and then drive 120 miles back to my mother's again, to spend the night before we go home again.
I'm sure we'll have a good day, but I'm not looking forward to a 250 mile drive.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Every spring when the irises bloom, I think of