Saturday, April 26, 2008

Back from California

San Diego has perhaps the most agreeable climate in the U.S. Warm during the day, cool at night, and always a light breeze. I think we saw about 3 flies and 2 gnats during the week.

In the city of Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, there is a drinking establishment called the Port Brewing Company, locally referred to as the "bottle bar." It is a small place with no barstools, but one may order pizza or other food from the restaurant next door and have it delivered to the bar. The reason it is called the "bottle bar" by the locals is the great variety of beers available from around the U.S. and the world. These bottles fill about a dozen refrigerators surrounding the bar area. Imagine a 7-11 with their glass-door refrigerators filled with nothing but beer. Find a beer (we tried "Fat Tire" ale from Colorado, "Green Flash" IPA and "Lost Abbey" ale, both from San Diego, several Lambics from Belgium, "Demon Hunter" from Italy - I could go on), have it opened, drink. Like drinking in your favorite beverage store, except instead of getting kicked out, they just charge you for what you have consumed.

On a different note...

I have not been a passenger on an airliner since before September 11th. I thought that the rumor about the TSA selecting unlikely people for additional screening was just that-a rumor. Ha. Both times we went through "security," I saw blue haired grandmas and military looking white men being given the random wand, while all sorts of al-Quedas only had to endure the indignity of removing their shoes. We need to take a cue from the Israelis. We need to stop looking for bombs, and start looking for bombers. If that means racial profiling, then so be it.

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