Thursday, January 12, 2006

Yo, I'm Back


So yeah, my trip to California was awesome and being back in S.F. again made me realize just how desperately I need to get out of WV. I'd previously planned to attend grad school here, but screw that.. I'm going back to the west coast!

How I miss San Francisco.. a city of freaks and weirdos, where I feel totally comfortable and happy simply being me. Where different is good and encouraged. Where I can sit in a cafe and exclaim loudly, "I'm gay!" and get absolutely no reaction from the other patrons (try it, it's fun). A city of crazy homeless people, people who will ignore you when you speak to them, and an abundance of lesbians so cute I almost cried. Good times.

Way, way too much stuff happened to post here. This will be long as it is now, but here are some highlights:

* Arriving at our chi-chi boutique hotel just off Union Square at 2:30 am after a delayed flight and a Super Shuttle crammed to the brim with random types of people.

* My hotel room had such a lovely funky S.F. feel to it and a really comfy bed!

* I had a hair appointment at 10 the following morning. If you're ever in the city and want a great stylist, ask for Jane at the Fractory (in the Richmond District). I received the best, most pampering wash, cut, and style I can remember.. not only is it totally me, but it's way easy to maintain. Yay!

* That evening, I was forced by my mother to go shopping with my aunt to buy "something nice" for our evenings out. Talk about depressing. Not only does Nordstrom not stock clothing for girls who are built like me, but everywhere else in that damn shopping center was the same story; either things were too small or they fit weirdly and/or badly. I settled on what is now the girliest outfit I own: black cotton pants, a cream camisole, a purple flower-print scoop-neck transparent blouse-like thingy, a maroon cardigan, and my personal dykey touch of black leather slip-on shoes.

* Ahhhhhhh.... the food!! So many delicious, amazing meals. Everything we ordered at Betelnut, an Asian fusion restaurant, was absolutely divine. I got to have my fantasy burrito at Gordo's on 9th Ave. and OMG the memory of that super chicken goodness in a spinach tortilla will hold me over until my next one. I went to Burma Superstar, a Burmese place, with Adriel and the food was fab. Try the poodi. I mean, not only does the dish have the best name EVAR, it's really yummy. Poodi!!!

* Seeing Adriel! It had been about 8 years since we last saw each other and one day wasn't enough. We tripped around the city, starting with the pirate store on Valencia, which is so fun with all sorts of drawers and hidden treasures to find. After that, we took the bus over to Burma Superstar for lunch. It was so good to see her and that we're finally able to be friends again. Next time I hope we have more than an afternoon to hang out.

* Cirque du Soleil - "Corteo".. I haven't been to see Cirque du Soleil in ages and this show had an Italian theme, much to the delight of everyone (especially Angelo and Valentina). One of the characters had the name Valentina and my sister got a big kick out of that. Corteo means 'procession' in Italian, and the theme was the funeral of a clown. I'd kind of forgotten how spectacular the shows are. Very gorgeous, amazing, and well done!

* Saw Bill (my ex-stepper, a.k.a. the guy who raised me) and hung out with him. I haven't seen him in five years, but he looks good despite the fact that he'll be 70 next month. Actually, he looks just the same to me, but he says he's having some medical problems related to his diabetes. Was great to see him, though.

* Saw Amy, too! Amy was my best friend from about 5th grade until high school started and we grew apart. She showed up at our hotel on the day Bill was visiting and we all went to lunch at Max's. I'd been kind of blocked and feeling weird about seeing Amy again for some reason, maybe because it had been so long, but she seems to be very much the same and it was good to see her. Too bad I didn't have more time to chat and catch up with her.

* We left S.F. on New Year's Eve... big bummer because there was lots going on, most notably a lesbian night at one club Adriel had mentioned to me. Leaving the city was depressing and I didn't want to go.

* We spent New Year's at my aunt and uncle's place in Oroville, which is a rednecky, small-town kinda area in No. Cal. Their house and land are huge, so I guess it's a trade-off. New Year's was very low key and rather boring. Dinner consisted of appetizers and gourmet things I don't like.. but I did enjoy the wine and prosecco, of course. Danny (my uncle) and my mom had a small spat and we almost all went to bed instead of staying up until midnight. Vale didn't make it, but we did light a ton of sparklers and stuff. Whee!

* Had a bizarre conversation with my mom about how hearing about her sex life (as told to others over dinner) and watching her and Angelo 'make out' totally grossed me out. It shouldn't surprise me that she totally couldn't get where I was coming from, or why it would seem gross and inappropriate from my end. She made a crack at me in a later conversation regarding my discomfort with this, and I wanted to punch her... she can be such a bitch sometimes.

* While in Oroville, we went to Chico for shopping and I saw The Chronicles of Narnia, which is a kickass film.

* Peet's Coffee... w00t!

* Several major storms hit the west coast while we were there and there was lots of flooding. As we drove north to Oroville, the other side of the freeway was under at least two feet of water (pouring over and through the divider) and was pretty much closed down. We lucked out that we weren't heading south.

* Long, long drive in wet weather to my mom's friend, Beth's in Williams, OR. The car could not have been any more crammed with people and stuff. Seriously. We then hit two near-blizzard snow storms in the higher elevations and that was pretty crazy, considering we had neither snow tires or chains.

* Beth's house and property are gorgeous! There's a creek, a pond, and lots of trees and plants. Plus her neighbor has a horse, so Vale and I went out to feed and pet him. The horse liked carrots and grass but decidedly did not like celery.

* Angelo had a cold, which my mom caught, and then after being trapped in a vehicle with all the coughing and sneezing for like 8 hours, I knew I was sunk. Sho' nuff, next day, I was sick, too. Talk about teh suckage.. it only got worse as time went on, peaking for me on the drive from Beth's to the coast of OR. Miz. Er. Able.

* Beth lives with Jim, a guy in his 50's or 60's who is in the last stages of terminal cancer. The whole living sitch is purely platonic now, but he is her baby daddy, so she invited him to stay with her until the end. It's really very sad because Jim is a cool and funny guy. So I'm out somewhere with my mom and the conversation takes a slight turn into The Twilight Zone..


Mom (v. casually): Jim's got pot, if you want some pot.
Me: What??
Mom: He has a whole bunch he grew but he doesn't smoke it, so he's giving it away. He asked me if I wanted some and then said to ask if you did.
Me: Yeah, I want some pot!!
Mom: K.

Not a conversation one expects to have with their mother, but if you envision my mom as a coin, if "bitchy" is heads, tails is definitely "damn, she's cool". In any case, Jim invited me up to his room and handed me a canister of dank, dank bud. See, medical marijuana is legal in Oregon and he has a card, making it perfectly legal for him to grow X number of plants. He doesn't smoke, but said he grew it for something to do. I love this as a reason to grow marijuana; Damn, I'm bored.. hell, I'll just grow some pot plants. Ha! Turns out his crop was extremely successful and he had over two pounds of it. He told me to take as much as I wanted and OMG I suddenly turned into a greedy kid in a candy store. I would have taken as much as he was willing to part with, but I had travel considerations, so I took more than enough to make the rest of my trip even more enjoyable. The stuff was so potent that even triple-bagged you could still smell it, and quite tasty, too. So Jim's present to me has been of great enjoyment. <3 Jim!!



This is about half my highlights, but I'm going to stop here for now because this is already so long. Anyhoo, I'm back and stuff.

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