California Dreaming

So in a next week I’ll be moving to San Francisco.  I had planned on moving out in January but that was delayed by the ‘incident.’  You can read more about that on my blog.  I had every intention on moving so after finding out a little more about my medical problem I decided I can go ahead and move.

My friends from San Francisco are flying out to Ohio and they are going to ride out with me.  They were worried about me making the drive myself.  As you can tell from my last entry I drove about 1,000 miles to New Orleans.  The road trip should be fun.  I plan on heading south and going across the southern US.  The one stop that I would like to make is in Las Vegas.  I’ll have to see how that figures into the driving plans.

 

My Tuba
My Tuba

So one of the big things I did was get rid of virtually all my belongings.  I’m only taking what will fit in my car.  Lucky for me I have a Scion xB (toaster on wheels) so it has a lot of room in the back.  My tuba will take up approximately a third of that room.  Imagine if I had a Toyota Corolla! That wouldn’t me much after getting my tuba in the back seat.  As you can see from the picture to the left my horn isn’t exactly small.  Standing on end it’s about three foot tall.  Some people don’t understand musicians but it’s something that I love and I couldn’t imagine not being able to perform now.

 

So we’re on the count down.  I’ll be blogging during my trip across the US so check out my blog for more.

 

Holiday Weekend Trip

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylv...
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Well I had a great time this weekend hanging out with my friends over in Pittsburgh.  I mean it’s always a good time when you can hang out with your friends and laugh about silly things.  On the other hand we didn’t find Pittsburgh entertaining at all.  Our hotel was acceptable but it was out in the suburbs and not a nice suburb and the staff at the hotel were not good.

The restaurants were OK but not good enough to go back to Pittsburgh.  We did find that people must really love Olive Garden on this trip.  Every time we asked about a restaurant someone would tell us about an Olive Garden.  Now don’t get me wrong Olive Garden is OK but I’m a firm believer and supporter of local restaurants (so are my friends).  So we had to laugh when people kept telling us about Olive Garden.

We went to the Warhol Museum and that was nice. It’s a 7 story building in the downtown area of Pittsburgh, next to the baseball field.  There was lots of displays and the several different mediums so it wasn’t all looking at art hanging on the wall.  At one point while we were walking through the museum when the silence was interrupted by someones cell phone ringing.  We had a good laugh at that must because it was a Lady Gaga ring tone.

OH and let me tell you about our visit to Shadyside (a neighborhood in Pittsburgh).  We made our way over there Sunday afternoon after our visit to the Warhol museum.  We had to drive through a rough section of town which wasn’t all that interesting but then we finally got over there and it was one of those you cross the tracks into a different worlds scenarios.  The neighborhood was very nice and it was nice once we found a parking space so we could walk around.  So we hadn’t had lunch yet so we find a restaurant, call them and get directions.  It’s only a couple blocks she says.  So we start walking, and we’re walking for more than three blocks.  Finally we ask someone if they are familiar with the restaurant.  The young woman says “Yes” and so we ask her for directions.  She tells us that the restaurant is about three blocks away in the direction we came from.  So we head back and we walk for probably ten blocks.  We’re thinking that we’re never going to get there and see a young man walking down the street towards us so we stop and ask him about the street that we hoped we had walked towards.  He says we’re almost there and thankfully he was right.  So we start down the street looking for the restaurant and we come along it after a couple large blocks.  We walk in and guess what we find out.  The restaurant stops serving brunch at 2:30 and the time was 2:28 so they wouldn’t serve us.  You talk about some unhappy gay men.  We ask for some suggested restaurants since we have no clue where to eat at this point.  They tell us there’s a bar across the street that serves food 24 hours a day.  So after all that walking we eat in a bar.  Thankfully the food was good.

So that’s just a little about my trip to Pittsburgh this past weekend.  If it doesn’t seem exciting that’s because it wasn’t.  We tried but alas there was no excitement that we could find.