Thursday, November 09, 2006

Good to Be Back On the Left Coast

"I am a Californian now, bitches!" Screamed by Killer as he crawls through rush hour traffic.

Current Location: Sacramento, CA.!!
Distance Traveled Today: 560 miles.
Time Driving: 8.5 hours.
Photos Taken Out the Window While Driving This Week: 52

Even by artsy fartsy standards this is a pretty damn good shot. I think am going to travel the world driving 80mph and snapping great shots out the window. I will leave a trail of small wooden sticks that used to hold meat in my wake.

Okay, I left Needles, Ca., hauled my happy ass the last eight hours to Sacramento. I am staying downtown at the Sheraton Grand. I decided to splurge and treat myself nice. I should have kept it real and stayed in a Holiday Inn. Why is it the "luxury" hotels don't offer the same basic amenities that smaller ones do? I have to pay for parking, pay for internet, and not a single person of Middle Eastern ethnicity working the late shift behind the front desk. Luckily there are a couple of brew pubs within walking distance, so I am going to power through. Don't cry for me, Argentina.

So far it feels good to be back in California. I did not realize how much I missed the weather, the action and the variety of food types. It is weird to not be able to go two blocks without seeing a barbecue joint or a Waffle House. One thing I am not happy to get back to is the traffic. There are over 36 million people in California and everyone of them seems to always being going the same place I am. No matter what time it is, or what direction I am going, the other side of the highway is inevitably going to be smooth sailing, while mine is backed up like an 80 year old guys bowels.

I start work on Monday, and am using the next few days to find a place to stay and try to relax. I plan on working a lot while I am out here. It is my usual MO. Work a LOT for a few months and then spend a few months gallivanting aimlessly around the world. Doing nothing productive is what I do best.


fringes said...

I'm glad you arrived safely. I am loving these regular posts. Thanks!

mist1 said...

You have to pay for internet? Once, when my internet died, I drove to the local Super 8 motel and sat in the parking lot. Sure, it's frowned upon, but I got the blog posted.

Margaret said...

there's no barbeque in sacremento?

Killer said...


Yeah right, you were only in the Super 8 parking lot for the internet. I am sure the police did not buy that.

I am sure it is hidden somewhere, and it will be considered gourmet, but will be decorated faux trashy for ambience.

Liz said...

This shot IS good. You'll have to teach me how to take a picture. Even when I'm trying to snap something that is motionless it blurs. Operator error, maybe.

Man, you're going to be LOADED 6 weeks from now. Remeber to put some away for drugs and hookers!

othur-me said...

Killer, the way I deal with CA traffic is to just forget going places. "Do nothing, go nowhere, you'll get there faster." That's my motto.

As for barbeque places? You got it all wrong. Barbeque in California comes in the form of the corporate dining experience. It's that homogenized-TGIF-Red-Lobster-Ourback-Steakhouse-style-just-pretty-good-but-at-least-it's-repeatable-in-every-city-in-America cuisine.

We have one big chain in our area called Armadillo Willy's but I don't think they've invaded Sacramento yet. You might have to settle for the Barbeque section of the menu at your favorite Chili's.

The future of American cuisine is headed right down the shitter. Only now figuratively in addition to literally.

treespotter said...

that shot is good. and oh about the traffic, try Jakarta.

Ashley said...

This picture is awesome. I can't wait to get out there.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

now you can go down the street and see health food stores and juice bars everywhere you go...or maybe that is in LA and not Sacramento

I was a little disarmed by your comment on my blog...well, not disarmed by your comment but by the name "Killer"...I am glad to find out you are not going to hunt me down and kill me.

A good reason to be an anonymous blogger. He he he.

Enjoy Cali. I grew up near Malibu and when i visited, I near fainted at all the people and traffic