my memorial weekend road trip started out sunday on the least beautiful stretch of road in california (880 though oakland/alameda) and ended on the most beautiful (17 mile drive
in monterey). monterey
is spectacular all over but the area around pebble beach
golf course still manages to stand out. i guess that's why homes there can cost 36 million.
the whole trip was a big loop down through san jose to monterey and then up the coast along highway 1 back to san francisco and home. highway 1 is a big favorite of mine so the trip down was predictably less exciting than the trip back. all the ocean scenery
and the beach towns (monterey, aptos, capitola, santa cruz, half moon bay, pacifica) are picturesque. the stretch of highway 1 on the olympic penninsula in washington state is same way. i tell you, it was a hard thing to go back to an office with no windows after that.
the other "big event" of the weekend was accidentally seeing "the day after tomorrow". i know i railed disaster movies just the other day but this one was ... well, the same crap. i got tricked into going to see it by a couple good reviews and then it wound up being exactly what i had originally expected it to be - cheesy, and with way too many american flags. i don't understand why movie makers feel that they have to take everything in a movie to absolutely ridiculous extremes. why do cg wolves have to try to eat people who just got drenched by a 200 foot wave, are on the verge of being frozen by a killer land hurricane while searching for a cure for gangrene? what mental disfunction prevents them from making a movie that is remotely believable? i think the answer is that these kinds of movies exist for the sole purpose of advertising computer graphics rendering technology. at least i went to the matinee and didn't pay full price for it. small consolation, but still.