Dave came out to California this weekend to give a talk at Berkeley (and visit me). He flew in really late Friday night, so we had a rather late start on adventures Saturday morning. First on the agenda (after a breakfast of blueberry pancakes and smoothies) was to fix up a bike that Martin had lent us for the weekend. We got the tires inflated and a seat installed, and then biked up to the local bike shop, Missing Link. The bike was missing the nut (but not the bolt) that holds the cable onto the rear derailleur, the bolts to hold on the bottle cage, and the pivot pin from the rear brake lever. The guy in the shop wanted to know how we came to be missing such small and specific parts. After installing these parts + some hot pink bar tape, we were on our way for an awesome weekend.
First we biked down to the climbing gym, Berkeley Ironworks, where I managed to kick Dave’s ass climbing. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever been able to out-climb him–that’s what happens when you go to the gym 4 days a week. After climbing, we biked over to Takara Sake Factory and did a tour and Sake tasting. It turns out that there are tons of flavors and types of Sake, so of course we had to try (almost) all of them. To finish off the evening, we biked up to Kirala where we had sushi, more sake, and really delicious mango and green tea ice cream. (Note for my mom: Yes, I dressed pretty for my date.)
Sunday was another glorious sunny day in California. We baked some scones and apple-walnut pancakes in the morning to prepare us, and then biked up to meet Martin and Sirena for a long bike ride with a picnic near the end. On this ride, Dave and Martin decided to push it up the hills, while behind them I was working really hard and barely managing to keep up with Sirena, who was carrying the entire picnic in her panniers. I guess it’s revenge for beating Dave at rock climbing. After we parted ways with Martin and Sirena, Dave and I proceeded to have a reverse date.
What is a reverse date, you ask? Well, here’s an example. We biked up to the Ben and Jerry’s and had ice cream, then we picked up a movie and came back to my house to watch it. After the movie we cooked dinner, ate it, and then had some pre-dinner wine. Strangely, Dave and I seem to have a lot of reverse dates. We’re pretty incapable of doing anything normally, but that’s fine with me.
Monday was fairly uneventful, except that Dave bought me a super-large coffee right before I went to watch his talk and hence I was bouncing off the walls the entire time. It seemed like the people in Berkeley really liked his talk, and the room was so full that people were sitting on the floor. Maybe they’ll give him a job and he can live in Berkeley too!