Our trip in California + Meeting with Meninlove !

  • disasterpiece

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    Aug 24, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    Hey guys !

    Haven't been here for a while, I must admit the Vancouver totally sucked me out of the internet for a moment !

    Sooo ! Some friends and mine have been dreaming of this roadtrip in California for a while and now, here I am, writing this message from a Motel 6 room in Oregon, just before we hit the road to make our way to the famous Route 1.

    We'll be arriving in San Francisco soon, and we are sooo excited. We have a cupple of ideas and mind, but if you Californian folks here had some suggestions or plans for us, that would be fun, and even more fun if it included meeting you at some point ! ;)

    Talking of which, our first stop after a 2 hours delay at the airport (thanks to this crappy Wesfalia rentals company) was at the house of our famous and so magnificiently welcoming Doug and Bill of Meninlove.

    It was undoubtedly a warm balm on our unpleasant morning. We couldn't have imagined how relaxing and enjoyable that first stop would be without actually being there and enjoying Doug's hilarious stories and Bill's incredible garden. Guys, we are so grateful, thank you so much, once again ! icon_smile.gif

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    Aug 24, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    WOW! What a great pic of all of you! And the meninlove guys never looked better! And you look super, too, along with your female companions. Aren't you all just too pretty? Really! You need to post this pic to your RJ photo archive.

    Now I envy you. I speak with these guys on the phone all the time, but haven't yet met them. And I'm glad you did this, because I think they've said they haven't met any RJ members until now. Well, now they have! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    That is a great pic! You're all very handsome - well, other than the women. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
    showme saidThat is a great pic! You're all very handsome - well, other than the women. icon_wink.gif

    I like it so much I cropped it a bit, and tried to take a little of the sun shadows out. Wasn't very successful. icon_sad.gif

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    Aug 24, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    Wow what a great photo. Looks like loads of fun with Doug and Bill.
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    Aug 24, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    Wellwellwell, THAT pic sure turned out nice!

    Art, you did a great job of taking out shadows. Now doesn't Bill look tall?
    He's wearing a giant plastic bionic looking boot.

    He tore his calf muscle and we'd just arrived back from the hospital and an examination by an orthopedic surgeon when these young fabulous people arrived. There are four of them (including the guy taking the great pic).

    Yes they are all very handsome n pretty aren't they? And you know, they are warm, vibrant and interesting intelligent people (I know, just stop, right?) that we were very honoured to have hosted. We served up a table of food from an organic bakery I'd been to that morning.

    Matt, it was our privilege to have you and your companions at our house, and if you return early please feel free to come by again. We're still game for fish & chips on the beach a la our friends' seaside restaurant.

    affectionately,

    -Doug and Bill



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    Aug 24, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
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  • Midas426

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    Aug 24, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    Aww...it's always nice to read about RJ members meeting, especially meeting the wonderful duo of Meninlove. Missed my opportunity to meet a few RJers on the 13th but hopefully there'll be other chances.
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    Aug 24, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    meninlove said Wellwellwell, THAT pic sure turned out nice!

    Art, you did a great job of taking out shadows. Now doesn't Bill look tall?
    He's wearing a giant plastic bionic looking boot.

    He tore his calf muscle and we'd just arrived back from the hospital and an examination by an orthopedic surgeon when these young fabulous people arrived. There are four of them (including the guy taking the great pic).

    Yes they are all very handsome n pretty aren't they? And you know, they are warm, vibrant and interesting intelligent people (I know, just stop, right?) that we were very honoured to have hosted. We served up a table of food from an organic bakery I'd been to that morning.

    Matt, it was our privilege to have you and your companions at our house, and if you return early please feel free to come by again. We're still game for fish & chips on the beach a la our friends' seaside restaurant.

    affectionately,

    -Doug and Bill

    My dears, you are more than kind.

    As for the pic, I was trained over 40 years ago that a natural human response is to place the eyes of your subject in the middle of your photo frame. That's wrong.

    I look at the mass, not at the eyes. And when I was taking a TV Broadcasting college degree, the professors would yell at us: "Headspace! Headspace!" as we operated the studio TV cameras. Meaning we had made the same error, of trying to center the eyes of our subjects in our monitors. You always center the mass, never the eyes, and minimize the blank space above a person's head.

    In any case, a lovely photo, of lovely people. How we want to meet you 2 guys soon! Bob & C
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
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    Well, OK then....

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    Here's a hug instead young man.

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    Aug 25, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    Woot .. lucky u guys .. really liked it
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 25, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
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    What an adorable picture...you all look great!
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    Nice banana tree, did you steal it from English Bay icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    Tazo995 saidNice banana tree, did you steal it from English Bay icon_razz.gif


    Rofl, no, that's a hardy banana, Musa Basjoo and if you look over Bill's shoulder you'll see the end fronds of an Australian tree fern. We also have Lotus bananas and Abyssinian bananas (but they're not hardy and winter in the garage).

    I guess you could say Bill's a Horti-sexual, lol!

    icon_lol.gif -Doug
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:44 AM GMT
    Aww disasterpiece, I've missed you!

    And meninlove, Doug and Bill, sure sound like a privilage to meet!
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    You are all ridiculously adorable. And I am ridiculously jealous.

    Great picture, you guys! Sounds like you all had an awesome time icon_smile.gif.
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    Aug 25, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    Diasterpiece I miss yo face. You got to meet Doug and Bill?! Now I am totally jealous. I want to meet them! And the puppies!

    Y'all look so vibrantly happy....I think I'm gonna go cry now. (wow is it my own perception or Doug and Bill look so happy together?!)
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 25, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    Looks like a great time! I hope Bill is doing well and recovering quickly.
    I would definitely have them on my itenerary when visiting BC!
    Have fun on the rest of your trip!

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    Aug 25, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidLooks like a great time! I hope Bill is doing well and recovering quickly.
    I would definitely have them on my itenerary when visiting BC!
    Have fun on the rest of your trip!

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    Thanks Chris, The surgeon says no surgery but I have to go to physio for rehab and I said yes yes yes.

    -Bill

    Perhaps Disasterpiece can add a pic of the fellow who took this pic, the fourth of the foursome on their California adventure. He's as sweet as it gets and very very easy on the eyes. icon_wink.gif

    -Doug

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    Aug 25, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    Ugh, Im just so jealous I didnt get to be in that pic grrrrr... icon_evil.gif
  • metta

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    Aug 25, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    Disasterpiece said
    We'll be arriving in San Francisco soon, and we are sooo excited. We have a cupple of ideas and mind, but if you Californian folks here had some suggestions or plans for us, that would be fun, and even more fun if it included meeting you at some point ! ;)


    Fun! Fun! icon_smile.gif

    I don't know how far south you are going. Ano Nuevo is 55 miles South of San Franciso and North of Santa Cruz. A really beautiful walk trough a meadow, around some dunes and to the ocean where the elephant seals breed. It can sometimes be an amazing experience to get that close up to wildlife.

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=523

  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Aug 25, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    Brilliant. Simply brilliant.
    Evidence of so much good, and so much love.
    Yay!!!!!!
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    Aug 25, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    Big Sur and 17 Mile Drive are also scenic.
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    Aug 25, 2011 2:07 AM GMT
    Great pic! And thanks for introducing me to Musa Basjoo; Wikipedia says it can be grown as far north as zone 5a, which is my zone.
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    Aug 25, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    metta8 saidFun! Fun! icon_smile.gif
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