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Bloviating Zeppelin: Lontano In Vacanza!

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lontano In Vacanza!

Whilst the rest of the United Snakes of America wrestles with snow, ice, freezing rain, bad traffic, delayed borborigmus, flatulence, flooding, power outages, ice storms and Ebola -- the wife and I are celebrating our fourth anniversary (on Valentine's Day) at the Monterey Bay Inn, overlooking the wondrous and stellar Monterey Bay in bereft Fornicalia.

Last night we partook of Bubba Gump's (a simple but guilty pleasure), hosted by the effervescent Chantal. We strolled Cannery Row at night with minimal crowds. We fell asleep on the pillow-top bed to the sound of waves crashing -- as you can see -- literally and directly below the veranda.

Monday morning, we were greeted with seals barking, gulls singing and the sight of a fleet of otters, floating amidst the kelp, bobbing on cerulean waves. The sky was blue, the sea was green, clouds scudded past. We are here, in the fourth (top) floor corner suite, until this coming Sunday. There may be some rain on the horizon but, at this point, we don't much care. As you can see, we've had some feathered guests drop occasionally by.

Earlier today (Monday) we stopped at REI in Marina and purchased a pair of Vibram FiveFingers for my wife. I'm a little hesitant to do so for myself but, trooper that she is, she wore them for a good four hours after the purchase. They're not cheap; $90 for this pair. There is a separate "cloven hoof" model for State of Fornicalia politicians. They cost three times as much but, no problem, they're paid by taxpayer dollars.

We hit the Borders in Marina as well, and stocked up with some new books: The Fallen (Parts 1 & 2) for my wife, and T. Jefferson Parker's Iron River in trade paperback for me.

Tonight we're ordering room service from Schooners. Or perhaps some local pizza. We haven't yet decided.

The view is incredible. We can see directly across the bay to both Moss Landing (with its two huge towers) and, further to the west, Santa Cruz -- where I once worked for the S.O. But that's another story entirely.

Uh-oh. Knock at the door. Pizza's here. Gotta go.


[Click on photos to enlarge them significantly.]


Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...


Mon Feb 14, 05:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Fornicalia still does one thing right: despite the people and government, its topography generally has it over most any other state.

It's the GOVERNMENT -- held sway by LEFTISTS -- that drove this state DOWN to its current form.


Mon Feb 14, 06:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger dmurray said...

Las Vegas, Nevada, Golden Nugget, Vic and Anthony's walked right in for dinner. May all you all have had a Valentine's Day as enjoyable!


Mon Feb 14, 07:53:00 PM PST  
Blogger Leticia said...

I am seriously jealous. Glad you are having a great time!

Mon Feb 14, 08:32:00 PM PST  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Beautiful photos!

I've visited Monterey Bay and love the area.

That one visit to the Monterey area, Mr. AOW and I rented a Mustang convertible and drove up Pacific Coast Highway from LA to San Francisco. One of the best vacations we ever had!

Tue Feb 15, 05:50:00 AM PST  
Blogger Scotty said...

I did my infantry training at Fort Ord, spittin’ distance to Monterey. I think Fort Ord is history now.

I was there March/February in 1970. Monterey was a nice laid back area but one thing stood out in my mind. How cold it could get there, especially at night! Even for someone at that time called Upstate New York home.

Tue Feb 15, 07:10:00 AM PST  
Blogger Greybeard said...

Congratulations on finding a good gal, BZ. I hope your day was filled with memory-making events. Thanks for sharing.

Tue Feb 15, 07:53:00 AM PST  
Blogger Old NFO said...

VERY nice... Sadly, it's gonna rain the next two days, but enjoy it anyway! I just get to go to NPS and stay in the barracks... no fair :-)

Tue Feb 15, 05:21:00 PM PST  

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