Redskins Loss Predicts Kerry Victory

Sunday, 31 Oct 2004 | Sports

As I posted earlier, the outcome of today's Washington Redskins 14 to 28 loss to the Green Bay Packers indicates that Kerry will win the election on Tuesday. I don't put a lot of stock in this kind of thing, but it certainly is an interesting rumor. Probability theory would say that there is no correlation between these two events. And even if there was, trends can be broken as witnessed by the World Series victory by the Boston Red Sox this year. So, you never know.

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Dad Pre-Registers for Surgery

Sunday, 31 Oct 2004 | Family

I talked to my dad this evening. He told me that he's going to Corona Regional Medical Center tomorrow to pre-register for his prostate cryosurgery on November 8th. It should be pretty routine stuff; paperwork and a blood test.

Cancer cryosurgery seems to be a minimally invasive treatment for cancer compared to the other methods available. The procedure requires an overnight hospital stay and about a week or two recovery at home. Nonetheless, it's still surgery and can have side effects and complications. We're confident and hoping for a great outcome for my dad.

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Halloween Trick or Treaters

Sunday, 31 Oct 2004 | Family

Toni's Pumpkin
Toni's Pumpkin

Toni carved a pumpkin again this year like she has done many times before. The one she made was pretty simple, but very cute. She normally does very elaborate designs, but she was under the weather this year, so she decided to give herself a break.

We had way more trick or treaters this year than last year. They came in droves for about three hours. There were a lot of really cute little ones. I really liked one boy who was dressed up as Eeyore. This was Taffy's first Halloween. She was barking at the children, doing her best to protect Toni from the bad people coming to our door. It was so funny to see her all worked up. She is so small that the kids just laughed at her and commented how cute she is. Even when I brought Taffy upstairs, she would bark every time Toni would touch the door handle.

We went through three large bags of candies from Costco. We got so low at the end of the evening, Toni got desperate and prepared to give away snack sized bags of Cheetohs. But once she loaded the bowl with Cheetohs, the trick or treaters relented. We thought there was plenty of candy, but Toni and I are famous for giving out a bunch of treats to each child.

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Taffy's Family

Sunday, 31 Oct 2004 | Pets

Taffy's mother is my sister-in-law Lisa's dog whose name is Cinnamon. Lisa gave away all of the litter except for two boys. These two remaining boys are named Ace and Fluffy. We almost took Ace, but I fell in love with Taffy and my brother-in-law Michael was nice enough to let us have her. Taffy's original name was Ghost because she had a light color to her coat compared to her siblings.

Ace
Ace

We saw Ace after quite a few weeks yesterday at the birthday party. He has really filled in and is quite a big, solid guy. He is much larger than Taffy with thicker paws and legs.

Fluffy
Fluffy

Fluffy is the favorite of my nephew Michael. He is the one puppy that was never going to be given away because Michael had become so attached to him. He is not as large as Ace, but still much larger than Taffy. I wanted a smaller dog, so Taffy ended up being the perfect choice.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon

Cinnamon is the mother of Taffy, Ace and Fluffy. She was a stray that Lisa took in a little while back. I liked Cinnamon from the first day I met her. She is a very gentle dog with a sweet disposition.

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Elizabeth and Lisa's Birthday Party

Sunday, 31 Oct 2004 | Family

We celebrated my niece's and sister-in-law's birthday at their house on Saturday. Elizabeth asked that I bring my camera to capture a few memories for her.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Toni and I are taking Lisa to Disneyland for her birthday present. I'm sure she'll have a great time. It will be the first time she's seen the Magic Kingdom all decorated for the holidays.

Lisa
Lisa

Here's a few more of Elizabeth with some of her guests.

Brandy and Elizabeth
Brandy and Elizabeth

Elizabeth and Andy
Elizabeth and Andy

Cathy and Elizabeth
Cathy and Elizabeth

Elizabeth and Christina
Elizabeth and Christina

Elizabeth and Anna
Elizabeth and Anna

Elizabeth and Rhonda
Elizabeth and Rhonda

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Redskins Predict Presidential Election?

Saturday, 30 Oct 2004 | Sports

Toni heard a really interesting rumor on the radio. I had never heard of this. She said that for the past 68 years, the outcome of the last Washington Redskins home game before a Presidential election predicted the outcome of the election. According to the story, if the Redskins win, the incumbent candidate will win. If the Redskins lose, then the incumbent candidate will lose.

The Washington Redskins will be playing the Green Bay Packers at home tomorrow at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. I can't say that I put much stock in this, but it will be interesting if the trend continues to hold true. I guess we'll know in a few days. ;)

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The Cat Wrangler AKA Roastateer Dog

Saturday, 30 Oct 2004 | Family, Pets

This morning, Toni, Erin and I were eating breakfast in the dining room. Everyone in this household is female except me. My wife, daughter, two cats (Sheba and Muffin) and a dog are all female. Well, Taffy, our new puppy was herding our cats. She thinks she's some kind of cat herder breed, I'm thinking. It is too funny.

Erin sometimes gets tongue-tied or has trouble pronouncing certain words. She used to call strawberries starberries when she was a toddler. She announced to us the other day that Taffy is Roastateer Dog. We said, "What?" She said, "You know, like roastateer chicken you roast on the fire." She called her that because she was holding her in a position where she was bundled up like a roasted chicken. "Oh, you mean Rotisserie Dog," I exclaimed, laughing. Now I regularly refer to Taffy as Roastateer Dog. I love little family inside jokes like that. :)

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Erin's Getting Her Learning Permit

Saturday, 30 Oct 2004 | Family

Erin

Erin just completed the classroom portion of driver's training. I signed her request for a DMV driving permit today. She will be getting 6 hours of professional driving training. Oh my gosh. She'll be legally able to drive on Monday. Yee-ikes! You have been duly warned.

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Time to Fall Back Again

Friday, 29 Oct 2004 | News

It's time to set your clocks back again. Daylight Saving Time officially ends on the 31st at 1:00 AM. It's nice that we get another hour of sleep, but I don't relish getting home from work after dark.

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Taffy's 20 Week Photo

Friday, 29 Oct 2004 | Pets

Taffy
Taffy at 20 Weeks

Taffy looks a little timid this week for her photo. That's ok, because then you can get a glimpse of the many faces of Taffy. She has so many looks. My wife's friend Janet says that Taffy is very photogenic. She comes to disneymike just to see the photos of Taffy. LOL

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Oh Glorious Search!

Thursday, 28 Oct 2004 | Blog

I am really liking Movable Type. One of the features I really love is the search capability. It indexes all my entries, so you can find any word in any of my posts by using the search on the main page. Blogger didn't have built-in search capability, so the search was done using Google. The problem was it would only find pages that Google had indexed and sometimes the results were not accurate because the indexing had been done some time in the past. So, go ahead. Try the search functionality. It works very well. :)

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2004 Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Thursday, 28 Oct 2004 | Family, Sports

Bhavsar

Toni and I accompanied my dad to see the TJ Maxx 2004 Tour of Gymnastics Champions at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Saturday night. It was really neat to see the Olympic gymnasts in person performing their routines. I am always amazed at the strength and agility displayed by gymnasts. We had a great time. I didn't find out until I got to the venue that cameras were allowed as long as the lens was 6 inches or less. I could have gotten some great shots, but oh well. I'll know to take it next time.

There was a segment where a group of Special Olympics gymnasts performed. It was so neat to see people with disabilities doing their best with such joy. It brought a tear to my eye. There was a blind man who performed on the parallel bars. What courage and determination they exhibited.

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Curse? What Curse?

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2004 | Sports

Well, I guess New York Yankees fans are quite disappointed to know that they can't use the Bambino Curse heckle against the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox anymore. I'm glad to see that Boston was able to finally win a World Series after 86 agonizing years of trying. I really do think they deserve the win despite them eliminating the Anaheim Angels this year. It was amazing to see them come from a 0-3 deficit to beat the Yankees and then sweep the Cardinal in four straight wins.

I must say that I do feel bad for the St. Louis Cardinals fans. I can't remember when fans looked so sad and dejected.

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Trisha's Birthday Party

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2004 | Family

We went to Trisha's house for her birthday on Saturday. Trisha is one of Toni's three sisters. She asked me to bring along my camera to get some pictures. Here's a few of the better ones I got.

Trisha
Trisha

Antonio
Antonio with His New Bike

Tatiana
Tatiana

Desiree and Diana
Desiree and Diana

Desiree
Desiree

Lisa and Michael
Lisa and Michael

Michael
Michael

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Moving to Movable Type

Monday, 25 Oct 2004 | Internet

I just moved from Blogger to Movable Type for publishing my weblog. I really like the features of Movable Type. I am in the process of moving the posts from Blogger to the new system. Please bear with me while I make this transition. Thanks! :)

Movable Type

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As Requested

Sunday, 24 Oct 2004 | Family

Elizabeth
My Niece Elizabeth

At Trisha's birthday party today, my niece Elizabeth commented on how she likes to read my blog. She also commented that for all the pictures of Taffy, there were none of her. So, being the wonderful uncle that I am, I promised to feature her in my next post. Since she started going to school and working, I don't see her as much I'd like.

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Taffy's 19 Week Photo

Friday, 22 Oct 2004 | Pets

Taffy
Taffy at 19 Weeks

Taffy is here posing on the sofa again. Is it possible for a dog to be photogenic? Well, if it is, I think she is, even if I am obviously biased. LOL

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How About Those Red Sox!

Thursday, 21 Oct 2004 | Sports

Red Sox Win

Was that the most exciting League Championship Series ever or what? The Boston Red Sox have written two pages in the MLB history books. They were the first team to force an LCS seventh game after a 0-3 deficit. And now they have become the first team to come back to win after a 0-3 deficit.

We had four and five hour games, Curt Schilling pitching with a bloodied sock, grand slams, extra innings, Alex Rodriguez slapping the ball from Arroyo's hand in desperation, fans throwing balls on the field, NYPD police poised in riot gear and history making wins. Could the World Series be nearly as fantastic?

Originally, I was upset with the Sox for beating the Anaheim Angels in the Division Series, but I've gained a new respect for them and hope they go all the way. Speaking of going all the way, will they finally break the Curse of the Bambino this year, something they have not been able to do since 1918? I hope so, but I wonder if they are just too tired out from this comeback. Well, time will tell.

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Panang Pork Please!

Wednesday, 20 Oct 2004 | Food, Restaurants

I had Panang Pork today for lunch at Thai Smile and it was sublime. I haven't had it in a while, but it really hit the spot over steamed rice since it was a blustery, rainy, cool day in Palm Springs today. Panang Pork is a Thai dish that has pork, green beans and basil in a spicy sweet light curry sauce.

There are three Thai restaurants in town that I love to go to for lunch. Strangely, I have a different favorite dish at each one. At Thai Smile my favorite is Panang Pork. At Thai Kitchen II, it's Prik King with Tofu. At Peeraya it is Yellow Curry with Chicken.

Thai Smile
651 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 320-5503

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Steak and Brandied Mushrooms

Monday, 18 Oct 2004 | Family, Food

I cooked dinner tonight for Toni. I haven't been Chef Mike in a while, so Toni was very pleased. I made New York steak, cooked medium, with sauteed mushrooms in a brandy cream sauce. I served it with fresh baked French bread from the market.

Chef Mike is a name that Toni and Erin gave me because I love to cook and they enjoy my food so much.

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Disneyland 1000th Ghost Experience

Monday, 18 Oct 2004 | Disneyland

1000th Ghost

Disneyland is auctioning the chance for a Disneyland fan to be immortalized at the Haunted Mansion with a tombstone engraved with the winner's name placed at the end of the ride.

This will officially make the winner the 1000th ghost to inhabit the mansion since there are currently 999 happy haunts residing at the famed mansion. The Disneyland Haunted Mansion 1000th Ghost Experience auction at eBay is running currently and is scheduled to end on October 21st at 3:00:37 pm.

At the time of this post, there are 79 bids and the highest bid is over $30,000!

100% of the profits will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 50% will go to the Anaheim chapter and the remaining 50% will go the Boys & Girls Club chapter of the winner's choosing."

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Muffin in Motion

Monday, 18 Oct 2004 | Pets

Muffin always waits for me at the top of the stairs just outside by bedroom. She loves to be picked up and stroked on her head. Whenever I try to take a picture of her, she invariably walks toward the camera as I focus. So I decided to take a shot while moving the camera at the same rate as her approach using a slow shutter speed.

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I Love the Sound of Rain

Sunday, 17 Oct 2004 | Raves

It's raining tonight and we have the bedroom window open since it's so crisp and cool. I love the sound of rain falling on the ground. There's something soothing and calming about it.

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Taffy and Pochacco Related?

Saturday, 16 Oct 2004 | Pets


Pochacco

Taffy reminds me of our favorite Sanrio character, Pochacco. Well, at least the ear positioning. What do you think? Do you see a resemblance?

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Taffy's 18 Week Photo

Friday, 15 Oct 2004 | Pets


Taffy at 18 Weeks

Here's Taffy showing off her new collar which is much more comfortable since it' s not so snug. She likes to raise one ear. It's a signature Taffy look. It's like she is waving with her right ear. LOL

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Art of Disney: Postage Stamps

Friday, 15 Oct 2004 | Disney

Oh boy! The United States Postal Service issued a set of The Art of Disney: Friendship postage stamps in Anaheim on July 23rd, 2004. I'll have to get some of these, the Disney lover that I am. I suggest you do the same before they're gone.

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Taffy's Still Growing

Thursday, 14 Oct 2004 | Pets

Taffy had another visit to the vet today. She weighed in at 6 pounds, a big increase from her 4 pounds, 12 ounces less than a month ago. She got her last round of shots for a while.

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Comments Please!

Wednesday, 13 Oct 2004 | Internet

I go to other people's blogs and find that there sometimes are several comments for each post. Some sites have dozen of comments. But, alas, my posts elicit few to no comments on a regular basis. What am I doing wrong? Woe is me! LOL

Perhaps some kind soul can take pity on me and leave a comment to show that my time and energy creating this site is worthwhile. Come on, make my day. Leave a comment and I will be forever grateful. :)

You can say anything you please. A little encouragement, agreement, information, suggestions, a quick hello, whatever. Thanks in advance for your comments.

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Dog Collar Sillyness

Wednesday, 13 Oct 2004 | Pets

On my way home from work, I stopped at PETsMART to buy Taffy a new collar. The one we got her has now become snug on her neck because she has grown. Well, I picked one out that I thought was quite nice. When I got home I found that it was huge on her neck and not suitable at all. What was I thinking? I knew she was a tiny dog. After I whipped up some quick grilled Genoa Salame and Provolone sandwiches for dinner, Toni and I went back to the pet store to find a better fitting collar. We picked a really pretty purple and turqoise one that fits loosely on her. Problem solved.

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Mickey Mouse at 75

Wednesday, 13 Oct 2004 | Disney


Mickey at DCA

November 18, 2003, marked the 75th anniversary of Mickey Mouse debuting in "Steamboat Willie" in 1928.

To commemorate Mickey Mouse turning seventy-five years old, Disney is celebrating Mickey 75 InspEARations on Tour. Be sure to check out the neat facts about my favorite mouse and more about the tour.

Seventy-five 700 pound, six foot tall Mickey statues were designed by celebrities to be auctioned for charity. The statues began their journey at Disney World and will be travelling across the United States from May 18th, 2004 through October 21st, 2004 to end up on display at Disney World until February 2005.

Mickey Mouse is my favorite Disney character and my wife's too. Eeyore is Erin's favorite.

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The Cheesecake Factory Opens!

Wednesday, 13 Oct 2004 | Food, Restaurants

I'm happy to announce The Cheesecake Factory officially opened yesterday at The River at Rancho Mirage.

The first two days, they are open only for dinner from 5 pm to 11 pm for a trial run. Beginning Thursday, they will open for their regular schedule of 11 am to 11 pm Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 12:30 am Friday and Saturday and 10 am to 11 pm Sunday.

The Cheesecake Factory
71-800 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 404-1400

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Gas Prices Soaring Again

Wednesday, 13 Oct 2004 | News, Rants

I can't believe I waited in line at Costco today to get regular unleaded for $2.339. Gasoline prices are out of control lately in Southern California, but especially in Palm Springs. Sheesh!

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Under the Weather

Tuesday, 12 Oct 2004 | Daily

I stayed home yesterday from work because I was feeling sick. I have a cold with yucky congestion. I felt well enough to go to work today, but am still getting over it.

Toni accompanied my dad to Irvine to get his MRIs and Bone Scan to evaluate his prostate cancer while I rested at home.

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Taffy's 17 Week Photo

Saturday, 9 Oct 2004 | Pets


Taffy at 17 Weeks

Here's Taffy sitting on Erin's lap, on top of her new comfy, fluffy robe.

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The Fat Lady Sings

Friday, 8 Oct 2004 | Sports

Well, the Anaheim Angels lost the third game of the American League Division Championship to the Boston Red Sox today 8 to 6 in the 10th innning. The Red Sox took the series in three consecutive games. It's disappointing, but I look forward to seeing them play next season when my dad will be getting season tickets.

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Prostate Surgery for Dad

Friday, 8 Oct 2004 | Family

My dad informed me yesterday that his urologist plans to go ahead with his prostate surgery the first week of November. This is a surgery where the cancerous tissue is frozen using liquid gas and requires an overnight stay at the hospital. It generally takes a few weeks to recover fully from the procedure. Hopefully that will get my dad back into relatively good health for the foreseeable future.

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I Can See Clearly Now

Friday, 8 Oct 2004 | Daily

I had my windshield replaced today. It's the original windshield that's been on the car for eight years. I am typically blinded when driving into the sun because of pitting the wind and sand creates on glass here in the desert where I work. Thousands of commutes to and from work have wreaked havoc with my windshield.

I used American Auto Glass upon recommendation from a co-worker. I can vouch for their work. They came out to my location and replaced the glass. The work was quick and professional and I thought the cost was reasonable. If you live in the Palm Springs vicinity, give them a try by calling (760) 321-7200 They can typically install the next day or even sometimes the same day.

I can't wait to drive home tonight. It will be unbelievable to drive into the setting sun and be able to see. Normally it's a prayerful, unsettling experience to drive without the luxury to see the road and other vehicles.

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Ono Hawaiian BBQ for Dinner

Tuesday, 5 Oct 2004 | Food, Restaurants

I had to pick up Erin at her school tonight after an away game. She does statistics for her high school sports program. So, I had some time to kill before going home. I went to Circuit City, Best Buy and Costco to do a little shopping and went out to dinner alone. I had wanted to try a place called Ono Hawaiian BBQ that I had seen many times on my way home from work. I had the Hawaiian BBQ Mix plate for dinner. It was really good. It came with macaroni salad, steamed rice and Hawaiian BBQ Chicken and Beef and Korean Kalbi Spare Ribs.

At Costco, I picked up a copy of Aladdin (Special Edition Gift Set) on DVD just released today. It's one of my favorite Disney animated features, so I am quite pleased to own it.

Ono Hawaiian BBQ
2721 Canyon Springs Parkway, Suite 101
Moreno Valley, CA 92507
(951) 656-6188

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Lunch with Jan

Tuesday, 5 Oct 2004 | Food, Friends, Restaurants

Jan took a break from selling futons and Octoberfest tickets in Big Bear to have lunch with me and three co-workers for the first time since retiring. We had a very nice visit with her at Karla's. Three of us had the Tuesday prime rib sandwich special and two had tacos. A good time was had by all. Come back again soon, Jan. We miss you.

Karla's Restaurant
143 South Farrell Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-1369

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American League West Champions

Monday, 4 Oct 2004 | Sports

The Anaheim Angels play in the ALDS (American League Division Series) against the Boston Red Sox beginning tomorrow. The first two games are at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Tuesday and Wednesday. The next two are on Friday and Saturday in Boston. They return to Anaheim on Sunday if the 5th game is required. We need to win 3 out of 5 to move on to the League Championship Series.

Toni is going with my dad to ALDS Game 1 at 1:10 pm tomorrow and I'm going with my dad to ALDS Game 2 at 7:10 pm on Wednesday.

In Game 1, Jarrod Washburn goes against Curt Schilling. It's going to be a tough game, but I hope the Halos are victorious over the Sox. Go Angels!

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Taffy's 16 Week Photo

Saturday, 2 Oct 2004 | Pets


Taffy at 16 Weeks

Here's Taffy at 16 weeks old. She is starting to fill in and look a bit older. I'm curious to see how large she becomes when she's full grown. Taffy takes a nice portrait, posing for my camera. LOL

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Granville Island Public Market

Friday, 1 Oct 2004 | Food, Travel


Fruit at Granville Island's Public Market

We spent an afternoon browsing Granville Island on our summer trip to Vancouver, Canada. Their Public Market has a host of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, coffee and whatever other scrumptious food products you can imagine. The fruit was so perfect and arranged into beautiful formations.

Toni thought their Snapple Peach Tea was milder and better tasting in Vancouver than it is here in California. I tasted it and concurred. She said she liked the peche (French for peach) better.

One interesting note: We witnessed many giant seagulls at Granville Island. I saw one particularly fiesty seagull dive into the back of a woman's head like a crazed Kamikaze to distract and then steal a mouthful of Chinese food from her plate. Needless to say, we ate indoors.

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