GM Auto Show In Motion, and much more
The start of the day, GM Autoshow In Motion in Pomona. The theory is GM has about 150 cars of various makes and models for you to test drive. Test drive a boring family sedan and then you get access to drive the high-performance vehicle (Corvette and CTS-V, in manual transmissions! WOOHOO!) course or the off-road SUV course or something...
Reality was otherwise. By the time we got there at 10:30am due to various delays, the lines were incredible. Waiting in line for 45 minutes to drive an Accord or a Camry just sucked, and because we had to be gone by noon, we barely had time for two of us to drive the Corvette. Randy didn't. =(
To be a fair judge of the event, you need to go when it's not crowded-- a weekday, or really early in the morning on a weekend. Hence, we're going again when the Autoshow In Motion comes to Hollywood Park. =D If you want to ask how our Pomona experience was: it sucked.
The day was continued by showing Matthew the Sierra Madre Fire Department, as that's where Nick had to be at 1pm... then off to Randy's house to take more parts off the parts car and finally install the intake he's had gathering dust for two years into his car. We had an interesting time messing with the hose clamps and vacuum hoses, as we only installed the upper tube of the intake, skipping the lower tube... the Hacketts came by as well, so we could install a new o2 sensor in Alan's car.
The food pictures that follow immediately after are from Cafe Bianca, which was purported to have really good pizza. It was very good, but it wasn't worth the hype. If you happen to be in the area it's worth going back to, though.
Rock climbing with Keith and Alicia at Mt. Rubidoux in Riverside. Bouldering, specifically. That was my first time climbing outside, and it was a lot of fun. Too bad we didn't have a rope, so top roping was out of the question. Sorry, no pictures. With only three people, all of whom have not done much outdoor climbing recently... we were too busy clinging to rocks!
Afterwards was a presentation by Sally Ride, first woman in space over in Torrance. (no pictures either... yeah, yeah, I know... hey, it was a long and busy day!)
Dinner that night was with Barry & Kim, Cheston & Angie over at Gaja in Lomita. Japanese yam pancakes were the speciality. Very interesting. Quite tasty. I think Alicia found it more amusing than anything else, as we continued the mostly-unintentional habit of having what she calls "interesting" food when going out with me. Hey, it was darned tasty.
Afterwards, back to Alicia's to play with a Windows MCE 2005 box that her brother gave to her and then build those Lego sets she's been accumulating. Couldn't let Lego stay cooped up in a box now, could we?
Notice that I forgot to allocate any days to sleeping in that weekend... whoops...