March 2, 2003

Went to a dinner party in San Jose last night and had a great time with a nice mix of Spaniards and Americans. The drive down the 280 by the way, from the city to San Joser is amazingly green and beautiful. Really special. It’s been a long time (too long) since I’ve had Spanish food. The night’s fare included manchego cheese, quince paste, Catalan arbequina olives among other good good stuff. The star of the show, however, was paella–a huge pan of rice simmering slowly in the savory juices of chicken, shrimp, mussels and clams on the grill in the backyard. Just so good.

Conversations with people from other countries are always so interesting. Almost all of the Spaniards that were at the party were teachers, with contracts to work in different Bay area districts for a few years. Was interesting to hear the Spanish view of American culture, politics, education, people, habits–they’re kind of like anthropologists, a friend observed–here for only a little while, studying us under their Spanish microscope. Fun also to talk about the nuances of words/expressions in both languages–the dilemma of past perfect vs. present perfect in Spanish, the word sucks in English and the word cutre in Spanish, to name a few.

Just came from chillin’ with Melissa at Crepes on Cole. Variable weather in Cole Valley this afternoon–alternating blue sky and cloud cover. A young-ish sort of crowd, small strip of restaurants, cute shops and the N-Judah rumbling down Carl Street. Girl Scouts on one corner peddling cookie-age and a guy on the opposite corner playing his Yamaha keyboard. People crossing the street with their dogs or kids; talking, laughing. We snagged a table by the windows to take advantage of the fading afternoon light. Music playing, but too soft to be identifiable, except for one Travis song. Perhaps the best chai tea I’ve had in a while. Ahh, Sunday afternoon. The quiet before the storm.

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6 Responses to “”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    ooooooooh woman..don’t get me started on chai tea…dude, this stuff is ‘da BomB in India.
    food: sounds like you have a full tummy. praise God for glorious food!
    spaniards: luv ’em. they got so much luv for fam.
    books: i’ve got a sweet list for ya if you are interested…just drop me a line!
    have a blessed week michelle…
    proverbs 3:5-6
    sunmy

  2. danielplanet Says:

    Nothing beats such a weekend!  Seems like you’ve filled every nook and cranny with just the right amount of new things, old comforts.  Argonaut, you make food sound so mouthwateringly good… like few others can.  Here I am chompin’ away on a McGrill sandwich and suddenly it tastes like peppered foam.  *smile
    Hope your week is off to a good start.  It’s Monday night!

  3. argonaut Says:

    Good food speaks for itself. 🙂 Hey, you’re not so bad yourself, dp … peppered foam! Love it. Now, good writers are hard enough to come by but writing humor … that’s a whole ‘nother ball of yarn … but you seem to unravel the art of it pretty darn well. Hope your week is goin’ to your likin’!Argo

  4. Anonymous Says:

    keep up with the short entries!  heh heh.  i tried to write like you and skahr on my latest blog.  it doesn’t sound as shi shi down in my ghetto part of life. 

  5. Anonymous Says:

    you need to check out merechristian ‘s site!

  6. argonaut Says:

    Yo ylin: Will try to maintain your prescribed brevity on my blog.


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