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I’m with Sam…who YOU with?

Razing Arizona and SoCal

First of all, a HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout our RoadTrip. The generosity and hospitality of so many people along the way has blown me away and renewed my faith in mankind. Second, NO MORE READER SUBMISSIONS, Justin!

I’m writing this as Shanghai and I make our way through Oregon. We should be in Seattle on Thursday and will make that our base of operations as we make excursions throughout Washington and British Columbia. If anyone else is down for snowboarding or skiing, we’ll probably hit up Whistler this weekend with a few of our Seattle friends. Maybe we’ll even get Shanghai out on a board this weekend…maybe.

It has been four-and-a-half weeks and over 7,000 miles since we began our trip. Since my last update, we have seen and done quite a bit. After our welcome respite at the Westin Kierland Golf Resort in Scottsdale, we made our way through Phoenix to Surprise, Arizona where we watched the Texas Rangers’ first spring training game. There was no admission charge since we arrived in the 5th inning. And we were still able to hang out right next to the Rangers’ bullpen and dugout! If I remember right, y’all voted to have us get one of the Rangers to say our tagline “I’m with Sam, who YOU with?” Video to come soon…

Shanghai and Jessica
Shanghai Sam & Jessica in Scottsdale

After that, we made our way down to southern Arizona where we stayed on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation with our new friends, Aaron and Morgana. (Aaron is a fraternity brother of Ewing, Shanghai’s brother.) There wasn’t a whole lot to see on the reservation itself but we did get to enjoy the company of new friends and check out the Kitt Peak National Observatory, home of the largest collection of optical telescopes in the world.

Aaron and Morgana with the Sams
Aaron & Morgana with the Sams on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation

From there we made our way to sunny Southern Cali-forn-i-a. As luck would have it, Aaron knew another fraternity brother, Sean, who had recently moved to San Diego. Sean graciously hosted us road weary strangers at his beach house located right next to Mission Beach. Pimp! San Diego is the other big city I’m considering moving to, other than Denver, and it didn’t disappoint. The night we got in, Sean took us to a cool local pub called The Liar’s Club where we tried all kinds of different beers and had some surprisingly good food. We met a couple there who were a lot of fun and even gave us a good roadfood recommendation: The Coyote Grill, along the beautiful PCH. Later in Tahoe, we saw Rachel Ray visited the same place on her way along the PCH and Laguna Beach. The video footage looked like a high budget version of ours. We also hit up a popular place in Pacific Beach called Moondoggies. And while walking along Mission/Pacific Beach one morning, a girl jogged by and screamed, “I love Shady Grove!” at us. It took a second for me to register that I was wearing my Shady Grove “Keep Austin Shady” t-shirt. (Shady Grove is a popular restaurant in Austin.) Turns out she went to school at UT and she gave us a brunch recommendation so I guess it pays to go to a ginormous school. She pointed at the pier and said Kono’s Cafe was a good place for brunch. We thought, it’s a little far but no problem. So we walked and walked and walked (with mild hangovers and not enough sleep) and the pier still wasn’t getting any closer. Finally, after a two-and-a-half mile hike along the beach we made it to Kono’s only to find a 30-minute line just to get inside the place where the line kept going inside. We had breakfast burritos sitting along the pier overlooking the Pacific. The view was great but the food was just so-so. But maybe we just haven’t developed our taste for California breakfast cuisine. We both dozed off a little after eating, partly because of the lullaby the waves were singing, but mostly because of The Liar’s Club and Moondoggies. I liked San Diego a lot. It had a variety of neighborhoods, each with their own personality, all within a short driving distance of one another. There was the laid back beach life of Mission & Pacific Beaches, the downtown vibe of the Gaslamp Quarter, a huge public park housing the San Diego Zoo, and much, much more. One of the food highlights was the fish taco at the very first Rubio’s, a popular chain that introduced the fish taco to the US. My mouth is watering just writing about it. The only drawbacks I could see to San Diego were the lack of good nearby skiing and the cost of living. The cost to buy a home is sky high but a reasonable rental can be found if you look hard enough. I’ve also been told the traffic there is horrible but we didn’t experience it while we were there. Basically, if I were really into surfing, I’d probably move to San Diego. But heck, if I were really into surfing I might just move to Hawaii.

Sean and the Couple with the Sams
Sean (far right) and the couple we met at The Liar’s Club in San Diego

That’s about all I can muster to write right now. We just arrived in Portland and I’m HUNGRY…especially after having reminded myself of Rubio’s. Next update we’ll start with our extended stint in the OC & LA, where we actually took our very first surfing lessons.

BTW, I’ve updated our Flickr photos. There are quite a few since the last upload from San Diego, including the latest photos from last weekend where I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out and snowboarding with Aileen, Penelope, Karen, Jed, Ben, Amish and Anh in Lake Tahoe while Shanghai partied with Jessica (our Scottsdale host) and her crew. I’m having problems with the Flickr uploader but should be current after we get to Seattle. Happy Birthday to Jessica, Jed, Anita, Jordan, Anh, Jae, Tammy, George and all the other March babies out there!

Amish and Anh atop Kirkwood
Amish & Anh atop Kirkwood after Amish gave Anh a promise ring

Aileen and Penelope at Kirkwood Village
Aileen, our new spokesmodel, and Penelope, Chilly Willy’s new spokesmodel, at Kirkwood

The Crew at Kirkwood Village
(left to right) SammyB, Aileen, Jed, Anh, Amish, Penelope and Bunky after a hard day of boarding at Kirkwood in South Lake Tahoe


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  Steve Bae wrote @ March 22nd, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Me thinks that reader submissions are the best!

  Jed wrote @ March 23rd, 2007 at 12:51 am

Thanks for the shoutout! Can’t wait to see some of the pictures. Hope you guys get to ride some more in Seattle.

  Justin wrote @ March 23rd, 2007 at 7:32 am

Me thinks me agrees with Steve B. You snooze you wind up singing karaoke on this website.

You also forgot March birthday babies Jae, Tammy, and George.

  Karen wrote @ March 24th, 2007 at 5:17 pm

fun times in Tahoe…wish i could be in Whistler! have fun…

  Uganda Norm wrote @ March 25th, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Re: When will Sam’s post poll.

A message to those who voted “When Shanghai gets a real job.”

Do not hold your breath. I repeat, do NOT hold your breath.

  Anna Hung wrote @ March 28th, 2007 at 5:03 pm

I like reader submissions!!!!

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