Wednesday, October 5

A couple of quick picks

Today I'm in San Francisco for the hardly strictly bluegrass festival with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury band.  2 weeks ago we went to the Austin City Limits music festival in Austin, Texas.

Yesterday was a looooong day.  I got up at 5 CST to go to MSY to catch a united flight from MSY-SFO.  Because I'm a frequent flyer with Continental, and Continental and United are merging this year, I received a complimentary first class upgrade, which made the 4 hour flight much more enjoyable.   

I was picked up at the airport by the festival staff, we made a quick detour to the festival site to drop off Becky Fradella, of White Oak Productions fame, and we went to the hotel, the Sir Francis Drake.

Luckily, my room was ready at 11 AM (nice!).   I dropped off my carryon bag and began the trek to Palo Alto to visit Paul Robichaux.   Luckily, google maps told me that the Caltrain depot was only about a mile from the hotel, so I hoofed it, bought a day pass, and hopped on the train for a very enjoyable ride.   Paul met me at the station, we walked to a burger joint, and spent a very pleasant 80 minutes catching up and wolfing down antibiotic free, hormone free hamburgers, with crispy fries and onion rings.   Paul had to go back to work so we walked back to the train station, he bid me aidieu, and I returned to San Francisco.

After freshening up, I went back outside and found Chinatown! I found a hole in the wall place to order some dim sum, 3 har gao (???)  pork dumplings, and a steamed bbq bun, and walked back to the hotel.  The dumplings were porky, and delicious.  This is the proper use for an oxford comma.   The BBQ pork bun was sticky, sweet, savory.

Paul Robichaux

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