Monterey, CA – Looking Back and Re-fueling Because That (Eight Months) Just Happened.

mazda mx5 dashboard fuel gauge
It’s Sunday afternoon, halfway through this Memorial Day weekend.

On this long weekend when ½ of LA’s population officially kicks off the Summer Grilling Season by ordering a party pack from Baby Blues BBQ, ½ of LA’s population shivers on the beach, and ½ of LA’s population flees from the city to various three-day-cations around Southern California, I am at home, wondering, among other things, why I deny my Asian heritage given how good I am at fractions.

It’s not unusual for me to be home, even on a long weekend, even on a holiday, because last time I checked, bloggers work weekends and holidays. However, if you follow along with me in my real life — not The Delicious (blogging) Life, but in my real life, you know, the one I live in “real-time” via IM! — you might be wondering why on this particular weekend, I am at home blogging.

Then you’d stop wondering because you know I can blog from anywhere!

You would wonder why I was at home because I was supposed to go on a road trip this weekend. I was supposed to meander up the California Coast, experience the Julia Child-endorsed glory that is La Super Rica Taqueria in Santa Barbara, possibly kill two Freebirds with one stomach, marvel at the live panoramas that are Big Sur, be charmed and alarmed by Monterey and Carmel, and of course, do a Tour de Friends in San Francisco.

For various and sundry reasons, my trip up the California Coast didn’t happen.

mazda mx5 rear view mirror
looking eight months back

The trip this weekend and its not happening are an odd coincidence. You see, though this road trip through Monterey did not happen this weekend, I did take a road trip up to Monterey back in September, a little more than eight months ago. Two trips to the same place within eight months of each other is hardly a coincidence, I know, but for God’s sake! Let me try to find a unifying theme in a non-existent coincidence!

The two trips are wholly unrelated. Then again, in every life, no matter how unrelated things may seem, everything is so intricately and delicately and invisibly intertwined that you just don’t know. You don’t know what just happened, you don’t know what is happening, and above all else, you don’t know what will happen.

You just don’t know.

Bell Biv Devoe. There. Now you know.

What I know is that not going to Monterey this weekend was not a swift kick, but a carelessly lubed, long-wind up, slow, painful, grind with a pair of dull-edged steak knives-for-cleats dipped in Tabasco into the non-fleshy part of my behind. It was a reminder that “Oh yeah...”

Oh yeah, I went to Monterey back in September of last year.

Oh yeah, I never blogged about it.

Oh yeah, I haven’t blogged about a lot of schtuff since September.

Yes, September was a long time ago. Eight months, to be exact. A lot – and I mean alotlotalotalot – happens in eight months. September to May. Winter through Spring. Two seasons. I quit my job. I flew on a plane. My nephew was born. So many insignificant yet so utterly significant things that make up a life…happened.

That eight months? That. Just. Happened.

You and Iwe — have a lot of catching up to do. While I look back through the last eight months of my life, gather my thoughts about everything that happened (and decide whether or not to share them out blog), I’m posting the stories about the raucous trip that tore sleepy little Monterey a new (hole-in-) one back in September.

Time to re-fuel; it’s going to be a long, bumpy, winding, up and down, nausea-inducing drive.

And that’s just getting out of the garage.
mazda mx5, front

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  • Anonymous

    No matter what happens from eight months to eight years from now your friends and loyal delicious peeps will always be here to support ya darlin.

  • Danielle’s Daughter

    You know, it really hurts my soul that you had to go all “POISON” on us, Sarah. I am about to have to go dig through crates of records and FIND my old BBD album because of YOU.

    And then i will drink wine alone in my apartment and sing, loudly, along with Ricky Bell. Damn you!!!!

  • sarah j. gim

    anonymous j: :D thanky.

    danielle’s daughter: hey, if someone is going to give you poison, it may as well be Delicious ;)

  • Tastymealsathome

    Nice car and very interesting read. I loved your post about bacon and pork! Love that stuff – great blog.

  • sarah j. gim

    tastymealsathome: isn’t it nice? that’s the mazda mx5, aka “miata,” which the folks over at mazda let me test drive for a week. it’s TINY.

  • Neil

    You see, you remembered it was eight months ago. Your math skills aren’t that bad.

  • FashionKitty

    Wow, that trip WAS 8 months ago! Just know you that the friend you had with you 8 months ago is still here for you today … totally ready to beat your ass with a bouquet of yellow roses ;)

  • sarah j. gim

    neil: that’s not math. that’s being a girl. ;)

    fashionkitty: isn’t that NUTS? do you remember? do you REMEMBER packing the glovebox aka trunk? torturing me with the THONG SONG on the drive up? the ooh la la spa? lawnmower? bourgie, oops i mean “bocce,” ball? you in your hot little LA outfit…pulling vegetables out of the ground at the FARM? I AM LAUGHING!!!

    cooking class, chocolate tasting, making truffles, the cocktail making class, dinner at the winery…

    oh god, and that AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL morning at the racetrack at laguna seca? what were our “camp counselors” thinking, doing that to us?!?!

    writing this up is going to be so much fun. a good way to remember WHO I ARE :)

  • Anonymous

    We missed you! Can’t wait to read all about The Delicious Life again!

  • nancy_blumberg

    I was about the get all offended that you didn’t call… but as the trip never happened, I’m just disappointed…

  • TonyC

    nice Miata… folding hardtop?

  • Anonymous

    must you perpetuate racial stereotypes by alluding to your inadequate quantitative skills, Gim?

  • sarah j. gim

    anonymous #2: yeah, i missed me, too :)

    nancy b: but there’s probably a trip to the bay area some time during the summer….

    tonyc: yeap – folding hard top. less than 5 seconds, open to close.

    anonymous #3: is it really a stereotype? isn’t it just a fact that asian are superior mathematically (except me, of course)?

  • Gastronomer

    Pity you missed La Super Rica! I visited some friends of mine out there a while back, and the endorsements for the place entered into a sort of telephone game/ bidding war. “Good Mexican?” “The Best Mexican.” “The Best Mexican in California?” “Better than even that” and so forth, until at the end, it was designated the best Mexican in all possible realities. Maybe next time.

  • sarah j. gim

    gastronomer: best mexican in all of california isn’t in LA? yes, i must try, next time, FOR SURE.

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