I packed my fishing gear this morning. I wanted to check out fishing at Natural Bridges after work since it’s right next door.
I didn’t get a bite at all. There was too much seaweed washing up too.
It’s nice out there though. I should visit more often.
I’ve been going out a lot the last days.
Friday afternoon: Sucked. Shit load of seaweed around. Ended up taking off 10 minutes later after a big pile of seaweed snapped my line.
Saturday afternoon: Caught a small one but there wasn’t too much action. Didn’t stay too long.
I went back to Pajaro Dunes that night for Matt’s brother’s birthday party/poker night. It’s an awesome pad. I realized we were fishing right where it faces out toward the beach.
Sunday morning (6:30 AM): Met Jason in Moss Landing. Went to a beach around there and wasn’t getting bites. We took off a few hours later back to Pajaro Dunes. I caught a few with one big enough to take home. Brian caught a bunch with one also that was good sized. Jason skunked and didn’t catch anything. He was all into it though. When he got bites he started yelling and got all excited.. then cussing crazy for getting so close.
After work, I’m going to try to see how it is across the street at Natural Bridges.
I love my car. I drove everywhere tonight.
I went to Cabrillo Lanes tonight. It was only an excuse to go take a cruise. Even when I went outside to take a smoke, I walked across to get a good view of my car.. just to look at it. It’s so pretty.
I had a few gin & tonic’s while there. I was one of the last people there hanging out before the doors were locked. Actually, I was the very last person there to leave the lot as I was taking my time to make sure I perfectly enter my ride, still getting used to the controls and all that.
That was around 10:00PM. Right now, it’s about 1:20AM. I took a long ass journey. About 3/4 of the time, I had a huge smile on my face.
I pulled out of the bowling alley, and took a right on to main street. I just felt so good in my ride. It was just another feeling beyond happiness to be cruising in my new Blubaru. I kept going… and going. I passed up main street. Took the highway, turned into the Buena Vista exit to take a left toward the dump. At that time, I took my Blubaru for a test. Going pretty fast on the winding roads and at times, screeching my tires, yet still feeling awesome control. Took a left on to San Andreas Rd and cruised… Took a right on to Beach Rd and headed toward Pajaro Dunes. Once I got there, turned around and continued all the way down until I hit downtown. I must have seen about 5 cops around that time. I ended up going down East Lake and stopping at the Villager. This is the end of the road bar in town. The one bar that closes the latest. Since you can smoke there, I had a few and a gin & tonic. I took my time. Someone had great taste and streamed about 3-4 songs of Marvin Gaye in a row on the jukebox. I was taping my feet, feeling the groove, and singing along while trying to finish my drink. I took off about 10 minutes later, back to the road. I took a right on to East Lake and then a left to Holohan. I wasn’t nearly done and took a right on to Freedom Blvd. I drove all the way through, listening to tunes I set up on my stereo. At that time, I was about halfway through my first mix CD. I drove all the way to Aptos, I turned a left to head on to south on Highway 1. I was just zoning then. Went all the way through Moss Landing and turned into Castroville. Past Castroville, I headed to Highway 101 where there’s that one road full of fields on either side. I had to take a piss badly and I pulled over on the dirt road not feeling any worry to my car since it can handle.. anything. I got back in, and headed north to Salinas. I turned on to Boronda road, took some lefts, and got back south on 101, back home. I took the San Miguel Canyon exit and cruised through the winding roads. I probably passed by 7 cops by now. The whole time, I had all my windows down and of course, my huge ass moonroof open. When it got a bit chilly, I turned on the heated seats. Around that time, with all the windows open, I was probably listening to Coldplay. Anyway, I then turned to that road that goes past the Pajaro Golf Course and then took a right back north on to the 1. Took Green Valley road and now I’m home.
I have to say, this was probably the most enjoyable ride I’ve ever had. I know I have to burn in my engine.. but there were a few times where I reved up past 4000 RPM. This car is just dope. I can’t wait to get back in it and take another cruise. The weird thing is, the fuel gauge is still 3/4 full. I felt I went everywhere and it didn’t even make a dent in my tank.
Tonight, I felt I was going more toward becoming of complete person. There was no worry in me. I felt I could go anywhere and wanted to. To have the moonroof open wide and blasting the tunes while having my arm out the window, is such a wonderful feeling.
Here are the pics I took earlier in the day.
I got a new car today. My very first brand new car! I’m really happy about it. It only has 100 miles so far.
I chose a blue Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited. I’ll call it my Blubaru. It’s dope. It’s expensive, but I got a pretty good deal on it. Around $1000 below invoice and 4.9% APR.
I’ve always wanted a Subaru for a the longest time. What enticed me was the All Wheel drive, reliability, good gas mileage, highest possible safety rating, and that nobody really has them. It’s unique in that it has a flat boxer engine which allows the engine to sit low, causing a low center of gravity; giving better handling and safety. The most intriguing aspect is that I always hear, ‘Once a Subaru driver, always a Subaru driver.’ The customer satisfaction rating is one of the best.
The last few years, I’ve been eyeing the Forester. It seemed like a good fit for me. I like the fairly small size, yet roomy interior. It’s a mini SUV in respects that it seats higher than normal cars, yet still drives like a car.
I first test drove the 2.5X Premium and it was cool. I liked the ride and it handled really well on the curvy mountain roads. One aspect I fell in love with right away is how super huge the moonroof is. It extends all the way to the passenger area.
I was interested in the LL Bean or XT trim though. There weren’t any LL Bean’s on the lot and there was only one XT, and it was in the showroom. I already knew they only had that one blue XT since you can look up the inventory online. The Santa Cruz Subaru people were very cool though. They weren’t pushy at all and ended up moving all the cars out of the showroom so I can test drive the XT.
Wow what a difference. This thing has some pep to it. When the turbo kicks in, it’s a very cool experience. I like the sound of the boxer engine too.
I was sold right away and started going forward to making a deal.
They originally offered about $1000 over invoice with a 7.5% APR but I brought a quote from carsdirect.com to give them an idea how much I want to spend and was set on having a low APR. I sent the sales dude back many times. Then the sales manager came out and tried to talk me into their price. I wouldn’t back down and gestured like I was about to leave, mentioning I can always go to San Jose instead of dealing with them. I also mentioned if they can take the price I wanted, I’ll make the deal right then and drive the car off the lot. So they finally gave in and felt I got a fair deal.
I’ll post some pics soon.
I went fishing with Brian on Saturday. It was crazy hot that day. Maybe around low 90′s which is pretty damn hot for Watsonville.
We took off to Pajaro Dunes around 4:30PM or so and by that time, the weather started cooling down. When we got there, there were still a gang of people chilling out.
High tide was suppose to be late, like around 9:00PM. So the tide was still fairly low when we started casting.
After just a few casts, I felt a nibble on my line and yanked quickly. The nibbling kept coming and right away, a huge smile formed on my face. Words can’t explain what I was feeling at that moment. Well, actually a lot of words came to mind:
‘Aw fresh! I finally caught one!’
I turned to Brian and started screaming passed the loud crashing of the waves. “Dude! I got one!” I yelled. He just laughed and started walking over to make sure.
I reeled in a tiny, little perch. It was maybe 5 inches long. I didn’t care. It was the first fish I caught since I started. All the struggles of going out each time without even a bite was forgotten. If there were any regrets of moving back up north, at that moment, those thoughts quickly washed away. I’m back and I just caught a fish in my hometown. Perch fishing. The generations of my family, fishing on the shores of Watsonville, has continued on to the next.
I just felt so happy. It was truly a momentous occasion as if I passed through a Rite of Passage.
Throughout the day, I ended up catching 4 more fish. They were all too small to bring back except for the last one.
It was getting late and I was going to cast a few more times before packing up. I felt a hard tug and could tell it was a lot bigger than the others. It wasn’t very hard to reel in actually but was so happy to find out it was big enough to bring home. Catching this one was definitely the icing on the cake. To be able to bring back home a fish is a great feeling. It’s like if the world was coming to an end and there wasn’t any electricity or any means to food, all I would need is a pole and some bait to provide food.
It’s been a while since I learned about the whole Middle East conflict in a college history class. I’m talking about the area around Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, & Lebanon. Since tensions there are excalating, I decided it’s a good time to refresh my memory on the history behind the conflicts. I checked out cbsnews.com and they have a good flash interactive thingy trying to explain it all.
Middle East Conflict
I went again tonight with Brian after work. He caught 3 small ones.. I didn’t catch shit. I got a nibble here and there but nothing.
The Watsonville Obon was tonight. I didn’t feel like editing so I just encoded the last song, Tanko Bushi. This song is reserved for everyone in the crowd to join in. My mom was one of the singers in there.
Known as the coal miner’s song, it’s a very easy dance to learn. You can learn the steps and words on this site.
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