Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
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The Worst Beef Chow Fun in Silicon Valley

Took the diuretic at 9 pm because I forgot to take it when I got back from Starbucks, which meant some pee breaks in the middle of the night. Woke up a few minutes before the alarm, and was in the bathroom when it went off. Google heard me when I told it to turn off. Both Google Home and the echo dot have a longer range than advertised. Which means I can also change stations on the Sonos speakers when I'm in the bathroom.

The usual breakfast, but I am now down to my last banana and HB egg.

It occurred to me that except for vacations, I have not had lunch out since December. There was a menu from a new Chinese place downtown, and it had beef chow fun on it, so I drove out there at about noon-thirty.

It's about a 3 block walk from the underground lot, but I could have parked closer had I known the lot behind the place had spaces free. Used to not be the case.

Fashion Wok. Typical Chinese menu, filled with small print and images on both sides. Hundreds of dishes. I ordered the "chow fun with beef" and thai milk tea. The tea came right away, half filled with those gelatin balls. Very chewy, yuk. Eventually the chow fun arrived. Needed a microscope to locate the beef, and the noodles were 1/3 as wide as typical chow fun and clumped together. I think they tossed the noodles into the water by the handful still frozen together. As many onion chunks as noodles, and scallions as well. But this was not a featured item, the place is more geared to hot pot, and I really need to go back and select from the lunch specials.

Other than that one dish, the place was nice. Clean, lots of tables, plenty of staff working together, no "not my job" spoken here. I got an order of their golfball sized sesame balls to go.

Back to the car, had to stop and sit in the plaza when my sciatica struck.

Home, just in time for the last 10 minutes of my favorite streamer. And some metal detector after that. Inhaled all 8 sesame balls. Yummy. They rolled them in granulated sugar, which made them taste different in a good way.

Before I went to lunch all three garbage bins had been collected and I moved them to their hiding places.

Minor gardening - pulled some dead stuff off of the rosemary up front, and moved some poppies out of the way of the two honeysuckle saplings, which have both grown a bit despite being shaded. Watered the lavender and other stuff at the front of  the carport.

Inside, watered all the plants.  Watched Shark Tank and PTI. Streamed from 7-8, several chatters but mostly lurkers.

Two episodes of The Zoo, then TMZ. Dinner was mac & cheese & shrimp & turkey frank slices.

Did some house research. Albuquerque looked great until I saw it is a mile high. I miss the USGS maps with the elevation concentric circles. So many trade-offs. Mendocino was on the list till I saw how close it is to burning forests. And so on. Looked up my house records, I paid $55k down, total price was $172,000. I still owe $100,800. Contacted a realtor who estimates the selling price at $220k. That would give me over $100k, enough to buy a house most anywhere except here.

Got email from the AI photo startup, pointing me at a series of exercises to answer. Full stop because they start with Apple OS required. Their new products are only on iOS. I can do iOS, but don't have any devices at home.

Plans for tomorrow:
Do the exercises which don't need Apple stuff
More job hunting
More places-to-move hunting - maybe visit my original realtor (email first)
Take the camera out to Shorebird Way, egret nesting season is under way

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