( How long until they put the mail drops back into the airports? And don't tell me it's a TSA rule keeping them out...Collapse )
But that wasn't the big deal with my Indianapolis trip, oh no. The trip was helpful for my animelosangeles plans, as it
turns out, because I stayed in a Hilton-brand hotel while I was there which put me over the top for a free room night in Lancaster.
( One of the interesting things I saw on that trip was this machine, which is a ''pick and place'' machine assembling surface-mount circuit boards....Collapse )
Ellen and Jason (not pictured) are the two young engineers that I get along with best. I say "young" because I'm older than either of
thankfully, not older than both of them put together) and "engineers" because Jason writes firmware, Ellen designs hardware. So Ellen's
like a young Gerald, Jason's like me.
While I was there, we all went to El Torito Grill. For the benefit of the out-of-towners,
El Torito Grill is an upscale Mexican restaurant with locations in Southern California and Indiana. In other words, yeah, I've been to
ETG, the Manhattan Beach, Brea, and Yorba Linda locations, mostly.
I suggested we start with the tableside-prepared guacamole. (Unfortunately, they couldn't roll the cart into the room we were in, so we
didn't get the full made-to-order experience.) The local beer-drinkers ordered Dos Equis or Corona Extra. I had a Negra Modelo, which
they didn't recognize. It's one of the darker Mexican beers, and it's basically a Vienna-style Lager. You know about all of the
Austrian and German immigrants to Mexico, who brought their brewing traditions and their oompah music? Have a Mexican beer and listen to some Norteño music
with the accordions, and tell me you don't hear Oktoberfest.
Ellen tried a bit, and decided to get one herself. In conversation, I learned that she likes the sweeter beers.
Do you shop at Trader Joe's? No? Well, let's stop by after dinner.
We got there shortly before they closed, and picked one each of some of the fruity beers they have there (e.g. apricot flavor) and a
cider or two.
You can pick just one bottle out of a six-pack, so it was easy to get a mix-pack for her to take. And we picked up a box of chocolate
croissants. I told her to take them home, let them rise overnight and bake them in the morning, and be sure to eat one while they're
still fresh. We had decided to look there for dessert, and hit on the 4-pack of assorted chocolate ice creams. All of them straight
chocolate, but "varietal" -- each was made with cacao from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Borneo (Kalimantan), or Ghana.
(Choctál, look from them at the local TJ'S.) We
some of the Fruit Floes.
We went back to the shop (they have a freezer there) and sampled the chocolate ice creams. I think the Kalimantan (Borneo) is my
favorite, but I really need to go and try another taste-test. Maybe with library_lynn, although of late she hasn't been
having the super-premium chocolate ice cream as much as before. Anyhow, Ellen took the croissants home but she
didn't follow my instructions... she let them cool off and nobody had one until I joined them. No, no, eat them when
Perhaps she'll go back to Trader Joe's, get more of the beer she likes and try the croissants again.