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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Return From Paradise

Well I finally managed to make it back from Cabo San Lucas after my week long vacation there. Cabo is an amazing paradise of beaches, sun and beautiful women. My days were spent along the beaches, swimming in the ocean or plentiful pools at the resort, scuba diving, fishing and riding ATVs.

I went with some friends who have a time share down there and had an amazing seven day vacation.

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The resort where we stayed.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us I nearly killed myself on this ATV.

One day we rented ATVs for this tour thing. The people that run the tour give you ATVs and take you through a few miles of desert out to this mountanous/beach area and turn you loose. A friend of mine road his ATV all the way up the top of this very steep hill and motioned for me to follow. I made an attempt to go up the hill, but backed off because it seemed too steep and I was afraid I would flip the ATV. After some encouragement from some of my other friends [ who were waiting at the bottom of the hill ;-) ] I made another attempt to go up the hill, but this time I twisted the throttle all the way down. Halfway up the hill, the whole vehicle flipped backwards, throwing me off it and nearly crushed me as it rolled all the way down the hill. A group of girls were watching me from the bottom of the hill (NO :-p I didn't go up the hill to impress them; I didn't even know they were there) and after they saw my ATV roll all the way to the ground and luckily land itself on the tires, they looked at each other for a few moments then turned right back around. I ran down the hill, hopped back on the ATV and fled from the "crime scene."

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This is where our ATV ride managed to take us.

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I went diving here
This was my first time diving ever and it was awesome. I actually had a French diving instructor that spoke Spanish and had apparently lived in Cabo for quite a while.

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Downtown Cabo.
There's lots of shops, bars, nightclubs and other places downtown.

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Another picture of downtown.

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Lover's Beach by boat.
This is Lover's Beach which can only be reached by boat or by trekking across the mountanous terrain the seperates it from the mainland. One of the beaches opens into the Gulf of Mexico and the other opens into the Pacific Ocean. The waves are more ferocious on the Pacific side (only the more daring people swim or body board there).

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Squid Roe
Finally, I leave you with Squid Roe (pronounced like Row), which is the place to be at night.

--j

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

More pics of UCSD

Well, I finally managed to get my camera phone on speaking terms with my computer. Here's some more pictures from my day that I spent touring UCSD. Sorry no ocean or beach.

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Some big building.

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Another big fucking building.

I'll have to try to grab some more pictures next time I go down there. I succesfully acquired an apartment and I'm moving down there on the 27th ;-).

--j

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Cherry Festival!
Two days ago I went to what is known as the "Cherry Festival." I've never been to this festival before and it's apparently meant to celebrate the ... um ... cherries ... I guess that are grown locally here. Ironically, only one stand at this whole festival sells cherries. The Cherry Festival is mostly about stands that sell cheap jewelry, bootlegged CDs, and some fair-like rides.

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Some type of funhouse or something with mirrors at the fair.

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Chilling in a playground after walking around for a bit.

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The author in front of what they call the "Ring of Fire." (It looked more like a ring that had been assembled overnight by drunken carnies.

At any rate, the festival was fun. I did have my fill of cherries which were quite tasty. The only annoying thing about this fair is all the carnies. constantly harass you to play their rip-off games. Some of them can get quite bold. For example, one toothless dude suggested that if I played his game and won a stuffed animal, that maybe the girl I was with would hold my hand. I retorted that maybe if she played the game and won me a stuffed animal, I would hold her hand. The dude's face went blank for a moment and that's when I saw his one tooth smile. He then approached me and wanted to shake my hand (I didn't know I was that clever).

I washed my hands when I got home.

--j

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