Anyway, I've been having a good time with my friends out here. On Saturday, I woke up fairly late and met up with Fiona for lunch at Isabella's, where on both sides of us sat older, hairy, Caucasian men with little dainty Asian woman. The Caucasian male/Asian woman thing is commonplace now, but it certainly isn't the norm to be completely surrounded by it. It wasn't so much the ethnic mix-up that bothered me. It was that the men were exuding an aura of self-importance. Ugh. Anyway, the food was pretty good, and we had a cool-looking dessert that spilled rich chocolate out of its innards after being sliced open by a spoon.
Peter and Karine moved here recently, so it was good to be able to see them as well. It's a bit strange not working with Peter. We have done virtually every software-related project together from 1993 until 2002; it appears that last summer marked the end of an era.
In the evening, we (Victor, Jeremy, Liza, Pat, Peter, Karine and I) went to Lan for Shabu Shabu, which as far as I can tell is just an expensive version of Chinese hot pot. But it was pretty good, too. All of us so far, including those of the group that have lived in New York for years, have agreed that in general the food in San Francisco is better. But there is just so much of it here that you can go somewhere new with every outing.
I knocked over a table at Rialto a few hours after dinner. That's a first, for me. :) [see today's photos]