I decided to take an early day on Friday and left the office at noon, picked up Molly from day care and headed out 80 west towards Carmel. My dad has always referred to their home here on the Monterey Peninsula as "paradise". "Welcome to paradise!" he always says.
There is something to be said for that. It truly is a beautiful place here. The U.S. Open is taking place here at Pebble Beach this weekend so there are plenty of people about. The weather is foggy and cool but I think that makes for great golfing. Or maybe not. My dad said the golfers are having a tough go at the course because the people that oversee the courses have worked really hard at making the course tougher. I don't really know what that means but I think it has something to do with the modifying the courser landscaping-wise.
The biggest news around the neighborhood here at my folks was the spotting of a decent size mountain lion the other morning by their next door neighbor. Apparently the guy walked out onto his back patio and came face to face with the beast. Obviously alarmed and panicked at the same time, our smart neighbor backed up slowly, rounded the corner and then ran back into the house. He then called 911 who told him to call the Department of Fish and Game. They never even bothered to call him back. Well, perhaps when someone or someone's beloved cat, dog or horse is attacked then, perhaps, someone will call back. In the meantime I will be escorting Molly outside for her potty visits, a rme with a broom and a cardboard box with which to make lots of noise, should we be faced with our own encounter. I have to admit I am a little spooked.
I am having lunch with one of my friends today but other than that I plan to just hang with my mom and dad. Tomorrow I will head back to Roseville, land of pretty trees and massive allergy attacks. Oh joy.