As you know, M and I had an amazing weekend in San Diego a few weeks ago. I have already posted photos of the lovelywedding and Balboa Park. What I didn't tell you, was that on our drive back home, we were delayed for 2 hours because they had closed a major city street. After talking to a nice officer, we learned that it was closed off for President Obama. We were literally only a few blocks from home, so we parked the car and tried to walk. That didn't work, because the police officers wouldn't even let anyone cross the street! The officer informed us that anyone attempting to enter or cross the street would be arrested immediately. Clearly we didn't choose to cross the street. I pulled out my camera and patiently waited for two hours until Obama had passed and they reopened the street to go home. I got these photos of the president.
Surprisingly, we were in good spirits the whole time. M and I were constantly laughing and joking.
Then, the crowd went silent and as the first motorcycle cops started to pass.
The big moment:
We had no clue which of the six black Tahoes that Obama was in, but he was in there somewhere. Of course, it would not be complete without the motorcycle cop finale.
So that was it. We had waited for over an hour just to see a bunch of motorcycle cops and a few black Chevy Tahoes to pass. It didn't feel very fulfilling. After Obama had passed, the streets remained closed for another 30 minutes.
We were a little annoyed and tired, but still in good spirits. Trying to keep myself entertained, I found the cutest little kitty to play with in the window. She would follow my finger through the window. M wanted to play with the kitty also, so he pulled off a few leaves for the kitty to play with. I got these cute shots:
How adorable is that spotted belly?!
I love this last shot. [The kitty reminds me a little of Chunky Spunky when she was a baby.]
And that is the story of how I was within 50 feet of Obama. I'd be lying if I said the kitty wasn't the best part of the whole story.
The LA Greek Fest was fun. I ate a lot of delicious food and spent some good quality time with M.
I have two other random photos to share with you from over the weekend. The first is a photo of a cemetery near St. Sofia that has these beautiful old tombstones.
The second photo made me laugh out loud when I saw it. It's a billboard for a new movie that is coming out. I haven't called the number to see what it is all about, but I imagine that is probably a funny recording.
While I was able to catch up on sleep, I didn't get as much school work done as I had hoped. Unfortunately, that means more work to do during the evenings this week. Top priorities on my To-Do List this week:
Finish readings and busywork homework due through the end of September
Put all assignments for Fall coursework and fieldwork in my planner
I was so excited when I came across this that I had to share it! Food network has recipies that are similar to popular dishes from major restaurants. They call them Almost Famous Restaurant Recipes. I can't wait to make the pumpkin cheesecake, Bread sticks and that blooming onion!
This week has flown by quickly. Best of all, it has been a really productive week. I am ahead with all of my assignments and I plan to keep it that way. I am taking 7 classes and doing fieldwork in the first grade classroom this quarter, so I can not afford to fall behind.
M and I are planning on going to the Greek Festival at St. Sofia this weekend. Hopefully we see some of the cool Greek celebrities and eat some yummy Greek food. I want at least one gyro and at least one bowl of loukoumades (greek donut holes).
Also, I just realized that I still have not posted about my run in with the Real Madrid soccer team and Barack Obama. [Yes, you read that correctly.] I promise to post about those next week!
I was bad about taking photos this past weekend. Although I had my camera in my hand most of the night, I didn't take very many photos (less than 20 -- and most of them are of other people). This is the ONLY photo that I have of M and I from the wedding.