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  • Long Weekend

    Posted on June 4th, 2009

    I have a new sister: Gina Pedersen. My brother’s wedding was a ton of fun! It was a really long weekend and I am glad to be back home getting the training in.

    I swam Thursday morning before we drove up to Davis. After dinner, my brother had an Ultimate Frisbee game on campus and I was able to get in 5 miles or so before his game.

    After a nice 10-miler around Davis Friday morning, we went to Cache Creek Casino in Brooks. Pretty cool little casino. Lots of 3,000 slot machines (boring) and over 100 tables (more on that later). In the afternoon we went to the rehearsal and then the rehearsal dinner at R.H. Phillips Winery. Great food and wine (I’m more of a beer guy, but I had a nice glass of chardonnay).

    My family in front of some vineyards

    My family in front of some vineyards

    Saturday was the big day. My brother was to get married and I was to give a best man speech in front of 160 people. Oh shit.

    As I said, the wedding was great. Beautiful setting at Taber Ranch. I gave my speech without too many screw ups (I accidentally threw in a line saying Gina was my brother’s “first wife.” Not good.). Food, dancing, cake, mingling with friends and family, and of course booze made it a great event.

    Gina, Andrew, Me, and the rest of the groomsmen

    Gina, Andrew, Me, and the rest of the groomsmen

    Me and Hudson... Cerveza Mas Fina!

    Me and Hudson... Cerveza Mas Fina!

    When the festivities were over, most people returned to the hotel to do some gambling! Friday night I had my biggest winnings ever of $125. Saturday was more of the same as I left the hotel $263 richer by Sunday. Blackjack is where it is at. Maybe I should have played a little more Sunday morning because I was hot?

    About an hours drive Sunday morning put us in beautiful Napa. There I was able to get in an hour bike ride at sunset (yes, I brought my bike to my brother’s wedding) and about 6.5 miles on the treadmill.

    We went to a total of four wineries between Sunday and Monday. Two were really beautiful with great wine (Mondavi and Rubicon), one was beautiful with mediocre wine (Castillo di Amorosa), and one was just a tasting room with pretty good wine (Hill Family Estates). My parents have done the Napa thing a couple times now and have drank a lot more wine than I have so they offered some advice. I have started to acquire a taste for wines… I don’t have to be the only one drinking beer at nice restaurants anymore.

    Me and Tina at Castillo di Amorosa

    Me and Tina at Castillo di Amorosa

    Monday I ran 10 in the morning. Tuesday I ran 5 in the morning. Biked about an hour and ran ~2 miles in the late afternoon after we got back home.