Returning to Normal
Indio, California: We survived the second weekend of the
Coachella Valley Music
Festival. I did not leave the resort from Thursday (manicure and quick
grocery run) until today (fish tacos and grocery run). The weather cooperated, so the
hipsters probably all have sunburns with their hangovers this morning... but
they probably had a lot more fun than this old geezer.
Captain Jim and Mary invited us to join them for dinner at our clubhouse Friday
night (thank you, Dear Friends!), but every other morsel consumed came from our
outdoor kitchen. Since we couldn't go out for tacos, I made tacos:
A few cloves were mashed with a few jarred chipotle
peppers in a mortar. I also included a little salt, oregano
and cumin and added this mixture to a pound of sauteed grass fed
ground beef. The tacos were served in corn tortillas.
Being "stuck" inside the Motorcoach Country Club for a few days isn't exactly
torture. Though about half of our fellow campers have headed home for the
summer, we still have three pools, hot tubs, tennis, bocce ball, and a golf
course. Not to mention a bar/restaurant. What I am trying to say... with all the
time we spend exercising, working, playing, cooking, socializing, doing the
crossword and relaxing, our incarceration quickly passed.
We certainly knew something was going-on outside The Bubble. Teeny
planes flying over
our motorhome all damn day, toting advertising banners. Did you know you can save
money with Geico? Use a Trojan condom, please. Eat here. Buy this. One small
sign-dragging plane had to make
an emergency landing on a nearby golf course after experiencing engine
trouble. Though the plane landed upside down, no one was injured. We
could hear the music (the bass, mostly) and there were sirens several times, but
the hottest happening during the festival seemed to be a Justin Bieber
sighting at the local mall.
We did spend a bit of time listening to the music from
the festival streaming on XM radio and even watched a
few artists on TV via a live stream. 2015 was the first
time Coachella was broadcast via these means. Nice to
have the option, but except for Steely Dan, we had
barely heard of any artist.
We are so not hip.
To celebrate our freedom, after jogging
at the same time, but not together this morning,
we went out to replenish our fridge - but of course - we stopped for tacos
Baja fish tacos (cod) from
Fisherman's Market & Grill (Hwy 111 at Washington). They have a $7.99
lunch special, and platter after platter of these crunchy babies fly out the
The grocer was busy restocking shelves. Hoards of hipsters were heading to
the airport, or driving back to Los Angeles. Truck loads of porta-potties
were being hauled away. Dave and I saw two Juicy Rental pop-top camper vans
for the first time:
I think it is safe to say, these campers were not successful returning their
rental van to it's starting position. (That is what bungee cords are for!) A
quick quote on their website was $79 per day for a weekly rental in June.
Not bad. Juicy Rentals
come with a complete outdoor kitchen situated in the rear of the Chrysler
van. No potty.
We hope for a nice, quiet week: Stagecoach Country Music Festival begins
Until my next update, I remain, your musical correspondent.
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