Monday, September 7, 2009

Waves, Water, Wind and Music

It seems like since I started feeling better I can't seem to get back into the swing of things. You know when you feel like life is flowing and organized, and then something happens (like getting sick) and you feel like it takes you while to get back to life? Maybe it's just me, but I'm working on getting things back on track this week.

We had such a fun weekend, but as always, 2 days just isn't enuogh time. Saturday we started it off in the water, body boarding. Shortly after we got in the water, the waves really started to build and they went from the gentle rolly waves that I love to the big crashy waves that frighten me a bit. There's nothing like standing in the water and seeing a huge blue wall over the top of you, about to send you through a washing machine filled with sand and saltwater. So after fighting it for a bit I decided my time would be better spent on the beach with soft serve ice cream.

Saturday night we were invited to go and see a gig by a friend of ours. The band was playing at the casino, so we were excited to also do a bit of gambling. On the way out it was Eliot, our friend Mike and I in the car. The guys were really excited and talking about hitting the tables and playing the "real" games. Then they asked me what I was going to play, and both laughed out loud when I told them that I just liked to play the penny slots. Well in the end I was the one laughing when they had lost all their money and I walked away with R1000 (over $100) just playing the penny slots.

The band we saw was called Just Jinger, and I thought they were great. They are a local South African band who I thought sounded a lot like Dave Mathews. Really good beats and easy to listen to having never even heard of them before.

Sunday Eliot and Mike were finishing up their last kite surfing lesson and I decided to go along with my camera and watch. There is tons of kite surfing around where we live, but their lesson was about an hour up the coast at a place called Langabaan. It's a really nice protected cove where the wind comes up, but the waves don't, so they had lots of flat water to learn in. I'm also thinking of taking some lessons, but I want to watch for a bit and see if it's really something I'm interested in. At the beach in front of our house the kite boarders there make it look quite easy, but after spending a day watching these guys trying to learn I can see that it's actually pretty tough. It's a big kite and I think keeping it under control takes some getting used to. But the guys had fun and were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day.

In other exciting news, my dear friends Ben and Jen from Seattle, who I've done a lot of racing with on their Moore 24, have decided to come and visit Cape Town! I'm so excited to see these guys and play tour guide in such a beautiful place. There's so much to do and see around this place and I can't wait to share it with them. So I have that to look forward to at the end of November :-D :-D :-D

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