As I not-so-subtly alluded to in the title, we spent that weekend in good ol’ Lake Tahoe. I have to say we prefer visiting there in the summer time when it’s a little warmer, but it was an enjoyable weekend all the same. It wasn’t too cold, and the traffic was definitely more tolerable than the summer months. We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, just sort of enjoyed the sites. We did have a very nice dinner on Thursday, at Chart House. We usually go to Riva Grill for our “one nice dinner out” but took the recommendation of a local for something different, and it worked out quite well. It’s basically a Landry’s, which puts it dangerously close to our “chain restaurant” black-list, but we decided to give it a go anyway. Donette and her mom enjoyed the prime rib, and I had an ahi tuna dish that was quite delicious. As a matter of fact, I had a very similar dinner last time we were at Riva and they utterly destroyed it, so Chart House is a little higher on my list now. We also did the requisite shopping rounds, took a trip to the must-see Emerald Bay (I never get tired of that view,) and did no small amount of relaxing.
We were in Tahoe Thursday through Saturday, getting back home later in the afternoon. Sunday was mostly eaten up by a trip out to Carmax in Roseville to look at a new (well, used) sled. We have been a one-car family for over a decade now, and honestly it works out just fine 99.7% of the time. But for some reason (bad judgement most likely,) I recently decided I just really needed my own set of wheels. You know, for those 1/2-dozen days a year when it rains and I can’t easily get to work. Sigh. Well, whatever the reason, I got this idea in my head several weeks back and I’ve been shopping ever since. For the most part I stuck to the Carmax site, which I must say I am now a fan of. This is the third car I looked at, and it’s just a really easy process. The first two were fails, one I missed out on by dragging my feet, and then when I saw this last one I was hooked. It’s four years old, but as close to new as you’re going to get without paying the new-car price. So, while it was a bit unfortunate her mom had to suffer through an hour of paperwork on her vacation, I went ahead and picked it up that day. And, as you read it on this page right now, if I only put 1,000 miles on it in the next year we’re going right back to the single-car garage.