The weather has been good.... time to gas up and hit the road. My top five road trips, and suggested mode of travel.
*By convertible. Mendocino. Take Hwy 101 North to Hwy 20 West. The ride through the redwoods in a convertible on Hwy 20 is amazing. I did it a few years back in my then '69 Alfa Romeo Duetto. You spend the whole time shaded and looking straight up at the redwoods.The ride ends right on the Pacific ocean completing an amazing scenic journey. Gotta do this with the top down! Stay at one of the coastal inns and make sure you hit downtown Mendocino for a coldie at Dicks bar. Reccomend 2-3 nights stay.
*By Motorcycle. Sutter Creek/Drytown. Head out to either stop via Highway 49 or Highway 16. It's a smooth ride either route and at the end, pause for some refreshment at my all time favorite roadhouse...the Drytown Club. Continue into downtown Sutter Creek and park your ride at one of the B and B's where you'll stay. You can walk around the antique shops, dine and hang out without getting back on the bike 'till you roll out of town the next day. Hit the National Hotel in Jackson for a fancy dinner. Reccomend 1-2 nights stay.
*By car. Santa Cruz. It's the coolest beach town within a reasonable drive, especially if you have kids. The combo of beach, seafood, the Wharf, watching surfers and going to the Boardwalk gives us lots of options to keep three kids from saying "i'm borrrrrred". Reccomend at least three days stay.
*By RV. So many options. Our family always hits Sly Park/Jenkinson Lake. It's close to Sacramento, as is both Collins and Rollins Lakes. We've done some KOA sites...and looking forward to trying some KOA's on the coast which come highly regarded. Reccomend two nights.
*By any motor means. The River Road south. One of my favorite quicky motorcycle/car trips from Sacramento. I-5 south and get off at Hood-Franklin and ride alongside the river all the way to wherever. Awesome on a summer day to cool down. Head south to Locke (Al's Place), Walnut Grove (Giusti's) or the Ryde Hotel.
The Ryde is a fun overnight as long as it's not too hot. You can start this ride actually with a stop at the Club Pheasant in West Sac and head down the river on that side.
My best list of WORST MOVIES OF ALL TIME. I actually wasted my time and actually tried to watch these in a theater. At least for a while.
"Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) Rick Moranis. Horrible attempt at a musical within a movie or vice versa. I walked out. Singing plants? Please.
"Tommy" (1975) The Who. As much as i like the Who, this was a another rock opera that was tough to kick back and enjoy at the theatre. Many of the Who bandmembers were involved in the movie, starring Roger Daltrey and Ann Margret (my only reason for wanting to stay) I clearly didn't do my homework in this one. My girlfriend was begging me to leave. We did.
"Cable Guy" (1996) Jim Carrey. As much as i've enjoyed many Carrey flicks (Dumb and Dumber, Truman Show) this one had him playing a bad guy psycho. Unsettling to root against the creep.
"Rollerball" (1976) James Caan. I loved Caan as Sonny Corleone and Caan and i even went on a powerboat ride together in Miami in 1987. This flick was a weird sci-fi deal with Caan playing the role of aging rollerball star "Jonathan E". It sucked is all i remember.
"One Million Years BC"(1966) Raquel Welch. Oh, my God. This was a bunch of c-list actors roming around with clubs dodging dinosaurs who wanted to eat them. Thank God Raquel was wearing limited clothing and it spurred one of the hottest sexiest movie posters of all-time. The actors grunted the whole movie because clearly, one million years BC, good dialogue was limited.
It's Valentine's Day. Big night. Time to splash on the Old Spice and get your smooth on. If it's a new love, you don't want to go in "too much"... and if it's a longtime flame, you'd better not down low it! Make a "mix tape" of these choice cuts... fix your best guy/gal dinner at home...open a bottle of merlot and kick back. I guarantee this playlist is a "powerful aphrodesiac"!!! Good luck tonight. Don't let me down.
*Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" (1992). Her signature hit. The vocal range is unmatched, as is the message.
*Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack "You're Looking Like Love To Me" (1983). This has always been in my CD player ready to go, especially when i was single! If you can't get anywhere with this song, you ain't got nuthin.
*Barry White "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe." (1974). If there had been no Barry White in the 70's, guys like me wouldn't have gotten anything "done".
*Nat King Cole "Unforgettable" (1951). The ultimate classic from Mr. Classy.
*Andy Williams "Moon River" (1962) "Moon River" was my family's song growing up. It was the theme song to the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
*Frank Sinatra "Strangers in the Night" (1966) I had to take the day off from work when Frank died. Enough said.
*Oleta Adams "Get Here" (1990). This is up there with Whitney's hit... this song was also used in a big national ad campaign by Amtrak.
Those are my top Valentine's love songs!!! What are yours?
With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching (too soon for many) and the pressures that come with that, here's my top-ten list of breakup/heartache songs that you could use on someone if you're looking for a "way out". You can download any one of these and email them to your soon to be ex and break up with them that way. Of course, you'll be a total weasel but it's your call.