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Monday, December 04, 2006

San Jose in the house? South Bay put your hands up.

My boss is very good to me, so I am going to Tufte's course tomorrow in San Jose. Are any of you interested in meeting for drinks afterward? My girlfriend suggested Santana Row, which may be more upscale than I am used to, but I'll watch for cues on how to use all the silverware and you will hardly be able to tell that I am fresh off the farm.

Lemme know if you can make it, 'cause we don't have a lot of time to make plans.

UPDATE: Since Justin was the only person who suggested a specific place, and since this blog revolves around him anyway, I will be at:

Tied House Brewery in San Jose

My conference ends at 4pm, and I'll go there straight, with a book, and wonder if any of you handsome engineer-types are going to show up to keep me company before my girlfriends come to whisk me away at around 6:45. I totally see your IP addresses (Livermore), so I know you clicked on this post a bunch of times yesterday (Stanford). You should join us; I've yet to meet a reader I didn't like.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Tied House brewery in San Jose, or Mountain View.

And, look at this you'll be right near the Sunnyvale Planet Granite! You could be rock climbing!

Justin

10:56 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Does that mean you'll be there? LADIES! You might meet Justin!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll watch for cues on how to use all the silverware

Work your way from the outside in as each course arrives.

Peter
Iron Rails & Iron Weights

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I probably can't make it. Kathleen has a piano lesson in Redwood City that I'll have to pick her up from around 8pm. We'll see, I guess it depends on what time your drinks thing starts.

Justin

11:28 AM  
Anonymous jens said...

I'll watch for cues on how to use all the silverware

When you are pinning somebody's hand to the table, use the steak knife (with the pointy end and the serrated edges), not the butter knife (blunt, no sharp edge...really messes up the table if used with sufficient force).

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good steak knives aren't serrated. And, it hurts like HELL when you do cut yourself with a serrated blade.

Justin

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you are pinning somebody's hand to the table, use the steak knife (with the pointy end and the serrated edges)

Is that what they used on Luca Brasi in The Godfather? I really don't remember.

Peter
Iron Rails & Iron Weights

2:07 PM  
Anonymous jens said...

it hurts like HELL when you do cut yourself with a serrated blade

If hurting like HELL is considered a downside, you'd be just as well off not pinning peoples hands to the table at all...

3:16 PM  
Anonymous redfoxtailshrub said...

Free books for you! Woot!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I KNOW! I'm super psyched for the books, and contemplating not getting reimbursed for the class, so they'll belong to me and not the state.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Pandax said...

The one thing I've never understood is how you're supposed to sharpen a serrated knife (e.g. bread knife)?

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some knife shops can sharpen a serrated blade, but the point of serrated blades is they shouldn't really need sharpening. They're essentially saws. Saws you're using on material that is much softer than steel.

Justin

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're all anxiously awaiting your decision on where it is you plan to be, and when you plan to be there.

Justin

11:47 PM  
Blogger Pandax said...

Justin wasn't the only one who made a suggestion. I just didn't post it here.

So does this mean you're leaving the Tied House at 6:45pm? If so, then I probably won't see you. By the time I get out of work and fight traffic, you'll be heading out the door.

Another time I guess.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Pandax said...

Megan, don't know how to reach you today. Check your e-mail if you can.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, she doesn't have much of an appreciation for Silicon Valley norms does she?

I said the same thing, I don't tend to leave work before 6pm, then the drive down and whatnot, that's getting close to when she'll be leaving.

Justin

1:58 PM  
Anonymous quirkybook said...

I am one of the Stanford IP addresses, and under normal circumstances, I *totally* would have made it down to San Jose (even though I have only commented two or three times, and I don't drink, and am so Internet shy that I have a silly fake name). Alas, today was a deadline day for me, so no trip to the Tied House for me.

Hope you had fun at your conference, and at drinks afterward!

7:15 PM  
Blogger amanda bee said...

The internets have a bit to say about sharpening serrated knives. It can be done, but if you've got a great breadknife that isn't cutting it anymore, I highly recommend finding a professional sharpening place. I even started searching for them, but first I had to figure out where Pandax is (Bay Area, is my educated guess) but to figure that out I had to look at her blog and read about the family trapped in the snow burning tires and breast feeding to survive, and by the time I found the Chowhound link that was all Orange County knife sharpeners I remembered N.'s advice to quit the blogosphere for good.

So you'll have to make do with my utterly un-documented advice. You can sharpen serrated knives, it is a pain in the but, professional sharpening is relatively cheap and it makes things mad sharp.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. Livermore here but I suspect the many clicks on your site are due to my employer trying to determine if you are a security hazard.

I really should stop reading blogs at work. But I'm sorry I couldn't make it.

Steven

4:13 PM  
Blogger Pandax said...

I do appreciate all your hard work Amanda Bee.

It's probably about time to have my knives professionally sharpened. I just find it funny how when you buy a nice set like Wustof or Henckels that comes with a sharpening tool, it doesn't work for the serrated pieces.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Serrated knives don't need sharpened nearly as often as normal knives. And, generally, you're serrated knives are for things like bread and tomatoes.

And, the sharpening tool that you get with your knives isn't all that great either. You can buy good diamond sharpening stones.

Justin

11:02 AM  

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