Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 70: Sactoversary!

Yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of our arrival in Sacramento after driving cross-country from Madison with a car full of stuff, including Miss Muffin, and a big Mayflower moving truck following behind us, thanks to the relocation assistance provided to Mr. E by HP. Each year, we note our "Sactoversary," but this year we did a little something extra to mark the decade in California's Capitol City.

When we first arrived on June 6, 2004, we dropped off Muffin and most of the stuff from the car at the apartment that Mr. E had found for us on H Street between 19th & 20th and then headed to the Embassy Suites on the riverfront by the Tower Bridge to spend the night, since the rest of our belongings wouldn't arrive until the next day. So last night, we replicated the experience with an overnight at Embassy Suites:

Like many Embassy Suites locations, this hotel has a large central atrium with all of the rooms around the edges:

Our room looked out over the Sacramento River and Tower Bridge and West Sacramento, with a view very similar to this:

The first room we were assigned was #708, but we noticed some oddities about the room that suggested it might still be inhabited (half bottle of water by the sink, used lotion bottle by the TV, some garbage in the bathroom trash can, no comforter at the foot of the bed, card keys on the desk), so we called the Front Desk to ask for a different room. We ended up in #710, which is an ADA room, so the entire space was larger and everything was a bit lower (light switches, closet rod, etc.).

To apologize for the inconvenience, the Guest Services staff also gave us a $60 voucher for the hotel restaurant, so we were able to subsidize our entire dinner, including quite a few leftovers that came home with us today.

And around 10pm, Mr. E answered a knock at the room door to find a delivery of chocolate-covered strawberries and a lovely note from the Guest Services staff apologizing again for the room mix-up and congratulating us on our 10-year anniversary in Sacramento. I had made a remark about the occasion on our reservation, and I think she may have interpreted it as a wedding anniversary, especially since her note was addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. S" - umm, yeah, there was no "Mrs. S" in that room last night... But we still enjoyed the strawberries.  Ha!

After having some drinks and munchies at the Manager's Reception, we wandered around Old Sacramento for a bit and of course made a stop at Candy Heaven, the best candy store in the historic district:

This morning, as Mr. E slept in a bit, I swam for 75 minutes in the hotel pool:

The pool is nice and straight, but quite short. Based on counting my strokes, as I'd forgotten my watch and there was no clock in the pool area, I calculated that it's about 1/3 the length of the pool at the CAC, so I had to do 225 laps to achieve the equivalent of 75 laps (3,750 yards) at the CAC. After awhile, I got tired of counting!

We enjoyed the extensive breakfast buffet and eating outside overlooking the River. The cool morning weather reminded me once again of why the Sacto climate is so comfortable, as the high 90s temps during the day still cool at night and in the morning. We even had our window open last night to enjoy the lovely breeze.

In many ways, it's hard to believe we've been in Sacto for 10 years, and it's great to take a few moments to reflect on everything we've done, experienced, and accomplished during that decade.  Who knows what the next 10 years will bring?!


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