15 November 2006

uWink Geek Dinner and a gear purchase

I went out to Woodland Hills last night to uWink restaurant for the BarCampLA GeekDinner7. Now generally I only venture out to the ass end of the Valley to visit my mom (who apparently has a hard time figuring out how to cross the 405), so my expectations were high.

Usually when I have high expectations they are not met, but last night was a blast !

First off I decided to ride my motorcycle out since I knew traffic would be bad. One reason was to be able to use the carpool lane. But the other was to try out a new motorcycle jacket. I have only been riding on the street since the summer and now that it has turned chilly, the mesh jacket is not cutting it any more. There is a Cycle Gear store very close to uWink and I had previously seen a jacket I liked there. The jacket is a Frank Thomas FTL240 Cafe Racer (in red). I like the styling, the features, and it is indeed pretty warm. I thought about waiting for a sale, but it is just getting too cold and the regular price ($280) seemed reasonable since it is a lot more money at the few other places I could find selling it.

uWink is located in the old Promenade mall. Now when I was a kid, this was the high end mall with a Sak's 5th Avenue and the like. We did not go there much, preferring the much larger Topanga Mall up the street. Now the Promenade is decidedly mediocre mall. It has a bunch of empty stores, there was hardly any one there, and the anchor is a Macy's at either end. It does have a few other OK food place and a large movie theater, but it seems like the moneyed folks are shopping elsewhere these days.

One other side note, between the Topanga and Promenade malls there used to be a miniature golf course and movie theater. The mini golf is gone and the theater closed and used as retail space. I mention this because this is where I saw the theatrical release of Stars Wars. I recall not really wanting to go and my mom making me. Maybe I was smelling the stench of Episodes I/II/III even then.

When I got to uWink, I was not really sure what to do. I didn't seen anyone I recognized, but that turned out to be because everyone was in the far back. Brent Bushnell was our host and did a great job at showing all the uWink features. He was really interested in all our suggestions and took a lot of notes. His dad Nolan Bushnell stopped by for a bit to explain his vision for uWink. It is always cool to hear such a luminary talk to mere mortals.

And thanks to Heather for coordinating it all !

other links -

uWink on the Wikipedia
Douglas Welch's photos and video from the event


Sasha said...

Good to see you blogging again. Maybe I'll follow your lead.

qazwsx said...

Sure! In your copious spare time. :P