Friday night's relaxing event was an evening with the National Acrobats
of Taiwan, Republic of China. Joining us for the evening were Sandy and
Stella, together with Sandy's daughter, and her boyfriend.
The Acrobats put on a fine show, with all the usual acts you might
expect to see from a chinese circus. This includes impossible contortions,
a pyramid of people riding a bicycle (which might just be a "carpool"
in China), juggling chairs and tables, amazing balancing acts, martial
arts forms, diving and rolling over each other, building chair skyscrapers
(or rather "ceilingscrapers") then doing handstands on them, and bending
swords with one's adam's apple - all the normal stuff you might do if you
get too bored at home :-). Randy recorded 15 seconds of the Diavolo Girls
and caught them dropping a plate. Check it out by clicking on the Diavolo
Afterwards, we grabbed a bite to eat at Blondie's before driving
up to Lake Tahoe to join the rest of the Cal TKD club for the annual TKD
Ski Trip and a weekend of fun on the slopes!
We stopped off in North Berkeley to pick up Steve, then zoomed off
up Highway 80. Even though it was pretty late at night, traffic was thick
until we got to Sacramento. Fortunately, we were able to pick up the pace
once we passed that metropolis, and the 528 lapped up the miles like a
hungry tiger drinking milk.
Getting into Donner Pass, the outside temperature dropped to 9 degrees.
Brrrrrr! We finally arrived at the cabin at Incline Village (Nevada)
close to 2AM. Almost everyone was asleep, but someone pointed us to the
lone bed that Beno saved for us. Beno told me that all drivers will get
beds, but I was amazed that he was able to keep people off the bed even
though we were the last ones to arrive. Stepping over the snoozing bodies
surrounding the bed, we collapsed into thankful slumber.