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The Road Trip Begins

Winery in Calistoga, CA


“Safari West” in Santa Rosa, CA

Hotel Room Jacuzzi

Sophia ordered champagne.

Weird public art.


  1. Wow, what time did you leave? You made it to Safari West and Calistoga already? You guys must have lead feet!

  2. Details. I need details. Which winery? And how was Safari West? I’ve always wanted to check out that place.

  3. Drive safe, and save some of your energy for Portland!


  4. Potential for bad puns about giant thumb = unacceptably high. Hope subsequent commenters have high enough moral standards to spare us all. And that you have a great time.

  5. looks like fun! Sophia is stunning, I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of her before…I want hair like hers!

  6. Sophia is so cute! Looks like you’re having a great time so far.

  7. Isn’t public art always weird?

  8. Love that “weird public art” photo — does Sophia now fall into that category?

    Hey, Sophia & Neil, “Thumbs up”! Hope you’re still both on a high from the act of birthday giving/arranging and receiving.

  9. Does Sophia always climb into the tub with her clothes on?

  10. Nice wildlife! As for the thumb, glad to see the picture was not one of you sitting under it… [cringe]. Sorry folks, couldn’t resist!

  11. Hey, at least you got a big “Thumbs Up!”

    It could’ve been a different finger…

  12. Looks like a fun trip, so far. Enjoy yourselves and don’t worry about us!

  13. oooh zebras! looks like good times. hope you two are having a great time.

  14. Looks like fun so far. Champagne? How romantic? wink, wink, nudge, nudge

  15. You do know you are supposed to be naked in the tub, right?

  16. safari west??? santa rosa is near my neighborhood; we are going to have to check that out this week!

  17. I am ridiculously jealous that you got that close to a giraffe! I really really want to touch one someday!

  18. How fun. Does Sophia ever take a bad picture? No fair.

    This post really makes me miss Northern California.

  19. sometimes, a thumb is only a thumb.

    nice pics. sophia looks great. what about you and the thumb? where’s neil with the critters? come on!

  20. so far so good?
    you know, if you can’t even get her naked for the tub, Neil’s Penis is in for a long lonely trip.

  21. Travel must agree with Sophia, SHE LOOKS STUNNING (& HAPPY). I hope you two have a lovely trip.

  22. I know that thumb…Half Moon Bay, right? winery of some long forgotten name?

  23. God, it looks you’re having a blast! I like the zebras best.

  24. I hate to be the one chiming in to say that Sophia is totally a HOTTIE!! I don’t think I’ve seen pics of her before. You should have a section of “All Sophia, All the Time.” Not that I like girls or anything….(and not like that’s a bad thing, for those of you who like them)….and not that I don’t also think you’re fun, cute and interesting….but yeah, she’s got great hair, great smile, and seems like fun. We need a little more of Sophia. heheh. (You can officially hate me now. Hehe.)

  25. Talk about having your thumb on things. Wow!

  26. After reading the comments on the photo of Sophia, I must say once more that she was so wronged by the makeup artists on “Windfall.” They so made her frumpy on that show. So unlike the photos that you post of her. She should sue or something. Because isn’t that the American way?

  27. Is that a giant toe? I don’t think Sophia should be putting her face against a giant toe. She might get a weird fungal thing on her cheek.

  28. I think Neil’s penis is taking the pictures. There’s an awful lot of phallic images here.

    And the thumb? It makes me want to sculpt a VERY LARGE HAMMER right next to it.

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