Friday, June 05, 2009

Bo, improv everywhere, the end of my love affair, infinite jest, west coasting

i'm a huge fan of improv everywhere. i wish i could get in on some of their smaller events. this one is amazing. and the one at the airport was soooooo hilarious...
my love affair with zappos is waning. the last two times i went to buy shoes there i found them close to $50 cheaper on other sites, one of which was and they ALSO have free shipping and free returns. ALSO a 110% price guarantee! so they won't rip me off the way zappos does by overpricing their shoes or being late to put them on sale. i mean, i saw three different pairs of shoes i liked. all around $150 a pair. i google each one and see all of them for less than $100 on other sites (amazon, nordstrom, so, really, come on. had i not checked around zappos would have raped me to the tune of some $150 total for my order which is AWFUL. i trusted them. i liked them. i've just about had it with them. for real.
i'm totally doing this infinite summer thing. but the question is: buy the book or buy a kindle and then read the book on the kindle?!
gorgeous! i want to go. right NOW.
i'm planning a pch, 99, I-5 whatever drive this summer. starting in LA and up to napa/sonoma. any suggestions on where to stay a night on the way up, where to eat on the way up? i think we'll stay a night at the halfway point or somewhere near monterey? and we have friends in SF so we'll likely stay there as we spend days in napa/sonoma. help a sister out!

7 people who played with me:

Blogger Cousin said...

Take the PCH all the way -- it's possibly the most scenic drive on earth (101/I5 can't compare). But it's slow so allow for extra time (it's worth it). Also budget in time to see the Hearst Mansion (but north of there is where the PCH gets twisty/hilly and slows down, so don't do it late or make somewhere nearby your first night's stay).

Reconsider! Just read "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" and then George Saunder's Pastoralia (the collection, not just the story) -- the only book ever likened to Pynchon that's actually good.

6/05/2009 11:29 AM  
Blogger omar said...

I've never bought shoes at zappos, though I've wanted to, because I like how Tony Hsieh does business. Except the part about where his company tries to take $150 from you. That's not cool, Tony.

6/05/2009 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie Thomas said...

Hi Jazz,

My name is Stephanie and I work in the Customer Loyalty Team.

I recently came across your blog and I wanted to apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused with the pricing issues. There are many variables that determine the price of our merchandise. We apologize if you are experiencing any disappointment with our service. While we never claim to have the lowest prices, our selection of
merchandise is among the largest on the Internet and the interest of customer service, we are happy to attempt to locate the item on another online retailer for you if you may not be satisfied with our price.

We also just started our discount site which you may be interested in checking out. It is, for bigger and deeper discounts. They may not have the same polices, but their prices are more competitive.

We continue to welcome your feedback as this is what drives our commitment to be able to offer the best service experience to you and all of our customers. Please accept our apologies and if there is anything that Zappos can do, feel free to contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We wish you the best in your future shopping experiences.
Have a great trip on the PCH!

6/05/2009 3:24 PM  
Blogger Wags said...

Road trip, excellent! Cousin is correct, driving up the PCH is a beautiful drive and I would definitely recommend Hearst Castle (I'll probably be visiting sometime around July 4th). That said, taking the coastal highway definitely adds time to your trip. If you decide to do it, I would take the PCH out of LA and then take the 101 between Oxnard and San Luis Obispo (most of that way the 101 and the 1 are the same road). In SLO rejoin the 1 up to Monterey.

Points of interest include:
- Santa Barbara wine country
- Paso Robles wine country
- Hearst Castle
- Elephant Seals (either at the beach 4 mi north of Hearst Castle, or at Ano Nuevo State Park between Monterey and SF)
- Big Sur
- Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you decide to visit some of the wineries in SB or Paso, I can recommend a few. As for where to eat, it depends on where you'll be, what your budget is, and if you can still get a reservation. I've always wanted to do French Laundry in Yountville (Napa), but never got around to organizing it. In the bay area, there is Chez Panisse, Greens, Slanted Door, etc. on the high end but really excellent food. I lived in the city for 8 years, and the thing I miss most is probably the food. You could find cheap but excellent food from any region of the world. My personal favorites on the cheaper side of things included Burma Superstar, Cajun Pacific (limited hours), Pho Ha Tien, Tartine (amazing desserts), Brothers Korean BBQ, Ti Couz (crepes), Sushi Main Street (Half Moon Bay), and others.

Let me know if you'd like any advise for Santa Barbara if you pass through here.

6/08/2009 5:22 PM  
Blogger Rouse said...

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6/09/2009 4:31 PM  
Blogger Rouse said...

I've read your blog from time to time, and find it thoroughly enjoyable. I also think we may live in the same neighborhood uptown. In any event, I saw this job posting for a food blogger and thought you'd probably be perfect for it.

6/09/2009 4:33 PM  
Blogger jazz said...

Hi Stephanie! I love Zappos customer service, just not zappos prices!

Rouse: thanks so much for the heads up. I just may get some shit together to send in...

cous, wags: thanks for the advice

omar: thanks for having my back ;)

6/10/2009 11:36 PM  

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