men's event at Bayside with Miles McPherson and about 2,500 others, I was off to Orange County for some business meetings. A colleague and I have both been to Newport Beach a lot, but normally we don't have the time to leave the resort (not necessarily a bad thing), but this time we arrived early and took the opportunity to check out Balboa Island and the Peninsula. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch overlooking Balboa Bay, walked along the beach, and then I got to hang out by the pool while reading a new book. As more of our colleagues started to arrive, we finished the night with some great gastropub grub in A&O.
As our meetings in Newport Beach wrapped up, we traveled to Irvine for our next set of meetings. Although Irvine lacks a bay front view, it does have the Irvine Spectrum Center, which we took full advantage of when not in meetings. We enjoyed a calorie filled meal at Yard House, while watching the 49ers beat the Vikings and headed to CREAM for custom made ice cream sandwiches.
Once back in Northern California I met up with a friend that I hadn't seen in over three years at Zocolo for Happy Hour where enjoyed watching the Sac Republic play their last regular season game at home, and then headed to Oakland. Watching the Oakland Raiders defeat the Baltimore Ravens from the 95.7 The Game suite was pretty amazing, especially with all of the food, beer, and wine provided.
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