Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

Name: Tim Williamson

Age: Uhh 25, 37 OK, OK 46 already, yeah that’s the ticket

Occupation: Financier and Tango Diva’s official photographer.

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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM RECENT EVENTS HERE

Hometown: You gotta be kidding, cosmopolitan Half Man Bay, CA is anything but a city. We are somewhat close to San Francisco though.

Diva Minds Want to Know…

1. Where do you like to flirt?

Well, it depends on your style. If you are highbrow, you would probably hang out at the bar at the Ritz Carlton on the ocean, to make eyes at the conventioneers and bored housewives there with their husbands. Possibly you could find a little action at the bar at Cetrella’s, an elegant and cozy restaurant with a great bar on Main Street. The bar often has live jazz at happy hour, and you might just find a stray member of the opposite sex there. In all likelihood, all you will get at either place is flirting.

Now on the other hand, if you are going more casual, I would head for the Half Moon Bay Brewery, as they have live bands 5 nights a week, dancing and plenty of local needy and looking members of the opposite sex. Now you asked about flirting- don’t go there unless you want more than that. The beer and ribs are great. They have outdoor fireplaces if you want some quiet conversation and a break from the rowdiness inside.

Now if you struck out at the two above, park your car, go to the Princeton Landing, put a quarter in the jukebox, play pool, do tequila shots, get in a bar fight, and by all means DO NOT attempt to drive home. The HMB Police Dept. satellite office is in the Landing’s parking lot, waiting just for you. Call a taxi and go home alone.

2. Where’s your favorite table for two?

My favorite place for a little quiet romance is Pasta Moon on Main Street. We don’t really talk about it much (OK so we do), but the owner is the ex-wife of the owner of Cetrella’s mentioned above, on the OTHER end of Main street. They have an intimate little bar to have a cocktail while you are waiting for your table (which you will do on the weekend of you don’t have a reservation). But the food is all Northern Italian, the wine list is authentic (don’t look for California wine), the pizza and pastas are creative, and the main dishes are always fresh. Have a bottle of Chianti, and drive home slowly.

3. Where should we stay when we visit (besides your place)?

If you can afford it, stay at the Ritz. The views are amazing over the golf course and the ocean. The service is great. The Sunday brunch is beyond words and your gastrointestinal abilities. Your date/mate will love you forever if you let her go to the Spa all day, and she won’t even care that you just played 36 holes of golf.

I would also check out the new Bed & Breakfast above Main Street’s Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant. The food and bar life also make it good for flirting, and after all if you are successful, the room is just upstairs…

4. What quality do you find irresistible in a woman?

Sass. I just love a smart, sassy woman. I want to talk and joke all night. I want to do crazy things and not be with someone who is so conservative that they can’t get out of their box. It’s all right if we drink just a little too much and do silly things. You don’t have to be a supermodel, just be full of life.

5. Where can we find you on a free Sunday afternoon? Just roll over?

Well these don’t sound like they go together, but lately I have been taking ballroom dance lessons. I thought I could not dance, but I can actually do the Tango. Give me a rose in my teeth, I am ready. The other thing I like to do when I have some free time is to break the law on my 130 horse, BMW 1200RS motorcycle. There is something powerful, dangerous and invigorating about the acceleration of the bike, and wearing leather, and exploring new places and sneaking a cigarette.

6. What do you love most about your city (besides our arrival)?

Half Moon Bay is raw. The elements of nature are always close at hand. The fog rolls in a moment like a grey wet blanket. You can often hear the ocean roaring like a freight train when a storm is coming in. The smell of eucalyptus, and pine and the salt air is the sweetest I have ever experienced. The redwoods and the hills are just steps away, and in moments you can be walking alone among the cathedral-like redwoods. Every time you walk on the beach, you are alone, as if God gave you your own ocean. Other than the sound of the waves, the loudest sound you hear at night is the mating call of the frogs in the ponds.

7. What should we bring when we visit your town? What should we
leave with?

Well it is safest to bring rain gear, as the weather can changes in a moment’s notice. Heavy sweaters or jackets for those evenings when the stars are out (or not) and you can sit by the fire at the beach at the Ritz, or at the brewery, or just in the middle of the day when the fog has rolled in. Bring your sneaks for walking up and down Main Street, looking in all the little shops, and for that long walk on the beach. Don’t bring a swimsuit for the ocean, you will die of hypothermia in about five minutes if you are foolish enough to jump in the ocean. The swimsuit is much better suited for the outdoor Jacuzzi or Spa at the Ritz.

Leave with your memory of the ocean and the sunsets.

8. What do we absolutely have to see while we’re there?

Walk on Main Street, walk on the beach, and walk in the redwoods. On Main Street go into Half Moon Bay Feed & Fuel and buy a goldfish, after all when was the last time you had one? On the beach, walk south from downtown towards the Ritz. Soon you will be alone. In the redwoods, you just have to see the banana slug. Weird I know, but, when was the last time you saw a yellow slug? They are everywhere, tread lightly.

9. Any areas of town we should avoid?

There are no ghettos in Half Moon Bay. Explore. We only have about 10,000 people, and they are all pretty nice.

10. Any local secrets you want to share?

They say that the Moss Beach Distillery is haunted- go see for yourself.

The secrets I am most proud of I clearly cannot share, to protect those who are not innocent.

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