FRIDAY EVENING: The time just before twilight on the final weekday of the week has a definite air of last-minute-ness to it. Plans are being firmed up, or looked for, or inquired about. Heads are being scratched. Wallets are being peered into, with hope. And still a good 24 hours ahead is Saturday night. Beautiful Saturday night.
SPUR OF THE MOMENT SANTA BARBARA: We've talked about this deal-laden email before, but the Aug. 23-29 deals have caught our want-to-get-out-of-town eyes. Olive oil tastings at the Global Gardens? 2-for-1? We'll raise a little oil-soaked paper cup to that. There are hotels, too, and lots of 'em. Read on.