A warm and sunny few days hosting Luke and Eun-ju here in San Diego. I got to hit one of my “to-do” spots: the USS Midway aircraft carrier parked in the harbor. Luke and I did a flight sim thing — and totally failed. Haha. Continue reading “Luke and Eun-ju visit me in San Diego”
My wonderful niece Anne came down to SD to see some old college pals and just see the old town. We went down to Old Town for tacos, hiked Torrey Pines, and caught up on the couch. Really fun time.
Finally got out to the La Jolla Gliderport and did the hike down to Blacks Beach. Pretty otherworldly, I admit. Was nice to just be out on the Pacific in the winter sun. Continue reading “Blacks Beach with Nick”
First, a lovely walk through our neighborhood in the warm winter sun. Then, in what’s become a bit of a tradition, we went to celebrate over dinner at Arrivederci just down the street. Our second Christmas dinner at Arrivederci in a row. And we’re going again in 2019. So good. Continue reading “San Diego Christmas 2018”
Joined the fun at the opening of the new public library just two blocks from our condo. Ran into Matt there with his kids. Another bright SD morning. Get the sunglasses.
Patrick and I mounted up on our bikes, added some LED string lights and rode around with 150 other people through Balboa Park and Uptown. So fun. Continue reading “Holiday Joy Ride 2018”
Darryl and I took the ferry to Coronado with my two bikes in tow. Lovely regatta out there as we crossed the harbor. Light was intense but the temps were pretty cool. We ate some tasty Greek food just before biking home. Continue reading “New Years biking over the water with Darryl”
Matt came down to stay with us for the holiday. Darryl bopped down too, from Long Beach. Minigolf and Torrey Pines! Continue reading “Thanksgiving 2018 with Matt & Darryl”
Patrick and I go see Fun Home down at Horton Plaza. So good. Continue reading “Going to see FUN HOME musical”
Popped up to Seattle to see the folks for a pre-holiday visit. Hanging out in the kitchen with Sherrimomma. Stopping over at Emily’s to see the niecephews. Walks around View Ridge. Continue reading “Seattle visit in winter”
Checking out the dancing and festivities at the API festival in Mission Bay here in SD. Gorgeous September day. Continue reading “Pacific Islander Festival with Darryl, Leroy & Antonio”
A picture perfect winter day for a ferry ride with Curtis and the NoSpandex bike group to ride around Coronado Island. Continue reading “Coronada winter bike ride with #NoSpandex crew”
Hosting my old pals from SF for a long weekend in San Diego. Both Anthony and Matt came down to stay here. We did some beach, mini golf, Caché, Spruce St Bridge and general touring. No surprise: the weather was cooperative. Continue reading “Anthony & Matt visit San Diego”
Checked out our local attraction. Was okay. We skipped all “live animal shows.” Not into that.
Up to the bay area for my great uncle’s amazing 90th party in El Cerrito. The history and love in that room was inspiring. Some very moving words were spoken. He’s so beloved by everyone in the family — including me.
Fun festive and full of free tacos! I think he turned 40… but shhhhh…
We found a semi-hidden trail right off of 3rd Street near our house. Spectacular views of MV. Continue reading “Mission Valley Hike”
Been here a few times now. Can’t beat the view. Not a fan of the faux Roman columns, though. 🙂
Just biked to the beach with Bill for sunset and tacos overlooking the beach. Continue reading “Ocean Beach sunset”
Finally made it to the famous aquarium in La Jolla! Continue reading “Scripps Aquarium”
A gorgeous afternoon out on the San Diego harbor, cruising on the big Hornblower with Chad Michaels for MC. The sunset was equally amazing. Met some really nice folks, too. Continue reading “Harbor Cruise”
A grand home at the edge of Balboa Park. Designed by the “Frank Lloyd Wright” of San Diego: Irving Gill. I do wish they’d kept the Japanese black lacquer dining room as the last Marston lady had it. Preservationists go too far.
Here’s shots from when we first got the place.
Bittersweet day. One last deck party with the old friends. Hard to leave such great people (and a great city) but after almost 30s, it was time… Continue reading “Last lunch in SF”
First time I’d gone down to Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the old sub. Really cool and a great audio tour. Patrick put a lot of quarters into those old games at the Musee Mechanique. Continue reading “SS Pampanito and Museé Mechanique”
Darryl hosted a combo party for both Easter and Antonio’s birthday. Food was amazing this year — cheddar bacon scones to die for. Continue reading “Antonio’s Birthday”
Finally finished the update of that old white tile bathroom off the hall. Now it’s connected to the master bedroom via a pocket door. Much nicer! Continue reading “Master bathroom remodel 2018”
Lee and I went down together for Darryl’s father’s memorial party at his family’s home in Long Beach. Just a quick overnight trip because Lee was outbound to Colorado two days after the wake. Fun to check out LBC a tiny bit — though the Airbnb on 7th Street was kind of lame. Neither of us got much sleep. But the mood at the party was festive and loving so that was all the energy we needed. I got to catch up with many folks I hadn’t seen in a long time, including Karen Dunn, D’s indefatigable mom. Even managed to get Lee to walk around exploring the Alamitos neighborhood where Darryl grew up — peppered with all kinds of amazing craftsman style bungalows.
Orlando, what a strange place. We did three days at the Disney parks and one at Cape Canaveral. Shuttling around in a rental car, because Orlando doesn’t do transit in any meaningful sense of the term. The highlight for me was the Fantasia minigolf course near one of the resorts. Probably the best putt-putt I’ve ever seen. The fading light of a warm Florida evening, beautifully rendered sculptures, and some amazing tricky shots and water features… just the best. The Space Center was moving in ways (maybe not surprising but still, I was caught off guard by the drama of the old shuttle Atlantis, and all the lost lives in the program’s disasters). I may never go back to northern Florida again but it was good to see it all. Continue reading “Disneyworld and Kennedy Space Center”
Took a break from the cold weather world to check out San Diego. Stayed at this cute Airbnb place in Hillcrest, which was lovely (as a neighborhood). San Diego was sunny and quiet, though the Balboa Park Zoo was pretty jammed even on Xmas day. Man, do zoos make me feel sad for the animals though. I fell in love with the vibe of the city, I must admit. Continue reading “Christmas in San Diego”
This year was the first year I managed to catch the Anderson Xmas party — hosted at mom & dad’s place in View Ridge this year (convenient!). Got to see so many cousins that I hadn’t seen since they were little (and a whole new batch of young ones too). Only downer was my niece Anne and sis Neha weren’t there for the festivities. Mom, as usual, did all the heavy lifting to bring off the success of the party — though Jane and I did bake some cookies too. I also managed to have a lovely breakfast at Stowe & Nina’s (where I got to meet his kids, who’re so grown up at this point) along with Brian. And also had an evening at Emily and Joshua’s complete with Hannukah candle lighting with the kiddos. Full weekend. Continue reading “Xmas in Seattle, 2017”
The annual cookie party returned in 2017, thanks to the completion on all the remodels this year. I had a chance to bake a few new recipes, including Melissa Pasanen’s amazing Cocobean Cupcakes (gluten and dairy free). The hit of the bunch was the Chocolate-Hazelnut Espresso sandwich cookies. It was a lively affair with 32 guests and a whole lotta mulled wine! Continue reading “Holiday Cookie Party 2017”
A sweet visit with the Tennessee papa and mama and sister Jordana, who were staying in Santa Cruz (out for a wedding thereabouts). We got to catch up on a whole bunch of stuff in the last year.
Everyone wants to see “Vegas” if they’ve never been there. And I must admit, it’s much changed since I was last here about 15 years ago. More pedestrian stuff, more promenading, more food everywhere. Definitely an improvement. I still don’t need more than one visit per decade though. We rented a car and looked at housing but it was too much sprawl for me.
Celebration my first cousin’s graduation from the Culinary Institute up at Marty and Katie’s really nice house in the hills of Novato. A real Dunn family reunion. Got to see the whole gang. So great! Continue reading “Marty Dunn party in Novato”
Another round for the pro circuit boys. This time at a lovely course nestled next to a real golf course. I suppose we’ll graduate to that someday. Or maybe not. 🙂 We dined at the McInnis clubhouse first. Holes in one were had afterwards. The September weather was gorgeous. Flowers and scents in bloom. Love Marin… Continue reading “Minigolf at McInnis Park”