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.
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”