Saturday Morning Views

Random looks from a random Saturday morning…

Blue sky as seen from the gas station on route 28 in Salem, NH.
Huge honkin’ Flag on route 28 in Salem, NH.
38/365 - Tis the Season and Stuff
38/365 – Tis the Season and Stuff.
Yup, the frog is still hanging out on the barrel. Boy was he pissed off when I had to open the lid all the way to dump the old kitty litter. Sorry, frog.
I only bought enough bird seed for one feeder. The Blue Jays out back seem really pleased.
New blackout curtains in the living room. The jury is definitely still out. Very much so.

Last night we found out that the last company Jen worked for had a conference in San Diego this week and if she was still working there she would have gone. Also, I would have gone for the ride and pretty much spent my days wandering around and taking 10000000000 pictures on film. Make believe these shitty pics were shitty film pics and you’d get the idea:

2011-08-08 - Point Loma and Downtown 367
2012-04-22 - San Diego Day 2 - La Jolla 132
2012-04-22 - San Diego Day 2 - La Jolla 240
2012-04-22 - San Diego Day 2 - La Jolla 405
2012-04-27 - Cove and Sunset 349
2012-04-27 - Cove and Sunset 228
2012-04-27 - Cove and Sunset 020

10 Years Ago Today

You know how Facebook does that memories thing where it shows you things you posted on this day in history?

10 years ago today we were at the San Diego Zoo. That is both a wonderful thing and a moderately depressing thing because Covid.

Let’s focus on the wonderful part, shall we?

2011-08-06 - San Diego Zoo 260
2011-08-06 - San Diego Zoo 249
2011-08-06 - San Diego Zoo 248
2011-08-06 - San Diego Zoo 387


I’m still making my way through the audiobook version of Neil Peart’s Ghost Rider as part of the on-going Neil Elwood Peart Memorial Festival.  In this morning commute’s “reading” (was it in a letter to Brutus?  Most of the book is letters to Brutus) he mentioned Nantucket.  He didn’t go there, although I did get a mention of riding through Massachusetts today, he just mentioned it.

I’ve never been to Nantucket.  I have never been to Martha’s Vineyard either.  Growing up we used to take occasional weekend escapes to Cape Cod, but its been over 30 years since I’ve crossed the bridge.  I’d like to go back.  I’d like to see the islands.  Maybe this summer I can talk the family into making a mid-week escape.  Getting to the Cape on the weekends is hell on Earth, so it would need to be a mid-week thing.

Today’s “reading” also included a discussion of the Pacific Coast Highway.  Jen and I have driven on some stretches of that road.  Hearing about it today made me miss California.  It made me miss the Pacific ocean.  It made me want to go back to San Diego.  It made me want to stick my toes in the water again.  It made me want to drive through the mountains to the desert and see Julian.  Neil’s description of the Saltan Sea was far from favorable, but Jen and I drove out to it once and even though it was bordering on ghost town I wouldn’t mind seeing that again.  What about Joshua Tree?  What about Palm Springs?  We drove through that town once, but didn’t stop anywhere.

Our last few big trips have been to Florida, and our next one will be as well.  After that there’s another one on the agenda for next year too.  I love going there and I will never say no to an opportunity.  I just don’t want to get used to it.  I don’t want it to become common enough that it stops feeling special.  I also want to go to other places.

Ah, just ignore me as I fantasize about world traveling.  I just need a vacation.


While looking for something else today I discovered that it was on this date, May 6th in 2009, just a few weeks before our wedding, that I signed up for my Flickr account. Flickr Pro, of course.

Here’s a picture from our honeymoon to celebrate.

San Diego, of course. Here’s hoping we get back there again this year!

Happy Seventh Flickrversary!