Friday Flashback #050 …

For my fiftieth Friday Flashback I picked this bucolic photo from the small village of Hay-on-Wye. One of the highlights from my fall 2018 3-week trip to the UK was my visit to Hay. Located on the England/Wales border (but decidedly in Wales as I was reminded on more than one occasion), this is the original “booktown,” a concept created in the 1960s by a local bookseller looking to provide a hook to return Hay to greatness. While the number of bookstores in town has fallen to around 20 from it’s original 35-40, the town is still strongly bookish and some of the stores are really impressive (more photos coming soon).

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Friday Flashback #049 …

2018 saw the passing of both Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the co-creators of Spider-Man. The hero is one of the most recognizable and popular in the world, and a lot of that comes from Lee and Ditko’s original 40 or so Spidey stories (38 issues of Amazing Spider-Man, plus Amazing Fantasy #15 and 2 Annuals), which built the world of Peter Parker and his friends and family. Everything else is derivative, done by other talents, sometimes well, and sometimes well … not so well. This shot is from the Marvel Universe of Super Heroes exhibit at MoPOP in Seattle. I like to think that’s Stan silhouetted in the window on the left, and John Romita and Steve Ditko on the right (not that Romita and Ditko every worked together). The exhibit itself is amazing and runs until March 3, so hurry if you want to see it!

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Friday Flashback #048 …

This is my favorite part of London, on the South Bank, with the Millennium Bridge connecting the area around St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Bankside area of the city, across the Thames. This is normally where I stay (right around the corner from the bridge) and it’s such a vibrant part of an amazingly vibrant city. I truly believe London is the capitol of the world, in many different ways: art, culture, music, and the most metropolitan and diverse of all cities.

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Friday Flashback #047 …

I take the ferry from Coronado to San Diego 4 days a week, back and forth. It’s an amazing way to commute (and includes about a half-hour walk each way, so I get some exercise in, too). On days when I get the smaller of the two ferry boats, the Silvergate (pictured here), it’s even more special. The Silvergate has outdoor seating that puts you right on the water. It’s a quick 15-minute trip from the Broadway Pier to the Ferry Landing Place in Coronado (only 5 minutes if you go from behind the San Diego Convention Center, where the Silvergate is usually docked), but it’s like the Great Escape for me every day.

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