Friday Flashback #070 …

I call this the calm after the storm. I took this photo last summer at a restaurant next to (and behind) the San Diego Convention Center on a peaceful Sunday evening AFTER Comic-Con had ended and I was having a lovely dinner with two lovely friends. It was the end of the busiest time of the year for me (and all my hardworking co-workers) and it was time to celebrate, in my usual quiet and reserved way. I look forward to doing this again this year, in just a week or so. Wish me luck!

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Friday Flashback #069 …

Sonic Bloom at Seattle Center in … you guessed it … Seattle, WA. I just spent a very pleasant weekend there just a few weeks ago and took a similar (if not as good) photo, because I’m a creature of habit, and let’s face it … these things are very impressive. I love Seattle … I go there every year, so expect more photos from this great Northwestern town. And if you want to see my Seattle photos from my latest trip, make with the click right here:

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Friday Flashback #068 …

The mothership is calling me back. Like Powell’s in Portland, OR, The Strand Bookstore in New York City exerts a powerful influence on me, like the moon locked in orbit over the Earth. I missed going to NYC last year, and it’s looming on my fall trip horizon, just in time for the thick of book-release season. Hopefully, I won’t need an umbrella.

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Friday Flashback #067 …

I miss Balboa Park. Oh, it didn’t go anywhere … I did. I moved across the bay almost two years ago and stopped walking almost every weekend through my old stomping ground. Yes, I could climb on the horse (ferry) and do it again, but walking over on Coronado is soooo much easier (no hills!). But I’ll make it back someday, up 4th Avenue, across the Quince St. and Spruce St. bridges, wrap around to Upas St. and into Balboa Park and down Park Blvd. to Broadway and the ferry boat home. Sure I will. Someday.

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Friday Flashback #066 …

I call this photo “Peek-a-boo,” since it reveals a different look at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. This is my favorite part of the city, the Southbank (or Bankside) and this particular view is from near the OXO Tower building, a repurposed factory that used to manufacture meat stock cubes for cooking (it was originally built to be a power station for the Royal Mail Post Office). Now it contains shops and offices and restaurants and is part of a walk along the south side of the Thames that I dearly love.

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Friday Flashback #065 …

This is my view most days when I leave work and downtown San Diego behind and hop the ferry back to my home on Coronado. Sure, this photo is nicer than most days, with those fluffy puffs of clouds and that deep blue sky behind them, but for the most part, this is my view as I travel home in the evening and leave the world behind. It’s not a bad way to commute, I’ll say that.

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Friday Flashback #064 …

The bookstore town of Hay-On-Wye will always have a fond spot in my heart. From the moment I first heard of the existence of such a thing as a “bookstore town,” I wanted to visit. I’m so glad I took the time to visit this quaint, beautiful spot on the England/Wales border. I normally prefer big cities to visit in my travels, but this charming village, with its 20 or so bookstores, made me a convert to a quieter pace and and a calmer style of living. I love the gentle sweep of these houses in the photo above. I can’t wait to go back.

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