Friday Flashback #035 …

The Tower Bridge from the Tower of London. This shot (taken in late 2016) is at the exit point for the Tower of London tour and I thought it made a particularly compelling photo. I’ve been to London enough times now that while I’ll probably do a walk-by of some attractions (like the Tower of London, London Eye, and Sky Garden), I won’t pay the money to go into them. The museums, however, are a different story, and there are a few I’m looking forward to seeing again, including Victoria and Albert. True confession: I love museum stores almost as much–if not more–as I love the museums themselves. A good museum store is like a good bookstore for me … heaven.

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Friday Flashback #034 …

Leadenhall Market, London, 2016. If you look closely, you can see the Christmas decorations. I love these old shopping arcades that pepper English towns. London has numerous ones (not all as ornate as Leadenhall), and Leeds had a few, too. I’m anxious to see if both York and Brighton have them, since I’ll be visiting both those locations when I go over in a few weeks. I’m going to be seeing a lot of the middle and southern part of England by train, which I’m excited about. Train travel over there is so much more … civilized and–more importantly–embraced. The United States loss of trains as a viable way of travel is disgraceful in my eyes. But don’t get me started.

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Friday Flashback #033 …

When lions walked the earth … this sunny scene from the Tower of London was captured in November of 2016, my last trip to one of my favorite cities in the world. Okay, let’s qualify that: I haven’t traveled that much. I travel a lot, but I tend to go back to the cities I love: London, New York, Seattle, Portland, etc. I’m basically a one-trick travel pony. This particular time in London, I did do the Tower tour, and I enjoyed it, but I went off on my own, rather than listening to the canned Beefeater guide. Still, it was a wonderful photo opportunity, and that’s what my trips are: photos, books, and entertainment (plays, movies, museums, etc.). And while this upcoming trip to England in a few weeks will take me around the country, all those things will be a part of it.

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Friday Flashback #032 …

I have England on my mind. In a few short weeks, I’ll be traveling to the country of my ancestors for a LONNNNNNNG visit, the longest time I’ve ever been away from home. I can’t hardly wait. The photo above is from the prosaically-named Sky Garden, which looks out over the south end of London, directly across from the giant, sky-rending building known as the Shard (you can see it peeking out there on the left). London has a thing for naming their buildings, and the Sky Garden is in what is fondly known as the “Walkie-Talkie” building. For the next few weeks, I’ll be showcasing photos from my last visit to London in 2016.

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Friday Flashback #031 …

One year ago this weekend, I pulled off my Great Escape. After almost two decades living in the heart of the Gaslamp District in San Diego, I upped and moved to the pleasant and serene island of Coronado. It has been an amazing year, one in which I’ve learned to (mostly) love my new home (there’s always neighbors, am I right?) and the way I commute each day … by ferry back and forth across the bay. In theory, I was setting myself up for retirement in a few years (yes, my boyish charm belies the obvious effects of creeping old age), but it was a much-needed move out of an increasingly deteriorating downtown. Coronado is quiet, green, walkable, and just plain lovely. While moving to San Diego in 1998 (20 years ago!) was the best move I ever made, moving to Coronado was the best move I ever made for my own health, safety, and well-being. Here’s to celebrating my 20th anniversary in 2038 here on this little bit of paradise.

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Friday Flashback #029 …

You have to look close to notice the subtle nod to Comic-Con, which is going on right now at the San Diego Convention Center. This shot, taken last year at the event from inside the Convention Center restaurant, shows a “superhero” walking by the window (note the flowing cape). I have had the extreme honor of working for Comic-Con for the last (almost) 2 decades now. It’s been a blast and I can’t believe my good fortune to be involved with my 19th show as an employee, and my 27th consecutive show (!) as an attendee.

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Friday Flashback #028 …

A dramatic shot of some tiles dodging the sunlight through some palm trees in Little Italy. I love this section of San Diego, in easy walking distance from my workplace downtown. I sometimes “escape” there for lunch at one of my favorite places and maybe take a few minutes to roam through the art supply store too, even though I don’t count myself as much of an artist anymore. I wouldn’t mind living in Little Italy if I was maybe a couple of decades younger, but it’s a little bit too loud and busy for me these days, so an hour-long lunch is just enough, thank you very much.

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