Happy Anniversary to Me!

I have been lying  low since my wonderful 3-week trip to the UK in September and October. A number of personal things, both good and bad, have kept me from even posting photos on here, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my anniversary of moving to San Diego. It happened exactly 20 years ago today on Dec. 1, 1998.

It was a dark and stormy night. I flew into San Diego from Pittsburgh, PA on a USAir flight (remember them?). My surviving cat, Ollie (there used to be a Stan, too, thus completing the namesake movie duo), got lost for a half-hour or so as they unloaded the plane. We made our way via taxi (remember them?) to our new home in the Gaslamp District. I lived in that building for the next 17 years, albeit in three separate apartments.

San Diego has become my one true home. Pittsburgh is a dream to me now, something that pops up every now and again in my head (I still sometimes say Pittsburgh when I mean to say San Diego, but that just might be my advanced age). My hometown of Tamaqua, PA is just a box of (mostly) warm nostalgia, filled with childhood holiday, vacation, and school memories. I still marvel at where I live now, especially since I moved to Coronado a year or so ago. Warm weather, clear blue skies, undulating palm trees. What’s not to love?

I’m about to tackle one more move, down the hall into a larger apartment. I hope this will be my last move, but I really feel like I’ve found my space here on Coronado island. We can debate if it’s really an island or not later, but there’s no debate when it comes to how much I love it here.

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Friday Flashback #042 …

One thing I will definitely miss this year: my annual trip to New York City. I’ve gone to the Big Apple almost every year since 1971 (God, that’s almost 50 years now!). It started as a bus trip to go to comics conventions, but I quickly fell in love with the city outside the confines of a comics-filled hotel ballroom (I still love that, though). Here’s Gapstow Bridge in the southern part of Central Park, near the Plaza Hotel. It’s an amazing site for photos. I know I’ll get back to NYC soon … It just seems weird not making my usual fall pilgrimage.

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Friday Flashback #041 …

Up in the air, somewhere … I’m guessing this is the approach to the Portland Airport on one of my trips “home” to visit the “mothership” (Powell’s Books). Portland is a little too quirky for me, but God, I LOVE that bookstore, and am totally fine going up just to visit that store once a year or so. I like taking photos from planes; I like the curve of the horizon, the patchwork grids of the ground, the texture of the mountains and–when you’re low enough–the water.

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Friday Flashback #040 …

Okay, back to San Diego and the up-and-coming section of town known as South Park. This neighborhood is in transition and seeing a lot of new restaurants and shops coming into play, but there is still the old, faithful businesses that have been there forever, like California Liquor, with this charming mural.

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Friday Flashback #039 …

Okay … last London pic for a bit (but follow me on Instagram for much, much more of my current trip abroad … see the link below), and yes, this is pushing the season a bit. I absolutely loved being in London close to Christmas, when I visited back in 2016. The city goes all out for the holiday and it was amazing to see it decorated. The above shot was from near Covent Garden. This year I’m going back before the actual decorating will start, I imagine, but someday I hope to go back during Christmas season once again.

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Friday Flashback #038 …

The Millennium Bridge leads from the Tate Modern Museum to St. Paul’s Cathedral, across the Thames. It’s solely a pedestrian bridge and when they first opened it, the swaying of it (which was intentional) freaked people out, so they had to fix it. It opened in 2000, but was closed after opening day for two years to get rid of the irksome “wobbly-ness.” It’s a beautiful structure and it links my favorite part of London, Bankside, with the actual city. I stay right near here in Southwark each time I visit this amazing city.

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Friday Flashback #037 …

This is Boadicea and Her Daughters, juxtaposed with the London Eye. It’s on the city side of the Westminster Bridge, and pretty much opposite it is Big Ben (which we Americans tend to call it … it’s really Elizabethan Tower. Big Ben is actually the name for the great bell of the clock.). It’s my understanding that the entire tower is now swathed in scaffolding, so there won’t be any great photo ops of that London-centric landmark this trip, I guess. The statue itself wasn’t erected in its present location until 1902, but it was worked on by Thomas Thornycroft from 1856 until his death in 1895, assisted by his son, William. I love the old/new parts of this image, one serious and historical, the other totally frivolous and capitalistic. Two Londons, side-by-side. (For those wondering, Boadicea was Queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe who lead an uprising against Roman Britain … kind of a real-life Wonder Woman!).

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