San Francisco or Bust

At the beginning of the month, we headed out to San Francisco for a symphony concert (March 4th). I was especially looking forward to this concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. I didn’t know that he would be presented with a recognition from the symphony: This was his 1,500th program at the symphony. His first was in 1974! Additionally, I… Continue reading

Colonnade: Lights, Cameras, Action

We ate at one of our favorite restaurants, the Colonnade ((literally, an Atlanta institution)), on Monday of this week and saw that they would be closed all day, yesterday. Apparently they are being used as the set in a movie. We drove by yesterday, en route to/from another staple in our restaurant repertoire, and I shot this photo of all… Continue reading

Birthday Karma Abounded

[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]esterday had some fun birthday karma! Here are just a couple of examples: Elephant Bar Restaurant We had lunch at the Elephant Bar Restaurant on 1225 Willow Pass Rd in Concord, CA 94522. (Yes, we were not in our normal neck of the woods!) First, the food is excellent. Very fresh and healthful. And the decor is fun too! Very… Continue reading

Opaque — An Amazing Dining Experience

The first concert of the San Francisco Symphony! Gershwin! American in Paris! And what I was told would be a “unique” dining experience. Such evasive language means, “Don’t ask. He won’t tell.” So, I waited patiently for Friday. We were having dinner at Opaque, where you dine in complete and utter darkness and your servers are completely blind or have… Continue reading

McDonald’s Southern Style Chicken Sandwich

Everyone remembers all of the brouhaha over Dan Cathy’s (Chick-fil-a‘s president) insensitivity to the gay community. (I posted about it here and here.) The restaurant chain has very few stores here (90) in California compared to Georgia (200+). And, keep in mind that more people live in LA county alone than live in the whole state of Georgia. McDonald’s sells… Continue reading

OK, So I’m Just Being Evil…

Story One I indicated on Twitter yesterday that I’m in Pensacola, Florida, for a few days. I’m visiting my mother. Today I noticed the flag at my hotel is at half mast. I asked the front desk why. He told me about the President’s national honoring of Neil Armstrong, a truly great American. I replied, as if dead serious: Oh,… Continue reading

Lovin’ Me Some Chick-fil-A

Yes, I’m from the southeast. I love fried foods. I love chicken. I vividly remember my first Chick-fil-A sandwich. I was just a kid. Yummmmm! That thing was divine! And for years, in the not-too-distant past, my weekday routine included a Chick-fil-A biscuit for breakfast while driving to work. Just perfection. Ironically, most of the Chick-fil-A restaurants are located in… Continue reading

And What a Birthday It Was

Restaurant Paul K Thanks, everyone, for the calls, voicemails, Facebook messages, emails, birthday cards and gifts wishing me a happy birthday! Who ever would have thought I would live to be this old?!! The birthday celebration rituals began the day before my birthday with dinner at the restaurant, Paul K. As a starter, I highly recommend the seafood soup of… Continue reading

Budapest & Prague: Day Three (17,508 @ 8.45 in Budapest)

Today was self-directed exploration.  The forecast called for rain, but that didn’t stop me.  Rain jacket packed in the camera backpack, and off I went.  Thankfully, it never rained, and the overcast made for nice lighting. The day began gray and a bit misty but quickly became just heavily overcast.  I walked over the Chain Bridge, shooting pictures along the… Continue reading

Budapest & Prague: Day Two (Budapest)

Today we spent over 5 hours on a private tour of Budapest. Our guide, Karyn, and driver were excellent, making for a spectacular experience. Here’s just a bit… The Jewish Ghetto I think one of the most powerful things that will remain with me from today was hearing about and seeing the Jewish history in the Jewish Ghetto–the area where… Continue reading