Back in the ’80’s, when I was yet a young sapling, The Book of Questions was on the NYTimes Best Selling list, and I bought it. It was, in some ways, a coming of age experience at a time in my life when I was beginning to more closely re-examine everything I had been taught […]
It’s a place from a by-gone era: the tobacco and pipe shops. However, they still exist, though many of their suppliers are long since out of business. Today, I went to such a shop. Well, I went to 3 of them actually—well, kinda, sorta, maybe.
We were treated to lunch at Boulevard Restaurant (Nancy Oakes executive chef and owner), which is located in the glorious, historic Audiffred building. Apparently the building survived the 1906 fires because the owner promised the fire department barrels of whiskey to save the building. The Boulevard section of the building is just gorgeous!
Everyone who knows me is aware of my ongoing efforts to needle those who claim we have a War of Christmas1. I came across this Facebook post from a mutual friend of ours (Thanks, Bill!) that made me laugh out loud. The idea and the photo are his clever mind, not mine. I just share. […]
This past weekend we went back to San Francisco for a concert by the San Francisco Symphony, a gift from the French: music from Bizet’s Carmen Suites (1874), Ravel’s 1930 Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet playing), and Saint-Saëns’ 1886 Symphony No. 3, Opus 78, the Organ Symphony (Jonathan Dimmock […]
Step back into K-mart in May of 1988 by listening to K-mart’s in-store muzak complete with the in-store commercials preserved for all posterity. You remember K-mart, don’t you? Founded in 1899 as the SS Kresge Corporation in Garden City, Michigan. I think it is still in business.
A few years ago I wrote a blog post, “I’ll Buy a Vow*l”, about the state budget horrors of California. I jokingly stated that, to raise revenue, the state passed a law limiting the use of the vowel “e” from all forms of written communication.
So, for those who have wondered why I have been unusually silent on my blog, these are the reasons. Sometimes life piles up. This time life piled up high.
I originally thought this would be just another boring travel day spent couped up in jets.. Well, it was. But we did have a little excitement in the Juneau Airport.
We spent our final day hanging around in Juneau, a really quirky town, as I mentioned early on in the trip. One of the things I noticed about the people in Alaska is that they are exceptionally friendly. “Oh, we have an unwritten rule in Gustavus: you never pass anyone on the road.”