Why don’t he write? And other questions answered.

Why don’t he write? And other questions answered.

San Fernando Valley Sunset over the Sepulveda Basin

Apologies again to my loyal readers! Sorry, we’ve been busy. Haven’t written a new blog since mid-July and it’s August 6th already. Real life has intervened in our internet fantasy.

First, the bills from June’s midnight Emergency Room visit are coming in and they’re BIG BILLS! Even with good insurance, the 8 hours in the hospital is running about $400 per hour right now…. and all I did was lay there. (And we didn’t even get kissed along with the screwing) I’m not a charity case, but we might have to start a “GoFundMe” page!

Second, it’s summertime in Los Angeles and we have to care for 3 dogs. And it’s been really hot, so the little beasties are inside most of the day and we are responsible for keeping them safe, happy and entertained. It takes a lot of time and is very distracting from important things we have to do, including writing new stuff for the Blog.

Dog Days of Summer in Los Angeles

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The beauty of Tuesday Afternoon: “I’ve got a Golden Ticket!” (and vehicle pass)

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Another Shot of the San Fernando Sunset over the Sepulveda Basin

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SATURDAY MAY 20, 2017

SATURDAY MAY 20, 2017 – Hot in the San Fernando Valley!

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My Three Dogs

Wake up. Feed the Dogs, Make some Food, Water the Plants!

Really hot in the valley: 92 degrees was the high temp today.

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BRUNCH!

On The Menu: 3 eggs over medium, crispy bacon, fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and an orange), 2 toasted english muffins with chunky peanut butter and organic blueberry jam, and an iced espresso to drink.

Cool pictures from this week:

Big Bird (a very large raven) and Little Bird on a wire.

Sleeping puppy under my desk:

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Puppy Under My Desk!

Take a nap. Feed the Dogs.

What’s for dinner?
Leftover pizza and popcorn with strawberry lemonade.

Netflix and Chill. “Get Him To The Greek” (unrated)

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“Do you know the words to ‘African Child’?”

And Saturday is done.

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Wednesday Sunset on My Street in the San Fernando Valley

GBTA 2013 Convention in San Diego! (Global Business Travel Association)

GBTA 2013 Convention in San Diego! (Global Business Travel Association)

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NOTE: For ThrowbackThursday and FlashbackFriday we found this Blog draft. We laid out all the type and captions back in 2013 and never added the pics or details. So we went to the files for collateral from the convention, found old travel picture files on our other laptop for pictures that were never seen and also went hunting for the pics that we had already downloaded or posted, then we filled in all the details we could remember and constructed this Blog! And even though the event happened in 2013 we still hope you will enjoy this Blog for TravelTuesday in 2017!

We were invited to attend the GBTA 2013 Convention as a “Hosted Buyer”, but we had prior commitments and could only attend the first and second day of the event. So we made a one-night hotel reservation and arranged to attend the “preview day” on Sunday and the first day on Monday.

GBTA 2013 Convention Schedule for Sunday and Monday:
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Road Trip to San Diego! – Ride along with me!

It was a foggy Sunday morning when we woke up very early and hit the road to San Diego. We left the San Fernando Valley at 7am to avoid traffic and drove south on the 405 and 5 freeways for about three hours. We were successful and drove fast (we also took pictures as we went) but other drivers were driving really fast! We were really amazed at the speed of some of the cars passing us at very high speeds like we were parked.

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GBTA 2013! – On The Road to San Diego (405 freeway south to 5 freeway south)

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GBTA 2013! – Downtown San Diego

Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego (A Hilton Hotel)

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego Atrium & Skylight

We arrived in San Diego and found our hotel, the Embassy Suites Downtown, sometime after 9am. We found metered street parking two blocks away from the hotel which was FREE and available because it was Sunday. We walked over to the hotel, had breakfast at the complimentary buffet and got an early check in.

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GBTA 2013! – Breakfast Buffet at the Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego

We went up to the room, checked it out and dropped our luggage. We set up the laptop, hooked into the hotel’s wi-fi and did our morning business via the internet and cell phone.

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After a short time in the room, we walked over to the Hyatt Regency and caught the Free Shuttle to the Convention Center.

Sunday was a “preview” day, so it was not very crowded, just busy. There were a lot of people checking in and the vendors and staff were making preparations for the week ahead. The Exhibition Hall didn’t open until Monday, but we were invited to the “First-Timers” lunch and the Welcome Party at the Hilton on Sunday evening.

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GBTA 2013! Global Business Travel Association Convention in San Diego

We rode the shuttle to the Convention Center, walked to Check-In, checked in and got our credentials, and then we walked to the “first timers” lunch in an adjacent meeting hall.

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center

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GBTA 2013! – “First Timers” Lunch, Orientation and Welcome

On The Menu: Turkey sandwich with mozzarella cheese balls, lettuce & tomato and a slice of apple pie with iced tea, water and coffee

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After lunch, we attended the “Going Global” session, walked around the Convention Center and then we walked to the shuttle pickup point, rode the shuttle back to the Hyatt and then walked back to our hotel. We cleaned up and enjoyed a free cocktail and complimentary appetizers at the Embassy Suites’ afternoon Happy Hour downstairs.

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GBTA 2013 Welcome Reception Party Buffet at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

After the Happy Hour we drove over to the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and paid $15 to park for the Welcome Reception and Party on the Great Lawn which runs along the Marina.  An outdoor evening buffet for 7000 people or so, with beer/wine and magaritas at the bar.

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GBTA 2013! – Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

NOTE: It was a huge convention! Every hotel in San Diego remotely close to the Convention Center was at capacity and filled with Travel Agents, Vendors, Travel Writers and other attendees from all over the United States and other parts of the world. We commented on the size of the crowd to a staff person at the Convention Center and they just laughed because Comic-Con had been in town the week before and the size of GBTA convention wasn’t even close to the overflow crowd for Comic-Con.

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GBTA 2013 Welcome Reception Party on the Great Lawn – the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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GBTA 2103 Welcome Reception Party on the Great Lawn – the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

On The Menu at the Welcome Reception Party Buffet at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront:
Buffalo chicken meatballs, lamb meatballs in a tomato sauce, pasta in lobster sauce, pita chips and a bunch of types of hummus, prime rib sliders with cheese, chicken potstickers, veggie potstickers, pork potstickers, other stuff too, and then on to the dessert table! Nice truffle selection, chocolate covered strawberries, candy lollipops in a bunch of weird flavors and mini-pastries…

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GBTA 2013! – Sunset Over A Sea of Travel Industry at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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We walked to over to Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant for the next party. It was a long “Las Vegas” walk just after dark along the Marina and Bayfront to get to Roy’s, but it was worth it! We immediately regretted eating at the Welcome Party Buffet, because there was an amazing assortment of incredible food at Roy’s!

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GBTA 2013! – The Kitchen at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant in San Diego

There were all kinds of sushi and cut rolls, egg rolls, chicken and beef satay skewers, Hawaiian style ribs, other tasty appetizers and finger foods, fresh fruit and a lot of fancy desserts. We ate and drank and networked until it got too crowded inside the large restaurant and we didn’t take any pictures (except the one of the kitchen above). We left the party early and took a little food “to go” for later at the hotel. We didn’t want to do anymore walking or make the long dark walk back to the Hilton parking structure, so we negotiated with a pedal cab guy and survived a really fast and wild nighttime ride back to the hotel along the Bayfront for $10+tip.

We walked to our car and drove back to the Embassy Suites. We valet parked our car at the hotel and retired to our hotel room. We did some work, ate the “to go” food (ribs, sushi and little chocolate balls) after midnight and went to bed.

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Monday morning, we were up early and we enjoyed the Embassy Suites’ breakfast buffet again. We took the food up to the room, ate and did some more work, and then packed up our stuff, went downstairs and had a second breakfast. After eating again we got our stuff and checked out of the hotel. We picked up the car from the valet, drove to over the Convention Center and paid to park there. Parking was $15 for all day until midnight.

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Breakfast Buffet (in the room)

We arrived in time and got a pretty good seat for the Keynote Address and Lunch for 6000 people with a presentation and performance by singer/songwriter Jewel. All of the front area tables were “Reserved” so we took a seat at a forward table in the first section behind the front area. The hall at the Convention Center was massive! Lunch for 6000 is not an easy task!

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GBTA 2013 Keynote Lunch with Jewel at the San Diego Convention Center

Monday’s GBTA 2013 Keynote Speaker Jewel performs
“Who Will Save Your Soul” live at the San Diego Convention Center

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On The Menu: iceberg lettuce salad, bread & butter, stuffed chicken breast with pesto sauce, vegetables, a fruit tart dessert and iced tea.

After lunch they opened the massive Exposition Hall which ran the entire length of the Convention Center and was filled with Vendors and Suppliers. There were also Vendor meetings scheduled for the afternoon. We walked a portion of the Exhibition Hall, collected brochures/information/swag and received invitations to events later on that evening and later in the week. It would have been impossible to cover the whole Exhibition Hall in one day, so we didn’t try. Instead we did what we could between 3-6pm and dropped all the promotional material in our car before beginning the evening activities.

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GBTA 2013! – The Gaslamp District Sign in San Diego

The Gaslamp District!
The Historic Heart of San Diego is located across the street and train tracks from the Convention Center. Bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and plenty of gift shops are within easy walking distance (unless you’ve already walked all day).

Let’s get this party started!
We were invited to eight different parties happening at different locations around the Gaslamp District and the Bayfront near the Convention Center.

Monday Party # 1 – Sunset cocktails and dinner at the Altitude Lounge

Our first invitation was for a party at the Altitude Lounge on top of the Marriott Gaslamp Hotel. We walked over to the Marriott Hotel next door to the Convention Center, but it was the wrong Marriott. So then we walked over to the Gaslamp District and found the right hotel. We ate and drank and watched the sunset from the rooftop patio.

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Excellent view of San Diego and Mission Bay from the outdoor patio!

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GBTA 2013! View from the Altitude Lounge in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – View of Petco Park from the Altitude Lounge in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Sunset in San Diego from the Altitude Lounge

On The Menu: tray passed appetizers and a buffet with eggrolls, beef on toast, beef and chicken satay, tuna on wonton crisp, crab on cracker, pita bread and hummus and more… catered by Flemings Steakhouse!

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Monday Party #2 –
We crashed The Parking Spot Party at Lou & Mickey’s at the Gaslamp

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GBTA 2013! – The Parking Spot Party at Lou & Mickey’s at the Gaslamp

We left the party and walked across the street and crashed The Parking Spot’s party at Lou & Mickey’s restaurant. We ate and drank and met the nice folks from The Parking Spot and told them we crashed their party. They didn’t mind. Their party ended early, and the place emptied as the crowd left for other parties that were just getting started.

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Monday Party #3 – GBTA 2013 “AMPED” Party at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego!

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GBTA 2013! – Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Guitar at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

We walked over to our next event: the AMPED party at the Hard Rock Hotel! We ate and drank and met a bunch of really nice people. It started slow but soon the crowd at the main bar was five people deep, the music was rockin’ and it got pretty hopping.

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This party was on a very large rooftop patio, with several permanent bars, a couch area with fire pits and portable heaters, several floating bars and a bunch of buffet stations with a great selection of food. There was good music, of course, and a stage was set up for performance, but it didn’t get used until later. There was even a photo booth for taking pictures with silly wigs, hats and props.

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GBTA 2013! – Buffet Station at the AMPED Party at the Hard Rock Hotel

We asked permission before taking these pics of one of the Go-Go Dancers on a raised pedestal (there were several). She said “Go ahead, I don’t see why not” and posed for the first one. And she was a fantastic dancer too!

Monday Party #4 – Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego!

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GBTA 2013! – The Bar at Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego

We had one more party to check out or we would have just stayed at the Hard Rock, instead we left the hotel and walked over to Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel. We walked a lot and we were wearing our dress shoes, so by the end of the night our feet were really hurting. We were also tired from a long day at the convention and a long night of partying.
When we got to the club the upstairs was deceptively quiet because downstairs in the basement it was raging! The party at Level Skye was really “off-the-hook” with funky dance music and lots of light and a lot of drunk travel agents. Travel industry people love to party! Thanks American Express!

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GBTA 2013! – Big Party at Level Skye Club in the Andaz Hotel Basement in San Diego

We didn’t eat or drink anything alcoholic because we still had to walk back to the car and drive home to Los Angeles. So, Monday late night we walked back to the car on sore feet before they closed the Convention Center Garage for the night (at midnight).

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center Parking ($15 all day – closes at midnight)

We drove back to Los Angeles on the 5 freeway north after midnight and hit a impossible “Stop-and-Go” traffic jam along the way because of construction at 2am in the morning.

When we finally made it home after 3am, we unloaded the car and crashed hard. We had a really good time, did a lot of business and networking, saw Jewel play live music, enjoyed our “budget” stay at the Embassy Suites, and ate and drank and danced and partied in San Diego for two days.

NOTE: We did a lot of walking, a whole lot of walking in our dress shoes, so next time we bring and wear more comfortable walking shoes.

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center Stairs at Night

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GBTA 2013! – We did not attend GBTA 2014 in Los Angeles

FINAL NOTE: We finished this Blog and hit “PUBLISH” and it did not. WordPress lost the Blog and the draft(s) totally disappeared! We had to use Google Cache to rescue it and then we had to start over and rebuild the original Blog again. Total waste of time. There is a flaw (BUG) in the wordpress program, because when we went looking for help we found that this has happened to other people as well. So, please ENJOY THIS BLOG, a lot of time went into it.



 

UPDATED Wednesday March 29, 2017 – We posted this Blog yesterday!

We collected a bunch of FREE stuff in the short time we were there, two bags full of stuff actually! Most was promotional “paper”: sell sheets, pamphlets, maps and brochures. But there was some fun giveaway stuff and cool “incentives” for visiting certain booths.

We were given a “Swag” bag at check-in provided/sponsored by Delta and the padded bag was very nice. We recently found it in Storage (see our previous Blog about Storage) and we are now using it as a laptop bag.

UPDATED April 5, 2017 – TRAVEL TIP!
We found these “hospitality cards” (restaurant and bar coupons, freebies, come-ons, etc.) from the San Diego trip. We had so much FREE food and drink and were only in town for one night, so we didn’t use any of them. They can be found at the Concierge Desk at the San Diego Convention Center (and these are just a few of the ones available).

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Hospitality Cards (Restaurant and Bar Coupons, Freebies, Come-Ons, etc.)

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Wines, Single Malt Scotch and Tequila from Thanksgiving 2016

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JoshWillTravel’s 600th Blog Post!

JoshWillTravel’s 600th Blog Post!

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Friday SFV Sunset and Friday Night Dinner with Puppy Update!

Friday SFV Sunset

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And then we cooked Friday night dinner:

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Good Shabbos! Tri-tip steak, sautéed onions, sautéed green beans, wild caught Coho salmon, corn on the cob, twice cooked potato, challah bread and an iced espresso!

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Friday Evening Fight Time!

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl!

“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl!

And we are back! We went to the Hollywood Bowl last week and it was good fun! We’re having a heatwave again in Los Angeles and it’s been 90 degrees+ and into the 100s on some days. So, it has stayed warm at night and it was really perfect weather for an outdoor concert.

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performing “West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl on a Tuesday evening in July!

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl

We were invited to the Bowl again. Well, there was a “small” brush fire on the mountain across the 101 freeway at Cahuenga Blvd from the venue at 4pm and we watched on the television as the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and made quick work of it!

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Fire on the Mountain! (That yellow dot is three firefighters)

By 5:30pm the fire was out, they were handling the hot spots and traffic was f*cked. So we left the San Fernando Valley for Hollywood at about 6pm. After some miles of “stop and go” traffic, the Highland exit ramp jam and Lot B parking ($20 cash) we were walking past the crowd of picnickers that occupy any convenient spot they can find out front at 7pm.

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Picnickers Out Front at the Hollywood Bowl for “West Side Story”

NOTE: It wasn’t as crowded as usual! It was a Tuesday night and a lot of people must have stayed home to watch the Republican National Convention night #2 from Cleveland, Ohio. Of course, that meant more people arrived around 8pm as the performance was starting…

We decided to go directly to our seats (Super Seats! not benches) behind the light and sound booth and have our dinner there instead of going to one of the picnic areas. And picnicking at the Hollywood Bowl in the super seats or bench seating is even more of a challenge than dining in one of the boxes because you have no table and very limited space.

Picnic time! On the Menu: Roast beef sandwich, veggie chips, dill pickle, bottled water and 1/4 of a chocolate tart from Sweet Lady Jane. We remembered to take a pic just before finishing the sandwich, but didn’t take one of the sides and desserts. We also brought red and white wine, a bottle of bubbly water, carrots, cole slaw, a rice dish and a berry cobbler.

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Roast Beef Sandwich and Veggie Chips

Show time! The orchestra took the stage  a little after 8pm, just as the sun was setting. They always begin with the “Star Spangled Banner” (note the flags flying at half mast).

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl

Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing under a full moon on a warm summer evening in Southern California, no complaints here.

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The musical “West Side Story” has special meaning for us.  We participated in building and and presenting a production on the Performing Arts MainStage at UC Santa Cruz in Spring of 1986.

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Directed by Michael Edwards
I was a Set Builder, Costumer and then Wardrobe Master for the run of show.
I also did the hair/makeup and hand inked tattoos for the actors.

The Jets were “Glam Punks” circa early 1980’s in ripped denim and studded leather.
The Sharks were 1970’s “Cholos” complete with bandanas, pleated flannels, pressed white t-shirts and tan khakis. The Shark girls were hot!

A truly professional production with a live band, great singing and dancing and a truly amazing set design! The program cover above is one of the design sketches, but the freeway was left unfinished with exposed rebar extending out over the audience and then we added chain link fencing, lots of graffiti and debris for texture.

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“West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

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USA! The United States of America!

Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance!
Originally it was called Decoration Day. A day when Americans went to cemeteries and placed flags or flowers on the graves of the war dead. It was a day to remember ancestors, family members, and loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice and died in service for the United States of America. Waterloo, New York, was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, but over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of the holiday. Decoration Day was created during the Civil War to honor the dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years and many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of the day. At many cemeteries, the graves of American war dead are increasingly ignored or neglected while backyard barbecues and a three day weekend are now the only celebration of the holiday.

FRIDAY

Our “three day weekend” began on Friday afternoon.

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Friday Lunchtime!

Lunchtime! Quesadilla with red pepper salsa, avocado, celery & carrots, persian cucumber, dill pickle, strawberries, blueberries, mango and an iced espresso

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Dinner with a friend at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in North Hollywood. We been here before and you can read about it (See our Previous Blog! Search Box: Mucho Mas^^^^^)

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in North Hollywood, California

On The Menu: 2 beef tacos, a cheese enchilada, Mexican rice, refried beans, a green salad with ranch dressing, fresh made tortilla chips & spicy salsa and a Dr Pepper.

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
Memorial Day Weekend in Los Angeles is a “Maximum Enforcement” period by local law enforcement to combat drunk driving. On our way to NoHo we saw LAPD Metro cops on motorcycles already patrolling the San Fernando Valley. Once again we were the designated driver, so we didn’t drink any alcohol before dinner or at the restaurant, so our friend could enjoy his beers and stay safe in North Hollywood.

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Neon Clown Drive-by at Circus Liquor in North Hollywood

SATURDAY

Chore Day! Laundry and Spring Cleaning! We spent most of the day trying to clean and get organized. We are on a mission to get rid of the clutter and stuff we don’t need.

We finished and posted a new Blog about the “Slugfest in Hollywood” on Tuesday: the Dixie Hollywood Hotel, Dinner at Susan Finegar’s Mud Hen Tavern and The Cure at the Hollywood Bowl”.

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Saturday Lunchtime!

Lunchtime! Sesame bagel with hummus and persian cucumber, dill pickle, avocado, carrots, celery, red grapes, blueberries and an iced espresso.

A beautiful sunset in the San Fernando Valley:

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Saturday Sunset in the SFV – San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California

And a pretty boring Saturday night at home…

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Dinner: Enchilada Nachos!

Dinner: Enchilada Nachos! Used the leftover Mexican food from last night: cheese enchilada cut up with the rice and beans and then more cheese over tortilla chips with taco bell hot sauce. “Life is short, make it saucy!”

And we watched “The Intern” with Robert Deniro and Anne Hathaway on HBO. A cute film about a 70 year old retired business man (played by Deniro) who interns for a successful online women’s clothing company owned by a young, overworked woman with an adorable young child and a “stay at home” husband (played by Hathaway). The cast is rounded out by a crew of young, nerdy “Tech Bros” and Rene Russo as the company masseuse.

It’s really a romantic comedy without the romance between Deniro and Hathaway, adding Rene Russo as the hot, younger old person and love interest. It was a fun movie with a great cast, but the happy ending was kind of lacking in resolution and could have been much better! Deniro got to chew on the scenery and play a custom tailored part and that’s what he’s great at. Hathaway is a terrific actress, and this role mirrors her part in “The Devil Wears Prada” as a young and successful working woman conquering adversity.

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And we ate some Hot Tamales to better simulate the “movie theatre” experience.

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Hot Tamales!

We also did a little Periscope viewing too. We watched The Cure live from Washington and Steven Brody Stevens killing it and rockin’ comedy at the Improv on Melrose.

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And then we worked on laying out this Blog until we got tired and fell asleep.

SUNDAY

We slept in and then made breakfast/brunch.

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Sunday Breakfast – Bacon and Eggs!

Sunday Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese & hot sauce, bacon, English muffins with peanut butter & raspberry jam, nectarine, orange juice and an iced espresso.

And we were going to do stuff today and then we turned on HBO and saw they were running a marathon of “The Pacific”, the under appreciated follow up to “Band of Brothers” in honor of Memorial Day. It’s a great period piece about World War II and the war against the Japanese. So, we didn’t watch all 10 hours, but we did watch…and worked.

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Hot Dogs! Sunday afternoon with the dogs in the backyard:

We were invited to go to the movies, but passed because we didn’t want to see the film and we hate going to the theatre on weekends or holidays because there are just too many people, and all it really takes is one person with a cell phone to ruin the experience for me. So, we stayed at the home office and someone brought me dinner!

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Sunday “To Go” Dinner delivered: Orange chicken, steamed rice, sautéed vegetables from The Cheesecake Factory and a Dr Pepper. Tasty “comfort” food makes me happy.

Sunday night “must see TV” on HBO: New episodes of “Game of Thrones”, “Silicon Valley” and a previously aired episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

SPOILER ALERT! 

“Hold the door!” We waited all week for this episode of Game of Thrones. Last week’s episode “The Door” was excellent. And sad. And emotionally involving. And as always, there are so many story lines running that each episode feels incomplete…
And so, with great anticipation we waited and watched this week’s episode.

Do you think Hodor will return as a wight?

NOTE: “Silicon Valley” is “genius” humor.
This week’s episode was pretty great. Oh the Bachmanity!

MONDAY – It’s Memorial Day!

Grapefruit, coffee, leftover cold orange chicken for breakfast and then back to bed…

The annual “Band of Brothers” marathon on HBO was interrupted by a LIVE televised Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit at noon!

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“Band of Brothers” is a 2001 American war drama based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1993 non-fiction book. It is based on the true World War Two story of the men of Easy Company from the US Army 101st Airborne division who fought in Europe during the war.

NOTE: We’ve seen “Band of Brothers” in it’s entirety a couple of times. So when a social media alert was broadcast about another LIVE high speed pursuit in Los Angeles, we switched over and began watching the car chase.

Memorial Day Holiday LIVE Televised High Speed Pursuit:

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit in Southern California

The French Open was rained out so NBC stayed on the chase that started at about 10:30am… Stolen vehicle: a silver KIA Sorrento SUV with an “impaired” driver on surface streets in East Los Angeles. We picked up the pursuit at noon as the suspect got on the empty freeways and continued driving for almost 3 hours. NBC commentary was complete speculation and stupidity, so we switched over to ABC and then KCAL9 (our local CBS affiliate). Please just the facts, not ignorant newscaster’s uninformed opinions!

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit in Southern California

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit in Southern California

And Fox 11 had coverage too:

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit in Southern California

At 1pm, KCAL 9 and FOX both cut off their news coverage and returned to regular programming, so we switched back to ABC and NBC because KTLA 5 News didn’t pick up the chase at all for their one o’clock broadcast. And just after 1pm he ran out of gas on the 405 near the Long Beach Freeway, smoked some more meth in the car and then surrendered without further incident to the California Highway Patrol.

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit – 405 South near the Long Beach Fwy

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Memorial Day High Speed Pursuit – Suspect in Custody!

Just another holiday Monday in Los Angeles! And with the suspect in custody and the chase over at 1:30pm, it was time for lunch.

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Monday Lunchtime!

Monday Lunchtime! A bacon, lettuce and cheese sandwich on challah bread; dill pickle, celery, carrots, blueberries, red grapes and pineapple juice.

Afternoon CHILLIN’ in the backyard and more episodes of “Band of Brothers” while getting some work done in the office was how we spent the rest of the day.

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Monday Memorial Day Holiday Chillin’ on the Backyard Patio

We worked, we cleaned, we played with the dogs.

And then we got hungry and went to see what ingredients we had for dinner. We decided to make some pasta and did a little fancy cooking in the kitchen:

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Dinner on Monday: Spaghetti with garlic alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, stir-fried broccoli & sautéed onions and a coke.

Where did the three day weekend go? Mostly boring. We hope you had a good one!

REMEMBER THE FALLEN! Some gave all so you could BBQ in peace.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Neon Clown at Circus Liquor in North Hollywood, California

Spring Roadtrip 2016 to Ashland Oregon!

Spring Roadtrip 2016 to Ashland Oregon!

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Roadtrip to Oregon!

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Spent the week in Ashland, Oregon on the ranch. Saw three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and ate, drank, shopped and had a great time away from Los Angeles!

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The View From The Green Room On The Ranch in Ashland Oregon

And we stopped overnight in Cambria, California on the way home. Saw the Saturday sunset over the Pacific Ocean, stayed at the Bluebird Inn Motel, had dinner and drinks, spent Sunday visiting Cambria and the Pacific Ocean at Moonstone State Beach.

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Saturday Sunset Over the Pacific Ocean at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

And now we are back home in Los Angeles to tell the story!

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Ashland Creek in Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon Spring 2016

We traveled to Ashland, Oregon and back. We left Monday evening after dark at 9pm and drove the 5 freeway all night. It’s about 770 miles from Los Angeles to Ashland and we did it in about 9-1/2 hours.

Going over the Tejon Pass just out of Los Angeles, there was rain, sleet, snow and hail blowing sideways directly into the front of the cars climbing the grade. It wasn’t quite a “whiteout”, but it was unexpected and caused a little delay due to slowing traffic and bad conditions. Luckily, it didn’t last that long and coming down the Grapevine was a nice leisurely cruise.

We fueled up in Valencia (9:15pm) as we left Los Angeles, and stopped for gas in Santa Nella (12:15am) and Corning (3:30am), California along the 5 freeway to Ashland, Oregon.

Arriving in Ashland, Oregon (6:30am) before sunrise on Tuesday morning, we stopped for a big Breakfast at the Breadboard Restaurant (opens at 7am).

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On the Menu: Country fried steak, 2 eggs over easy (we asked for over medium), potato “homers” home fries, toast & jam, and 3 cups of coffee. Great way to start the day!

GOOD MORNING ASHLAND, OREGON!

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Entrance to Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Outdoor Theatre on the hill behind the trees

We went over Lithia Park for a morning walk after breakfast, but it was too cold by Ashland Creek for this Southern California boy on Tuesday morning.

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Cold Tuesday Morning at Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon

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Historic Ashland Springs Hotel on Main Street in Ashland Oregon

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Tuesday Morning – The View of the Rogue Valley From The Ranch

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Tuesday Morning

We went back to Lithia Park later in the day after it warmed up and walked the park from the playground to the picnic area (and Periscoped and saved it to Katch) and then back.

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Tuesday Afternoon in Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

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Tuesday Afternoon – Japanese Garden in Lithia Park – Ashland Oregon

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Tuesday Afternoon – Lithia Park Lovers – Ashland Oregon

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Tuesday Evening – Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse BBQ in Medford, Oregon

Our first night in Ashland, we had the fine idea to drive up to Medford (only about 20 minutes north on the 5 freeway) to the Texas Roadhouse BBQ for a big dinner.

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On The Menu: BBQ baby back pork ribs, bone-in ribeye steak with fries, side of chili, dinner salad, bread & butter, salted shelled peanuts and a coke.

 

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Tuesday Evening Sky – Ashland, Oregon

 

Wednesday

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Wednesday Morning in Ashland Oregon

Take A Drive To Grizzly Peak! (weather permitting)
Out and Back to the National Forest on Dead Indian Memorial Road

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Mount Shasta and the Road to Grizzly Peak in Southern Oregon

Wednesday morning we set off to have an adventure in Ashland, knowing that we had a brunch meeting and a matinee performance of “Twelfth Night” later in the day.

We decided to head up towards Grizzly Peak on Dead Indian Memorial Road past the Ashland Airport and the Bella Fiore Winery (Read our Previous Blog) and drive as far as we could until we had to turn around and come back for brunch. We also hadn’t filled up the gas tank, so we had a limited range in terms of “as far out and back”.

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Dead Indian Memorial Road to Grizzly Peak in Ashland Oregon

We made it past Mile 22 and into the National Forest before we turned around! We saw and wrote our name in the snow. We saw snow covered Mount Shasta and a lot of beautiful Oregon country as we drove up and into the pine forest. We turned around when we reached our time, range and weather limit: we had to get back for brunch and we had just enough gas to get down the mountain, and we reached an elevation where the road got icy.

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JoshWillTravel the Road to Grizzly Peak in Southern Oregon

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The ride back to Ashland was equally beautiful and we stopped for photo opportunities along the way. Dead Indian Memorial Road has great views and a lot of safe turnouts to pull over, enjoy nature and take pictures. I’ve been all the way to the summit in late spring and summer and it is beautiful! There’s a hiking trail to the top and great views of Mount Shasta from the parking lot (again weather permitting).

NOTE: Dead Indian Memorial Road is not really maintained during the winter, at night or in inclement weather. And the weather can change quickly so be prepared! Watch out for snowplows, service trucks, other equipment, black ice, horses, deer, elk and snowmobiles! Travel the road to Grizzly Peak carefully!

“Grizzly Peak (elevation 5922 feet) affords an outstanding view of the Rogue Valley and the city of Ashland. This short trail to the summit passes through a mixed forest of fir and pine. The trail also offers outstanding views of the Cascades including Diamond Peak, Mt Mcloughlin, and Mt. Shasta. In early summer wildflowers put on a spectacular show along the trail. Keep an eye out for elk and deer, as well as many other animals including Golden Eagles and other birds of prey.”

Season: April 1 to November 15 – No Fees!
Trail Length: 3 miles one way
Difficulty: Moderate – Use level: Moderate to High

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Wednesday Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland, Oregon

We drove back to downtown Ashland and parked at the entrance to Lithia Park just off the plaza. A quick walk down the street and we arrived at Greenleaf Restaurant and met our host for brunch. We’ve eaten here before, it’s a local favorite, they serve both breakfast and deli sandwiches all day, with a lunch menu after 11:30. There is indoor seating, seating on the patio on the pedestrian friendly lane, and “to go” counter service. They have picnic style boxes available on the menu for people wanting to take their food on an adventure.

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Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland

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Greenleaf Restaurant & Deli on the Plaza in Ashland

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Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

On The Menu: 2 eggs over easy (asked for medium), bacon, fruit, english muffin, orange juice and iced coffee

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Brunch at Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eggs Benedict at Greenleaf Restaurant in Ashland (from a previous trip)

 

We filled up the gas tank at the historic 76 Station in downtown Ashland and then parked the car in a 4 hour lot.

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Fill Up at the Historic 76 Station in Downtown Ashland Oregon

We walked over to the OSF campus and the Angus Bowmer Theatre for the “Twelfth Night” Matinee at 1:30pm.

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Mini-Burros!

 

Wednesday Evening Dinner at Sesame Asian Kitchen in Ashland

Trying something new, at the recommendation of our host, located just off the plaza next to the entrance of Lithia Park and the pedestrian friendly Guanojuato Lane. It’s an Asian Fusion menu and they have indoor and outdoor seating.

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On The Menu: Ji Bao with Chicken, Orange Chicken, Asian Salad, Ginger Beef with Noodles (we it sent back) and a coke.

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It was the first time we tried Sesame Asian Kitchen and it wasn’t good. The Ji Bao with chicken was tasty but dry and could have used lettuce or some kind of vegetable to give it some moisture. The asian salad was basically cole slaw without mayonnaise. The orange chicken was okay, but could have definitely used more orange or flavor in the sauce. There’s no picture of the ginger beef and noodles because we sent it back! The beef was so completely overcooked it was like jerky…inedible. Our server had a trainee shadowing him but the service was just okay and there wasn’t really an apology for the bad beef. They get a lot of tourist business because of their location, but we probably won’t be back again.

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Rogue Valley Sunset (Wednesday Evening) – Ashland, Oregon

 

Thursday

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Good Morning Oregon!

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Thursday Morning – Ashland, Oregon

 

Thursday Morning at Noble Coffee and Walking the Railroad District

Noble Coffee on 4th Street has the best coffee in town. It’s a local favorite and far away from downtown in the Railroad District.

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Noble Coffee Shop on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

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Noble Coffee

There are some very good restaurants, the Peerless Hotel, cool shops and galleries, a small park and the railroad tracks in the neighborhood, as well as the Grange Co-op and a lot of cool old buildings and houses.

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The Railroad District: NO TRESPASSING! – Ashland, Oregon

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The Peerless Hotel on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

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Revive Antique Shop on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

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PUSH An Art Gallery on 4th Street in Ashland Oregon

 

The Goodwill Store (on Tolman Creek Rd) in Ashland

We’ve been to the Goodwill Store in Medford on previous trips, so this trip we decided to check out the branch in Ashland on Tolman Creek Rd. and we weren’t disappointed. This store gets really good stuff donated from the Ashland community, a lot of whom are well-to-do retirees from other places. We made a decision before embarking on this road trip, that we weren’t going to buy a lot of things or spend a lot of money on thrift store items, so we limited our shopping to small and inexpensive gifts and souvenirs. At the Ashland Goodwill Store we found a Penguin Snowglobe with a working music box inside for $3.00 and chose three comic books (Sgt Rock Special #6, the Spawn Bible #1 and Buckaroo Banzai #1) from the large selection of packaged and in good condition comics that had been donated (there were a few hundred) at $.49 each for sentimental reasons.

 

Thursday afternoon we drove north on the 5 freeway to Medford, Eagle Point and Central Point for lunch and some food shopping.

We started with Lunch at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria in Medford

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Lunch at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria in Medford

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Kaleidoscope Pizzeria – Aloha Pizza: 1/2 Pepperoni & 1/2 Canadian Bacon

On the Menu: Caesar Salad, 3 pieces of Aloha Pizza with pepperoni and a coke
(and we took the leftover pizza “to go”)

We drove around Medford after lunch and went Food Shopping at The Butcher Shop, the Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates.

The Butcher Shop in Eagle Point is a cool specialty shop that is a far distance away but worth the drive if you like good meat and seafood. They also have fresh seasonal produce, cheeses and other food items as well. We picked up some steaks for freezing and a big piece of sushi grade Ahi Tuna for supper later.

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The Butcher Shop in Eagle Point, Oregon

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A visit to the Rogue Creamery is a regular stop when we visit Southern Oregon. It’s owned by friends and the award winning cheese is incredible! They make it all on premises by hand, with their special recipes, and age it in special caves that give it the rich flavors.

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Rogue Creamery in Central Point, Oregon

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There’s always a nice selection to choose from, they have patio seating and make grilled cheese sandwiches on premises. There also a good selection of Rogue Ales, crackers, fresh pasta, jams and gift items available for purchase in the small shop area inside.

And then a stop next door at Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates…

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Handmade Gourmet Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon

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Handmade Gourmet Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon

We sampled the cheese and chocolate while we were shopping and drove back to Ashland with an insulated grocery bag full of good stuff. The Ahi Tuna was excellent with soy and ginger for supper!

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Ahi Tuna Sashimi with soy sauce and ginger

We had a ticket to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” Evening Performance in the Thomas Theatre at 8pm and we were told to arrive early for the audience interaction “pre-show” at 7:30pm.

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There was no intermission and it was a short show, so about 9:45pm we walked the plaza at night and headed upstairs to the Brickroom for a post show cocktail and some food.

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Natural Lithia Water Fountain on the Plaza at Night in Ashland Oregon

After Theatre Drink at the Brickroom: Stoli Rocks with a splash of pineapple and an order of small fries with barbecue sauce to soak it up before heading back to the ranch.

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The Brickroom in Ashland Oregon

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We took our time driving The Ranch at night hoping to see some wildlife on the way. We’ve seen elk, deer, coyotes, jack rabbits, skunks, an owl and squirrels on the road at night, but this time nothing at all….

And we ate the leftover piece of cold Aloha pizza from lunch before going to bed.

 

Friday

Coffee at Starbuck’s at Pioneer & Main Street in downtown Ashland on Friday morning. Then we walked down to the Village Bakery and bought a chocolate covered croissant (and Periscoped it but didn’t save it). On the walk back we stopped into the new smoke shop in town, Smokin Deals Custom Glass & More and took a bunch of pictures for this Blog.

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Starbuck’s Coffee at Pioneer & Main in Downtown Ashland Oregon

A long line for Coffee at Starbuck’s in downtown Ashland on Friday morning:

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Venti Mocha Frappuchino with whipped cream

 

Village Bakery on Main St in Ashland

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Chocolate Covered Croissant from the Village Bakery in Ashland Oregon

 

Picker’s Paradise

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Our planned afternoon activities were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances so instead we drove over to the OSF Box Office and switched our ticket to the Friday matinee of “Great Expectations”. We parked the car in the 4 hour lot and went to the show.

 

“Great Expectations” Friday Matinee in the Angus Bowmer Theatre

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Friday Afternoon View from The Ranch

Wonderful Friday Night Dinner at The Loft in Ashland Oregon

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On The Menu: fried calamari, mussels florentine, bacon cheeseburger & fries, duck breast with cauliflower/brussel sprouts and chocolate tart with sea salt caramel ice cream

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Friday Evening View From The Loft in Ashland Oregon (Brickroom Patio)

 

We saw three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival while we were in town: a Wednesday matinee of “Twelfth Night” set in 1930’s Hollywood,  a country version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” on Thursday night and a Friday matinee of the world premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”.

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Saturday and SOUTHBOUND!
Ashland, Oregon to Cambria, California

 

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Southbound! Saturday Morning on the I-5 at Mount Shasta

We left Ashland, Oregon on our return drive on Saturday morning at about 9:30am and arrived at the beach in Cambria, California 9 hours later at 6:30pm just in time for the sunset.

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When we set out there was no predetermined destination or idea of where we might end up. At some point we would decide “enough driving” or find our journey’s end.

When we stopped at Taco Bell in Oroville for a Burrito Supreme the original choices were Reno, Yosemite and San Francisco. Both Reno and Yosemite would require a lot of extra driving and it was already late in the day to arrive in Yosemite at night without a reservation and there’s the cost of the entrance fee as well. So we set out for San Francisco and continued south on the 5 freeway.

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The Winters cutoff (Highway 505) was great and we made excellent time and then hit a lot of traffic at the Highway 80 junction. And as we approached San Francisco there was a lot of traffic going into the city, so instead we headed for San Jose and Santa Cruz.

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We drove by our friends house, but no one was home, so we waved and kept going. And then again at the 680-880 junction there was a line of cars backed up a mile to go over the hill to the beach, so we vetoed going to Santa Cruz and continued south on the 101 freeway.

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We had the option to get off in Napa-Sonoma as we approached San Francisco and we could have done “wine country”, and we probably should have since we were right there, so as we approached Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles there was another chance to stop and taste the “fruit of the vine” but we weren’t sure where to go as it was after 5:30pm on Saturday evening.

So San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach would be our destination, but then we remembered it was Spring Break and we saw the sign for Highway 46 to CAMBRIA and thought “Hearst Castle” and there are a lot of fond memories of visiting as kid. We could make it to the beach by sunset, have some food and try to find a room or place to camp near the ocean. A quick turn of the steering wheel to the right and we were on our way to Cambria and Highway 1 with the thought of maybe driving to Big Sur on Sunday…

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“Sea of Clouds” – Highway 46 west near Cambria, California

Coming down the hill on Highway 46 west we saw the fog rolling in over the ocean and coast. It looked like a sea of clouds and the mountain tops were islands in the sky.

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Fog Rolling In – Highway 46 west near Cambria, California

It didn’t take long to get to downtown Cambria and we drove down Main Street and found a parking place at the beach. There’s a wooden boardwalk along the shore to protect the plants and tourists. Greenspace and protecting the environment are of major interest to the local people and the beautiful unspoiled landscape is one of the major tourism selling points.

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Sunset On The Boardwalk at Moonstone Beach – Cambria, California

We parked our car and watched the sunset between the clouds and the ocean, it was just a sliver of orange off in the distance. It was beautiful and a fine end to a long 9 hour drive.

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Pacific Ocean and a Sunset on the Beach (in the fog) – Cambria, California

HELLO CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA!

We got lucky and with one phone call got a nice motel room at the Bluebird Inn on Saturday night in a town with “No Vacancy”, then had a nice dinner at Robin’s restaurant and cocktails at the Cambria Pub & Steakhouse (open until midnight) and Mozzi’s Bar (open until about 2am).

A good friend’s parents were the long time owners of the Bluebird Inn Motel and our friend worked there before moving south and getting married. There was an open invitation to come visit but we never made it back to Cambria (another reason for the side trip). After the sun set we tried to call our friend to ask him where to eat in town, but dialed his old work number at the Bluebird. We were surprised when he answered “Bluebird Inn”, but then asked “I know you are full, but do you know anyone with  a room?” He said, “We just had a cancellation, so I have a king bed, non smoking available.” Ten minutes later, we were at the Bluebird Inn.

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“No Vacancy” at the Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria on Saturday Night

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“No Vacancy” at the Bluebird Inn Motel in Cambria on Saturday Night

Dinner at Robin’s Restaurant was recommended by Ben at the front desk, he said his boss liked to eat there and enjoyed the food. He also recommended Linn’s and the Sow’s Ear. We got settled into our room and called over to Robin’s and got an 8:45pm dinner reservation (they take reservations until 9pm) and a little after 8:30pm we walked over to the restaurant which was 2 blocks from the Bluebird Inn Motel.

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Dinner at Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria

On The Menu: Naan Pizzette (a BBQ chicken pizza on naan bread), chicken sate with peanut sauce and cucumber salad and two bottle of hot sake.

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And then cocktails (Stoli rocks with a splash of pineapple) at the bar at the Cambria Pub & Steakhouse and later at Mozzi’s Bar. We left our eyeglasses behind at closing time, so we had to walk over on Sunday afternoon to retrieve them… must of been having a good time.

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Stoli Rocks with a Splash of Pineapple Juice

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Sunday morning, it was overcast and gray, we enjoyed a continental breakfast at the Bluebird Inn (included with the room), then checked out at noon and went to find our eyeglasses at Mozzi’s Bar.

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Continental Breakfast at the Bluebird Inn Motel on Sunday Morning

On the Menu: Continental Breakfast included coffee, orange juice, mini-croissants, pound cake, fruit (bananas & tangerines) and strawberry yogurt.

The Bluebird Inn Motel gets a big thumbs up! Big thanks to Ben and Holly for their advice on where to eat and what to do and for being super-friendly and helpful while doing their jobs at the front desk. The room was also large, super clean and comfortable, with a real King Bed and a vanity area with a large size mini-refrigerator and small microwave. The new owners “refreshed” the bathroom and walk-in shower and there was plenty of ultra-hot water even though the motel was full. Even though the room was on the end next to Main Street, there was no traffic at night and it was pretty quiet.

We spent a nice day walking around Main Street and downtown Cambria visiting shops, galleries and historic sites. At about 4pm it was still overcast, so we drove down to State Beach to see the ocean again and hoped the sun would burn through.

Main Street in Cambria is filled with Galleries and “Antique”, Gift and Thrift Shops!

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Country Collectibles Antique Mall in Cambria, California

scrabble tiles

Magnetic Scrabble Tiles $.40 each (x 13)

If you like to shop for pretty things and cool art there’s lots of here. There are also a lot of restaurants, wine tasting rooms and places to indulge your sweet tooth.

Want some candy? Visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria!

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Want Some Candy? Visit Sweet Offerings Confectionary in Cambria, California

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Cambria is also a Historic California Town with a very interesting past. Many of the businesses on Main Street occupy buildings on the State Registry of Historic Places. There’s also a History Center, a Chinese Temple and the Santa Rosa Catholic Church built in 1870, a beautiful chapel on a hill complete with an old time cemetery.

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Cambria, California built in 1870

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church Cemetery in Cambria, California est.1870

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Santa Rosa Catholic Church Cemetery in Cambria, California est.1870

 

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It was a gray day in Cambria and along the coast, so we decided not to drive north to Big Sur, and later decided not to drive Highway 1 to San Luis Obispo because of the weather. The sun did come out for a very brief moment when I was at the beach taking pictures.

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

 

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SQUIRREL! No Fear! Do Not Feed The Wildlife!

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Seagulls at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

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Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone State Beach in Cambria, California

NOTE: I’m always happy to take a picture of a couple in love when it’s not inconvenient. I’ll even offer “would you like me to take a picture of the two of you?” I don’t usually post pictures of myself, but I asked the couple I just photographed if they would take a picture of me at the beach. (breaking the fourth wall here because someone asked for it)

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Peace! JoshWillTravel on Sunday Afternoon at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California

We made a quick visit to the Harmony Cellars Winery in Harmony, CA (population 18) just south of Cambria, they were about to close so we just took pictures and didn’t drink wine.

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Harmony Cellars Winery and Tasting Room in Harmony, California

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