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So, the experts have a list of activities, as do many of you, concerning how you can get exercise during the self quarantine or shelter in place. The obvious: Plan next trip (always)WalkingRunningCycling (my choice)HikingGardening (yes, plant that garden!)SkateboardRide a scooterTennis, but don't touch your opponent's ballsYogaWalk the dog (Lexi and I do a bike run)You tube exercise videosI knew those old VHS exercise tapes would come in handy, but what do I play them on??Sew a mask or two Not so obvious: Fill out your census onlinePhantom of the Opera (You tube)Take an online courseMeditateMedicate (if you must)Wash your carWax your carDo housework, clean closetsBake (I love pies, and cookies)SexStop watching CNN or TV rerunsSexTrash pickup on your streetSexSkydivingDreamPhotographyCookingCanningPaintingFace time, Zoom, or call y... read more
Cycling is even better!
When all else fails, have a beer

North America » United States » California » San Diego December 28th 2019

"Why am I doing this?!" Here's what happens to me every time I travel. It hits me 1-5 days before departure, like a dark feeling of dread, like an oversized butterfly flapping it's huge oversized wings inside my stomach. Aloud and silently I repeatedly ask myself, "Why am I doing this?" Then, while I battle the oversized butterfly, I mope and sulk. People who don't know me probably think I don't want to go on whatever trip it is I'm packing for. But it's not that I don't want to go. Not at all. It's simply that I detest the packing. Now, since I travel a fair amount, I've thought a lot about this. And after much consideration, I've concluded that what I really, REALLY detest is disconnecting from my familiar routine. You see, I find, ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego December 27th 2019

I have a love/hate relationship with having a car. On the one hand, having the freedom to jump willy-nilly into my car and go wherever my mood takes me is a pretty joyful thing to be able to do. Nestling into the driver's seat, switching on a favorite audible book, donning my shades, and taking off to....someplace--is a privilege I appreciate very much. De otra manera,... (fyi...this keeps happening--As I continue preparing for Costa Rica, Espanglish phrases and words pop into my head at random times as I keep honing my Spanish-speaking skills. As I'm writing, often the Spanish version of whatever I'm about to write suddenly appears in my brain. So...I've decided to just start sprinkling the Spanish in with the English. Hence, "De otra manera" here. Or, on the other hand....) So......De otra manera, ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego November 11th 2019

It has taken me 60+ years to finally figure out how important beginnings are to my peace of mind. I like beginnings; in fact, I kinda thrive on them. The converse is also true: I detest the mundane; I kinda suffocate when things become predictable. One would think I'd have caught on to this pattern long ago.....say, oh, after my second divorce, or my fifth job change, or my fourth "new hobby". One would think I'd have clued into how this "I love beginnings" pattern has kept repeating itself in every relationship--marital, parental, familial, platonic, work, human, non-human. But, no. There was a third divorce, and, after that, two more attempts at a long term relationship before I embraced the reality that marriage and I were not meant to be together. It also explains why the ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Diego » Pacific Beach September 4th 2019

With 70 miles of picturesque beaches, San Diego is truly a seaside paradise for tourists. And what better time than the fall season to explore its amazing beaches when everything from the temperatures to the hotel prices and tourist density goes down. While La Jolla and Mission Bay have been prominent beaches in the area, there are plenty of other coastal stretches where you can spread your sheets and bask under the shining sun. Extending from the international boundary to the North County coastline, here are some of the hidden beaches of San Diego that will surely leave you stunned. #1 Border Field State Park This splendid beach gets its name from its location along the Mexican Border towards the southwest corner of the US. The Border Field State Park encompasses about one and a half-mile ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego » La Jolla August 3rd 2019

Let's see how much San Diego has changed since 2012. From 2012: The eighth largest city in the US is San Diego. It is also the site of a three game series between our San Francisco Giants, and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. I have attended games at the old Jack Murphy Stadium, now called Qualcomm Stadium over in Mission Valley. The climate is mild, the city/suburban area is close to Mexico, and the Navy has a presence, which began back in 1901. Lately, biotech and golf club manufacturers have taken over the areas north of San Diego. One of my favorite golf venues, Torrey Pines is located up the road in La Jolla. It is always rated in the top ten public golf courses in the country. I had ... read more
My Giants won 2 of 3!!!
I Love Petco
A sushi burrito, only in San Diego


Most everyone knows about the famous nude beach here in San Diego. Black's Beach is a legend of sorts. Besides it notoriety as a nude beach, it also sits near famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. But there might be more to this famous beach than meets the naked eye. First, Black's Beach is named after the thoroughbred horse breeding Black family. But the land was later sold, subdivided, and became La Jolla Farms. Black's Beach did not become a mecca for surfing until the Sixties. There are multiple routes to the beach, none very easy. Most require rock scrambling and a steep descent or climb. I would assume then, that getting there might best be accomplished while fully clothed, and wearing good shoes. The trail, as I mentioned is rather treacherous. So, leave it to the ... read more
Nice legs
Don't get a sunburn!

North America » United States » California » San Diego June 6th 2019

Die zwei wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten in San Diego waren für mich der Museumsflugzeugträger USS Midway und das historische Gaslamp Quarter. Nach dem Frühstück bin ich zunächst zu ersterem und habe diesen besichtigt. Ich war ja schon 1997 in New York auf einem Museumsflugzeugträger. Auch dieser hier in San Diego ist sehr interessant. Danach habe ich in einem empfohlenen mexikanischen Restaurant zu Mittag gegessen. Dabei habe ich drei Tacos bestellt. Dazu gab es Tortilla Chips. Von dort bin ich zum Gaslamp Quarter. Es ist das alte Zentrum von San Diego. Dort bin ich hindurch gegangen und habe in einem Starbucks wieder einen Frappuccino bestellt. Außerdem habe ich einen gewissen Vorrat an Wasser für meine geplanten Fahrten in der Wüste gekauft. Nun sitze ich wieder im Hotel. Ich mache auch gleich noch ein Foto meiner beiden Reiseführer für die ... read more
Museumsschiff USS Midway.
Historisches Gaslamp Quarter.
Historisches Gaslamp Quarter.

North America » United States » California » San Diego June 5th 2019

Heute habe ich Los Angeles verlassen. Die Stadt ist ja auch bekannt für eine gewisse Kriminalität und dem trauere ich nicht nach. Auch wenn mein Reiseführer schon angekündigt hat, dass Touristen damit normalerweise nicht in Kontakt kommen. Aber eine gewisse Armut ist bei vielen Leuten ersichtlich und nach den vielen teuren Kriegen und der Finanzkrise kein Wunder. Und College und Universitäten für den sozialen Aufstieg sind teuer. Ich glaube, mir hätte und hat niemand zum Studium ein Stipendium gegeben. Da verwundert es dann nicht, dass Donald Trump und Bernie Sanders relativ populär sind. Ich bin also nach dem Frühstück zur Metrostation und habe an dem übrigens zweisprachigen Automaten (wie zu erwarten hört man viel Spanisch in der Stadt) mein Ticket bis zur Union Station gekauft. Wo meine Autovermietung ist, das wusste ich ja bereits. Mit meinem ... read more
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Aussichtspunkt unterwegs.

North America » United States » California » San Diego » Coronado March 31st 2019

Carmen Sandiego is a series of American educational mystery video games which spawned an edutainment franchise of the same name. The game released in 1985, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, triggered both the video game series and the franchise as a whole, which has continued up to the present day. Each game of the series has a particular theme and subject, where the player must use their knowledge to find url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carme... read more




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