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North America » United States » California » Berkeley September 26th 2022

Actually, from the time I first set foot on the UC Berkeley campus as a sophomore in high school, I fell in love with the UC Berkeley campus. It became both my dream and a goal through my high school years to matriculate to Berkeley. The day I received the letter in the mail, during my senior year of high school was one of the happiest days of my young life. Most people here in the Valley consider me to be a Berkeley liberal. I just consider myself a liberal, though I think I became that way in high school, thanks to friends like Mario Olmos and Bob Osganian. But here are some unique only in Berkeley quirkiness: THE NOBEL IS THE WORLD’S most prestigious award for academic, cultural, and scientific advances. A Nobel Laureate will, ... read more
Only Nobel laureates park here!
The Free Speech Movement here at Berkeley

North America » United States » California » Berkeley September 24th 2022

Has it really been about five years since I trudged up to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley for a Cal football game? Have I given up the notion that my Golden Bears will play in the Rose Bowl on January 1st one of these years, while I am still alive? We have not been to the Rose Bowl since January 1, 1959. We played the heavily favored Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big 10 and lost 38 to 12. But we were the 16th ranked team in the country. Joe Kapp was the star QB for the Bears. He later became the Head Coach. Believe it or not, I was in Pasadena on that fateful day in 1959. Our family was visiting relatives who lived within earshot of the Rose Bowl. I could hear the PA announcer and ... read more
Today's game
Me and Oski bear

North America » United States » California » Clovis September 21st 2022

“Having hobbies in retirement is so important for keeping both your mind and body busy,” says Craig Kirsner, president of retirement planning services at Stuart Estate Planning Wealth Advisors in Coconut Creek, Florida. “You've probably worked for decades and now you have to keep busy in retirement as well.” These hobbies can keep you productive and fulfilled throughout your retirement years: Pickleball.Writing.Stock market trading.Gardening.... read more
Or I can take a nap
But cycling is my fun and exercise

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX September 18th 2022

Day 1 of our next adventure to the USA. This trip was planned in 2020 but was delayed a little for some reason ! Kerry & I will be away for 7 weeks this time with the primary goal ticking off the final 6 states so we can achieve the target of visiting all 50 states in the USA. Well we picked up the Kia Stonic (small SUV) rental car from Hertz and left home @ 5.20pm for the drive to Brisbane Airport and topped up with $10- gas (might as well start using the yankee language now I guess) and experienced the stupid parking entry at the Shell Petrol Station near the airport again ! The Stonic is a bit gutless to drive but did the job for 1.5 hour journey from home. Easy drop ... read more
Seats 45J and 45K
Tough water restrictions in LAX area !
Dinner at the Holiday Inn Express

North America » United States » California » Napa September 18th 2022

From Visit Napa Valley website: Yes, Napa Valley is one of the most luxurious luxury destinations in the world. That doesn’t mean everything here costs a pretty penny. The truth is that Napa County boasts a host of destinations and activities that are totally free. Here are our top 10. Shop the market The url= read more
Downtown Napa on the River
Napa magnums

North America » United States » California » Napa September 17th 2022

Any trip to Napa these days is special, since we get to see our dear friends, Chris and Paul. You may recall, they were on my cycling trip and cruise to Croatia last May. I think they travel more than I do, but I am happy for them. They deserve it. We are here ostensibly to attend a Bonnie Raitt concert at the Oxbow Riverstage on Saturday night. But we will spend the afternoon wine tasting in Napa Valley, enjoy a nice dinner, and hit the concert venue. Sunday, we will "peddle for pancakes" as Paul has proclaimed. Every Sunday, when they are home, they cycle about 20 miles, then stop at the Yountville golf course for pancakes or breakfast. We have done this once before with them. And it is always fun. On our way ... read more
Allegria, Napa for dinner
Napa Wine Train

North America » United States » California » Pebble Beach September 9th 2022

We are tired of the hot weather! This weekend will range around 110 or higher in the great Valley. I think we need to drive over to the Monterey Peninsula and cool off!! I am sure Lexi would welcome her walks in cooler weather as well. But first, on the way, I think we need to stop at the factory outlets in Gilroy for a little retail therapy. Then after lunch, perhaps In N Out Burger, we will finish the drive to Monterey. Hopefully, we can visit a few dear friends during our visit. Also, I want to take Lexi to the beach, maybe drive 17 Mile Drive, and have some seafood pasta at Abalonetti on the Monterey wharf. For a real change of pace, I think I will hit one of the wine tasting rooms ... read more
Pacific Ocean, 17 Mile Drive
Inn at Spanish Bay lobby
Cariccioli Cellars rose' of pinot

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles September 4th 2022

2nd September, 2022 We both spoke to family before finally getting to sleep about 3am which was 5am New York time which is what our bodies were still on. I don’t think either of us slept very well. At least we could have a leisurely shower. Walked down to the servo to get some smokes for Sandra and then to Denny’s for breakfast. I know Sandra is not going to miss the USA coffee. Back at the hotel, we sat out by the pool doing not a lot. We had a late checkout of 3pm but with the time difference to Australia, we couldn’t go to the airport till we had heard from Courtney about the new flight. We hung around in the lobby of the hotel, making sure our devices stayed fully charged and dozing. ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Jose August 26th 2022

At one point, there were 43 different Japantowns in California alone. But, after World War II when the United States Government wrongly imprisoned its own Japanese American citizens in concentration camps, most Japantowns were lost. There are now just three. They are located in Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco (pictured above). I recommend coming to San Francisco’s Japantown for a sushi lunch during the springtime when the cherry blossoms are blooming. Make time to browse the shops afterward! If you want more Japanese vibes, head over to the Japanese Tea Garden. Japantown has also been known as J-town, Little Tokyo, and Nihonmachi. There are roughly 1.4 million people of Japanese descent living in the US. From 43 to three is quite dramatic. What really happened? Many Japanese Americans who wer... read more
Japantown San Jose
Nihonmachi San Francisco

North America » United States » California » Wasco August 23rd 2022

Our house sold in 4-days, that was over a holiday weekend. Our realtor asked if we knew that it was a holiday and I replied “no, our calendar isn’t around so I had no idea”. It didn’t seem to make a difference and we went into a 30-day escrow. We moved our RV to our oldest son Nate’s house. He lives on a farm and had room in the rear under a huge tree. We had lots of loose stuff to pack or not to pack. What could we fit into the RV along with ourselves? And, it wasn’t just us. In 1 month, we’d have 4 grandkids for a grandkids trip, so trying to have space for everyone in addition to stuff was a challenge. We set up 3 tables under the trees and started ... read more
Jasper is showing his costume for some party
The Ferrari is leaving Bakersfield one last time
Unloading at the shop

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