Monday, April 20, 2015


This Botticelli to Braque (from the National Galleries of Scotland) exhibit
opened March 7th and I haven't been working at the deYoung at all, but
I did yesterday,  and appreciated it for the first time. I will return. There
are fifty-five paintings including Sargent (above), Monet, Degas,Vermeer
and Gauguin. It was a bit crowded because it was the last Bouquets to
Art day, and by now I'm used to solo gallery visits, so the show is back on
my To Do list. Closing May 31st - visit this if you can.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

the old, the new

Top - I loved the many venerable homes in and around downtown San Diego.
Bottom - view from the brand new nine story Library where Tanya works.
(And thus ends my trip notes - thank you!)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

a bit of Balboa Park

an Atheist booth!

a convention of big, black dogs

San Diego celebration too - not just SF
A week ago today I spent many happy hours in Balboa Park. Above are a
few of my discoveries that sunny day in the park. Why is that I can sit and
observe when on vacation but at home I always have to be "doing"?

Friday, April 17, 2015

San Diego scenes

my hotel was located in Little Italy

the Harborview Hotel (with my view of parking lot in back)

gentrification happens
I think my batteries are now fully recharged and I actually started writing
again this morning. I have been working all week but today is a day off
to catch up with Costco, the gym, the nap and then I have class tonight.
That is the shot in the arm that Ellen and I need currently. I now have a
new character named Lori who used to live in San Diego.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

finally, Ms. Mantel

I told my friend Frances that I was a little intimidated by Hilary
Mantel (who knows so much) and she suggested that I start with
Every Day is Mother's Day written back in 1988 (I think). I put
the book on my LindaKindle2® and have been reading it slowly
and enjoying it tremendously. It is dark, funny and tragic and very
well-written, so I'll try some more of Hilary's writing now.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

inside Petco Park

Despite the fact that the Giants are not exactly on a winning streak, I had
a great time at the beautiful stadium Saturday night. The dome in the distance
is the new Library where Tanya works and it is impressive and welcoming.
She took me on a quick tour before the game. Then the sun goes down and
the lights of the city come on and it's still warm in San Diego - very special.
See the orange square in the bottom photo? That is an electric SF logo! Sorry
the photo is so poor, but I knew you would want to see that. And of course
the location is ideal, right downtown where the action is.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

early dinner in San Diego

Queenstown Public House

Tanya and Scott
One of the nice surprises about leaving one's beloved San Francisco is the
fact that other cities have reasonable restaurant prices and such was the
case at the Queenstown on Columbia Street. I had walked by this house
with wide and shady porches (on the front and side) on a previous walk.
We three had our pre-baseball dinner there on Saturday. Burgers, fries and
and a "Mexicoke" for me. I did love all the walking in San
hills, mostly wide sidewalks and surprisingly few other walkers. Some
small cottages and big old houses amidst tall city buildings - I'll save
those pix for later. I have a busy work week starting today because it's
the dreaded Bouquets to Art - thankfully I'm out at the Legion where it
will be business as usual. Quiet business, I hope.