Category Archives: Travel

Santa Barbara from home: One pot pasta

The week before we left Santa Barbara I planned to spend one more day downtown visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Then the Sweetie said, “Are you going to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse? I hear it’s spectacular.” … Continue reading

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Eugene: save a tree, hug a hippie: Yumm bowl, Yumm sauce

If you receive this blog via your email, click on the post title to listen to the Grateful Dead and Sugar Magnolia. The Dead “Before we settle down to a rainy Puget Sound winter, how’s about a drive to Eugene?” … Continue reading

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And they’re off: Arepas

If you subscribe to the blog and receive it via email, to see the video below, click on the post tile. Not one to rest on his Santa Barbara laurels, as soon as we got home, the Sweetie booked tickets … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara: Expect charm

The sweetie didn’t expect workplace charm when he started the EHR project in June; but in Santa Barbara, charm is mandatory. In 2012, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital completed the $300 million Phase 4 of their in-patient facility replacement. The hospital’s architectural design combines … Continue reading

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California gold

  Today is our last day in Santa Barbara/Goleta, tonight we’ll be back home for good. I’ve done some and seen some, the Sweetie has mostly worked. We’ve loved the weather, the beaches, the koi at the Bunker, the Bougainville … Continue reading

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“Lawn, it’s the new fur”, Southern California’s water wars

If you receive this post via your email and want to watch these two videos about water, separated by 69 years, click on the post title, “Lawn, it’s the new fur*” Sons of the Pioneers, 1947 Tuneyards, 2016 *Fur phrase … Continue reading

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Man on a bike

As I turn out of the driveway on that first pre-dawn morning, I don’t see the bike coming down the street and almost run into him. I think about the near-miss for the rest of the day and look carefully … Continue reading

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Sushi, poke and burritos, Oh my

It all started when my friend Bob texted me about his attempt to eat at Pokirrito, San Diego’s latest must-eat restaurant—”line too long, went home.” Once again, I am the last to know. Poke and sushi burritos are the hot foodie fad … Continue reading

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Fun in the Funk Zone

“Funk”: 1) a strong, offensive smell, probably derived from the French word funquer—to give off 2) music that combines elements of rhythm and blues and soul music and that is characterized by a percussive vocal style, static harmonies, and a strong … Continue reading

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Old Mission Santa Barbara

The legend of St. Barbara, namesake of the city of Santa Barbara, sounds like a Game of Thrones’ episode. Saint Barbara was born in the Third Century to a rich pagan who locked her in a tower to keep her … Continue reading

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