Taking in San Francisco’s bounty

Comedy clubs, history, San Francisco Pride and more.

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Birthday in the big city

How do you celebrate someone’s 70th birthday? Since fitting seventy candles on a cake wasn’t an option, I decided to take my wife to San Francisco for a big night in the city.

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A slice of Hollister, Gilroy and Morgan Hill

There are 16 references to Gilroy in the book and seven about Watsonville. Vasquez (1935-1975) was buried in the Mission Santa Clara Cemetery in Santa Clara.

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Retracing a bandit’s trail

We headed out Highway 129 through Chittenden Pass and crossed over Highway 101 onto San Juan Highway, which is a great way to access San Juan Bautista through its back door. We split off onto San Justo Road to Lucy Brown Road which runs square into Highway 156, where we turned left toward Hollister. Passing through huge agriculture fields of strawberries, lettuce, groomed soil and flowers, we turned right onto Union Road and worked our way into downtown Hollister.

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Art and nature in Golden Gate Park

The de Young Museum, located in the heart of Golden Gate Park, is one of the city’s premiere art museums.

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Goodbye, Big Apple

When I met my wife, Sarah, she had a 10-year-old daughter, Ann, and a 13-year-old boy, Stuart. That was 31 years ago. At the start of April, Sarah and I flew to New York to be a part of Stuart’s marriage to Lori, his girlfriend for the past 17 years.

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The history of Harlem, New York

On the third day of the trip my wife Sarah and I took recently to New York City, we left our hotel in the Financial District and caught the subway up to 125th Street to visit Harlem. The moment we hit the streets we got on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and walked east toward the East River. The streets were packed with all kinds of vendors, which added to the color and flair of the area.

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