Archive for March 2013

San Diego Zoo

March 23, 2013

Mike had Friday off yesterday and he had invited Paula and me to join them for a trip to the San Diego Zoo.

We left San Pedro at about 8:30AM with Mike, Theresa and Jonathan in Mike’s Honda. He’s going to be needing a mini-van sooner rather than later. Paula was in the back seat making silly with Jonathan.

We made decent time down the 405 and the 5 to San Diego. Arrived at about 10:30AM. Paula says “too bad you didn’t bring your HP placard”. But says I “but I did, it’s in my pack in the trunk”. So we found an HP parking space and avoided parking in the back forty.

The SD zoo is a wonderful place. They have animals that I had never heard of. In addition of course to the usual stuff like elephants and tigers and bears.

Theresa brought her real camera. I just had my trusty iPhone. Here are some of my pictures.

Camel resting (it seems the animals are always resting).



Elephant getting a Pedi. One of the other elephant handlers was feeding the elephant at the other end to encourage cooperation.

Pretty red flower. That’s all I know.

Paula with a polar bear. The real (live) polar bears were not available for the photo shoot.

Black and White and Red all over.

Panda (always popular)


Jonathan at our afternoon break. He was having a great time playing with the empty iced coffee containers.

Finally, we got to closing. Mike and I were waiting at the exit, while Paula and Theresa went through the gift shops. I was dumbfounded that neither of them bought anything.

Then we did dinner at Harar Ethiopian Restaurant. A nice little bistro on the Boulevard. Friday night was buffet night. The good news was that we got to try most everything. The bad news was I had no idea what I was eating. But it was all good. Here is a picture of Theresa’s plate. (Roberta told us about this place).

After a fine dinner, we stopped at McD’s for an iced coffee for Mike and bottles of water for Paula and me. Then home and to bed.

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Location:San Diego, CA

House of Cards

March 7, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I started watching a new series on Netflix called “House of Cards”. It is a completely new method of delivering new TV material. Netflix had funded the production with the intention of publishing all 13 episodes at once. So if you wanted to, you could watch all 13 episodes in one sitting. I think they call it binge viewing. If this is successful we might see more of this sort of thing.

I remember doing a binge viewing session with Paula when we were trying to catch up with episodes of “Lost” a few years ago. Paula and I watched the first episode together. I really liked it but Paula says meh. So that means I get to watch it by myself on the laptop or iPad. I don’t quite have the time to do all thirteen episodes at once. Besides, I like to savor each episode. It will probably take me a few weeks to go through all thirteen

The difference here is that they don’t have to refresh the audience on what happened on the previous episodes.

House of Cards


House of Cards Trailer

The story is about an 11 term congressman from South Carolina Francis Underwood played masterfully by Kevin Spacey. The story doesn’t quite say whether he is a Democrat or a Republican. It doesn’t matter really. He is quite a master of the game and quite a sleaze.

One thing I like, is that Francis breaks from character and starts talking directly to the viewer. Kind of like an aside in Shakespeare. Power, sex, drugs, double dealing. It’s all there.

If you haven’t signed up for Netflix, this makes it worth your while. Trust me it’s worth it.

Coffee in San Pedro

March 5, 2013

First, let me state that I miss Dunkin Donuts. That being said, let’s look at the alternatives. I hear that DD will be opening franchises in SoCal this year. One can only hope.


Pros: They know how to make iced coffee and do it well. One just has to get beyond the mocha latte BS. I’ve learned how to order my iced coffee. I just say “Medium Iced coffee, no sweetener, leave room for cream.” They get it right all the time.

They have kiosks inside Albertson’s, so I manager to finish my iced coffee in just about the time it takes to do our shopping.

They have a neat iPhone app for paying for your coffee, though it doesn’t work at Albertson’s. Have to use the card.

Cons: They don’t do decaf. Not a problem for me. But Paula usually would prefer decaf after noon.

No drive-thru.


Pros: Decent coffee. They have drive-thru, which is handy. They do iced coffee.

Cons: One needs to ask for black coffee, no sugar and add your cream and sugar yourself, otherwise they add way too much sugar and way too much cream. Fix it yourself the way you want it.

Don’t get me started on their burgers.

Granny’s Donuts (San Pedro)

Bad, bad, bad. We decided to try yesterday. Asked for coffee. I was given an iced coffee with way too much cream and sugar. Their english wasn’t so good either. They just didn’t understand what my problem was. We won’t be going there again, ever.

Did I mention that the donuts were stale?

Via Dolce (San Pedro)

Not bad. They know how to do iced coffee. They do decaf too. Free wi-fi. It’s good if you want to sit and linger over a coffee. Good selection of snacks.

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Location:San Pedro