San Francisco – Part Three – All Around the City

The best of the rest of the city by the bay.

In this post, the last of our three-part series on San Francisco, your assignment (besides enjoying a tour of the city without leaving your desktop) is to find:

    1. Sylvester Stallone (or a reasonable facsimile)
    2. A Western Gull
    3. A pyramid

Good luck.

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San Francisco – Part Two – Alcatraz

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Part two of my three-part photo series on San Francisco features Alcatraz, the iconic island that dominates views of the bay from the Embarcadero to the Presidio. Residents have ranged from Al Capone to baby seagulls. Enjoy.

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San Francisco – Part One – Ocean Beach

The west side of San Francisco – Ocean Beach

In part one of my three-part photo series depicting the city by the bay, I have gathered pics of the western edge of the city.

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Yes, that's the moon.

Yes, that’s the moon.

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Quartz Mountain – Aptly Named

Quartz Mountain, just south of  Mt. Spokane, offers spectacular, views.

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The views from Quartz Mountain are spectacular, but the sights along the trail, including Nordic huts, weathered trees and the stones that inspired its name, are part of the story as well.

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Chelsea Are Champions – Congrats

Chelsea are once again champions of the EPL.

Yes, it says football.

Yes, it says football.

For the fourth time in the last ten years, Chelsea F.C. are champions of the English Premier League. The Blues got it done today against Palace, thanks to a goal from Eden Hazard. They earned all three points with a 1-0 victory, putting them at 83, where no one can catch them. Congrats to the boys from Stamford Bridge, 2014-2015 EPL Champions!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Spokane’s Get Lit! 2015

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This year’s edition of Get Lit once again featured a roll call of literary talent, from Shawn Vestal and Sharma Shields to Kris Dinnison and Walter Kirn. Our personal festival experience seemed to revolve around Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie.

On Wednesday night, we attended the live podcast “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment”, hosted by award-winning authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter. It was a raucous show that included audience participation, host readings and a bluesy, soulful performance from musical guest, Boss of Me. All told, a thoroughly entertaining evening.

Thursday morning, the fun continued with a visit to the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, which hosted a Q&A with author Alexie. The session was followed by a sign and greet.

Thursday night ,we attended the now famous Pie and Whiskey readings. This event’s unique blend of Dry Fly whiskey, homemade pie, slamming poetry and flash fiction continues to make it a festival favorite. Jess Walter was among the thirteen enthusiastic writers to take the Spokane Woman’s Center podium throughout the evening.

Lost Horse Press produced a chapbook from the P&W readings.

During the week, we visited a young writers group and caught up with some older author friends as well.

I would like to extend a personal thank you to Sam Ligon, Jess Walter, Sherman Alexie, Christine Holbert and Bruce Holbert, along with everyone else that helped make this year’s event a great success.

We look forward to seeing what surprises are in store for Get Lit! 2016.

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

I really enjoy Dutch Bros coffee but …

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I really enjoy coffee from Dutch Brothers. But a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is well worth the effort, no matter what your java preference. It’s as if Willy Wonka decided to open a coffee factory. See for yourself, just don’t tell Slugworth.

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