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See how easy it is to get sidetracked?

Maybe we could report on this year's installment of the annual motorcycle event in Sturgis?

Could this be the year that we finally get to Hemingway Days in Key West?

We have had a ride in a B-17 G bomber.   To be fair and balanced, should we go to a gathering of warbirds and get a ride on a B-24?

We've been to Casablanca, Kalgoorlie, and Paris but we have never visited Paris in the month of April.   For sure, we would have to break into the piggy bank to write a first hand account about that.

One thing for sure.   We are not going to write a first hand account about what it feels like to go sky diving.   We are limiting our fact checking to repeated viewings of "Point Break" and that all.   Then again . . .

Two of our high school classmates have indicated that (finally) they might come and visit California!   We have been exploring the Golden State for a good many years.   On our first visit to Venice Beach, some activists were trying to advocate for ending the war in Vietnam.   (Some of them still are.)   We saw Bobby Kennedy campaign in Cali for getting the Presidential nomination.   We have not exhausted the list of "must see" locations in California.   I guess we're going to have to offer to help either or both these friends get to the sequoia trees.   If they like the outdoor stuff, we can heartily recommend a visit to Yosemite.   Matter for fact, if they insist we'd go back for a second visit to see if it has change much in the last 42 years.   (Once, in a letter to a friend in Vietnam, we achieved a life time best with a quadruple end patenthees bit of punctuation.   [Maybe we can beat that record in a 2013 column?])   The Golden Gate Bridge always looks very impressive, even in snapshots taken by folks who don't know diddley about taking good pictures.  

Our trusty Nikon Coolpix seems to be getting a bit worn out (we know that feeling) and may need a replacement.   In three years, we have take a ship load of digital images (25,000?) but we are ready to go on a new photo safari when the opportunity presents itself.

Four years ago, when we went to Australia seeking fun, quality photos, and perceptive and insightful insights into life, we had secret hopes of building a bigger and better journalism career, but now that a year that will be an "eye of the hurricane" time period has arrived, we are going to take a sabbatical year and just enjoy life and play things fast and easy just for kicks and giggles.   Our columns will be reports on pop culture items and our progress.

It's like the character that Tom Cruise played in Risky Business said:   "Sometimes you just gottta say "What the f*ck!'"

Now the disk jockey will play Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser," Jody Reynold's "Endless Sleep," and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."   We have to go fact check the price for a hostel bunk in Paris during the month of April.   Have a (as Aunty Mame used to say)   "Life is a banquet and some poor suckers are starving" (even on a tight budget [they say that the best things in life are free]) type week and a happy new year.

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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)
 

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