Lynn & Joe

lynnjoe20160710_103651July 9, 2016 – Leaving TYRTLE in Pomona, we drove little MURTLE toward San Diego to meet up with old friends Lynn & Joe Murphy.  Joe was a computer programmer for IBM for 30 years, and he was on the team that created the code used today in ATMs.  Lynn and I worked together for the Feingold Association for about 15 years – each from our own coast – and we made it work.   In fact, we were so “in tune” that once while we were on the phone hail began to fall — on both our houses at the same time!

At Lynn and Joe’s lovely home, we had dinner cooked to perfection on their deck, after which we attended the neighborhood “Doo-Wop” at their pool.  This is a dance with music from the late 1950’s/early 1960’s.  We have no pictures from that evening, but here’s a song you may remember if you are old enough.
The next day, they took us for a ride along the coast.

selfrealization20160710_113429Along the road, we passed a Self-Realization Fellowship Temple.  These centers were founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda to teach yoga and meditation as a means of “attaining direct personal experience of God.”  There seems to be quite a few of them around the country but I confess this is the first one I ever saw.

We also passed the interesting statue below called the Cardiff Surfer, or the Cardiff Kook.   People apparently enjoy dressing him up in costumes … See more of them here.

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Below is one of the cheerful trolleys we passed, and the Coronado Police Station – just pictures we captured by camera along the road.
  

Many of the walls along the road out west are decorated.  Nice and discourages graffiti, I’m sure.
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This is something called Extreme Dinosaurs … ??dinosaurs20160711_113300

We stopped at the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado – it’s huge!   The hotel was built in 1888 by Babcock and Story who wanted to create a seaside resort that would be “the talk of the Western world.”   Since then, the resort has become a living legend, visited by celebrities, dignitaries and U.S. presidents.  It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
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Accompanying the hotel itself are dozens of small shops, which is where we were headed.  In one of them, Lynn spied some turtle salt & pepper shakers for me for TYRTLE … and  of course we wanted the turtle dish towels and matching pillow as well.  As we were admiring them, who should come in but Jennifer Brinley — the artist who had actually designed them!!  Tom got her to autograph the pillow (below above the red star) and pose with him for a picture.
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Here’s a picture of Lynn and me in the store – it’s fun spending money on stuff just for fun when you’re with friends!
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For dinner, we headed over to Georges at the Cove.  On the way, I was amused by the sign on this building, so I captured it.
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Here we are, finally, on the rooftop restaurant with a view of the ocean.  The food was terrific and the view spectacular.
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As the light dimmed toward evening, the view of the beach, ocean, clouds, and occasional sea birds was dramatic.
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And of course, we had a sunset view from the highway on the way home.
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One Response to Lynn & Joe

  1. Markey says:

    You must have had such an awesome time with Lynn and Joe!

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