July 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.
Along 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.
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.
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.