Thursday, December 24, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Lucy & Lupe

Lucy: 134 years old, Margate, NJ
Lupe: 6 months old*, San Jose, CA
Lucy: Named for no-one in particular
Lupe: Named after the Guadalupe River 
Lucy: Gift shop inside**
Lupe: Like, totally tubular 

*inspired by 14,000 year old mammoth fossil found nearby
**closed the day of TSG's visit--a major bummer, fer sure

Friday, December 11, 2015

Just West Of Amarillo TX

Route 66 near Cadillac Ranch June 2002

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thankful For Spam

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

BS Golf

Borrego Springs, CA has several facilities for the golf enthusiast.
This one is towards the lower end of the spectrum, amenities-wise,
 On the plus side, they don't have green fees.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

On Location (Sort Of) With The Rat Pack

After seeing the HBO doc All Or Nothing At All, TSG has been on a Sinatra binge, which includes watching some pretty mediocre movies. One such flick is Sergeants 3, Frank's big-budget western imitation of Gunga Din. It's as good a movie as you'd expect from Frank Dino Sammy Peter and Joey.  It isn't one of John Sturges best efforts, but he did as well as he could considering the circumstances.  Modern viewers might find the cultural stereotypes somewhat offensive but it's no worse than other movies of the time.

Anywho, the thing that grabbed TSG right from the opening scenes was a overwhelming sense of déjà vu. 
Sgts 3 screenshot 1
Sgts 3 Screenshot 2
A quick google or two revealed why the scenery looked so familiar. The movie was filmed in various places near Kanab, including the Paria ghost town/movie set area and Bryce Canyon--both visited by TSG in our forays in Utah's Kane County.  We camped out on the edge of the old set back in '96, which was lucky because the buildings were dismantled just a few years later. The locations in screenshots don't match up exactly with the TSG archival images, but you get the idea...

Birds-eye view of TSG 1996 campsite
Bryce Canyon--Sinatra, Martin and Lawford searching for the Ghost Dancer's cave:

Sgts 3 screenshot 3

TSG archival image: view overlooking the trail: 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Fine, Bowl Of Fish

San Jose's cred with outdoorsy types went up a notch last week with the opening of a new Bass Pro Shop. What sets this location apart from the other Outdoor World Superstores we've been to is the underwater-themed Bar/Grill/Bowling Alley. Pretty cool.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

End Of An Eatery Era


 In the time marches on its stomach department, the fast food hub at Meridian/Fruitdale has lost it's last legacy franchise. So long and thanks for all the fries!

Below: fake archival image shows original lineup of North Willow Glen's Restaurant Row:

 Dining options as of this writing: 1)Vacant  2)Empty  3)Mr Chau's/Wings Dip  4)Subway

Artistic(?) impressions of the abandoned luncheonette

In a rather depressing reminder of the evolving demographic of the neighborhood, the DW building became a major graffiti magnet just days after these photos were taken.