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15 January 2014 @ 09:34 am
Maybe next year I should spend actual Christmas in San Francisco. It’s the Christmassiest place on the West Coast, I’ll wager.


I’ve trekked up there with Beaumark three times during Christmas Season, and it’s a wonderful tradition that I’d like to keep up, It really gets me in the Christmas mood, and this time was no exception.







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zlick
12 November 2013 @ 12:02 pm
I haven’t el-jayed much in 2013. Life’s been a bit of Reduction in Stuff Happening, and overwhelmingly a massive and fun project that has me sort of wallowing in the past while the present crumbles all around me. Is it fiddling while Rome burns, or just a harmless pursuit while the nature of my life radically changes?





1980




The project involves tons of old photos, and it’s really tons of fun.



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zlick
04 January 2013 @ 12:22 pm
Time once again for my traditional Year-End El Jay Wrap-Up, where I post the first couple and last couple of sentences from each of my entries during the previous year, for a snapshot of my year on El Jay

Twenty-Twelve was a strange year. El Jay readership is practically non-existent, but I plugged along at it anyway. It’s become more of a personal diary for me, and that’s ok. For the photo entries I like best, I post a link on facebook - and that gets a few eyeballs on the el jay in question.

But my weird year is starkly reflected in the number and timing of my el jay entries. There are a number of them in late winter through Spring, indicating a typical year. Then a big, 4-part entry in early Summer for my epic adventure on Maui ... and then .... nothing. One more entry at year’s end tells why. A big condo remodel ruthlessly dominated the entire second half of 2012.

Will I continue el jaying in 2013? It’s anybody’s guess. The year, and indeed my entire future, is a bit of a mystery to me. My home is in good order, as is my romance. But everything else is in need of a major re-boot. If any of that really happens, I suppose I’ll post it here - whether there's anybody reading anymore or not.

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zlick
28 December 2012 @ 11:20 am
From April till Now, I’ve been consumed with one big project. It’s caused me to miss a lot of my life, especially from July onwards, when construction began in earnest. I started writing this entry in September, when I thought it was nearly over. I was wrong.


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zlick
05 September 2012 @ 06:46 pm
The trip to Hana was a fantastic adventure, and an amazing window to the wonders of Maui - many of which still await my return. But at 14 hours, it was by far the most epic thing we did in Hawaii. Even so ... my favorite adventure was the day spent at sea, and under it. A day with fun strangers and a happy crew aboard a nifty catamaran. A day with sea creatures. A day that happened to be my birthday.







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zlick
29 August 2012 @ 04:10 pm
The phone call came the day before our excursion was set. Wade Holmes and I had exchanged a few emails, but we’d never spoken before. I’d decided, after my extreme research efforts, that a guided tour along the fabled Road to Hana would be better than trying to find things ourselves. Wade’s tour specialized in out-of-the-way and off-the-beaten-path type things, and high adventuring, and that suited me just fine.






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zlick
27 August 2012 @ 08:24 pm
I found I didn’t sleep much on Maui. We’d get to bed around 10 or 11, and I’d routinely wake at 4 in the morning. Five hours just seemed to be enough, and for a week straight. It was a tad annoying, but the lone nice perk was the nighttime view from our lanai.









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zlick
22 August 2012 @ 02:17 pm
Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii - I’ve heard the ukelele siren song for so damn long it’s almost an unfulfillable fantasy by now. But the islands have called to me for decades, and I was thrilled when Beaumark planned to take me there for my birthday in Twenty Twelve.








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zlick
29 December 2011 @ 03:39 pm
Time once again for my traditional Year-End El Jay Wrap-Up, where I post the first couple and last couple of sentences from each of my entries during the year, for a snapshot of my year on El Jay (and, for the first time, with photos!)

Twenty-Eleven was a banner year. Even though less people than ever read my el jay, I may be posting more than ever before. 29 entries, for an astounding average of one entry every 13 days or so. Wow.


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zlick
21 December 2011 @ 10:58 am
A Merry Solstice Christmassy Photo Journal


Once again I was off to San Francisco for a repeat of San Francistmas, the getaway I’d love to take every year to get me in the Christmas Spirit.

But it didn’t really hit me the same way this time. Even with our spirited participation in San Francisco Santarchy that I’ve longed for since happening upon it two years ago with Isaac, and the thousands of Santas it spawned for a very fun day - it did not seem all that Christmassy to me (more like Veinticinco de Mayo - a yuletide holiday devoted to crazy binge drinking). And the usual suspects of Christmaslike bastions that endeared themselves to me last time seemed a little stale this time.

I’m wondering if everything must be new to me to be appreciated. I’d hate that. It’s an attitude I sensed in someone I met not long ago, and it was not pretty. But there’s no denying old stuff seemed old, even if it was good. Still ... there were a few nice touches, many of them duly Christmassy ... and certainly Santarchy was a bunch of trippy weird fun.









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