Hobson’s Choice

Dream or hope
Take one or the other
Life gave me a choice
I begged for both Continue reading “Hobson’s Choice”

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A Hectic Trip to Sunny (?) San Diego

Just came back from a hectic, seventy five hours road trip of about twelve hundred miles (that’s approximately 2000 KM for the rest of the world in SI system). I was not driving for seventy five hours though it felt like that at near midnight of Sunday when at last I fell asleep on my own bed at home.  San Diego was supposed to be sunny but did not see the sun for the two days we were there.  However I was thankful for sun’s decision to hide behind the clouds as that made it easier for the walk during the college tour of University of California San Diego.  On our return trip we stopped for lunch at Santa Barbara and was delightfully surprised to see that the road in front of the restaurant was holding a classic car show.  It was a thrill to see the ageless beauties, some dating back to nineteen thirty two.  As we did not have much time for sightseeing in San Diego, this unplanned bonus offering was much appreciated.  I wish I would have known about this before so that I could have planned my time accordingly.  Sharing some photos below from the trip.

Flight over Balboa

Flights from nearby San Diego Airport, after take-off, flies over Balboa Park, a 1200 acre urban park that is home to several museums and famous San Diego zoo.

El Pardo Avenue

The El Prado complex hosts many museums including Air and Space museum, Museum of Man, San Diego Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Cabrillo Bridge, San Diego Natural History Museum and Alcazar Gardens. Above is a photo of El Prado road leading to the complex and below is the entrance leading to the complex from El Prado.

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Below are the skyline of San Diego as viewed from Cabrillo Bridge on El Prado over Cabrillo Canyon through which now passes state highway CA 163 ( photo below) leading to San Diego downtown.

Alcazar Garden in El Pardo complex.  The place was swarming with too many elegantly dressed people and professional photographers on that beautiful Saturday afternoon.  There were a few weddings and I think few high school proms going on there and I had to be careful not to disturb anyone.

And to cap the trip, below are a few photos from the classic car show at Santa Barbara on Sunday. The cars shown below are from nineteen thirty two to nineteen sixty five as much as I can remember.

After that hectic trip and continuous eating out, it was good to be home for a home cooked meal of quinoa pilaf, mashed sweet potato and yam, mango guacamole, sauteed salmon and carrot greens with roasted almond and garlic, cooked by yours truly.

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Faith, Creation and Creator

Rose is a rose
By any other name
Creator, not sanctioned by
One’s own faith
Why is not the same

Losing our faith
We stopped seeking
Finding solace in miracles
Allowing us to be fooled
By afterlife’s dreams

Lured by promise
Of redeeming our souls
Of a heaven unseen
We sold ourselves
Committing the original sin

Peddlers of faith
Conquered and plundered
In the name of the creator
Rained unspeakable destruction
Offer us salvation

Where did we go wrong
We all of different faith
Enjoy the same creation
But with daggers drawn
Defend our creator’s name

Manipulated by the unscrupulous
Mortgaging our brains
We dance, celebrating division
In our creator’s name
Who says creator not the same

Kilauea Volcano : Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rise

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Rise“.

On September 17, 2017, Wednesday early morning, I and my eldest son got up and drove from our rented house near Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park  to Kilauea volcano to see the sun rise.  My wife and other two kids decided to give it a pass as they were tired from the drive from Kona and the day long activities and sightseeing of the day before. As it turned out, we were deprived of enjoying the sunrise due to the heavy fog created by rising steam from numerous steam vents.  As the saying goes that “when one door closes, another opens”, nature did not deprive us of its bounty. We were rewarded with another rise, lava and steam rising from Kilauea cauldron.  We had been there the night before but it was not as spectacular.  As Kilauea volcano is in the news currently, erupting and damaging a huge area and several homes, I thought this would be an appropriate post for this week’s photo challenge prompt.

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