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    Smiling Jack
    California

    Smiling Jack – a living legacy

    Sometimes you don’t get quite what you ordered for breakfast. Sometimes you get a helluva lot more. I ordered pancakes and coffee and got Smiling

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    It’s Sunday night. I’m sitting at the table in the Jungle Mansion. One of their 13 friendly local raccoons is messing around outside. It’s dark.

    From boomtown to the boonies

    I can’t get a handle on GPS. Being a moving blue dot on a screen just doesn’t do it for me. That annoying turn left,

    Getting from A to B

    Someone commented once that all too often we are so preoccupied with the destination that we forget to enjoy the journey. We’re so focused on

    California

    Joshua Tree

    I met Bono, the Edge, and Adam Clayton back in 1983. We had a chat for 10 minutes or so in what was then the

    California

    Statues and their stories

    I’ve a strange fascination with statues. I’ve been known to talk to them and always listen to what they have to say. That’s probably more

    In the palm of God’s hand

    Palm Springs has been inhabited for more than 2000 years. An oasis in the desert, the city itself was incorporated in 1938. It’s a  place

    Grateful 21

    I had a birthday last week. Another one. They seem to come around with increasing regularity. But as I’m firmly stuck on 36, they’ve long

    Laid flat in Palm Springs

    Palm Springs, California. Flat land surrounded by the San-Bernardino and the San Jacinto mountains that seem to rise up out of the ground. It’s hot.

    Prisons, pelicans, and purchasing power

    Cemeteries and prisons. Two things that I’m strangely fascinated with. And as prisons go, Alcatraz is one of the most iconic. Standing on this side

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