- Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon Mysteries Book 7) by Nevada Barr - somewhat prophetic plot given what happened two years after this was published in another Neveda Barr mystery
- Deep South (Anna Pigeon Mysteries Book 8) by Nevada Barr - the most contemporary of the Barr books thus far with its TV-like plotline
- Choose Yourself! by James Altucher - I really like Altucher and this is his best work I have read so far
- History of the English Language by Seth Lerer - only listened to the first volume; interesting but not riveting
- The Art of War by Andrew Wilson- interesting look at the classic Chinese text
- Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution by Thomas Pangle - some good topics about the debates surrounding the US Constitution but it was often hard to discern quotes and commentary
- Day Hikes and Overnights on the PCT - fabulous book with awesome maps
- How Few Remain (Southern Victory) by Harry Turtledove - interesting alternative history book; a bit tedious at times but good enough to continue on with the series
- The Royal Wulff Murders: A Novel (Sean Stranahan Mysteries Book 1) by Keith McCafferty - great mystery by a Field & Stream author
Thursday, October 30, 2014
- On Saturday, my parents came down with some early birthday pie! We played Fluxx, then went to a family photo shoot at Terramar Beach. I can't wait to see the results. Then we had lunch at Pizza Port Carlsbad. It was a very fun day.
- On Sunday Jyoti and I went to Balboa Park. It was very crowded due to a Halloween event but we parked on the west side and had a nice walk over Cabrillo Bridge. There was a UCLA alumni event where we met great people. We also visited the Timkin Museum. I loved the 60's vintage architecture along with the art. I wanted to go to the San Diego History Center for the Pacific Powerhouse exhibit. It was pretty interesting but had some odd errors in some of the photos and captions. Lastly, we went to the Museum of Art's Gauguin to Warhol exhibit which was fantastic.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Monday, October 06, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
FAS has a posted a list of all the U.S.'s overseas military deployments since inception. It is a very long list and doesn't even include domestic operations like the Civil War and the wars against the Indians. Maybe we should take a break for a while.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I woke first the next morning, walked around a bit, made coffee and read my Kindle. When everyone got up, we broke camp and started hiking out. We passed the spring and noticed the bucket had filled up during the night. The spigot was not dripping however. Our original plan was to hike the peak in the morning but we had decided against it due to lack of water. Even with the now-full bucket, we decided to head out. We took the other part of the Round Valley Loop trail. This section was much more scenic as it follows the upper slope rather than down a canyon. We made it to the mountain station but were disappointed to find out they don't serve breakfast. On the tram down, we found Rick's on Yelp which was close by and served breakfast. Rick's turned out to be a great choice and we all enjoyed it. After eating, we heading home.