Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Hour

If you enjoy a good cocktail from time to time and just not beer then I'm sure you a have a few places that have left a lasting impression alcohol wise. Here is a list of my 5 favorite watering holes.

5:  Island Beachcomber Hotel bar - St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Probably my favorite place to drink when starting or finishing a vacation in the Virgin Islands. Located next to the airport and having a great water view, this open air bar even offers free chunks of lettuce to feed the iguanas roaming the property.
Nothing fancy but why should it be?

4:  La Coralina - Bocas Del Toro, Panama  Sadly this wonderful place shut its doors last year but the great memories still linger. Bocas Del Toro is sort of a dingy little island off the coast of Panama but once you reached La Coralina you never wanted to leave. Awesome views looking over the water and one of the strongest rum punch drinks ever made. It was almost impossible to walk away since stumbling was usually the only option. Once back at your room and it was off to sleep with the sound of the surf pounding in the distance.

3:  Pacific Shores - San Diego, California   This place is the recipe for a great dive bar located in the hippie/junkie/weirdo neighborhood of Ocean Beach. Dark and serving cheap drinks by San Diego's high price standards. Weird glowing murals adorn the walls, a juke box filled with drunken hits and a pool table tucked away in the storage room.

2:  Shipwreck Landing - St. John, US Virgin Islands  A must do if you are ever in St. John. Located on the quiet side of the island...I have been going to this place since the late 80's. Nothing ever changes and that is a good thing. Views looking out to Coral Bay and blackened shrimp scampi appetizers to go along with some really good rum drinks. This place would be #1 on the list but the last time I was there was before owning the Hipstamatic.

1:  Tiki Ti Room - Los Angeles, California   This place ranked #1 because it is not only a great cocktail lounge but also a virtual Tiki museum. Located in the ultra hipster neighborhood of Silverlake, this small bar has a capacity of about 30 patrons and serves up some of the best and most potent rum concoctions known to mankind. Many famous Hollywood stars have been known to slip in for one of the many awesome drinks on the menu including the Chief Lapu Lapu, the Pain Killer or maybe even the Ooga Booga. A must stop if you are ever in the Hollywood area. (See the drunken Hipstamatic shot pictured above)

If you are looking for a great beer experience then you might look elsewhere. These places are all about the rum which is basically the only type of alcohol I enjoy.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Exploring life's journey: Part 2

The second shot from this series

Exploring life's journey....

Home Sweet New fascination with the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard continues. Meatyard died of cancer at the young age of 47. An amazing photographer who probably wasn't fully understood at the time of his death. Having myself turned 47 last week it seems to bring up a lot questions and thoughts. Life gets shorter each year. Is there a final goal? What is fulfilling? What is not? How did I get here? Where am I going?
This was shot last month in Joshua Tree. Hopefully it would have made Meatyard smile.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Moving Ahead

So the transition from San Diego to Yucca Valley is moving right along. New visions, odd people and new adventures have been a much needed rejuvenation tool. The blog lags from time to time as my life progresses. Now it is time to fill in the missing blanks. This is our new view. This is what we see everyday.