Saturday, November 18, 2017


Labriola - Chicago  2017

For lunch, deep-dish pizza at Labriola. Pretty good!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Farewell to Wisconsin

Bobby Nelson - Wisconsin  2017
House - Chicago  2017

"Really the place to go."

As we drove back from Milwaukee to Chicago we stopped and got some cheese and summer sausage.

In getting to the airport to return the rental car we somehow missed the correct exit and wound up on a nice residential street. Finally the airport, and a taxi into downtown Chicago.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Milwaukee Sightems - 2

Fear (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Eat All The Chicken, Self Portrait (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

View of the Milwaukee Bucks sports area through an alleyway.

Enigmatic sign near Honeypie restaurant.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Honeypie (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

North 32 (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

We had dinner at Honeypie. Very good, but the best thing was their Pork Fries*:

"Back to the pork fries though.  There was this one weekend where my girlfriend and I had pork fries for dinner on a Friday and then I went back alone on a Saturday for more.  I was ashamed to tell her, so when I get back to her place, I stash the leftover fries in the back of the fridge.  When I wake up the next morning, I discover the empty carton in the trash.  The visual clue triggers a vague recollection of the night before, of me on the edge of the bed, in my boxer shorts, shoveling cold fries into my mouth, in the dark.  'Did I really do that?' I wonder, 'am I really that man?'  I take a stack of junk mail and cover the empty container in the trash, in hopes she won't notice--in hopes that she won't discover what her boyfriend is really like."


Afterwards, a short walk on the semi-deserted street.

*(Shredded BBQ pork, fries, cheese sauce, pickled jalapenos, green onions, bacon)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hi Fi

Hi Fi (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Hi Fi (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

So we didn't eat here, but Mike was able to get afternoon and night pix.

Top photo taken with an Olympus E-PL7 and a 25mm lens. Bottom taken with an iPhone.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Horse Blogging

Hanna, Tuffy's Nose - Marin County  2013

Continuing with the Tuffy theme: Hanna, very interested in Tuffy's wrinkly nose.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Flowers (Retzer Preserve)

Black-Eyed Susans (Retzer Preserve) - Wisconsin  2017

Flowers (Retzer Preserve) - Wisconsin  2017

Taken September 13th of this year with an Olympus EM-10 and a 14-150mm zoom lens.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Leon's (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Frozen custard
. Wow!

Pretty good, but somewhat similar to Costco's frozen yogurt.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Milwaukee Sightems - 1

Tacos (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Own the Future (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Seen on one of our early morning coffee excursions.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Retzer Nature Center

Tree (Retzer Nature Center) - Wisconsin  2017

Queen Anne's Lace (Retzer Nature Center) - Wisconsin  2017

We hadn't planned to go there, but Mike spied a sign on the highway and we all decided to visit.

We ended up having about an hour's worth of impromptu hiking. Very nice!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Madison Sightems

Capitol Building (Madison) - Wisconsin  2017

Students (University of Wisconsin, Madison) - Wisconsin  2017

iPhone photos taken while blundering around Madison.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gemuetlichkeit Days

Gemuetlichkeit Days (Jefferson) - Wisconsin  2017

Antiques (Jefferson) - Wisconsin  2017

Gemuetlichkeit Days!!

". . . a German-language word used to convey the idea of a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness and good cheer. Other qualities encompassed by the term include coziness, peace of mind, and a sense of belonging and well-being springing from social acceptance." - Wikipedia

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Horse Blogging

Tuffy's Eye, Mike Orange T-Shirt - Marin County  2012

For some reason, Mike's recent travels in the midwest didn't yield any good Monday Blogging photos.

Don't know why.

So he's decided to present a selection of Tuffy photos for the next several Mondays! Wow!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Wisconsin Country Sightems

Cornfield - Wisconsin  2017

Road - Wisconsin  2017

The interstate between Milwaukee and Madison, which we didn't want to take, is highway 94. Instead, we opted for highway 18, which parallels 94, going through the country at a much slower speed.

Above photos taken with an iPhone, from the driver's seat.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Milwaukee Fog

River, Fog (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Bridge, Fog (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Early AM, walking to Starbucks. Not nearly as many Starbucks in Milwaukee as in Vancouver, for some reason.

Maybe that's a good thing!

The tonal variations in top photo are due to Mike using the iPhone panorama mode.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Beer 'n Brats

Brat House (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

FH Hochmuth (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin  2017

Photos taken in Milwaukee. Although our main destination was Chicago, Mike wanted to take a few days to visit Wisconsin.

Our first meal of the trip was sitting outside for beer 'n brats. Quite good.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Welcome to Chicago

Welcome to  Chicago - Chicago  2017

Last month we flew into O'Hare airport for a long-planned visit to Chicago. Alas, although we were scheduled to meet up with Jim and Jose - experienced Chicago visitors - the meetup didn't take place due to Jim having a medical emergency the week before.

So Mike, Hali and Dan were on their own. Actually, they ended up doing OK.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

San Francisco Sightems - 3

Mural, Alleyway - San Francisco 2017

WK Market - San Francisco  2017

iPhone panorama photos.

More mural pix here, and here.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Scary Display - San Rafael  2017
Pumpkins - Marin County  2017

Home Depot display in San Rafael.

Pumpkins at Larkspur Landing.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Ibis Blogging

Ibises (Modoc NWR) - Modoc County  2017

Anyway, I think that these are ibises . . .

Taken with an Olympus E-M10 with a 75-300mm zoom lens. The lens was extended full-length, which I think you're not supposed to do.

[Update: Yes. Barbara confirms the bird ID!]

Sunday, October 29, 2017

San Francisco Sightems - 2

Napper Tandy - San Francisco  2017

RIP Mike G - San Francisco  2017

"Best dive bar in the Mission."

"I feel very blessed that it has been up as long as it has."

Saturday, October 28, 2017

San Francisco Sightems - 1

The Jelly Donut - San Francisco  2017

House of Brakes - San Francisco  2017

. . . from last quarter. iPhone photos.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Solano Avenue Sightems - 2

NYC & T (Solano Avenue) - Alameda County  2017

Lulu 1000 (Solano Avenue) - Alameda County  2017

Art exhibit! At Art Thou.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Solano Avenue Sightems - 1

Doorway (Solano Avenue) - Alameda County  2017

Solano Cleanette (Solano Avenue) - Alameda County  2017

Images for "cleanette."

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Domino's Pizza - Alameda County  2017

On Solano Avenue, in Alameda County. Could be either Albany or Berkeley . . . not sure.

Compare to earlier sandwich shop photo.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Richmond Bridge, Smoke - Marin County  2017

Ferry Terminal, Smoke - Marin County  2017

Much clearer photo of the Richmond Bridge.

Much clearer photo of the Larkspur Ferry.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday Horse Blogging

Horses - Sierra Nevada  2017

I managed to get this shot in before they noticed me.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

One More Night in Boomtown

Empty Seats (Boomtown) - Nevada  2017

Mike, Jukebox (Boomtown) - Nevada  2017

. . . and time for some iPhone pix. Empty seats in a large unused space, and Mike waiting for his order of quesadillas.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Boomtown Pix

Hills, Clouds - Nevada  2017

Car Seat Cover - Nevada  2017

Just miscellaneous stuff from the Boomtown parking lot.