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11/23/18 06:02 AM #6729    


Jerry Hoover

James and Alan,

I'm not sure what it was you were eating, but it looked like chicken fried steak and potatoes.  It reminds me of a motorcycle trip a friend and I took from San Diego to Las Vegas via the Grand Canyon.  We stopped in Verde Valley, Arizona, at a small diner on the river.  I ordered chicken fried steak and my friend ordered veal cutlet.  When they came out, they looked identical except for the gravy.  So we asked the waitress the difference between the two meals.  She said, "Well, one has brown gravy and the other has white gravy" and walked away.  Didn't  matter, it was still good.

William Leastheat Moon wrote a book, "Blue Highways", about when he and his dog traveled around the U.S. on small roads.  He describes how he rated small diners like this by the number of calendars they had on the wall.  The more calendars, the better the food.  I found that to be true.

11/23/18 01:49 PM #6730    


James Wheat

Jerry, it was actually turkey, but the chef, aka the cook, got carried away with the gravy.  To answer John’s question, the waitress took the picture.  We didn’t have Pam and Nancy to guide us, we did have a salad.  Today we had lunch in Loomis, east of Sacramento.  It’s a small town that reminds me of the way Chula Vista was in the 50s, complete with a street like 3rd ave., a packing shed, train and a hamburger joint.  We had a large cheeseburger and a large shake, the menu has over a hundred flavors.  I’m sure our cardiologist would not approve. 


11/23/18 07:21 PM #6731    

Thomas Clarke, Jr.

This is Great

What a pleasure to connect with old friends  !

11/24/18 03:15 AM #6732    


Robert Foster (Foster)

Hey, Alan and Jim,

Your photo and accoompanying sign for thr Gold Creek Bridge was most intriguing to me.

Early in Novemver, Lucy and I took our 31 ' 5th wheel up to Portland to visit one of Lucy's childhood and college girlfriends. Midway between Ashland and Eugene where we were going to spend our third night, nature called me with a vengence, and in somewhatt of a panic to get off, park and and use the r.v. faciilities, I turned off thiking it would be an easy on. As.we we turned off, we were meamt with a sign that stated, "This is not an exit" fortunately, I was able to turn this beast around and headed back toward the road that seemed to go under I-5. As soon as I entered the blind curve I was met with a tunnel. a tunnel that apparently had been built in the late 19th century or very early in the 20th century. I could not back up (fortunately there were no cars anywhere) so I could only go forward. I truly would not have taken bets that I could get through this thing; and, if I did, where did the road go? Lucy got out of the truck and walked to the end of the tunnel to direct me and check the air oonditioner would not hit the top.  I pulled both trailer mirrors in flush with the truck and had perhaps 2-3 inches of clearance on either side. I proceeded at about 2 mph, Lucy using her patented hand  movements which to this day are unlear to me..

We got through with sweat coming out of every pore.. We then prceeded to travel down this long lonely road (the freeway was about 20 feet above us to the right) where I really half expected mentally challenged boys would be in trees playing  some rendition of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown on banjos. Suddently, there was a freeway entrance going south iinstead of north. We took it greatlfully and traveled to another offramp that had a northern on ramp, and away we went.

In 15 years of towing, I had never experienced a situation like this. 

My one regret is that I didn't take a photo, but frankly, we were busy trying to get a large truck and trailer through a tunnel designed for buckboards and horses. , Also, looking around the area, I was pretty convinced we would be eaten by the locals,

Otherwise, we had a great time!

Hope all is well with everyone.  Happy Holidays


11/24/18 09:34 AM #6733    


Carolynn Hinshaw (La Pierre)

Two  HHS grads 68' and 63' - who are sisters - at Yosemite this year for Thanksgiving with 20 friends and family. Snow dusted the tops the next day....What a treasured place - even after the Ferguson fires....It's still the Ahwahnee to us but it's now called "The Majestic"...and Curry Village now called Dome Village...Surely an inspiring environment to be thankful.


11/24/18 09:18 PM #6734    


James Wheat

Today while waiting for my flight home I heard the best security message ever.

   "Attention"  "Will (passenger name) please return to Security Screening, you forgot your seminar notes and a book titled "How to Improve your Memory."


Crater Lake from 30,000 ft.


11/25/18 09:30 AM #6735    


Alan Hayashi

Carolynn, I was in Yosemite about a month ago to hike the area and see the fall colors.  It is a special place in the fall with the changing colors and all the tourists have gone.  I think you caught the first snow. 

11/25/18 09:48 AM #6736    


Alan Hayashi

Bob and other history buffs, 

Jim and I checked out another historic bridge that was about mile from the picture that Jim posted.  It is called the Rainbow Bridge and was built in 1917 to link with the Lincoln highway bridge in the city of Folsom.  The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway completed in 1913 and ran from New York to San Francisco. 

The other picuture is taken from the birdge looking eastward on the American River. 30 miles east of here is the Coloma where gold was discovered in 1849. Folsom lake is just beyond the hill in the background.  At the bottom of the lake is Mormon City which was developed during the gold mining era. Every few miles are gold mining sites named "Bar" like Mormon Bar, Rattlesnake Bar, and Negro Bar (Which is stilll controversial to this day). 




11/25/18 10:34 AM #6737    


Carolynn Hinshaw (La Pierre)

Wonderful photo memories Alan...thank you.

11/30/18 07:27 AM #6738    


Bill Nigh

The news says there's been tear gas on the border at San Ysidro.  Hope none of it got to the Hotel Nelson!

11/30/18 10:59 AM #6739    


John Kennedy

Bill Nigh,

I second that thought.

It could wreak havoc on a person's house special.

As in totally trash a Friday night.

One may have to pack it in and relocate to the Long Bar.

12/01/18 07:40 PM #6740    


John Kennedy

What was the strongest earthquake y'all have ever felt?

Do you recall?


I bet Bob Foster felt quite a few while in Alaska.

12/02/18 06:44 AM #6741    


Terry Greenlee


I think Steve Cropsey spent more time in AK than Bob?

Kathy and I were living in Granada Hills in February 1971 when the Sylmar quake hit LA.   I think it was about 6.5.  We were shaken out of bed at about 6:00AM on the 3rd floor of an apartment.  The sway at that height in a building was fun.   Like  walking on a scafold.  Lots of aftershocks and PTSD for months. 

The motion broke the windows out of our bedroom and moved all the furniture like we were in the movie Exorcist.  Our  refrigerator door was thrown open and a half eaten turkey was thrown to the kitchen floor after which the door was flung closed again.   Hanging lamps spun and marked the walls with the red coloring of their cloth covers. 

Our apartment was a mess as we escaped down darkened interior hallways with our 6 month old son. Crowded stairwells with other survivors are still a strong memory.  We made it across the street into an open park and were then evacuated in anticipation of a break in the nearby dam  adjacent to the 405 and 5 intersection on the north side of the San Fernando valley.    Booze ran out from under the doors of nearby liquor stores and fires were burning off broken gas pipes as we made it to the 405 and escaped to Torrance for a few days sleeping on the floor of friends.

We had to go back and endure the aftershocks because we had a $200.00 security deposit that was held for 6 months.   We got very used to 4.0 and 4.5 shocks in those 6  months.  Finally we got the $200.00 and moved to Agoura off of Kanan Road where we bought our first house at the back of a canyon that was recently burned by the  early phases of the Malibu fire.  

12/02/18 04:22 PM #6742    


Robert Foster (Foster)

Actually, I have only been to Alaska once, in January 1971 for a 2-3hour layover on my way to Vietnam. No earthquakes--just cold. I once dated a girl in college who spent two years in Juneau and was there for the 1964 quake. A story for another time. You may be thinking about Steve Cropsey.
To Bill Nigh and others...The Hotel Nelson was our "home away from home" from 64-67. I once saw a guy get thrown through that plate glass window in the alcove, and get up and go in for more. Don't know what happened after that. We split


12/02/18 05:07 PM #6743    


John Kennedy

Well duh of course I meant Steve Cropsey.

I guess after reading about the latest Alaskan quake my brain was shaking or maybe I am just getting old.

Now on to the traitors----I mean Chargers at Pittsburgh.

12/02/18 09:34 PM #6744    

Thomas Clarke, Jr.

Terry and Kathy what a great story !

you can write 

In ‘64 I left for Seattle with my wife Sue she was six months 

pregnant with our son Tom I was working at Westlake Electronics

standing on a stool stocking shelves when the first shock wave of

the Alaska earthquake knocked me on the ground.  It was a strange 


Terry I have to say I like your story better.

John my apologies for the obscure post

when I took a physics class the red - blue shift is where the light bar on police 

cars comes from so I was told.









12/02/18 11:21 PM #6745    


Robert Foster (Foster)

Anyone who has lived in California for any length of time has experienced earthquakes. I suppose the most frightening one for me was the 1989 Loma Prieta quake during the Bay bridge world series against the Giants and the Athletics. I was home and the whole house creaked and swayed. I have to say that may have the most frightening experience of my life. Our number 2 son was on an escalator going to the nosebleed section of Candlestick Park for the 4th game. He told us from that height one could look out and see Hiway 101 coming up from the south. He said they saw the freeway rise and fall like ripples, and someone on the stairs yelled, "EARTHQUAKE"! It hit the escalator about two seconds later, twisted and stopped. After they made it to their nosebleed seats, Jason was pushed because they cancelled the game. He did not appreciate the seriousness of the situation until he saw the Bay Bridge, the freeway collapse and fire in the Embarcadero. Our house was unscathed except the microwave oven shut off.any good stories from any of you?

12/03/18 06:16 AM #6746    


Jerry Hoover

Like all of you, I have experienced a few earthquakes while living in San Francisco and Southern Cal.  But the one that was very interesting was the one that hit Greeville, California, in 2013.  Greenville is in Northern California near Quincy (Plumas County).  I was living up there while I taught at Feather River College.  I was sitting on my couch when I heard a loud explosion.  At first I thought it was the large propane tank out front exploding but then the house shook violently, knocking me off the couch.  The quake was a 5.7 with numerous aftershocks over 4.5.  What made this so noticeable was the epicenter was very shallow and right at my house.  The "explosion" was the sound of the rocks breaking at the epicenter.  Of all the earthquakes I have been through in my life, I never heard one.  No damage to my house, but the shelves in the stores in Greenville and Quincy had to be restocked.

12/03/18 08:47 AM #6747    


Carolynn Hinshaw (La Pierre)

My first earthquake was probably felt in 1946 -Bremerton/ Seattle - Although I may have been on my rocker (or off..) and didn't realize what was happening...The one I DO recall was the 6.7 earthquake of April,1949. We were living in Yesler Terrace, a student housing area at the time in Seattle, as my Dad was finishing his degree at the U of WA. I was at the babysitters home but playing outside. I clearly recall my little friends scattering, one of them with her arms up saying something about a "quake"... and I was all of a sudden left alone. I remember seeing the grass move in funny directions and I looked up and saw the Smith Tower (one of the taller if not tallest buildings in the city) - swaying back and forth. I think at that moment, my babysitter came out and grabbed me. That memory has never left me. I later learned that my mother had been shopping at the Bon Marche -which I believe became the first Nordstroms- and was in an elevator at the moment of the shock when their cab fell 4 or 5 floors. No one was really injured.

The next scary one I recall (stay with me here...) was when I was on the 4th floor of the many windowed lunch room of the new US National Bank building  downtown San Diego in 1964...That was when the 9.2 ?  Alaskan earthquake occurred and was surely felt all the way down here!! I remember looking out the windows and you could  see the other buildings swaying or that could have been us! Either way...some of the people ran screaming into the hallways and got into the elevators - which of course you never do...

And yes...the last memorable one was the Northridge quake in 1994....At the time we owned a three story wooden home in PB on a hill....That "tree house" swayed like a palm tree and out of bed we literally rolled.. I fear these will not be our last rodeo/earthquakes as we continue to live in California. 

12/03/18 12:21 PM #6748    


Steve Cropsey

I read somewhere there are an average of 2000 (Not a typo) earthquakes a year in Alaska. Many are on the very low side of the Rictor Scale so they go unnoticed. Thank God this one only did infrastructure damage with no injuries reported.


12/03/18 07:05 PM #6749    


Steve Cropsey

Bob Foster

My Long Bar Story ;I took one of our classmates on a date to Tiajuana ( we had just turned 18)  her first time to TJ. Just as we walked in (After having a couple at the Nelson bar) a drunk gringo puked, which landed about 5 feet in front of her. But she was a good sport stepped around it and we found a stool at the other end. Wonder what ever came of her?  

12/04/18 10:53 AM #6750    


Robert Foster (Foster)

Steve and All

The Long Bar....

Ahhh, youth!

I mentioned I was friends with a girl who went up to Juneau for two years to earn money to go to SDSU (short version: She made enough money as a secretary to pay for four years). Since she graduated CVHS in 1964, she would have missed the 1964 quake by about 8 weeks. After she returned, we went our for a movie and she told me about her time in Juneau during the Winter..  The reason I bring that up is what she told me next...and I will have to clean it up, but you will get the picture. Please remember that this was a very nice young lady, and we were in church youth group togetther.

She told me the following things:

1. No one had a nice vehicle in Juneau as the town was very hilly, and the way most people stopped was to allow their cars/trucks to slide into the first car they could find; and,

2. The Winters were unbelievable (remember, she was from Guava St in Chula Vista, where the snow is not quite for heavy). She said, and here I will clean this up a bit.

     "...It was so depressing for an eighteen year old in the Winter, that the only four things to do were drink, sleep, f---, and check the mail..."

I was a bit shocked by her story, given how I had known her for several years prior to Alaska.  But some fifty years later and my numerous recountings of her words, my friend;s description of Juneau in the Winter seems to be the only thing I remember about that date.


I have told that story to a couple of people who lived in Juneau in the Winter and they all pretty much concurred.


12/05/18 08:26 PM #6751    

Thomas Clarke, Jr.

Alan those are great!!! Shots 

I took this one 65 mph coming back 


from the Patagonia store in Solana beach (Christmas in San Diego)

12/06/18 01:24 PM #6752    


Hugh Kottler

Recently people have posted about their experiences with earthquakes, so that made me think of one of mine. As I may have mentioned, I moved to Chula Vista from New York City at the beginning of my senior year, so needless to say, I had never felt an earthquake before.  Not long after I got to CV, I went out on a date with a very nice young lady from CVHS--my California fantasy, by the way, California surfer girl meets Jewish kid from New York.  We were at a movie in downtown San Diego. I still remember the film--"The Unsinkable Molly Brown"--and suddenly the movie theater started to shake and rumble.  A few people ran screaming for the exits.  I asked my date what was going on, and she calmly said, oh, it's nothing, just an earthquake. Well, her calmness told me it was OK, just one of those California things, I guess. 

12/07/18 09:51 AM #6753    


Robert Foster (Foster)

Hi Hugh and All,

Many may know this but California experiences about 10,000 recordable quakes a year. Only about 15-20 are magnitude 4.0 or higher

Another interesting fact is the fault San Andreas is a series of faults known as fault zone and not a single fault. The length of this fault zone is more than 800 miles and up to 10 miles deep. An earthquake could occur along one of these fault zones at any time. For example, we live about 50 yard away from the Hayward fault which is one of many offshoots. I generally am not a great believer in the phrase, "'s just fate...", but in the case of where you live in California, especially along the coast, it's a matter of fate if you get caught in one. Our house comes out from a hillside and has extremely well engineered foundations and supports. the ;89 Loma Prieta quake creaked the house, but no damage. Can't worry about those things. My wife and I always state that if we lived in the Midwest, we would be much more cognizant of flooding and tornados

Everyone seems to have an opinion on quakes and recently I read that Southern California is more likely to have The Big One than Northern California. That was written by someone at the USGS and along with $2.25, you can get a cup of coffee at Staarbucks. No one really knows for sure, and I for one like it that way.

By the way, Alaska has about 700 quakes a year with a magnatude of 3.5 or greater.

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