December 31, 2006
December 28, 2006
Its hard to have a bad day in Key West. I'm here with my friend Myron from Dallas. We both got stuck doing work for a good bit of the day. (Our friend Tres, who couldn't make it this year, would be so dismayed. Last year he would come up from the pool and find us both buried in our laptops and exclaim "what are you doing?!") We finally ventured out in search of a Cuban Sandwich, finding excellent ones at a little joint called Jose's Cantina. We wandered without any plan, which was best part about it. We stopped in a gallery or two and got Mojitos from streetside stands. We capped the day with dinner at my favorite place from last year, Santiago's Bodega. Its some of the best tapas I've ever had. They even just started carrying a new Weiss beer - Tucher - which had a great spicy taste - I'll have to look for it elsewhere. Even a lazy day without a plan always ends up being a feast for your senses in Key West.
Posted by Jon Berry at 11:01 PM
December 27, 2006
December 26, 2006
I walked down around the corner from my folks house the other day to run an errand, I was suprised what a short walk it seemed to be from when I was a kid. I used to have to make that walk all the time to go get milk when we were out of it. It always seemed like such a big chore then. Now it seems only a matter of steps.
The Shamrock Laundromat down the corner is gone. Well, its still a Laundromat (now the Braddock Street Old Town Laundromat. Good grief.) They used to have this awesome neon sign. Thankfully the shamrock is still there, but the wonderful neon type is gone. I also was kind of tickled to find the cracks in the sidewalk were the same. I used to ride my Big Wheel up and down these sidewalks years ago. I remember this patch shown in the picture. It's hard to make out, but for some reason as a kid I always thought this looked like a dog. Thirty years later the pattern hasn't changed at all.
Posted by Jon Berry at 8:47 PM
Some snapshots from Christmas Day at our house... believe it or not, i was the second one up in the morning (though it really was just from paranoia about not holding everyone up by being the last one awake!) The kids have a little of their Uncle Jon in them - they finally had to be woken up to come down in the morning!
Hope you had a great Christmas, too...
Posted by Jon Berry at 12:18 AM
December 25, 2006
We went down to my sister Jayne's house tonight like we often do for Christmas Eve. There was the Redskins game in one room, with the Ravens in another, though most of us were upstairs talkin and hangin out (and trying to help while she and her husband Mark cooked tons of great stuff). The dog in these pics is Colby, Edn's brother and another son of Phantom's. The hat was actually a gift for my nephew, Evan, but Colby seemed to like it just fine.
Posted by Jon Berry at 12:38 AM
December 24, 2006
December 23, 2006
These are some shots of my hometown's downtown. Its funny how big "downtown" seemed when I was a kid. When I was in kindergarten, they turned downtown into a pedestrian mall and named it "Loudon Street Mall". I'm not really sure why.
In high school, a typical indoor mall opened up on the edge of town and the department stores left downtown. They renamed downtown "Old Town Winchester" (with an awful logo, now replaced by an equally awful logo) as if that would make it more attractive. It didn't work, and downtown died.
Oddly, now the mall has died too as about eight big-box centers have been built near the mall, a new one added every year, it seems. Today the mall is half vacant except for odd trinket stores like the ones that first filled downtown when it died. Downtown has never fully found its way - a lot of stores are vacant (or torn down) but in between are nice craft stores and coffee houses. A few stores that were there when I was a kid even still remain. It is cute, and its nice to see them preserving the old buildings - well, some of em.
Posted by Jon Berry at 7:38 PM