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March 11, 2011


Song: "California" sung by The Sons of the Pioneers.


  Kissing statue

  Lord Hornblower

  Bird of Paradise


  USS Midway




On the way to San Diego last night, the highway ran through mountains of boulders. It was too late to take pictures. I wonder what that area is called?


Morning in San Diego

        It was a strange morning this time, after the carefree mornings we'd wakened to for two weeks. Early this morning a massive earthquake  shook Japan and the coast of California was on tsunami alert. Just as we were preparing to go down to breakfast, we turned on the TV news to find Japan had an earthquake (8.9 on the Richter scale) and a tsunami was expected in San Diego. All down the Oregon and California coast, the beaches were being evacuated.

        After breakfast, we walked down by the waterfront to find the larger tour ships had put out to sea as a precaution but, by the time we'd headed back, they had returned. The only death on the California coast was one fellow who had stayed too long to take a photo and was swept away. We assume he is dead.

        I boarded the motel's shuttle bus to the airport and I checked in about 10:30am, leaving San Diego at 12:45.  I watched the news all the way to Calgary. Horrible. I'm sitting here in the Calgary airport now trying to reconcile myself to the fact that it's not 89F any more but -11C. Quite a change in 2 1/2 hours. Here are the pictures we took with the new Canon:











Bird of Paradise







We'll check the tide later.










(Drake photo)


A 25-foot  sculpture on San Diego's waterfront inspired by the iconic photo of a nurse embraced in a kiss with a sailor in Times Square on the day World War II ended. The sculpture, by artist J. Seward Johnson, is made from a foam core with a urethane outer layer.

The nurse depicted in the statue was Edith Shain, who died in 2010 at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 92. Shain was in San Diego in 2007 to dedicate the sculpture. The retired nurse was back in January for an event aboard the Midway to promote a celebration in Times Square this summer to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

On Aug. 14, 1945, Shain was a nursing student working at Doctor's Hospital in New York City when radio networks announced the surrender of the Imperial Forces of Japan. She recalled later that she made her way to Times Square, and allowed a strange man in a Navy uniform swoop her into his arms. Photographer Alfred Eisenstadt captured the moment. The photo made a special section of Life magazine, and the scene instantly became part of American history.

Shain kept her identity secret until she wrote a letter to Eisenstadt in the late 1970s, revealing she was the woman in his photo. Born in Tarrytown, N.Y. in 1918, Shain graduated from New York Doctors Nursing School in 1947. She taught kindergarten for 30 years and also worked as a night shift nurse before retiring in Los Angeles. She is survived by two sons, six grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren.





















No change in the tide.


And so ended a dream come true!