Thursday, April 3, 2008


I’m off to sunny California today, for a brief vacation in Palm Springs. I’m flying out in late morning and meeting up with my friends Christopher and Jerry, and we’ll all drive out to the desert together. I’m hoping to see Joshua Tree National Park, do a bit of running, and just relax in a warm, dry environment for a few days. Woo hoo!

Bob and I went to see “Stop Loss” last night, about soldiers returning from Iraq. It’s kind of a strange movie -- the first 3/4 are very moving, with an excellent performance by Ryan Phillippe. It effectively portrays the huge injustices we inflict on our military personnel in Iraq, as well as what life may be like stateside for veterans. But the ending seems a bit slapped together and unconvincing. (And sadly, there were no parts suitable for Tina Louise.)

After the movie, Bob and I went to the Cheyenne Diner on Ninth Avenue, which sadly is about to close forever. Its last day is Sunday. I had pancakes - an appropriate late-night diner food. Here, for good measure, are a few more photos of the Cheyenne.

I don’t think I’ll be blogging from California, so I’ll be back on Monday!


Anonymous said...

Dennis says have fun!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pics of the Cheyenne (what a shame, though.)
Have a great time.

Anonymous said...

Tina Louise! Boo Boo Bee Doo!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the review of 'stop loss' - despite the end it does sound worth going to.

hopefully in time the cheyenne will find another life - so forever isn't forever. some of these old diners find new homes and lives down the road! the photos showcase quite nice diner space!

hope you make it joshua tree nat'l park - hope your ipod has some U2 in it!

Anonymous said...

great pictures. have a great warm sunny time.

(we have snow)

Anonymous said...

Dennis says hi

Anonymous said...

What a shame the Cheyenne is closing! Hmmm. Have fun in Palm Springs - I was just there in February and had a lovely time - it was like my 10th time there. Where are you staying? Somehow Steve doesn't seem like a Palm Springs kind of guy!