Friday, December 27, 2019

My Christmas Trip To Visit My Wife And Son



Song:  My Cherie Amour  (cover)

Artist:  Kent Nishimura


I just got back from spending a few days seeing my wife and son
at the ocean condo.

We went to San Francisco on Christmas Eve by night ferry.

Although the ferry building is walkable from the condo...
we just drove and parked there.



Departing the ferry building.



We sat outside on the upper observation deck for the short trip to San Francisco.

We were the only ones on board.


Alcatraz at night.



The Oakland Bay Bridge.












Just on the bridge side of the ferry pier...
is another pier...
but this one is a dedicated viewing / photography pier for 
great views of the city...especially at night.








The below two shots my wife had taken.



My wife had taken a photo of me taking a night photo of San Francisco.



We then walked to Pier 39.






Coit Tower was plainly visible during our walk to Pier 39.











The blue building, which is very visible from the condo...
is in the same shot as Coit Tower in this photo from Pier 39.





We ate supper at a restaurant on Pier 39.


Alex wanted to try clam chowder in a sourdough bowl...
as well as the grilled trout.


My wife and I had the Jambalaya.


Alex trying some of my wife's Tiramisu.


And he then tried my Creme Brûlée.


This was Alex's dessert...
a caramel NY cheesecake.




Since the last of the night ferrys had already stopped...
we took an Uber from Pier 39 back to the ferry building near the ocean condo
(It was only $37.00).


The driver dropped us off where we had parked the car.


The ferry building near the condo is nicely designed.


On the night I left to return to Reno, NV...
we went to the Outback for supper.

Alex had baby back ribs.


I had a pound and a half of Rib Eye with mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms.


After arriving at the condo that night...
I had one cup of coffee...
and drove back home.


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I had finished my second novel before I left to visit my son...
and my elder sister had finished reading it just before I was to depart back home.

She loved it also.

I am now starting on the third book of the Trilogy.

This may take me two to three months to finish.

It will then take me a while to proofread all of them.

But...sometime next year...
I will publish them.

I will also be practicing and recording the many songs I had composed for...
 and while writing, the books...
as music plays a central part of so much of the books.
(Record at home and put on YouTube).

I want to include the sheet music...
as well as a linked recording so the readers may hear what the songs are as the 
characters play them in the books.

I don't know how feasible this will be...
but, I will still record them sometime next year.

 Anyway...
this coming year will prove to be an exciting one.

There are many things I will be busy with...
and each one...
another step forwards to fulfilling my dreams.

I had always dreamt of leading such a life...
and I am now pursuing it.

This is the way to live out life.

Dream it...
Plan for it...
Work towards it...
until fruition of those dreams is achieved.

For those yet to retire...
if you do these things...
retirement becomes magical.

It is all worth it.

I repeat...

Dream it...
Plan for it...
Work towards it...
until fruition of those dreams is achieved.







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