But ... what the hell. I'm going to be self-indulgent. But I'll try to be brief about it. I'll limit it to the Top Ten.
|Looking toward Laguna Beach from Dana Point|
|The overlay, and Catalina Island beyond|
|That's someone else surfing, not B and me|
|San Diego sunset -- from Pacific Beach, showing Crystal pier|
|I'm looking out from Razor Point, Torrey Pines Natural Reserve|
|This is where I replaced my camera battery, in Uptown Sedona|
|We visited one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World|
|But this seems like an unnecessary warning, doesn't it?|
|Sunset in Sedona, AZ|
|On the front porch of the cliff dwellers (I picked up that sheriff's badge in Tombstone for $5.)|
|Overlooking Phoenix from Camelback Mt. -- my not-so-tall brother-in-law, dwarfed by a Saguaro|
* P. S. I don't yet have any grandchildren. But I vividly recall the day my daughter was born. I went over to the viewing area, where the dads and other relatives could look through the window into the nursery. Eight or ten babies were lying in their cribs, wiggling their feet and gumming their little fists, and then my eyes alighted on the most beautiful baby there -- my daughter.
I gawked at her for a few minutes. Then I wiped my eyes and went to find my wife, lying in her hospital bed. I told her, "I know every dad says it's their kid who's the most beautiful baby in the nursery. But you know what? Of all those dads, one of them is right. Well, I just looked in the nursery, and I can say the most beautiful baby in there is our daughter. And ... I'm the dad who is right."
Later, I sent a photo of my baby daughter to my sister. She called me on the phone to congratulate me, but then she hesitated. "What?" I wanted to know. "Well," she hemmed and hawed. "What?" I prompted. "Well, the thing is," she said, "she kind of looks like Uncle Johnny." And that's when I realized maybe I was looking at my little darling through rose-colored glasses.
But, not to worry. She has grown up to be a beautiful, smart, accomplished, independent 20-something. And that's the truth. You can take it from her dad.