Monday, June 3, 2013

Reflections Before Surgery

From San Francisco to Ann Arbor, Ada, Tacoma, Seattle, Wilbraham, Springfield, Tustin, and all points beyond This poor kid from the Sunset District has been fortunate to see so much of America. What a great country! Plymouth Rock, Lexington and Concord Colonial Williamsburg and Plimouth Plantation Independence Hall, Valley Forge The Mohawk Trail Fort Sumter, Gettysburg Ground Zero, Pearl Harbor and the Murrah Federal Building Golden Gate Park, Central Park, Estes Park, Boston Commons Disneyland and Disney World. Hollywood, California, Hollywood, Florida, and the Hollywood Casino Dred Scott Courthouse Cripple Creek and Leadville. Corn Palace and Cow Palace Squaw Valley and Happy Valley Castle Rock, Rock Springs and Hot Springs Insider tours of Grand Coulee Dam and Hoover Dam Detroit Observatory, Griffith Observatory, Lowell Observatory Grand Canyon and Waimea Canyon Columbia River Gorge and the Hudson River Gorge The Wisconsin Dells and the Dalles Mall of America, South Coast Plaza, King of Prussia Mall, Galleria Wall Drugs Multnomah Falls, Niagara Falls, and Fergus Falls Times Square, the Lights of Broadway and Hollywood and Vine N’awlins and Natchitoches St. Augustine, Sausalito, Sedona, and Santa Monica Old Ironsides and U.S.S. Constellation Newport cottages and Newport Beach fire pits Dixie Highway, Lincoln Highway, The Natchez Trace, and Route 66 The Arroyo Seco and the New Jersey Turnpike Walked The Freedom Trail and Brooklyn Bridge Crossed the Hudson, Connecticut, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Colorado Rivers Crossed the Alleghenies, Appalachians, Berkshires, Cascades, Ozarks, Rockies, and Sierras Adirondacks, Catskills, and Poconos Pauley Pavilion and the Rose Bowl The Big House and Cowboys Stadium La Brea Tar Pits and the black sand beach Mendenhall Glacier and the Everglades Jackson’s Mill, West Virginia and Owensboro, Ky. Wenatchee, Winnemucca, and Winslow Long Island, Whidbey Island, and the Cape The Henry Ford and the Museum of Science and Industry The Met, Smithsonian, Philadelphia Museum of Art, LACMA, De Young, the Guggenheim Cantor’s Deli, Carnegie Deli, and the Moonlite BBQ The original Mel’s Diner, Red Robin and Sambo’s North to Alaska and south to Ka Lae Lake Placid and Lake Tahoe, the Great Lakes, and Lake Champlain Denali, Rainier The Grassy Knoll North Beach and South Beach The Big Sky Country, the High Plains, and the Strip Grand Old Opry, Radio City Music Hall and Gerde’s Folk City Frontier Days and the Tulip Festival St. Louis Arch, Seattle Space Needle, Transamerica Building, Empire State Building, The Biltmore, Winterthur Altoona Loop and the Tehachapi Loop Haight Asbury and The Village Big Tex and the Alamo Big Muskie and the 4-8-8-4 Big Boy South Royalton, Vt. and Palmyra, NY And I have miles to go before I sleep

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