>Hashing it Up in San Diego

>I’ve been in San Diego since Monday afternoon/evening, but I forgot to bring the cable that allows me to pull photos off my camera. That means I won’t have any images to share of my exciting adventures until I get home. So far it hasn’t been all that exciting, though. I got in a little later than planned on Monday and didn’t feel like doing much, so I pretty much just found someplace to eat then turned in early. After the woeful accommodations of my last trip, the Hampton Inn feels like a freakin’ luxury hotel.

I did get out and about a little last night. I drove up to the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial, which was pretty cool. It offered a great 360 degree view of the entire area. Hopefully those pictures will turn out. Afterwards I drove down and just tried to get myself lost driving along the beach. I couldn’t find any place to park, so I didn’t get out — I plan to wrap up early today and make that happen this afternoon. It was beautiful and relaxing, the whole thing. I was listening to Howard Stern on Sirius radio; that was a lot of fun. He was talking to Richard Roeper, and it was great. Say what you want about Stern, but the man knows how to do entertaining radio. I think people get it in their heads that he is one thing — the controversial, rude, raw, etc. type — but he’s a lot more than that. Every time I listen to satellite radio I’m reminded how much I like the format. I really need to subscribe one of these days.

Once my driving tour was over, I went out to dinner at Hash House A Go Go, a restaurant suggested by writer Daniel Ames via my Twitter request for San Diego recommendations.

They bill their food as “Twisted Farm Food” and it was delicious. My appetizer was “Big O’ SHRIMP prawns grilled & brushed with bar b’ que trimmed with blue cheese ranch” and the main feast was:

Indiana Crispy Hand Hammered Pork Tenderloin

With smoked mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, spinach, bar b’ que cream served with horseradish mashed potatoes

It was delicious, washed down with imported “Czech Rebel Pilsner” beer imported from, you guessed it, the Czech Republic.

I was in pretty much a food coma for the rest of the night. I couldn’t even finish it all. That is saying something.

Other Stuff

Keep your eyes open for the next issue of World Explorer Magazine. I have an article in it about the awesome Gabriel Hunt series of books. I’m pretty excited about that. It’s a fun magazine with stuff about lost ruins, yetis, and all manner of bizarre and cool stuff.

Finally, there is a new website out called Blunt Force Beating that is all about the crime genre: books, movies, comics, etc. I’ve been contributing a thing or two as time allows. This week I have an interview with Jimmy Palmiotti, a guy most known for his comics writing (Jonah Hex, Power Girl) but who has his hands in lots of other things too. If you’re interested, check it out.

Next up I’m going to interview writer Duane Swierczynski, whose new book Expiration Date just came out. I’m a big fan of his writing as well. Should be fun!

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