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Monday At FPR On The Road In San Diego

February 3rd, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, yesterday Izze, Vanessa, John Hurlbut and I drove over the mountain to the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial which is on the way from Mission Bay to La Jolla.

Looking back on the road up to Mt. Soledad

Looking back on the road up to Mt. Soledad

I had never been up here before and of course I was touched by the pictures of all the brave souls who have answered their country’s call to arms.

The girls at the foot of the giant cross

The girls at the foot of the giant cross

My Dad, Jorma and his two brothers Tarmo, and Pentti were all WWII vets and they are all buried up in Los Angeles. We’re going to buy a plaque for them and put their pictures here with all their other brothers and sisters!

Surrounded by honor and beauty!

Surrounded by honor and beauty!

This is indeed a special place!

From the foot of the cross looking skyward

From the foot of the cross looking skyward

Then came the Superbowl and since I didn’t have a dog in that fight I can only say how much I enjoyed Bruno Mars. Now my daughter and wife have been fans of his for some time, and I have heard the music and liked it. After I saw him at halftime, I really got it! Good Stuff!

Today we wanted to get a good old burger. John’s niece, Sarah, who lives here recommend Crazee Burger in Old Town. We went, and it was absolutely delicious. I recommend it highly.

Crazee Burger, Old Town

Crazee Burger, Old Town

After that yummy lunch it was back to the hotel to welcome the Fur Peace Ranchers. Before Vanessa and Izze were supposed to go to the lobby they decided to take a little voyage in their yacht.

Better than Gilligan's Island

Better than Gilligan's Island

Good times… more will be revealed…

  1. Brett
    February 4th, 2014 at 11:14 | #1

    Bruno Mars convert here too! ‘Twas the highlight of the Super Bowl for me

    Have a good week with the Ranchers


  2. johno
    February 4th, 2014 at 12:26 | #2

    Your Dad and uncles must be so proud that you are remembering them in this way. It’s such a beautiful spot. I did something similar at the Statue of Liberty with my grandparents who passed by Lady Liberty on their way into NY harbor from Europe.

  3. Greg Martelli
    February 4th, 2014 at 14:14 | #3

    Wendy and I went out to San Diego last year , had a great trip saw the Navy Seals training pacific dolphins. We were told that the dolphins volitionally can leave at any time , they like the play time.
    We road rented road bikes from the Marina neighborhood to Mt. Soledad ( very inspirational) and than on to La Jolla for fish tacos — surfin USA.
    Looks like a great trip for fur peace .
    See ya in Negril!
    Greg Martelli
    Ps , I’m sure the troops will enjoy the girl scout cookies

  4. Mike Z
    February 4th, 2014 at 18:43 | #4

    Can’t wait to see you at mccabe’s Saturday!

  5. carlo pagliano
    February 4th, 2014 at 22:30 | #5

    To have a double life it ain’t so so&so as it sounds. This morning I went at work, but I also went to visit me mom and dad, if you follow Jorma when rockin’, even more during the memorable excursions, so with the clear spirit one could gather in Jorma’s blog, I went. The result is here with me tonight, me mom smiled at me like I was shining in my twenties, me dad appeared as in his life flying free in the splendor of his grand spirit, the inviolable ethical human values he fulfilled with strong mind, urging to do good each start of the morning, like him. Giving me open horizons to love people and art to accompany the mystery of life.
    Of course these considerations come by with the insight that pervaded me this morning when reading Jorma’s lines.
    The second day of November we walk in these monumental, neuter cemeteries, bundled up in the chilly fog holding in our gloves a bunch of fluorescent chrysanthemums, to offer to our dears in prayer. And that is also how we always walk out, instead of the flowers we hold our dears dead in our hands.
    But it ain’t no more so tonight, and as from tonight.
    Can’t find proper words this time taking my leave. Thank You Jorma!

  6. well wisher
    February 5th, 2014 at 14:56 | #6


  7. John B
    February 5th, 2014 at 17:52 | #7

    Bruno Mars was entertaining. Now that we have had Bruno Mars for Superbowl Halftime entertainment I think that it is high time that world was treated to a Superbowl halftime show featuring Hot Tuna ! You could play Halftime Saturation.

  8. John B
    February 5th, 2014 at 18:04 | #8

    Barbara would you be kind enough to research who we should send our letters to requesting Hot Tuna play at the next Superbowl?

  9. Barbara Jacobs
    February 5th, 2014 at 21:00 | #9

    @John B
    Ask Jorma if he is interested.
    (I think Hot Tuna enjoys a more intimate performance venue.)

    My movie recommendation: “The Monuments Men” opens this weekend.
    The documentary on that topic, airs tonight on National Geographic Channel:
    “Hunting Hitler’s Stolen Treasures”.

    Google it and if you are quick on the remote control: you can watch it now, on National Geographic Channel.

  10. February 6th, 2014 at 17:32 | #10

    Good thing they made it back from their voyage. They might have ended up with the Professor and MaryAnn

  11. Joey Hudoklin
    February 6th, 2014 at 22:01 | #11

    @John B
    Halftime Saturation!
    Yes! That sounds delicious!

  12. John B
    February 7th, 2014 at 13:45 | #12

    Jorma would you and Jack be interested in performing at halftime for a Superbowl? There is a nationwide groundswell of support taking place at this very moment to have Hot Tuna perform at the next Superbowl.

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    February 7th, 2014 at 17:18 | #13

    @John B
    Bring on the dancing-girls!
    The Network censors would have a nervous breakdown, from 80k+ people chanting :
    “HOT F*CKIN’ TUNA!!!”.

  14. william Patrick Smith
    February 7th, 2014 at 20:09 | #14

    I have not see you guys play for more than 35 years but I am gunna drag myself out of bed to come see your concert in Fresno.

  15. jim hitchcock
    February 7th, 2014 at 20:59 | #15

    Guessing it’d Electric Tuna, John.

  16. Barbara Jacobs
    February 7th, 2014 at 21:51 | #16

    Complete with a wardrobe malfunction and a nip-slip.@jim hitchcock

  17. johno
    February 8th, 2014 at 09:50 | #17

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Don’t want Jack’s pants falling down on national TV


  18. jim hitchcock
    February 8th, 2014 at 11:12 | #18

    Hah, Garcia had his ties, maybe Jack could come out a line of signature suspenders.

  19. johno
    February 8th, 2014 at 12:40 | #19

    @jim hitchcock
    Great idea!

  20. February 8th, 2014 at 13:44 | #20

    Hey Well Wisher…

    Thank goodness I live in Meigs County!

  21. Mike Copeland
    February 9th, 2014 at 21:59 | #21

    Greetings from NC!! Thanx for mentioning Mt.Soledad. It is hallowed ground indeed. It is only through their sacrifices that we are able to enjoy great music all across the land in any state we chose to. I’m loving the set lists! the pics are great! I was stationed in Sandy Eggo for five years. Wonderful climate, beautiful scenery! I used to ride my Harley’s all over the area. I wonder if Hiram’s Guns and Liquor is still in business in El Cajon? Thanx for all you do. Say hi to everyone for me.

  22. Lance
    February 10th, 2014 at 18:37 | #22

    A long time ago, while in rehab in Beth Israel Hospital in NYC, someone wrote this on the wall in the bathroom: “A drug fiend stops growing the day he starts and starts growing the day he stops.” I guess i have been growing for 36 years now.

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