Bakersfield

Amazon cancelled its plan to locate its new headquarters in New York’s Long Island City last February but continued with its plan to locate a headquarters in Northern Virginia’s Arlington County at Crystal City.  It has apparently not announced that it will build another national headquarters in some other location.  That it would locate in the Washington, DC area makes sense since Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s owner, converted The Textile Museum in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood a few years ago into The District of Columbia’s largest house and reportedly spent $23 million for it.  The Textile Museum has since reopened on the campus of George Washington University on Washington’s 21st St NW.   Amazon is in the process of building a new distribution center in Bakersfield, CA and is currently hiring staff for an opening between January, 2020, and the following September.  Ruth and I spent a night in Bakersfield on our last trip of 2019.  We will return to Paso Robles when we check out the about-to-open new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles that is scheduled for 2020, but we will not be spending another night in Bakersfield.  We went to see what is perceived to be its best attraction called CALM and judged it interesting but not sensational.  Locals, however, seemed to love this zoo.

While in this inland California city I did photograph 2 places.  That’s The Big Shoe on Chester Avenue up top.  A repair shop, this 30 feet long and 20 feet high white shoe is a hoot built in 1947.  The Fox Theater on H Street downtown has been converted from a movie venue into a live-performance theater.  It opened on Christmas Day in 1930 as a movie theater and reopened as a saved and much loved local landmark in 1994.   Upcoming early in 2020 are Joey Diaz, Wynonna Judd, and Travis Tritt.

Hank

 

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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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