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Czech it out!

California, that is!

On the short flight from Las Vegas, NV to Oakland, CA yesterday, I had the company of two young ladies from the Czech Republic, who chose to sit with me.

They had just spent a week in Washington, D.C., and they were visiting California for the first time. (I told them that I had never visited their home city of Prague, although it is on my “bucket list” but will probably never be accomplished).

Of course, I gave them my business card, and when one asked the subject of my photography, I said, “California!” :-)

On the way, we talked a little about “Murphy’s Law” (with regard to views from the plane windows), the Nevada desert, Area 51 (which the pilot pointed out), the windmills of the Altamont and my city of Livermore, and the San Mateo Bridge. I also let them know about Santa Cruz (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc.! :-) ), since one of the goals of their vacation is to spend a lot of time on the beach! (Note added August 27, 2009: BTW, the beach in the photo above is in Capitola!)

Sure, I hope that they take my business cards back to Prague with them in three weeks, but mostly I let them know that they could look at photos of California places and decide what they would like to do during their stay. All of us living in California are ambassadors for the state, to the many, many foreign and domestic visitors who come to see us each year.

Earlier in the day, I spoke with a man at an airline counter who had spent part of his life in Sunnyvale, CA. I encouraged him to visit the Bay Area in October, which is generally a month when we have our very best weather. The thought “struck a chord” with him – I saw his eyes light up! :-)

So, this October, when temperatures are plummeting in other parts of the country, check out our weather, and come to visit! Barbecues and beaches…extend your summertime!

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

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