“Adjectives are frequently the greatest enemy of the substantive.” - Voltaire
“[I was taught] to distrust adjectives as I would later learn to distrust certain people in certain situations.” - Ernest Hemingway
“The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.” - Clifton Paul Fadiman
“When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them — then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when close together. They give strength when they are wide apart.” - Mark Twain
“The road to hell is paved with adjectives.” - Stephen King
“[The adjective] is the one part of speech first seized upon and worked to death by novices and inferior writers.” - J.I. Rodale
“Use no superfluous word, no adjective, which does not reveal something.” - Ezra Pound
“The adjective has not been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.” - E.B. White
“[Whoever writes in English] is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective.” - George Orwell
“Most adjectives are also unnecessary. Like adverbs, they are sprinkled into sentences by writers who don’t stop to think that the concept is already in the noun.” - William Zissner
“I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable.”— Henry Miller, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird (via nevver)
“Moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but world’s champions.”—
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., novelist (1922-2007).
thanks @lefsetz for bringing it over to me in his letter.
We stopped in at our hotel in Santa Rosa and hit the road again. The Hotel La Rose is in the old Santa Rosa railroad square and is a very comfortable small hotel. The stairways smell of roses and the rooms are heavy on the rose theme. The beds are soft and the decor pleasant. We did notice one bizarre feature: some of the door handles and counters are designed for someone 4 ft tall.
The Charles M. Schulz museum is amazing. It’s a gem of good architecture and as good as any museum in N. Cal. We could have stayed hours.
The wedding party was fun. Up in the VML Winery outside Healdsburg, it was a nice setting and it was fun to hang with family. We are not wine drinkers, so beverage was a challenge, but the food was nice, and the setting wonderful.
A splendid day in the sun! After collecting Rosie and Jimmy at San Francisco airport, we cruise to Santa Cruz. Along the historic boardwalk, Kerry and I take a ride down memory lane on the 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster. It’s an uncomfortable ride and we get off sporting bruises of many colors. We take a scenic drive around the cliff to Capitola to end the day with dinner overlooking the sea.
Up early, we leave to drive back through San Francisco, Golden Gate Park and over the bridge swathed in fog. We arrive at the other side in Sausalito sunshine, to the beautiful bayside town.
This was to be the day we made the long slog to the sea. It was a great drive, leaving Reno early and heading down the south east side of Lake Tahoe. From there we cut along through the mountains and made a stop at Folsom State Prison as a homage to Johnny Cash.
We made the long push into San Francisco and by shuttle, BART, and cable car we made it to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner and watched the sun do down with an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista.
We hit several casinos early just to get the lay of the land. Maria liked the riot of color that is the Peppermill. We also stopped in to see the Discovery Museum which was in fact a Children’s museum. That was a VERY short stop. We debated briefly going to the Mustang Ranch museum but were skeezed out because it is still a working brothel. From discovery to harlotry seemed too big a gap even for us.
Also in the morning we stopped in at Scheels, the mega outdoor store. Something like 400,000 square feet with it’s own ferris wheel and an anamatronic Lincoln reciting the Emancipation Proclamation. We road the ferris wheel which actually gave us great views of the mountain. At checkout the clerk who was from Oregon complained that Reno was ugly. We disagree. It is beautiful in its own weird way.
With an afternoon to kill we headed to Virginia City. Very fun times. It really is a museum of museums. Police, fire, school, brothel, there is a museum for everything in that little town. We had a great walk exploring with libations in the Bucket of Blood Saloon.
On the way home we detoured to the Patagonia outlet store. Good deals on some usually expensive gear. It was hard to find, but interesting.
We went back to the Peppermill for dinner and gorged on fish and sushi before heading back to the Silver Legacy.
We rounded out the evening playing nickel video poker. Maria won $5 and I won $2.50. Big time gamblers!
We started out from Burns early to get a head start on the day and went south through the Malheur Wildlife preserve. It was a big day for birdwatchers and they were not to be disappointed. Waterfowl were everywhere to be seen.
We stopped off in Frenchglen and Maria noticed that the Frenchglen hotel was serving breakfast! Great food and a neat place though we noticed the bird people were weird and standoffish. May they only communicate with birds.
Then south across the border to Denio Nv and on our way to Reno with a stop in Lovelock to attach our love in the plaza. That was a fun detour.
We had a nice walk along the river and explored downtown Reno. I really like Reno on many levels but it needs an economic shot in the arm. They have redeveloped some great areas but the people just aren’t. Coming like they need to to keep it going. We stopped in at the old El Cortez hotel. Very cool architecture in need of a refresh. Great history but in decline.
The Silver Legacy is nice. The rooms are comfortable and the staff polite.
More exploring tomorrow and a break from the road.
Briefly touched town in Burns, OR for the night. After 20 years away it seems very strange to be here. Shortly after my last visit the last mill closed and the economy doesn’t seem to have recovered. The one asset they have here is the people. Kind, friendly, helpful as only people in small communities can be. The local newspaper edition is dedicated to the graduating classes of 2012. Of the 50 people in the class of ‘12 how many will stay with few jobs to be found? The best resource may become the best export.