Merry Christmas

If Santa didn’t bring you what you wanted………………..

Out & About

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Last night Jim and I drove around ooohing and aaahing at the lights.

The tallest lighted tree was a living one over on Coronado Island. It’s probably about fifty feet tall:

Merry Christmas

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Of course, we had to drive by the historic Hotel del Coronado:

Hotel del Coronado

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Hotel del Coronado

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The Hotel del Coronado was built in 1887. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in the United States and was the largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1888.

Room 3327 is haunted.

It has been featured on television and in movies — most notably Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe — has hosted every president since its construction, and is the most expensive piece of real estate in the United States, most recently selling for $384 million and currently valued at $590 million. The Freedom Tower in New York City might take the record once it is completed.

It is also on a United States postage stamp issued earlier this year:

Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, and the Hotel del Coronado

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I just realized in doing a search of my blog that I have not done a post on the historic Hotel del Coronado. Well! That will have to change with the new year!

The following pictures are of ornaments found on public Christmas trees in the San Diego Area:

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

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And remember, if Santa didn’t bring you what you wanted, perhaps you need to spend a little more time next year being nice. Especially you Republicans!

Merry Christmas to family and friends everywhere!

Merry Christmas

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30 thoughts on “If Santa didn’t bring you what you wanted………………..

        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          Some of us knew that before Henley confirmed it. Compare the artwork on the Cover of “Hotel California” with pictures of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

          Over on Song Facts, there is this: “The hotel on the album cover is the Beverly Hills Hotel, known as the Pink Palace. It is often frequented by Hollywood stars. The photo was taken by photographers David Alexander and John Kosh, who sat in a cherry-picker about 60 feet above Sunset Boulevard to get the shot of the hotel at sunset from above the trees. The rush-hour traffic made it a harrowing experience.”

          See http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1121

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  1. Margarita

    First: Merry Christmas, Russel! Hope you, Jim, Zoe the Cool Cat, and whomever else you include in your family have a wonderful day!
    Second: LOVE that stained glass frame!
    Third: Oooing and aaaaaing are my favorite activities, too. So glad you shared! xoM

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  2. restlessjo

    Who’s doing the haunting?
    It must be a wonderful sight in its Christmas finery. I sat on the beach outside once, many years ago. That’s as near as I ever got to Monroe.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      The ghost of Kate Morgan. On November 24, 1892, Kate checked into room 304 (now 3327) to meet her husband, who was a doctor. He was going to give her medicine for her stomach cancer, but he never arrived. She was found dead on the steps leading to the beach three days later. The case was declared a suicide; she had shot herself. Since then, some guests that have checked into room 3327, have reported flickering lights and floating objects.

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