Saturday, August 15, 2009

Art and Commerce In Santa Barbara 2

State Street in Santa Barbara is one of the major tourist destinations in the very pretty city, several blocks filled with restaurants and boutique shops. There are also small side alleys off the street where you can find... restaurants and boutique shops.

Sharp eyed readers may be able to detect a pattern.

[Yay, Flags of Many Lands™!]

State Street ends at the beach, and this dolphin statue stands at the front of a long pier also filled with restaurants and shops.

On the pier, there was a display of the twelve flags that have flown over parts of California during her history.

[Yay, Flags of Many Lands™!]

These include flags flown by Russian traders, Argentinian and English privateers, the Mexican Empire and the Republic of Mexico, and some pissed off white people who decided they didn't like Mexicans very much and started their own "Bear Republic".

Of course, we've progressed far beyond that sort of blind prejudice and such ignorant action born of fear and distrust could never happen now.

I want to thank Alan Ponder, my host in Santa Barbara, for taking time off work and showing me around his city once again for the second time in as many years. As with Ken Rose and his family down in San Diego, part of my pleasure of my brief vacations is the chance for a change of scenery, but much more of the enjoyment is the pleasure of their company.

Again, my thanks to my gracious hosts.

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