“Like many folks in our modern times, I’ve read Kerouac and figure therefore I’ve been on the road. Of the 9 books listed by Wikipedia as the progeny of Jack’s head, I’ve read 2 for sure and maybe 4 of them, I just can’t remember.
“Here I am nearly 50 years later with the road calling out to me, and I believe if Dean Moriarty knocked on my door today asking me to attend his newest pilgrimage to where ever, I’d probably say, “Sure! Let’s go!”
“I know it takes time to muster courage enough to hit the road, but I do believe there have been two times in my life that if Dean only knocked I’d have gone. Now, I believe I am too old for such romance.
“Like Sal Paradise, I write by compulsion alone. There is no offer of publication if I just finish the book... There is not even much in the way of emotional support, just some evidence that I can write well enough to continue publishing for web rags that pay too little to call myself author.
“As Dean would say, ‘Yes, yes, yes. You do write, you just aren’t getting paid to write.’ And so it goes.”
As Ted Gammon’s best friend, I Phineas P. Gage tell you that on any given day of the week you’re likely to find Ted writing away and if it’s a beautiful day you’ll quite possibly find him writing on his netbook, on a bench, just outside the Panda Village of San Diego Zoo fame, as I did when I interviewed him for this piece, written for examiner.com, on a day when Ted wanted to tell you about places that help make San Diego America’s Finest City.
I asked him, “Why here?” And he said, “There’s no better place to show what makes San Diego tick.” If you are serious about enjoying San Diego, you’ve just got to buy an annual pass to the Zoo and then you need to go there every week of the year because it is just that great.
The San Diego Zoo http://www.sandiegozoo.org/ will put you on proper footing for a spiritual high whether you are from San Diego or you are just a visitor. Over the past 90+ years they have built an environment on 100 acres, offering what seems to be “natural settings” of lush landscaped beauty for a collection of animals that were left over after the 1915-1916 Panama-California International Exposition closed and now exceeds 4,000 animals, representing 800 species.
Looking for something to do that truly represents San Diego, go to the Zoo.