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Steinbeck and San Jose

Okay, so I'm all discombobulated time-wise. Right now I am at the most fabulous SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles, and will be writing about that soon. However, via my TIME MACHINE, this blog takes place during a recent visit to Northern California, which begs the question . . .

Do you know the way to San Jose?

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We do! We were there recently and visited Hicklebee's! Here's Peepy and I in the store, plus the gazillion author/illustrator autographs they've collected . . . on their doors and walls!!!

While we were in San Jose, Peepy got some nice new jewelry at the airport. Then we both got confused when we checked into our hotel . . . 
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We love Northern California and even visited earlier this year . . .
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In addition to Hicklebee's, we visited Canary Row in Monterey. It was made famous by John Steinbeck . . .

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We like Steinbeck and have even been to his house before . . .
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Oh wait! Back to Canary Row . . . in addition to Steinbeck monuments, there were also shops and eating places. Peepy and I felt it necessary to research these places . . .

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However, the highlight of Cannery Row was at the pier, where Peepy met a baby seal . . .
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Here's Dionne Warwick singing "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" . . .

Or, if you prefer, here's the Lawrence Welk rendition . . .

And finally, do you have any Hairstyle Regrets? I sure do. CLICK HERE to see what happens when an Asian high school girl tries to look like Farrah Fawcett.

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