My dearest readers, I have seen the future. And it is glorious.

There are times when the writing in this journal are sub-par; it's hardly worth the effort to read. This is not one of those times. I will share with the best-kept secret of San Diego ... I stumbled upon this during a weary journey to Coronado Island (which is as much of an island as Bald Head Island in NC). 

Imagine yourself in a quandary, where you cannot decide whether to eat fried chicken, pizza, or tacos. Imagine the angst of said protagonist, as he struggles to make that epic decision.

I want you (yes you) to imagine a world where you could say: "I'd like a two-piece KFC chicken meal with mashed potates and corn on the cob ... with a side of Taco Bell soft taco." Stop. Say it again. "Fried chicken ... with a side of soft taco."

My friends, I am honored to share with you that my discovery of a Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut ... all in the same location. I kid you not. This epic discovery (which will undoubtedly net me at least a Nobel Peace prize) was the reason I was put on this Earth. I could feel it in my bones. My purpose in life ... complete. I could have my favorite fast foods ... all in one place. My stomach literally exploded with joy (although tomorrow morning it may explode for different reasons).

Google Maps attempts to hide this secret by simply labeling the location as "Taco Bell," BUT DO NOT BE DECEIVED. This location actually has all 3 restaurants all in ONE!

Kudos, Pepsi. Kudos.

. . .

All foolishness aside, I went down to Coronado to get a better sense of my camera. This was the first attempt to at shooting with some sunlight (my first trip was straight up night-time photog). Because Photoshop seems to make even the worst of pictures look awesome, I will say that none of these have been digitally altered, except the last one, which was stitched in Photoshop.

(Yes, I enjoy taking pictures of palm trees. I can't get over it)

Coronado beach

Downtown San Diego

I've been simply amazed at how far Photoshop has come. Photoshop has made it, so any idiot (like me) with a camera can take a few pictures and then generate amazing panoramas:

Click the image above to see a large size of the San Diego skyline

All in all, I'm still not completely happy with these pictures - they're fancy looking, but they lack real personality. But I'm getting to know my camera better, so that's always good...

And FYI, my favorite exposure (which was taken on my first digital camera a FujiFilm FinePix 6900), which demonstrates personality to me: (this photo was never digitally altered)


Posted by roy on April 23, 2008 at 10:19 PM in Photography, San Diego | 15 Comments

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Comment posted on May 5th, 2008 at 02:09 PM
love the last one!
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 04:36 PM
I used to live by a KenTacoHut.
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 01:59 PM
Roy, normally I can let things slide, but I feel compelled to make three points in the interests of protecting the truth.

1. Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, though they serve Pepsi products, are no longer owned by Pepsi. They are, along with several other fast food brands, part of the Yum! Brands family.

2. Combination fast-food restaurants are not a new phenomenon. They have been around for many years:

3. This type of combination may seem like a big deal. Certainly it is not insignificant. However, it pales in comparison to the 1991 Full House-Family Matters crossover episode:
This television event was the most significant combinative cultural development of our generation. Not only did it shake the world of comedy to its very core, it also forever changed the national discourse on race relations. Political experts also consider the African-American Chicagoan Steve Urkel's presence in the previously white-dominated Full House universe as paving the way for the African-American Chicagoan Barack Obama's entrance into the previously white-dominated world of presidential politics. In this light, your non-discovery is far less "epic" and your Nobel Peace Prize may have to wait.

As a result of these findings, I have decided to cease activity as a Tabulas user in favor of the Xanga community.
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 02:32 PM
I will publicly post an apologize. Please do not go to Xanga ... then I'd lose 100% of the great writers on Tabulas. YOU'RE ALL WE HAVE LEFT, MAN.

P.S. Please send more pussy flakes ASAP. I have run out.
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 09:37 AM
i love pepsi companies that join forces. i wish that restaurants that serve coke would join forces too! imagine a bojangles/sonic! that would be wonderful.

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Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 09:30 AM
woah that's a messed up link you can remove that

Irene (guest)

Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 09:27 AM
Wow it is true!
street view proves you right. that is a great discovery. good job roy ;),-117.160003&sspn=0.007176,0.008315&ie=UTF8&ll=32.699037,-117.16979&spn=0.002149,0.005021&z=18&layer=c&cbll=32.69778,-117.17&cbp=1,252.1547992150461,,2,2.52935299376344
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 08:40 AM
did you end up buying a new camera?
also, they are doing the whole combo restaurant thing here too. they have them 3 mins down the street i live. cali ain't so special.
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 02:31 PM
and sir, cali is special. you will change your tune ONCE YOU COME VISIT.
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 02:30 PM
yep, i got a canon rebel xti
Comment posted on April 23rd, 2008 at 11:53 PM
I'm glad that you're liking San Diego. :]

And Coronado is beautiful. Have you been onto the North Island Navy Base yet?
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 02:29 PM
i have not, i'll have to check it out. i usually just end up at the beaches down in coronado (pb and la jolla are too crowded for me ...)
Comment posted on April 23rd, 2008 at 11:44 PM
some lack of sharpness on the far left. Possibly from wind.
Comment posted on April 24th, 2008 at 02:29 PM
I'm guessing wind. It was really windy out there ... although it also might have been from my poor selection of camera settings.

i don't expect to make prints, so that type of imperfection is OK with me.
Comment posted on May 1st, 2008 at 01:42 AM
weird. Something wrong with the email notification for comments?