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9& Watson From page 1 Let's just say I'm taking the scenic route. Why go to Africa? Well, if you followed my adventures and misadventures about this time last year when I went to China, you'll realize it's another one of my attempts at the "full immer- sion" language thing, this time the French language. "If you want to learn French, why don't you go to France?," I was asked. The answer is, quite simply, because French is what they speak in Senegal, not to men- tion the language classes are a lot cheaper there. Besides, you don't have to go to England to learn English, do you? Can't you go to Canada or Australia or New Zea- land or, say, the United States? I already had a pretty good handle on the French language before starting out, but my phi- losophy on learning languages is first take a real class or two and learn the basics: grammar, verb tenses, spelling, as many nouns as you can muster, yada yada. Then take a few weeks and IMMERSE yourself. Immersing oneself in a lan- guage doesn't mean just learning how to order superb~meats" --- and fine of Darkness"; "The Sea Wolf," by wines. After all, i~all ~ou know Jack London; "The autobiography is the vocabulary related to eating, of Benjamin Franklin," by, I be- what are you going to 'talk about for the other four hours of the day? It means go live in the culture for a while. So I am. Back to the Egg It didn't occur to me until after I had designed my~tinerary that I was essentially going to be retrac- ing literally hundreds of thousands of years of human history all the way back to Africa. Whether from a scientific stand- point or the standpoint of many of the world's religions, it is from this region of the world that many cul- tures-including the one I belong to--believe we came. lieve, Benjamin Franklin; "Here is Your War" columnist Ernie Pyle's collection of pieces on the North Africa Campaign during World War II; and "Dove," the story of Robin Lee Graham's solo sailing adventure around the world. Best of all, however, was my own father's •autobiography "I Did It Fly Way" by John Watson. As you can tell by the title, my dad is a pilot with a very Watson sense of humor. This project was a three-year collaboration between my dad and my sister, along with a little help from the rest of us in the family. I would be walking backwards The Philadelphia in the footsteps of my predeces- Experiment sors: across the vast Great Basin, After heading out of Bob Hope Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, birthplace of the famed Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. (Says the Rockies, the fruited plains Airport and losi.ng my favorite Geno.) Photo byJimWats0n and the crowded East; then by sea hoodie while changing planes in across the Atlantic to Europe and Phoenix, I stopped for a four-night exact departure time or even de- To most people who don't have south from there down to the start stay in Philadelphia. parture date, the onus is on you, a grasp on world history, it can be of this great experiment called I specifically came to Philly the passenger, to make sure your puzzling why such a fuss is made homo sapiens, Africa. because it was from here that my stern is within proximity of the over what transpired at Indepen- As per my usual routine on trips chariot across the North Atlan- port of embarkation or they're dence Hall so long ago. In much such as this, my reading list gener- tic--a German-owned, Marshall leaving without you. of the world now, you can pretty ally reflected the areas of the world Islands-flagged general cargo ship Since I had a few days, and I much say what you want to say, through which I would be traveling named the Rickmers Singapore-- had never been to that city on the print what you want to print and or the mode by which I would be would depart. Since the steamship Delaware River, I did some poking tweet what you want to tweet. If traveling: Joseph Conrad's "Heart company can't really guarantee an around. Watson, Page 9 ~JJ AVALON GRILLE YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME PRIME TUESDAY-Enjoy a succulent prime rib special from $35 every Tuesday, WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY-Select bottles of wine half off every Wednesday. Stop in and sip on different wines each week. SUNDAY SUPPER-Mmm, mmm! Enjoy a hearty meal and a little taste of home during Sunday Supper-a three-course meal from $28 featuring a new menu every Sunday. IS YOUR TEAM STILL IN? Count down to the big game with Sliders & Beer during the ptayoff games from $12 on Saturday and Sunday. ISLAND SPA CATALINA BE PAMPERED Treat your hands and toes to the warm love they deserve with a Blend Bar Manicure and Pedicure. Now featuring a seasonal Plum Scent, a $150 value for $130. NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! Avalon Residents - come in to Island Spa Catalina and try your first fitness class complimentary. Ca!t 310.510.7300 or stop in for a schedule. KEEP FIT Avalon Advantage members, purchase nine fitness classes, and receive your tenth class complimentary with a Keep Fit fitness class stamp card for $45. Stop in tb learn more. ACTIVITIES & TOURS LOCALS ZIP LINE OFFER Locals month extended through February 2016! Present a valid ID and subsidy card at the Zip Line base camp for $40 Zip Line tickets! Maximum of two tickets per name on subsidy card. CATALINA CASINO Take a trip down memory lane to the days when bands were big and movies were just begining to talk. The Catalina Casino epitomizes everything glamorous about Catalina. Catt 877278,8322 to schedule a Discover The Casino or Behind the Scenes Tour. Tours are available daily. While you're here, enjoy a movie. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is showing nightly at 7:30pro from January 15-28. On Friday and Saturday evening, take in a performance on an original Page pipe organ one hour before the movie begins. BEN'S BAKERY IN NEED OF A GIFT? Visit Ben's Bakery for a baker's dozen of your favorite cookies in a beautiful tin. START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT . Enjoy a chorizo burrito, ham & cheese croissant or sausage & egg croissant from Ben's Bakery, open daily from 6:30 AM. JANUARY IS NATIONAL SOUP MONTH Visit Ben's Bakery and try the soup of the day, rotating between Catalina Chowder, Chicken Vegetable and Creamy Tomato, 2 ! 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