...or The Mother of All Chimneys
There is as much difference between little towns of California and Alabama as between a fashionable art gallery and the Rick & Bubba's Museum of Wonder. I did not plan to visit the tiny seaside town of Carmel, but after watching Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, a 1971 erotic thriller "Play Misty for Me" (a precursor to the "Fatal Attraction" and "Basic Instinct"), decided to ask my friends to take me there. I think this cute seaside village of artists, poets, writers, and musicians has more restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, and wine cellars than the residents. I hoped, if luck would have it, to see the maestro himself at his restaurant "The Hog's Breath Inn" . An accomplished jazz musician, he occasionally shows up there to sit at the piano. One can feel Eastwood's presence all over the town, where he served as a mayor back in 1980s. The luck didn't have it this time, but as they say in California "I'll be back".