'14 August
So we went to the Skirball and saw an exhibit of The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and...
'14 August
...took some pictures at the huge kid friendly exhibit of Noah's Ark.
'14 August
Time to clean off the 'refrigerator door': An origami bird (she might stay); Cynthia, Mike, Kieran; Roger and Sandy's wedding invitation; another great flying pig card from SB Nancy; Kaitlin and Lilly at Christmas; my favorite Doctor doing Shakespeare; ...
Trevor Hartley Lona '14 August
August 15 This picture won't mean anything to anyone except me, but I'll remember when I see it! This is the moment of one of the major accomplishments of the past three weeks. That balcony corner is cleared out! aMAYzing!!
'14 August
The Metro was like the concert in that when we went downtown it was the start of rush hour, the streets were in gridlock, but the Metro was very lightly subscribed - we all got seats. On the way back it was about 8pm and emptier still. It was easy, cle...
'14 August
August 1-2 DAK&L gave me the orchid three weeks ago and it hasn't dropped a single flower. I checked it again today just to reconfirm that it is not simply a very excellent fake.
'14 July
July 25 Beach walk! The internet seems to say that this park is still in Santa Monica, not in Venice (which is part of LA) as I had thought, and called 'Captains Of The Ship: South Beach Park Playground'. I'll have to double-check this next time I w...
'14 July
July 24 Kieran is off to camp and Cynthia is here in Cali, settled into my little studio out back, to stick around for a few weeks and I'm so excited! ch.
'14 July
July 15 Trevor has been here for a couple of weeks now to help his parents and Christa came a few days ago too. Christa and other young volunteers spent the last two months with a missionary group in Guatemala. As well as missionary activities she w...
'14 July
July 12 Hartley had a stroke back in March, he was improving in April, he had evened out in May, and taken a turn for the worse in June. He's in the hospital now while they try to figure out what to do next. Lona is soooo tired. She asked me 'quick...
'14 July
...another lawn chair outing with Ben and Bonnie. We did it last Saturday night too. This time we saw the dance troupe Invertigo and then Twelfth Night by the Independent Shakespeare Company. The dancers were fun to watch and the Shakespeare group of ...
'14 July
July 6 Windy is with Travis, Lainee, Cali, and Jack at a house they rented in Las Cruses, New Mexico. They're having a ton of fun!
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
I was sitting on the end of the teeter-totter deep in blank-stare-faced thought about what I was going to do next and these two were up in that tree taking pictures of me. I'm sure their pictures are a riot.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
...and took a quick stop here at the Corinth Canal separating the peninsula of the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. The guide had told us on the bus that the amazing thing about it was how deep they built the walls. We were expecting deep walls but e...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Next stop the ancient port of Corinth called Cenchrea. We had to walk a good distance to...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Some college interns I'm guessing, cleaning excavated finds in a bucket of water .. with a toothbrush.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
7) "Alexandros Vasmoulakis or ZAP" Two full building illustrations. The one on the left is on a fire station. I don't remember about the one on the right except that it is another project of Carpe Diem (because it says so up in the corner) and the ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
1) "AEK is the team of Greek refugees from Turkey that were chased from there in 1922" What I remember of the story - the teenager on the far left was killed by the police for no reason and large demonstrations ensued. The teenager next to him was kil...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
2) "next to the dog it's written: "the bad thing with people is that they learn how to love their chains."" Walkin' the dog?
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
We had an excellent rest stop here with tastes of some of his meats and a little shot of raki for the road.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
12) "Alexandros Vasmoulakis"
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
16) "Dimitris Dokos, Exit, Billy gee"
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
This is a view from a balcony for the use of we 6th floor walk-up folks. On the right is Agia Irini. I had previously gone in search of the main church, Metropolis. Once there I discovered it was covered in scaffolding and the inside was empty. So I...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
There's another huge excavation going on under the museum visible here and most of the patio leading to the entrance is made of glass to reveal the work below.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Inside it's a no-photo zone except for the top floor. I really did not see the sign. A sweet guard let me get this shot off, she was standing right there, before she gave me the no-photo look.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
June 23 This morning I went to the café in Delphi that sells bus tickets to get a ticket for my onward journey to Athens. Oh no! Sold out! What?! The next bus wouldn't be there for another five hours! That has never happened but then we are close...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Street Art Tour Wednesday night. I'm excited about that. A nice side-by-side example of what I like and what I don't.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Some of the other buildings on the terraces that make up the complex.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Down the hill from the main site this is another temple complex, the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea. There were originally four large buildings and a gymnasium, according to the illustration there. It's in there, hidden among the trees, scan along the top ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Hellooo. I had a dinner tonight that I'm going to miss when I'm gone. They do these giGANtic beans baked in a flavorful sauce. I got a wild mushroom omelet (all the omelets are 'open face') and ate it with the beans on top. The beans are called 'gi...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Sunset, from my balcony. Maybe I'll sleep in my clothes as a motivation for getting up and OUT early. It's exciting, I wonder what tomorrow will bring!
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
And here's another one. It is a very lovely town. I had some food before calling it a day - baked eggplant that was mostly sliced and lightly caramelized onions and a little tomato on top of two halves of baked eggplant. These ingredients are very com...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
It looks like Greek to me too, but I carry a copy of the Greek alphabet around on my phone and can pretty much pronounce the words now, especially place names because you have an idea of what to expect, and I can say a lot of expressions that get an approp...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
At this point in my walk the clouds opened and there I was in a moment, soaking wet. I hurried along to a place where people were getting into cars and picked three young guys because 1) I know there would be a fourth seat, and 2) they were clearly touris...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Wiki: "At the end of the 14th century, the Byzantine Empire's 800-year reign over northern Greece was being increasingly threatened by Turkish raiders who wanted control over the fertile plain of Thessaly. The hermit monks, seeking a retreat from the expan...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
June 16 A sample intersection in Corfu Old Town. There are two streets behind me. When I first got here I thought I would be spending the next several days constantly lost but not so at all. It's a maze, yes, but you get the feel for it surprisingl...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
After the bus to the port in Corfu picked me up on a street corner, we all went through passport formalities, then everyone lined up to pay Again for the tour (the original price just gets you the boat ride, much to my surprise), the boat ride across took ...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
I never thought I'd be in Albania, however briefly. I don't know if it even counts, it's like a shore excursion off a cruise ship, but I'm still glad I dropped on by! The tour went back to the same place we had our coffee break for a very late buffet l...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
What this section of the trip will look like: Coming from Ancient Olympia (A), by bus to the Ionian island of Lefkada (B), by bus and ferry to the Ionian island of Corfu (C). Then ferry-bus-ferry to visit a UNESCO site in Albania (D) and then back to C...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Looking down from my balcony you see no people where last night they were shoulder to shoulder. Those two people are probably Americans. Why? Wooooorld Cuuuuuup Fuuuuutbol and Greece is playing. NO ONE is not watching this game. Even I'm watching th...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
...I go back to my PERFECT room - two full-height French doors opening on to a wonderful balcony with views to beat the band. This is the most expensive place I've stayed by half-again (they wanted 75 euro, we negotiated to 60, I don't like to spend mor...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
June 11 and 12 Links to previous chapters of this most excellent trip to Greece: the Cyclades including Naxos and Santorini with short visits to Delos and Mykonos, the Dodecanese including Rhodes and Symi, and the Peloponnese including Nafplio, Mystras...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
A characteristic taverna. It's like they all use the same supply shops. The table cloth and the paper cover held on by clips, the exact same salt/pepper/napkin holders, the same chairs. I had another excellent grilled fish with a side veg. I think I'...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
The current excavation project is just inside the gates to the site.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
It was so nice in here! Trees=Shade=YAY. It was an unexpected delight which in reading about what's here, LP did mention trees, I hadn't fully absorbed how pleasant it would make the experience. I was expecting a focus on the Olympic Games but actua...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
Tourists. When I arrived around 9:30 there were 4-5 big buses in the lot and I thought oh well, I can't expect to have the place to myself. I went to the onsite museum around noon and left around 1:30 at which time there were 23 buses that I could ...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
...and floors. In one of the sites where there was a shell of a church there was also a refreshed barracks - it was the former monastery - with an actual room and in that room was a nun and some comfortable chairs and since I was so ready to SIT, I went...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
A view along the way of the Palace Complex currently under refurbishments and not open to visitors.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
All along the way there were side paths into complex and interesting places that made me constantly ask myself, now what's this?
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
...and a few different flowers here. The wildflowers have been out in such delightful abundance and try as I will I can't get a picture to express the feeling. But I will keep trying.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
This complex is called the Ruins of Mystras. LP: "This is where the Byzantine Empire's richly artistic and intellectual culture made its last stand before an invading Ottoman army, almost 1,000 years after its founding (in 1249)." The fortress is at th...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
We next stopped by at the Karakala Monastery of Dominican nuns. On the right is the outside wall and the flag of the Greek/Eastern Orthodox Church. A bus driver (I couldn't possibly have had such a conversation with White Shirt guy) told me it was al...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
...plenty. It was very cool up here - not at all crowded and very plain without many explanations and only one small café and shop by the entrance.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
My dinner host (stuffed eggplant with moussaka flavoring and lovely baked chicken, both very good) who told me about all his cousins in California one of whom owns the restaurant at the Cliff House in San Francisco. You would not believe how many people h...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I'm off mid-morning tomorrow - flight to Athens, then train, then subway, then change subway, then walk to get to a hotel where I'll overnight so that the next day I can get the bus to arrive before dark in my final destination, Nafplio in the Peloponnese....
'14 May: the Dodecanese
But like everywhere so far, and I might repeat this again, the shops are all occupied and full with fresh goods, the restaurants are amazing, and every single Greek person I've had occasion to visit with, admittedly almost entirely in the tourist biz, has...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
It's very exotic inside there for sure. First they were going to have a christening and the whole place was decked out in blue Smurf World including a picture of the honoree photoshopped into a poster of a Smurf Village. And when you go through that ...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Coming back into Old Town, the Temple of Aphrodite. I'm going to copy out the short description from UNESCO citing Rhodes Old Town a World Heritage Site: "The Order of St John of Jerusalem occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523 and set about transforming...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Next stop: the Archeological Museum. Worth the price of admission for this lion alone.
'14 May: the Cyclades
Next stop, Palea Kameni Island and the volcanic hot springs. Again there was a clutch of boats with swimmers diving in for the swim to...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Like a huge shiny glistening egg yolk as it drops behind what I think is still part of the caldera. I'm going to HAVE to call a halt to these crazy meals or come home the Goodyear Blimp. Around 11:30 I was overcome by the smell of a wood fire heating...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 26 Today I did the transfer between Naxos and Santorini. What I ate: more ferry food because it’s not bad and it’s there and a very excellent dinner in Santorini of water (I say water because you always have to pay for the water, from 1-4 euro d...
'14 May: the Cyclades
A close-up of the town from the above location. It's so crowded and there is so much commotion in there I'm really surprised. Shopping shopping shopping. And terraces where tourists enjoy expensive drinks and wait for the sunset.
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 25 I took the opportunity to visit Delos and Mykonos on a ferry tour for my last day in Naxos. The ferry runs this exact route only three times a week until July so I was glad to have had the right day to do it. Leaving Naxos, we're passing the ...
'14 May: the Cyclades
"In the 5th century BC .. the entire island was purged of all dead bodies. It was then ordered that no one should be allowed to either die or give birth on the island due to its sacred importance and to preserve its neutrality in commerce." The result o...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Some examples of carvings and inscriptions. I'm so glad to have made it out here, I feel impressed.
'14 May: the Cyclades
The moon and the sun. All the menus had similar items and they all looked expensive by Naxos standards so I decided to just pick the most comfortable chair and not look at the menu. So yeah, it was expensive. An overpriced but nonetheless delicious ...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Next stop Halki, once the capital of Naxos during the Italian administration, and the trade and cultural heart of the island during that time. Notice all the buildings are still in the Italian style, an interesting contrast to the first village.
'14 May: the Cyclades
Lunch! It was past one and the crowd was getting restless for food. We stopped in Apiranthos, a larger village built down the side of a mountain. This is the Church of Panagia Apeirathitissa said to have some noteworthy icons. So many of the churches...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 23 My ladies! Efkharisto...Parakalo... The book says parakalo means 'please' and efkharisto means 'thank you'. Parakalo also means 'you're welcome'. You say efkharisto and you get a parakalo back, like magic. And every time I've heard someone...
'14 May: the Cyclades
My first Greek meal in Greece at Meze-2 and if the rest of what I eat nears this standard I will be eating like a QUEEN. I've been going on about this exact meal for a month - whole grilled little fishies with a big squeeze of lemon and an icy-cold ouzo...
'14 May: the Cyclades
From a tour of the Venetian House which really wasn't much except for this nice big mirror.
'14 some April some May
May 16 Everyone dances at the taverna! I watched a few hours of Greek dancers on youtube today, because Everyone dances at the taverna! I can do the simplest-simplest series of steps now but that's not to say that anyone will ever do that particular o...
'14 some April some May
May 7 It was Iggy's birthday party at Adventure Plex, a huge Habitrail for Children. These are all the kids in Lilly's pre-school class and they crawled and jumped and ran around like precious furry little hamsters for two solid hours breaking only for...
'14 some April some May
May 18 I'm getting picked up by SuperShuttle at 5AM In The Morning for a flight at 8:25AM, change planes in Montreal, and arrive in Athens at 10:15 the morning of the 20th, then I'll get the airport transfer to the port town of Piraeus where I'll spend ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
We had to get out early for our tour of historic Waimea, first landing of Captain Cook in 1778, sugar town and early port for whalers. A charming woman with 80+ years of long, fine stories rich in all that is Aloha and life in Kauai was our guide. She ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Our tasty lunch stop, Wrangler's Steakhouse, with a small collection of Paniolo memorabilia Paniolo being the Hawaiian cowboys. The Hawaiians got some cows from Captain George Vancouver in the early 19th century. King Kamehameha put a kapu on the cows ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Copied from kaneiolouma.org: "The Kāneiolouma Complex in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi, is considered sacred to the Kanaka Maoli culture, and is a historic landmark. Until recently, hidden by overgrowth, this site remained a complete mystery. Now ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
This scene is exactly next to the one above. Copied from thegardenisland.com: "Four 16-foot kii, representing the four corners of Honua, the pillars in ancient Hawaiian astrology, were placed on Saturday at Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma. "The four kii — so...
'14 Apr: Kauai
It had been raining a lot overnight, enough to raise the river many inches. In the bottom picture, usually the dock is flat. The dock on the top is next door, fitted out with a lawn chair for your sunning pleasure.
'14 Apr: Kauai
Back at the house, splashing around in the river, a Muscovy Duck. I didn't know the name of this duck so I googled 'duck ugly red head' and found the exactly correct entry. From Brigitte: "Muscovy duck is known as Barbary Duck in culinary terms..... Mi...
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 22 From the Library and Research Center at the National Tropical Botanical Garden we looked down upon the McBride and Allerton gardens which are wonderful to tour but today we've come to visit the exhibition of amazing botanical prints from the Vo...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Looking the other way toward the state park, around the corner, with extremely popular camping sites. The weather was inclement as you can tell by the lack of visitors but we did get time to eat our picnic and 5-10 minutes to sit out in chairs and ENJOY...
'14 Apr: Kauai
...you go girls! As parents we might not be so up on the 'you go girls' part but they did say the water was so deep they can't touch the bottom and they did it a bunch of times for the entertainment of the passers-by. (Fun fact: Mauka means on the ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
More along the path. There are holiday accommodations here in Kapa'a and although they don't have the luxury of the major hotels or the appointments of the expensive condo complexes, I think it's a great economy choice because you're right on the path, ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Ever since September 11, 1992 when Hurricane Iniki took out so much of Kauai including the Coco Palms Resort (of Blue Hawaii fame, and a thousand other films), everyone (literally) on the island has been talking about what to do next while...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Yummy food and excellent conversation. And a grand time was had by all! Names again: Sharon, Bob, Kathy, Kenny, Sharon, Pat, Ruby, Curt, Camas.
'14 Apr: Kauai
Birds! They were sadly so far away but here are a few anyway including second from the top, a new one, the Hawaiian Coot. The ducks are new too, the 'pure' version found only on Kauai (No Expert I, but I'm pretty sure based on the picture in wikipedia)...
'14 Apr: Kauai
It was gorgeous, entirely silent except for the rustling plants and the singing birds, and the smells wafting about on the gentle breeze were so delicious.
'14 Apr: Kauai
What I wrote to Angela yesterday: "The weather has been excellent - not too hot, only the very occasional drizzle, a nice breeze. Fabulous. "And last night we had a huge 'Blood Moon' from the eclipse and so many stars I about went nuts. I thought I...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Back home I took a walk to see if I could make it to Lydgate without getting run over. Success! The walking path is now extended into Wailua so you only have to maneuver a few blocks of a busy street without a sidewalk.
'14 Apr: Kauai
After walking the path in the morning we came back in the afternoon to sit in lawn chairs and wait for birds. The Common Myna. The full scene is from our chairs, my zoom fully extended, and the inset is that exact bird cropped out of the picture.
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 6 ALOOOOHA! Here on the Wailua River in Kauai, settled in after a perfectly tolerable flight (exit row, aisle seat, no one in the middle). Sharon lets me do whatEver I Want including using the step stool for a foot stool. Happy me!
'14 some April some May
It has come up a lot recently, 'where the heck was Pacific Ocean Park anyway?'. Pacific Ocean Park, also known as POP, and most often pronounced Pee-Oh-Pee, was located between Pier and Navy, where now we find the luxury low-rise housing complex called ...
California Yellow 659
THE DEAL WITH THE KITCHEN! You may choose one of the following three options. Option 1) $3100/month rent with new standard white appliances. Option 2) $3300/month rent with trendy retro appliances in the color of your choice. Option 3) $3...
California Yellow 659
Following are details of the fabulous cottage for rent in Venice. Call 310.821.7853 for questions and to make an appointment to see the cottage. Built in 1914 this classic Venice Beach cottage and surrounding gardens can be yours to enjoy. There is a ...
'14 March
March 29 Fun Day! I met Darryl and Angela and Kaitlin and Lilly at the Santa Monica Playhouse where we saw a delightful community theater production of 'Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party'. Everything about it was entirely charming and everyone enjoy...
'14 March
March 26 Is it? Yes it is. Chuck E Cheese. Of all the times I've been to Chuck E Cheese this was by far the least annoying. It wasn't crowded, it wasn't noisy, and it wasn't even that expensive. We had a great time, Lilly and I.
'14 March
A fun project that we will repeat next week when Angela is around.
'14 March
March 24 The last time I visited Louise, my ex-next-door-neighbor on Donmetz in April 2013 I said it was the last time I would ever be on Donmetz, but no, Louise hasn't moved yet, I visited her today, and here's another picture of the old homestead.
'14 March
March 23 I went with Bonnie to see the Shen Yun ballet performance at Nokia. We both enjoyed the dancing, and the costumes were lovely. However throughout the show there were various political and religious references to Falun Gong and their persecu...
'14 March
And speaking of back yards, I'm getting some new plants which is crazy exciting.
'14 March
March 13-14 March = Wisteria. So beautiful. HURRAY! It's all settled with an excellent new tenant and although the move-in process will be cutting into my Kauai time, it's almost done and I'm happy. Other than this...walking, eating out, chores,...
'14 March
Today is International Women's Day and I met Kathleen (on the left) and some of her friends (some missing from this picture) at the Annenburg Space for Photography where they were having a panel with successful women photographers. They also had very go...
'14 March
That glowing building is home for the photography exhibits. I'm standing in front of the above buildings, where they hold the lectures and panels, to take this picture.
'14 March
March 7 For rent...I ran a craigslist ad and got more than 60 people expressing interest. Everyone is coming Sunday between 1 and 4. Fingers crossed for a good one!
'14 March
March 4 Oh yeah, exciting news, the tenant in the back cottage is leaving as of March 31st. I have tickets to be Elsewhere so I've got to get this all done before I leave in the first week of April. Oh no, w.o.r.k.
'14 March
March 2 I finally went back to the Proust reading group after 10 months away. I'll certainly never catch up, and I'll be able to go only one or two more times between now and July, but it is excellent fun and good motivation. (btw, I'm mid-way throu...
'14 March
...ActiVision! Darryl's new office!! He's not there until next week, it's Saturday, and D, it's ok, not to worry, I wouldn't have just come to reception and asked them to page 'Darryl Kanouse, paging Darryl Kanouse, your mother is in the lobby'. No,...
self-portrait '14 March
March 1 I went with Windy to Mrs Winston's so she could get some strange beverages whished up for her new diet plan. Mrs Winston's, so reminiscent of my Plan B, for if I ran out of money retiring so early, I was going to go work at Mrs Gooches, a now...
'14 February
February 27 I had dinner with Bill tonight and then he took me over to see the new, very white, very bright Crystal offices, they having left Century City for smaller digs in a smaller complex at Wilshire Blvd. and the 405.
'14 February
And this is not like the old days either. Goodness. They have two floors almost entirely encased in glass. The window offices and the inside offices, all of them, have glass walls facing into the cube-space with no option for privacy and the cubes are...
'14 Feb: LA-SF-LA
The restaurant down the road from the Fogcatcher Inn. I could go there again next weekend and be happy again.
'14 Feb: LA-SF-LA
There were several of these sculptures - I saw two others but there are apparently five total. Copied from sfgate.com: "The five Slinkies, each about 15 feet tall and weighing 1,500 pounds, arrived by trailer, one by one, and were installed by crane in ...
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
February 13 Driving up to San Francisco for Roger and Sandy's WEDDING! I-5 socked in by the agri-pollution of kicked up dust, burning crops, and farm exhaust, and the heaving sea of traffic speeding north and south through the central valley.
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
And once in San Francisco one can expect to be greeted by the almost ever present San Francisco weather-world - City in Fog!
'14 February
February 8 That's my across the street neighbor Kathleen second from the right and her friends Julie, Caroline, and Beth. All these ladies, myself included of course, happily carry our Medicare cards. Really?! But we look so young! Yes. We went t...
'14 February
February 7 Pretty Toes at the (one of 10,000) Vietnamese Nail Salon. If you haven't visited Vietnam in recent years you will be glad if you do. You'll not experience your mani-pedi the same again. For a travelogue you can click here for the book ...
'14 February
Cirque du Soleil: Totem! If you like the Cirques you'll probably like this one, here under the big top situated in the Santa Monica Pier parking lot. It's modest compared to the Vegas Extravaganzas but there are a few unforgettable acts and it's fun to...
The Griffith Observatory
Also from the beginning, a Foucault Pendulum, you can look it up! 'In his will ((he died in 1919)) Griffith J. Griffith donated funds to build an observatory, exhibit hall, and planetarium on the land he donated to the city in 1896. 'Griffith's objec...
The Griffith Observatory
The original frescos in the central rotunda. "As a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, construction began on June 20, 1933, using a design developed by architect John C. Austin based on preliminary sketches by Russell W. Porter. The observatory...
The Griffith Observatory
I don't have much representing the exhibits - I'll have to focus on that next time.
'14 January
January 27 More on my endless relentless seemingly hopeless struggle with My Face. Feel free to SKIP the rest of this - it's really just for me. It was December 13th when I saw the last doctor, the Ear-Nose-Throat guy and got a new regime that I tho...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
In winter you can see the garden path through the bare trees. Go early, before they open even. Then as you stand between the rebar trees and the entrance to the garden path, close your eyes and just listen and breathe and do some zen-ish mind calming ex...
'14 January
January 23 More 'like a crazy person' movie marathon. I think I'm done (since I'm not going to watch 12 Years a Slave until I can fast forward on my computer) and these are my top three: Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, and Frances Ha. I'm happy, it was ...
'14 January
January 21 After a long fast walk on the bluffs Sharon and I like to come to Monsoon on the Promenade where it is cool, quiet, and comfortable, and they have tasty food too. '65-ish. Promenade pedestrianized '80-'07. Santa Monica Place designed by...
'14 January
January 18 Darryl took this picture in my backyard a few weeks ago when we were all making oj with the oranges from my tree. I took Muriel to her chemo treatment and read her Proust until she begged for mercy and shortly thereafter she fell asleep so...
'14 January
...Robert! This is a picture of him from our outing in 2007 set into today's gorgeous day. He looks exactly the same.
'14 January
I took a few pictures along the way and then decided that I could find better representations on the internet, so here we are, just a few examples of the many interesting buildings we learned about. (internet pix)
'14 January
Bonnie and I met here at LACMA today. She hadn't seen the Calder or the Terrell exhibits so I happily saw them both again.
'14 January
January 7 A morning walk before the crowds set in. Yes, crowds, of walkers and bikers and tourists filling up the paths by the time we finished lunch. Movies! What I've seen since .. the last set: The Book Thief (don't bother); Gravity (+=technolog...
'13 December
Another view. "The Park La Brea Towers were designed by Leonard Schultz Asscociates with consulting architects Stanton + Kaufmann in 1948. Inspired by the innovative housing of Le Corbusier in Paris, this architectural team set out to create innovative ...
'13 December
December 24 The Christmas Eve Holiday Bash at Brian and Marija's. Here are almost all of The Next Generation. Troy, Christian, Sara, Christopher, Travis, Melissa, Cassie, Andrew, Cristina, Rachel, Christopher, Steve, Ben, Melinda, and Alex
'13 December
December 17 With Alex and Carol, out for an evening stroll around Beverly Hills.
'13 December
A different store and another cat theme. All the windows didn't have cats but they did all glitter like mad and have merchandise of the crazy expensive variety.
'02 the Holiday Season
Me and my dear friends, the Valley Girls, gathered for our Christmas Gift Exchange - from the top and around - Alicia, Becky, Marsha, Maxine, Maryanne, me, Marija, Violet, Lourdes.
'13 December
And here we are 10 years ago. Wow. (I'm putting these two pictures on my wall as motivation to lose weight...so, let's see what next year brings!)
'13 December
December 16 Our Monday Night Holiday Extravaganza with many thanks to one and all and to Alicia for hosting yet again, for FABulous food, and gifts, and smiles and hugs...Perfect! Ljubica, Marija, Maxine, Alicia, Maryanne, Ann, Lourdes, me, Marsha, B...
Susie '13 November
We got tickets for the member's preview, first hour of the first day to see the new Alexander Calder retrospective. The black and white photo is Calder supervising the installation of LACMA's first commission (Three Quintains (Hello Girls)) an iconic work...
'13 November
November 11 Out and about recently with plenty of road time I noticed on three separate occasions exit after exit drivers with their &*(%turn signals on. GRRR. And now I've remembered that all three were driving with their driver's side window down. ...
'13 November
November 8 Alex and Carol are doing some land cruising these days leaving their boat in Florida for a while.
'13 November
I was nuts for this series called Superheroes by Dulce Pinzon (born in 1974 in Mexico City now living in Brooklyn). You can go to her website to see the whole collection. Not all of them were on display but many more than these four were and they were ...
'13 November
From wiki: "The main goal of this project, done in 2006, was to pay homage to the brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to work many hours in extreme conditions for low wages which are saved at ...
'13 November
...and I enjoyed the outing with The Cousins, Sharon and Nancy. It was excellent (The Power of Photography, National Geographic's 125th Anniversary) but also very, very crowded so you might want to wait a few weeks. It'll be there through April.
'13 October
...at Merlyn and Hilda's, with Alex and Carol. Hilda had never 'done' Halloween but they are getting started with a bang.
'13 October
October 26 This morning I read my little sister's script with her, a play that she is doing with friends, and it was fun, she has a big part, and she is excellent on any stage. Then I went to my big sister's to do a little tech-support and here is he...
Ken Bill self-portrait '13 October
October 23 I was set to have a nice lunch with Sharon but then my car wouldn't start so I had to get a jump and it seems ok now. Oh the best laid plans. We had a good visit anyway and thanks to Sharon for being so flexible. Then, dinner with the bo...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
...and another view. I was here in 2008 with Leigh also in October so this season has been my experience. It looks totally different in Spring, and now that Cynthia is here there is a good chance I'll get to have another go. I should mention about t...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Phyllis and Ken and their respective children and their children's children. From Phyllis: "I will go from left to right with the picture frames and the pictures. The first picture is Ken's daughter, Molly, and her daughter, Jean. I will skip this on...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
On the way home Kieran and I had our final Big Adventure. Rolling down the road at exactly 70 mph, ka-splat-splat-splat, blown tire, shredded. But what good luck! If you are going to shred a tire out in the middle of 'nowhere' it might as well be the ...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
October 16 The last two days have just fled by and I haven't done, basically, much of anything - run a load of wash, watch Netflix, meet Cynthia for lunch, do a little exercise finally for the first time in ages due to the abatement of my months long al...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Across the way from the lighthouse is the (Federal Government's) US Army Corp of Engineers Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, the most visited attraction in the twin ports of Duluth and Superior. But no, not for us. Closed. Along with the rest of ...
Sharon Nancy self-portrait '05 After Las Vegas and Before Vietnam
December 4 High Tea at the Biltmore! Thanks to NA for organizing such a perfect bon voyage and welcome kickoff for the holiday season. The selections, quantity, and quality of the tea, sandwiches, and sweets were all excellent and the setting was gaga...
'13 October
October 6 I'm watching a new show on my computer, Serangoon Road, set in Singapore and made by HBO Asia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It's a 1960s detective drama with compelling noirish atmosphere and characters. I experienced a wave ...
'13 October
October 4 After doing a set of apartment photos for my older sister, and making phone calls and grocery shopping, I went to get Alex and Carol at the airport, brought them to Merlyn and Hilda's place and had a lovely few hours with ACM&H and this light ...
'13 September
"Victoria Vesna Octopus Mandala Glow (OMG) The Pacific Wheel, the world's largest solar Ferris wheel, becomes the ultimate revolving mandala. Experence it as sounds become colors and as the many become one." Another attraction for which I did not stand...
'13 September
September 28 glow, Dusk&Beyond 2013, 7pm-3am, One Night Only, Santa Monica Beach, Pier, and Palisades Park. "An all-night cultural experience that re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for original, participatory works of art." This is the ...
'13 September
At the information center just below the Carousel where the line for the Carousel was Huge. I didn't stand in it. "Patrick Scott The Rest Is Noise: A Carousel Ride Through the 20th Century Ride the historic Santa Monica Carousel as 16 speakers play 12 ...
'13 September
"Marni Gittleman with reDiscover Center and Leslie Gray Glowmasphere an immersive art experience where the gestures and sounds of visitors within a geodesic dome are interpreted by artists into cast shadows and silhouettes projected onto the structure's tr...
'13 September
September 27 What I have been doing off and on for the last three days, for 20-25 hours - catching up in anticipation of the huge Sunday finale extravaganza, with me waiting for the show to be released to a streaming service while the other gaBillion vi...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
I was delighted so many times through our stay by the amenities provided at the house. It seemed as though anything we wanted, there it was. The kitchen, the pool and patio, the bathrooms, not a thing was missing. They even had, as well as the wifi with...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
...and gave us perfect temperatures and gorgeous sunsets. After sunset we designated drivers and made our way down the hill. Everyone agreed, dinner at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café was a delightful experience.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
From the Paradise Rentals website, the Vista del Valle with five huge gorgeous bedrooms and 5 excellent bathrooms...
'13 September
And in Hawaii .. Caleb's birthday is the day before Kaitlin's. Happy Birthday Caleb. Next time we get together you can drive me around! b/tb
'13 September
September 15 Time to PAR-TEEE! Angela brought all the food for both parties and gift bag contributions, and otherwise the venues did an excellent job. And a grand time was had by all!
'13 September
Today, on her exact birthday Lilly got to choose a restaurant for lunch. Then tomorrow in the morning Kaitlin will have her birthday party with her friends, and in the afternoon Lilly will have her birthday party with her friends and then on this coming S...
'13 September
September 13, Home Sweet Home! Wow, what an amazing six weeks. I am of course delighted to be home, all safe and sound and looking forward to whatever comes next. In case you missed anything: Republic of Ireland (Dublin, Killarney) Northern Ir...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
It was more fun than either of us expected.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Where we saw As You Like It. (The big picture is not mine.) We were sitting right on the rail exactly in the center of the upper balcony. Happy Birthday Sister! It's been GREAT!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
From the History of Macoupin County, Illinois, 1911. Please feel free to skip right by all this - I've just copied it in because neither I nor my little sister knew 1/100th of what's in here. We never met this grandfather since he died in 1942, well befo...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
...and his wife. What a totally unexpected and utter highlight. These guys were way more interesting to me than dead relatives!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 7 On the train ride to Bath, so exciting to see! "The origin of the Westbury White Horse is obscure. It is often claimed to commemorate King Alfred's victory at the Battle of Eðandun in 878, and while this is not impossible... However, ther...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 5 morning We arrived in Salisbury late afternoon yesterday and didn't do much because today is a big day. In the morning we did a city walking tour, although 'city' is a bit extreme, more like a town walking tour. But they have a fine cath...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
My pictures of Salisbury Cathedral are not worth showing except this one is a little interesting to see the height of the main aisle. And then we saw the Magna Carta! Is this the 'real' Magna Carta? Someone else asked the internet and the internet r...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
What was the purpose of Stonehenge? Our guide Pat replies with his favorite expression: "Ceremonial and ritual purposes". According to Pat "Ceremonial and ritual purposes" is Archeologist-speak for "We have no idea".
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
We didn't get the event of a rising or setting sun through the stones but it was plenty of wow anyway and very much worth the extra money to get this after-hours time.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
I went on a street art walking tour of Shoreditch this morning. We met at this traffic circle outside the Old Street Underground Station. The guide arrived and pointed up - look there's an artist active these recent weeks putting those mushrooms in une...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
These are not mine, I got them off the internet but I wanted to show more. One thing though, he's gotten way famous now with gallery representation and traveling exhibitions which might put me off him. Now I know one important part of why I love stre...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The two on the bottom are Bansky works held in a private courtyard under Plexiglas. People are prying the Banksy pieces off their walls and selling them at auction for serious dough. There's just a peek of a Thierry Noir piece outside the gate.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The Tate Modern, located in the repurposed Bankside Power Station. They have lots of pictures in here but .. "When the gallery opened in 2000, the collections were not displayed in chronological order but were rather arranged thematically into four broa...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
On the campus. Alexander Graham Bell attended here as did Mahatma Gandhi, Gustav Holst, and Ricky Gervais. Of course the list goes on and on for a prestigious London university established in 1826.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
...followed by a FABulous rehearsal of the choir here at St Martin-in-the-Fields and we stayed for a service because the sound in here is breathtaking. I know it seems to me that whatever was the last of something was the best - but the 15 singers here ...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
And we're a few blocks from the British Museum. I went today because after Windy gets here we have so many things to do in the next three days that she'll like better we might not have made it here. There are more than 8 million objects in the collec...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
From Paddington Station I took the Underground to Tottenham Court Road Station and from there I made the five minute walk to the Rathbone Hotel. It's a nice place - the rooms are a bit small and the hotel is a bit expensive (not for London as it turns o...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The view from my room at the Maldron. You can see the Bay in the far distance. I stayed at a Maldron back at the very beginning of this trip, in Dublin, and both experiences have been good. It costs some more than I like to spend but it's a real hote...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Scattered through this very large property are many sections of buildings moved here from somewhere else that are set in context and fitted out from a particular time.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Local beer! We drove past the brewery on the way to the Bay. I had become obsessed with finding a Brain beer since I couldn't find one when I looked. Even though it's made right in Cardiff not all the pubs carry it. And there it is, Brain in the window...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
St Fagan's is quite a way out of town so I had to come back in on the bus and took a different bus out to Cardiff Bay to see The Dr Who Experience. Cardiff is nuts for Dr Who since there's a big BBC production facility here and they do most of the Dr Wh...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The main character in The Experience was the 11th doctor, Matt Smith to whom I never entirely warmed since I am still carrying a torch for the 10th doctor, David Tennant. After walking through the rooms there's a large display area with models of all th...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The Wales National Museum of Art. It has an excellent reputation and I wanted to stroll through, but sorry not for me as they were closing in five minutes. What I wanted to do in Cardiff: have a walking tour, see the National Museum, see the castle and...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
...and a view from the highest tower. The climb up to the top of this tower was something, the stairs were narrow and of uneven height, but steep and tight. On the last step down which was extra steep I could feel a little pull in my thigh. Oh no! Bu...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
I enjoyed this town. Tomorrow I'm going to visit another castle town, Conwy. Both these towns and castles are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. I was hoping to make it to Beaumaris too but I couldn't make it happen without a too crazy rush. UNE...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 27 Now it's the next morning and I'm taking the bus to Conwy. The girls: (they hear me talking to the bus driver) Are you from America? me: Why, yes I am. The girls: (teeheehee TeeHeeHee) You have such a cute accent! me: I live in Californi...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
A view out one of the windows in the Gallery of Modern Art. This is a good example of the feeling of downtown. This area is actually called Merchant City and seems more of a downtown than downtown. Glaswegians, which is what they call themselves, li...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 23 Arriving in Glasgow my new and very kind airbnb host came to the train station to pick up my bag so I could stay in town and do some touring. That was lovely of him and then he drove me into town the next three mornings too which was a good t...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Carlton Place Suspension Bridge by Alexander Kirkland in 1853 spanning the River Clyde.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
I picked this Italian restaurant for a break and some food because it was just the right amount of crowded, it was light and friendly looking, and they had great chairs. The food was ok, not great, but this guy, the Italian waiter, was in an exceptional...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There is a huge construction project across the street, an expansion of the art school that has been in process for more than two years. The fence that surrounds the construction is six feet from this building so I couldn't get a better view than this.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 25 Sometimes you can travel long-distance on the bus and it's less expense or more convenient than the train, but then you have to go to a bus station. I always, whenever possible, use the train. When you use the train you get to go to the tr...
self-portrait '13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Everyone including me was appreciating the sunny sky. During this 30 minute ferry ride I became convinced that the next place I want to go is the Galapagos. When I looked it up I remembered why I hadn't gone yet - Big Buck City. We'll see - I'll have ...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
And they have a castle, Rothesay Castle. It took a little less than two hours to get out here and two hours to get back and then a 15 minute walk from the Central station to the bus stop for the 30 minute ride back to Paul's, not counting the waiting ti...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Back home, I took a stroll through Paul's garden and found this in a small green house in back. Tomatoes growing in a bag just on the floor. I've never seen anything like this. Paul said it was a bit of trouble at the beginning because you have to kee...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 22 The view out my window Thursday, and since I still hadn't figured out what I was going to do for the following three nights I settled into making those plans, working on pictures, and getting ready to go. Next stop: Glasgow!
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Out for a walk. This library was great and they have an excellent online presence with tons of videos to watch.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There are upwards of 200 venues around town doing Fringe Festival performances, some stages, some pubs, some book stores, some churches, and etc etc etc, like the place here. As you walk around you see a standardized size for the venues saying for examp...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
And then we walked up to the Edinburgh Castle for a tour. LP: "The brooding, black crags of Castle Rock, rising above the western end of Princes St, are the very reason for Edinburgh's existence. This rocky hill was the most easily defended hilltop on t...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
...we went to have a perfectly delicious dinner at Whiski Bar. We all got different things and everything was excellent - very exciting. And then...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The Tattoo is also on in August at the same time as the Fringe so that's good, you get to see both, but adds to the enormity of the crowds, the expense of accommodation, the queue for food. We begin. One hundred bagpipers and one hundred drummers enter...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There were a number of specialty acts that followed including a Mongolian group here. They used projections on the castle walls, different for each group. Between the big performances there were a few breaks with more pipe and drum numbers. I was draw...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
August 19 a drive-around with Stephen Stephen had offered to take me to see the murals and for a tour around the Peace Wall, and I was anxious to take him up on the invitation. I was expecting an experience similar to what I had in Berlin - great art...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Stephen told me there are exactly three integrated schools (Protestants and Catholics) in all of Belfast. The sign says College but it's what we would call a high school. They have placed these schools in areas far from the contested areas, looking f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The murals on this extremely tall wall are projects funded by various organizations and it seems the content is 'approved', trying to soften the violent and aggressive images that appear regularly. Wiki: "The most prominent Peace lines in the past few y...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Next stop is for lunch, the Bushmills factory, but we didn't get to have a tour .. not enough time but...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
I'm walking along and wondering where is this Giant's Causeway! Finn got enraged by this and tore large pieces from the cliffs, he worked for over a week pushing these giant columns into the ocean bed to make a sturdy causeway to Scotland, when he had f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
And there it is, the main feature. I was expecting several of these leading farther out into the ocean, but it was great anyway and we were lucky on the weather since when the stones are wet they are very very slippery. Benandonner then noticed the bab...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
There's Samson and Goliath out there. As usual wikipedia has all the fact ma'am, just the facts: "The cranes are situated in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff and were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp, with Goliath being completed in 1969...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Here are, from what I could find, the most well known of the bars. Everyone wants to compare Belfast and Dublin and this is perhaps an example. Belfast is a town of industry. They made things here before the 30 years of recent strife. It feels very m...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Getting around Belfast. Where I am it's a good 10 minute walk to the bus stop and then another 10-20 minutes to get into city center depending how long you have to wait for the bus. What's interesting is that from wherever you are, with very few except...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Then I hopped another bus to see the Titanic exhibit. It's right in place by the shipyard that built it, it's sister ships, and hundreds more.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
From out the bus window. I had decided not to bother with all the Titanic hoop-la but I've changed my mind and will go see the exhibit because it's The Thing so ok, I've got time, I'll go.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
...and an excellent guide. We heard the long history from old times to today. They have portraits of the Lord Mayors each painted by an artist selected by the Lord Mayor during his/her one year term (in all the many long years there have been only two ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
A poster of the view you're looking at identifying the buildings. There was a line of text on this poster that I've been mulling on ever since. It talked about this building and that building as being evidence of the time when Belfast was (...important...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
...up to the first bridge. Family! Friends! I promise, people do ask all the time 'do you want me to take your picture' and the next time someone asks I will say yes.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
Here comes the parade, only on the last day to say goodbye. The cart with the goat follows at the end of the parade. Ms Wiki says: "The fair itself is purported to be ancient but can only officially be traced as far back as 1603 ((making this the 4...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
At the end of the parade all the pipers made the traditional circle and played a few numbers together. It was a fine and fitting end to my experience of Puck Fair. Of course it would be going on for many hours more, until the wee hours of the morning...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 10 I picked up a flyer for this walk and thought it would be a great way to get an introduction to the highlight of Killarney, the Killarney National Park, the first National Park established in Ireland. The flyer said 'meet at the end of New ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
Trinity College. I was too late to make it in to see the Book of Kells. Other things I missed: 1) The Guinness Factory Tour but I made up for it by enjoying plenty of Guinness. 2) Going to any museum, garden, or park except the city art museum ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"After a drive through some breathtaking Irish countryside we make our next stop at the great 'Trim Castle'.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Just outside Ardee we stop at 'The Jumping Church'. This church has been the source of fascination for visitors and locals alike. The popular folklore says that the gable wall of the church jumped 3 feet moving an excommunicated occupant of a grave outsid...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Our next stop is at the religious site at Monasterboice. The High Cross of Monisterboise is the finest in Ireland and is highly regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of Irish religious art.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 6 I decided late the night before that since jetlag was waking me up at 4am I might as well walk down to where the tours depart and see what I could get. Let's go on a TOUR! Here's the itinerary from celtictours.ie and their Boyne Valley trip...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 5 In the distance at the north end of O'Connell Street is the great Spire of Dublin, also called the Monument of Light and the world's tallest sculpture. It stands in the place where Nelson's Pillar stood, and destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1966. ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
So when they wanted to put in a Starbucks (free Internet! free Toilet!) they reused an existing, and very lovely building. I did pass in today's 6-7 miles of walking around, dozens of Burger Kings and McDonalds, a few Subways, and not much else in the ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
So SO many places more or less exactly like this one. I was not expecting all the flowers. All the pubs, yes, but not all the flowers.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 4 When I told Kaitlin I was going to Ireland (my 7 year old granddaughter) her eyes widened and brightly she exclaimed "Leprechauns!".
'13 July
August 1-2 Some catch-up photos and in 2 hours .. I begin the journey, and 24 hours from now I'll be standing in a city I've never visited before. Very Exciting!
'13 July
I found I did take this picture of the exotic Thai spa where I cashed in my Mother's Day gift certificate from CM&K. AHHH!
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
...and a real charmer, The Jousters, by Alexander Calder, the same artist who did the Eagle I'm so fond of in Seattle and the iconic fountain mobile at LACMA.
'13 July
Nancy and I came up here for a bon voyage lunch - thanks Nancy. It's so wonderful to know that anytime (just don't be getting the urge on a Monday) we can buzz on up to see and experience amazing work both familiar and new. We sat through the whole 18 ...
'13 July
...and Walking Flower's neighbor Alexander Calder's The Jousters that I'm equally nuts for. Just the thought of this little corner of the Getty Center makes me smile.
'13 July
Lynn and I had a nice beach walk and a bon voyage visit. They are off to Australia for three weeks on the 11th which is very exciting. Those nasty growths on my head are still bothering me (a lot). I pressed the dermatologist to tell me what was going...
'13 July
July 18 As well as going for long walks and eating out with friends, I've been working on my next trip - comin' right up, time flying and all that.
'13 July
...Lilly and I walked to a park near the art studio where we played and had a ton of fun and also next door to the park...
'13 July
From LACMA's website: "As part of the Getty’s initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., LACMA features The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA, an exhibition about the proposed future of the museum's cam...
'13 July
Then we unexpectedly happened upon a delightful exhibit of Matisse's cutouts and some work based on the cutouts. This is from the Jass series and my new favorite figure. I always liked the other one, the one with the heart, but now I'm toying with the ...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Don't forget, this is an Amusement Park, so don't be expecting Margaret Mead... but you'll get some idea of geography you probably don't remember, and some feeling for the differences among the islands. I'd even go again. The Polynesian Cultural Cente...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
July 5 We spent a lovely long day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. We just did a day tour and skipped the luau. Their luau is pretty fun, but big, expensive, and very show biz. I was impressed and surprisingly delighted with all they had for the ...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Everyone gathered except Caleb sadly being still sick. Ten People total. The Browns brought a Full On picnic dinner which we ate here in this hotel room, and we watched the fireworks, and played games to wait for the traffic to abate. Thank you guys, ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
It's our last day and tomorrow we make our way to Honolulu for a few days. Aloha Kauai, Mahalo Sharon, Until next time!
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 23-24 Two days of bopping around. A mynah bird and a couple of dudes. I'm taking a short break from Proust to read again Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes, her history of Hawaii. This is my third time through and the names with all their syllab...
'13 Jun: Kauai
They had a five piece band playing Hawaiian tunes. We didn't stay long enough for the dancing which I expect was to follow...
'13 Jun: Kauai
...made by Kathy. Following is the text from the note inside the little green box with the salt: "It is with full hearts and much aloha for our ever growing ohana, we humbly thank you for joining us today in the celebration of our blessed union. In ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
Kenny brought and cooked amazing fresh fish pulled from the sea this very day. He also stole those orchids from his next door neighbor's yard and gave them to ME! Yay Kenny. Kathy was busy being the decorations maven for the wedding and even she was imp...
'13 Jun: Kauai
We're deep into another craft project for the wedding. This one is going to be the party favor. First we undid the 100+ green boxes and secured the lids so as to be sure that the lid would go back on. We opened the plastic bags and put them in the...
'13 Jun: Kauai
...they'll get this project moving again. It's been a couple of years now with no action but they say by next year this time more workmen and more stones from India will have arrived. From their website which I've copied before in other years: "Kaua'i'...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 10 There was a little of this and that all day but our highlight was Happy Hour at Oasis on the Beach for cocktails and pupus. We went to one of the beach front hotels and lolled around for a good long while enjoying our cocktails (one Thai Mart...
'13 June
At the Fowler they were having a dance program with arts and crafts in support of one of the exhibits, Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe.
'13 May
Cheryl was in town so oh goodie we all got together for dinner at The Sherman Room. This picture looks just like The Sherman Room, from the '60s, folks drinking Manhattans in the red leatherette banquettes before they order their steak and baked potato....
'13 May
May 23 Driving north for this year's visit to The Ranch I stopped off in Santa Barbara for a few hours with Nancy and Michi and then continued on to Paso Robles. I had never spent any time in Paso so I thought it give it a stroll. The wineries here a...
'13 May
Kaitlin has been running an Art Club on Tuesday nights and sometimes on other nights too. She's done it twice when I've been there and it is So Much Fun! Both times she has designed a project for us to do. Tonight we made self-portraits and displayed ...
'13 May
Me and my travel companions Alex and Carol, and Merlyn.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
"In the Plaza de la Catedral, The Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception), also dedicated to Saint Christopher (San Cristóbal), sometimes called Cathedral of Saint Chr...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
...a Big Old American Car. You will see so many, and I'll be putting a collection in a chapter all its own. 'Big Old American Car' is the exact words used by nearly every taximan in Havana. Come! Come! Come ride in my Big Old American Car! The ca...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Merlyn, Carol, and Alex at the home where we ate dinner.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Our first night and we decided to have dinner as offered by the woman Alex and Carol were dealing with regarding accommodation in Havana. Her bedrooms were full already but she had plenty of friends and neighbors with rooms for rent.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
And a view from our balcony looking down on the pedi-cab garage. The neighborhood might seem a little raw but actually it was perfectly safe and welcoming. The number one most fun thing about this trip was staying in family homes using the system of Ca...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Thumbs up! from one of the extremely rare panhandlers.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
It was a stone cold Riot how nearly every musical combo in the commercial areas, of which there were hundreds, music pouring from every door and window, felt the need to play Guantanamera and greatest hits from the Buena Vista Social Club. I got pretty sn...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
The omnipresence of musical combos throughout Old Havana was stunning. It rivaled the French Quarter in New Orleans for quantity and (with the possible exception of their passion for Guantanamera) they were fantastic.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Alex getting us the car for our road trip. Thank you Alex for everything. We're all in this picture - Merlyn beside Alex and Carol and I on the couch reflected in the mirror.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Buildings facing the Malecón. The next several slides tell more about this lively and historic part of Havana.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
May 3 It's the afternoon now, back from our Road Trip to The Cuban Countryside. We embarked upon the rig-a-ma-roll of getting settled in our new accommodation and of returning the car (thanks Alex) .. and while Alex returned the car Merlyn and I took a...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
These lions flanked the intersections on the Paseo. There were many vendors along the Paseo selling art, trinkets, and snacks. Here's a rap I wrote in the road trip section too: There are two Cuban currencies, the national peso called a CUP and the ...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Merlyn, on the roof of our casa enjoying a sun-downer. Merlyn was favoring Buccaneer beer while Alex was drinking Crystal. They both drank beer as a back to their really yummy shots of Havana Club rum. Carol was into the mojitos and I went for this-...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Yikes! The wiki article on the Malecón is interesting - I can't resist copying several paragraphs here: "Construction of the Malecón began in 1901, during temporary U.S. military rule the main purpose of which was to protect Havana from the water and t...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
We went to look at another one of the caves but it was raining off and on and to get to the mouth of the cave you had to climb 400 ft in the mud. So we took a pass. As we were leaving one of the guides asked if we could drive the doctor who works at th...
Merlyn Alex self-portrait Carol '13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Then back to the back patio of our casa, looking out over the fields and us kickin' it in classic style. mc.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Carol and Alex, and me in my enormous head. mc.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
April 30 Our host in the black top and her helper in the blue, getting the breakfast together which we enjoyed before hitting the road again. Budget The Casas Particulares rooms cost between $15 and $30 depending on how many beds, if there's a v...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
In 2005 UNESCO placed the Urban Historic Center of Cienfuegos on the World Heritage List, "citing Cienfuegos as the best extant example of the 19th-century early Spanish Enlightenment implementation in urban planning."
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Alex chatting it up with the guy who's running the audio board. Let me thank Alex for all his efforts on our behalf. Alex, born of Cuban parents and a native Spanish speaker, likes to talk, and he shared all his conversations with grace and enthusiasm....
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
...and our hosts, he an engineer and the ex-mayor of Cienfuegos and she a physician, and Carol, Alex, and Merlyn.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
On the way to our next destination we spot this horseman heading into the hills...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
What did happen was every few hours searching out a beer break. Like for example there was a cool spot here amid the ribs of an old church. Crystal beer, shots of Havana Club Rum, and Mojitos were the orders of the day.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
...and even with that there was still music-music-music. Alex, Carol, Merlyn
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
How many colors graced this wall. Speaking of budget, there are two Cuban currencies, the national peso called a CUP and the convertible peso called a CUC. Local citizens are paid mostly in CUP which is worth about 6 cents (according to Alex) compare...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Taking the train from Trinidad through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valle de los Ingenios is a top tourist attraction but we decided to drive since it's faster and we had many hours to drive to our next destination. "Sugar production was introduced...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Here's one view. Most of the sugar mills are in ruins although intact structures exist, including at Guachinango where the plantation house stands, and the plantation of Manaca Iznaga, where the owner's house (now a restaurant and gift shop), a tower (o...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Let's Eat! This was a pretty good Italian restaurant. In general we were not so taken with the food except for the wonderful fruit all the Casa Particular ladies included in breakfast. The main thing we will all remember are the ham and cheese sandw...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
This is an exercise routine for adults and on the other side of the wall is a baseball field where they also played soccer. Keep this in mind when I talk about the hitchhiking doctor later on.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Heroes of the People! I should talk about the expression 'the triumph of the revolution'. I didn't hear any Cuban use this expression when speaking in English but Alex said so many of his conversations resulted in time being denoted by 'before the triu...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Isn't this fun - I'll tell you why. First, everyone knows who's a tourist. All you can rent are the government issued cars and they are all generally the same, a fleet of these cars that come over from China by the boatload. So these guys are touris...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
May 3 Part of a 'bulk distribution center' where one guy has crates of fruit that he is weighing out and passing along to the carts that will sell the fruit on the street. The fruit was by far the best part of most meals. There was an excellent sele...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
A Parador, part of a chain of roadside rest stops and welcome for water and a pee, not to be confused with a Paladar which is a state-licensed restaurant in someone's home. Next stop, back to the crazy-cool Havana.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
...and then blew all the money we had saved by taking the bus on a chic-chic dinner. In the morning, we packed up to begin our long journey home. Thank You Merlyn! And HUGE thanks to Alex and Carol for making it all happen.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
We were not exactly sure of the station's location so I asked this woman. She took my hand and led us the several blocks. This happens often when I'm out and about but there is so rarely someone behind me to take the picture. mc.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
May 7 Off for the day, we were looking for the station to pick up the express bus to Boca Chica. We could take the bus for $2 or a taxi for $50. Merlyn agreed to try the bus and it went so easily we took the bus back too. Part of the walk to the st...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
Boca Chica is a beach town, once exclusive in the 1950s and 60s, now mostly 'overwhelmed with tourists from North America and Europe' as evidenced by the topless ladies sunning themselves on the sand and big-bellied men in thongs. The water is gorgeous ...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
May 6 After Alex and Carol left, Merlyn and I decided to do the big walking tour of the historic district, the Ciudad Colonial.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
Carol and Alex outside one of the several restaurants on the Plaza. Check out the phone on the tree in the upper left, there, I'm believing, so that the restaurant staff can keep to the shade of the tree. It's a lovely spot and it seemed central to loc...
Alex Merlyn '13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
An evening at Casa del Sol.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
The gates of the Cathedral. "Lonely Planet review for Catedral Primada de América: Diego Columbus, son of the great explorer, set the first stone of the Catedral Primada de América in 1514, but construction didn’t begin in earnest until the arrival of ...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
My dining companion for dinner. Merlyn, Alex, and Carol showed up just as expected mid-day of the 24th.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
April 23 This section talks about my two short visits to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic including some of April 23-24 and most of May 5-7. Merlyn was with me a lot of the time and Alex and Carol for some of the time. We spent the intervenin...
'13 April
April 15 My old house on Donmetz, another color and different landscaping, but still recognizable. I was over at Louise's because she wanted all her friends to take a souvenir before she sells her house next door and moves to an assisted living near ...
The Grand Park
Another example of the cool landscaping.
'13 April
My ex-next-door-neighbor Louise hosted a dinner in celebration of her Eighty First birthday. That handsome pure skinned woman is Eighty One. Louise took the opportunity of this event to tell everyone that she is going to be leaving Donmetz and moving t...
'13 March
Windy signed up for a month of all-you-can-do exercise at Pure Barre on Wilshire near Barrington. I tried it for two minutes but it was S!O! L!!OUD!!! in there (oh the boom boom), wow, it was not for me. But notice the foot massage place next door. No...
'13 March
I've had tickets with Nancy for weeks to see Van Dyke Parks and a couple of young people he has taken a fancy to: Inara George and Tom McDermott. The show was at McCabe's, which we love for its intimacy and wide selection of artists. It was a great n...
'13 March
March 24 At 11am this morning in the two blocks of Westwood Blvd. in front of the Paris Bakery, where the Proust readers gather, we were greeted by preparations for the Iranian Happy New Year Extravaganza. Most of the area for booths was still empty ...
'13 March
...murals covering all the outside walls of the restaurant. The following text I totally copied in its entirety from Los Angeles Magazine dated 3/14/13: "Bricia Lopez and her family (owners of Guelaguetza) have already perfected the arts of simmering...
'13 March
"They’ve taken their cultural evangelism to the next level and delved into the art world by commissioning a mural at their Olympic Boulevard location. "Street artists Rosario Martinez and Roberto Vega of the Mexican art group Colectivo LaPiztola (a comb...
'13 March
March 21 Lona took this picture with her phone .. me in thrall to a cookie. We were working on the March Madness project, a big paperwork extravaganza that we do every year around this time for their business. We'll have a few more hours tomorrow an...
'13 Viva! Las Vegas
After our allll you can eat breakfast buffet we decided to take a spin out to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for some fresh air and exercise. This is Carl's shot just outside the car doors. Wow. cl.
'13 Viva! Las Vegas
Did we do the .7 mile walk or the 1.2 mile walk? Not so far in either case but excellent, good air and a good stretch.
'13 Viva! Las Vegas
Let's go to a casino! We had moved in the morning from Vdara to where Les was staying at the Hilton Grand Vacation Suites way down at the far north end of the strip next door to Circus Circus and across from The Riviera. We spent most of our time at En...
'13 March
March 10 Proust again, meeting at Paris Bakery on Westwood. We were five this week and it was good fun. I'll read the next section. Can I tell now that I will get through the seven volumes? Not yet, we'll see, one page at a time...
'13 March
More. Nancy and I enjoyed the beautiful day and saw the hot-ticket traveling Vermeer. Back in 2009 we drove out to the Norton-Simon to see a Vermeer, the 'A Lady Writing'. This one is called 'Woman in Blue Reading a Letter'. Nice symmetry I think. ...
'13 March
From my backyard looking west waiting for the next rain. Ah weather, we so rarely get weather.
'13 March
March 7 The wisteria blooms began to appear on March 1, exactly on schedule, and by the end of the month they will all be gone. They are so rich and fragrant, you can smell them from the sidewalk.
'13 March
They were putting on a one day only piece of performance art called Laughing Hole here's what it says in the write-up: Spanish artist and choreographer La Ribot has gathered elements from dance, avant-garde theater and performance art to create a contro...
'13 February
February 28 Sharon and I went for a walk around the Silver Lake Reservoir. It's nice to see but this fence totally separates the path from the water and it's mostly a path along big streets where the sidewalk would be except...
'13 February
...Naples Island, since Sharon had never been here. It's lovely not just during the season of extraordinary Christmas lights and the boat parade. Interestingly both this development and the Venice Canals area were originally begun in the early 1900s, N...
'13 February
February 21 Due to a series of circumstances I watched the kids tonight and this turned out to be the very night Lilly announced she wanted to give her pacifiers to the Paci Fairy who takes them for babies who need a paci and leaves a special gift. S...
'13 February
February 15 I kicked in $14.95 to an online site for some Spanish lessons, to see just how little I remembered and with hope of getting enough back for some fun in Cuba if this trip materializes. The problem is that the program is on The Internet and...
'13 February
February 11 We had a triple birthday festivity tonight. Wow. Everyone gives everyone a card and that means 27 cards were exchanged and except for an on-purpose matching set (making 30 total), all 27 cards were different. We have been doing this for...
'13 February
February 1 Sharon and I have been thinking for weeks that after our walk on the track at Pepperdine we should have a stop-by at the Getty Villa but what with one thing and another - we pick a day when they're closed, we pick a day when there are no tick...
'13 February
When we first went upstairs we turned one way instead of the other and I freaked out a little. Oh no! Where is she! So many of these treasures are leaving the Getty that it's easy to think any one of your favorites might be gone on your next visit.
'13 January
January 30 The Texas gang, Y'All! Windy's younger son Travis with birthday boy Jack, and then Lainee with Cali-May and Jack. Oh that Jack, growin' like a weed, and the spitin' image of his Daddy. And Lainee and Cali-May are going to pass for sisters. ...
'13 January
Lilly had all the girls in her pre-school class over for a playdate and they all played for a couple of hours on their own and in complete harmony. The five three-year-old girls were upstairs doing 'whatever' and the moms were downstairs visiting. Visiti...
'13 January
Then I went with Carl on the Expo Line downtown where we had a delicious sushi dinner followed by...
'13 January
...the Lakers, who WON. Several at the restaurant were chanting 'three-peat three-peat' in hopes that the Lakers could manage to win three games in a row, bad as they've been. Now people are talking about 'hey, we can, we can make it to the playoffs if...
'13 January
January 28 Ken had rotator cuff surgery recently, a 'massive tear' according to his doctor, and we spent the afternoon doing chores, having lunch, and watching Les Mis on TV. He's wearing both those devices that you see here, on the same shoulder of ...
'13 January
January 26 I joined Ben and Bonnie at their Temple this morning, Temple Israel in Hollywood, for a service featuring the cantor "Don Tourliev "Danny" Maseng", a total character with a write-up in Wikipedia. Then we did Retirement Planning. They had ...
San Francisco (2005-2013)
I stayed an extra day because I wanted to check out the de Young Museum. The museum opened in 1895 and has been housed in various buildings, this current venue opening in 2005. Check out that viewing tower. Very cool. (internet pix)
San Francisco (2005-2013)
Right around the corner from my hotel is another hotel, many hotels actually, but this one is called Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel. The view from The Leatherneck's Restaurant .. copied from their website: "Originally dedicated as a “living memorial” to...
San Francisco (2005-2013)
Then we bought round-trip tickets to Sausalito riding the catamaran out and the boat back. Coincidently this picture I got off the internet has our exact two boats. (internet pix)
San Francisco (2005-2013)
...and speaking of which, Nancy's vintage fur hat was still in her suitcase, her suitcase that disappeared somewhere between drop-off at the baby Santa Barbara airport and arrival in San Francisco. The airline did deliver the suitcase 24 hours later min...
'13 January
January 5 Happy Birthday Celina and Ronald! A Double Birthday = Double Fun. We enjoyed a lovely evening and a very tasty meal at a relatively normal Italian restaurant in the Oh-So-Trendy Silverlake area where Ronald lives. Check out Celina's new h...
'12 December
December 29 Windy came by with her New Phone, her first actual Smart Phone, and she's having f.u.n, although we were laughing a little too hard for the light in the room... Angela sent this picture of the girls having finished the puzzle I gave Kaitl...
'12 December
December 21 evening Lona and Hartley decided to have a festive Christmas get-together before they left the next day for Hawaii. Lona made our mother's Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Cake! Our mother made this cake for years and periodically one or the ot...
'12 December
December 4 Mindy is home from Zambia for the holidays. She's going into her fifth year in Africa. By this time next year, or sooner, she'll have moved on and it's exciting to wonder where that will be. Ken, me, Mindy, Bill (Mindy's "Daddy" .. Daddy...
'12 December
We came to hear the Colburn Orchestra and they were really quite wonderful. Our first seats were assigned at Will Call in the exact center in the first row of the upper balcony. No one was sitting in front of us and the view was good but too far back t...
lacma '12 November
In the Resnick Pavilion, leading into the Caravaggio show is another of the modern installations that so tickle my fancy. This is a Walter De Maria work first exhibited in 1992 in Zurich. That's Nancy and Sharon taking in the angles.
lacma '12 November
Then we went over to see the HUGE Stanley Kubrick exhibit. It was like walking through the looking glass into a life-sized scrapbook of Stanley Kubrick's mind. Just as an example there are cases and cases displaying old typewritten script pages and the...
'04 March
Hilda and Merlyn, sitting in front of their gigantic and georgous fireplace. This was my first visit to their new home and let-me-tell-you that place is a knock-out. A hacienda for the ruling class, up off Mulhulland, vista views of the valley, with so...
'12 November
November 22 What an exciting day! Lilly did a pee-pee in the potty! Pee-pee in the pot-ty. We did a pee-pee in the potty parade and Lilly got the first star on her pee-pee in the potty chart. Oh happy day.
'12 November
Oh yeah. Thanks Angela for the food shots AND the lovely day. ak. (Note for next year - for a full oven, nuke each half separately for 5 minutes, bake at 350 covered for 1 hour, uncovered for 30 minutes, sit covered 15-30 minutes.)
Electric BE
The gated and arched entrance to the small complex.
'12 November
November 18 Angela sent this picture. It's Lilly calling me on 'her phone'. Apparently we had a long 'conversation' full of great enthusiasm and expressiveness on Lilly's part. Oh yeah. I'm better. Hurray! I went to bed Thursday afternoon and go...
'12 November
From Nancy, from the day at the art studios open house. It was SO extra cool to have the kids there. It's true that adage about seeing things though a child's eyes. I just love to hear them tell about what they are seeing.
'12 November
Darryl, Angela, Kaitlin, and Lilly came by too making it all extra special fun for me. Kaitlin wanted to understand about everything she saw and I suggested she could ask the artists 'what were you thinking about when you made this?' which she did and i...
'12 November
November 9 I've been on a movie going extravaganza the last 10 days or so, all of them dang good. In order of how much I appreciated them: Argo, Lincoln, Flight.
'12 November
Their new dining room light, in Redondo Beach. From their old neighborhood in Sherman Oaks Darryl's commute was an unpredictable 1-2 hours each way and is now a reliable exact 14 minutes. Wow YAY is right.
'12 October
October 29 We Monday Nighters after feasting on our potluck dinner sprawled out for Dancing With The Stars on Ann's new gigantic tv bought for this exact purpose. Maxine, Becky, Ann, Marija, Maryanne, Alicia, Lourdes. missing: Marsha, Ljubica, and m...
'12 October
October 28 After seeing Argo with Nancy and Sharon I got to go over to see Katie and Jed's new house. The movie was excellent as is the house. Congratulations Katie and Jed! And even more Trick or Treating.
Kaitlin Lilly '12 October
And a remote has appeared with the new Xbox. Maybe I'll learn how to run the system before the next change comes along .. maybe. I never did get fully fluent with the old system!
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The arrow is pointing to my hotel and Alexanderplatz (a massive transportation hub) is the big plaza with the fountain in the middle and as you can see the festival of food stalls is gone. They just trucked those babies all up a day or so ago and that's i...
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
...there was a fun music and dancing event which was entertaining for a few minutes until I realized they were a God squad and a young woman singled me out to evangelize. I made all my usual and oft-proven friendly and courteous gestures that always, a...
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
...an extensive flea market...
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
October 13 From my hotel, I walk 30 minutes round-trip to the transportation hub at Alexanderplatz. At the beginning of a long trip I usually take a break every 5 or 6 days, and then as the weeks roll on I find myself taking a break every 4 or 5 days...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
There's an Anne Frank exhibit happening here. Exactly next to this alley is another alley with a Gucci store and other high-end shopping opportunities where you find not a lick of graffiti.
Berlin stolperstein stumbling stone '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Called the Stolperstein or stumbling stone, it is "a monument created by Gunter Demnig which commemorates a victim of the Holocaust. .. They commemorate individuals – both those who died and survivors – who were persecuted by the Nazis. "While the vast ...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The artist who made that large face did it by first digging into the plaster of then putting gun powder into the ridge, then plastering over the wall again, then setting off the gun powder. "The popularization of graffiti through street art has been pic...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
"By Victor Ash, a French artist, who participated to the Backjumps exhibition in Berlin where he realized the work called astronaut/cosmonaut on a wall of a typical Kreuzberg building in the center of Berlin."
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
"Local businesses and even local authorities hired artists to paint murals on the fronts of their buildings. Most famously, on a wall in Kreuzberg, the artist Blu painted two men trying to rip each other’s masks off — symbolizing, he claims, Be...
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
October 12 'The Real Berlin Experience' from alternativeberlin.com. Best City Tour Group Ever. It would have taken me a week to find these places on my own and this group was totally into it as was the guide. I was wearing my sandals with cool-look...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Behind those trees there is a huge complex of buildings originally used to repair train cars but now abandoned from that purpose and taken over by various bands of artists. There's a long story on the political/social/legal situation that, the upshot is...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Our guide did the angry animal on the left. He said he has several angry animals around town. Why are your animals angry, I asked. They are angry, he said, as part of his constant exploration of stress and anxiety. I suggested he just add a mindfulne...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
There are living spaces, studios, clubs, bars, restaurants, and even some retail sales going on here. I walked by up closer to this building and was taken with the bugs and then as I moved further and further back I keep adding 'oh Look' moments to the ...
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Coming home into Alexanderplatz here's the kick-off to the nightly dance band and beer drinking extravaganza.
Berlin Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
October 11 Since I keep crossing over the same streets I'm moving pictures around to, I hope, make some sense of it all. The Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche or the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Nearly demolished in WWII except for a few walls and th...
Berlin Gendarmenmarkt '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
That's a crowd of tourists on the left and the German Air Force on the right. The Air Force guys didn't have any identifying insignia on their uniforms, not that I could recognize anyway, so I picked one from the edge of the group to talk to and that wa...
Berlin Ampelmännchen '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The story of the lights: these characters, the walking man and the standing man are called the Ampelmännchen and were the East German signal system. After reunification Berlin tried to replace them with a more modern system but everyone went nuts to kee...
Berlin Potsdamer Platz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Potsdamer Platz, 'bombed beyond recognition in WWII, this square found itself in former East Berlin. It was unused and undeveloped while the city was divided. After reunification, it was transformed into the commercial heart of the city and is filled wit...
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
My Underground station and giant transportation hub is Alexanderplatz. You probably can't read it on the blue sign on the right. There was a festival going on in the plaza part of Alexanderplatz - these festivals are starting to feel permanent - and th...
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
My hotel is in a part of Berlin that was on the 'other' side of the wall, part of the former GDR. I was expecting a lot of huge graphic arts in Berlin (not just the graffiti) and one block from my hotel I saw the first...
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
...and the second. And then not much more, so far anyway.
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
But there is a lot of this, apartment blocks from before.
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
There are essentially five kinds of food stands at the festivals and many versions of each kind. This is one variation of the scooping-food kind. The other kinds include 2) doner-kabop-pizza 3) currywurst-brats-schnitzel 4) sandwiches of meat-cheese-fi...
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The plaza, Alexanderplatz, was developed in the 1970s by the GDR including commissioning this Weltzeituhr, World Clock, that moves with the hours "telling you the time in such important communist strongholds as Hanoi and Havana."
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
A new permanent exhibit had just opened in a space dedicated to historical study called "Willy Brandt - Politikerleben". As well as the very well-done displays they had a 45 minute documentary on Willy Brandt and the story of Berlin during his lifetime...
Berlin Topography of Terror '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
There's a section of the wall here and an exhibit called the Topography of Terror with panels of mostly photographs, newspapers, posters, and various other materials with commentary on Nazi history.
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
Inside the lobby there are four very large miniatures (large miniatures...that's fun) showing the whole area of Hanover, one for 1689 and one from the 1930s. This one from 1945 when, according to Ms Wiki, 90% of the central town was destroyed. Looking ...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
Some walls of The Castle "...built between 1534 and 1538 on the site of the previous castle, and is one of the most notable examples of an Early Renaissance castle in Lower Saxony."
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
October 2 What made the little bitty room at the Ibis Hotel so interesting: you could clean that baby with a hose. The toilet is mounted on the wall and all the floors are easy-clean laminates. Just as an example the shower door doesn't have a handl...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
...around the palace complex and since I was the only English speaker who turned up it was a private tour. The guide was a Syrian guy who had come to the GDR in 1984 from Syria to study and had stayed on, taking up tour guiding when he couldn't get a jo...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
Everything actually is inexpensive here in comparison and I notice that overall averaging the whole trip I have been managing $100 per day which is actually a surprise. I was expecting more. My time in Berlin is coming up and I don't have accommodation...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
I couldn't get the gold on this building, the Dom Handlowy Renoma, to shine right. It's a department store built in 1930 by a Jewish family, the Wertheims, who owned and operated a chain of high-end department stores around Germany before WWII. A lon...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
...a group was preparing for a festival the next day. Here they are covering the tree trunks in hand knitted designs.
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
Starbucks has settled itself nicely everywhere I've been. It looks exactly the same inside, this is a big one, and there's always a bathroom to use and free wifi. The biggest chain of course is McDonalds followed not so far behind by KFC and they are b...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
In 1925 there were estimated 23,000 Jews, all escaped or dead by 1945. In 1945 there were 189,500 Germans and 17,000 Poles. By 1949 almost all the Germans were gone from Breslau, having fled or been expelled to Allied Occupation Zones in Germany, and t...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Other people's sunset pictures of the iconic Charles Bridge (when are there Ever so few people?!) for a fond farewell to Prague. Next stop: Wroclaw, Poland. (internet pix)
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
On the ceiling of this venerated old church, so unexpected.
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
And thinking of food, I stopped off at the office of my personal concierge (and my gorgeous personal reading room) located in the lobby of the handsome Four Seasons Hotel. It has a wonderfully central location and I stop by often. They are so good at h...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
The Jan Hus statue from a different angle, "completed in 1915 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the execution of Jan Hus .. shows two groups of people, a young mother symbolizing national rebirth and the figure of Hus emphasizing the moral author...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
We had another political rally in Peace Square with the guy in the cowboy hat running against the guy from Friday for the senate seat from Vinohrady. But all the cameras and microphones were focusing on the man in the white shirt. I asked around about ...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
This group drew a much larger crowd than Friday's but I think that's what you'd expect from a nice Sunday instead of a Friday and also they had a pretty good band, but the big draw was cheap sausages and beer that you could buy...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...which means I've been missing out on using the colorful expressions always so amusing to me from Lonely Planet. From here the " "s will be LP unless otherwise noted. Changing of the guard. It was kind of long and slow and not so much, but a sweet ...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
With the church to the right, there was a political assembly gathering in support of a candidate running for senate from the Prague district. There was a band playing and wow-eee. They reminded me of a ROCKIN' Bar Band playing excellent covers of all y...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Here he is again, from the front with the sun behind. The building on the left is the National Museum where I was standing in the photo above, and according to a sign in the window: 'The National Museum Historical Building is being prepared for a 5-year...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...and emerge into Old Town Square. All these buildings and the ones you can't see from this shot each make up long chapters in the history books. It doesn't look that crowded but I was unprepared for the jostling and decided to come back early one mor...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
My new window! I finished Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday set mostly in Vienna and now that I'm in Prague, I'm on to Madeleine Albright's Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. The Zweig book was so excellent that Pr...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
There were a lot of interesting exhibits in the castle. They had all the text translated into English in notebooks that you could carry around. And I was, as far as I could tell at the time, the only tourist there.
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Artists live and work here, and it seems like it should be very cool but I'm seemingly too old for cool now. The guy who lives behind this wall was in his garden working on a project by whacking away with a huge metal hammer on big pieces of thick metal...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...I walked back! No problem, tomorrow is a travel day, it's set to rain, and I expect I'll have a nice rest from walking.
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Right now it is the morning of September 19th here in the Czech Republic. I was learning a new word (I can say 'Thank you' quite well now (or so they tell me (and have forgotten all my Hungarian words already but not my few bits of German since I've known...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...the next day I found this picture at the Spilberk Castle. Here's what the sign for this painting says: "Obelisk Consecration Ceremony at Frantiskov. To commemorate the victorious ending of the Napoleonic Wars, a monument was built in Brno between 1...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
I'm doing a walk-about today just around town. Since it's Monday most sites you want to get into are closed. And I just realized late in the day that my only chance to visit the caves is tomorrow and it takes most of a day, but I'll want to get into th...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...and it was fun, and definitely Experimental. This is a mural on one of the walls...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...and it looks like half the streets are torn up with road work and an apparent extensive overhaul of the underground systems. And not that the streets were torn up and nothing doing. There were so many workers about I wondered if they could all live ...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
For the young folk, copied directly from Ms Wiki of course, just like you should not write your term papers: "Czechoslovakia was a sovereign state in Central Europe which existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hunga...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
After checking in to my place at Hostel Mitte I went out for a stroll to come upon a beer extravaganza. Those booths surround the whole large plaza. Sooo much beer.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
This is called The Keys of Remembrance and in German, Schlüssel gegen das Vergessen with the names of Jewish merchants who were expelled from their businesses and later killed during WWII.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
This is a section of historic Vienna. Please notice the streets - the streets simply don't meet at right angles, and if a street is more than three blocks long it certainly changes its name. But we did just fine and totally got the subway system down. ...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
On to the tour of the Abbey and our extremely well-schooled guide.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Leaving the monastery that didn't look like what we expected a monastery to look like we came to the Abbey and oh wow, this is not what we expected At All either. G.O.L.D. GOLD. More gold that in any of the churches we visited in Vienna. Gold everywhe...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
The extended tour through the lavishly decorated inside rooms, no photos allowed but I snagged this one with the phone.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
In the Maze and Labyrinth Gardens they had this mirror extravaganza demanding a picture. Take a picture!
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Guided tours at the Opera House were gathering. There were no less than 10 tours all going on at the same time, three in English, several in German, one in Spanish, etc. They are so experienced at moving folks through the program that we were never in ...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
That is RiGHT. WE went to an OPERA at the legendary Vienna State Opera House. Yes we did. And the 'seats' (being a place to stand and lean on a rail) were so incredibly good, and the usher was our own private guide to all things opera. One of her frien...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Windy had picked up a brochure for an art exhibit that she thought looked particularly good and since we had scheduling conflicts regarding opening hours of various other activities we decided to go to this gallery on this day. Not what we had intended fo...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
As well as Friedensreich Hundertwasser's work they devote a floor to traveling exhibits and we saw a retrospective of Elliott Erwitt's photographs. Windy just Had to have that poster for her office so I got to give it to her for her birthday.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
On the way to our next event we stumbled upon a parade forming. The Harvest Festival!
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Our final event of the day was another music extravaganza. Here at St Anna's we heard a five piece string ensemble play a short Mozart piece, some Schubert, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. It was wonderful.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Walking to the 'U'nderground to get our train home we passed the Opera House where a performance was in progress. They broadcast the performances out into the plaza set-up with many rows of seats and decent sound. Excellent, another unexpected treat!
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Next stop, the Secession Building. Wow. But since I couldn't get a view without traffic...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
...omg. You may take these two examples and assume there are 10,000 more, each unique and all amazing to look at.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
At the Academy of Fine Arts, which really is an academy, we followed the neon arrows along a winding route to their exhibition space. They have an extensive collection of Old Masters on view. Also it was 'fun' to see a large Hieronymus Bosch piece, 'La...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Ice Cream! Like everywhere ice cream shops are extremely popular.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Another view of my plaza from another angle. Tomorrow I'll do a walk about here, and then the next day I'm off to Vienna.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The church on the main square. About the mummy museum (I love that, Mummy Bonanza): "The exhibit in Vác, Hungary is the result of a mummy bonanza discovered during routine restoration of the town’s Dominican church. In 1994 workers discovered a secret...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
It's my last night in Budapest so I stopped off at all my favorite spots on my street - poppy seed pastry from the bakery; hummus, eggplant salad, hot pepper sauce, and a pita from the Syrian place; groceries from the mini-market. Yum. And a/c, wow. T...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The grandgirls have been such excellent email correspondents. They write regularly and it's So Much FUN!
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...to one of the three train stations to get tickets for a round-trip excursion to another river town for Monday and the ticket to take me to Sopron on Tuesday. All sorted. (When one travels one ends up using a lot of Brit-isms because it seems most of...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the River Danube embankments and the whole of the boulevard Andrássy út). This is the Matthias Church. I do like to list all the architectural styles because I can never guess .. the 1015 structu...
Shoes on the Danube Bank '12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Text from the dedication: "The composition entitled 'Shoes on the Danube Bank' gives remembrance to the people shot into the Danube during the time of the Arrow Cross terror. "The sculptor created sixty pairs of period-appropriate shoes out of iron. T...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
August 28 The courtyard in the building where I'm staying, the Corvin Point Hostel. That's artillery damage from the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. It was a little freaky at first, damaged and run-down that it felt, but now that I'm settled in it feels...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Funny story .. on my outbound LA flight one of the escape slides/life boats 'got broke' and couldn't be fixed and so we sat on the ground for three hours waiting for 56 people to volunteer to be re-booked. We needed 56 because that's the number assigned t...
Kaitlin Lilly '12 July and August
August 21 It's my last Tuesday with the girls until mid-October. Yikes! I wanted to leave them with their birthday present so we went to Build-A-Bear at the mall. You choose the animal you want, get it stuffed, and then you put in its heart. They ...
Kaitlin Lilly '12 July and August
Next we had a yummy frozen yogurt treat and then we were passing by the Disney Store on the way back to the car. We decided to just stroll around for a few minutes, have a look, we weren't buying anything. Coincidently they were starting a free animati...
Kaitlin Lilly self-portrait '12 July and August
August 20 I went to the LA County Museum of Natural History with Angela and the girls today. I hadn't visited there since the museum re-did the dinosaur exhibits and they were Fabulous, really, impressive. If you remember coming here on a field tr...
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Which included eating for breakfast every morning a fresh young coconut, the whites are like custard and you eat it with a spoon, acquired by that guy climbing the coconut tree. I had an excellent snorkel outing too.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Guided walking tour from the village of Sebali back to Hotel Tjampuhan. This is a two hour walk through scenic rice fields and small rural villages, full of the unexpected early morning sights possible only when exploring on foot.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
The next morning we fly back to Bali and proceed inland to Ubud, Bali's cultural and artistic heart. After a stop at the delightful Alam Indah Hotel for an inspection, there's free time to explore Ubud's winding lanes and fascinating shops for ever-changi...
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Also visit Sideman, known for its fine single ikats, and return to Ubud via picturesque back roads, with the evening free to sample excellent local cuisine.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
The rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the ocean, the spa or other elegant amenities of the hotel and its breathtaking setting. The next day we have a leisurely morning followed by a visit to the exotic Hotel Tugu for inspection and lunch.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
September 24 - October 4, 1999 The following text copied directly from the brochure! Perfect Spot Tours presents Bali, Yogyakarta, and Lombok. An exclusive Travel Agent Educational. Luxurious accommodation in breathtaking settings. Unusual and exc...
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Today's transfer to Yogyakarta (pronounced Jogjakarta). Welcome on arrival in 'Yogya' and directly transfer to the partially reconstructed Prambanan Temple complex, an ensemble of breathtaking shrines dedicated to the pantheon of Hindu gods.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Next morning we fly to Lombok. Welcome at the airport by our new hosts, and begin our tour of this surprisingly untouched island.
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
The Getty Center Museum. It's a gift to Our Town, funded by the The Getty Trust whose mission extends far beyond this museum to include education, research, conservation institutes, and of course the Getty Villa in Malibu. Admission is always free. Pa...
'12 July and August
What's a visit to the Getty without yet again ANOTHER shot of the bougainvillea rebar trees. The Gustav Klimt drawings were wonderful as was the historical setting of the exhibit. This one "Messerschmidt and Modernity explores the astonishingly moder...
self-portrait '12 July and August
Neither Susie nor I had been to the Getty recently so we thought to see what's happening up here. It turned out that the big shows were all set in Vienna during the time of the book I am reading 'The World of Yesterday', Stefan Zweig's autobiography, th...
'12 July and August
And a concluding festivity at the aquarium. Thanks to all who made it out! (Julie, Lana, Makaio, Alex, Ben, Jordan, Kaitlin, Lilly)
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
We drove out to Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs. We didn't go in because we have quite the natural hot springs home in our own back yard, but it was fun to see. If you come after dark, and you have to be over 18, then it's bathing suit optional. M...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
Following are a few interiors from the Tea House. Next time I'm moving in here! The main living area is a ten tatami room. The shoji screens can open to extend the room into the gallery area or close for privacy.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
Next we drove out to Steamboat Lake State Park and views of Hahn's Peak...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
July 18 We did a small waking tour of the local springs this morning. It has been Hot and we didn't finish the whole route, but what we did manage was fun. Note the railroad tracks because they play into the next picture.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
As an example, here's most of the kitchen.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
The highlight of the park offerings is the Quarry Exhibit Hall just recently reopened after being under refurbishment for six years. This is an enclosed space surrounding one of the many fossil sites in the area. From the park's website: "Here, you can...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
Rounding the bend into Steamboat Springs, a cute western tourist town with huge condo complexes and giant hotels, and ski runs to beat the band.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
There were many Visitors Center style exhibits and we enjoyed it all very much.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
...they moved to the new Conference Center that seats 21,000 people. Big. The choir has 360 volunteer singers, all required to be 'Mormons in good standing' and there are no doubt 3,600 more lined up to take the place of anyone who reaches their retire...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
At the Visitors Center in Jackson, this exhibit is called Elk Migration and the main displays reference the National Elk Refuge adjacent to Grand Tetons National Park. There isn't much to visit there as it's a refuge and we're supposed to be leaving the...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
Next stop a buzz through Menors Ferry Historic District and the Chapel of the Transfiguration...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
This is Wednesday and on the weekend there is going to be an exhibit of the work of 50 artists who have been making art in the park during the preceding week. We saw many of the artists doing these projects and it would have been great to see the show.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...the white table cloth restaurant in the Park. It was very nice, and then the rain came. And then Sharon did a little shopping and we spent a lazy evening at our hotel getting ready for the next phase of our trip - Salt Lake City.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
July 10 morning It's our last morning in Yellowstone and we're walking on the boardwalk trails nearby the Old Faithful Inn. That's the Old Faithful Inn in the distance and you can see a few of the many buildings in the complex - the excellent Visitor...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
A first view of the Grand Tetons from out the car window. More of the Grand Tetons coming up next.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
I was actually expecting to find ourselves in a traffic jam surrounded by bison but that didn't happen. BTW, we don't have buffalo here, we have only bison. Ask Ms Wiki for details. We do have a town called Buffalo WY (not to mention Buffalo NY) which...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...and this pond just at the Divide sends water both west to the Pacific and east to the Atlantic. From here we made our way back to the Old Faithful complex.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
An interior of The Old Faithful Inn and an exterior from the internet.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
The highways and main roads are lined with shopping plazas and all the big box stores and every chain store, but still they've maintained an historic downtown feel in the historic downtown but the place I was most excited about visiting was...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...the American Computer Museum. I thought it was going to be in a dusty storefront where some geeky old guys had piled their old computers. Not exactly so. It's a profitless private enterprise founded and funded by Barbara and George Keremedjiev "To ...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
My hope was realized! There it is, second from the right, the Compaq Portable 286. It cost thousands of dollars in 1986 when it first came out and when I somehow, I don't remember how exactly but pleading and foot stomping might have been involved, got...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...from their website. "The full-size bronze - the first bronze skeleton of a dinosaur anywhere - was made in the likeness of a Tyrannosaurus rex found in Eastern Montana in 1988. At 15 feet tall, 38 feet long and 6,000 pounds, "Big Mike" was named afte...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
This might be what we're in for the next week as we travel from Bozeman through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Lucas Betsy Xander Anya '12 Jul: Seattle
Xander is parkour-boy these days and he was able to exhibit many of his skills around the park including pulling himself onto the top of an 7 foot wall in one smooth move. Here we see him using his father as an obstacle to be overcome. Anya is doing a ...
'12 Jul: Seattle
Back at the condo getting ready for the big fireworks extravaganza. The arrow points to Gas Works Park where at 2:30 people have already cornered their spot on the grassy hill waiting for the show that will start after 10pm. Lake Union is filling up wi...
'12 Jul: Seattle
Fireworks As Seen From the Jewel Box in the Sky. I hauled my tripod in my carryon bag all the way up from LA. I'm hoping it was the crazy wind on our 27th floor balcony that made those lights that should have been still look otherwise and not that I di...
'12 Jul: Seattle
Bustling wait-staff at Lola keeping everyone happy during their really excellent Happy Hour. Everything we ate was delicious and the beverages were just as advertised. We went home happy.
self-portrait '12 Jul: Seattle
July 3 It was cold today and crazy windy so we only ventured out to eat. My old friend Jimmy (rather my long-time friend .. not old, no not old) picked us up and took us to Toulouse, a well regarded New Orleans influenced restaurant in Queen Anne, Be...
'12 June
June 23 Ingalill and Tony's annual Midsummer Night BBQ and Eating and Drinking Dart Party Extravaganza. That's Tony. Thanks for inviting me. I am here for myself of course and representing Knut and Brigitte in absentia.
'12 June
June 20 Yes, driving on the 405 is an experience of a rift in the space-time continuum. It takes forever to get nowhere. For me the greater misery is just getting out of Santa Monica any time after 3pm. It takes 30-90 minutes to go the 3 miles to eve...
'12 June
.. oh NO?! What does this MEAN?! Kaitlin and the girl sitting next to her, their names are not called! Their class is finished! Everyone sits down! Oh NO! All the parents who know the two girls start calling out their names. Kaitlin! Josie! Kai...
'12 June
.. to take to their Mom. Next stop, First Grade!
'12 June
June 15 I must be much better since I was well enough to go out with Steve, Celina, and Gideon to their local, and scrumptious, sushi joint. We ordered 'omakase' otherwise known as 'bring it ON' and I ate myself into a fabulously decadent coma. The ...
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
Welcome Aboard, where the wedding party gets ready and the staff is preparing for the reception and cruise. And now I, Mother-Of-The-Bride, hand over the camera to my most excellent Angela.
'12 June
...and walking with Kaitlin when she gets home. Lucky-dog me except for the unfortunate fact that I am still not 100% well.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
May 25-28, 2012 I drove with Ben and Bonnie today up to The Ranch. They decided to take the 5 and save the extra hour from taking the 101. The 101 drive is usually gorgeous and the 5 is usually a stinky blinding dust storm ... but not today! Today th...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
...and olive groves. They grow the olives commercially and produce organic extra virgin olive oil as well as other products under the brand name Oils of Paicines.
'12 May
Third, a Monday Nighter Double Birthday Extravaganza for Maxine and Marsha, and then Dancing with the STARS.
'12 May
...followed by a stop-off at the Japanese American Museum so Susie could see the origami exhibit, and then we had a late afternoon tea at their Tea Room, Chado, which we totally enjoyed. Wow, so much fun!
'12 May
May 11 Sharon and I walked eight times around the big track on the outside lanes at Pepperdine. Next time we're going to do ten... Then we had a good lunch at the Reel Inn on PCH. It's no bargain here, but fun and tasty.
'12 Apr: Kauai
Then we had a delicious lunch out and Shave Ice. What an excellent Aloha day. sp.
'12 Apr: Maui
As we were driving to our next destination I said to Sharon "you know, I feel like some Asian cuisine". Really, I said "Asian cuisine" and then we turned the corner and there, set back into an industrial parking lot was this place so we had to go in. I...
'12 Apr: Maui
Coming down 8,000 of the 10,000 feet we spent a little time in this town, Makawao, where we looked around in the stores, ate an excellent lunch at the Market Fresh Bisto, and...
'12 Apr: Maui
I took this picture of Lahaina and the next one from old postcards on the internet because they are so touristically nostalgic. (internet)
'12 Apr: Kauai
Big fun television-wise we've been enjoying recently. It's the Merrie Monarch Festival, nights full of wonderful hula. From Ms Wiki: "The festival (run each year since 1971) is dedicated to the memory of King David Kalâkaua, the second (and last) elect...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 11 We went over to the West Side today to enjoy a tour at the Kauai Coffee Company. They have a museum, and a gift shop of course, and a self-guided stroll with many interesting markers along the way. They also had a video playing with an exte...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 10 Hail Hail the Gang's All Here gathered for our annual pot luck feast extravaganza! We are missing Camus's teenage son Koa who came later and Camus's boyfriend Curt who is off island for work (everyone loooves Koa And Curt). Seated: Kathy's ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 9 On the South Shore today, we took an excellent tour of the Grove Farm lead by this charming woman whose parents came to Hawaii from Japan in the early 1900s. (the tour group kid)
'12 Apr: Kauai
What was once workers' housing for the Waimea Sugar Plantation, we now have the 'lovingly restored' Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages. They really are handsome with period furnishings and those great front porches and not so expensive that you might consid...
'12 Apr: Kauai
From their website: "Enjoy a guided visit to our unique family farm. Sample the cheese while we explain how it is made, from milking the goats to the finished product. Interact with our loving family of goats, free-range chickens, and check-out the honey ...
'12 March
...a flat tire ON the FOUR-OHHHMG-FIVE. I was on the phone with roadside assistance from my American Express card when the city Highway Department rolled up and the guy said he'd do it right now for free, and he did, and I was off. Cool. Now I just ...
'12 March
...Happy Birthday Louise! who, this very day, is eighty years old. Louise was my next door neighbor when I lived in Northridge and here she is as delightful and charming and dear as ever.
'12 March
March 30 Other people's Grandboys. Grandgirls are all sweet and pink and American Girl Doll, not like grandboys at all. Ollie and Max; Alex and Ben; Charlie, Henry, and Milton (from the Grandmas)
self-portrait '12 March
I had a chance to visit with Brigitte today for a few hours before she and Knut are off back to Europe probably not to come LA way again for a while, so I'll just have to visit them there! At LACMA we went through the Pacific Standard Time exhibit, as e...
'12 March
March 27 Kaitlin and Lilly had friends over today - Nora, Lila, and Anya. Hi cuties! You can, for example, take this picture and then walk downstairs and then turn around and walk back upstairs and in that time these five girls can have every toy an...
'12 March
March 25 At LACMA today with Sharon, Nancy, and Nancy's friend Brenda, we watched 2 hours of the 24 hour extravaganza by Christian Marclay called 'The Clock'. It was quite splendid. Thanks to Nancy for arranging the outing. Playing at the Bing Thea...
'12 March
March 24 Windy stopped by this morning and we did my two exercise routines. Or, as Lilly would say, 'Granny, let's do eX-er-sigh-ses'. I can see this paper from every seat in my house and when I look at it I am inspired to do my food journal and do ...
'12 March
...and here she is! In LACMA's back yard, waiting for her final positioning and grand opening coming-soon. I have developed a deep affection for all the 'but is it art' on offer these days especially when it involves a spectacle. I am excited to stand...
'12 March
Then we went to Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions on Hollywood Blvd near Highland where I had never been before and where it was oh so contemporary. I liked it.
'12 March
March 10 We're celebrating Lona's birthday today with a very long list of too much fun. First we spent more than an hour perusing Liz's Antique Hardware on La Brea. Next stop Pepperdine U, and at Pepperdine, first stop, LUNCH in their gorgeous cafet...
'12 March
The little ones migrate to each other without regard to gender but once older, the girls gather on one end of the long bench and the boys are waay over there at the other end. Except all the girls were attentive..focused even..on waiting for Freddy, a...
'12 March
March 4 Helping Muriel move into her new studio. It's so exciting to await the work that will emerge from this bright and welcoming space.
'12 March
March 3 The cousins and I went to LA Louver to see a fantastic Kienholz exhibit "Kienholz Before LACMA", closing today. (I don't know who did this piece. It was on the upstairs outside balcony.) Nancy, Sharon
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
Next morning we boarded the Hovercraft to speed our way past the White Cliffs of Dover and across the channel to France. Day 4 Hotel Pulman, Bruges
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
Then the next day we are on to Brussels, "the proud capital of Belgium... Day 5 Holiday Inn, Amsterdam (postcard)
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
"Next drive through Bonn to the ruins of the bridge in Remagen where American troops breached Hitler's West Wall."
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
"After reaching the wine center of Koblenz, there is still time for an optional excursion to Marksburg Castle, the only one in this area never to have been destroyed." (1/2 postcard)
'12 February
February 27 A lot of this and that lately but not much really, except for home sweet home. 27-I did some bits for my older sister for her business and then punked out on Monday Night in the Valley because of the rain that never really came. 26-an ...
'12 February
I did this in black and white because all the pictures we were looking at were in black and white. The yearbook looked mostly just like this except there were no trees. A university or a business park? I think it's going to stand up better than we tho...
'12 February
February 22 Susie and I took today to visit UC Irvine, the site of Susie's freshman and sophomore years in college during 1965-1967, the first two years of the school's existence. The inset shows how this site looked back then.
Susan Bloomberg Sarno '12 February
We had no expectations of what to see and what to do but by a series of happy circumstances we ended up at the research library where we were the only people plus the three librarians who wanted nothing more than to make us welcome. They had old picture...
'12 February
Next stop, Ojai. I arrived around sunset and headed right up to Meditation Mount. What they say: "Our Mission is to promote the building of an enlightened and compassionate world through the power of creative meditation, inspirational educational progra...
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
Another view. I failed to catch any pictures of the many extremely colorful and entertaining residents and guests.
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
The next morning on the way back to Santa Barbara I stopped off in Solvang.
'12 February
...at a very cool guest house in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Valley where I failed to catch any pictures of the many extremely colorful and extremely entertaining residents and guests.
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
The Santa Barbara Mission. Ms Wiki, abridged: Founded December 4, 1786, as the tenth mission for the religious conversion of the indigenous local Chumash—Barbareño tribe of Native American people. The earthquake on December 21, 1812, destroyed the e...
'12 February
February 9 Angela was doing chores all day today so after Lilly's nap Lilly and I walked over to Kaitlin's school to meet up at the Wednesday Fruit Stand where a few moms sell fruit donated by Whole Foods. It's a nice fund raiser, sets a good example...
'12 February
...whooo. Mahler's 8th, with 800+ singers and 200+ instrumentalists as the largest extravaganza in The Mahler Project where within a few short weeks, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death, our Dudamel will have conducted all of Mahler's symp...
Kaitlin Lilly '12 February
January 31 Exercises. .we had FUN.
'12 January
January 29 Marija had an out-of-town relative drop by unexpectedly Monday night. He's a second cousin whose family left Croatia 40-50 years ago to live in Argentina. They haven't seen each other in 47 years! Here's what Marija wrote: "His name is L...
downtown '12 January
We ended up eating at The Tavern next door to The Pantry and enjoyed it very much, followed by a walk to The Standard hotel a few blocks away. The roof lounge at The Standard. Whooo. There's a lot more to it than what you see here. This place was tot...
'12 January
January 27 Big day with the kids today while D&A were out. Our most exciting adventure was a long and lively walk to the Galleria where we admired the fountains, hopped along on the colored tiles, and ate ice cream. Then we made our way back stoppin...
'12 January
January 26 Not Nancy A, not Nancy D, but 'Young Nancy' came with me and Sharon today for a march at the Pepperdine track and a tour of the campus including the chapel and the museum, followed by lunch with the kids in the student cafeteria. The Pacif...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Anil in their factory. He had this vision - a compact, low energy consumption, low cost clothes dryer based on the dehumidifiers they already build. His idea is that in places like Bombay people hang their washed clothes outside from windows and balconie...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Here are the young folk (Tanya and her boy-friend, not boyfriend exactly because you don't get to have a Boyfriend, but you can have plenty of boy-friends and this sure looked like Tanya's number one boy-friend to me) getting ready for a night out to celeb...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Rupa scored tickets for us to watch at the biggest and most exclusive dance in their town, where Tanya and her friends would be. The place was setup in an enormous field and you can just begin to guess the crowds from this shot. The smoosh on the lens ...
'12 January
A reflection in one of the pools in the handsome patio. Below is a copy-paste of some of the artists represented here and a small representation of the hundreds of PST artists: Peter Alexander, John Altoon, Alexander Archipenko, Walter Askin, Larry B...
'12 January
Next stop, and right next door, is the Pasadena Museum of California Art. This is a view from their roof. 'Beneath the Surface: NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter' was a very cool installation that closes on the 8th, and maybe our favorite thing all day? ...
'12 January
January 2 I spent the afternoon/evening with Jonathan and Judy who are leaving tomorrow to go back to Israel, and they're taking baby Yossef-Shalom with them. Oh nooo. Who knows when I'll get to hold him again. Ben and Bonnie will probably visit ...
The Los Angeles River
Walk 9 The Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge connecting two legs of the river walk.
The Los Angeles River
Crossing at the Sunnynook Footbridge. Watching concrete go wild. I should say twice we ran into unexpected fences blocking our way but overall, a lovely place to walk.
'11 December
The Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge connecting two legs of the river walk.
'11 December
Crossing at the Sunnynook Footbridge. Watching concrete go wild. I should say twice we ran into unexpected fences blocking our way but overall, an entertaining place to walk.
Kaitlin Lilly Gabriel '11 December
Gabriel from next-next door came by and we made another monster. Then it was dinner-bath-snack-bedtime routine, and then it was 8pm and I was thinking hmm, bedtime, sounds pretty good! (I forgot to flip up the bounce on my flash for this shot and am re...
'11 December
December 24 and 25 Marija and Brian's Annual Christmas Eve festivity and the first for their new grandbaby Ben, brother of Alex. I got good turns to play with sweet snuggle bear Baby Ben. AWWW!
'11 December
Alicia, Maryanne, Lauren, Andrew, Shelby, Ljubica, Carolyn, Darryl, Rhonda, Goldie, Cheryl, Bill mmmm, I just noticed, Melissa, you evaded me...I would have liked to show you Melissa and her BOYFRIEND of almost one year. And Louise, my ex-next-door nei...
'11 December
And the kids hauled in another load from this crowd. The adults drew names for a gift exchange (thank goodness) and a grand time was had by all. Starting in back: James, Robin, Liz, Darryl, Kent, Gary, Angela, Kaitlin, Dev, Lilly (ps D&A - THANK YOU...
'11 December
December 17, afternoon I had lunch with Muriel and then went by her place to look at her art work recently delivered from storage. The giant cases entirely filled the guest room with fabulous things. The pieces are so huge and so complex a little webs...
Susie '11 December
Next we went to the Laguna Art Museum where their show was a retrospective of the work generated out of UC Irvine in its first few years of existence "Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971". And ...
'11 December
December 14 I met Elaina and Liz today in Pasadena for some early lunch and a visit to the Norton Simon. The Norton Simon contribution to Pacifc Standard Time is called 'Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California'. We all enjoyed the show...
'11 December
Here's what we think she's thinking: "Ohhh , I wonder if he'll call. Maybe I should just text?"
'11 December
And later it was time for Maxine's annual Christmas party Holiday exTravaGANZA. I took these few shots early before the hundreds of people poured in for a lively evening of happy good cheer. That's two Christmas trees you see, and sooo sooo many decora...
'11 December
Here they are...who's going to win... oh the excitement... ROSIE! Rosie won! and the crowd went wild!!
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
Awwww. Check them out in 2007. Bigger crowd these days. (Too bad Kieran couldn't come...but Next Time!) Lilly, Christa, Kaitlin, Charis, Cali, Anya, Xander, Caleb, Jack tpro.
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
...Let's Go! We three sisters have in total five children and those five children have nine children and they were All Here(!), all five children and their families coming from five different states: Trevor-Hawaii; Darryl-California; Lucas-Washington; ...
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
Windy and Jeff's Wedding Weekend...FRIDAY Mike took this picture on our settling in at the Oakwood Apartments for the weekend extravaganza that will be Windy and Jeff's wedding. Cynthia, me, Lilly, Kaitlin mh.
'11 November
November 9 As the lead-up to my little sister's wedding I took her for the ritual cleansing at the Korean Spa where they first scrub you down with varying degrees of sandpaper before you get your goopy and delicious massage. From now forward it's all...
'11 November
November 3 Ben and Bonnie had an extra ticket and invited me to join them at this awesomely cool event in Century City. It was at heart a fund raiser for UC Berkeley where they extolled all things Cal (they could have an entire freshman class of perf...
'11 November
November 1 Here come a pack of too fun pictures I've got from others since I returned from Africa. Marija's new grandbaby Ben with big brother Alex who just got a haircut. ??
'11 November
And speaking of bikes, Lill and Tony and their traveling pals took their bikes out on the streets to enjoy CicLAvia where the city closes down a great number of streets to cars and everyone just walks and rolls around having a grand ol' time. I hope not t...
'11 October
...the exhibit was at the MOCA/Geffin on 1st. But no problem, on the weekends they run a free shuttle between the two museums, so off we went not having to re-park, thankfully. The Geffin is a huge open space especially for giant works. The show, Unde...
'11 October
October 27 Muriel at LACMA. We went tonight to see Accattone, an arty old black and white movie made in 1961, among the first in the 'gritty Italian realism' genre, written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. It was a two hour effort, and pretty much...
'11 October
Octoberr 26 With Liz I went to visit Jean in the nursing home this morning and then we decided to see what's up with geocaching. We never actually got the whole thing to work...but it was fun to try! Next time we'll know all about it.
'11 October
October 24 Oh Maxine, you GO. When Max has us over she always does everything and we just show up to all this holiday extravaganza.
'11 October
The Pacific Standard Time exhibit was great too - many well-known pieces in the Crosscurrents show including works from Edward Kienholtz, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, and Judy Chicago, a couple of the Ocean Park series by Richard Diebenkorn, a crazy Tap Dance...
'11 October
A place in the Getty Center I have never visited. How can this BE?! The Jousters, by Alexander Calder, the same artist who did the Eagle I'm so fond of in Seattle. These guys make me smile.
'11 October
Then we took a chance to swing by the Westside Pavilion to see if we could catch a screening of Moneyball and as if they arranged it for us, it was starting in five minutes. We both liked it very much and I especially loved the pace, slow and delibera...
'11 October
...to LA Louvre to see the exhibits there and to have a nice lunch at James Beach, and then we walked back to Bob's office. Cool!
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
The J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu Text in italics copied from the J Paul Getty Museum's website. Bronze sculptures, replicas of statues found at the Villa dei Papiri, are placed in their ancient findspots. A peristyle, or covered walkway, surrounds th...
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
A clip from one of the exhibits, and the quince trees in full fruit.
'11 October
...specifically to see the glass exhibit which was quite fantastic, just one small room of gorgeous pieces, glass works that have survived for 2-3 thousand years. Behind is a quince plant from the herb garden.
'11 October
October 14 Oh goodie, it's Alex and Carol, visiting shoreside for some months and making a welcome stop here for a few hours. Thanks for coming by!
'11 October
Then I popped down to Bergamot to see the Santa Monica Museum of Art Pacific Standard Time contribution, the Beatrice Wood show. I'm not very experienced in the appreciation of pottery but wow I was really hot for the figurative works and the biographical...
'11 October
October 8 I went to LACMA today with Nancy and got to see their current contribution to Pacific Standard Time, the very excellent 'California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"' which was mostly a collection of high-style items retrieved from y...
'11 October
October 6 I didn't take a picture of Bill's birthday dinner with me and Ken, and I didn't take one when Bill came by for burgers and brew, but I DID! get my lens back! AND the Nikon factory fixed it for free so that really Good News. My tenant in the...
'11 October
October 2 The Southern California Art Extravaganza called 'Pacific Standard Time' had several openings this weekend. Check it out online! pacificstandardtime.org, although you can hardly miss it, all over the media as it is, which is very cool.
'11 October
Our favorite exhibit was actually not part of 'Pacific Standard Time'. It was the work of this guy, Jose Bedia. I'd even go look at those pictures again. Hmmm, I just noticed, I put Jose Bedia whose show is at the Fowler into this courtyard at the Ham...
'11 September
All the landscaping was in such excellent shape. You know, the swallows don't so much come back to Capistrano anymore. The wetlands are gone, the housing developments are in - the swallows have moved on.
'11 September
September 28 Sharon was last at the San Juan Capistrano Mission when she was seven years old and there is a picture floating around of seven year old Sharon in exactly this position but back then her arms were full of swallows. I am urging her to find ...
'11 September
September 11 and 12 Two days, two events, two cousins! Nancy and I went to the 9/11 performance by the Angeles Chorale at the fabulous Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels downtown. It started at 4:30, the venue provided excellent acoustics for the h...
'11 September
September 10 Here I am, down to taking photos with my PHONE. I won't know what's next with my camera until I get it to a shop where I know they will tell me I have to send it to the factory and pay buckets 'o bucks just to clean it. Our little siste...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
The tram ride up to the top of Table Mountain. Excellent!
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
From the group, these three are living in Dubai for the last few years, originally from India... from Gujarat... from Rupa and Anil's exact town! They were SO surprised to hear I had been there. We also had a business man from Pakistan and an engineer ...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
This whole Cape Peninsula, including Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, is an area important in the history of exploration, conquest, and commerce. [the lighthouse story will go here but maybe much later...]
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
August 27 Made up from internet pictures, this is Robben Island where political prisoners were detained during the Apartheid era, and its relationship to Cape Town there in the distance. The most well-known detainee of course was Nelson Mandela. He ...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
The obligatory tour. I tried to do the tour yesterday but it was sold out which is why I did a couple things that I hadn't thought to do. Three times a day a boat from the Waterfront brings about 200 people over who are then distributed to buses and ta...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Then I walked back into town with the idea to visit the Bo-Kaap Museum of the history of the early Muslim settlers. I took an unexpected detour in my walk and ended up in an amazing neighborhood of Muslim people known as the Cape Malay. What Ms Wiki ha...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
August 25 The exterior of Atlantic Point Backpackers, my home for the week and the cleanest hostel in all the history of hostels. How DO they do it?! On top of which the dorm beds have reading lights. I've been in hotel rooms without reading lights. ...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Next up was Solms Delta where we enjoyed, along with tasty wine, a really delicious lunch. This tour was shaping up quite nicely.
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
A guy was standing in front of his shop. We exchanged greetings. He invited me into his shop to look at his diamonds. I declined with thanks. So he asked if maybe I'd like to look at his owl. It wasn't actually his owl but she had built her nest way...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Off Long Street was a plaza with a market of crafts imported from around Africa and not really to the standard of the selection at the Waterfront but probably less expensive too, I didn't check that.
'11 Aug: Zambia
...and he liked to sit on Mindy's head. Here's a closing shot. Early early the next morning we loaded ourselves into the back of a pick-up truck for the four hour ride to Ndola where I then caught a flight to Johannesburg and from there I took another ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
He goes wherever he wants except they've blocked him out of the house. But still he hangs around, waiting...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Passing The Torch. Mindy and Alex (on the far right) have been leading the AT project but their third-year service is coming to an end. They are moving on and Severn and Brittney are taking over.
'11 Aug: Zambia
Peace Corps brings in 8-9 of their volunteers from a province who have expressed interest in participating, and they bring the volunteer's counterpart. The counterpart is the person, usually chosen by the village committee when it applies for a voluntee...
'11 Aug: Zambia
...and ends with demonstrations of low-tech approaches to some common issues. From the top-left around: 1) grinding nuts, nut butter being a staple of the local diet, in an inexpensive meat grinder. The meat grinder can grind in minutes what it takes...
'11 Aug: Zambia
The week-long workshop on Appropriate Technologies has started at the Peace Corps house. I'm taking pictures but since there is going to be five days I'll make one story at the end, so as not to get too many duplicates...is the plan anyway. I went into...
'11 Aug: Zambia
At Kapiri, which is a gas station, a place to buy greasy road food, and a plant of some sort, we began our hitch. We walked down the road until we were separate from all the local hitchhikers. Public transportation is non-existent on some routes, like ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
This was our first ride, a South African welder who works in the mines alongside his father and brother-in-law. He had one of those trucks with a back seat and Air-Con and we were ridin' in style. It was true in Botswana also, that if you ran into a wh...
'11 Aug: Zambia
We were very soon picked up by a woman from Zimbabwe who re-located to Zambia and runs a farm with her husband. I had the seat and the kids rode in the back with the grain. She went many kilometers out of her way to drop us at a good place to get our n...
'11 Aug: Zambia
One thing I was not expecting was power problems in Solwezi. On-Off-On-Off, it was very disconcerting. Yesterday they did a pre-arranged shut-down for the whole day to try to fix the problem for good. I was in town and took this picture. Just as I go...
'11 Aug: Zambia
A ten minute walk from the school is the clinic which is the only health care facility for miles around. There are four rooms in this clinic. One for paperwork, one for storage, one exam and treatment room for adults, and one for babies. You wouldn't ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Just one example of Foreign Aid gone wrong - Japan sent over this high-tech refrigeration container for HIV drugs and it got sent to a place without electricity turning it into a massively expensive storage surface.
'11 Aug: Zambia
Part of the host family's complex.
'11 Aug: Zambia
The Cruiser - part of a fleet of Toyota Land Cruisers, with one at each Provincial House and a few in Lusaka. An essential part of Peace Corps service in Zambia is knowing where the Cruisers are and where they will be going next. The Cruisers are dis...
'11 Aug: Zambia
These guys were all volunteers in their sixth month of service staying at the house last night and off early in the morning. They stayed here to break their journey traveling down from the far north and heading into Lusaka for two weeks of training on the...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Our first night in I stayed with Mindy and other volunteers at a Peace Corps accommodation and then moved to a guest house for the next three nights while Mindy had to be with the 36 new volunteers coming in the next day. It's beer and two-for-one pizza...
'11 Aug: Zambia
August 2-6 Lusaka We took the Mazhandu service from Livingstone to Lusaka and paid extra for the Business Class bus, also called the Bwana Bus, so we could spend the seven hours in relative comfort. It was quite fine.
'11 Aug: Zambia
Everyone was so NICE. Is it like a Peace Corps prerequisite or something? These guys, Mark and Sydney, are volunteers who met in the Peace Corps, got married, extended for a third year, and are now done, going home, finished the last form, got the last...
California Seafoam Furnished 647
Following are details of the fabulous cottage for rent in Venice. Please contact THOMASWOK@gmail.com for the address and to view the inside. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Built in 1914 this classic Venice Beach cottage can be yours to enjoy. There is a shar...
'11 Aug: Zambia
But the coolest thing of all was the kid on the right. He, his brother on the left, and his teen-aged, provocatively dressed sister are living with their aunt and her white husband in London while their mother stays in Zambia. I showed the young on...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Victoria Falls A pano from one of the many viewing stations we visited which of course does not do it credit. You can't see its extent, you can't see the bottom, and you can't hear it. It is AWESOME. There is a big difference seasonally. We are no...
'11 Aug: Zambia
The same jumper. That line will eventually stretch out and his hands will barely touch the water. I have a long sequence from my New Zealand trip of bungee jumpers in Queensland so I knew what to expect but still, I can NOT imagine.
'11 Aug: Zambia
They had a great lounge for socializing, a small bar, and a café that offered tasty and well priced meals, and a pool even and a nightly bonfire. And like backpackers always do, they had shared kitchen facilities which is so perfect for extended stays w...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 16 Livingstone (Victoria Falls!) Zambia This day will see us transfer out of Botswana and end the day in Livingstone, Zambia, home of the magnificent Victoria Falls. Bushways has put us up in a nicely posh hotel by the riverfront where Mindy is goi...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 13 Chobe campsite 8 Good morning! This was the day where we changed camps today and we're changing camps tomorrow. Tonight's campsite was my least favorite so fortunately we were there for just the one night. The whole place was a pile of dirt ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
We hear on the wire that there's a leopard kill nearby. But what's this?! Yes, leopards! There are two trucks from a different company but those guys standing are a Bushways group. It is forbidden to stand to watch predators. You can stand for all t...
'11 Jul: Botswana
A view that includes the termite mounds I mentioned before. Notice the termite mounds are about as big as the elephants. OT and the truck were at the airport to pick us up in Maun and drive us to the campsite. Angelika had said 'I think the tents will...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Our pilot explaining the route.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 9 Maun campsite 5 We'll end the day at a campsite in Maun. We had a choice, to ride five hours in the truck to get to Maun or take a small plane flight for big bucks extra. All but two opted for the big bucks, me included, not as much for the flig...
'11 Jul: Botswana
We were all so excited to be out for a walk. This is the head poler who served as a guide for the walk along with OT who had plenty to say too. OT is from the Delta so he had a special enthusiasm for this part of the trip. It was informative and fun.
'11 Jul: Botswana
...and here is my group. We were also going in a boat that would take us to the mokoros from which we would complete the journey. This is not a good picture. But then I didn't take it. Everyone is here except Alaoa though so I'm using it. The 'Offic...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Setting up on the island. That's my tent. That pile of what-not in front of my tent is elephant poo. Elephants are excellent swimmers and make their way around the islands of the Okavango with ease. We didn't see any elephants despite that there was ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 5 Kalahari campsite 3 In the mornings it was just plain FREEZING, really, below zero, and with the open truck and the wind chill, yikes, but then, when we would least expect it... a sighting...
'11 Jul: Botswana
...a cheetah! And we'd all be warm with the excitement of someone finding something (it was Annelies, who was the champion sighter) and the excitement of trying to get a shot off. This guy was far far away waay over there on the ridge.
'11 Jul: Botswana
OT, the guide, taken from my seat just behind him in the truck. We had a lot of fun the whole trip and every day I learned a new expression in Tswana, the language of Botswana. I'll write the expressions at the end of this journal. We had a lot of fun...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Our basic daily schedule: 6AM rise, shine, and pack up the tents when we have to move. Might I add it is COLD at 6AM, and dark, and my stubby little fingers are brittle and disobedient. 6:30AM coffee, campfire toast, peanut butter, and honey. 7-8...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Another thing we do constantly is look at the tracks. I am writing this not as usual, the next day, but many days after the trip is finished. I didn't realize at the beginning how often we would be chasing these tracks looking for cheetah, wild dogs, lio...
'11 Jul: Botswana
That's Tineke from The Netherlands, and Konrad, from Germany. Tineke was our resident bird maven. She was on a quest to enjoy new birds and Konrad took up the challenge and it was great fun to share their excitement.
'11 Jul: Botswana
OT was thrilled. It was fun to see how delighted he was to see these aardwolves. 'I've never seen these guys here!' he kept exclaiming. The top is full frame full telephoto and then I enlarged a couple despite the blurriness. In the top picture abo...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
July 11-12 These two days were mostly driving so I'm going to talk about driving in South Africa now. SA is a drive-on-the-left country which means the driver sits on the right side of the car which means you operate the stick shift with your left ha...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
hWhat you're seeing here is a small residential compound at the edge of the farm where I spent the night. There are similar groupings all along the road, and you can take this place and multiply it by hundreds to get an idea of some of the more extended (...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
It is a very cool little four block community. I have to get up and out early tomorrow to get to the airport to catch my flight to Maun. Then I've got tomorrow night in a hotel meeting up with the safari people and then 14 of the next 16 nights sleep...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
...and another waterbuck. Maybe the ones above are the females and this guy is a male. I'd expect those horns are quite valuable.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Car vs. Rhino. I think he might be a black rhino and not the white one from yesterday? You can be 100% sure the car will wait and the rhino will decide the next move. I came upon the scene and was far enough away to be able to back up slowly and the...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Look! In the bush over there, White Rhinos! From Ms Wiki: "The park is the birthplace of rhino-reservation, breeding the species back from extinction (less than 20 (white) rhinos world wide in 1900 to more than 10,000 today). As the home of Operation R...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Cheetah! This was exciting. Cheetahs are about half the size of leopards and as a matter of fact, cheetahs weigh less than I do.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Their home is a huge rambling English Tudor Revival(?) on the top of one of the hills overlooking the sea. The house was built about one hundred years ago as a home for Standard Oil executives.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Leaving Clarens, and on the advice of my next hosts, I traveled through Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Here’s a fun Lonely Planet quote: ‘The jagged sandstone outcroppings fronting the foothills of the wild, maroon-hued Maluti Mountains glow golden ...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Coming next into Royal Natal National Park to admire the postcard destination, the Amphitheatre. Royal Natal (btw every time you see Natal pronounce it naTAL) is a small park that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The Drak...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
What some of the National Park lodging looks like. It's actually quite expensive to stay inside any of the parks and the hot tickets like Kruger in season you have to make reservations well in advance.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Tonight’s accommodation: Dalmore Guest Farm outside the town of Bergville and 6 kilometers down a dirt road. What an excellent choice I made randomly off the internet! They have a lot of rondavels on this property for all kinds of uses which reminds m...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
July 5 My two ten hour flights (LA-Amsterdam-Johannesburg) were, seen together, a singular miracle. I can’t imagine how the outcome could have been anything but a miracle. I did wear my high tight wool socks which I think might have made for happy leg...
'11 June
July 2 My 'refrigerator door'. When I get back I'm going to pack it up and start over, like I do. Yikes, Lilly is almost two now. .I'm not keeping up! From tomorrow morning I'm in-transit for 25 hours (!) arriving in Johannesburg South Africa at 9:...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Nakki Lake. The town is rather small, maybe 20,000 residents, and is clustered around the lake. There is the traditional tourist Shopping of course, and boat rides and street food and the walks here are very lovely. The actual main attraction is the D...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
There is an extensive valley down there below the dusty thick air.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
The dining room of our hotel and our personal alcove where we ate all our meals. They asked us in the morning what we wanted to eat for dinner, almost like they had to go out shopping... This was an a-la-carte place but 'traditional' restaurants (and a...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Just irresistibly exotic.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
This is the area just outside Bombay. Here are saltwater marshes and inlets that rise and fall with the tide. Scattered through the marshes were camps of people with their fishing boats alongside. For some reason I had no expectations as to what rural...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
A totally typical market. This picture and the one below express a lot about my own experience with food in India. It was 100% fresh, clean, appealing and delicious.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Narendra and Rama's flat in Bombay. Here and at Rupa's place too you couldn't leave the bathroom without being dressed perfectly decently. It's a lifestyle thing because, I decided, there are always a lot of people around. Here we had the main househo...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Except in Bombay those three western-looking young men next to Rupa were the only western-types I can remember seeing for the rest of the trip. Those three guys were backpackers who had met at the youth hostel and decided to take the tour together. One...
'11 June
Having acquired the last of my First Aid Kit for Africa, from the left: Azithromycin full course antibiotic; Mefloquine malaria prophylactic; Ciprofloxacin for some serious nasties; Sunblock spf-30; Petroleum Jelly (your first aid kit in a jar...); Lora...
Nancy self-portrait '11 June
I took a quick trip to Santa Barbara to have a visit with my SB pals Nancy and Michi. .here I am on a walk with Nancy around Hope Ranch, her home for the last year and a half and her home for at least the next year and a half and where I enjoyed spending t...
'11 June
June 16 Today I got myself cleared by the dentist and by the doctor - ready set GO to Africa. (This bougainvillea explosion is on my block.)
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
This is one glimpse of the Ellora Caves. There are in this complex temples and monasteries built between the 5th and 11th century by first the Buddhists (5th-7th century), then the Hindus (8th to 10th century) and lastly by the Jains (10th to 11th century...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Ooops, where is this exactly? I do remember these women were not in our tour but waiting outside of a shrine where women were not allowed.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
That afternoon we flew to Aurangabad, spent the night and then the next morning took an all day tour. I thought we were going only to the justly world famous Ellora Caves but the tour turned out to be a much more elaborate affair and a total blast. The...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Gandhi's birthday was the next day so we decided to check in on a library and small museum dedicated to his life and work. It was set up in a house that was Gandhi's home from 1917 to 1934. The place was absolutely packed with school kids and every sin...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
We had seven stops on the tour and this was the first, the medieval Fort Daulatabad. The story is that it was invincible to attack and only defeated by treachery. The compound is surrounded by several huge thick walls, built on the top of a high steep hi...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
My favorite part was that the ladies were dressed in their colorful and formal saris or Punjabi style outfits but wearing big old western-style walking shoes instead of the traditional sandals, and taking aerobic power walks like a TV commerical for an exe...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
We had gone back to the flat for a rest and then dinner. The driver took us out again that evening. This is the Gateway Of India built at the main docks in 1911 to welcome Queen Mary and King George V. Obviously it is night in this picture. Not so ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Another corner in the hunting lodge. The Oberois have their own Hotel School and they told us they have 5,000 applicants for every 5 positions. They said it takes all year just to interview for the next year's class. I believe this because every single ...
Michi '11 June
Bye, see you next time!
'11 June
June 10 Brigitte and I did 8 turns on the Pepperdine track today. I made Brigitte stay on the outside lane the whole time because she is young and fit. That's the front of the chapel and the back looks the same, that glows with stained glass from th...
'11 June
June 3 Charis is in LA (from Honolulu) to earn some money doing work for her grandparents Lona and Hartley. She took one of her days to help me weed the grass and help out with a few more chores too. Charis, you are an Excellent worker. And we had ...
'11 June
The community garden at the Park Merced Towers where Roger and Sandy live. These were built at the same time from the same plans as the Park La Brea Towers in LA and both are in amazingly good shape for a 60 year old complex - really nice apartments t...
'11 May
Play time! From their website: "Teach yourself from our educational exhibits, climb the haystack, play in the sandbox, visit the Chicken House, see all the farm animals (donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, birds, rabbits, cows, pigs, and horses as w...
'11 May
This is Phyllis's son James holding the picture I grew up with - all Phyllis and Donn's kids (yes he quite insistently spelled it with two 'n's). Oldest is Tim, who passed away many years ago. He was exactly my age and if the stories are half true we...
'11 May
I had dinner with Bill tonight, husband of Cheryl, father of Mindy and Kim. This is a picture from Kim's fabulous wedding in Florida (that I attended with Ken) and Mindy is the Peace Corps Volunteer who is going to meet me in Zambia.
'11 May
May 18 Liz came by and together we went to Pepperdine for a walk on the excellent track, and to have a look around. The Stone Livingroom outside the closed museum.
'11 May
Flashlights, in search of grunion. Were there grunion? We didn't see any even though the internet said they should be there. Could the internet be wrong? Do grunion even exist? There's a Frank Zappa song called 'Grunion Run'. I could find a purp...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The next few shots are from the Jag Mandir Palace located on a small island in the lake.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The next day Sandy and I came back to enjoy the hotel while the others were shopping. While we were swimming it started to rain big warm blops so we settled on these cushions, under this wonderful cupola, and luxuriated like the Maharani we were meant to ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Good night, and good morning! I got up at dawn with the hope of getting this exact picture. Cool huh.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Following are scenes in the City Palace. The buildings face the lake on one side and extend into the city on the other. The palace buildings, begun around 1600 and added to by various maharajas, are the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
'11 May
May 16 What I'm thinking at this point for my Africa trip, July 3-August 30: 1) Johannesburg, drive to 2) and 3) Durban and the National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites of KwaZulu-Natal, drive to 4) Swaziland and Kruger National Park, drive bac...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The words on the back of these trucks, and versions of this expression are, in English, on every single truck: 1 Blow Horn 2 Horn Please One of the guidebooks expressed it thus - in India they use horns instead of brakes. This is a two-lane roa...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Can you believe this? The fuzz in the picture is dust and exhaust. Pedestrians cross the street in a daze of hopeful trust that since they have behaved well in life their righteous karma will lead to a safe result.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The forts I've been touring are really a huge complex of buildings and more like a medieval walled city than a cowboy western fort.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
A gate to one of the palaces in the fort complex. Since many of these buildings were added even into the 1900s, the designs are an interesting amalgamation of many styles.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Smiling and waving. Cows always have the right of way. Animals in general, actually. More than once I heard an Indian person say something along the lines of 'people can't seem to get it right, how can we expect more of the animals'.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Life on the bus. We really had luxurious accommodations. It was a nice enough bus, yes, air conditioned and all, but what made it extra nice was that everyone could have a window, you could stretch out if you wanted, you could sit with someone for a whil...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The mosque in Fatehpur Sikri. There was a lot of off-ing and on-ing of shoes during this tour as we visited so many mosques and temples. We rather got used to it except here, where we about had to call the paramedics. The open spaces were So huge and th...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
On the road to Jaipur. People living in a camp by the side of the road. I'm going to use this camp as an example to tell a story about how, in my experience from three short weeks in India, which doesn't count for a hoot, anyway, in my experience, life...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The guide who stayed with us for the whole trip, VK was what we called him, invited the whole tour(!) over to his house for tea and snacks. For some it was their only chance to see inside an Indian home and everyone was so delighted and impressed that VK ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The next several pictures are from Fatehpur Sikri, the fabulous capital of the Mughal Empire begun in 1571 and entirely abandoned - completely emptied - fourteen years later in 1585. It has all just sat here, a magnificent ghost town ever since. The plac...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Included in the complex is a mosque and you can see it, the red building, in this picture. Since everything about the Taj Mahal is entirely symmetrical, there is another mirror of this building on the other side of the white marble mausoleum. Only one of...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
A keystone, a lodestar, the very heartbeat of tourism is this: shopping. I have come to accept the inevitable. Is that what makes a grownup? They try and cover it up by giving 'demonstrations' and showing you 'art galleries' and 'museums' but in fact ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The main building of the Taj has four exactly symmetrical sides and this is one of them. What you see is white marble, carved and etched. Even the screen is marble. 'They' say it is the magic translucence of this marble that gives the Taj its legendary ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The Taj Mahal. That's our group in the front positioning themselves to take The Picture. Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his favorite wife after she died during delivery of their 14th child. He began construction shortly af...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The pavilion from the previous picture and more details of the pool and spa. The Oberoi people did a magnificent job of mirroring their designs to the landmarks of the area. (I didn't fully appreciate this until walking through the Taj.) I was ga-ga w...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The Taj Mahal is very popular with local people too. There is a steep two tiered system for entrance fees to all the major attactions, Indian nationals and others, which can be as variant as 100 to 1. There are also often hefty camera fees. In some ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The next morning we went back to the Taj to get a dawn experience. The intention from the previous day was to see the Taj at sunset but logistically it didn't work out. Since you need sunrise and sunset to get the best of that famous 'glow' and having co...
'11 May
This is a delightful mother-daughter team from the restaurant. The mother offered to take our picture and then Lona got into an exteeended conversation with her that went ooooon and ooooon and. I was sitting there at the table totally cracking up i...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
'They' kept adding buildings to the complex, expanding the public offerings and the research facilities. I haven't figured out yet who 'they' are.
'11 Apr: Kauai
We also did a drive-about on side roads and came upon a quite fantastic housing complex that included this place. This gorgeous property wasn't for sale but the land in front of it seemed to be. There were many places for sale so if you're thinking a...
'11 Apr: Kauai
Next morning, yikes, the river is up by a foot or two and the dock is sinking! Last night was the first big rain of our whole time here, and it's time for me to say once again...
'11 Apr: Kauai
The drive takes you as close to the NaPali cliffs as you can be without expert hiking ability or sailing around on a boat.
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 28 Checking it out, just up the road, the Opaeka'a Falls on the Wailua river. You can search this site for Opaeka'a and see the falls from other years. It's particularly thin this year because, I suppose, it's been so bright and clear since we...
'11 Apr: Kauai
It was so excellent we can't believe we'd never been here before although it is at the very end of the Hanalei road which is an hour from the house. The booklet they pass out is great too as are the signs and the well organized presentations.
'11 Apr: Kauai
This was exciting - the acquisition in the river of two perfect coconuts, the husks removed and the hard shell whacked open by The Browns and then all the meat cleaned out for our snacking pleasure.
'11 Apr: Kauai
Trading out gear, next!
'11 Apr: Kauai
This guy was hanging out near the lobby of the hotel where we ate lunch. The doorman said he was a Chinese Whistling Duck but Ms Google the source of all, doesn't have a picture of a Chinese Whistling Duck. The beak looks right though for other whistli...
'11 Apr: Kauai
We had a rainy return but were glad for the clear day. On Kauai you can simply expect rain and 99 times out of 100 you'll be right.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Excellent fountain, the pinapple being the Hawaiian symbol of welcome, and I want one by my front door too.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
One of the five cutie-pie crew members on the Fair Wind II. Check out the tattoo on his out-stretched arm. They did a fantastic job of getting everyone in the water and having fun. First I'll extol the fabulousness of the gear they had aboard. I go...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Second I'll extol the fabulousness of the location. The swells were no problem, the fish were plentiful and stunning, the coral was thick and colorful...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Next stop, Laupahoehoe Point where in the 1946 tsunami twenty-one school children and three adults were swept to their deaths. From a guidebook "...the ocean's energy feels raw and menacing. Waves come in with powerful anger." You can tell by the spra...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Next stop, our condo on the Kona Coast, home for the next two nights. This is the view from our balcony looking in one direction.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
We didn't know what to expect from the lighthouse but we certainly didn't expect to find one made from an erector set. (Later we learned that it's called a light beacon, not to be confused with a lighthouse.) More fields of lava flow.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
A nice map of the main crater scenes which you will see next. The Chain of Craters Road zig-zags down to the sea - you've seen those pictures already.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
The gang as we exit the tube and return down to the parking. The walk getting in was surprisingly steep though, not the easy stroll this might lead you to believe it was.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
...here. There are five volcanoes that make up The Big Island. We are on Kilauea, the most active volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. The other volcanoes on The Big Island are Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, and Mauna Loa. All these are basically done erup...
'11 Apr: Kauai
One of the rooms and the Mermaid Fountain. The water flows down the channel over small gates that causes the stream to pulse as it falls into the collecting pool. The guide said the pulsing is at exactly 60 beats per minute and if you sat there for a w...
'11 Apr: Kauai
Next stop my favorite beach and now Chris's favorite beach, Anini. It is an AWESOME beach.
'11 April
April 6 It's 6:30 in the morning and I'm packin' my bag. .Next pictures - Kauai, Hawaii! ALOHA!!
'11 April
April 4 A picture from my Supreme Court visit in November 2010. The ruling on one of the cases for which I saw oral arguments came in today. Guess what: I didn't like the outcome, really really don't like the outcome. From the NPR story "A deeply d...
'11 April
I've started working on a Griffith Observatory chapter. No words yet, just collecting the pictures from a few visits.
'11 April
...and visit the on-campus Weisman Museum of Art. Yet another Weisman! That guy, and his foundation gets around. The truly fabulous Weisman House Tour. The Frank Gerhy designed Weisman at the University of Minnesota. There are also large collect...
The Griffith Observatory
The most amazing feat of engineering is how they kept the entire original building and added all the structures for the expansion down the mountain. Be sure to watch the construction film at the Leonard Nemoy Event Horizon theater when you visit! May...
The Griffith Observatory
Alex and Carol, lookin' good.
'11 March
March 31 It's me and my Japanese teacher Hana out for lunch and a stroll on Abbott Kinney. Everyone she knows back home is fine. When I first heard of the earthquake I had such a concern for Hana, especially as she was so far from her extended fam...
Lilly '11 March
Lilly just looves to be in her big sister's room. She has taken up the expression 'thank you' whenever you give her something. The leading consonant is not usually the 'th' sound but her intention is entirely clear. You kind'a want to give her somethi...
'11 March
The central piece in the sculpture garden. My ever evolving collection of Getty Greatest Hits.
'11 March
March 16 Nancy was down from Santa Barbara and I met up with her and Muriel for a lovely ladies lunch in Brentwood, where Ladies Lunch is a full on industry. I should have gooped my hair so it could have been cute like Muriel's instead of like 'whe...
'11 March
MAXINE! You are The BOMB! Monday night St Patrick's Day dinner designed and executed entirely by Max. Wow is right.
'11 March
...and treating all these people to a Happy Birthday luncheon buffet at Shanghai Reds. What excellent fun! Where did the 7 go in the picture? I don't know! The guy who I got to take the shot probably didn't know there was supposed to be a 7. front: ...
'11 March
We sisters had a sister-lunch at a Chinese restaurant because Lona was hungry for Chinese food and then Hartley met us at Magicropolis where we enjoyed a lovely entertainment. Lona has been feeling extremely unwell with bad pain in her neck-back-shoulde...
'11 March
I copied this off the internet because I thought it was mighty well done. It looks good - I can only suppose it's accurate. I'm trying to learn the flags of the world, for a memory exercise and because it's fun. Every one of these places has their own...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
For example, she's working with this...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
A view of the city from campus. I haven't put this link in yet to my 2008 visit to Minneapolis. I was bent on tourista during that trip so if you want to see more of the city and its attractions you can find it here.
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
February 26 Morning, out a window of Cynthia and Mike's place as we pack up for our Ice Fishing Expedition.
Cynthia Mike '11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Evening in our cozy two bedroom motel room with a big and well furnished kitchen for our dining convenience. It was an excellent day of Ice Fishing. Garrison Keillor would be pleased.
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Cynthia's birthday flowers. And so who could resist giving this a try. Not me. I stayed in today, the next day, since it snowed last night, it's literally freezing today, and I'm all about caution with the car, allowing me time for a hey-why-not mes...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
This was the major traveling exhibit, Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Wow, cool.
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Mike cooked, most of the day. He cut, chopped, ground, seared, stirred, the result being a fanTAStic 'Texas style chili'. The sauce had all the richness and complexity of a perfect mole, the meat was tender and soaked with flavor. We ate it until it w...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Next Kieran and I went to the nearby Target to get party supplies like hats for example. It's going to be a birthday party and we need Hats! Cynthia's birthday is Thursday and Saeed's birthday is Tuesday so we decided to make it a double festivity, par...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
5pm White Out... a view from the upstairs window to the across the street neighbor. We've been watching the snow not exactly 'fall'. Since the 30 miles an hour wind is moving the snow parallel to the ground the snow doesn't stop until it runs into a...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
A while ago Cynthia and Mike bought us tickets to see The Gipsy Kings in Minneapolis tonight. We were all very excited to enjoy such lively entertainment. But no. Although we got not a flake last night the forecast still is for a very significant st...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
February 20 Last night we went to sleep with the certainty that the oncoming storm would have dumped at least 6 inches of snow overnight. But no. Not a flake. I looked out the window expecting a blanket of white and instead was greeted by 4 or 5 wi...
'11 February
February 16 In a few short hours I will be winging my way to St Paul Minnesota for Cynthia's birthday celebration and to finally meet the fam. And mighty excited I am. My little sister loaned me her hiking boots so upon arrival I won't have to be we...
'11 February
...they took down the jumbo-trons so no doubt you saw more of the show on tv, but it was greatly entertaining to be there anyway and it was a wonderful star-studded extravaganza.
Susie Susan '11 February
For example on this one you were supposed to stand, consider a work and at the same time place your hand comfortably resting on your chin or your cheek, and then you were to consider if you felt comfortable or not. They were all goofy like that but they...
'11 February
I couldn't get a picture of my favorite piece in the new exhibit called All of This and Nothing. It's a 61 minute video of a sleeping hummingbird. It's enchanting. My second favorite was this box of leaves outside the entrance to the gallery. The sig...
'11 February
The Fowler draw was this exhibit of Korean pottery. The sky was blue, the sun was bright, the temperatures were in the mid-70s, we were entertained and delighted - just another day in paradise.
'11 February
February 6 Westridge-Canyon Back Wilderness Park, just off Mulholland, a mile or so from the exit of the 405, and a fantastic walk it is...
WW #1
Your dog is gonna Love you for this. And if you don't have dog you'll love it anyway. The landlord is pretty flexible about Your garden. You can bring in pots, and you can even provide a storage shed in one of the myriad places in Your garden.
'11 January
January 24 Click on this link for details of my two-nighter up to San Francisco with Nancy in honor of Henry's third birthday. Happy Birthday Henry!
San Francisco (2005-2013)
Charlie, a few weeks into being seven years old. He has watched every episode of every nature documentary available on dvd and is an expert on insects. He told us many interesting facts about the animals we saw. Thanks Charlie.
San Francisco (2005-2013)
Then next in the day, Happy Birthday Henry! Kelly made that yummy cake last night.
'11 January
Hello Cutie Pie Girl! Here's Kaitlin at nearly the exact same age. Cutie Pie Girls just run in this family!
'11 January
Here's some text I copied from the Lake Shrine website about how the Fellowship came to buy this property in the mid-1940s: (...the owner had written to Parmahansa Yogananda offering to sell him the property based on a dream from the night before.) "Rat...
'11 January
January 12 The orange tree is doing the same thing. I've got to get these babies picked and given away! Nancy and I saw Another Year this evening. I liked it a Lot. As usual you can read the Roger Ebert review that expresses my feelings rather pre...
'11 January
January 9 Susie and Elizabeth and I took an excellent morning walk from Susie's house down to the beach, along the boardwalk, and back by way of this blocks-long city park.
'11 January
January 7 They've redone their decor over at Drago. They've reduced the number of items on offer too. But the food is still wonderful and it was fun to see my ex-boss again.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The Oberoi in Delhi. This chain of luxury properties sponsored the tour because of Sandy's long standing relationship with their wonderful resort in Bali. It was all quite glorious. This was the only hotel style place - the others were first class delux...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
I came to Delhi a day early so I could meet with my little sister's eldest son's wife's sister and her family. They are working with an NGO relief organization in Delhi where they operate a school for slum kids who do not attend school regularly. Bot...
'11 January
Around 4 I left the valley and drove downtown to pick up Elizabeth, visiting from Boston, and we did a little downtown LA turn. An organist was playing at the Cathedral and we had his concert all to ourselves. They close the building at 6pm and by 5:45...
'11 January
January 5 I'm out with Sharon for The Beach Walk where, half-way through snacks and beverages await. We walk-walk-walk, nice pace, no stopping. . .except for the occasional photo of course.
'10 December
December 31 Happy New Year! at Marsha and Tom's annual New Year's Eve party. The New Year's Eve party that they have to have because everyone is going to show up at their house anyway expecting to find Tom's chili and ham sandwiches and champagne. Hap...
'10 December
December 29 Susie and I had a very enjoyable day today. First we went to the Skirball to see the Maira Kalman show, Susie for the first time and I for the second. On second viewing it was as delightful as the first. We looked over Kalman's books too -...
Joshua Tree National Park (2008-2010)
Any bit of wildlife is so exciting out here.
Angela '10 December
December 25 Cynthia managed to acquire for Darryl and Angela a treasured one-of-a-kind item created and crafted by the founder and one-of-a-kind guiding light of the regretsy website and once across-the-way neighbor, April Winchell. Here's what April, ...
'10 December
December 24 Marija and Brian's Christmas Eve Extravaganza! Hundreds of guests showed up this year with plenty of food and drink and good cheer for all, and the sing-along was particularly lively this year. Brian, son Andrew, Marija, son-in-law Steve...
'10 December
December 20 I stole it from Life Magazine. But it could have been mine... Rain RAIN RAIN. We are all getting very dang tired of the rain. This is LA. It's always nice in LA. When this happens we forget about it as soon as it stops and go right bac...
'10 December
We're passing around the Birthday Tiara - first Nancy, now Sharon, next me!
'10 December
December 13 The Monday Nighters, My Valley Girls! We had a particularly fantastic Christmas Party this year, full of great good cheer and good will all around. Many thanks go out to our Head Chef and gracious hostess Alicia. We always draw names fo...
'10 December
One of the wall coverings. Recently I've been obsessed with reading the travel forums on the African countries I'm planning to visit next year. I'm hours and hours into it already and I can tell, many many more hours to come.
'10 December
We wandered through the Water Court, the MOCA grounds, and the Music Center complex.
'10 December
December 1, evening At the last minute we remembered, hey! it's the first night of Hanukkah! Ben! get the menorah! And Ben and Bonnie know the songs for real. Thanks guys, that was extra fun.
'10 December
Let's hear it for the Bank of America. I forgot my entire wallet arriving downtown with not a red cent, not a credit card, no ID, nada, except a wrinkled up old copy of my passport folded away in a half-hidden pocket of my backpack. I went into the Bof...
'10 November
...and sea birds! Small, medium, and large. I need more practice with wildlife in preparation for my trip to Africa in summer. And I'm lusting over a new camera with better low light handling. Yup, Africa. I am reeeally getting excited. I should ...
'10 November
November 27 Welcome to town Sandy! We went with Nancy to a movie and a lingering chat-filled afternoon at the Persian restaurant. Then Nancy took Sandy back to her house and they will be having a slumber party for the next couple nights. What fun! ...
Thanksgiving '10 November
Angela, Kaitlin, Lilly, and next door friend Jack, enjoying. (Our menu, for future reference: acorn squash with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, spinach and cheese quiche, broccoli casserole, baked carrots, baked beets, endive and apple salad, pumpk...
'10 November
November 20 Here are the first two movies I've seen in months, starting the countdown to Oscar Season. These were both very good movies but I really hope I see a better one, that one of these is not the best movie of the year. 127 Hours: tense, scen...
self-portrait '10 November
November 18 Last visit before cataract surgery on Tuesday then a couple weeks later I get to do this whole exam again for glasses. I'm SO excited to be done fussing around with my eyes!
'10 November
November 17 This work by Richard Deacon, North Tree and Rock, is at the LA Louver gallery, just off the Venice boardwalk on Venice Blvd.. It's free to visit here so stop on by next time you're walking at the beach.
'10 November
November 15 I got the appointment for my second cataract surgery - November 23rd. Then I'll get new glasses, and then I'll know what the world is going to look like for the next many years. When I had the first surgery they just kept pumping up the ...
'10 November
November 12 Kaitlin and next door friend Jack flying in their wings.
'10 November
If you're interested in a re-run of any parts of this last trip: Seattle and Vancouver Island with Sharon at The Jewel Box. Florida with Ken in Fort Myers for Kim's wedding and then with Leigh and her mom in Mount Dora. New Orleans with a Couch Surfin...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
November 7 This is my metro station in Takoma Park. It's an outside station and when the wind kicks in you can really feel the cold. How great that you always know when the next train will be there. You can watch those minutes ticking off and it does...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The other three sides of this building are covered in scafolding.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
The White House is to the right of the Executive Office Building and this shot is from the Washington Monument. You can only get as close as that fence in front of the fountain, a great distance from the White House, and don't even think about a tour. ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
From the top of the steps looking from Lincoln to Washington with WWII at the end of the reflecting pool. There was a major controversy when the powers that be were reviewing plans for a WWII memorial. The biggest non-starter was to interrupt the flow ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Annapolis, home of the Naval Academy. Go Navy. This is the intellectual side of the Navy unlike Norfolk which is basically about the brawn. My father was old when I was born, he seemed older than he was, and I never knew him as anything but a guy near...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
I couldn't find a picture that had Kagan in it which is extremely too bad since she was my favorite asker of questions. All the women spoke often - Kagan was clear and forthright, Sotomayor was also clear but not quite as concise, Ginsburg was harder to...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
November 3 I set the alarm and rose with the dawn to reach the Supreme Court in time to get a seat to hear oral arguments. Yes! I sat at the Supreme Court for two hours. But first I had to stand out in the FA-REEeezing cold from 8:20 until 9:50. O...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
November 2 All the inside metro stations I've been in have had this exact same design with virtually no ads or art or any kind of decoration really. It's clean though except generally the car floors could use a wipe-up. Then there are the outside me...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
This is the Cosmos Club. I experienced a strange and unfamiliar welling up of desire. I want to be a member of the Cosmos Club and find myself entertained by the luminaries of science, literature, and the arts who hang out here. They wouldn't let women ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
For me I think the fabulous stained glass is the most unique feature of this Cathedral. There's the Space Window which includes a fragment of lunar rock at its center, one is depicting major events of the life of Robert E. Lee, another tells about Stone...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Here's a map of DC and an overlay of the metro system, not actually overlaying where it belongs but you can see the river and the Mall. The most important thing about accommodation in DC is accessibility to the metro. The Alexandria place was too far t...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
I went out to dinner with Kyle at a great local restaurant and then came back to visit with some sweet guests from Korea who left the next morning, and an enjoyable evening it was!
'10 Nov: Washington DC
October 31 We're off shuttle-metro-trolley, back into Old Town Alexandria (where one of the blocks is now free of parked cars (Hurray!))...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
...to meet Terry, Carol, and Alex for lunch. We never did find each other yesterday at the rally what with the ga-billion people and cell phone service so spotty. When all those people are trying to find their people, cell phone service is not something ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
After lunch Paul and Gretchen and I strolled down to the Alexandria waterfront and decided to enjoy the river tour up the Potomic where they leave you off in Georgetown for a couple hours and then you can ride back.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
It was good to see these iconic monuments from another view new to me. I expect this view was also in the designers' original drawings. Washington.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
A street view in Georgetown. I wasn't expecting big streets like this. There were two main crossing commercial avenues that we ran into...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
I exited the mass again and found some places up front but along the far side where you could both hear and not be trapped. I asked a guy who was camped out on top of a port-a-potty to shoot me this crowd scene.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
October 30 An experience of what they say about the rush hour trains in Japan where they hire sumo wrestlers to push the last possible person onto those trains. That's how crowded it was. Some people toward the end of a train's route would wait for a ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
October 29 Tomorrow it's The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. I had plans to be in Washington DC during this week before Jon Stewart thought of it so for me it was all a big bonus. Paul and Gretchen and I met up, I from Nepenthe, they from NYN...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
It's very charming day and night. Ms Wiki: "Old Town, in the eastern and southeastern areas of Alexandria and on the Potomac River, is the oldest section of the city (of Washington DC), originally laid out in 1749, and is... chiefly known for its histor...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
It's Friday night and the activities of Halloween have kicked in with ghost tours and costumed revelers traveling the streets. "Market Square in Old Town is the oldest continuously operating marketplace in the United States and was once the site of the ...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
Then Alex put on his wetsuit and got out all the gear to clean the surfaces under the boat. We went to a bunch of stores to buy bits of this and that for various repairs, and Carol did the laundry and cooked us lunch.
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
Not much to say about this next section - here comes some pictures of a dingy ride along the York river.
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
More. We also went to a performance of a few scenes from plays of the times at the site of the first playhouse in America and ate at a recreated tavern. We skipped entirely the few streets of shops also all meant to be part of the historical experience...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
October 27 Colonial Williamsburg. Expensive and dorky but also interesting and fun. Ms Wiki: "Colonial Williamsburg is the private foundation representing the historic district of the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It includes buildings dating...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
...The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is "The future may learn from the past". The Historic Area is an interpretation of a Colonial American city, with exhibits including dozens of authentic or recreated colonial houses. ...Rather than simply an effort ...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
October 25 I let Delta Airlines buy me off last night and slept over at the Orlando airport instead of making it into Norfolk very late and staying there. So far I've flown LA-Atlanta-Fort Myers-Atlanta-New Orleans-Atlanta-Orlando and am about to go At...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
Then we drove to the marina on the York river where Nepenthe awaits our return. Nepenthe: a "drug of forgetfulness" that obliterates all sorrow. Alex and Carol have been live-aboard sailors for about six years having set sail about the same time I reti...
'10 Oct: Florida
October 23-24 Mount Dora, Florida Here we have a quick over-nighter with my 'old' friend Leigh. We are (or more correctly, I am) celebrating her Big Five OHH! I am thirteen years older than Leigh and thirteen years younger than her mom Marilyn and we ...
'10 Oct: Florida
Jutting out into the lake was a small pavilion for lounging, the site of the first picture in this account and the last picture, where we're back at the lake saying fond farewells. Until next time!
'10 Oct: New Orleans
October 22 My last day in New Orleans when I spent the morning walking through a small section of the flood zone, the flood zone being basically everywhere north and north-east of the traditional tourist area by the river. I'm so glad I did it but no...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
There were no people on the streets except for the very occasional clutch of men hanging around, basically, and most of them were drinking beer. I stayed primarily on the once commercial streets and just looked down into the residential blocks.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
I had Such a walk today. An old classic near Lafayette Square with a new linoleum floor. I haven't got any pictures yet of the great little hexagon tile floors I remember so fondly because I'm just not seeing them.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
This is a good example of a more typical home in the Garden district.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
October 19 and 20 I tend to be disoriented when thinking about New Orleans. I've always got her sitting on the Gulf when actually that big body of water you see in all the tourist maps is to the north and it's Lake Pontchartrain, a place we can all pro...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
It's the next morning now. Meet my host Dennis and another guest who was there last night too. We all went together for breakfast. They both contributed very entertaining stories and ideas to a lively conversation and a grand time was had by all.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
As noted by many: The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. It was oddly bright inside for a cathedral and then I realized it's all painted white and there are many clear g...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
OK! I'm (pretty much) caught up with pictures having fallen behind when I couldn't use the computer. Because of my over-the-top phone I could still get email, check the weather, find things. Excellent!
'10 Oct: Florida
Ken's cousins Joan and Chuck came by today. They have a home in Naples (as well as one in Chicago and one in Wisconsin) and are there for a family wedding next weekend. Ken is just staying on because how convenient is that?!
'10 Oct: Florida
While all this is going on the guests have been enjoying a cocktail party around the pool and after the photos we all move into the ballroom for dinner and dancing and the extending of many congratulations.
'10 Oct: Florida
As far as wildlife, we saw birds and plenty of them. I could see eight on this tree. This is an example of the mangrove islands so prevalent in the brackish waters of South Florida. There is actually no land at all but just the intertwining mangrove t...
'10 October
October 7 Oh goodie. .a tour in the US of A! I've been working on my arrangements, kicking off in one short week: to Fort Myers (for a wedding) then New Orleans (haven’t been since Katrina and waiting for the next weekend) then Mt Dora (to see an ...
'10 October
October 6 Plenty of good eats today. Boban treated me to a big delicious birthday lunch; thanks Boban. At least twice a year we get to see each other for our birthday lunches, the timing for which is entirely flexible. And then I went out to dinner...
'10 October
There was a lot of q&a, the q from the crowd of mostly USC students. I'll tell ya, those two Chopras are a talkative pair and capable of extended riffs on any topic whatsoEver. moderator, Deepak, Gotham
'10 September
September 21-22 before heading out to Seattle... ...and here where you can click for a view of 10 days in the coolness of Seattle and Vancouver Island.
'10 September
You can click here for a couple days in Vegas.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
The next day we visited the new-to-me Vegas CityCenter. Lookie here what they've got. Another Claes Oldenburg Typewriter Eraser just like this one in Seattle! He's the same guy who did the Cherry on a Spoon in Minneapolis. And another one of my fav...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
It's a huge complex, CityCenter, with several Vegas scale water features...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
...and Shopping. This is from a large Chihuly store and there were plenty more opportunities to spend all that cash you just cleared at the craps table. Unitl next time!
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
Good bye fabulous Condo, until next time!
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
The Condo! fronted by a sculpture that serves as a bridge and lovely covered walkway. Teresita Fernandez Seattle Cloud Cover, 2004-2006. I like it! When you look at the sky through the glass of the covered walkway you can 'experience the images of cha...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
Alexander Calder's Eagle, 1971. You can enjoy this guy from all his angles. He's actually red - I have to figure out what went wrong with his color...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
What excellent Victorian colors especially appropriate since the garden is designed around the Victorian model.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
So long Butchart Gardens, see you next time!
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
The main part of the falls and we saw fish heading up stream, really. At the beginning of the park, where the brewery once operated, is an extensive fish hatchery operation and fish ladder. It was interesting as well as beautiful.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
September 26 Good Morning! After yesterday's brilliance this was not so unexpected. We decided to drive places today.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
The permanent collection that was available was surprisingly exactly as it was two years ago when we went in 2008. I liked it then and I like it now especially the display of Pacific Northwest tribal arts and crafts.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
These textiles will make nice backgrounds.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
Next stop - the REI Mothership. Sharon got a new raincoat. They had 5,250 from which to choose. Then we did a tour of our favorite grocery store, and then home. I'm just out of the steam-shower where I have washed and steamed myself into a pleasant p...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
We ate an early lunch at Pike Place Chowder. I got the four cup sampler and they were all delicious. Sharon had been reading a fish cookbook and we were talking non-stop about fish soups so this was a perfect choice. The guy standing by the wall singi...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
I made a study of available happy hour menus within two blocks of The Condo and there were several. The first very highly rated place we tried was so loud with the Boom!Boom! interrupting my heartbeat 'music' I made us move on. The next choice was this...
'10 September
September 17 Susie and I had a cool tour of the California State University at Long Beach today. It was interesting and entertaining as well. This is at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, a modest yet perfectly lovely Japanese garden with all th...
'10 September
This is a huge pyramid that you can see from all around campus, a "5,000-seat, indoor multi-purpose stadium." wiki: "Each side of the perimeter of Walter Pyramid measures 345 feet (105 m), making it a mathematically true pyramid. It is one of only thre...
'10 September
We ate a delicious Happy Birthday Susie lunch at a Thai place across from the campus, and then we went back to look at the exhibit at the University Art Museum. The exhibit was a retrospective of Michael Goldberg's work. Neither of us had heard of Mich...
'10 September
September 2 What a great LA evening - I went to a screening at the Director's Guild of America thanks to my friend Gina from waaaay back when we were both much (Much!) younger. The piece they were screening is going to be on HBO next week and it was ...
'10 September
In my email today I got a note (in Spanish! which I Could read) and these pictures from Jose, father of my fabulous homestay family in Patzcuaro Mexico. Muchas MUCHAS Gracias Jose! It's Jose, Sandra, Katia, Luis, and missing from the photos is Tommy, '...
my Valley Girls '10 August
This was a BIG day of news and festivo. From the top left: Happy Birthday Becky!, Marsha is going to be a Grandma!, Ann's son is off to Afghanistan with all our love, one part of Alicia's extended family are totally feuding, Maxine is feeling great aft...
Santa Monica life '10 August
August 19 Sharon and I went to check out the newly re-opened Santa Monica Place - it's the mall at the south end of the Promenade. This is a view from one of the patios on the Dining Deck. The whole top floor is open with a ton of outdoor lounging opp...
Santa Monica life '10 August
August 18 An interior view of The Water Garden office complex just a few blocks from my house. I can stroll here. Imagine what it would be like to work just a nice stroll from your house. What a beautiful concept, and Darryl does it, walk to work tha...
'10 August
What a treat to get to have an afternoon with J&J. owww, we could call them JJ. Cynthia (or was it Darryl?) called Jonathan's father Benbonnie and Jonathan's mother Benbonnie, so there is an excellent precedent.
'10 August
August 8 Ben and Bonnie hosted a beautiful reception for the newlyweds Jonathan and Judy, in LA from Israel for a few weeks with the fam. Check them out here in my visit in Jerusalem and here in my time in Northern Israel.
Getty Center architecture tram entrance The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
From the plaza at the tram station. The statue came many years after the opening and is an excellent addition. With her arrival came a guard who now patrols the area. She's Aristide Maillol's Air.
'10 July
Darryl, Kaitlin, and the neighbor kids next door made the YUMmy cake, and Angela did the frosting. That's Kelly and Sandy in the background.
'10 July
July 30 Nancy and I went to the Getty today and particularly enjoyed the on-loan exhibit 'The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme' and Spectacular it was, a full life retrospective. I'd never even heard of the guy! I was taken with his technical ski...
'10 July
July 24 My across the street neighbor Kathleen, on the left, had a lovely soirée last night. Also attending were her New York cousin and the guest of honor, my young next door neighbor, Melissanthi. Melissanthi was Kathleen's tenant who just graduat...
'10 July
July 20 Music Class! I'm standing behind the teacher. Notice Kaitlin in the far center-right. She is sitting between her next door neighbors Jack and Cole. Kaitlin always sits between Jack and Cole because the boys will not have it any other way. ...
'10 July
The majority of the participants were toddlers - that's Lilly in the back there, in the purple shirt. The little kids found the whole thing quite awesome and the "Mommies and the Daddies and the Nannies" (the expression often used by the teacher) were enj...
'10 July
July 17 Yup, out there in my backyard, settled up next to the garage you will find a Washing Machine and a Clothes Dryer, all hooked up and busy making things clean, thanks to L&H for their efforts on behalf of building out this laundry. For five yea...
'10 July
On our way out of the Omni to the Water Court to see a Grand Performance. . we find these guys. Whooo, what's going Here?! They are off to a costume ball: "An Amazing Weekend of Elaborate Costumes and Entertainment The Labyrinth of Jareth 2010 - The ...
'10 July
July 12 Susie took me to Pizzeria Mozza today, for my birthday. Thank you Susie! I'd never been before and was pleased to give it a try. Basically, YUM. This is the exact type of pizza we got but I got the (nice sharp) picture off the internet.
'10 July
July 9 Here's what I've been doing eleven days out of the last fourteen. That's right. Exercise. And not just exercise. This is Gyrotonics and I LOVE it. LoveLoveLove it. The owner is amazing and fantastic, and I feel taller and more flexible al...
'10 July
Just as a for example, here is all the furniture that used to fill her living room in Cheviot Hills and this place leaves room for a grand piano considering all the space behind me.
'10 July
June 30 (here in July...) Christa and I had our birthday day together and it was Excellent fun. First we went to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo after which we enjoyed a delicious shabu shabu dinner, Christa's first. She ate ...
'10 June
Isn't this fun! Happy Birthday Christa - Sweet Sixteen! And when we are together anywhere near our birthdays (June 19 and 20) Christa and I celebrate together which is my all time favorite thing! Now why am I sitting all slumped over in my witch-hair,...
'10 June
June 25 I got to take my (very) great-nephew Caleb out for breakfast this morning and we enjoyed ourselves entirely watching the Brazil-Portugal soccer match, full of excitment ending 0-0 after 98 minutes. You might wonder how a game would go 98 minu...
'10 June
June 20 I got to help Marsha with the last stage of cleaning out her garage which was the last stage of Moving In. It was SO satisfying. (Except for the 10,000 framed pictures still about, but no one can help her with that. (This is an internet garag...
'10 June
June 16 The guys came Out West this time treating me to a birthday dinner. What an entirely excellent evening! Thank you!!
'10 June
June 14 I had a lovely lunch with Hilda today. Not this place - this is a picture Hilda just sent from when I visited her, Merlyn, Preston, and Cherel in Italy. You can find the story here in my visit to Rome.
'10 June
Then, off Angela and Kaitlin go for orientation and playdate at Kaitlin's NEW school! It's all very exciting. And while they were gone Lilly and I had our own playdate. Oh yeah, it's good to be Home! Time for a haircut? ak.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
...but I ate next door.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Back in the city, a couple more examples of the buildings around Rome. They all have names, and long histories, and endless stories that I don't remember.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Now it's June 4 and I had a big day planned but then I decided, nope, I'm not up for a big day, I'm just going to do a little strolling around. He watches over the Campo dei Fiori, where every morning there is an active farmer's market and every evening...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
What first was a Roman temple, then recently the Italian Stock Exchange, and now private offices.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
They actually make you check in everything, you can carry nothing, when visiting inside the Villa Borghese so no chance to sneak a shot. I couldn't even find any particularly good ones to steal off the internet. It was a gorgeous and memorable experien...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
In the Piazza del Popolo across from the entrance gate from the Via Flaminia. It was through that gate that Martin Luther arrived in Rome and first came face to face with these two churches. Two churches. He was so appalled by the extravagance that ...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
It's June 2 now and I'm meeting up with Shira! Wow! Today is Republic Day in Italy, "the day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of gov...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
We both were expecting flowers. The pictures always show flowers on the Spanish Steps, but not today.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
The Bone Church! Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. Those poeple are waiting to get into the crypt. "The pope's brother, Cardinal Antonio Barberini, who was of the Capuchin order, in 1631 ordered the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars e...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Another example of cafe life.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
The big military parade ended here today, where I caught a bus, came home and put my feet UP. Here's some of what Ms Wiki has to say about this monument: "The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II) or Alt...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
A few examples of the myriad cafes that surround every square and line every street.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
One of the many bridges crossing the river and a good example of the handsome trees that overhang the walking path on either side providing oh such welcome shade for the long walk home.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
May 30 Saint Peter's Square in anticipation of The Pope's Sunday address. It's Sunday and at exactly 12:00 noon for exactly 15 minutes The Pope appears at a window in the Vatican and speaks to the throngs gathered at Saint Peter’s. Since I’m staying...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Some guys hang the banner, then we wait until exactly 12:00 noon when The Pope appears. A helper is putting notes on the podium.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
After my audience with The Pope I struck out for the Pantheon. Soon after leaving Saint Peter’s I ran into a modern art exhibit that was being held in a restored medieval hospital.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
...like this one for example, and the zillion more, a few on every corner.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
"The building of a great cathedral in this flood-prone ravaged former center of Arianism was an act of urban renewal in itself, and an expression of the flood of piety that motivated the contemporary First Crusade."
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
May 28 and 29 I took the super (super!) early train from Rome to Florence to meet up with Merlyn and Hilda, and Preston and Cherel. The girls were then going on to Milan by train for a shopping tour and I was going with the boys to Modena in their rent...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
We completely enjoyed three hours in our marvelous destination of Modena that we three MP&P all loved, and six hours in transit for a trip that, were one to make the drive without hesitation, would have taken three hours MAX. How did we spend those extr...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
"The Cathedral of Modena and the annexed campanile are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begun under the direction of the Countess Matilda of Tuscany with its first stone laid June 6, 1099 and its crypt ready for the city's patron, Saint Geminianus, and consec...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
A pano from the inside. It's an oval, you can see that. All what we are seeing now is the skeleton of the structure. The seats went over the tunnels and colonnades and the stage went over the maze you see on the Coliseum's floor. Most people were on ...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
The excavated Forum has revealed structures from many eras and there are plenty more to come.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Trajan built this column in 113AD celebrating his successful military campaigns in Romania. These are all carefully detailed scenes of the wars. “The column’s survival was largely thanks to the intervention of Pope Gregory the Great who reigned from 59...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
I've been a virtual tea-totaler this last month with the exception of an occasional beer. Now I'm in Rome. Now it's time for a proper Italian lunch! Not so proper though because when I declined further courses the waiter looked at me with bewilderment l...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
...this guy. So I asked him, 'excuse me sir, is there any way to see that beautiful window from the inside?' He gave that little 'follow me' head toss and I was in! Down some halls, around some corners, through some doors.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
And what a lovely glow it cast throughout the church. And in the spirit of There Is No Free Lunch I did hear allll about it. This is a slightly strange transition to my next adventure...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
...standing up on tippy-toes in the women's balcony with my camera hung over the top of the window's barrier. Judy thought that guy on the phone might be her brother. Jonathan's description of his experience: 'I had the 7th aliyah to the torah on the f...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
...excellent tile work - this is from the pavillion you can see in the picture above.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
"Due to (Jewish) religious restrictions on entering the most sacred areas of the Temple Mount (see following section (that's the wiki article I mentioned)), the Western Wall, a retaining wall (of) the Temple Mount and remnant of the Second Temple structure...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
...to The Sifting Project. I am going to extract from an article in The Jerusalem Post. "In 1999, the Wakf Islamic trust, ... requested permission from the government to construct emergency exits (from some tunnels under the Temple Mount) ... Upon re...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
...he found the treasure of the day, an old coin. Karma?! (I do have some shots from my next stop - a view point on the Mount of Olives which I'll get to soon.)
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
May 22 Back in Jerusalem now after my trip Up North. I am coming down the stairs from my hostel just across the street from the Damascus Gate. It's the most central location I've stayed and as you'll see later, it's BBBusy.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
Off for a morning walk, without knowing I found myself at the gates of the American Consulate. 'They' wouldn't let me take a picture of the Consulate so I took a picture of the building next door. We're in East Jerusalem here btw. All the Embassies ar...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
Maps of the land designations in Israel through 1967. Since then, Israel annexed (as opposed to occupying) East Jerusalem in 1980 and the Golan Heights in 1981 which has not been recognized by any other country. In 1982 Israel withdrew from Sinai retur...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
We are definately in Arab East Jerusalem since this market was raging right outside my hostel from Friday mid-day until late Saturday, the exact time when everything Jewish is closed. And it was through this street that so many of the Jewish people hurr...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
May 20 I left Tel Aviv this morning to take the train to Akko. It was fun in Tel Aviv, and interesting. I'm glad to have visited. Just one small thing. The flies. I felt like a horse, stomping and shaking my leg and if I had a tail that would hav...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
They are serious about their tourism here in the Old City of Akko. Once you get there, you are quite sure to get to the major sites since soon enough you will run into these signs. There's a new city too that I walked through when coming from the train...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
May 18 One block from my hotel is The Old Cemetery "with a common grave containing the remains of victims of the 1921 troubles and the tombs of leading Zionists like Chaim Arlosoroff, Meir Dizengoff (first mayor of Tel-Aviv) and Max Nordau and the poets...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Of course it was very nationalistic in there, as you'd have to expect I think.
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Here's something interesting first about Tel Aviv and also about the UNESCO World Heritage designation for a neighborhood called The White City: "Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. ...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
This used to be an art space, or so the woman in the shop next door told me.
'10 May: Up North, Israel
An example of tiding up on the steep and curving streets.
'10 May: Up North, Israel
May 15 Caesarea! A huge complex of ruins from five or six different cities, each predecessor ruined by the ravages of war and more ruinously by the ravages of earthquakes. Varda dropped me off here this morning so I could walk around for a couple ho...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Next, the Mashkan Le'Omanut at the Kibbutz Ein Harod, one of Israel's major art institutions.
'10 May: Up North, Israel
They were showing 'A Selection of Israeli Art from the Collection of Gaby and Ami Brown', the show demonstrating the great historical sweep of Israeli art. There was a two hour lecture in Hebrew that everyone was enjoying and that I read about in the ve...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Then on to another Kibbutz and another gallery, this one much smaller, for the opening of an exhibit of Asian style tea cups.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
May 13 You know, sometimes you just want to get on the bus. It's got pumpin' a/c inside the bus, it's comfy, high off the ground for views of the countryside, and takes you exactly where you want to go. Yes, sometimes you just want to get on the bus. ...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
The guide assured us these were the exact caves where, in 1947, young Bedouin shepherds discovered the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The details of the story that the guide told doesn't match 100% with Ms Wiki's story, but close enough, and the guide's...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
Of course there was a shopping stop, this one at the Ahava cosmetics company where they make all their products from elements found at the Dead Sea. There were several of these tree/bush plants growning around there...I wonder what it is? Hilla repli...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
At the tramway exit point, The Snake Path is visible below. There are two separate and basically unrelated parts of the Masada story, 90 years apart. The first is the building of the fortress by King Herod around 30-20BC and the second is about The G...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
And nobody jumped off any cliffs... "The account of the siege of Masada was related to Josephus (a Jewish-Roman historian) by two women who survived the suicide by hiding inside a cistern along with five children, and repeated Eleazar ben Ya'ir's exhort...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
The fortress in King Herod's day included an elegant water delivery system, elaborate palaces, and massive defensive features. After Herod's death in 4BC and the annexation of Judea to the Roman Empire in 6AD, only a small Roman garrison remained at Masad...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
"Josephus says that Eleazar ordered his men to destroy everything except the foodstuffs to show that the defenders retained the ability to live, and so chose their own death over slavery, but archaeological excavations have shown that storerooms which cont...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
After the Romans left, the fortress remained uninhabited until the fifth century AD when a few hermits of the Byzantine era made a monastery here, but with the rise of Islam in the seventh century the monastery apparently ceased to exist.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
My day was actually very odd. There was the unexpected drama of Jerusalem Day, and that my two intentions were not to be. 1) I had intended to take the bus up to the Hadassah Hospital where there are some magnificent Chagall stained glass windows, bu...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
I tried to find a quick summary of Israeli military service requirements but did not succeed. In general though, I think it's true that basically every Israeli is required to serve, with exemptions at least to the very Orthodox, and maybe others, but basi...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
May 12 What is it with me and this trip? First it was May Day in Istanbul and now it's Jerusalem Day here, "commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967." I didn't know about Je...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
May 11 Welcome to Jerusalem! The whole of Jerusalem is a fairly big city but most of what visitors want to see is contained behind those walls, the Old City, .35 square miles of ancient history and intense (InTense!) emotions. (Unless otherwise st...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
May 8 Usually when tourists come to Cappadocia they take group tours. You can rent a car, or rent a car and guide, but basically, the group tours are so cost efficient it's hard to resist them. There are say 20 companies who will sell you a tour and...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Next stop: One of the underground cities that have made this area so well known. They say that this particular one could hold 30,000 people although it never did.
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
They don't know who began digging the underground cities but it was at least as early as the 5th century BC, and then expanded by every population who needed to hide. They were not meant for permanent living, just as defense, or so I read. Here's somet...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Some of its decorations. Here's what I read about the faces of the paintings, and you can see many more examples in the Open Air Museum pictures. There are two main reasons for the faces to be scratched out of these paintings. First, during the Icon...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
It's my last night, time to bid farewell to lovely Cappadocia. It's been a delight. This is my hostel where I ended up staying all four nights. Kose Panson. It has completely the hostel feel, for the prices, for the shared bathrooms, and for the comm...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Our little village of Goreme at extreme telephoto. The o of Goreme has the two dots over it and is pronounced gore-eh-may. Cappadocia is pronounced capp-a-doe-key-a. That's how I'm hearing it anyway - could be wrong!
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Another example of the take-off spots for the different companies. The take-offs are spread out all up and down the valley. One thing, on my ride anyway, you do stay pretty much in the same general area (go up-go down for close-up views-go up, move a l...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
...they set up the champagne stand and tip jar, have the pictures from the take-off point for sale and everyone has a cheery old time. We were 10 - 1 American, 1 Japanese, 4 French, 2 Canadian, 2 Brazilian. Everyone except the American (that would be m...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
My first stroll was to the nearby Pigeon Canyon. Goreme, and all of Cappadocia, is on a high plateau (1000m/3280f) so now the air is still crisp (in summer it is HOT and very dry), it was silent except for the rustling trees, the stream that gurgled up fr...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
"Over the 7th to 14th centuries, monasticism flourished here, and hundreds of tiny churches were carved out of the rock." "These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. These frescoes are a unique ...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
These places are in fact carved into the rock and these are the original paintings without any benefit of restoration. I definately never learned the history of this region. Here's just an example: "The Cappadocians, supported by Rome against Mithridat...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
I have photos of all the explanation signs - each of these spaces has its own story, the story of the decorations and the story of who worshiped here. From an introductory piece: "In the 4th century Cappadocia became known as the land of the three saint...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Walking on, at the entrance to the Open Air Museum in Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984 and the rest of Cappadocia a World Heritage Site since 1985. What I read: the rocks here are volcanic, called tufa, (certainly different from the black...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
In this town there are maybe 6-8 stands like this one all with similar egg shaped piles (they call them 'potato') each one more lavishly decorated than the next.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
On to (C), the historic train station of Orient Express fame and still in use today.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Next I rode the tram from (E) to (F), ending here at the Dolmabahçe Palace, most well known as the place where Ataturk spent his last days, and finally died here.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
This mosque is just next to the palace. It was very pleasant and quiet in here. Notice all the windows making it a unique and serene space. While I was here it was me and that guy up front. I only snapped this one shot because my camera was so loud i...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Then I headed out for the very long uphill slog to Taksim Square. Just floating on the air I could hear a flute soloist. Wow, maybe I could go listen?! And I could! There was a graduation going on at this university and that cutie boy at the front do...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Several blocks before actually arriving at Taksim Square these police barricades began to appear and continued all the way to the Square. They were gathering them up to put away until next time I'm sure.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
...to arrive at the Conrad Hilton, 15th floor executive lounge, for this view of the Bosporous...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
May 1 Dear Family and Friends, you know I wanted to, but like I said I would, in an extreme abundance of caution, I didn't go. I asked one of the hotel people 'how was it today with the rally?' and she replied 'no problems at all, thankfully, this is v...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
On my walk to find the Rustem Pasa Mosque I arrived at a place clearly marked on my map as Rustem Pasa Mosque. But first of all it was several blocks south of the Spice Market, and secondly it was completely shrouded in blue plastic, and completely under ...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
And this. "The Rüstem Pasha Mosque is famous for its large quantities of exquisite Ýznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, which cover not only the façade of the porch but also the mihrab, minbar, walls, column...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
...you could have these little fishies on a plate or on a big honkin' roll of scrumptous bread. If you got the plate you got the bread on the side. YumEEE. An old guy who was already eating tapped the table and insisted I sit beside him. The place ...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
A little way beyond the mosque complex and past many mausoleums and grave yards is the funicular that will take you up the hill to the Pierre Loti Café where it is required that you enjoy the view and a Turkish coffee. Not changing the subject, I will c...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
April 29 I had to change hotels today, which I knew when I reserved Metropolis, that they didn't have space for my full stay, so I'd also reserved a room at Orient, another highly regarded hostel. Orient turned out to be a no-go... the door of the room...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Here's another example of the revealing mosaics for which the original church was so renown.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
"Topkapý Palace is among those monuments belonging to the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is described in Criterion iv as "the best example[s] of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period."" The 'ens...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
This is a complex of Mausoleums of the royal families of the 1600s. I think. I'm not 100% sure of a lot about this because I didn't pay attention when I went in and now I can't find it in the Eyewitness Travel guidebook. It's got to be here somewhere!
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Street food! Even if it isn't exactly off the street there are sooo many shops right on the street that offer one-off tasty treats to eat right now. Happy me!
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
April 26 I'm settled snug in my itty bitty room with a nice window and a view which is amazing at this price, at the Metropolis Hostel in Istanbul, Turkey. It's been days since I got up this morning, but all the cramped sitting and agonized standing an...
'10 March and April
April 15 Mer-hah-bah (that's hello in Turkish!) I'm leaving in 10 days now LA-Istanbul-Jerusalem-Rome-LA. I'm getting reeally excited. No more work to do really except continue to study up on the sites and the languages. I can say hello; please; th...
'10 March and April
April 11 At Hilda and Merlyn's fabulous house, eating more of their delicious food, visiting with Alex and Carol here for some shoretime. Excellent!
'10 March and April
April 10 The day began with Sharon - we went to Samy's so she could buy a camera followed by Sharon's first visit to Canter's, for breakfast. Then I joined Ben and Bonnie at a USC production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. It was an ...
'10 March and April
April 2 Kaitlin's playgroup and Kaitlin and Angela's 3nd Annual Easter Egg Extravaganza...lunch, egg coloring, dessert, Easter egg hunting. What a Party! What Fun! Lucky Me! (grrr...I took this picture while Angela and Kaitlin were putting Lilly d...
'10 Mar: Kauai
March 28-29 We've been slowing down these last couple days as the end is fast approaching - I'm leaving on the 30th, Sharon on the 31st, and we're taking advantage of the opportunity to loll around the house. Still, we did go out at least once each d...
'10 Mar: Kauai
Another swing by my favorite beach, Anini. Last time we went on a rainy weekday and it was empty. This is a sunny Sunday and it's pretty full with more people than I expected but still, plenty of room to enjoy the picnic lunch we brought.
'10 Mar: Kauai
...except for the birds. The birds were loving this place. And notice the wildflowers in the foreground. Spring!
'10 Mar: Kauai
And another group. There were many groups and it seemed these were all civic clubs each speaking of what they did for the community and how they were glad to have this opportunity to honor Prince Kuhio as they had every year. They were especially glad th...
'10 Mar: Kauai
I do sometimes get a little grumpy about those muumuus reminding me as they do of missionaries who Always know in every single detail just Exacty what YOU better be doing (or it's hellfire for you!). But I digress. The ladies in the black muumuus have ...
'10 Mar: Kauai
All through the lobby and courtyard areas they had set up tables of local crafts and with each display someone was there to tell you about it. This woman was sweet but her mama was fabulous. She showed us what she was doing in interesting detail and we...
'10 Mar: Kauai
I did a little side excursion to stand on the bridge that crosses the Wailua River. It's a bit dangerous because there has been a huge construction project on this (actually rather small) bridge for as long as I can remember. One of the guidebooks says i...
'10 Mar: Kauai
March 21 We said Aloha and Bon Voyage to Chris and Janis. It's been an exceptionally fine week. You can read about it here at this link: Congratualtions Chris On Your Retirement! Enjoy! The next day, on the 22nd, Sharon and I did absolutely nothin...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
There were maybe 8-12 boats participating, 6 oars per crew. The race started not from the beach as I expected but out there by the lighthouse. Then they paddled hard in open sea for a very long time. We didn't wait it out for their return but by three...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
The beach above is part of the Marriott complex. (All the beaches are public by the way, it's the law.) That boat, oar, and surfboard are all historic pieces lovingly displayed in their lobby. The boats used in today's races are the same basic design ...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
March 19 Egret. Whenever someone sees an egret she says "egret" because they are so entertaining to watch. Most often you see them on the ground, standing on one thin leg, always apart from one another, motionless. Or standing on the back of a cow. ...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
This is the last bit that lets you know you're in Hawaii except of course for looking out the windows that cover the entire back wall facing Hanalei Bay.
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
And here's a view of their semi-private beach. They've got all the rest that you would expect of a many-starred resort and I'm sure it is a pleasure to stay here. We were really happy when we got 'home'.
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Next stop, the little cutie-pie touristified village of Koloa where they have retained one chimney of the first sugar mill in Kauai and built a memorial to all those who worked the mills. from The Internet: "The Sugar Monument itself is a circular, conc...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Just above the heiau and the birthing stone you climb a few flights of stairs to reach this old Japanese cemetery. It's not huge but it is so interesting to look around. With the exception of 5 or so more recent markers, the graves do not show dates pa...
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
...and across the road looking down you can see the Wailua river that runs past the house. That is an example of the long outriggers that pass by on their training runs several times a day.
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Next we made another stop up at the Hindu Monastery so Chris and Janis could have a look even if all we got to see was this guy.
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Our evening's activity was this: a LUAU! There are four prominent luau offerings on Kauai, each a little different, all for the tourists. We picked this one based on some local recommendations and it was entirely fun. I won't complain about the kitsch...
'10 Mar: Kauai
Hanalei - sight of the filming for Bali Hai. There are gorgeous properties edging this bay. The surfing was amazing. You could hardly see a wave but still people were riding great distances on these simple swells. It looked like an excellent place to...
'10 Mar: Kauai
March 12 Anini Beach, near Hanalei but you've got to drive a fair distance off the main road to get here. This is my new favorite beach of all time (that I can remember at this moment anyway... memory being what it is). Here is a vast expanse of b...
'10 February
February 27 So, Haiti 7.0, 2-300,000 dead and a country living in tents. Chile 8.8, and we don't know the extent yet of the damage. (In comparison the by-disaster-standards very modest Northridge quake was 6.7.) I live in California, on the coast, ...
'10 February
February 26 I spent the Whole Day watching Olympics on my computer (really, I’m even watching hockey right now) and getting my trip to Europe etc. started. It took HOURS to finally get an air itinerary because none of the online services would ‘confirm...
'10 February
February 21 Renoir in the 20th Century at LACMA. You have to pay an extra twenty bucks to see this giant compilation - room after room of paintings, and within each room an almost overpowering sameness. Of course I'm very glad to have seen it, but I d...
'10 February
February 17 I went with Brigitte to the MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, never having been there before. MOCA is in the very small tan building center left. The building is small, the exhibit is small - a nice thing to do if you happen to be in th...
'10 February
Coach Jackson, the best coach ever in the whole wide world (can you tell I've been out with Carl?). At every timeout Phil would step away from the crowd, deep into his clipboard, and then with 5 seconds to go he'd tell everyone what they should do next. ...
'10 February
Winners! They won this game too. It's extra fun when your team wins.
'10 February
February 7 Super Bowl XLIV! I like this one chance all year to use Roman numerals, except for the occasional crossword puzzle clue and the occasional formally numbered outline. It's exotic. Sharon and Marsha are here doing Tom's insane Super Bowl q...
Burton Weinstein '10 January
Me and Burt, snappin' a few pics. We strolled through Noah's Ark, saw the permanent exhibit, had a tasty lunch, and got to enjoy a couple of photo shows. One was of old pictures called "Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–...
'10 January
Next we had a yummy lunch at the Nosh Cafe followed by a visit to the South Coast Botanic Garden.
Susan Sarno '10 January
...and an entertaining and instructive tour focusing on the life and times of Phineas Banning who "was a visionary ...who played a pivotal role in the development of one of this country's great cities. Banning was instrumental in building the Port of Los A...
Kaitlin '10 January
Now it's the next day. I know these pictures are massively grainy which is why I'm lusting after a new camera with all that new low light capability that can take pictures in asa total darkness. I'm using 5 year old technology...ancient I tell you. Fi...
Ben Pomerantz Bonnie Pastor '10 January
January 17 Ben and Bonnie have the Golden membership at the Huntington with guest passes and a very early entering time, which we did today and it was gorgeous. (My collection of favorite Huntington photos.
'10 January
It seemed the lily pond had been expanded and relandscaped and done very well.
Bob Zuckerman Richard Fannan '10 January
OK guys, see you next time!
San Francisco (2005-2013)
Roger and his mom. Mom lives in the next door tower and is one of the reasons they made this move to San Fran, so Roger could keep an eye on her, do her shopping, take her to the doctor, see that she's safe, while she can still live on her own.
San Francisco (2005-2013)
Josh and Kelly, serving cake to the 40 or so guests. Good thing the cake was as big as it was because 'people' were coming back for thirds (oh, would that be me?). Then Nancy and I, tired as we were from watching all that energy being expended, went ho...
'10 January
January 9 I'm in San Francisco now, the weather is lovely, and hope to get some pictures done tonight. Ahh, the Golden City by the Bay. You can click here to go to the chapter on San Francisco.
'10 January
I'm just so SO excited to report I have a date for my liberation. YEA! I can hardly WAIT to go under the knife and SEE again. I can Hardly Wait. The ophthamologist did say that without spending a few thousand more dollars not covered by insurance she...
'10 January
January 2 Had to go see some movies, to catch-up for the awards season. Gotta have an opinion after all. Recent viewings noted below. A Serious Man: If you are unfamiliar with life in a Jewish household you might miss some of the bits, but go anywa...
'09 December
December 19 A little of what I've been up to when not fussing about the plumbing: I saw Up In The Air. I was extremely hopeful for a masterpiece specifically because of Roger Ebert's 4* review. It was very good - my expectations were too high. T...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
Our destination was their bird exhibit which is, let's say, modest, but entertaining.
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
Today is my last day. Tomorrow I leave. So this'll be the last picture of this scene...until next time!
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
See that car in the lower right? That's our duplex-mate's car, not in the garage. And over there in the middle-left is the next door neighbor blowing out his driveway with some gigantic machine. And there's no way I'm getting the car out until 'we' (r...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
A telephoto out the back door and across the snow drifted meadow to the houses on the next street. And the wind is so strong I can't even tell if the snow is still falling. accuweather thinks it'll be all over by tomorrow morning. I'll keep you posted...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
And Cynthia slogging off to the next road where the plows have cleared a way so a taxi service can take her to work.
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
December 6 The very first picture in this story is one I swiped off the internet. But this one is mine of the exact same scene. Whoever took that picture was standing almost exactly where I am standing. But maybe the trees have grown.
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
And there's more! Next we visited the light show in the town's Irvine Park. It was a drive-through experience, or you could park and stroll for however long you wanted to brave the cold.
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
No sidewalks, no street lights, no lane lines, plenty of electricity though. It's actually very excellent to be in a place that's not so overlit as is absolutely everywhere in LA.
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
Brrr, and in mostly black and white. It's so early in the winter season I know this isn't the real deal winter, but even now, in the late afternoon, in the low 20s, 20mph wind...I'm having an Experience.
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
December 2 This morning, coming out of the sky, snow. Cynthia had told me many stories about driving out here. The gist being that sooner or later, usually sooner, every driver will experience two misadventures: 1) skid out on the ice and 2) every d...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
November 29 I looked out the window around noon just thinking nothing in particular and Look, Snow, only left in the shadows and all gone a few hours later. Probably it's going to be a White Christmas around here. (...looking out the back window, a ...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
November 25 An internet photo of the town of Chippewa Falls and it looks just like this today. We, Cynthia and I, did our shopping and now we are resting in preparation for tomorrow's day of feasting and in preparation for an excellent week of delici...
'09 November
We went to Century City, to the Annenburg Space for Photography. There was a big sports exhibit that was very much worth seeing - and Free. It was odd to be wandering around here, so much had changed. After coming to Century City every work day of my ...
'09 November
...not yet visited by Alex and Carol so Let's Go! (You can click on the link if you want to see a collection of my favorites from The Getty Villa.)
'09 November
November 17 Oh we had quite the visit today, chatting and taking turns to put our arms up high. Isn't she smart? And extremely talented. And so advanced for her age. Really.
'09 November
November 15 I went downtown with Marsha today to see Becky in a play at the LATC - Los Angeles Theatre Center...not the Music-Theater Center with the Dorothy Chandler-Ahmanson-etc. But it is a great venue. Set in what seems a classic, genteel old ba...
'09 November
I took a picture of these pictures of their pumpkin project. You'll not want to miss Kaitlin's expression.
'09 Nov: Cambria/San Simeon
October 4 Today was one of the most bird-a-delic day Ever in my whole long life. So many many...many of them and many different kinds. These were pelicans skimming across the waves in exact lines and the lines waving up and down like a roller coaste...
'09 Nov: Cambria/San Simeon
October 3 First thing this morning we're off to Hearst Castle to use the passes from Ben and Bonnie (thanks B&B!) for the Experience Tour, and it was great fun as always, as many times as you go.
'09 Nov: Cambria/San Simeon
October 2 After a perfectly gorgeous drive especially the miles along route 46 from Paso Robles, we arrived in Cambria at our home for the next few days.
'09 Nov: Cambria/San Simeon
We chose Noriega's (also called Eskualdunen Etchea-The Basque People's House) and it was swell. You sit family style down the length of a huge table and pass the dishes as they come pouring out of the kitchen. There is always more of whatever you want ne...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
...including the two wagons and water tank the mules hauled for days across the desert to reach the railroads. The water tank is positioned at the back of the load and every single one of these we saw had the exact same configuration, two carts of the sam...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
This was it, our wildlife sighting. Except for plenty of birds and a few lizards, nada mas.
'09 Oct: Death Valley
Zabriskie Point. I'm copying this directly from Ms Wiki because it is interesting and explains a little of why this area seems different from the rest of Death Valley: "Millions of years prior to the actual sinking and widening of Death Valley and th...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
"This ancient lake began forming approximately nine million years ago. During several million years of the lake's existence, sediments were collecting at the bottom in the form of saline muds, gravels from nearby mountains, and ashfalls from the then-activ...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
Then we decided to do some high-end relaxing at the ever so very expensive Furnace Creek Inn where...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
...and enjoyed a beautiful sunset on their patio. We're off tomorrow morning. It's been grand. A few comments about food and accommodations in Death Valley. You don't have a lot of choices. There is camping in giant RV lots, some smaller spots, and ...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
Next stop, Ubehebe Crater. Yikes! (Isn't that pano technology getting Good? If I had cropped out the flying edges I think it would be hard to tell it wasn't one shot.)
'09 Oct: Death Valley
We swung through Stovepipe Wells for a snack before a quick stop by the dunes. This is it, except for the gas station and general store behind me, this, the motel-restaurant combo is it for Stovepipe Wells. I thought I remembered random buildings scatt...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
October 29 Our entrance to Death Valley - we came in from Las Vegas on the 190 (click on the link for a view of our time in Las Vegas), State Line Road, and a wowzer entrance it was.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
Then we took the monorail back down to the Tropicana where Sharon had stayed in the late '50s. It was not the same either and we thought these two might be the next in line for the big implosion. Then we had a nice dinner and spent the evening at Bella...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
Gorgeous. But we had wind with, according to the news, 60 mile per hour gusts and the trucks were even pulled up along the edge of the highway waiting for the winds to abate. Meaning we didn't get out of the car much because first we could hardly get t...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
Bye, until next time.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
The next two I put together from pictures off the Cirque du Soleil website. It was FanTAStic, full of drama and all the moves for which Cirque is so well known.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
Gotta love Caesar's Palace. We decided the casino is holding up well and that the Expanded! Extravaganza! of shopping was done pretty well too. They've really managed to keep the theme throughout and it seems that those are the places (unlike Excalibur f...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
Venetian is another example of a place that keeps its character. We were very high on the Venetian but they had pumped in some kind of smell - maybe they thought it was 'clean clothes' or some such, that was so overpowering we had to knock the hotel off...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
This is a chandelier at Harrah's. You don't really need to go there except it is connected to one of the monorail stations. Look up, we are reflected in every globe. Oh cute we are.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
After a little rest (shoes off! feet up!) we went downtown for the Fremont Experience. Sharon hadn't been downtown since it was a dirty, scary place. Now the main tourist area is jazzed up enough to make everyone feel welcome for at least a short visit....
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
We decided to explore the casino-hotels on our corner. It took four hours to make the rounds. These places are BIG. First, Mandalay Bay at the farthest south end of the strip and best known for its 'beach' with a huge wave pool, a huge river you can f...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
Next, Excalibur. It's Disneyland outside and a jumble of disconnected spaces inside.
'09 October
We came particularly to see the Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life show, which was pretty interesting but for me not a jaw dropper except for the one figure on display which was a self portrait. That thing was amazing. You could really see w...
Nancy Artz Liz Neff '09 October
October 8-11 Click on the link to see details of our faabulous three night Camping Trip.
Camping!
We also went in search of the migrating Monarch Butterflies and we think we found a few. How exciting!
Angela Kaitlin '09 October
Walking to the car after another great day at school. I did take some pictures of Lilly but they just didn't speak of her lovely Lilly personality. I've got to really focus (ha, a funny...) on getting a good one next time.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
December 8-9, 2006 Here was a quick one nighter to catch up with some old pals from work. Test your Las Vegas savvy...North to South, *=East side of the street: Stratosphere, Circus Circus # *Sahara*Riviera Stardust, New Frontier # *Wynn Las Vega...
'09 October
October 1 Look at the review Darryl got for his recording label, from MetalJazz.com. Excellent! Congratulations D!! "...This record arrives via an interesting download-only internet label, Redline Park. Darryl Kanouse and friends have carefully cur...
'09 September
September 24-26 Click here to see the pictures from my Visit In Vegas with Paul and Gretchen.
Santa Monica Life '09 September
Yes, I have a dozen just like this one...but not exactly like this one...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
September 24-25-26, 2009 I arrived last night in Viva Las Vegas to join Paul and Gretchen in their timeshare at The Tahiti, a lovely smallish complex of apartment-style accommodation with great pools and an easy-going sensibility.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
There were about 8 of these cars all of them extravagant in every respect including coats of glitter and rhinestones.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2010
We ate several times over here since it was near-by and pretty good too. We got home around 2 o'clock in the morning. Yikes. Then next day I slept late, we packed up, ate our final meal at The Orleans, and headed out to the airport for an easy Jet Blu...
Darryl Angela Kaitlin Lilly '09 September
Born today to Angela and Darryl, little sister to Kaitlin, and welcomed by one and all. Oh yes, welcome to the world dear Lilly Grace! You lucked out sweet child with the most faabulous parents and as excellent a big sister as ever there was.
Angela Kaitlin Lilly '09 September
September 8-9 I got back from Cambria, Big Sur, and The Ranch late on the 7th. Fun! This is the last Tuesday before Baby Time! We are all just so dang excited.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
Lynn at the kitchen in the big house. Usually there are at least five people dancing around in here all working in the measures of some cosmic ballet to produce meal after meal day after day. There is a kitchen in the pool house, in the guest house, in...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
Sandy was our make-it-from-scratch Dessert Queen, here with a neighbor who stopped by for the good eats. He was an excellent helper too. In years past, when everyone's kids were younger, there would be dozens of them around so this basically adults onl...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
More. They had it all - the horsemen, the handlers, the clowns. You can see here when I went to a rodeo in Honduras. It's down toward the middle of the chapter and wow, the difference in Everything is most evident. Just have a look at what the stands...
my Valley Girls '09 August
August 27 My Monday Nighters on Thursday night to enjoy a delightful and might I add surprisngly beyond our expectationsly delicious dinner followed by a performance of A Mid-Summer's Night Dream at the Theatricum Botanicum. I had a Wonderful time! ...
'09 August
The Forest Fairies were flittig around during dinner. Very fun. I can't find a picture of the actual theater even on the internet to steal...next time I must remember!
Kaitlin '09 August
August 25 What's in that vial is magic that is going to save the world. That is exactly what Kaitlin told me. That this was the magic to save the world. Excellent!
Lainee Cali Jack Black '09 August
August 22 Hi y'all! It's the Black family in Texas. I guess Travis took this picture...I copied it off Lainee's facebook site. I haven't even met the littlest one yet. Little Jack Black. One of these days soon I reeeally hope they'll make it out he...
Cynthia '09 August
August 21 Kaitlin was a little under the weather today so although we had a good time anyway I didn't do any photos, and it seems I'm still distracted by my new website of travels (Thanks D!) and I'm just not keeping up with photos from Daily Life. S...
'09 August
August 13 Susie and I had some good fun today! First we went to the Weisman house tour. Click here to see my collection from The Fredrick R Weisman Art Foundation. It's very very cool.
Susie Sarno '09 August
And then we went to the Getty Villa for a yummy lunch. The cafe there is really lovely. And then did a quick look around. Good stuff. Click here to see my collection from The Getty Villa.
Jonathon Pomerantz, Michael Pomerantz '09 August
August 7 Look who's home! Jonathon from Israel and Michael from Berkeley. Michael agreed to this photo because he loves his mother. I visited Jonathon in Korea a few years ago and now I am hoping to be able to visit him in Israel. Now there's a re...
'09 July
I have to go back anyway because I've started a chapter of these pictures (oh yes, I've got more) but it isn't enough to tell a whole story yet. Here's a peek at more Forest Lawn. Surely there'll be more to come!
'09 July
I've only put a couple picutres here. You can click on this link to see more of the photos from the Self-Realization Center.
'09 July
The Getty Villa! The rest of the pictures are added into my collection of photos from the Getty Villa.
The Self-Realization Center
I don't have a story yet! I have to read up, get the brochures next time, figure out what to say... so for now all we've got here pictures from a couple of recent visits.
Santa Monica Life '09 July
July 20 Chores today, all piled up and all done now! I just walk down Wilshire and acomplish one block after another - drug store, Staples, bank, camera store, post office, market, and then the Beach! Late this afternoon I attended a memorial for a ...
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
Then we went to our favorite internet cafe at a most grand used book store. It was huge and fabulous, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. And then Farewell Flagstaff! Thanks, it was Great!!
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
Whoo. Except that we did walk up in there, hot as it was. It's called Chapel of the Holy Cross, completed in 1956. It's a wowzer inside as are the views.
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
...along came the organist to do some practicing. He gave us an extended personal tour of the whole place. It was lovely.
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
...and here, looking out from the top of that structure. We loved this place. There is a much larger community by the Visitor's Center with a fairly well preserved housing complex, a natural amphitheater, and a ball court. This few hours side trip, ...
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
2. …followed by billions of years of more geologic phenomena of filling-expanding-forming. You can look it up. Then about 70 million years ago the Rocky Mountains began to form, which took a lot of rising and uplifting and pushing and Then…
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
5. pheww, you made it. Some recent dates: 1540 Hopis guide Spanish explorers to the South Rim. 1869 John Wesley Powell leads an expedition through the Grand Canyon. 1901 the railroad arrives at the South Rim, greatly boosting tourism. 1919 Grand C...
'09 July
July 6 We're off to the GRAND Canyon! And there's no internet at the cabin (whoo, yikes.). But there's a Starbucks down the road a couple miles, so photos will be forthcoming, I just don't know when. KIT! July 10 We're BAAACK...check it Out, The ...
Nancy Artz '09 July
July 4 Nancy's forging ahead on her project - retired now, she means to be ready to move anywhere she fancies. Today's effort was a Yard Sale for Cooks where she put out several boxes of gorgeous cook books, serving trays and bowls, cookware, and many ...
Steve Shutman, Celina Shutman '09 July
Then I met up with Steven and . . TA DA! Celina Shutman, High School Graduate!! Celina never went past elementary school in her native San Salvador so getting her GED here as an adult is a huge and most commendable accomplishment. Now Celina is asking...
Alexander Xander King '09 July
July 1 Yesterday Xander stapled his thumbs together. One staple, two thumbs, through the nails, out the flesh. He had to go to urgent care to get the staple removed. What an ordeal! We agreed though, it was pretty awful at the time but now it's a ...
Kaitlin, self-portrait '09 June
June 24 Kaitlin! I got to go for a school pick-up and when Kaitlin caught sight of me she cried out 'oh Granny Granny!' and ran for a hug. How excellent is That?!?! Pictures of us and one of her teachers in the mirror long enjoyed by rooms full of ...
'09 June
June 23 I'm home! Don't miss the last two weeks of Fabulousness in Wisconsin with dear Cynthia and her sweet boyfriend Mark.
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
June 22 It's Monday, the kids are off to work and I have to get ready to go. So I think, hmm, why don't I walk into town? Why indeed?! Because it was h.o.t. and humid. I know what it's like in the Midwest when it's hot and humid. It's the main th...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
Whooou, check him out. A lot of the glass is missing but I can still imagine what it might have been like to experience these folk in their original state.
self-portrait '09 Jun: Wisconsin
Our lake day. That's ME with Brooke and Lexie. I swam with the girls out to the platform. For what seemed like an hour, as I struggled to get Up ON that thing I thought I wasn't going to make it and would have to turn right around and swim back. I co...
self-portrait '09 Jun: Wisconsin
Then Lexie and I went out boating so to speak. As well as occasionally going straight ahead, we also spent a lot of time going around in circles. We made it all the way to the sand spit, currently being a top destination for the dogs to relieve themsel...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
The attached garage with an electric garage door opener is a real luxury for the winter. I knew, but hadn't fully absorbed what it means to have a warm, tidy, clean, full basement. The basement is the size of the full house! This doesn't even show it ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
June 16 The first big excitement of the day was seeing the deer wander through the yard this morning. She was probably doing in the woods what bears do in the woods and hence not so elegantly she stood still for a brief moment.
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
And the second excitement was going around with Cynthia to look at places for rent. Here's the keeper. We were the first to look at it and while Cynthia was writing a deposit check out by the car the second people to look at it were saying they wanted ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
We saw many versions of these two bedroom one bath duplexes. This one is in wonderful shape in a wonderful neighborhood. We spent an hour visiting with the neighbors who are very dear, and it's 25 miles closer to her work, 30 miles closer to Mark's. A...
self-portrait '09 Jun: Wisconsin
After the river ride we headed north-east, touring along the edge of Lake Superior heading into Bayfield, kicking off point to the Apostle Islands. At the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitors Center, our only National Park Service opportunity to ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
Lexie, one of Mark's nieces. We had fun - we swam in the lake and we went paddling in a blow-up boat all the way to the sand spit and back. It was an adventure!
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
It was going to be Jan's birthday the next day, her Big Five OH so we all got to eat cake and sing.
Mark '09 Jun: Wisconsin
Back at The Parents for dinner, Dick art directed this photo session, passing the tongs, the baton so to speak, on to the next generation, and it gets to be naptime for Dad.
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
Driving on we were treated to a glowing delight. Wow. Then we did a driving tour around the Lake Superior port towns of Superior and its next door neighbor Duluth in Minnesota. Just like the guidebook says, Superior is not so much and Duluth is very c...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
It was a fun place with a big gathering of the owners and all the residents around a blazing campfire. Good fun! And then we were to be up early the next morning for our 8AM canoe trip down the Brule River.
'09 June
First I got to meet baby Zack, brother of Zoe, son of Emily and Mitch. I got to hold him for a Nice long time. We went into the living room while the moms chatted in one room and the little girls played in another. Zack and I had an excellent opportun...
'09 June
Here's the outside of Michi's senior housing complex. Wow.
'09 June
We're on the top of Fort MacArthur here, created in 1914. Its current status according to Ms Wiki: "the Battery Osgood-Farley is probably the best preserved example of a United States coastal defense gun emplacement, and it was placed on the National Re...
'09 June
Some detail from the roof of the Friendship Bell pagoda. Excellent work by Korean craftsmen dedicated in 1976.
'09 June
...a watercolor show in this building. There was no way to know they were having a watercolor show in there so that's one problem. We were expecting a small collection of works by your Great Aunt Ida but no, unless your Great Aunt Ida was a really good...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
August and September 2013 I expected it to be good, but it was AWEsome: the Republic of Ireland ... Northern Ireland ... Scotland and Wales ...and London and the English countryside including an omg visit to Stonehenge. June and July 2013 Another gre...
Kaitlin '09 May
The trick for the kids is to watch the teacher. For groups of more than four kids they had two teachers, one at each end, doing the routines in broad strokes. You could start to recognize the moves as you would expect but it was very clever of the teache...
'09 May
...but Lona, under some pressure from the fam, thought to give it a try. On exiting the roller coaster and for an hour or so after she only repeated emphatically 'never again never never again'.
'09 May
May 29 First I'm going to Wisconsin (YEA!) and then a quick visit to the Grand Canyon (Oh FUN), and then it's going to be BABY TIME (HURRAY!)! and after that...what's next? I've never been to Rome and I reallly want to go. I've never been to Greece ...
'09 May
Then we walked down to the Casa del Mar for a glass of wine and a visit around the most excellent windows in their gorgeous lounge. What a great evening. I just realized while writting this - the ferris wheel is not early for July 4th, it's doing its V...
Bio-Pix
Me as seen by me, photo taken by a waiter: curious, sensible, cheerful, entertaining, flexible, imaginative, clever. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch...taken from one of my heart-throbs, Garrison Keillor. I'm also hot for Jon Stewart but he's g...
'09 May
May 22 Wow! It's Marija and Brian's grandbaby Alexander! Congratulations Marija and Brian! He is a Prince among babies, we can tell that already. Marija has so happily spent the last several weeks up there on her very own Cloud 9 named Alexander. Y...
'09 May
In the evening I went with ND Nancy to see Jo Ann speak at the Getty about her exhibition there. The traffic was a Dee-SAS-ter. It took us more than one hour to go from my house to the Getty. It's almost impossible to imagine but I was there to see it...
Kaitlin '09 May
May 19 We went out on a shopping expedition to the mall. And where's the fun in that? The Play Area, there's fun to be had there.
'09 May
May 16 A fun snagged internet photo here to tell about what I did today. Except there's no big steak dinner showing in the picture, which was a real highlight. I went with Marsha on her expedition to look at houses for sale, and it was fun. I'm qui...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Some good ideas that aren't for me but might be for you. 1) Couch Surfing is all the rage with The Young People but anyone can play. There's a great website to make it all happen. It's a very lively community of folks who offer to let other folks cra...
'09 May
May 15 Wow, look what's happening in my neighborhood. This is the jacaranda block. The palm tree block is next. And there's another block of that tree I don't know the name of. It's nice to be home and out for a nice walk.
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Schlepping your stuff. Do everything just exactly as this guy, Mr Onebag, tells you to do. He is a packing genius. His packing checklist is a stunning work of art that should be framed and prominently displayed at the Getty Center. One thing though...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Know before you go, the more the better. There are certain practical matters that even the most casual traveler must check. Of course you have a passport valid for at least a year. Do you need a visa? That's a project. Are there any health warnings ...
'09 May
...here's another one Exactly outside my Front Door! Isn't she soo sweet?! I don't have any pictures of Kaitlin from yesterday, but she's gonn'a love these momma birds! I'm sure momma picked that spot before I got home, thinking she had a quiet refu...
Kaitlin '09 May
May 10 Happy Mother's Day! After Bonnie's party I watched Kaitlin so D&A could have a night out, and then I just slept over since the next moring was Mother's Day!
'09 May
And what an Excellent day it was. Darryl made us a feast-o-breakfast and then we got ready for a great family picnic at Balboa Park. We did end up under a perfect tree, the only thing being more perfect-er would have been had the tree had a table and b...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Then in the evening it was time for me and Caleb to go for our Ravenchase. It was a really outstanding entertainment. Rather than describe the hows and whys and ins and outs of Ravenchase you can check it out at ravenchase.com. They say about themse...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Here was our next location. I wanted to have a picture of each one but after this we just got so busy. We, our team, team Birthday Boy named for Caleb, is made up of myself, Caleb, and a local couple who had played before. Caleb got special extra adde...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Then next morning Sharon and I went on a tour of the Doris Duke house. This was our guide who was both knowledgable and entertaining. Wow, Another great day.
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Back at the hotel these folks, who spoke not a word of English, rather unexpectedly thrust their baby into Sharon's arms and proceeded to take pictures of the two of them. It was soo sweet. Then I got a chance to hold her too and what a delight that wa...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
...and a stop at the Hawaii State Art Museum for the free visit and the not so free lunch at the very nice cafe. I really liked this. The title card read "Masami Teraoka employs the Japanese ukiyo-e (prints of the floating world) style to expose the fo...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
When you pop for the extra seven bucks for the tour on top of the entry price you get to go to a few places available only on the tours, like this control room. Since there were only six of us, like on the Iolani tour, we had great service from the guide.
'09 Apr: Honolulu
April 29 and 30 On the 29th Christa and I went to a totally authentic Korean Spa. The pictures on their website are entirely inaccurate. In a Korean Spa no one wears any clothes at all, none, except the washer ladies who do their work in underwear. I...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
The hotel has a truly excellent evening show out in their back lanai where for the price of a beverage you can sit for two hours enjoying the music and dancing, which we did, and will probably do again!
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Now we had to take two buses to get home and that was an adventure in bus riding. And not really so much the kind you look forward to enjoying. First we waited for an hour instead of the advertised 30 minutes max. While we were waiting Charis took man...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
I arrived and taxied to the church exactly in time to see all of Christa's part in the debate finals at the speech and debate tournament. This is a shot of all the participants. Christa is the one in the second row, far right, black suit-blond hair. ...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
...and this is Christa and Catherine when they learned they were the First Prize WINNERS of the debate. There are many categories in a speech tournament such as Extemporaneous Commentary and Humorous Interpretation but the debate is SO Much More WORK. ...
'09 Apr: Kauai
Ahh, a still, silent, meditative morning except for all the demanding...
'09 April
April 14 ALOHA! Today's a travel day. I'm off to Kauai. Sharon will pick me up at the airport and I'll get to stay with her at her son's faaabulous house where I also got to stay in 2006 and 2007. Wow is right.
'09 April
April 7 In the last six weeks: My big sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a lumpectomy, they found no spread, she's on radiation every day for a month, then meds for five years, and every reason to believe she will be fine. My little sist...
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'09 April
Remember Josh and Carrie's wedding two years ago March? Check her out! Clara!! (I can't find the email with her whole name...where did that GO? I'll ask Ann.) jd.
'09 April
Followed the next day by a great time with Kaitlin. We had a delicious lunch out, we did secret surprises for her daddy's birthday, we sang and danced and had jolly good fun. Dang, I didn't get a picture of Kaitlin and her first ever talking snap drago...
'03 Mar: Yucatan
Driving the 300km across the Yucatan peninsula from Cancun in Quintana Roo state to the Hacienda near Merida, in Yucatan state, we hit the most fully restored Maya site - Chichen Itza. This is the main pyramid, El Castillo. This is why we came - to cli...
'00 Dec: Japan in the snow
December 2000 (text a guess from 2007... PLEASE NOTE this story is no where near satisfying. After another trip or two I realized this waiting-until-the-end was not working and now I write as I go.) Hokkaido on the overnight train from Tokyo.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
March 29 and 30 On Sunday the 29th I stayed in all day except for a few forays for food. I had to let the tops of my thighs come back to life after their workout of Saturday. Back on my first day of class we sat out in the garden with everyone else,...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
...more. It really is a kick to know that for sure every evening I will be treated to some new sunset delights. It's been very quiet here in all respects. The reasons are many. 1) no one stays here for long it seems. For example everyone on my tour ...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
Here is what turned out to be my favorite restaurant. I went here many times and only abandoned them to try out some others for comparison. By my third visit they brought everything just the way I like it without asking. A whole fresh fish from the la...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
March 28 Tikal! Time to explore the largest of the Classic Maya cities. I took a small tour meaning a small van and a guide to attend to five people. It's a huge place - literally miles of trails and about 220 square miles of sites in the protected a...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
This guy has been only partially excavated, so you can see the mound that it was and the structure revealed beneath it. Guide book notes: the Maya were the first to use the number 0 in a system of mathematics; they calculated the lunar cycle that is dif...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
The back side of the temple above has not been excavated and you can see a little of what it looks like here, with the crown piece peeking through the trees.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
Everyone came except the guide. He didn't climb Nothin'. He sat in the shade and chatted up all his guide-friends who were also sitting in the shade.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
Check out this instrument! There were maybe six more of them making quite a sound - a cross between an accordian and a bag-pipe. It's a really nice low-tech music machine and put out plenty of sound. Who remembers the world before there was extruded p...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
March 24-26 I arrived in Isla de Flores, Guatemala very very late the night of the 23rd. The bus ride, meant to be 9 hours was 2 hours late in arriving. Very very late and very very long. It was a most uncomfortable situation...not exactly a chicke...
'09 Mar: Finca El Cisne, Honduras
March 22-23 What we have now is a 24 hour tour full of Such delights, here at Finca El Cisne, home of Carlos and his extended family. Out the window of the van. The countryside was as pretty as any I have ever passed through with trees of many varie...
'09 Mar: Finca El Cisne, Honduras
Yipeee. Again, it's Carlos Carlos all about Carlos. At this point in the ride he had us stop, he gathered up all the cameras and snapped away, telling us to move here or there, exclaiming each time that he was an excellent photographer and this was the b...
'09 Mar: Finca El Cisne, Honduras
This is the mother-daughter pair from Belgium who also spent the night. The daughter, 18 years old, had been in Honduras for 8 months and her Spanish was excellent, as was her English and no doubt her Flemish and her French. It's a long story about how...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
4. phewww. OK, that's it until The Next Chapter! ND Nancy wrote to tell me that we could make some money off this guy since the image of Jesus is clearly evident in his wing.
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
March 17 Second day of school and we have a few guests over for a game of conjugate-that-verb bingo. We are hosting this event since we have such a gorgeous location. It was fun, and my fellow students are very enjoyable. I think my teacher is the ...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
The enclosures were all wrapped in mesh with pretty thick wire, too thick to shoot through, and one glass window for viewing without the wire. I walked up to the window and this guy came straight down from the tree with great curiosity to look at me, an...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
First shot of the cathedral. This town is more Evangelical Protestant than San Pedro La Laguna even. Both next door neighbors of my homestay house have evangelical livingroom church services throughout the week. And the housekeeper at the school, when...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
My housemate at the homestay, Anna. There's a main house with a kitchen, dining room, etc. and then behind the house is first this breezeway and then a small complex of rooms with individual bathrooms. The two sons live upstairs and they rent out the low...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
And here we have a bullrider, the only actual rodeo event. Each bull ride lasts between 3 and 12 seconds. The next 15 minutes between rides are taken up with various highly entertaining bits. They had a lineup of kids playing a tongue twister game...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
March 15 I thought this was going to be a one-photo day since I didn't even leave the hostel until 3:30PM tired as I was from my day at the ruins. I thought I was going to get something to eat, tell about this photo, and go back to sleep. About this...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
...a guy who did tricks with his horses - he's practicing here. He had two horses so it extended the variety of the entertainments...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
There was a colony, probably at least 50 of these birds living in the trees above the entrance to the Copán ruins. Keep their colors in mind because they are the colors of the once grand city. It's final now. Bummer. Cuba's off. My living-on-the-b...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
These steps and the stela are covered by a tarp as are other of the more promenent areas. The sign talked about this being a joint project with The Getty Foundation, to put back together and protect the intricately carved steps. The stone they used as ...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
...and there were also exhibits as you see here. I was hungry, hot, and tired. Not the best frame of mind for a museum!
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
I couldn't even find much reliable information about it, except that it was a residental complex for the middle class. It has obviously been cleared of rubble but not much has gone into promoting it. They have put in walking trails that lead through he...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
March 12 and 13 Thursday, travel day from Lago Atitlán in Guatemala to Copán Ruinas in Honduras was an 11 hour journey by mícrobus. It should have been a trial but it wasn't even bad. It was even fun. The key I am sure was the extra 3 bucks I paid,...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
March 8 I mentioned briefly before about the coffee harvest. I don’t know how long it lasts, and if it’s like in Cambodia there will be a harvest more than once in a year. Near these processing facilities, of which there are at least two along the sho...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
The cafetérias just blew me away. I say in the plural because there were so many I couldn’t count them. Section after section of places exactly like this one.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
Place after place with the same menu and an occasional extra offering of a soup.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
…this guy. Now I ask you, is that Elvis or what, and check out his hands. I can hardly wait to add the picture from the next day at the big market in Chichicastenango. Everybody loves the king.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
It all seemed a pretty casual affair, except for the collecting money part. There were a couple other guys as well as the three you can see just sitting around shooting the breeze and reminding the tourists to pay. Which reminds me! None of these guys...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
And here is a typical man in full regalia. Everything is perfect (love the hat) except his shoes are wrong…they are supposed to be high-heeled richly tooled leather boots.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
March 5 First, money. For four days neither of the two atm machines in San Pedro have had any money and the only bank didn’t know when money was going to show up, thinking each day it would be that day. It showed up today, on day four of the currency ...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
Second, school. This is an example of what the streets are like around the neighborhood of schools. (You’re not visiting San Pedro for the architecture.) Day two didn’t go much better than day one since we seem to be always getting stuck. If I spoke b...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
You can walk down from their back patio to this view. The food was delicious - scrambled eggs with onions, cheese, and salsa, yummy beans, a fresh crisp carrot salad, and excellent thick toasted bread. Knock on wood, I don’t know why this is, but from ...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
I was at this point ready to consider another town. Then I discovered that hotels are so inexpensive maybe I’d give that a try. Last night the $10 place was nice enough at first but then it turned out my back wall fronted the major shortcut for all drunk...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
To today’s school experience. The site of the school is what brought me here in the first place. It is so cool and just as advertised. The one-on-one study cabañas with comfy chairs with arms and a giant white-board, are spread around and down the hil...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
I meet my teacher for the first time, we sit down to get acquainted and guess what, she totally does not know a single word of English. I don’t think she is pretending either because when she does ask me about a word her pronunciation is flat out weird, l...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
This was my favorite thing. It's lightly sugared figs. It has this crusty crunchy texture on first bite and then oozes sweetness as you chew. YUM. Good thing this cart is only out on Sundays. I also had little tamales, an avocado salad, a quesadilla...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
...this. They save the trouble of a stall by selling out the back of the family station wagon. There were others too. Some had stools and bbq grills set up too for a more extended offering.
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
So I make my way home and Exactly in front of my front door is this. What follows is a pass-by of one of the much bigger processions than San Felipe.
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
This cracked me up with the kids taking photos. So far I'm not exactly sure what's going happen.
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
And the band is followed immediately by the clean-up crew. Before you can no longer hear the music there is no evidence on the street that anything has passed. Actually the whole town is amazingly clean. One evening I was walking home and encountered ...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Salsa Man! I have had a few classes with this guy, and his name is... Miguel. He's a good teacher I think, in explaning things and he does loove to talk and looves to demonstrate how you should be able to do all this by yourself... and hence... not so mu...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
This is a little clip from a far-away hip shot. For some reason I never feel the least hostility here from anyone nor have I ever been hassled about buying anything, or anything. It's almost weird even, but still, I have a reluctance to 'get caught' taki...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
February 25 Here's my Spanish teacher, Rafael. First we went through all the lyrics to Linda Ronstadt's Canciones de Mi Padre and it took a day and a half. I still can't follow it when I listen, but more than before. Here is a conversation between ...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
This is the outside of the Internet Café I have been enjoying each evening. It's the place I wrote about yesterday where they closed early for fumigation. That picture was from the inside showing where I always sit. Why that exact place is always availa...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Every day I get to eat the most fabulous yogurt made by the Madre in mi casa. These are the steps. The problem is getting the starter. I'm going to take these pictures around to Central American markets and restaurants when I get home and see what they ...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Another view from the highest level of Café Sky. This is the Ruinas de la Concepción and a mighty fine place... except like so many others, it's in ruins!
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
February 24 Yesterday I said I was going to talk about the two big language student hangs - Café Sky, also called Sky Bar, and Café No Sé. You can see both places in this picture. The two story building is Café Sky, maybe the only two story place I ...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Really REALLY unexpectedly, I'm wandering down the street in my usual foto-fog and out of the mist comes 'hey... Hey... HEY Plane Girl' and my eyes focus to the distance and find John and Diane from my Dallas-Guatemala City flight. We were aisle neighbo...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
This is my across-the-street neighbor! I'll get more pictures of my homestay but this is what sold me on the place. Between the church, San Francisco, that is still in use and all the associated ruins, it takes up two blocks surrounded by old walls and b...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
In Guatemala the indigenous Maya people are strongly represented and account for what we think of as the culture...it seems to me anyway. They are not one people by any means, more tribal, with unique languages, styles of weaving and dress, etc. There ...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
The chicken buses! making their way around the city and with destinations far and wide. They are colorful and entertaining outside, inexpensive to ride and very old and very crowded inside, sometimes, I hear, with chickens.
Kaitlin '09 February
February 17 Hi sweetie! We had a good day today. The next time we'll get to have our day again it's going to be APRIL. Let's write email!
Alexander King Windy '09 February
It's my little sister Windy and her grandson, the Birthday Boy, Xander. I got to have SO much fun with the King family of Lucas, Betsy, Xander, and Anya in Dusseldorf and in Barcelona.
my Valley Girls '09 February
February 9 Happy Birthday to Our Twins! Ljubica and Marija...Hurray!! front: me, Maxine, Maryanne, Lourdes, Anita (Marsha's friend visiting from Up North), Alicia, Ljubica. back: Marija, Becky, Marsha, Ann ..."Ljubica and I would like to thank e...
Nancy Artz '09 February
February 7 I went with Nancy and Sharon today to see the Crochet Coral Reef exhibit at Bergamot in the Track 16 gallery. It was pretty cool and although I wasn't really blown away, you know, it's always fun to go, and all of Bergamot is free. I read...
'09 February
The jelly fish were in a case with jeweled coral and shiny creature-y things. I enjoyed them. There is another exhibit at Bergamot, 'across the way' from Track 16 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art that is showing Elias Sime's Eye of the Needle, Eye of ...
'09 February
Our regular route is starting to bloom up which gives us new flowers to name. I'm feeling pretty sunny myself. First I am Knocking On Wood. All the big expensive project that have been weighing on me ...it's all about over and I'm near ready for my tr...
'09 January
D&A invited Emily and Zoe over for dinner. Emily is 6 weeks from delivery of her second child and her husband has been traveling a lot lately for work. She was very happy to come! Darryl and the girls, Zoe and Kaitlin. Zoe and Kaitlin are excellent f...
Kaitlin '09 January
January 24 Happy Birthday Angela! Angela chose, for her birthday outing, to go to the Noah's Ark display at the Skirball Center. It's a cool layout, huge really, with giant animals made of unexpected materials, surprising 'hey kids let's make a dr...
'09 January
See Kaitlin over there, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?! Then I got to stay with Kaitlin while d&a went out for Date Night. Kaitlin and I practiced our Shiva pose. But I don't have a photo of it. That'll be for next time.
'09 January
January 21 More! Darjeeling Limited (last year's), about a colorful dysfunctional family with great scenery of India; Rachel Getting Married, about a not-so-colorful dysfunctional family, with a fabulous India themed wedding. And speaking of India, ...
'09 January
They usually play at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium but this is the third year of doing the MLK Day concert at the SGI Auditorium at 6th and Wilshire. That's one of their chandeliers in the photo, and some low strings. The SGI Auditorium is a centra...
'09 January
January 17 Ken and I met for our regular dinner and our regular dance extravaganza at the Granada Pavillion where we danced every dance. What a luxury for me! That's Ken with the woman who runs the dance. She Loves Ken. Movie update! I saw 'Mil...
'09 January
My life in trash. Grrr. We have three 3-little ladies living in my complex and I am obliged by the city of Santa Monica to pay for those two giant cans. We generate a few bags of garbage, a bit of recycling, and some lawn clippings. However this is how...
'09 January
This is such an entertaining display. It's called Urban Light. Here's some text I copied from the LA Times online: "The experience of looking carefully at 'Urban Light' as a work of art, exploring the details of the individual objects, has the added b...
'09 January
January 15 Susie and I went to lacma today mostly to see the Vanity Fair exhibit. We went into bcam too, enjoyed the fabulous lamp posts, and walked to Farmer's Market for a nice lunch. What a good day.
'09 January
Rosie hosted a PartyLite candle buying opportunity with lots of delicious food, and featuring this lovely woman who puts on the program. It's exactly in the model of the old tupperware parties but smelling better. Then Sharon hosted a Golden Globes wat...
self-portrait '09 January
January 11 For more than four years I didn't have a mirror in my house except for the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. During this time I have added eight pounds to my seemingly permanent weight. This is bad. Perhaps it would not have happened if ...
'09 January
...Alex and Carol are going and I'm going TOO! First I'll go by myself to Guatemala in late February for several weeks of Spanish 'study' and home-stay with the occasional weekend side trip perhaps even as far as Belize. Then around March 21st Alex and...
Sharon '09 January
January 1 From a mid-morning walk, the view looking south from the bluffs of Pacific Palisades. I spent the morning and afternoon at Sharon's eating snacks, having a walk, and watching the parade and football on her luminously gorgeous new flat-panel...
Becky Brand Jack Brand '08 December
Jack Jack Jack...3 of 10...next time when your wife wants a picture you could consider to just cooperate and it'll all be over ever so much sooner...for all of us...
Joshua Tree National Park (2008-2010)
Next stop, the Cap Rock nature trail.
Joshua Tree National Park (2008-2010)
I copied this quote from the internet...here And in the stroy from March. "According to legend, Mormon pioneers considered the limbs of the Joshua trees to resemble the upstretched arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land. Others were not as vis...
'08 December
December 21 This was among the first views I had upon arrival in Vietnam back in 2005. Maybe it's getting a little like this now around here...
Alex Lopez Carol Lopez '08 December
Alex and Carol are kicking around California for a month or so before returning to their sailing adventures near and far. Hey! It's Cold!
'08 December
December 15 You can click here to see pictures from Kaitlin's Holiday Party at School!
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Where to stay. Wing-it or rezzies? What kind of traveler are you? Even if you want to take the wing-it approach I think the peace of mind that comes of having a plan for your arrival in a new place makes it well worth doing, espeically since I put a...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Getting the logistics right. You've got your ideas for a basic itinerary so it's time to have those guidebooks on hand that suit your itinerary best. Guidebooks I think are a total pleasure for independent budget-minded travelers, packed as they are wi...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Some ideas on planning your itinerary. Once you've chosen your highlights you get to figure out what to add or delete. You're going all that way, might as well make the most of it without spending all your time on the road. What I do then is look at p...
'08 December
December 10-12 I've got a nice little chapter for my overnighter in Montecito with Michi, my friend from Mexico.