Party Hearty! the Griffith Observatory, Carl and Lynn’s bda, and More.
There was a house full of people in celebration of Carl and Lynn’s Big Six OH, most of whom I see a couple times a year at their place, and here are a few of them.
Everyone’s having fun. I would go so far as to propose that we folks circling around our 60s are more easygoing and having more fun than ‘before’. It just seems that way to me.
Top row (from left): James Jordan and Andrea Zinder, Mike Goldstein, Bill Flumenbaum, Ben Pomerantz, Tricia Flumenbaum Bottom row (from left): Carol Baume, Lynn Rosenfield, Tricia Flumenbaum, Joanne Altschuler
I got this note and photo from Ronald. It’s funny:
We should have a competition about who is happiest as a retired person.
Im not normally a happy person. But Im ten times happier now than I was commuting to Valencia. And when the temperatures are like today, I am 20 times happier than I was standing in the cold in Newhall waiting for a bus.
I find it is the little things in life that make it worthwhile. Ive left my alarm clock to ring at 6am so as not to miss the pleasure of turning it off and going back to sleep without worrying about what excuse I would need if I called in sick.
Meanwhile, now that I have an iPhone, Im getting into fotos. Here are two of Hezbolah. RVA
Christmas Eve at Marija and Brian’s! There were many tens of guests in the house but all the kids found their way out to Christopher’s room. You would have too if you were their age. Of course we forced them to come back in and entertain us. (I do notice that when I was the age of the eldest here Darryl was TEN.)
Then I went to D&A’s for a slumber party in anticipation of Santa Claus Comin’ To Town!!
Andrea Graham. Holy cow, we haven’t seen each other in more than 40 years.
I didn’t get to go to the ‘JB Girls Give Themselves a 60th Birthday Party’ party Andrea and another pal put together because I was out of the country, JB being our Junior High. We met for lunch and a walk around the old neighborhood and it was Great!
I had lunch downtown with Robert. We ate in a really colorful place specializing in Mexican seafood. It’s set in an industrial open-brick cement-floor building with radical political artwork as part of its dramatic decor.
And I didn’t take a single picture. Bummer. So I snagged this shot off Robert’s site. Three of these youth are his. The three cutest of course, in the front, from the left.
Cookies! Nancy hosted a holiday cookie decorating party, and sweet and festive it was. Cookies all made up in all the shapes and sizes, and 15 different colors of frosting and jars and jars of decorations. What fun!
Top Row L to R: Katherine Fibiger, Lisa Lawrence, Nancy’s dearest daughter Molly, Nancy Artz
Bottom Row L to R: Sandy Chaves, Carol Shelton, Louise Edgerton
This doesn’t give the real feeling when you’re In it. This is like looking at it from the sky and thinking ‘oh, no, yuck, that’s nasty for all those people down there’, but you’re not Feeling it.
Friday night I drove out to the valley and went with Ken to look for a party venue with dancing (so I got to dance a-plenty, relieving my traffic-tantrum). Yummy.
Saturday night I tried to drive to Maxine’s party but after an eternity and not yet reaching the Getty Center I just had to punk out and turn around. It was like being trapped in one of those ‘toil and trouble’ cauldrons and I had reached my personal boiling point. Bummer.
A classic representation of life around The Brown House. There’s Trevor on the blow-up bed in the middle of the living room; Charis up front; Beth, my big sister Lona, and Caleb on the left; Christa and Hartley straight ahead. Why are they all bundled up in sweaters and coats? It’s that whole ‘central heating’ thing…
The Hawaii Browns are here for a quick three-nighter, to give moral support for Hartley’s eye surgery (that went very well) and enjoy an early Gift Exchange. What fun!
Then we ate 16 pounds of prime rib. Yes we did.
Also I went with Brigitte for a walking tour of USC and a stop-off at the Fisher Gallery to see Robert Graham’s new work. These are my least favorite of the pieces. The best were dancers – they were wonderful.
Here’s a surprise link to a well known Robert Graham design.
Twelve minutes before this photo our plates were Piled High. It was a feast of the first order and Alicia made every dish.
Here we go: Turkey; stuffing from inside the turkey; perfect gravy; mashed potatoes so delicious everyone clambered for the recipe; a mound of mashed yams on a pineapple ring and a decorative marshmallow toasted on top; Alicia’s world famous jello salad; green beans; carrots; a ‘pumpkin crumble’ dessert so yummy we Just Kept Eating.
A two party day, but no real pix.
I went with Nancy (A) to see Enchanted and it is true, we were both enchanted. Too bad about that tv actor playing a love interest, he of the limpid eyes and pathetic, joyless demeanor. But other than that.
Then I got to see Rosie’s new place (Tres ChIC) since she was having a holiday ladies candle party sale thing. It was fun. Good food and a lively crowd. And so many people like to buy candles.
Althea and Allen at their annual Holiday Party where, according to Althea, you can’t miss their home as it is lit up like a Vegas Casino.
And so it is. Ever since Allen appeared on the scene several years ago the lawn and roof and windows and Everywhere, every year, gets more and more full of lights and decorations until now I would say – can there possibly be any more?! I didn’t catch a shot because it was TOOO COLD out there in Lancaster to stand around for a photo. Take my word for it. It was b.r.i.g.h.t.