Sandy had her holiday art show today debuting her new series ‘Everyday Angels’ and they are lovely indeed. You go Sandy!
Thanksgiving! Soo many thanks, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara weekend, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and outings.
Everyone who knows me knows I don’t have a tv, I don’t want a tv, if I had a tv I’d give it away. But you can’t escape. You can watch tv on the internet! Tons of whole shows even Dancing With The Stars.
AND You CanNOt, as far as I can tell, fast forward through the commercials.
Maybe those Producers don’t know how much money they are going to make, but I’ll bet it’s a good lot of something already, and the Writers are thinking they want sum-a-that too.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway! It’s a highlight!
The altitude in Palm Springs (that’s it down there) is about 450 feet, the Valley Station of the tramway is about 2600 feet and the Mountain Station up top is about 8600 feet(!). That’s high! When we came in 2002 on this exact day, the Friday after Thanksgiving there was Snow but this time it was just cold.
Notice the windmill farm in the far upper left corner…I’ve always wanted to wander around in there.
That’s Darryl and Kaitlin in the middle of the picture. We three did a nice trot down the paved path to the popular Long Valley trail.
Kaitlin was lovin’ it, getting up a head of steam as she careened down the hill. Darryl did however, carry her allll the way back UP. I trudged along behind, feeling as though I was on the mountain going home in Guanajuato, but this path wasn’t as steep or as far. Still.
Happy Thanksgiving! How 110% cool is this. Cynthia got her company’s condo in Palm Springs and we all cooked up a Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast-Fest-O-Rama.
We each picked 2 dishes to make. Stuffed squash and waldorf salad-me; scalloped corn and banana bread-Cynthia; mashed potatoes and broccoli and cheese-Darryl; beets and apple cobbler-Angela. YumEE.
The new Hairspray is just released in video, which I saw in the theater when it came out. So tonight I re-watched the John Waters original (the stage show came after the movie btw). It’s good, but ya know, it was better in the hazy glow of my memory, or maybe I think differently of it because now I’m not in a theater, or maybe it’s the 20 years…but my experience of the new one might have suffered by an unfair comparison. Now I want to see the new one again to get it fresh in my mind.
Oh for goodness sake, are these two movies worth even one more thought I ask myself. Oh, who cares I answer.
And I thought I wasn’t going to watch any more movies about my olden days when we actually thought that we might overcome someday.
We live in a city and we have art, even if it can take us 120 minutes creeping through insane traffic to get there on a holiday Friday night.
At the LACMA theater we saw a fabulous collection of animated works. There’s a big Salvador Dalí exhibit on now and featured at the cartoon show was a presentation of a recently completed work, Destino, which was begun in 1945 as a collaboration between Dalí and, yes, Walt Disney.
Apparently they got on famously. The program also included q&a with the Disney team who animated Destino and a presentation of several other very early Disney cartoons, as surrealistic as any dripping clock.
From the museum website: the Dalí show ‘…aims to illustrate the cinematic influences and elements that are present in Dalí’s work as well as the contribution he made to cinema. The exhibition brings together a variety of key pieces from Dalí’s oeuvre, incorporating painting, film, photography, sculpture, and texts.’
Remember when Kaitlin was pushing around all her things in her grocery cart? That phase passed and for a while now it’s been shopping Bags. Fancy ones from fancy stores! Everything goes in. Then sometimes she likes to put her shopping bags in her shopping cart and push the whole thing around!
What I wrote in an email about going to Cuba: “Right now I’m trying to decide if I want to risk Cuba. I don’t have an actual legal way to go, so No. But I know others who have done it no problem, so Yes. But I probably don’t want to be there when Castro dies, so No. But he’s already effectively out of power, so Yes. But I could just go back to Miami, so No. But it would be so much more interesting to see Cuba before the US cruise ships start arriving 10 per day, so Yes. See how this is going?”
ps What I heard was that Everyone can dance in Cuba.
Nancy got reservations for the Getty Villa and she and Sharon and I had a lovely outing there in Malibu among the antiquities, not all of them us.
Click here for MORE photos of The Getty Villa.
Oh you silly girl.
My allergies have been driving me nuts since the fires which is like 10 or 100 days now. Angela gave me some home remedies today. I’ve felt much less sick this time because of the Claritin but still, how much snot can one head produce?! Now I’m drinking organic apple cider and dripping hydrogen peroxide down my ears(!). I’m also squirting salt water up my nose and occasionally I allow myself a really good whimper. Can’t hurt!
Looking back, I’ve recorded outbreaks in the end of April 2005, mid March 2006, and now early November 2007. So maybe I dodged the Spring bomb and the fires did me in?
A Santa Barbara Weekend with The Cousins, and I being an honorary cousin, hence an honorary second cousin to the well-known Hollywood personality, William (Sweet Cheeks) Hurlbut, he being a frequent topic of conversation.
After settling into our motel we walked all day. Oh my goodness did we eat. Yes, we did. Here’s our Lunch spot.
A particularly popular DotD figure. I don’t know her story but she is always one of the main characters along with the bride and groom.
Here’s one explanation from a children’s website:
‘…the star is the Elegant Lady, whom you can always recognize by her feathered hat. The word calavera means skull in Spanish, but is also the name of a lot of things relating to the dead, poems, drawings, candy skulls and more.
‘This famous calavera who happily lives among the Mexicans is called Catrina. You will always find her very elegantly dressed to go out with her great feathered hat. Her creator was draftsman, painter and engraver José Guadalupe Posada, who lived at the beginning of this century. Posada was a great illustrator of his people and his times. His work includes more than 930 illustrations that reflect the Mexico of the end of last century and the beginning of this one: political and cultural events, and the customs, traditions and feelings of his country… he was like a reporter of Mexico, but in drawings.
‘Posada drew our Catrina imitating the French-styled ladies of his era, that is to say, they imitated the fashions of France; they were known as Catrinas or dressed-up ladies, and their husbands as Catrinos. That is why he thought of using a skull as a figure we can play with, decorate, and even joke about.’
Next we came back to town and wandered around the Presidio, and then we ate Lunch with Michi, my friend from Mexico. More pictures to follow!
Some details from the Presidio website: ‘Founded April 21, 1782, the Santa Barbara Royal Presidio was the last in a chain of four military fortresses built by the Spanish along the coast of Alta California, then a wilderness frontier. Others had been established at San Diego, San Francisco and Monterey.
‘Padre Junípero Serra, well known for his leadership in founding the California missions, blessed the site of the Santa Barbara Presidio four years prior to the establishment of the Mission of Santa Barbara in 1786. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park encompasses much of the original Presidio site and is located in modern downtown Santa Barbara at the intersection of Santa Barbara and East Canon Perdido Streets.’