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Happy Birthday Kaitlin! Robert, Pepperdine, Hollywood Bowl, off to Mexico on the 23rd.
I Heart LA. It’s true. There is just so much that is so dang entertaining. And the weather out here in Santa Monica? It’s what weather would be like in heaven if there was a heaven and if there was and it had weather. Here’s a link to the Magnificent Getty Center. I’ve got a lot of other stories in this link to cool places around LA.
Nora and Katie came by to work on Sunday’s Big Event and the girls had a tea party.
Nora and Kaitlin are having a joint birthday party at the beach and it was set for Saturday, so I got my ticket for Mexico to leave on Sunday, and then the party had to get changed to Sunday so I won’t be able to make it, but I did get to be with Kaitlin for her birthday dinner!
Marija was hosting a wedding shower for Melinda and she asked me to come for moral support. It was all just Lovely and now I’m waiting for Melissa’s photos so you can see the happy future bride.
Melissa was in charge of a lot of it including the activities which she managed most successfully, with charm and organization. Don’t we just love handing over to the young ones?!
Among many useful gifts, Melinda got a crock pot and a George Forman.
I walked down to Ocean Blvd. this evening and met Ken at the tres chic I Cugini where we ate many happy hour appetisers which we can both recommend highly – tasty and well priced. But then we hung around for a few hours…and we weren’t taken with the happy hour beverages…so it got expensive anyway! But worth it.
A grey-ish, overcast day and an HDR photo. I’ll be messing around with this again…from a long, step-metered walk with Sharon, and a visit with the voyager Carol! returned to land for the hurricane season.
You can tell maybe that this is an HDR photo by the detail in the area under the pier while the colors are still bright.
…when I drove past this sight I thought, yikes, I don’t remember you can see the cathedral from here. Robert likes photos too so he was kind and patient and went with me. He’s going to teach me about HDR next.
Remember from before, My Photo-shoppin’ Guru.
(ps My plans with CC got changed to an even better idea!)
Oh yea, this is L-A and when we say cathedral we’re thinking…I don’t know. It is much cooler than it seems from here:
These shots are from an older camera, older photoshop, older computer, and isn’t it the way that I want to re-do Everything!
I had a lovely day with Sharon. Not the day we expected, but lovely none the less. We were to go watch polo and hike a little around Will Rogers but although the website said polo would be there, it was not.
Plan B! We drove up to Pepperdine College for a wander. All the views are like this, and that’s the blue Pacfic out there. It’s View Town everywhere you look. We walked many laps on their gorgeous track and then…
From outside the chapel. What are these? They are always so grand.
From Brigitte: “They are called CANNA and here is the explanation:
It can be beautiful, when the flowers are flowering, but look a little messy when too many consecutive flowers have wilted. Love the ones with the red leaves. Always thought the leaves looked like banana leaves, well, read the definition.”
I saw this picture sitting on Sharon’s counter and I Neeeded it! Here is Betty, from this year’s ‘Team Kauai’, and Sharon’s daughter-in-law. This is just too dang charming to miss.
I got to meet Sharon’s daughter-in-law and her mother and sister who were visiting from Japan. I’m waiting (patiently) for one of them to send me the picture of that lovely dinner. I got to attempt conversation in Japanese and they were all kind enough to try and understand!
August 31-September 1 (because we got home laate)
The daddy has a lady bug on his finger and the little girl is taken by her.
What a great evening! Darryl got free tickets to the Hollywood Bowl and I got to go too! We ate (and ate!) a deelicious picnic at my favorite picnic place at the Bowl and then walked up to get our seats…
We heard the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, Gabriela Montero on piano, and the USC Trojan Marching Band.
It was an all Tchaikovsky all the time program including: Festival Coronation March; Piano Concerto No. 1; Suite of Dances; 1812 Overture including of course Cannon and Fireworks as required by the 1812 Overture.
I got that inset of the conductor from the internet. I have no idea of his reputation but all the music sounded great to me, and he was good with the audience too. The soloist was Hot and that jumbotron of her hands was Really hot.
Once the 1812 Overture starts you’re actually just waiting for the cannons. But the thing just goes on and on and every time a slow quiet part comes in you think, man, more waiting for the cannons.
And than BAM! Cannons! It’s loud!! Kaitlin hung on to her mommy’s neck and the whole time she was peeking out at the excitment.
There were not a lot of those ‘flowers in the sky’ kind of fireworks; mostly the action stays close to the Bowl and maybe for obvious reasons as cars are parked everywhere, people are wandering around, and they do it more than a dozen times a year.
Here you can see The Trojans standing up front to augment the orchestra for the 1812 resulting in some serious brass action.