Click here to see a great weekend festivo in San Diego with Cynthia, Cynthia who will be going back to school on Monday.
Carl&Lynn’s patio, Bergamot Station, Long Beach Art Museum, Cabrillo Aquarium, Watts Towers, LA Downtown!, Oxnard Air Show, Hollywood Bowl, and a heck of a lot more.
A story, something about Hanoi, was on the radio. I don’t remember anything about the story, because I immediately began re-living my few days in Hanoi and wanting to recommend to all – it’s a great city.
Like Lonely Planet says “The capital of Vietnam is a city of timeless grace, a grand old dame of Asia who is aging better than most of her contemporaries… Hanoi’s center today is a quixotic blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through it like many of the region’s capitals.”
Great inauguration party! Thanks to all for your entertaining, smart, sweet, and kindly selves.
I enjoyed myself entirely especially with the arrival of The New People. You are lovely and most welcome, and we will no longer refer to you as ‘Who are Those New People?’.
from the left:
Gerry Ginsburg, Barbara Rever, Bonnie Pastor.
Bob Ginsburg, Chaz Austin.
Lynn Rosenfield, Sandra Kunsburg, Robert Rosenfield, Nina Asher, Steve Raiken, Ben Pomerantz, Monica Blauner.
We had a yummy dinner party at Roger and Sandy’s place (and thanks to Nancy) where I learned this wonderful and true story.
Recently Roger was over at the local coffee house standing around waiting for his beverage, thumbing through a book that was just lying around there, and…wait…what’s this?! It was This Picture taken in 1965 at a peace march in Boston. Says Roger: ‘Whoooo! HEY! That’s ME!’
…and then enjoyed a wander through the galleries. I think it was Knut who had read about this exhibit by the physician/photographer Richard Ehrlich who prepared a survey of the Nazi records repository at Bad Arolsen.
From the LA Times: “…The archive contains the names of 17.5 million people who were murdered or persecuted by the Nazis in World War II. Three-hundred and fifty boxes of files pertain to 250,000 children separated from their parents. Thousands of ring binders document what went on in ghettos, prisons and concentration camps, including exterminations and medical experiments.”
We went specifically to see the Robert Rauschenberg show, not knowing too much what to expect.
What it was was maybe 20 of these large scale prints made from newspaper collages all of them very dark in visual tone and I thought pretty dark in emotional tone too, with the occasional nod to (dark) humor.
I just looked it up – there were 18 total in the series, and standing in the room surrounded by them all was I think a more powerful statement than seeing them one at a time.
What we saw first though, was this guy, Gordon Peteran’s stuff and we were charmed. First he was a cabinet maker and then turned his constructions into art projects. Very cool.
Next, lunch! We sailed over the Vincent Thomas Bridge into San Pedro and ate at the 6th Ave Bistro, a hot spot in the area of San Pedro currently receiving the gentrification treatment so familiar to Angelenos these days.
This morning Brigitte and I drove out to Watts, down the 105, not so far away really, to have a look at the Watts Towers. I haven’t seen them in decades.
This is our tour group: me, Brigitte, a nice guy from Ireland who joined mid-way, and our guide, the lovely and charming Crystal. You can’t get inside now due to the big tower that has the scaffolding so she just walked us around pointing out interesting bits and doing the bio. It was more interesting and entertaining than either of us expected.
Originally every single surface was covered with decorations so when you see an empty spot it means the colored bits fell off and then they just re-cover the exposed metal with new cement but they do not attempt any restoration.
There is a nice park associated with the towers (it is an actual State Park now), a very evident security presence, and two other buildings for art display, classes, lectures, and other community projects. Really, worth the outing.
Next we went to get Marsha for lunch. She had a new and trendy yet old and friendly place in mind which turned out to be closed so instead of eating nearby and enjoying the 1920s architectual gems at Adams and Figuroa, we went to the Cathedral.
The cafe there is great, both Marsha and Brigitte aclaimed the gift shop…
That’s Brigitte catching her shot of the Bonaventure. We got a good fix on shots from way up in the sky, the 52nd floor of Nancy’s building.
And instead of rushing off to the show at the Fashion Institue we wandered around between buildings coming upon great sculpture, green and colorful gardens, fountains, and places to just sit.
Here’s a lovely morning with Las Tres Chicas. We used to be Team Kauai with the utterly amazing Betty. Betty passed away recently but she remains an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know her.
Dinner with the guys. This is our second time at El Torito Grill in the Sherman Oaks Galleria that we are coming to favor for freeway-close convenience and Happy Hour value.
Bill is recently back from Manila and soon off to Lisbon. Ken is recently back from Egypt and soon off to Russia. No wonder we have a hard time finding dates!
…and here is the same standing man, same spot. Wow, what a way to enjoy the Hollywood Bowl and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra.
Like with the Lang Lang rehearsal I went to several weeks ago, the sound quality was really Really impressive. And sitting in a chair, with a back and arms, (and if you’re crazy short you can put your feet up on the edge of the box), what a treat.
And by total coincidence since Nancy did get these tickets from her company, assigned randomly I think, and then invited me, the coincidence being I happen to have known this conductor back when I was a teenager and he just a few years older. Hi Lenny!
Here he is conducting the audience in The Star Spangled Banner…
Synchro-Diving? Must be the Olympics! I’m lovin’ how you can lay around with your laptop and surf all the highlights or watch a whole game if you want, and with just a kindly smattering of commercials. Very very cool at (www.)NBColympics.com.
It’s also been ‘fun’ trying to identify/remember which flag goes with which country. For example can you picture the flag of Indonesia, or the flag of Poland?
An odd coincidence in that yesterday I went shopping with Windy who was redecorating her bathroom and then today I went shopping with Marsha who was redecorating her bathroom. I bought nothing of course but then there’s no coincidence in that.
Darryl’s new office! Wow! Behind where I am standing is a big comfy couch. The cool wall with the shelf continues on with more windows, pictures, etc.
There’s also a reception room with two desks for when the Zodeca guys who usually work from home need to come in, a smaller office for one of Darryl’s employees who is around more, a storage/supplies room with the coffee machine and the microwave, and…
…Entertainment FORCE, being Jed (of Katie, Jed, and Nora) and Jed’s writing partner Scott, who rent this room in the suite. Behind where I am standing, instead of a couch they’ve got a giant flat panel tv which they decided they Had to have since after all they do write for tv.
I should mention the office is right on Ventura Blvd surrounded by the trendy, hip and cool restaurants and shops of central Sherman Oaks, and an eleven minute walk from home. Soo cool!
Anyone out there who has ever done a big home improvement project knows some measure of the near-intolerable frustration that comes with sub-contractors and the law of unintended consequences. Add to that the Permit Process (Rosie’s in Culver City) and at some point in The Process, you will weep in dispair.
Birthday Girl Fay is lending moral support…
It’s Bon Voyage Hilda who is going to Iran without me. Bummer. For a US passport holder it’s just such a pain to get in.
US passport holders do go all the time though. You can go with an authorized group (you can just sign up for the big bucks) or you can get invited by someone there who has filed the proper/necessary papers (education institutions, arts organizations, etc. do it regularly but I’m not so sure about individuals).
Hilda was going to ask one of her relatives to do the invitation thing but I didn’t want to get anyone else involved just-in-case. So Hilda is going to file the papers while she’s there…so maybe next time!
…the cursor has gone quite MAD tearing around the screen as though possessed.
So while I WaitWaitWait for the long promised new led-backlight-matte screens, I spent two hundred bucks on an old thinkpad from craigslist.
I went downtown to pick it up from ‘the kid’ and took some photos while I was at it. These photos actually, and I loaded, photoshopped, and uploaded them on this new/old computer. Now I remember too why I have such a soft spot for thinkpads. This is one gorgeous keyboard even on a 12″ machine.