But first I spent time in Minneapolis-St Paul with Leigh Baker (and Garrison Keillor(!) and the Go Go Gophers).
Back from the Twin Cities and Seattle, SMC, beach days, friends and neighbors.
Twenty bucks a unit for all comers to learn Music. What a gift…literaly, from me, since I am going to vote for a Santa Monica College bond measure that will increase my taxes.
I had a wonderful chat with the guitar teacher who filled me in on the story. The building (at 10th and Arizona) was completely refurbished for this purpose, moving the entire music program from the Pico campus, but, get this, they ran out of money and didn’t install a/c(!) and hence the fan.
This Santa Monica College building is connected to…
…the new SMC Broad Stage theater built with a ten million dollar grant from the very same Broads who took back their gift to LACMA which I was not so happy about, but then the guitar teacher reminded me that without the Broads ‘they’ might not have got Disney Hall finished, but I digress.
The theater just opened and has been very well reviewed as a venue for all the performing arts.
And then dinner at Ken and Susie’s (thank you!) where Les and Elizabeth have been staying for a few days. Les was a guest speaker at CSUN today and Elizabeth is speaking in Long Beach tomorrow.
Here we are getting to hear Elizabeth’s talk which was a real treat. We got the benefit of the unabridged version. She’s going to have to drop about 30 minutes for the class.
Kaitlin! D&A went out for date night and we got to play! Here we are doing a little hula since Kaitlin got this sweet dress from a neighbor who was visiting Hawaii.
Then we created The Backward Dance. The final section is where Kaitlin gyrates herself moving backwards laughing her head off while Granny shephards the movements hoping sincerely that Kaitlin does not topple over (backwards!).
I went to Santa Barbara today with Nancy to await the arrival of her mom Sylvia’s new refrigerator, washing machine, and water heater, so we could be there for the switch-a-roos. We moved the food, knocked off a shelf that was in the way, and got all the rebates together. Then we went out and ate a lot of food.
Sylvia is 93 years old. She lives on her own in a big house and is sharp as the proverbial tack. Nancy likes to tell how Sylvia can still beat her at Scrabble. You go girl!
This morning at 5:30 it was the smell of a wild fire that woke me up. Oh no! It had to be fairly close or very big. It turned out to be fairly close, in the Sepulveda Pass, but not so big. Can you Imagine rush hour traffic? I can!
Thanks Brigitte for the wonderful evening tonight. Delicious food and interesting conversation – perfect!
Photo from the LA Times.
I surely have done a lot of nothin’ these last few days but that’s always what happens when I get home from a trip apparently even without any time change.
Tonight my little sister’s boyfriend took us out for dinner. Windy packed up half her food (just like you’re Supposed to!) and I ate Every Single Bite.
(omg, my old lady slumping round shoulders Must Be Tamed. Windy’s leaning forward but not slumped. How does that work!? Maybe it’s a back thing, about keeping your back straight? I’ve been struggling to control my posture forEVER. What makes me think I’ll ever improve? Nothing makes me think that, I don’t think that, but I soldier on!)
Some interesting facts about the University of Minnesota:
1) The student body is the 4th largest in the US at more than 50,000.
2) They won the College Bowl National Championship in 2004, 2005, and 2007.
3) Chartered in 1851, the buildings are heroic in design and scale.
4) They are freaks for sports and their mascot is The Golden Gopher. The Go Go Gophers (really).