’11 December

ho Ho HO!

Darryl and Angela went…

December 30, evening

Darryl and Angela went out in celebration of their SEVENTH wedding anniversary and the girls and I had some fun. These are all Rome’s ideas for pictures with cupcakes in their matching cupcake pjs.

Cupcake Rock!

Sharon and I went…

December 30, morning

Sharon and I went for a walk along a couple sections of the Los Angeles River from a starting point on Los Feliz in Atwater Village.

We loved this gate. According to the guidebook “Down By the Los Angeles River” this is called The Guardians of the River Gate by the artist Michael Amescua.

Rosie and her dad…

December 29

Rosie and her dad (a delightful character of the first order), walking down the aisle, Here Comes The BRIDE!

Rosie and Len held…

Rosie and Len held their wedding at the historic Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes also known as The Glass Church (not to be confused with The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove).

These are all pictures from the internet, and what Ms Wiki has to say: “The church was designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the late 1940s and was built between 1949 and 1951. Additions were built in later years, including a tower and a visitor center.”

(internet pix)

School is out and…

December 28

School is out and we had the whole day to PLAY! We played games, read books, made a monster, made food, sang songs and danced…

Gabriel from next-next door…

Gabriel from next-next door came by and we made another monster. Then it was dinner-bath-snack-bedtime routine, and then it was 8pm and I was thinking hmm, bedtime, sounds pretty good!

(I forgot to flip up the bounce on my flash for this shot and am reminded how nice it is by the chin shadows on this one without it.)

YOSSI! Judy took…

December 27

YOSSI! Judy took this one with my camera. I was so off today. In every pictures there’s someone who won’t like themself…which is why I can only do this for myself and hope for the best.


From our own DotGov,…

From our own DotGov, it doesn’t look so confusing now.

Choose Original Medicare and you can have any doctor that takes Medicare. Choose Advantage and you can have any doctor in the Advantage provider’s plan.

How much you pay for the coverage depends on all those particulars like co-pays, percentages, etc. and both the MediGap and the Advantage providers (as well as Part D) have plans with multiple levels of coverage.

Six months and counting!

Sandy and Roger were…

Sandy and Roger were passing through town from Christmas in Palm Springs back to San Francisco. We met up at Julie’s place where they were having a feast of left-overs – all this food and a kitchen full of bubbling pots and cooling pans.

from the left: a friend, Sandy, Roger, Colin, Devinn, another friend, Julie, Mel

festivity and the…

December 24 and 25

Marija and Brian’s Annual Christmas Eve festivity and the first for their new grandbaby Ben, brother of Alex. I got good turns to play with sweet snuggle bear Baby Ben. AWWW!

Following are pictures of…

Following are pictures of the folks, those whom I could corral anyway.

Brian, Marija, Maryanne, Alicia, Chris, Becky, Jack, Nathan, Carol, Walt



Jeff, Tracy, Jerry, Becky, Maryanne, Christopher, Marija, Jamie, Melinda, Steve

Alicia, Maryanne, Lauren, Andrew,…

Alicia, Maryanne, Lauren, Andrew, Shelby, Ljubica, Carolyn, Darryl, Rhonda, Goldie, Cheryl, Bill

mmmm, I just noticed, Melissa, you evaded me…I would have liked to show you Melissa and her BOYFRIEND of almost one year. And Louise, my ex-next-door neighbor was here which was great. Marsha left sick which was not great.

Santa thought these girls…

Christmas Morning!

Santa thought these girls had been very very good. Santa brought all of us plenty of delightful treats. Their goodness must have rubbed off.

And the kids hauled…

And the kids hauled in another load from this crowd. The adults drew names for a gift exchange (thank goodness) and a grand time was had by all.

Starting in back: James, Robin, Liz, Darryl, Kent, Gary, Angela, Rome, Dev, Lilly

(ps D&A – THANK YOU. You guys are the bomb.)

Rome made one of…

Rome made one of these for every person and they looked Just Like US! Such a precious family!

Then for the sixth…

Then for the sixth night of Hanukkah I met up with Ben and Bonnie…and YOSSI! and Jonathan and Judy visiting from Israel.

Oh yes indeed-y. .we had fun.

I’ve got a favorite…

December 23

I’ve got a favorite ‘new’ tv show called ‘Have I Got News For You’, a BBC production that first aired in 1990 and has been going every since.

It’s a dang funny cross between Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and The Daily Show, funny in that droll, complicated, throw-away way of the clever Brit.

Kathleen’s party from last year…

December 21

Kathleen’s party from last year, and here we are again!

Sitting: Kathleen w/ Duke, Kathleen, Janette
Standing: Marsha, Emily, Mimi, Jon, Ruben, James

I came home and immediately wanted to update my calorie count since I had eaten So Much and I didn’t want to forget. But then I punked out and quit at 2170. There’s nothing like slabs of brie and crackers and wine, and lasagna, and cheesecake! to pack ’em on.

…where I met up…

…where I met up with Bill (father of Mindy in Lusaka) and Ken for our end-of-the-year festivity.

Then after dinner Ken and I took a short walk around the Promenade and Ta-DA they were having an open dance at the studio on 4th so we got to do a few turns to add to the fun.

It’s my Valley Girls,…

December 19

It’s my Valley Girls, gathered for our Annual Evening of Holiday FABulous.

Marsha, Alicia, Lourdes, Maxine, me, Ljubica, Becky, Maryanne, Marija, Ann

After stopping by at…

December 18

After stopping by at Windy and Jeff’s to admire their wedding album which turned out very nicely I am happy to report, Sharon and I went for a stroll to the bluffs…

Here we are at…

December 17, evening

Here we are at Liz and Gary’s annual pilgrimage to see the lights at Naples Island in Long Beach.

Liz, Gary, Darryl, Angela, Rome, Lilly

…it was Boat Parade…

…it was Boat Parade night. There were massive parties all along the walkways with live entertainment, carolers, and festivities of every description.

The kids spent the evening with saucer eyes and we all had a great time, crowds and traffic notwithstanding.

I had lunch with…

December 17, afternoon

I had lunch with Muriel and then went by her place to look at her art work recently delivered from storage. The giant cases entirely filled the guest room with fabulous things. The pieces are so huge and so complex a little webshot just doesn’t do it.

Muriel’s calendar caught my eye though.

Happy Birthday Sharon! …

December 16

Happy Birthday Sharon! (I deleted the faceless picture…) The residents of Pacific Palisades are quite simply Nuts for decorating their houses. This is one of the more modest efforts but I really like how it looks.

We headed down south…

We headed down south for some Pacific Standard Time in Orange County. First we went to the Orange County Museum of Art where their show is called ‘State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970’.

It was great, one of the most entertaining collections so far focusing on performance art of the whimsical variety. The period represented was the same as the Geffin’s but showed a totally different spectrum, one without all the confusion and rage. Not so surprising that you’d find this one in the OC?

Next we went to…

Next we went to the Laguna Art Museum where their show was a retrospective of the work generated out of UC Irvine in its first few years of existence “Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971”.

And the cool thing is that Susie was in the very first class accepted into UC Irvine, attended for two years before going to France for junior year abroad, met Ken in France and then they came back to Berkeley together and it’s been Happily Ever After ever since.

(phone photo)

I met Elaina and…

December 14

I met Elaina and Liz today in Pasadena for some early lunch and a visit to the Norton Simon.

The Norton Simon contribution to Pacifc Standard Time is called ‘Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California’. We all enjoyed the show as well as enjoying a buzz through a part of their excellent permanent collection.

But wait, what’s this?!…

But wait, what’s this?! What’s she doing here?! Doesn’t she live up at the Getty?! Ok fine, they made more than one.

It’s Aristide Maillol’s Air. From something I read on the internet I think there are six of her around but how can I confirm and where are they all? Ms Google doesn’t seem willing to give it up…

The Story of Our…

December 13

The Story of Our Walk. Rome had a play date today so Lilly and I went for a walk just we two and we saw so many interesting things.

Here is Lilly’s story: “We saw a big tall palm tree and It’s Lilly! and HI, that’s a lemon tree and that’s a shadow, Lilly’s shadow and Granny’s shadow, and yellow leaves.”

I went with Sharon…

December 12

I went with Sharon today while she did a chore at her son’s house in Brentwood.

It was a rainy day so you can’t see it now, but in that blank sky above the pool, above the trees, is, on a clear day, the Getty Center. Cool!

We had lunch at…

We had lunch at Guido’s, site of Windy and Jeff’s wedding reception, all decked out for Christmas, by the cozy fireplace that was especially nice coming in from the cold and rain.

Team Clap. YAY…

December 10

Team Clap. YAY TEAM! A picture for DAK&L’s holiday card, and so Cute.

And later it was…

And later it was time for Maxine’s annual Christmas party Holiday exTravaGANZA. I took these few shots early before the hundreds of people poured in for a lively evening of happy good cheer.

That’s two Christmas trees you see, and sooo sooo many decorations.

Dinner out with Muriel….

December 9

Dinner out with Muriel. It took me 95 minutes to go 6.3 miles. From 4:30 to 6:05, from my house in Santa Monica to a very nice restaurant in Culver City, I was ‘driving’. A medium-fast runner would have got there sooner. It was Friday night, particularly congested, stalled cars along the way, I didn’t cry.

Then we had a lovely evening and I forgot all about driving.

ok, Enough. I’m…

December 8

ok, Enough. I’m entirely bored with coughing. Make sick be over.

Keeping Track, Same Old Same Old
2011 March, late November-mid December
2010 February; June (both rather mild)
2009 December
2007 November
2006 March
2005 April; June; October; (now that was a bad year!)

Happy Birthday Burt! …

December 7

Happy Birthday Burt! Needing him and feeding him on his 64th birthday, we all went to eat at Cho Cho San, his favorite Japanese place for lunch and then we went to Bea’s Bakery for his favorite dessert, the Seven Layer Cake.

Thanks for letting me join in – it was fun! and finally you’re back to being my age even though Charlene is still muuuch younger…

(No Tuesday pix of the kids this week, but we were busy having fun and all is well.)

I read in the…

December 5

I read in the NY Times about an online education program called Khan Academy. They had a lot to say about it and according to my nephew Lucas, Bill Gates says Khan is “his favorite teacher” for Gates’ 11-year old son.

And it’s free.

So I tried Algebra I, for the heck of it. Within the first few lessons we are into analyzing the formula of a line. That’s what all this is, the formula that describes a line.

I have no recollection What So Ever of ANY of this…but it was fun to do and I might just do a little more.

Rosie’s getting married! and…

December 4

Rosie’s getting married! and Anna arranged a bachelorette party at Hamburger Mary’s, a drag club on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood.

Football is on the tv.

It’s just like in…

It’s just like in the movies – the male performers dress up as well-known female singers and lip-sync to the hits.

From Ms Wiki: “American drag queen RuPaul once said “I do not impersonate females! How many women do you know who wear seven-inch heels, four-foot wigs, and skintight dresses?” He also said, “I don’t dress like a woman; I dress like a drag queen!”.”

They even have a…

They even have a girl who does boy and he had by far the best songs (’50s rock and rockabilly) so it set off the girls…

And then they had…

And then they had the three bachelorettes do a booty shaking contest. Rosie rocked. She killed.

left: Rosamina Lowi, Janet…

left: Rosamina Lowi, Janet Goodwin, Linda Jensen, Diane Davis, Norma Scofield, Marsha Van Valkenburg.
right: Anna Rodriguez, Donna Brinton, Bonnie Harris, Carolyn Lowi, Lauren Mason Carris, Matt de Groot

Holiday Season on the…

December 3

Holiday Season on the Promenade where I’ve been often these last few days because of all the movies available there.

Movies I’ve seen recently….

December 2

Movies I’ve seen recently. The Descendants fabulous setting with a lot of loving on Hawaii, good story and acting, Lots of tear-jerking. Le Havre charming, delightful, and sweet. J. Edgar shockingly bad and totally distracting make-up, long and uncoordinated story, still, it is Leo and he is good.

ps Don’t miss The Artist.

Then in the evening…

Then in the evening Windy came by and we worked on putting together a wedding album, and then we went out for dinner with Jeff, my newly minted brother-in-law.

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