The Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge connecting two legs of the river walk.
ho Ho HO!
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 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.”
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.)
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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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?! 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 Walk. Kaitlin 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.”
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.
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 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.
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!”.”
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.