Click on this link for details of my two-nighter up to San Francisco with Nancy in honor of Henry’s third birthday.
Happy Birthday Henry!
Happy New Year! And it’s gon’na be a good one!!
Movies! This is the best time of year for movies since the Oscar nominees are re-released, art house theaters offer programs of the nominated short subjects, documentaries, foreign language films, and all your pals in the biz have the union distributions of the nominations on dvd.
Of the 10 Best Picture nominations (and what do we think of 10 instead of 5?) I haven’t yet seen Black Swan and Inception.
The eight that I did see are all really pretty good. Pretty good. Mike Leigh’s Another Year was fantastic but not on the list. None of them are as strong to me as last year’s Hurt Locker. You really do want to see that one. The documentry Restrepo has plenty of Hurt Locker in it though, for real, making me dizzy from the handheld camera unfortunately.
And for some delicious icing we have Film Festival season.
This mural on the ‘banks’ of the Los Angeles River goes on for a mile, telling the story of LA from dinosaurs to the early 1950s. Charlene and I enjoyed the stroll together.
The start is at the corner of Burbank Blvd and Coldwater Canyon bordering Los Angeles Valley College in the San Fernando Valley. It’s very cool and easy – stop by if you get a chance, it’s a why-not? kind of outing.
Bonnie’s been working on getting a trust together for me which requires thoughts about those end-of-life issues best left for later. What it makes me think about is getting a cat. As you must be bored of hearing by now. .I’ll get a cat – the upside of infirmity.
I’ve had a busy few days with no pictures. Oh no. Salsa, walk w/Sharon, Nancy came over for dinner, I got a roof built for the laundry – then I’m leaving Friday for a long weekend in SF, photos for sure. .is the plan. No time yet for a cat.
Another day at the beach! It’s been quite warm recently and it was packed down here with folks looking to take in the sun and the sea. Packed.
Ken and I walked for a few hours, ate a few times, enjoyed a cocktail here and there…
Here’s some text I copied from the Lake Shrine website about how the Fellowship came to buy this property in the mid-1940s:
(…the owner had written to Parmahansa Yogananda offering to sell him the property based on a dream from the night before.) “Rather than waiting until the letter arrived the man telephoned Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters later that morning. Coming to the phone, Paramahansa Yogananda said–before the man could introduce himself or explain his purpose—“You have some property for sale, don’t you? When can I see it?”
“But you haven’t received my letter,” the man replied.
“The letter will come tomorrow morning,” the Guru told him. “Can we meet tomorrow afternoon?”
Paramahansaji visited the lake and its grounds the next day, and immediately began making plans for the open-air shrine of all religions he wished to establish in Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, with the help of several generous benefactors, he was able to acquire the property, and the Lake Shrine was born.”
Recently I re-read Parmahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. It was all quite fantastical and did not tempt me to sign-up. But then as far as I know no one has been killed in the name of the Self-Realization Fellowship.
This pair was particularly ‘active’ today, chasing each other, making grand displays, generally acting as if it was Spring already.
I totally could not see these guys with my eye they were so small and so far away but no one could miss knowing they are there since they are so loud. I just shot up in the direction of them and pulled this out of the frame.
It seems there are flocks of parrots around Hermosa Beach much like the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.
Around 4 I left the valley and drove downtown to pick up Elizabeth, visiting from Boston, and we did a little downtown LA turn.
An organist was playing at the Cathedral and we had his concert all to ourselves. They close the building at 6pm and by 5:45 we were the only ones there. What an excellent treat.
After visiting the Cathedral we walked through the Music Center complex, through Disney Hall and the Disney garden…
…and it was Free Thursday at MOCA which is always a delight. At the moment a room is devoted to Franz Kline’s work (a MOCA favorite of mine) and wow, a guy here who so clearly belongs.
We had dinner at Philippe’s. Oh yeah. Elizabeth was particularly pleased as she had never seen any of these places. Welcome to LA!
Carl and Lynn and I shared our respective trip-to-India pictures today. Their two weeks were fanTAStic and they had wonderful photos.
My trip was in 2002 with my first digital camera when I didn’t have the website idea down in its current form and the pictures are pathetic. Pathetic I tell you. 2011 Resolution! Redo those photos!!
Happy New Year! After Marsha and Tom’s party last night I slept over at Sharon’s. And then Sharon cooked. For breakfast we had welcome coffee of course, a great egg bake, fresh biscuits, and homemade jam, and watched the Rose Parade.
Nancy came over and made salad, and we ate that, yum, and Sharon’s bean and ham bone soup and fresh cornbread.
Ahh, good food and fine friends, what a wonderful way to welcome the New Year.
I stopped by at Ann’s to see Josh and Carrie and fabulous little Clara who are all returning to Belgium tomorrow, to Josh’s posting with NATO. It was lovely to see them!
(I do have a special attachment to Josh and Carrie because I went to their utterly spectacular Southern Belle wedding in Atlanta back in 2007.)