’14 October

October opened with yet again another heat wave and stillll No RAIN.

I went to Lilly’s…

October 31

I went to Lilly’s school for the Halloween Parade this morning while Angela went to Kaitlin’s school. I’ll get some pictures from Angela on Tuesday.

But for now: Lilly’s Halloween Parade!

Some/most of Lilly’s class…

Some/most of Lilly’s class and two of the three teachers who handle the morning and afternoon T-K program for kids a few months too young to have started kindergarten.

That’s Lilly in the middle and Rock and Paper. I’ll bet you can guess the costume of the third teacher.

I know cute-as-pie Roxi…

I know cute-as-pie Roxi on the left pretty well because she’s been over for play dates and her mom drops Lilly off from school on Wednesdays.

(Get the name of the girl in the middle.)

They combined the morning…

They combined the morning and afternoon classes for this event and the room parents did a singular job of putting on a Halloween party.

We had Games! and…

…and took this picture…

…and took this picture of me with Roxi’s cute-as-pie grandma. Whenever I see Roxi she always wants me to know that her grandma is coming over to her house too!

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Lilly will surely tell…

Lilly will surely tell me the names of all her classmates on Tuesday.

Roxi, Lilly, Roxy V, Carlie, Sandra, Sofie, Bella, Paloma, Calvin, Ronnie, Vanessa; Sofia S, Aris, ZK, Sofia M, Alex, Lulu, Valentina, Giana, Deacon, Jacob, Chase, Lucas, Kieran, Mrs Baumbeck.

(We first were doing Tuesdays and then we switched to Wednesdays and now we’re going back to Tuesdays…in case anyone is keeping track…)

I wanted to show…

I wanted to show the trick-or-treat loot and the picture ended up mighty distor-o and flash-blast. Sorry guys.

I saw color gleaming…

October 30

I saw color gleaming in my window this evening so I went outside and noticed my neighbor’s lantana shining in the setting sun…

This whole set is…

HALLOWEEN 2014!

This whole set is from Halloween in the San Fernando Valley highlighting Heidi’s annual Massive Monster Mash that I looove to attend, mostly to get this picture.

Roll on down if you want to ride the time machine.

Very (Very) newly-retired Elizabeth…

October 22

Very (Very) newly-retired Elizabeth is visiting from Boston and we had a great Happy Hour catch-up out here on the patio at Napa Valley Grille. Les was too busy working on his presentation for tomorrow so it was Girls Night Out.

Our favorite part of…

October 21

Our favorite part of today was playing lego. They have buckets and buckets of lego pieces representing a dozen or so kits.

The percentage of pink lego pieces is about equal to all the other colors because that’s the way they make it for the kits that appeal to the girls.

Another photo-photo outing with…

October 19

Another photo-photo outing with Lill, this time to the Descanso Gardens in Glendale.

We only had an hour inside the garden and we went for a tromp through the underbrush because a lot of the garden was closed for the reason you will see below and because Lill had spotted a deer so we thought to go on a short safari.

Check out that little opening in the middle of this picture…

We were talking about…

We were talking about black and white photography and I was thinking how I never see in b&w anymore even though I had done b&w for oh so many years.

This is the type though, a new one, like the ones from the way back.

More. Nice colors…

More. Nice colors here.

The garden closed at 5 and we went nearby for a surprisingly delicious Thai dinner including a sigh-worthy dish of young coconut.

We had 6:45 tickets to go back to Desconso to enjoy…

It was a huge…

It was a huge display of real carved pumpkins and various other carved squashes and gourds too I think.

There was a sequence…

There was a sequence with super heroes, another with characters from video games, another with people who had died this year, another with scenes from horror movies, more, more, but my favorite was a gigantic display of all The Kardashians, all of them including Kanye West. That was scary.

They had a few…

They had a few displays with skeletons and a favorite with the kids – dinosaurs.

I’m up to 10 pictures now so I’ll stop. No, I need to choose one more for a closer…how about…

Sharon and I had…

October 17

Sharon and I had a long walk around the Palisades and enjoyed the Halloween decorations already filling the streets.

They were all quite…

They were all quite awe/gruesome.

Then I had a nice visit with Windy for the first time in many weeks and we might change our New Zealand idea to Paris since I’m infected with the Paris bug and I’m sure it would be fab for her too.

Susie and I enjoyed…

October 16

Susie and I enjoyed an outing at the Hammer and then lunch at Panini Café and then coffee and cookies at Huckleberry. Nice!

Our special favorite was the Jim Hodges retrospective. This is his opening piece called “Here’s where we will stay, 1995”

In the evening I…

In the evening I went with my neighbor Kathleen to a lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

The featured photographer and his presentation…Ryan Pyle – Chinese Turkestan: A Photographic Journey Through an Ancient Civilization.

Always a pleasure!

(Wednesday with the girls…no pictures…)

Marsha’s sister Nancy was…

October 14

Marsha’s sister Nancy was in town and we got to play around for a while and then Marsha joined us for dinner at Enterprise Fish Company on Main.

Nancy is staying at Hotel California on Ocean and I was very glad to have a look around. It’s an old beach motel but jollied-up enough to be a recommendable choice when you’re looking for a good location at a good price.

You do have to look at the other options too, to fully appreciate what a good deal it is.

I am making myself…

October 13

I am making myself crazy trying to come up with a car that I want to buy. The closest I can get is this Mazda 3 S Grand Touring with the 2.5L engine and sunroof. You can’t get the 2.5L engine and sunroof without going to the top of their line and then you can’t get rid of those two sticking up things on the dash. They don’t fold down, they just stick up there and bug me.

I have spent 50-1500 hours going over and over every new car on the market. You really don’t want to hear all about it.

Then I said to myself oh heck with the car, I want to go spend a month in Paris.

I already have tickets for the big SE Asia trip in January-February, and I’m going with Windy to Australia and New Zealand in September-October…so next up after that, Paris! I hope I can keep my 2004 Ford Focus running until then or some car calls my name. I have such a hard time choosing things to buy but no problem at all choosing destinations to visit.

I went with Ben…

October 12

I went with Ben and Bonnie today to The Proud Bird just in case it closes soon (and the airport builds a parking lot) as has been threatened for the last decade or so, at least we will have been there recently.

The food is expensive and not terribly delicious but completely fun nonetheless.

Lynn was out of…

October 11

Lynn was out of town so I got her ticket to see Jersey Boys…Thanks Carl!

From one of the…

October 10

From one of the lily ponds in the large, gorgeous fountains that welcome the visitor to Santa Monica City Hall and border the fine new, but not so new anymore, Tongva Park.

What I got off…

What I got off Mike’s Facebook – the gang at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

Cynthia, Kieran-Kieran, Mike

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Angela took these pictures…

October 9

Angela took these pictures at the killer Launch Party at Darryl’s office for the new Skylanders. The party was all about the families for this launch, maybe not so much when Call of Duty releases in November.

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I’ve been spending a…

October 7

I’ve been spending a lot of time with Lona and Hartley when I can and I don’t usually even mention it but today I must because today was probably my last chance to see Winny who is leaving L&H for a permanent career-tracked job.

We will all miss her desperately! She really was a splendid help to them both and will always be a part of their story. Who will they get next? Can anyone be as lovely as Winny?

I drove up to…

October 6

I drove up to Oxnard for lunch with Nancy and enjoyed this view on the drive back..in the rented car..because the car the was running perfectly fine got a service..and Then broke down.

I will say that the guys at the shop near my house who did the service are stepping up for all the costs to make it right. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

I enjoyed the delightful…

October 5

I enjoyed the delightful company of Muriel, JoAnn, and David this afternoon and came away with this book, Up and Down California: The Journal of William H. Brewer.

David encouraged me to borrow it and indeed it’s perfect in preparation for my upcoming trip to Sequoia. The book is made up of letters written by the #2 guy in the 1860-1864 California Geological Survey. I just read the section of his stop in LA when the population was 4,000. It was very fun to read. Actually, I’m going to copy a paragraph right here, italics are in the original text!

“Here is a great plain, or rather a gentle slope, from the Pacific to the mountains. We are on this plain about twenty miles from the sea and fifteen from the mountains, a most lovely locality; all that is wanted naturally to make it a paradise is water, more water. Apples, pears, plums, figs, olives, lemons, oranges, and ‘the finest grapes in the world,’ so the books say.

“The weather is soft and balmy-no winter, but a perpetual spring and summer. Such is Los Angeles, a place where every prospect pleases and only man is vile.'”

This is my first…

October 4

This is my first visit to the Getty Center since January. I can hardly believe it.

Sharon and Nancy and I popped up here on this hot, dry, Santa Ana day and it was h.o.t. And all the water features are drained in solidarity with everyone who doesn’t let the water run while they brush their teeth, in respect of the long-running lawn-killing drought.

The most interesting thing for me was an exhibit of dances and films by Yvonne Rainer. I had never heard of her even though she has been very active since the early 1960s.

I had to take…

October 3

I had to take my car to the shop for brakes and to figure out why the check engine light was on. Stuck at home in a heat wave…

Then I got an unexpected call from Steve and Celina who had some chores to do out here and it worked out that we could go together to Huckleberry for a nice visit.

And then Bill came…

And then Bill came out here after work and we went to the pier for some dinner.

My car didn’t get finished…I hope they didn’t find something drastic!

It’s the Valley Girls!…

October 2

It’s the Valley Girls! I decided for my annual-ish Valley Girls Gala to focus on the Valley this time. We had Happy Hour festivities at the big view spot, the Odyssey Restaurant.

Maxine, Marija, Maryanne, Alicia, Marsha, Becky, Lourdes, Ljubica (we missed you Ann, and I’m taking the picture)

Then we went down…

Then we went down to CSUN where they were having an exhibit of Valley artists who contributed Valley-centric work to the wider art world.

Today was Wednesday with…

October 1

Today was Wednesday with the girls. Darryl was in London for work. That’s him crossing Abby Road! Angela captured this picture from the online Crossing Cam!

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