From the light show at the Skirball’s Bill Graham show. Groovy man. Makes me want to spin some Big Brother…
For this month, I have GOALS.
Today was a magnificent day of ticking off chores (pay bills, bookkeeping, update to the car’s navigation system, packing up items to return to amazon, more…I forget).
And then I had a lovely visit with Kathleen and her friend Caroline and with Cheyenne as we went over the contents of her pack for her backpacking trip to Europe(!). She’s young, she’s meeting her boyfriend who’s already there, it’s her first time. Oh fun for Cheyenne.
Let’s go ride bikes! Christa and Charis are here from Honolulu to check in on Grandma and Grandpa. They snagged these bikes from the apartment complex where Lona and Hartley are staying in Marina del Rey…and we were off!
I am so pleased to report that we rode for more than 12 miles and I didn’t fall off. I didn’t fall off when the chain did fall off and I didn’t fall off when I missed the curb on a stop. YAY No Falling!
Ingalill and I were going to take pictures today during the polo tournament at Will Rogers. But, polo tournament… cancelled! Bummer! I don’t know why and neither did the other hundred or so people who had gathered to watch.
We had a short walk and ate our picnic anyway, and enjoyed the beautiful day.
That sign says “HISTORIC ZONE No Lawn Sports Permitted Beyond This Point” and it’s fun to see all the folk dressed in historic gear gathered around to enjoy an afternoon at the historic home of Will Rogers.
My biggest goal between now and September is to clear out the garage enough, to make room enough, to park my new car. Enough with the bird poop.
I’m trying to sell this chair on craigslist but I didn’t get one person interested on the first day. Everything I put in the alley, no matter what it is, is g.o.n.e. gone within an hour.
In preparation for spending September in Paris I signed up for a two-Saturday class in French Pronunciation. You don’t have to actually speak any French, we’re just learning how to make the sounds correctly. Today was the first class and it was a ton of fun.
Santa Monica College (which opened in 1929 as Santa Monica Junior College, then what was for decades Santa Monica City College, has changed its name again) offers many classes in a non-credit extension program. All you have to do is pay and you’re in.
The main campus is at Pico and 18th, closer to me but the parking stinks. This is a new campus that I didn’t even know existed by the Santa Monica airport. Easy in-easy out on the parking, 10-15 minutes from my house by car, but all the hassle you save with the parking makes it an excellent venue.
…Bonnie for a walk and a visit to the Skirball and their new show – Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. It was super-nostalgic, oh my, and I learned previously unknown by me facts of Bill Graham’s life.
The show is at the Skirball because of BG’s early life. From wiki: “As a baby he was sent from Germany and, in 1941, from France to escape the Holocaust. At age ten he settled in a foster home in the Bronx, New York.”
These are called the Century Plaza Towers, completed in 1975. I first worked in one of these buildings in 1978 and was here almost continually (with a small break in the Die Hard building) until I retired in 2004. I still think they’re great.
The Annenberg Space for Photography arrived in Century City after I left so I still find myself with this view several times a year.
I also saw ‘Amy’ with Nancy who was seeing it for the second time. If you’ve ever liked any of her work you’ll want to see this movie.