Friday, August 17, 2012

Only in L.A.

 Only in Los Angeles could you be driving home from work, and end up on the freeway with the De Lorean from Back to the Future.

 Sorry for the grainy photos out my commute worn windshield.

 We did drive along together at a nice clip, but alas never reached 88 miles per hour!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

More Why I love L.A.

The Native Dancers at Olvera Street every year for Dia de los Muertos

The Iconic LAX

Summer Fruits from our own valleys

Griffith Observatory



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Metarie Cemetey

Many more photos of the beautiful Metarie Cemetery in New Orleans on my photography blog found HERE

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I love Fireworks

Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Striped Obsession

I am mad for stripes! I especially love black and white stripes, but I have been branching out and trying to be less of a stripe snob and accept stripes in other combinations.

When can I get this?

I have an all black table very much like this. .  Hmmmm

Striped rug and chest of drawers! Double Win!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Levitated Mass LACMA

Way back in the twentieth century—1969, to be precise—Michael Heizer had the idea for an artwork he’d call Levitated Mass. It would be a massive rock perched atop a long slot in the earth. He even got so far as to start creating the artwork in the Nevada desert: he had a 120-ton rock and he dug out the slot. Unfortunately, one of two cranes he was using to mount the rock buckled under the weight, and the project was not completed.
Read the rest HERE at LACMAS own blog!

Here is the rock arriving at it's new home!

I have not seen it in person yet, but we are sure to go before the year is out.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dracula's Dirt

In the mid 1970's, One summer whilst thumbing through some 'kids' magazine, I spotted this advertisement!

I was immediately enthralled. I HAD to get my hands on one of these. The cost was a bit less then. $9.95 was a fortune to a kid back then. I think with shipping (All the way from Transylvania no doubt) It was a little over $6.00. I saved up my allowance, and then gave it to my dad and had him write a check out for the coffin. Off it went in the mail, the kind with stamps, the only kind around in those days.

I can recall having to wait almost all summer, but then one day before school had resumed, it arrived! I knew it would. It's no gimmick, not a gag or a spoof ya know! (The Ad said so!)

Loved it on sight! But I only wore it on certain chosen nights. I didn't want to waste its obvious magic.

I still have it some 38 years later.

Actual, REAL, dirt from Dracula's castle. Probably contains REAL Vampire dust too!

And yes, I did wear it as I wrote this.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Only in L.A. The first in a long series

In L.A. we drive EVERYWHERE! But you can strap a bike to your sports car to give the appearance that you ride it sometimes.

Cupcake ATM! The only bad thing, there are not enough and that means a line. We don't like lines in L.A. Lines mean being patient. Hello? 

We LOVE Zombies here. But we keep them under control!

Everyone knows that these green tinted medicine bottles are for Medical Marijuana. Duhhh! Oh. .  you didn't know? Obviously. .  YOU are not from Los Angeles.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Oddities of the Sea

This rare Blue lobster was caught recently off the coast of Novia Scotia. A Blue lobster like this is a 1 in 2 million phenomenon. 

Even more rare is a Yellow lobster. A Yellow lobster is a 1 in 30 million occurance.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Jacob's Question

While I don't agree with our President politically on most things, This is the sort of thing that I do like about him. A very touching, human moment.

Here is the article:

For decades at the White House, photographs of the president have hung throughout the West Wing, and each print soon gives way to a more recent shot. But one picture of President Obama remains after three years.
In the photo, Obama looks to be bowing to a 5-year-old boy, who stands beside the Oval Office desk, his arm raised to touch the president's hair -- to see if it feels like his. The image has struck so many aides and visitors that, by popular demand, it stays while others come and go.
Obama has avoided discussing race except in rare instances. Yet the photo is tangible evidence of what polls also show: Obama remains a potent symbol for blacks.
The boy is Jacob Philadelphia of Columbia, Md. Three years ago, his father, Carlton, was leaving the White House staff and, as departing staff members often do, he asked for a family photograph with Obama.
Philadelphia told Obama that his sons -- Jacob and Isaac, now 11 -- each had a question. Jacob spoke first. "I want to know if my hair is just like yours," he said so quietly that Obama asked him to ask again.
Jacob did, and Obama replied, "Why don't you touch it and see for yourself?" He brought his head level with Jacob, who hesitated. "Touch it, dude!" Obama said.
"So, what do you think?" Obama asked.
"Yes, it does feel the same," Jacob said.
Carlton Philadelphia, now with the State Department, said: "It's important for black children to see a black man as president. You can believe that any position is possible to achieve if you see a black person in it."
Jacob, now 8, said he indeed does want to be president. "Or a test pilot."


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Summer Games

This is how I spent many long summer afternoons in the 1960's and early 70's. Part of the fun was using colorful sidewalk chalk to draw a super good hopscotch area.
 Great memories!

Jacks. You could always pick up a new set for under a dollar at the local TG&Y or Thrifty.
Hours and hours of play made me quite the Jacks queen in my neighborhood. Onesies, Twosies- all the way up to Fifteensies!
Good Times!

Friday, April 13, 2012

My Reading List

This is the book I just started today. Recommended highly by Miz Liz.

Here are just a few of my recent reads. I usually have 2-3 books going at one time. I have both a Kindle and a Kindle Fire. It is so handy being able to carry around several books at once.
I LOVE books and have always been an avid reader. I still buy regular bound books when they are picture heavy, like my many cemetery photography books. 
The trouble is that I have quite literally run out of space in my home for all the books I have. Most are in storage now, awaiting a time when I have room to have them on shelves where they belong.

This was recommended by Annie, along with The King in Yellow- which I am working my way through along with the original Sherlock Holmes.

Anne Rice is back! She has always been a favorite. I was saddened by her temporary venture into religious writing.

I adore Kate Chopin! I read her stories every few years.

Alice Hoffman is also an author that I will always read.

This was really good. Can't wait for the movie!

One of my goals is to read as many 'classics' as I can. This book is incredible! If you have not read it you should.

Very fun, and left open for a sequel!

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