HAPPY 4th OF JULY! 70000 Hits!

HAPPY 4th OF JULY! 70000 Hits!

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CELEBRATE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY!
Remember those who don’t have theirs.

 

And we passed 70000 unsolicited hits on this Blog last week!

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See our previous Blog Posts for our past 4th of July Blog Posts!

2017>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/happy-4th-of-july-have-a-celebration/

2015>
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Miss Donuts in Reseda, California

Miss Donuts in Reseda, California

Filming location for “Boogie Nights”

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Just another Donut store in the San Fernando Valley? Yes, and NO!
It was the location for the climatic scene in the film “Boogie Nights” where Don Cheadle’s character Buck Swope is caught in the middle of a robbery and shootout.

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And they have really tasty Donuts and Pastries!

On The Menu: DONUTS! Chocolate custard filled, chocolate bar, raspberry jelly filled, a cinnamon roll and a Napoleon pastry “to go”.

Miss Donuts – 18231 Sherman Way, Reseda, California (west of Lindley)

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Don Cheadle in “Boogie Nights” (not my pic)

And time to eat the donuts…

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Donuts from Miss Donuts in Reseda, California

 

Even More Lebowski Haikus!

Even More Lebowski Haikus!

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Nothing is f*cked,
We need more Lebowski poems!
This is our concern…

Rolling with Jesus?
Watch your ass on Wednesday!
And clean off your ball…

It’s not a weekday,
Mind if I do a “J” man?
Enjoy your Sunday!

Are you nihilists?
Do you care about nothing?
Where are your haikus?

Look around the room….
Nihilists everywhere!
Believe in nussing.
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Hey Dudes and Ladies
It’s Lebowski Fest weekend!
Anyone going?

One more for you all:
The Dude abides in your mind
Lost my train of thought….

Dude’s in Malibu
Lovely beach community
Too many fascists

The word “Vagina”
Are you uncomfortable?
Try a pink taco.

Dude is an angel
He was sent from the Heavens
For all us sinners
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Need a Dude haiku?
Enjoy a White Russian!
Well, the Dude abides.

Super Bowl Sunday
The Dude is not a golfer
Got any nachos?

Dude, it’s Saturday.
Just another day of rest…
Good Shabbos you all!

Today is the ninth.
And tomorrow is the tenth.
Marty wants the rent.

Does the Dude like pie?
The pie is not the issue!
Let them eat cake Dude.
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You want a toe cake?
I can get you a toe cake.
Cake by three o’clock.

Vagina, Johnson
And a pair of testicles.
Genitalia!

No shots fired Dude,
He’s having a heart attack
Call an ambulance!

Bulk of the series
And a good day to you Sir
He has health problems

St. Patrick’s Day sh*t?
Brother Shamus, Irish Monk…
Two oat sodas please.
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The Dude loves Friday
Takin’ it easy today
Is this a weekday?

Disturbing my calm.
In the bath, doing a “J”
Bad dudes in my house!

Is this a weekday?
Mind if I do a “J” man?
Daily regimen!

Time for some Creedence.
Much better than the Eagles.
Why not do a “J”?

He is The Stranger
Likes good sarsaparilla
Tells us the story
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The Lifeguard parties
You insult Sam and he will
Roadhouse on your *ss

Lots of Ins and Outs:
Adhere to drug regimen.
Have a beverage!

Listen to the whale
Adhere to your regimen
Find your inner peace

April Twentieth!
I enjoy recreation.
Weed taster/tester

April Twentieth:
The Dude abides in your mind
Lost my train of thought….
Happy 420!

In-n-Out Burger
On Ventura Boulevard…
Those are good burgers.

A double-double
and a chocolate milkshake
is on the menu

He surfed beaches
Donny who loved bowling
Rest in Peace sweet prince

The funeral home
Dude enjoys the candy dish
And Walter watches

A tragic end for
Donny who loved bowling
Get a coffee can
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I am a Dudeist
In case of emergency:
Call Walter Sobchak

The Fourth of July,
This aggression will not stand!
Time to BBQ.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday, March 25 April 1st, 2018
(April Fools! See the NOTE at the bottom of the Blog for details)

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I hate glitter. It never goes away.

So, yes there is a new Blog Post coming soon.
Sorry (to our Loyal Readers) we haven’t published any more this month in March.

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It’s a beautiful “pleasant valley Sunday here in status symbol land”.

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Ten and a half Apostles! Happy Passover and Easter!

In honor the holiday we watched “The Prince of Egypt” again. It’s a beautiful animated film about Moses and the Exodus story from the Old Testament. Gets a big thumbs up and we recommend it for everyone (currently on Netflix too).

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COMPLAINTS and GRIEVANCES!
It’s not all good eating and sunsets here at JoshWillTravel. Times are tough right now.
Normally we keep it upbeat and positive here. Not today…

“Mothers complain about how hard life is and the kids just don’t understand”

We injured our back again this month. It’s the same injury to our lumbar spine that ended our career in production work. We hurt our back on our Road Trip moving heavy dog cages from one room to another and then hurt it again helping with other things at the Ranch. It’s one of the reasons we haven’t written because currently sitting, standing and walking for long periods of time is painful. We have prescribed medication but we don’t like to take it because it doesn’t really work and it makes us groggy, unmotivated and unfocused the whole day after. It also makes us angry, irritable and grumpy, along with the daily news and other real-world happenings. PAIN HURTS. PAIN SUCKS.

Our back is feeling somewhat better, but we have been having a hard time sleeping at night (INSOMNIA), and the construction next door to the Home Office continues without end (now, a year and a half of noise and disturbance). We have been hearing the constant whine of a tile saw and loud Ranchera music since we returned two weeks ago. We yelled at them last week and asked them to move the tile saw away from the property line, following up on the same complaint as a month ago when they had the wood saw next to our fence and loud “musica” before. No consideration at all for their noise or the  neighbors.

We are currently feeling very disorganized and slightly overwhelmed by the task of getting organized. Our advice to a friend this week was “just do one thing” and we are trying that approach and it’s a little better every time we do one thing….
(see our previous Blog Posts about Storage and Stuff for more details)

POLITICS and GOVERNMENT and TRUMPAGE (and TRUMP-RAGE!)
Can’t even begin right now. Everyday is another day of national embarrassment!

There is also a serious personal family matter that has been an ongoing concern for years. We won’t go into detail or even expand on the subject right now, but it is weighing heavily on us and has become even more difficult to deal with in recent months.

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Springtime in Oregon

NOTE: This was originally written on March 25, but right now it’s just after midnight on Sunday April 1st and we added a bunch of stuff. Happy Passover and Easter! On top of everything else, our primary desktop computer malfunctioned earlier this week and we had to upgrade the home office with a new desktop computer.

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Happy Passover 2018!

Party time at the house for the Passover holiday. This year 20+ guests and family again.

On The Menu: Brisket of beef, asparagus, gefilte fish with horseradish, roast vegetables, carrot/squash soufflé, noodle kugel, spinach & egg kugel, quinoa taboule, matzoh, wine (red & white) and Coke, and then desserts (all flourless: macaroons, chocolate cake, nut bread, chocolate covered matzoh) all mostly kosher for Passover.

 

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Happy Passover 2018!

Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe somehow you will
You will when you believe

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A Few Passover Facts: (ripped from the interweb)

The World’s Largest Passover Seder Takes Place in Nepal, of All Places. Each year members of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement hold their “Seder on Top of the World” in Kathmandu for Jewish locals and travelers alike (I’m gonna guess more the latter than the former). Last year they had around 2,000 people attend the festivities, and you can bet your tuchus that between the flowing wine and the thin air, it was quite the party.

2. Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated During Passover. According to the American Jewish Historical Society, many Jews were in synagogue for the holiday when the news of Lincoln’s assassination broke. Altars in temples “were quickly draped in black and, instead of Passover melodies, the congregations chanted Yom Kippur hymns. Rabbis set aside their sermons and wept openly at their pulpits, as did their congregants.” Sadly, a time that was supposed to be full of celebration became one of mourning.

3. Coca-Cola Makes a Special Batch of Kosher Coke for Passover. While Coke is generally a kosher product, the dietary laws tighten during the Passover holiday making high-fructose corn syrup a no-no for observant Jews (it really should be a no-no for everybody all the time, but that’s neither here nor there). In response, Coca-Cola pumps out a batch of limited edition Coke that uses (gasp) real sugar instead of the kitniyot corn. Look for bottles with yellow caps on them to be sure you’re getting the right one, baby! (that was Pepsi‘s old jingle, but close enough.)

4. The First American Edition of the Haggadah Was Published in 1837. The Haggadah is the book or text Jews read from during Passover. It tells the origins of the holiday and explains how the Seder is supposed to proceed. Solomon Henry Jackson, an English-born American Jew, published the first American edition of the Haggadah in 1837 in New York. Jackson had moved to the city in the 1820s to establish the first Hebrew printing press, and The Jew, a monthly newspaper and the first Jewish periodical in the United States. One could say Jackson was the original member of the Jewish media elite.

5. Gefilte Fish is Really Good, I Swear. I know, I know, a bottle of gefilte fish looks more like something you’d find in science class than in a supermarket, but trust me when I say this: it tastes great. Some are even calling it “the new bacon.” Explaining the ingredients or the process of making it would probably only hurt my case, so I’m just going to say that if you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out. Just think of it as a fish hot dog, and as you can tell from Hebrew National dogs, we Jews know how to do mushy meat!

6. Manischewitz is a Brand, Not the Hebrew Word for Kosher Wine. Just as a Kleenex is really a “facial tissue,” and Q-Tips are actually “cotton swabs,” Manischewitz is a proprietary eponym. Founded in 1927 by Leo Star, the Manischewitz winery has basically cornered the kosher wine market here in the US with their sweet concord grape wine. Yet like Coca-Cola, Manischewitz uses corn syrup to sweeten things up a bit, so surprisingly not all Manischewitz is actually kosher for Passover.


Party at Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica

A Very Special Dinner Party at Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica!

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“To receive a guest is to take charge of their happiness
during the entire time they are under your roof.”
– Fernand Point

SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR DINING! And a Birthday Party for my Mom!

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A fancy restaurant, a private dining room, 13 good friends and family, champagne, wine, great food, gifts, love, conversation and congratulation, and a good time was had by all!

Saturday evening, we had a 7:00pm reservation for a private dinner party at Melisse restaurant for my mother’s birthday. And it was “FABULOUS”!

We drove over the hill on the 405 freeway and down Wilshire boulevard to 11th Street in Santa Monica. Then we drove around for 15 minutes looking for a place to park before we finally gave up and valet parked in the lot behind the restaurant ($8.50 + tip).

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We were the last to arrive at 7:20pm, and because we were asked to take pictures, that was the first order of business after saying hello to everyone. The pictures of the party guests and the Guest of Honor, some pictures of the restaurant, and pictures of the excellent food came out pretty good. We were worried because it was dark in the private dining room and we chose to use the flash on our cheap LG phone even though we had brought our mini iPad camera.

“Melisse is both a two Michelin Star Award winning restaurant and the recipient of Zagats highly coveted top rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 2003.” – Open Table

“Simply superb in every way”, this “refined” “gastronomical wonder” in Santa Monica from Josiah Citrin “defines fine dining”with “inspired”“artful” French-American tasting menus and “spectacular” wine pairings – all “seamlessly” presented by an “intuitive”“world-class” staff in a “chic yet soothing” setting; prices are “not for the faint of heart”, but the “state of bliss” that ensues is “worth every penny.” – Zagat (4.8 out of 5)

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GOOGLE REVIEWS: 4.5 Stars! (141 reviews)
#38 on LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold’s 2017 “101 Best Restaurants” list.

Seasonal French-American cuisine!

We have eaten here before and it was one of the most amazing meals we have ever enjoyed! Read about in our Previous Blog post “Dinner at Melisse” (see the link below). And we were very excited about dining here for Mom’s “Big Birthday” party!
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On The Menu: 1993 Dom Perignon champagne, crab amuse bouche, egg caviar, Maine lobster, dry aged prime New York steak or Spanish turbot (fish), choice of fresh baked bread & butter, red & white wine, chocolate L’Opéra cake, lemon soufflé with fruit & vanilla ice cream and 4 different petit fors:

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A Vintage Vintage! 1993 Dom Perignon Champagne – Cheers!

Let’s begin with a Dom Perignon 1993 Champagne to toast the Guest of Honor!

We began with a champagne toast! Found a bottle of Dom Perignon vintage 1993 tucked away recently. Didn’t know if it would still be good after 25 years. Opened it for the party and it was excellent! So we toasted the Guest of Honor and then we made everyone pose for the “toast picture” (as seen above) taken by our Host.

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“On the nose, this wine opens with notes of red-fleshed peaches, rapidly evolving into cashew nuts and dried herbs. The aromatic experience finishes on a note of lightly toasted brioche. On the palate, it offers a host of well-orchestrated, precise and full-bodied tastes. The initial density becomes creamy, while the long finish ends on a note of glazed citrus fruit.” – Winemaker notes

The unique Dom Perignon style: a rich creamy mousse, fine bubbles, a spirited, crisp opening leading into a broad palette of aromas and tastes, the delicacy of substance itself. Each Cuvee Dom Perignon is cellar-aged for 6 to 8 years.

And then a bottle of fine Chardonnay (white wine) for the egg caviar and lobster courses.

NOTE: Melisse has a fantastic, world-class wine list, however the “Good Stuff” is very expensive (repeat, very expensive), so we brought our own bottles of wine and champagne and paid the corkage fee for each one we opened.

BIG THANKS TO CHEF JOSIE AND THE ENTIRE STAFF AT MELISSE! Everything was excellent. The food was 5 star quality and cooked perfectly. And the service was done with professional precision and attention to detail not found in most restaurants.

NOTE: The red wine, a Pra’ Amarone della Valpolicella (aka Amarone) is a rich Italian dry red wine made from the partially dried Corvina Rondinella grapes and other red grape varieties. Valpolicella is located in the province of Verona, in the Veneto region near Venice. Italy.

“Dark ruby. Very refined nose offers aromas and flavors of spicy dark plum, chocolate-covered cherry and minerals, lifted by strong floral accents (especially lavender and peony). Multilayered and very suave, boasting a long and tactile finish, leaving behind a strong impression of grace and refinement. A very elegant, smooth Amarone of noteworthy depth and complexity but also impeccable balance (you can’t tell this clocks in at 16.5% alcohol).” – Ian D’Agata, Vinous (scored a rating of 94)

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Melisse Restaurant1104 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401 melisse.com

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Chef Josiah Citrin, in his Santa Monica restaurant Mélisse. Citrin is celebrating Mélisse’s 15 year anniversary in 2014 (photo by Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)

NOTE: A meal at Melisse is a real dining experience and it’s expensive! $$$$$
If you can afford it, we recommend this restaurant as a destination in Los Angeles. The menu changes constantly and they have different tasting and course menus available.

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NOTE: The photo of Sammy Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines is a fantastic gift!

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405 Freeway north into the Sepulveda Pass at night

RFDTV BOYCOTT IS ON – SAY NO TO PAULA DEEN!

RFDTV BOYCOTT IS ON – SAY NO TO PAULA DEEN!

PAULA DEEN IS A RACIST!

TODAY in 2018, MORE THAN EVER, WE MUST COMBAT RACISM, BIGOTRY, ANTI-SEMITISM & HATE EVERYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD!

BOYCOTT RFDTV, The Cowboy Channel, Rural Radio and Rural Media Group, Inc.

We are going to boycott your network and your advertisers. Paula Deen does not belong on television or in any public forum. She is an admitted racist and your network can really do much better. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THIS OK? We will not be watching or buying from your advertisers for as long as she is on your network. THAT IS ALL.

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TODAY in 2018, MORE THAN EVER, WE MUST COMBAT RACISM, BIGOTRY, ANTI-SEMITISM & HATE EVERYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD!

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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

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“Man of the Year” TIME magazine 1963
(How Time has changed…)



 

 

There is a BLACK BEAR DINER in the San Fernando Valley!

Yes! There is a BLACK BEAR DINER in the San Fernando Valley!

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The Black Bear Diner in Tarzana, California

We were tired, hungry and driving down Ventura Boulevard last week, when much to our surprise and amazement, there was a Black Bear Diner in Tarzana!

Located in the space previously occupied by CoCo’s, Season’s and Bob’s Big Boy in Tarzana Square on Ventura Blvd just east of Reseda Blvd, we have a Black Bear Diner!

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We are a big fan of the Black Bear Diner and enjoy eating at the restaurant in Medford, Oregon when we are visiting in Ashland. They are located in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and there’s also one in Midwest City, Oklahoma. They are currently adding new locations and will soon be opening in Katy, Texas (according to their website).

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We were so happy to see a Black Bear Dinner in the Valley and to have an easy decision on where to eat dinner. We pulled right into the parking lot and started taking pictures for this Blog Post. It was late and after the dinner rush and not very crowded at all. There were people at about 40% of the tables and they were mostly finishing up. The counter was empty and we chose to sit at a table at the back of the main dining room where it was quiet and there wasn’t any waiter traffic.

We were seated immediately by a young host/cashier and greeted promptly by our waitress (or female server if you’re particular about the job title). When we asked how long they had been open they told us almost three weeks. Our waitress had worked at the previous restaurant CoCo’s in the same location, which had closed long ago.

Everything was new and “fresh” with the familiar decor that is part of their brand and a constant throughout the chain. A large WELCOME sign and statues of Black Bears greet you out front and there’s a beautiful vintage-style jukebox available in the lobby for patrons to play classic American music of their choosing. They have a merchandise display and food products available for sale at the register too.

The board-of-fare is All-American “stick to your ribs” Food, and it’s breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. We decided to keep it simple and test the American cheeseburger basket.

On The Menu: American Cheeseburger with Fries (in a basket)

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As you can see, the burger and cheese were presented on the basket, not on the paper, which may sound particular (and it is) but it’s important for some customers (like us). We ordered it with lettuce only, but there was no lettuce on the burger and we didn’t want to wait for a server to come, get the lettuce and then bring it back, before eating….

The cheeseburger was fine, but not great and a little bland. The fries were great and served very hot. We only had water to drink and ate the food quickly because we were really hungry. We finished and paid at the register and we were happy and no longer hungry. The service was fast and aside from the food presentation and missing lettuce everything was fine and we will return again.

NOTE: Our waitress left after putting the order in and bringing us barbecue sauce and mustard, and another server brought us our food, but the lettuce was ordered and missing from the meal.

We didn’t have dessert, but they do have a great dessert menu (with pics):

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Desserts Under Glass!

Black Bear Diner – 18355 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356 
“Down-home chain serving all-day American comfort food & desserts in a woodsy setting.”
OPEN 6AM-10PM everyday of the week
We also asked if they were going to have late-night hours, but they didn’t know yet…

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Take home some sauce and/or dessert!



HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! Year of “The Fool”? 49000 Hits!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
The Year of “The Fool”?
10550119_10203301393149505_4142180383391301623_oThe Rider-Waite image of The Fool as an innocent soul before his fall, untainted by contact with society and all its ills.
He is shown as a young man walking toward the edge of a cliff (his next step will send him tumbling into the unknown) with a small dog. The Fool holds a white rose, a symbol of freedom from base desires in one hand, and in the other a small bundle of possessions representing untapped collective knowledge.

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Let go of preconceived ideas and remain open to change.

Release any demands.

Pay attention to events as they are occurring in the present.

Let go of expectations and trust your instincts.

 

The Fool is unnumbered in the Major Arcana, sometimes represented as 0 (the first) or XXII (the last) in most tarot decks and is typically made up as a jester or bard (and a future Joker in a deck of playing cards).

“The Madman” or “The Beggar” wears ragged clothes and stockings without shoes, and carries a bundle of his belongings on a stick called a bindle slung over his back and he is leaning on a staff. He is being chased away by a dog that has torn his pants.

Early versions of “The Fool” card portray a person driven by base needs and urges who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation. The Fool is a carnival entertainer or a huckster. He is decrepit vagabond and vulnerable, the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. He represents fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage toward self-knowledge and wisdom.
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“The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.”

Lighten up and be spontaneous enough to stretch beyond the realm of logic…

and Just be happy!

 

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JoshWillTravel eclipses the Sun!

“What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” 

~ T. S. Eliot (we love this quote)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 from JoshWillTravel!

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“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if you look at it right.”

2017 – Our Year in Review:

THE PUPPIES and THE BIG BOY! They are truly “man’s best friend”.
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“The day after tomorrow, yes, only the day after tomorrow …
Tomorrow I’ll start thinking about the day after tomorrow”
– Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa

Procrastination (noun)
-the action of delaying or postponing something
-the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished
-the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones
-carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones
-putting off impending tasks to a later time

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For there’s a change in the weather
There’s a change in the sea
So from now on there’ll be in change in me
My walk will be different, my talk and my name
Nothin’ about me is going to be the same
I’m goin’ to change my way of livin’
If that ain’t enough
Then I’ll change the way I strut my stuff
Nobody wants you when you’re old and gray
There’ll be some changes made!

Renaissance Faire Reunion in March 2017 (another Blog Post coming soon)

A mighty oak tree
A reminder of the past
Standing tall and strong

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Paramount Ranch – Agoura, California

Our June Father Day’s midnight Emergency Room visit was memorable and very expensive even with health insurance.
(as detailed in a previous Blog Post = fear, anger, denial, bargaining, depression….)

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That take a black & white pic thing is happening! 
Happy New Year! Party like it’s 2099!

We saw the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN in Madras, Oregon
(and we camped in Prineville Reservoir State Park)
We also “vacationed” in Ashland, Oregon in August
(and drove through the Crater Lake fire zone after a 10 hour traffic jam)
We CRUSHED our iPhone…… Oh, the technology!

We went to Burning Man!* (and survived 9 days in Black Rock City/Desert)

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Reno, Nevada

We went to Reno, Nevada
We visited Manzanar Relocation Center National Monument at sunset.
We saw Pete Townshend’s Classical Quadrophenia at The Greek Theatre.
We went to the L.A. Auto Show and the Los Angeles County Fair.

We got a New Car too!
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The Denver Broncos sucked this year and didn’t even make the NFL playoffs.
The Boycott of the Los Angeles Dodgers continues…
WE ARE STILL BOYCOTTING THE DODGERS AND TIME-WARNER/SPECTRUM!
and this year they went all the way to the World Series and CHOKED AGAIN!

Many fun birthday and holiday dinner parties! Good Friends! Many great meals!

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^^^^^This End Up!^^^^^ Happy New Year 2018!

We usually make our Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake for the Thanksgiving Feast. Last year we didn’t. So everyone asked about cheesecake and they were sadly disappointed… and then we got some good Jewish guilt for the holiday. This year, by “royal decree” we were instructed that there had to be cheesecake and we did some “midnight baking” without big mixing bowls (because they were all in use for meal prep). And so there was Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake for dessert, and it was a Big Hit and everyone was very happy!

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Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake Thanksgiving 2017

 

And sadly, the sudden deaths of 2 old friends (now of blessed memory) in March.

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One Year Ago, New Year’s Eve 2017 – Mario V. RIP

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Annie RIP – “And the spiderman is always hungry…”

“Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time…..”

 

One Year! 12 Months – 52 Weeks – 365 Days (366 in a Leap Year)
8760 Hours (8784 in a Leap Year) – 525,600 Minutes – 31,536,000 Seconds
Tempus fugit! (Time flies)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

And we just reached 49000 Hits (unsolicited, never paid for) here on our Blog!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Wolf full moon at midnight – Happy New Year 2018!

34 years ago!
The Grateful Dead LIVE at the San Francisco (now the Bill Graham) Civic Auditorium on December 28th, 1983 (2nd show of the magic New Year’s Run) for ThrowbackThursday:

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! almost 50000 HITS! THANK YOU!



“I have traveled long and far, to be with you here and now.” – JoshWillTravel

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*Our full Burning Man Road Trip story has not been told yet….
there is a Blog Post in the “unfinished draft” stage that will soon be completed and published with many unseen pictures and even some artwork, so FOLLOW our Blog!



HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

“Everybody’s building ships and boats
Some are building monuments, others are jotting down notes
Everybody’s in despair, every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here, everybody’s gonna jump for joy”
– Grateful Dead Oakland Coliseum 1985


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127th Tournament of Roses Parade Bass Drum Head
“Find You Adventure With Music”

“In New York, people are buried in the snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.” ~Professor Charles F. Holder, 1890



 

Dinner at Davenport’s in Encino

Dinner at Davenport’s in Encino

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Wednesday night we went for dinner at Davenport’s in Encino. We wanted to try a neighborhood restaurant we had never been to before. They opened last year in the space formerly occupied by Dupar’s and John L. Groats on Ventura Boulevard west of Woodley Avenue. And so, on a cold winter weekday evening we made a reservation for 7:15pm.

Parking is in the rear and the lot was full. There was a line at the host station, located just inside the front door and the restaurant was packed at the sushi bar, long bar, bar dining  area and dining room. The outdoor patio was empty because it was “effing” cold and there was a nice wind blowing through the courtyard that even the outdoor heaters couldn’t warm. We know this because the reservation was made for “Outside”, even though we didn’t ask for the patio. When we asked to sit inside, the hostess seating us said there was an hour wait for a table and we almost left and went somewhere else…

Instead we went inside and found the manager and explained the situation. He was very understanding and they found a nice table in the corner of the dining room for us in a very short time. BRAVO! 

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The restaurant is divided into different spaces as mentioned above: there’s a sushi bar, long bar, bar dining area and formal dining room/private party space where we were seated. the interior is very nice, albeit a little crowded when the place is packed. If you’ve followed my Blog you know there are more than 20 sushi restaurants in the neighborhood, so a restaurant with a sushi bar (and raw oyster bar) is nothing new and the prices for sushi and sashimi were higher than most. They were offering a combination sashimi and oyster plate for $42 when we offered the specials by our friendly waiter.

We decided not to have sushi or oysters, knowing that we were going to have a big meal and instead just started with their tasty cornbread and bread & butter. They have some nice appetizers but again we didn’t order any know the entrees were large. We did share an $11 Caesar salad, but ended up giving it to another member of our party because they added kale (WE HATE KALE) without mention of it on the menu.

We had the BBQ baby back ribs ($29 for a full rack) and they were delicious! Fall off the bone and cooked really well. The BBQ sauce was tasty and we substituted sautéed asparagus for cole slaw. The fries were tasty, but they weren’t served hot enough. We ate a few of the ribs at dinner and took the rest home and ate them with hot (reheated) fries for lunch the next day, and the ribs were delicious the day after too!

Or party also tried the lobster roll, lobster (Cobb) salad and the ribeye steak. We also tried a glass of red and a glass of white wine, which were both excellent choices. And everything they served us was very well prepared, visually appealing, very tasty and super quality food! We tasted the brownie sundae dessert which was shared by our party, and it was wonderful but we were full and didn’t want dessert.

NOTE: We LOVE dessert and the brownie sundae was good, but the meal service had taken a long time and we were tired of sitting, a little claustrophobic, and really ready to go before we even ordered dessert.

The service was good, just a little slow because it was slammed, crowded and the layout of the restaurant makes it harder to serve. We never had to wait very long for our waiter,  and he did an excellent job tending to our requests.

On The Menu: BBQ Baby Back Ribs with fries and sautéed asparagus, cornbread, bread & butter, Caesar salad, Lobster Roll, Lobster Cobb Salad, Brownie sundae and a coke

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All in all, it was a very nice dinner to celebrate the end of Hannukah and the Winter Solstice (see our previous Blog Posts) and we left happy, full and with leftovers in hand. It was a good dining experience at a restaurant we had never been to before, and we would definitely return for another meal.

Davenport’s16120 Ventura Blvd, Encino 91436 (at Woodley Av)
http://www.davenportsrestaurant.com

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Pretty Christmas Tree at Davenport’s!

 



 

Happy Winter Solstice! Happy Festivus!

Happy Winter Solstice 2017!
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Happy Winter Solstice 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere
(Yesterday!) December 21st at 8:28AM PST – also known as midwinter,
it’s an astronomical phenomenon marking the day
with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.

SEASON’S GREETINGS! FELIZ NAVIDAD! JOYOUS NÖEL! HAPPY KWANZAA!

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Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Festivus 2017!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HANNUKAH!
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Happy Festivus!
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Happy Festivus!

And my how the little girls have grown!

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September 2016

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December 2017

Happy Festivus!
And Happy Winter Solstice!
Merry Christmas Dudes!

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And Christmastime’s A’Comin’!

So, we had an early Christmas dinner too last night.

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Happy Winter Solstice! Early Christmas Dinner!

On the Menu: Turkey breast, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce

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Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Why so negative?
That’s just your opinion, man.
Lump of coal for you.

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