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.

We are still working on the March 2018 Road Trip Blog Post and the Burning Man Road Trip Blog Post from last August-September 2017 is almost done too, but we are not sure if we want to post it… and there are a few more unfinished Blog Posts that may see the light of the interweb eventually. Meanwhile, we are getting regular unsolicited hits on past Blog Post from all over the world everyday. Check them out in the ARCHIVES>

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.


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The MARCH of Time!

“March comes in like a lion
and goes out like a lamb.”
– Thomas Fuller, 1732

The MARCH of Time!

“Rabbit, Rabbit”

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It’s not Easter yet!

Yesterday was the last day of February,
and the end of the second month of the year!
Today is the first day of MARCH 2018.
There is a Full Moon on March 1st and March 31st!

NOTE: We wrote another “March” Blog Post last year in 2017 that is a lot like this one. Compare and contrast if you like. This Blog Post stands alone.

HAPPY HANGOVER! – February 27th to March 6th
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March is the third month of the year. March has 31 days.
March is celebrated as a time of rebirth.

The meteorological spring begins on the first day of March and the Vernal Equinox on the 20th or 21st marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

March is named for Mars, the Roman G-d of War. It was the first month of the year on the Roman Calendar and named Martius.

March 1st – Full Moon
The last full moon of Winter, known as the Worm Moon (also called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Sap Moon)

March 1st, 2018 is
NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY
NATIONAL MINNESOTA DAY
NATIONAL PIG DAY
NATIONAL DADGUM THAT’S GOOD DAY
NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY
NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY

The Day of the Dude! – March 6th
see the previous Blog Post and CELEBRATE by takin’ it easy!
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March (the official definition):

  1. verb: walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread
  2. noun: an act or instance of marching.
  3. synonyms: walk, stride, hike, troop, trek, step, slog, pace, tread

Pi Day – March 14th (“π” = 3.14159265359 or 3.14 is Pi)

The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi”.
3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816….

The Ides of March – March 15th
see the previous Blog Post

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“Et tu Brute?”

Thanks to William Shakespeare and the play “Julius Caesar” we’ve all heard of The Ides of March. The story goes, in 44 BC a seer told Julius Caesar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March (March 15th). Caesar ignored him and later joked with the seer “The Ides of March have come.” The seer replied, “aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Caesar then attended the meeting of the Senate at the Theatre of Pompey, and was murdered by as many as 60 conspirators.

Gaius Julius Caeser (July 13, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC)

Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me? 
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music, Cry ‘Caesar!’ 
Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer:
Beware the Ides of March.
– Shakespeare

St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th
see the previous Blog Post

“Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.”

March Equinox (Vernal Equinox) – March 20th on the west coast

The birth flower for March is the daffodil.
Birthstones for March are aquamarine and bloodstone which symbolize courage.

March Madness!
see the previous Blog Post
NOTE: We don’t like college basketball. We don’t like college sports.
Student athletes are taken advantage of by the university system.
College sports are a distraction and school rivalries cause division.
Corruption, payoffs and bribery are just 3 of the problems.
(see “pointshaving”, “Cheating” and “academic fraud” for more)
REMEMBER “THE FIX IS IN!”

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And if you think it’s just 4 coaches and 3 agents, YOU ARE MISTAKEN!

And if you think it’s just basketball, YOU ARE MISTAKEN!

SPRINGTIME!
see the previous Blog Post

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Springtime at the Paramount Ranch Park in Agoura, California

Passover (Jewish Holiday) – March 30th to April 7th
Good Friday – March 30th
Easter Sunday – April 1st

March 31st – Full Moon known as the Pink Moon (also called Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, Egg Moon, and Paschal Moon)

APRIL FOOLS DAY! – April 1st
see the previous Blog Post

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The Day of the Dude! Monday March 6th, 2017>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/the-day-of-the-dude-monday-march-6th-2017-takin-it-easy/

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https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/beware-the-ides-of-march/

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https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/haappy-saaint-paatricks-daay/

April Fools! St. Stupid’s Day!>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/april-fools-st-stupids-day/

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The Book Find Club (1946)

The Book Find Club (1946)

Found this mailer card in an old book.

Here’s a little history>

The Book Find Club (1946):

In The Cultural Front, Michael Denning identifies the Book Find Club as a Popular Front institution. Its eclectic selection of books in 1946 covered the left side of the political spectrum from New Deal liberal to Stalinist. It also included books by writers not considered particularly political and was heavy on political exposes.
Its founder, George Braziller, fits the profile of the “proletarian intellectual.” He was a decade younger than most of the cohort and forced to drop out of high school in the tenth grade during the Depression. When he started the book club in 1940, he was 24 and working as a shipping clerk. According to an article on book clubs by John K, Hutchens that ran on the front page of the New York Times Book Review on March 31, Braziller’s initial capitalization was $25 and an inventory of remaindered books. By 1946 his club had 70,000 members and his eye for books allowed him to guarantee publishers a sale of 60,000 for the titles he chose, according to Hutchens. He would rent the plates and then manufacture his own editions, keeping costs very low. The article noted that he was offering his May selection, Arthur Schlesinger Jr.’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Jackson to members at $1.35, less than half the price of the Little, Brown trade edition.
The April selection was Theodore Dreiser’s novel The Bulwark about the deleterious effects of material success on a Philadelphia Quaker family. It had been published posthumously. Dreiser was definitely to the left politically and John Howard Lawson, cultural commissar of the Hollywood wing of the Party, claimed to have won his deathbed return to the Communist Party, which he had left some years earlier. This week The Bulwark was on the Times best seller list although most critics agreed it was not the equal of the author’s best works.
Braziller had served in the Army in Europe. According to his later recollections his first postwar choice for the club was Arthur Miller’s novel Focus, the club’s February selection. This story about anti-Semitism was a first novel from Miller, who would soon become a famous playwright. At this time Miller was very active in left-wing cultural groups like Stage For Action. Charles Poore in the above linked New York Times review found the novel more a lecture on Antisemitism than a satisfying work of fiction. The display ad that ran in the Times for the club edition offered new members the additional free choice of one of the other recent club selections. They included:
Cross Section 1945, an anthology edited by Edwin Seaver of previously unpublished novelettes, stories and poems by 35 American authors. Cross Section came out annually between 1943 and 1948. Seaver was also an editor at Direction, a member of the literary left, a writer and advocate of the proletarian novel.
These Are the Russians a sympathetic but balanced profile of the Russian people by Michael Lauterbach, who had been the Time magazine Moscow correspondent in 1943 to 1944 after the Soviet defeat of the German Army. Here is the Time review.
A dual selection of The Folded Leaf, a critically hailed novel by New Yorker editor William Maxwell, identified in the ad as a coming of age story of a “sensitive boy” and Dark Legend, a true story by psychiatrist Frederick Wortham of a 17 year old who murdered his mother. The Folded Leaf is still in print. Wortham was famous for his later attacks on comic books as a cause of violent behavior in impressionable children.
The Plot Against the Peace was a piece of left wing political paranoia by Michael Sayers and Albert E. Kahn that warned that Nazis with friends in high places in the US were setting plans in motion for a third world war that would return them to power in Europe. This scenario was promulgated as fact at many meetings of the Far Left in 1946. This was the Stalinist conspiracy theory to counter the Right Wing conspiracy theory that saw the Communists running the State Department. Essentially it suspected anyone who criticized Stalin or the Soviet Union ‘s foreign policy of being in on the Fascist plot.
An ad that ran in May noted that among the books that had been Book Find selections in the past were:
Strange Fruit, Southern writer Lillian Smith’s controversial 1944 novel about an interracial affair. Jose Ferrer had directed a stage adaptation of the novel that had closed in January after a brief run on Broadway.
Undercover by John Roy Carlson (the pen name of Avedia Derounian) was an expose of anti-Semitism in the isolationist movement. Selections had appeared in several magazines before it was published as a book. Carlson’s investigation had been sponsored by the Friends of Democracy, a church group that sought to expose extremism on both sides of the political spectrum, and the Anti-Defamation League. Carlson had posed as a pro-fascist, anti-Semitic Italian-American and infiltrated a number of America First groups. His book linked the anti-Semites to several isolationist Senators and congressmen who retaliated by demanding that Derounian and the sponsoring groups be investigated as un-American. It was the top non-fiction best seller of 1944. In 1946 writing again as John Roy Carlson, Derounian published The Plotters. His brother Steven Derounian was a conservative Republican congressman from Long Island during the Nixon era and ardent supporter of Barry Goldwater.
George Washington Carver, a biography by Rackham Holt, was an uncritical hagiography that was published in 1943, the year the educator died, and helped enshrine his image in the postwar world.
Argentine Diary: The Inside Story of the Coming of Fascism was by Ray Josephs who had been a gossip columnist and news magazine stringer in Buenos Aires, While living in Argentina, he befriended a young actress, Eva Duarte, who became better known as Evita Peron. He used his inside connections to report on the political turmoil inside this ostensibly neutral country. He later became a prominent PR exec.
The Cross and the Arrow was a 1944 novel by screenwriter Albert Maltz about a Gestapo investigation of a minor act of sabotage in a small German village. In 1946 Maltz would become an unintentional center of controversy among his fellow Communists. In the February issue of New Masses he had written an article meant to be a refutation of the cultural policies of the recently deposed party leader Earl Browder. However, the article seemed to imply that Communist writers should have greater artistic freedom than they had under Browder. This greatly infuriated the rigidly Stalinist Party leadership. Maltz was subjected to a reeducation session conducted by John Howard Lawson and the rest of his Hollywood cell for daring to even suggest such a thing. Fully chastened, he recanted in an article published in both New Masses and the Daily Worker that April. Lawson’s group, including Maltz, became known as the Hollywood Ten when they were dragged before HUAC and then imprisoned for failing to cooperate with the committee.

The Book Find Club was one of many niche book clubs in the Forties that sought to emulate, on a smaller scale. the success of Book-of-the-Month Club and the Literary Guild. Book clubs accounted for much of book sales in 1946, particularly outside the major cities. Their influence extended well beyond their membership since club promotions usually turned their selections into top sellers in bookstores and department stores as well. The Book Find Club was among the more financially successful alternative clubs. In 1948 it had a big hit with Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead.

In 1955 Braziller, having sold the club to Time-Life, went on to found George Braziller Inc., a highly prestigious publishing firm known particularly for its books on art and architecture and for the acclaimed international writers in its stable.

(Taken from the interweb> In Progress New York City April 1946)

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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

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!
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Friday, February 16 is the Beginning of the Lunar New Year & Spring Festival

2018 is the Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog!
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The Lantern Festival is on March 2nd and is the climax of the new year celebration.

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Over 2000 years old, the Lantern Festival is a time for Moon watching, Lion dances, lantern lighting, social interaction and a celebration of freedom.

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2018 is time to overcome obstacles and will be a challenge year for many people.
Take extra effort to reach your destination and use your wisdom to find a better way.
Consider necessity before spending money.
2018 will be a good year to save and increase your wealth.

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Return to Paramount Ranch Park – Agoura, California: Part 3 Renaissance Faire Reunion 3-26-17

Return to Paramount Ranch Park in Agoura, California:
Part 3 Renaissance Faire Reunion 3-26-17
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THEN, LET’S BEGIN! …The Renaissance Faire Reunion on March 26th, 2017!

Sunday in the Park!

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Gathering at the MainStage Clearing

On Sunday we went out to the Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California for the annual Renaissance Faire Reunion and it was a beautiful day!

We saw old friends and walked the site.

We uploaded about 200 new pics of people and places from the past and from our Sunday adventure. Everything was very green! It was cloudy and then clear, so there are a lot of great pics from the gathering.

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Ride with us! Cornell Road to the Paramount Ranch in Agoura , California
Take a Sunday Afternoon drive from the 101 freeway to the parking lot>

Take the 101 freeway to Kanan Rd and go west towards the Pacific Ocean.
Go past Agoura Rd and turn left on Cornell Rd. Go past the Fire Station.
There are nice views of Phredd’s Meadow and the old Racetrack from Cornell Road.
When you arrive at the Paramount Ranch (just past the sign), turn right into the park.

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Paramount Ranch – Cornell Road and Phredd’s Meadow (view from Cornell Rd)

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Looking Down from “Top O’The Main” in 2014

 

Aerial Photos of the Paramount Ranch racetrack with Faire locations from long ago:

 

 

 

WESTERN TOWN and MADEA CREEK

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Paramount Ranch – Western Town Meadow with New Church Structure

 

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Paramount Ranch – Map of Western Town

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Paramount Ranch – Sleeping Elephant Silhouette – Sugarloaf Peak (Mt. Ganesh)

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Paramount Ranch – Finance Hill

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Paramount Ranch – Olde Oak Tree

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

 

 

 

 

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Paramount Ranch – Old Court Glade (view from Gaming Hill)

 

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GATHERING AT THE MAINSTAGE CLEARING (Too late to turn back now….)

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Lots of old friends! When we arrived at the MainStage Clearing there were already a lot of old Faire folks gathered together. Some people were seated and having picnics and others were standing and talking. We said hello to our friends as we walked up the hill and almost at the same time the musicians began to play old Faire songs while others grouped around them and began to sing along.

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It was wonderful to see so many old familiar faces and facebook friends in person!

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Friends of the Paramount Ranch – “Huzzah! The Glove is Up Again!”

Billy and Richard announced that they had created “Friends of the Paramount Ranch”

The “Friends of Paramount Ranch” is now a non-profit under Ernie Fishbach’s corporate umbrella and the Park Service wants to add the history of the Ren Faire to the official Paramount Ranch history (or something like that, watch the video – contact Billy Scudder or Richard Beard for all the details if you want to volunteer)

NOTE: There was some action, and then they went dark. Not sure what is happening with “Friends of the Paramount Ranch” as of February 11, 2018.

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Paramount Ranch – Olde Man Oak Tree

 

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Paramount Ranch – Twilziwop Tree and the Remains of the Washing Well

 

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Paramount Ranch – Procession Hill and the Remains of the Washing Well

There are also still concrete pylons, half-axles, cinderblocks, T-posts and old pieces of lumber from the Faire’s physical past.

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Paramount Ranch – Drench-A-Wench/Soak-A-Bloke Site

 

 

 

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Paramount Ranch – Reading of the Names – Memorial Under Olde Man Oak Tree

 

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Paramount Ranch – Carolyn and Blue on Horseback

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Paramount Ranch – Love and Hugs from Jenny B!

Check out our previous Blogs “Return to the Paramount Ranch”
for pics from 2013 and 2014.

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Paramount Ranch

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All photos copyright 2017 JoshWillTravel

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Troll Hollow (Actor’s Camp)

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It was a beautiful day in the park!

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And we saw a Dragon! (Jenny B took this one)

50000 HITS! And 5 YEARS!

50000 HITS! And it’s the 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this Blog!

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50000 HITS!

TIME TO CELEBRATE 50000 HITS and 5 YEARS!

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We reached a huge milestone last week!
50000 unique hits on our Blog without solicitation or advertisement!
(well, we did post links on our facebook and twitter pages, but never paid for it!)

And it’s also our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WRITING THIS BLOG!
We started this Blog five years ago, as a way to share our thoughts and experiences with the “interweb”. We have constructed over 700 Blog Posts (most are available in the archive – see sidebar or use the Search Box at the top of the page) for our satisfaction and your enjoyment.

NOTE: THERE IS ANOTHER INTERFACE PROBLEM WITH WORDPRESS! The pages are slow to load and the text doesn’t keep up with the typing,

DANCE DANCE DANCE!

 

“We’re gonna have a celebration!” “Get down, get funky!” “Party hearty Marty!”

We passed 51000 Hits today! We’re seeing action from around the world, which is really cool and kind of amazing. So, it’s Monday (Jan 29) at 6pm and dinner is on the stove: spaghetti with meat sauce and roasted brussel sprouts. We just took a break to update this Blog Post and now we are waiting for our dinner guest to arrive to finish cooking and enjoy the meal.

Car chase and police standoff today (we wrote about these in a previous Blog), and it was a fine day for it…. the weather was perfect! Yesterday it was windy and warm, today it was just warm and sunny all day long in our neighborhood.


Picking this up again on Saturday morning (Feb 3). It’s been a beautiful week, weatherwise, here in the San Fernando Valley.

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How about this Southern California Winter?

Saturday 10:17am> In fact, it’s such a beautiful day, that I’m bailing for the outdoors and I’ll finish this Blog Post later! ———

Okay it’s Tuesday morning, February 6th and we’ll finish this Blog Post now.

February 2nd was GROUNDHOG DAY again! We watched “Groundhog Day” again.

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“BING!”

And Sunday was SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
Too bad we didn’t care about either team.
But, we hate Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, so we were rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles! A very small party at the Home Office was the order of the day.

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Did we mention we really hate the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.
SPOILER ALERT! The Philadelphia Eagles won the game 41-33!

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On the Menu: Steak and cheese sandwich with sautéed onions, garlic shrimp, tortilla chips & guacamole, crudité (celery, carrots, cucumber and dill pickle), Doritos nacho cheese chips and pretzels, scotch, cran-raspberry-orange juice, iced espresso and the Eagles win made it all a little tastier!

Superbowl Weekend! Do you need recipes? READ THE BLOG>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/even-more-fun-cooking-recipes/

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NOTE: For more on the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day, see our previous Blog Posts!
SUPER BOWL! PYREX Red Primary mixing bowl with vintage NERF football:

And so Super Bowl LII is in the bag and the NFL Football season is over until August. Better figure out what to do next Sunday….

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The Big Boy. RIP
I don’t have words right now.
He was a great dog.

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“May the Four Winds blow him safely home”

We got the bad news last week and I’ve been very sad about his passing. The Big Boy lived a great life for 12 years on the ranch in Oregon. He was the pack leader and protector, and my father & stepmom’s big baby and constant companion. He was my very good friend. I said goodbye last time I was with him and he will be missed.



BRAVO CHRIS LONG! (and FU Trump!)

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And I’ll just leave this here: Someone’s getting fired.
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MONDAY! MONDAY! MONDAY! MONDAY!

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HAPPY MONDAY from JoshWillTravel!

Happy Monday Morning from the beautiful San Fernando Valley!
You’ve got a green light for a great day!

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Ventura Boulevard in Encino, California

10am: Currently it is 59°F (15°C) and sunny with a 7mph wind.
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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…)