CORONAVIRUS! Part 21 (Sat-Sun, and 4-20 Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 21 (Sat-Sun, and 4-20 Monday)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Remember we did yard work last week?
Trimmed the trees and now the backyard looks pretty good.

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“Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door!”

3:30pm We are taking the weekend off from blogging our forced lockdown. But….
we just caught the very end of the Orange Turd’s daily jerkoff session for the Press,
and TRUMP IS CRAZY! NUTS! TOTAL WACKO! ABSOLUTELY FUCKING INSANE! 

On The Menu: Ordered another sausage and meatball pizza from D’Amore’s!
And had it delivered around 3pm in the afternoon because we were hungry.
(ordered an extra-large and had it for lunch and dinner)
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9:30pm Ate some pizza for lunch, played with the dogs, took a nap, ate some pizza for dinner and tuned in to Saturday’s evening’s entertainment airing on ABC, CBS and NBC simultaneously. And also on the interweb everywhere!

A REAL SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL!
One World: Together At Home

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A Triple Shot of Comedy: Jimmy, Stephen, and Jimmy!

Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon hosted
a celebration in support of frontline Healthcare Workers
fighting the deadly COVID-19 CoronaVirus Pandemic!

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YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT!

Ladies and Gentlemen, THE ROLLING STONES!
And Lady Gaga, Jack Black, Taylor Swift, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Lizzo, Sir Paul McCartney, and The Roots w/Jimmy Fallon!
Also Annie Lennox, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Joe Armstrong, The Killers, and many more artists from around the world.

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Jimmy Fallon and The Roots “SAFETY DANCE!”

TOO MUCH STUFF IN-BETWEEN THE COOL PERFORMANCES, c’mon play music!

Pizza for dinner.

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Sausage and meatball pizza from D’Amore’s

Sunday, April 19, 2020 – It’s Bicycle Day!

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“Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle,
I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle,
I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike”

On April 19th, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a chemist for Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, tested an experimental drug on himself and ingested a minute amount (250 micrograms) of a compound synthesized from the rye fungus, ergot. Less than an hour later, he was “tripping” and was the first person to experience the mind-altering effects of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Because of WWII restrictions, he and his assistant rode their bicycles home from work, giving the historic day its name.

“I did not choose LSD; LSD found and called me.” – Albert Hofmann
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“I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

1:30pm We woke up early. Dogs. Went back to bed.
Woke up again, dogs! And went back to bed. And woke up again.
Dogs outside and made an espresso. Doing a load of laundry too.

SUNDAY! SUNDAY!
It’s overcast and gray, but not cold, here in the valley today.

4:30pm We played with the dogs outside and then made a big pot of steak chili.

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On The Menu: Twice baked potato smothered in spicy steak chili (with beans, bacon and sausage) and cheese and crushed tortilla chips

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11:30pm We played with the dogs outside and took a nice hot shower!
And then we fell asleep, and then we woke up around 3:30am.

NOTE: We did watch the Orange Turd’s Sunday evening jerkoff session for the Press.

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TRUMP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS OF U.S. DEATHS!

Trump was briefed about Coronavirus in January!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, ignored it
and of course, Trump lied about it!

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March 13: “I take no responsibility.”

TRUMP IS A LIAR! He is an immediate threat to the United States!
HE IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE AND A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER!
ALWAYS BLAMING SOMEONE ELSE! TRUMP IS A TOTAL FAILURE!
BAT-SHIT CRAZY INSANE BEHAVIOR! EVERYDAY IT GETS WORSE!
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!
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THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS!
LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!
FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH!
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES!
WILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DIE FOR TRUMP’S ECONOMY?

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

Hey, it’s the 4-20 Bunny! “At 4:20 on 4-20-2020 there will be four twenties.”

Monday, April 20, 2020 – It’s 4-20 EVERYWHERE!

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Today should be a National Holiday! Party across the USA!
Monday is 4-20. April is 4-20 all month. Happy 4-20-2020!

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GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 4:20 =
4:20 pm on the 20th in the UK
5:20 pm on the 20th in Germany
3:20 am on the 21st in New Zealand
1:20 am on the 21st in Australia EST
8:20 am on the 20th in California
11:20 am on the 20th in New York

On The Menu: Choice of Platinum Skunk, Lemon Diesel, Strawberry-Banana,
Platinum OG, Boss OG, Old Pal, Banjo, Caesar, Lime, Homegrown, Black Hash,
Kanha (peach flavored) chews and 3 kinds of vapes. Party On!

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8:20am And the dogs went outside and got fed breakfast and then we got the papers.
We had some orange juice, an espresso, and the last of the banana bread we made last week (it was frozen and thawed out last night). And now we are Monday AM chillin’.

Toasted cheese sandwich for lunch.
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Amazing Afternoon Entertainment! Monday 4-20 Festival on the Interweb!

Weedmaps “Higher Together 2020”, Willie and Lukas Nelson host the Luck Reunion “Come and Toke It” on TwitchTV, the “Highstream 420 Festival” on youtube, Moonalice “Gathering of the Tribes” (shelter-in-place edition) on Facebook live, and more!

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Luck Presents: Come and Toke It! 4/20 at 4:20 PM with Willie and Lukas Nelson and Friends! Willie and Lukas telling jokes with Tommy Chong! Disco Biscuits concert!
Mike Tyson sez “Hapthy 4-20!” and OH NO! A 4-20 Party with Joey “CoCo” Diaz!
The Chambers Brothers on Full Moonalice!

Happy Four Twenty!
Jeff Bridges sings for Willie
On the interweb!

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8:30pm Well we were going to do stuff today, but maybe tomorrow instead.
Dogs are fed and they’ve been outside and now they’re laying down again.
And the coyotes are outside in the neighborhood tonight.

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Somebody in programming was paying attention.

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So, now it’s after midnight on Tuesday morning, around 12:30am

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Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras!

IT’S FAT TUESDAY! HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
In 1875, the State of Louisiana declared Fat Tuesday an official holiday.

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Where’s the King Cake?

AIKO! AIKO! ALL DAY! MARDI GRAS!
The first recorded Mardi Gras celebration on the USA was in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1837.

BON TEMP ROULER! MARDI GRAS!
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! MARDI GRAS!
On Fat Tuesday, the parades end
and the parties finish with the Meeting of the Courts at the Rex Ball.

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Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday,
is a Mardi Gras Carnival celebration on the last day before Ash Wednesday.

Parades, parties, masks, costumes, and outrageous behavior are the order of the day before the fasting season of Lent begins. Mardi Gras dates back to the ancient Roman festival honoring Lupercalia and Saturnalia in February. Christians adapted the festival into a pre-Lent tradition.

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We cooked a nice meal at home and celebrated Fat Tuesday with family.
On The Menu: we made a big pot of spicy “cajun” chili with red beans, so we had a bowl topped with cheese, diced onion, and crushed tortilla chips; a salad with avocado and Caesar dressing, fresh cut pineapple, and warm “just baked” banana bread  for dessert with an iced espresso and later a beer.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2020!

Happy Chinese New Year 2020!
Happy Spring Festival and Lunar New Year!

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NOTE: We post a “Chinese New Year” Blog Post every year!
Check out the links to our previous Blog Posts at the bottom of the page.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
WELCOME THE YEAR OF THE YANG MALE WHITE METAL RAT!
The Year of the White Rat actually starts on February 4, 2020
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(Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of the Yang Male White Metal Rat Year)

The Chinese New Year Festival runs for 15 days,
The New Year Lantern Festival on February 8th is the final day of the festival.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

The Chinese Lunar Calendar uses the 12 Animals
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And the Yin/Yang Five Elements:
Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth
The five elements are connected to five colors:
White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown.

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Geng is Yang Metal. Zi is the Rat.
The color of Metal is White.
2020 is the Yang Male White Metal Rat year.

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Yang Metal is male, hard, sharp, glittering and glaring iron. The characteristics of Yang Metal are brave, steadfast, unyielding and righteous. The other traits of Yang Metal are heartless, flaunt, ruthless and tyrannical. Yang Metal is also connected to strong wind, storm or hurricane. It can bring rainwater with it. Yang Metal is the 7th element of 10 Heavenly Stems. The color of Yang Metal is white, silver, or light yellow. The location of Yang Metal is in the west.

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The Rat is the first animal sign of 12 Earthly Branches. According to the Chinese Five Element theory the Rat is in the Water group and connected to placid water, cold water or rain. Water is related to wisdom and intelligence, so the Rat is a clever, tricky, and tactical animal and has many ideas, with keen vision, and can solve problems quickly. The Rat is Yin Water, the last element of 10 Heavenly Stem. It is connected to knowledge, memory, and learning. The Rat has a strong memory in learning and remembers the previous life experiences. The Rat is brilliant, brainy with a sense of creativity.
Rat characteristics: agile, active, resourceful, thoughtful, sharp-sighted, staying alert.

People born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008 are the Rat sign.

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Kumquats for Good Luck!

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Ceramic Dragon!

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2019> Yin Brown Female Earth Pig
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2017> Yin Red Female Fire Rooster (Chicken)
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2016> Yang Red Male Fire Monkey
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2015> Yin Green Female Wood Goat
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2014> Yang Green Male Wood Horse
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HALLOWEEN 2019

HALLOWEEN 2019 (Still on October 31st, for now)

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TRICK OR TREAT?

“When hinges creak in doorless chambers
And strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls
Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still
That is the time when ghosts are present
Practicing their terror with ghoulish delight”

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Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve is still on October 31st for now.

“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween.”

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Try carving a Pineapple!

Julie Driscoll sings “Must Be the Season of the Witch!” with Brian Auger in 1968>

The Halloween traditions originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. During Samhain the souls of those who had died wold return to visit their homes, and those who died during the year were believed to journey on to the otherworld. When the Romans conquered the Celts in the first century, they added some traditions (like bobbing for apples) from the festivals of Feralia and Pomona, celebrating the passing of the dead and the goddess of the harvest respectively, to the ancient holiday.

“Trick or treat, bag of sweets, ghosts are walking down the street.”

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Chuck Barris! The Gong Show!

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“There is something haunting in the light of the moon.”

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!
(always a classic, but extra fun for Halloween)
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

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“Hey Riff, show us your mother!”

It’s astounding
Time is fleeting
Madness takes it’s toll
But listen closely
Not for very much longer
I’ve got to keep control

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I remember doing the Time Warp
Drinking those moments when
The blackness would hit me
And a void would be calling
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

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It’s just a jump to the left
And then a step to the right
With your hands on your hips
You bring your knees in tight

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But it’s the pelvic thrust
That really drives you insane……
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

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It’s so dreamy
So fantasy free me
So you can’t see me, no not at all
In another dimension
With voyeuristic intension
Well secluded, I’ll see all

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With a bit of a mind flip
You’re into the time slip
And nothing will ever be the same
You’re spaced out on sensation
Like you’re under sedation!
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

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Well I was walking down the street just-a havin’ a think
When a snake of a guy gave me an evil wink

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He shook me up, he took me by surprise
He had a pick-up truck and the devil’s eyes
He stared at me and I felt a change
Time meant nothing, never would again

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“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

“In this 1975 cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named Rocky.”

“Be afraid … Be very afraid.”

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!” – Bram Stoker

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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Q: “Why are vampires like false teeth?  A: They all come out at night.”

Do you like scary stuff? Halloween is the perfect time to break out the horror films and spooky stories. Lots of good television too. Halloween holiday classics!

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Monster Chiller Horror Theater with Count Floyd! OOOOOOOOHHHH, Very Scary.

It’s a TOTALLY FUN HOLIDAY!
Costumes and PARTIES and CANDY!

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Musical genius Warren Zevon should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

“Every day is Halloween, isn’t it? For some of us.” – Tim Burton

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“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

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“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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“Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?”

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Barbara Eden as Jeannie “Bewitched”

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“WANT SOME CANDY?”
What’s your favorite treat?

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“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble.”

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“If you need me I’ll be in my coffin.”

Universal Pictures’ Classic Monsters
The horror-fantasy-thriller-science fiction films made by Universal Pictures 1920 – 1950. They were the first shared universe in the history of Hollywood. Beginning with The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera (both silent films) starring Lon Chaney. Universal produced the monster franchises Dracula (with Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein (with Boris Karloff), The Mummy, The Invisible Man (with Claude Rains who also starred in the sound remake of The Phantom of the Opera), The Wolf Man (with Lon Chaney Jr.) and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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“I am wicked in many ways.”

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FULL Performance of Disneyland’s “The Cadaver Dans” during Mickey’s Halloween Party. This performance from Oct 8, 2013 on the Rivers of America in Frontierland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hc_jcAEvsE

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! (1975)

And then “DO THE MONSTER MASH!” (Boris Karloff on Shindig 1965):

“He did the mash. He did the monster mash!
The monster mash. It was a graveyard smash.
He did the mash. It caught on in a flash!
He did the mash. He did the monster mash.”

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band do “The Monster Mash!”

“Hurry back…Hurry back… Be sure to bring your death certificate if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now. We’ve been…dying…to have you!”
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“Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts!” Phineas, Ezra & Gus

“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry Potter quick found out,
than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.”

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A Masquerade Costume Party from the 1870s

 



 

OCTOBER 2019 Taimane in Malibu, Rocktoberfest, and Halloween!

OCTOBER 2019 – Taimane in Malibu, Rocktoberfest, and Halloween!

And so it is ROCK-TOBER again, and Halloween is on the doorstep.
Thanksgiving and “the Winter Holidays” (Christmas) are waiting in the wings.
Where does the time go? What happened to this year? Tempus Fugit! Time flies.

A Blog Post in three parts: first, some LIVE MUSIC Taimane in Malibu, second, a review of the month of October, and third, a little fun with “The Big Lebowski” and “Office Space”.

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Thursday’s sunset on the 101 freeway on the way to Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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Taimane LIVE at Pepperdine University 10-17-19

NOTE: Taimane is pronounced Tie-mane-ee

Taimane and her Quartet – Elemental Tour
with special guest Polynesian Dancers
in the Smothers Theatre at 8pm
2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year!
A wonderful showcase and celebration of Polynesian culture.

with added bonus “It’s All Black & White” Contemporary Art exhibit
in the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art next door – FREE Admission!
(see our previous Blog Post for pictures of the art)

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“It’s All Black & White” Art at Pepperdine University

One Ticket to the show: $20+$2 service charge = $22 Total!
and FREE PARKING if you park in the shuttle lot and ride.
(and $7 to park nearby if you don’t want to shuttle)

“She shreds on ukulele and rocks everything from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin. Somehow she manages to not only rock out but connect the audience with meaningful Hawaiian traditions and dances.” – Austin American-Statesman

It was an easy drive from the San Fernando Valley to Malibu. There was only a little stopped traffic caused by the stoplight and left-turning cars at the intersection of Las Virgenes and Mulholland going through the Santa Monica Mountains to the beach. Our destination: Pepperdine University on the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) above the Pacific Ocean.

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US 101 Freeway (north/west)- Ventura Highway at Sunset

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View of Malibu and the Pacific Ocean from Pepperdine at night

We parked for FREE in the shuttle lot and after a short ride we were at the Smothers Theatre picking up our ticket at WillCall. It was a beautiful evening at the beach! We arrived early, walked around a little, took some pictures of the campus, and then visited the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art next door and experienced the “It’s All Black & White” contemporary art exhibit for FREE! (pictures of the art in our previous Blog Post)

Lovely fountains, the Palm Court next to the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, steps that lead down to the lower campus and a Starbuck’s, the parking lot and the Smothers Theatre at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts – Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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And when they opened the house doors, we went to find our seat. Orchestra Row B, on the side aisle. The show started about 15 minutes late, and then it was magic time! Taimane has a beautiful voice  and she jams on the ukulele (and guitar)! She talked directly to the audience, introduced each section/song during the performance and created a intimate relationship with the audience. Her quartet were also amazing! She was accompanied by a guitar, violin and percussion (actually a trio) and two wonderful dancers who performed hula and haka dances during a few of her pieces. We enjoyed the show very much! We love LIVE MUSIC! And the performance was really fun.

One of the reasons we chose a seat on the side was in case video recording was allowed…. and it was! The lighting and our cheap cel phone camera made it difficult to get good pictures (as you can see, we had the same problem at Lebowskifest), but the videos we shot came out pretty good and did a good job of capturing the musical performance.

A couple interesting points: 1. The theatre space makes the performance different from a club venue or music stage, and the audience response was great, but somewhat subdued.
2. The actual show length was kind of short. They started late and played a short first set, then there was an intermission, and a longer second set.  And done before 10:30. There was time for more music (at least another song), and there could and should have been a little or a lot more music, and maybe less introduction. But for only $22 for the ticket we should just shut up, because it was a fabulous performance that we really enjoyed.

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NOTE: Why does this always happen? The nice (old) couple behind me sat down and started talking…. season ticket holders? They knew nothing about the artist or the music.
And they had a wonderful experience! We know because they talked….

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During Intermission and after the show, Taimane worked the “Merch” table, signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone! The other musicians and the dancers also came and mingled with the crowd and everyone was very friendly.

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Spotted this car in the shuttle parking lot after the show! Lots of vintage stickers too.

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We rode the shuttle back to the parking lot and walked to our car enjoying the view of Malibu and the Pacific Ocean at night from the university heights. We once lived in the Pacific Palisades on the Pacific Coast Highway just south of Malibu with a panoramic view of the ocean and we really miss enjoying it 24/7.  We drove south on PCH and then back to the San Fernando Valley through Topanga Canyon. There was construction and we had to stop twice for traffic when it was just a single lane. There were too many slow drivers and one crazy tailgater, but we got home eventually without incident.

Ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner performs
at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
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and her page on fb> www.facebook.com/taimanegardner

NOTE: The three Taimane live performance videos we shot have been uploaded to our personal fb page and may soon be available on our YouTube channel, if we can figure out how to upload them from our cheapo camera. Her videos on YouTube rock!

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“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working,
every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it.
So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”
– Peter Gibbons, Office Space

Here is our old 2010 commercial real estate office space in West Los Angeles:

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Our CUBICLE in the West Los Angeles Office

As a Hollywood Talent Manager we worked from the Home Office for over 10 years. It was a big change having to wake up, get ready and then drive to work to get to the office and our work desk in our cubicle space. Try doing the 405 Freeway Crawl for a year! It was only 12 miles, but it could take well over an hour to get from the Valley to West L.A. And the drive “over the hill” isn’t much better using the canyon roads, as we found out working at the Century City adjacent Talent Agency. It sucks to arrive at work already stressed out from the drive, and then to still have to be present and accounted for all day. And then stress out on the drive home in horrible traffic again after work…….

Agent, Agent, Agent! Three jobs in a row:
Commercial Real Estate (sales & leasing) Agent – nice cubicle in nice office as seen above.
Hollywood Talent Agent – had our own office, but it really was just a “private” cubicle.
Luxury Travel Advisor/Travel Agent – didn’t even get walls, just got an open desk space.

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Milton: “I believe you have my stapler.”

And at present we are back in the Home Office, Right now, we are finishing this Blog Post in our bathrobe at 4:30am while drinking coffee and watching reruns (that we’ve already seen too many times) of “Two And A Half Men”.
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So OCTOBERFEST!
Rock Out it’s ROCKTOBERFEST!
And INKTOBER too!

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Happy Halloween 2019!

September 29: Happy Rosh Hashanah! Happy Jewish New Year!
(we celebrate for 2 days, and observe the holiday for 10 days)

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Happy Jewish New Year!

October 8 was Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement
(lots of prayers and fasting on the holiest day of the year)
A personal message from JoshWillTravel:
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Remember The Las Vegas Massacre on the Las Vegas Strip?
October 1st was the 2 year anniversary of the Route91 Harvest Music Festival:
58 people killed and 422 wounded.
October 27th is the 1 year anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life (L’Simcha congregation) Synagogue Shooting: 11 people killed and 7 others injured.

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“Enjoy Every Sandwich”

October is the tenth month of the year
Autumn in the Northern hemisphere
October’s birthstones are tourmaline and opal
Zodiac signs for October are Libra and Scorpio
And it’s National Pizza, Popcorn Poppin’, Pork, and Seafood Month!

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“Callin’ Oates” Your EMERGENCY Hall & Oates Hotline!

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We called it. It is real. “Whoaaaaa, here she comes…..”

October 20 – Remembering Tom Petty on his birthday.
Gone too soon. May his memory and music be a blessing!

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Happy BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY 2019!

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Oct 25 is St Crispin’s Day!
“This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd” – Henry V
The Battle of Agincourt was fought on this day in 1415.

He stomped on the Terra.
Remembering Wolodia Grajonca (aka Bill Graham) today.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019!
Still on OCTOBER 31st for now…
Watch for a new Halloween Blog Post coming soon!

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Happy Halloween 2019!

“They did the Mash, They did the Monster Mash!”

The Dude Abides. And where did the year go?
How is it the end of October already?
TIME. TIME. TIME.
“It’s astoundingTime is fleeting. Madness takes it’s toll” – Riff Raff

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“Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism.
An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started. Right after a little nap.”

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“And even if he’s a lazy man, and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest worldwide.”

“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

“Shomer Shabbos!” Friday at dusk until Saturday at sunset!

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“SHOMER F*CKIN’ SHABBOS!”

The Sheriff of Malibu: (a F*ckin’ Fascist!)
“I don’t like your jerk-off name, I don’t like your jerk-off face,

I don’t like your jerk-off behavior, and I don’t like you, jerk-off.”

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“Stay out of Malibu, Lebowski! Stay out of Malibu, Deadbeat! Keep your ugly fuckin’ goldbrickin’ ass out of my beach community.”

“I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

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The Dude Abides.

“Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools:
they have need of ’em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation,
and let father Time shake his glass.”
~William Congreve

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.         …I’m dreaming of a White Russian.

“Uh, I am not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude.
So that’s what you call me. You know uh, that or uh, his Dudeness,
or uh Duder or uh, El Duderino, if you know you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

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“Truckin’, got my chips cashed in.
Keep truckin’, like the doo-dah man
Together more or less in line, just keep truckin’ on.”
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“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.” – Psalms 103:16

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FULL MOON FEVER!

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 95000 Hits!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 95000 Hits!

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Chinese New Year 2019 is February 5th in the USA!
Happy Year of the Yin Brown Female Earth Pig!

“Pigs are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life.
They have a lot of support in both work and life.
They have fortunate lives and can find happiness.
They are successful later in life.
However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on that.”

Most compatible with a Pig: Tiger, Rabbit and Goat
Least compatible with a Pig: Snake and Monkey

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HAPPY SPRING FESTIVAL 2019!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! HAPPY SPRING FESTIVAL!
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Preparations for the new year begin on January 28th and last until New Years Eve.
Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th and ends on February 19th.
Lantern Festival preparations begin on the February 16th, and it is held on the 19th.

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Red pockets, hóng bāo, are red envelopes filled with lucky money!

“May your happiness be without limit”

祝贺大家新年好! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! 恭喜發財!

“Worldwide peace” (天下太平—tiān xià tài píng)
“Longevity and fortune” (千秋万岁—qiān qiū wàn suì)
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Scare the Demons away! Do you have your red underwear ready?

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Life is just a bowl of kumquats!

The name of the kumquat fruit comes from its Cantonese pronunciation gam kwat, which translates literally to “golden tangerine.”
The sweet fruit represents wealth and good fortune.

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The Pig is the twelfth of the Chinese zodiac animals. According to myth, the Jade Emperor decided the zodiac by the order in which each animal arrived to a party. The Pig was late because he overslept, arrived last and ended up number twelve.

The Pig is yin. The Pig is associated with the Earth element and the hours 9–11 at night.
Pigs are a symbol of wealth. Fat faces and big ears are also signs of good fortune.

 

Recent past years of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007
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UNSOLICITED HITS!

 

Yes, we just passed 95000 Hits!

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Every year we build a “Happy Chinese New Year!” Blog Post.
Please check out our past Blog Posts:

2018 – Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year-2018/
2017 – Year of the Red Fire Rooster
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/happy-chinese-new-year-2017/
2016 – Year of the Yang Red Fire Monkey
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/happy-chinese-new-year-2016/
2015 – Year of the Green Wood Goat/Ram/Sheep
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year/
2014 – Year of the Green Wood Horse 
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/gung-hay-fat-choy-happy-chinese-new-year/

People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during a Chinese New Year eve celebration at Chinatown in Manila

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Getting ready for the Super Bowl!
Don’t worry, the Government shutdown will resume after the super commercial.
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY is February 3rd. GO RAMS!

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MOVE BURNING MAN TO CALIFORNIA!

Move the Burning Man event to California and away from the BIA!

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Cuddeback Dry Lake Bed near Ridgecrest, California (not my pic)

There is a dry lakebed (Cuddeback Lake) near Ridgecrest, CA (BLM land) that could accomodate the Burning Man event. The economic impact of the event would be year round and millions of dollars for the county and state. The access and location would be much better than their current location and they wouldn’t have to deal with Nevada. I spoke with the CEO/President of the Chamber of Commerce and they would be interested in talking with Burning Man. Have a nice day.

UPDATE 10-22-18: So, yeah, it was a pretty dumb idea. But maybe someday….

NOTE: New Blog posts coming soon! Just gotta finish them….

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Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today!

The Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today.

First album to be certified Platinum!

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Gold Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

Dad was the Iron Butterfly’s manager and attorney.
I played at the band’s ranch in Topanga Canyon when I was little.
I also played piano at the age of five with Herbie Hancock when he stayed at our house.
I was backstage and under the bleachers when Black Oak Arkansas played Circus Circus in Las Vegas in the early 70’s.

Dad managed all of them and other famous artists while we were growing up in Los Angeles. It was not your ordinary childhood.

“IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA” by the Iron Butterfly 1968

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The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums, with more than 30 million copies sold. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA Platinum Award. It went to #4 on the U.S. charts.

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The Iron Butterfly in 1968

Doug Ingle (organ, lead vocals), Ron Bushy (drums, percussion), Lee Dorman (bass, backing vocals), Erik Braunn (guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals)

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In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?

Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya now.
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?

In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?
Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya.

Two, three, four!
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Written by Douglas Ingle • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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In early 1968, the band’s debut album Heavy was released after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording the album in late 1967. Faced with the possibility of the record not being released, they quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Erik Brann (also known as “Erik Braunn” and “Erik Braun”) and resumed touring.

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I almost went to Woodstock! This was a smash hit record in the Summer of Love 1968. Here’s the story from Wikipedia that I heard when I was growing up:

The band had been booked to play at Woodstock, the manager demanded that the Butterfly be flown in by helicopter, whereupon they would “immediately” take the stage. After their set, they would be paid and flown back to the airport. The manager was told that this would be taken into consideration and he would be called back. In truth, the demands were never given a second thought. Dorman later expressed regret at this turn of events, feeling the band’s career may have gone further had they played the festival. According to drummer Bushy, “We went down to the Port Authority three times and waited for the helicopter, but it never showed up”.

But I always heard that Dad had refused to let the band get on the helicopters unless they were paid first and that’s why we never got to Woodstock….

Here’s the truth. The band’s equipment and lightshow got stuck in the famous New York Throughway traffic jam and never made it to the location. The band was stuck in NYC (and needed a helicopter to get to the festival) and the staff at Woodstock had too many problems to deal with and said “f*ck you”, the helicopter never came and the band did not go to Woodstock.

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Iron Butterfly “Ball” 1969

The gold record for this album is on the wall too. It went to #3 on the U.S. charts.

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Gold Record for “Ball” by the Iron Butterfly

The next album, Ball, reached number three on the charts and went gold, but more lineup changes followed. In 1970, with Erik Brann gone, Iron Butterfly released their fourth studio album, Metamorphosis with two new members, guitarist/vocalist Mike Pinera (whose Blues Image had opened for the Butterfly’s Vida tour) and guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt.

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“Metamorphosis” – the fourth studio album by Iron Butterfly, released August 13 , 1970.

The album managed to get into the top 20, but Doug Ingle quit the group shortly after its release. Without an organist for the first time in their history, the remaining four members cut a single, “Silly Sally”. It failed to chart and proved to be their last recording. The band broke up after playing a final show on May 23, 1971. Dorman and Reinhardt subsequently founded Captain Beyond.

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Captain Beyond – “Captain Beyond” (self-titled) 1972

Captain Beyond was a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971. The original line-up was singer Rod Evans, guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, bassist Lee Dorman, and drummer Bobby Caldwell. Evans was the original lead singer for Deep Purple best known for his vocals on their 1968 debut chart-breaker “Hush”. Reinhardt and Dorman had played in Iron Butterfly; Dorman, in particular, played on most of Butterfly’s early albums, including their 1968 breakthrough In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Caldwell had come to prominence playing with Johnny Winter.

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A recent “Jeopardy” Answer!

 

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A fine Pizza Tribute in Las Vegas

NOTE: We own a small MUSIC CATALOG and the MASTER TAPES of some fine vintage recordings (some previously released on the ATCO/Calliope/Festival Records labels) and they are FOR SALE! Please message me if you are a interested in more information (serious buyers only of course).

 

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Platinum Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

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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READ OUR PREVIOUS CHINESE NEW YEAR BLOG POSTS!

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Happy Year of the Brown Male Yang Earth Dog!
He’s such a good boy!

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HOME SWEET HOME!

HOME SWEET HOME!
Home again after 3 weeks road tripping!

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Home Sweet Home! Encino, California in the San Fernando Valley

Oakland, California (Piedmont)

Prineville and Madras, Oregon for the total eclipse

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Total Eclipse at the Motel 6 in Madras, Oregon

and 6 days in Ashland, for some theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
(“Julius Caeser” and “Merry Wives of Windsor”),

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Ashland, Oregon

Burning Man in Black Rock City (Black Rock Desert), near Gerlach, Nevada

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Make a playa dust angel! Ring the bell!
A Burning Man Radical Ritual! Sunday 4pm

and then Reno, Nevada for two nights!

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Reno, Nevada!

With a stop at Manzanar on the way home to Los Angeles on Hwy 395 south.

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Wednesday Sunset at Manzanar

Great trip with pics and blogs to follow: http://www.joshwilltravel.wordpress.com

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Vanessa (the van) and the Sunset (and Moon rise) at Pyramid Lake in Nevada

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Danced in the rain at Pyramid Lake at sunset on Monday
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Sunset at Pyramid Lake – Nevada Sky