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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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)

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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…)



 

 

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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Kilroy Was Here!

Kilroy Was Here!

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“Kilroy Was Here” engraved on the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.

“Maybe you’ve bumped into Kilroy. He’s a bald (or balding) gentleman with a big nose, drawn peeking over a wall. Next to him is usually the phrase “Kilroy was here.” He can be found all over the world, and went viral long before social media or the Internet were around, finding his way through the theaters of war with American troops during World War II. (One of his most daring appearances may have been at the Potsdam Conference in 1945. During the summit, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin had exclusive use of a VIP bathroom. One day, Stalin reportedly used the facilities, and came out demanding to know from one of his aides who Kilroy was, having found the drawing on one of the walls.)”

“Kilroy Was Here” is a WWII slogan and graffiti by the American Army, the drawing based on the British “Mr Chad”, and sometimes coupled with images of pregnant women.

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1940s Vintage WWII “Kilroy Was Here” Hartland Plastics Pregnant Girl Figurine 

“Kilroy doesn’t appear to have originated entirely with U.S. servicemen, though. A similar doodle, known as Mr. Chad, was scrawled throughout Britain as a comment on shortages and rations during the war. Chad was similar in appearance to Kilroy, but was accompanied by a different message: “Wot? No tea?” (or whatever other goods were in short supply at the moment). Chad predates Kilroy by a few years, and may have been the created by British cartoonist George Chatterton in the late 1930s. As best as anyone can tell, at some point during the war, American soldiers borrowed Mr. Chad’s image and married it to their own name and phrase, ‘Kilroy was here.'”

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had already been wherever American soldiers went. It became a challenge for the troops to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable (on top of Mt. Everest and the Statue of Liberty, on the underside of the Arch De Triumphe and even scrawled in the dust on the moon)

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Wisconsin Historical Markers: The Highground WWII Tribute: Kilroy Was Here

“If the man in the drawing was a variation of Mr. Chad, then where did the name Kilroy come from? While the Oxford English Dictionary writes Kilroy off as a mythical person, dozen of real people claimed to be the doodle’s namesake in 1946, when the American Transit Association (ATA) held a radio contest to establish the origin of the phrase. One of them was James J. Kilroy, who worked as at the Bethlehem Steel shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts during the war inspecting the work done by others on the tanks and hulls of warships. As Kilroy explained to the ATA:

I started my new job with enthusiasm, carefully surveying every inner bottom and tank before issuing a contract. I was thoroughly upset to find that practically every test leader [the head of a work crew] I met wanted me to go down and look over his job with him, and, when I explained to him that I had already checked the job and could not spare the time to crawl through one of those tanks again, he would accuse me of not having looked the job over. I was getting sick of of being accused of not looking the jobs over and one day as I came through the manhole of a tank i had just surveyed, I angrily marked with yellow crayon on the tank top, where the tester could see it, ‘Kilroy was here.’ The following day, a test gang leader approached me with a grin on his face and said, ‘I see you looked my job over.’ I nodded in agreement.

Kilroy provided the ATA with corroborating statements from men he worked with at the shipyard, and said that he assumed that shipyard workers who had seen his mark and then joined the military took the phrase with them and began writing it in Europe. He won the contest and the grand prize, a full-size trolley street car. Just a few days before Christmas, the 12-ton car was delivered to Kilroy’s home in Halifax, MA, where it was attached to the house and used as living space for six of his nine children.”

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The “Kilroy Trolley Car” photo from the Boston American, December 23, 1946. Thanks to Brian Fitzgerald (James Kilroy’s grandson)

“Kilroy Was Here” is written in two locations on the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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“Clap my hands and jump for joy; I was here before Kilroy.
Sorry to spoil your little joke; I was here, but my pencil broke.” ~Kilroy
(from A Diller, a Dollar: Rhymes and Sayings For the Ten O’clock Scholar 1955)

Kilroy can also be seen at the end of my favorite WWII film “Kelly’s Heroes”>

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Spoiler Alert! Kilroy Was Here in “Kelly’s Heroes”

The 1983 Styx album titled “Kilroy Was Here” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song, “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto” ends with the line “I’m Kilroy.”

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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



 

Happy Christmas 2017!

Happy Christmas 2017!
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It’s a small world. And we all live in it. (after all)

Let’s do this! Merry Christmas Y’all!
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“On the first day of Christmas…..”

Screw the Yule Log, I’ve been to Burning Man!
Merry Merry Very Cherry and Season’s Greetings!

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Burn Santa! Burn!

“Teacher says, Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”
Fuggedaboutit!
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NOTE: We did not make a Christmas/Holiday music playlist this year,
so if you need to hear more seasonal tunes,
click and open the links to our 2015 and 2016 music Blog Posts:
2015 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/christmas-countdown-playlist-2015/
2016 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/holiday-music-playlist-2016/

Oh by golly! (this one’s for Phredd)

 

Mele Kalikimaka!
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Where’s Waldo?

Elf Lives Matter!

‘Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”
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And once again,
someone spiked the punch at the Peanuts’ holiday party:

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That is all.
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“He wasn’t the messiah, he was just a very naughty boy.”

Ladyfingers Recipe for the Feast of St. Stephen and Boxing Day!
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Day after Christmas,

A cold December morning,
Happy Boxing Day!
justin


 

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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