40000 Hits on The Blog!

40000 Hits on The Blog! THANK YOU!

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Happy Monday! Today’s milestone: 40000 Hits!
AND WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU! THANKS AGAIN!

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Well, okay then, it’s another beautiful day in the San Fernando Valley. It’s going to be hot. It was over 100 degrees yesterday and it will probably be over 100 degrees again today.

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San Fernando Valley on the 101 east at the 405

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“On The Road Again” Time for another Road Trip!

ON THE MENU (Breakfast):
orange juice, banana, peanut butter & raspberry jam sandwich and an iced espresso

Dogs are fed, they’ve been outside, did their business, they played around and now they’re down for a morning nap.

What’s on TV this morning:

ABC: “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest, SnapChat’s new feature and it’s dangers
NBC: BET Awards and Pitch Perfect 3, Marriage 101
CNN: Supreme Court allows part of Trump Travel Ban to take effect
HLN: At least 21 large fires burning in Western States
KTLA: Kooking for Kids
CBS: Some story about a murder in Michigan that isn’t news…
(“CBS has been covering this for a long time…”)
AXSTV: Merle Haggard live at Billy Bob’s
BBC World News: The Great Barrier Reef ($42Billion in economic value)
MSNBC: Supreme Court allows part of Trump Travel Ban, Medicaid with Trump stooge
FOX News: Criticizing Trump’s Press Briefings, CNN rules about reporting/retractions

FOX News is the only one talking about RUSSIA AND TRUMP!

Working Man Blues – Merle Haggard

It’s a big job just gettin’ by with nine kids and a wife
I been a workin’ man dang near all my life
I’ll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I’ll drink my beer in a tavern,
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

I keep my nose on the grindstone, I work hard every day
Might get a little tired on the weekend, after I draw my pay
But I’ll go back workin, come Monday morning I’m right back with the crew
I’ll drink a little beer that evening,
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

Hey hey, the working man, the working man like me
I ain’t never been on welfare, that’s one place I won’t be
Cause I’ll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I drink a little beer that evening
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

Sometimes I think about leaving, do a little bummin around
I wanna throw my bills out the window catch a train to another town
But I go back working I gotta buy my kids a brand new pair of shoes
Yeah drink a little beer that evening,
Cry a little bit of these working man blues

Hey hey, the working man, the working man like me
I ain’t never been on welfare, that’s one place I won’t be
Cause I’ll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I drink a little beer that evening
Sing a little bit of these working man blues
Yeah drink a little beer that evening,
Cry a little bit of these working man blues

Another Late Night Doodle:

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Don’t Be Distracted! “Squirrel” (pencil on paper)

And there’s our Blog Post for today! The rest of the day is gravy.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE. (Maybe)

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Have a nice day.

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SATURDAY MAY 20, 2017

SATURDAY MAY 20, 2017 – Hot in the San Fernando Valley!

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My Three Dogs

Wake up. Feed the Dogs, Make some Food, Water the Plants!

Really hot in the valley: 92 degrees was the high temp today.

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BRUNCH!

On The Menu: 3 eggs over medium, crispy bacon, fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and an orange), 2 toasted english muffins with chunky peanut butter and organic blueberry jam, and an iced espresso to drink.

Cool pictures from this week:

Big Bird (a very large raven) and Little Bird on a wire.

Sleeping puppy under my desk:

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Puppy Under My Desk!

Take a nap. Feed the Dogs.

What’s for dinner?
Leftover pizza and popcorn with strawberry lemonade.

Netflix and Chill. “Get Him To The Greek” (unrated)

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“Do you know the words to ‘African Child’?”

And Saturday is done.

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Friends of Paramount Ranch 2017 – Agoura, California

The Wabash Cannonball!>
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“This is What Happens Larry!”

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Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

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Saturday Morning…>
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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

“PROCRASTINATION”>
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Dinner at the Lakeside Cafe in Encino

Dinner at the Lakeside Cafe in Encino, California

NOTE: This Blog is still under construction!
Once again wordpress is acting weird, so we published before the Blog was finished!

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Dinner at the Lakeside Cafe in Encino, California

It’s Thursday night and let’s go out to dinner!
Chinese? Japanese? Deli? Where do you want to go?
I don’t know, someplace different.
Okay, ….

How about the Lakeside Cafe in Encino?

We went there one time for dinner a long time ago, it was soon after they opened in the old El Torito building on Ventura Boulevard (just east of Balboa Blvd) adjacent to Los Encinos State Historic Park with a fantastic view of the lake.

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El Torito Mexican restaurant had been in the same space for years and was an Encino “constant”! After they closed, a couple of other restaurant/bar/club ventures tried to make a “go” of it and failed. And now the tenant is the Lakeside Cafe, a combination coffee house and bar-restaurant and now also a performance space with live jazz and other music.

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El Torito Mexican Restaurant

We went there just for dinner at about 6:30pm. They have Valet Parking for $3.00 in a lot off Ventura and there’s metered street parking that operates 8am-8pm everyday except Sunday. We found a spot on the street and entered through the Valet lot entrance (there’s also an entrance on Ventura).

 

The “Front-of-House” on Ventura is set up like a coffee house.

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Lakeside Cafe “Front-of-House” on Ventura Blvd – Coffee House

 

You can enter the restaurant from Ventura Blvd through the coffee house area and center room. There is additional inside table seating here away from the bar area.

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Lakeside Cafe Center Room, Host Desk Entrance from Valet Lot, Additional Indoor Tables and the Waiting Area as seen from Coffee House side

If you enter through the Valet lot you walk into the center room and arrive at the Host desk and the waiting area. There are couches, a coffee table and benches for additional seating against the wall.

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There is a side guest table as well. Would you care for some literature?

Sunday Brunch, Happy Hour 3pm-6pm, Live Jazz on Saturdays and the Catering Menu are featured on the promotional material available on the guest table, on your table and inside the menu. Quality marketing and promotion is good business (direct to customer inside the restaurant).

The Dining Room, the Bar and the Outdoor Deck Patio on the Lake

The restaurant’s dining room is open to the elements because of the outdoor seating and deck. It was a lovely evening, the doors were open, but as the sun set it got cooler, and then colder due to its location on the lake. We knew this was inevitable and we decided to sit inside the bar area dining room away from the doors when we arrived.

There was a good crowd, but it wasn’t too crowded when we arrived. They have it set up as a “cafe” with wood 4-top tables and nice chairs in the dining room. On our previous visit we sat at a bar table on tall stools and it was not comfortable. The dining areas are wide open, so it has a cafeteria vibe where you’re eating with everyone in the room. Also, there are only hard surfaces indoors (wood floor and glass windows), so it gets really loud inside even when it’s not crowded. I would not recommend trying to have a romantic dinner inside, although it might be nice place for a rendezvous outside during the afternoon or on a warm summer night.

There is a small covered outdoor deck patio, which is separate from the other outdoor seating by the lake. It would be nice for having a small private cocktail or dinner party.

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They have a very nice bar, unfortunately it takes up a lot of space in the Dining Room area, and makes the dining room part of the bar area, adding a lot of traffic and noise to the room.

NOTE: There is a DISCLAIMER NOTICE in the menu!

 

 

Outdoor Seating – Dining Al Fresco on the Lake!

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The Lake and the Dining Room Entrance from the Outdoor Seating Area

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There’s outdoor seating by the lake, which is a beautiful place to dine al fresco on a warm San Fernando Valley day or night. Be sure to read the Disclaimer in the menu though!

The Dinner Menu and Bar Offerings:

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Cocktails $12?
It’s a nice place, but they have “westside” prices in the heart of the valley!
The food was good, but their food items and drinks are expensive compared to many other neighborhood restaurants, which is probably the reason we haven’t been back since the first time we ate here. We most likely would have ordered drinks otherwise.

On The Menu: fried calamari, a Santa Fe salad, fettucine chicken alfredo and a coke

The calamari was excellent, lightly fried and crispy/chewy! The Santa Fe salad was good, but The Cheesecake Factory’s salad dressing is the standard to which all other Santa Fe salads are compared. This one “not as good”. And the fettucine chicken alfredo was tasty, but just a little bland. The thin sliced chicken and pasta was cooked perfectly, which is sometimes hard to accomplish with a pasta sauce. The service was only okay, it was a little scattered and could have and should have been better. Our entrees arrived pretty soon after the appetizer (while we were still eating the calamari), which is good for fast service, but bad in relation to “timing the meal”. Nothing to really be upset about though.

According to the literature, they have Sunday Brunch and Happy Hour at the bar 3pm-6pm. They have live music on Saturdays and they do catering too.

Here’s their Catering Menu:

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Lakeside Cafe Catering Menu

Lakeside Cafe16817 Ventura Blvd., Encino, California 91436
818-616-2430  www.lakesidecafe.com @LakesideEncino

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Once again it’s WineWednesday! “We Be Chillin’!”

Once again it’s #WineWednesday! “We Be Chillin’!”

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#WineWednesday! “We Be Chillin’!”

What happened to March? Tempus fugit (Time flies…)
What happened to TODAY? How is it 11am and I haven’t done anything?

I woke up with a headache.
Actually one of the puppies woke me up to tell me it was time for breakfast.
I had a morning cup of espresso and a glass of orange juice (not from concentrate).
My head still hurts.

The television is on, but the volume is off <MUTE>.
The puppies are sleeping. One is under my desk, the other is laying in the pen.
NOTE: I took their pictures and this is almost “real time”:

It’s also “Gardener Wednesday”, so there will be leaf blowers and lawn mowers.
Construction continues next door. They will never be done.
Right now I’m sitting here in silence.

I haven’t eaten anything yet today.
Last night I made spaghetti with meat sauce, a salad and garlic bread:

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I’m thinking pan-fried leftover spaghetti with meat sauce for brunch. Be right back.

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Almost “real-time” Pan-fried Leftover Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti and an iced espresso and an aspirin for brunch.
It’s currently 80 degrees outside in the San Fernando Valley.
And the time is 11:49am Pacific Standard Time.
Now a word from our SPONSOR:

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So we cooked and ate the spaghetti, drank the iced espresso and took the aspirin.

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Blue Sky with Contrails Wednesday at Noon

And the puppies went outside and so I did too.
And it’s getting warmer. And I still have a headache.

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Wednesday Noon – Puppies Chillin’ on the Patio in the Sun

“The Chew” is just too loud today.


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

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Sunday in the Park – Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California

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. Here are just three (and the one above) for now:

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We’ll be creating a Blog with the pics from the Reunion in the very near future. And you can check out our previous Blog “Return to the Paramount Ranch” for pics from 2013 and 2014.


Wednesday 12:20pm: And they’re down again

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It’s a Dog’s Life! Wednesday 12:20pm

12:35pm: The gardeners are here, the leaf blowers are blowing and the dogs are barking….
MY HEAD FEELS LIKE IT’S GOING TO EXPLODE (did you ever see “Scanners”?)

MORE TO COME…..maybe. (The time is now 12:45pm)

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“The Dude and Trump have a lot in common…
both have bathrobes, both obsessed with their rugs, and they both love White Russians”
– Seth Meyers 3-28-17

And we’re back! 5pm:
I crashed about 1pm, slept for about 3 hours and then woke up, and still had a headache, but it wasn’t as bad. It’s beautiful and very bright outside today. Windy and warm! I know this because  were just there with the puppies…outside that is.

So we are up and we have an iced espresso, and the dogs have been outside, and they are now laying down again waiting for their suppertime.

p.s. Your internet history was just sold by the Republicans in Congress!
You have NO PRIVACY!
The Republicans in Congress are in the pockets of BIG CORPORATIONS and have put CORPORATE PROFITS over their sworn duty to provide PUBLIC PROTECTION AND PRIVACY!
Your ISP Provider can now sell your info to anyone without your permission!
(the new FCC regulations the Republican Congress just removed
would have required consumer consent and permission)

And don’t worry about that stuff about the Russians….
probably nothing, just “fake news”.

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WHAT THE F*CK?!!! HOW IS THIS NOT NOT BEING INVESTIGATED BY CONGRESS? 
If you’re a Republican, you might want to take another look at your guys. Just sayin’.

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THIS MAN IS A TRAITOR FROM CALIFORNIA! LOCK HIM UP!

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From the interweb game that’s going around for “Book Week”, we shared this except on a friend’s timeline and also thought we would share it here:

Wear no clothing emblazoned with opinions or exhortations.
If you own any T-shirts with such legends as “I’m with Stupid” or “100% Bitch” or “Nobody Knows Me Like Cosmo” please put this book down and back away slowly.

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Read It, Learn It, Live It.

Esquire’s “Things A Man Should Know About Style”
by Scott Omelianuk and Ted Allen (recently found this cool book in Storage)



 

SPRING FORWARD! FULL MOON!

SPRING FORWARD! HAPPY PURIM! FULL MOON!

Who? Who? The Owl cries.
Over and over it calls.
Who is it seeking?

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME, SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD AN HOUR!

Went to a funeral for a friend on Friday.
We learned March 10th is known among Gamers as “Mario Day” because MAR 10.
And so it was fitting that our old friend Mario’s funeral was March 10th.

“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.” – Psalms 103:16

The funeral service was held in a Catholic church “over the hill” in Simi Valley. It was followed by a short service at the burial site in a nearby cemetery and a reception at the family home. There was a large turnout of friends and family on a sad and beautiful Friday morning.

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The 23 Freeway to Simi Valley, California

We drove north from the San Fernando Valley on the 101 freeway to Thousand Oaks and the 23 freeway and then into the backside of east Simi Valley, a suburban community in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. It’s farther away than we remembered.

We arrived on time, parked the car and joined the crowd outside in front of the church. We  saw some of our old friends from the “crazy eighties” for the first time in many years. And also a few friends who were at the New Year’s Eve party, our last celebration with Mario.

The funeral included a Catholic Mass and Communion service, a nice eulogy from his son and tearful biblical readings from his two daughters, and then a lesson/lecture from the priest that went on too long. The wooden pews (benches) are really uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time and we don’t do a lot of kneeling on a regular basis.

There was pianist who played and sang three hymns and “Avé Maria”  during the service. And one of the young nephews sitting in the 2nd family pew threw up in front of me just as they were starting the communion, which Mario would have thought hilarious! They took the sick kid out and only a few people really noticed.

NOTE: We don’t talk a lot about religion, because we were raised properly in a time when the topics of religion and personal politics weren’t discussed in polite conversation.

It was a nice service. We were there to support the family and mourn our friend Mario. After the church service, we drove over to the cemetery (which was only a few blocks away) and there was a short graveside service. Then after the cemetery service we drove over to the the family house for the reception. We didn’t take pictures at the church. We snapped one pic of the pallbearers carrying the coffin from the hearse to the gravesite before the cemetery service and only took a couple pics of the food when no one was watching at the reception, not wanting to be rude or inappropriate.

At Mario’s reception there were two large identical tables of food and a dessert table. There were chips, drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and flats of 1/2 size bottled waters too. They served croissant sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit and more. And there was a sheet cake that read “Aloha Mario Agent 007”. It was a very nice spread!

We paid our respect to the family and stayed longer than we thought catching up briefly with old friends. Tempus fugit! Time flies. The unfortunate circumstance makes the reunion bittersweet and we all have a deep connection to the family and feel their pain and loss. We had to leave because the puppies were left in the crate and we needed to get home for them. So we said our goodbyes and headed home, this time across Simi Valley and then on the 118 east to Desoto Ave, where we filled up the gas tank ($3.05 per gallon!) and then south across the San Fernando Valley on surface streets at rush hour.

At home, we took care of the dogs and crashed hard (mentally and physically tired). We slept for a couple hours, had dinner, started this Blog and then went to sleep.

NOTE: Mario’s obituary and my small tribute are in our previous Blog.

Saturday! Happy Purim!
It was a beautiful day, tempered by the sadness of Friday, and after feeding the dogs early, we went back to sleep. We were hosting a Purim dinner party in the evening, so some of the day was spent in preparation for the event. Our guests came around 6pm and the party ended about 9pm.

Purim is “Jewish Carnivale”, a fun holiday festival held in Spring that commemorates the defeat of a plot to massacre the Jews in ancient Persia (between 465 BC – 424 BC) as recorded in the Old Testament’s Book of Esther. The joyous holiday is celebrated with readings, feasting and merriment! And like most other Jewish holidays, gifts of food are given to the less fortunate and other charitable acts are performed.

Saturday full moon
The owl in the pine tree calls
California!

We went out after the party, stopped at the market and got home after midnight. We made a “late-night” burrito and then went off to bed. And Daylight Savings Time at 2am… we set the clocks ahead and lost an hour of sleep.

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12:30am> Tri-tip, cheese, red rice & bean burrito with avocado and salsa; tortilla chips, avocado, red rice & beans, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

Sunday, Sunday….
After feeding the dogs early, we went back to bed.
Nothing accomplished all day long, except we made Brunch
and raked the leaves in the backyard. Then we took a nap.

The gardeners were at the house working and installing new backyard lighting all day long, so we had the dogs in the office and numerous other distractions to keep us occupied.

Around 7pm we went out for a nice Sushi Dinner (comfort food) and when we got home we worked on this blog (and see our previous Blog “Procrastination”). And there are more than a few half written Blog posts that still need finishing saved as drafts. We’ve just been sad and uninspired recently due the death of our friends and hearing the news of another friend seriously injured in a traffic accident. The state of our government is really scary. We are trying to remain calm and positive under the circumstances, but we are feeling it.

On the Menu:
Brunch! 2 eggs over medium, bacon, toasted bagel with peanut butter and fresh raspberries, more fresh and fruity raspberries, 3 mini cinnamon rolls, a small glass of orange juice and an iced espresso.
Sushi! Rainbow roll, spicy tuna cut roll, California roll, eel & avocado cut roll and a coke.

A warm night in March
Sushi dinner comfort food
Full moon on Sunday

That was our sad and boring weekend. And we wrote some new haikus too.

Monday Morning 10am: dogs are fed, played with and have been outside, we had a cup of coffee (espresso with mocha mix) and now we have finished this Blog. What does today have in store for us? Find out tomorrow….. or maybe the day after tomorrow!

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Aloha Mario – Agent 007!

 


 

STORAGE! February 2017

STORAGE! February 2017

EVERYTHING MUST GO!

“Never own more than you can carry in both hands at a dead run.”
– Robert A. Heinlein

From an undisclosed location somewhere in Southern California:

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

We have started our SPRING CLEANING early. We are tasked with “unboxing”, sorting, repacking and moving all of our stuff again. And now we are selling and giving away other things we no longer need or wish to keep and store.

We moved everything to this location from our last storage space in North Hollywood. We also gave away a quality queen bed, a very nice leather recliner sofa and another small couch during that move. And our mid-century modern dining room table is also “on loan” until we have a place for it.

A daunting task to deal with so much “stuff” which we have only just begun…

MORE TO COME! (an inventory, pics and stuff for sale soon!)

“That’s all, a little place for my stuff.
That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life,
is a little place for your stuff, ya know?”

– George Carlin

February 2017
Eating / Thai food at Sri Siam Cafe in North Hollywood
and Sushi at Okumura in Encino (READ THE PREVIOUS BLOGS!)

Party Time! We braved the storm and drove across the valley to North Hollywood for a birthday dinner party at Sri Siam Cafe.

On The Menu: Thai food! Crispy rice with pork, beef panang and steamed rice, chicken satay with cucumber salad and toast, pad Thai noodles with chicken, green curry chicken, tom kai soup and a Thai iced tea (no cream). There were three other dishes that we didn’t eat and we cancelled two other dishes that they didn’t bring. So much food, so full.

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Sushi and Sake at Okumura (READ THE BLOG!)

We went out for dinner and had sushi and sake at Okumura in Encino.

On The Menu: Tuna poke appetizer, California roll, spicy tuna cut roll and a hand roll, Rainbow roll (tuna/salmon/yellowtail/albacore on California roll), yellowtail & green onion cut roll, eel & avocado cut roll, albacore sashimi, a coke and a small hot sake. Happy!

Drinking / Double espresso with milk
Practicing / Extreme patience & Good Housekeeping
Mastering / 2 Little Puppies and the Big Boy
Learning / “about history and havin’ some food”
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Trying / To remain calm and get sh*t done.
Playing / With the puppies of course.

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Keeping warm and staying dry!

Finishing / More new Blogs
Reading / Bad news, lots of bad news… (Not “fake news”)
Writing / This Blog! (and other Blogs)
Remembering / Kresge College & UC Santa Cruz (New Blog coming soon!)

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California

NOTE: This Blog (and the UC Santa Cruz Blog that hasn’t been published yet) was written before we got the news that our very good friend Ann from college died suddenly and unexpectedly this week. We’ve been in shock and are deeply saddened by this news. You don’t think this will be the last time you see someone you’ve loved for 30+ years. It was a really fun day in Hollywood and then I dropped them off at the Cure concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Rest in Peace Annie. May the Four Winds blow her safely home.

Wearing / Sweats, knit cap, warm bathrobe & (stinky) slippers
Cooking / Spaghetti with chicken marinara sauce

Working / In the home office and in the backyard
Traveling / Locally: we went to Culver City in West Los Angeles

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Helms Bakery in Culver City, West Los Angeles, California

Wanting / More. (much, much MORE!)

SHARE! Check your trees! After heavy rain & snow broken branches (“Widow Makers”) and/or the whole tree may be ready to fall! Be Careful! At least two of my friends had trees fall on their property causing big damage this weekend! SHARE!

Sushi at Okumura in Encino>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/sushi-time-at-okumura/

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UPDATED Saturday May 13, 2017

Well, it took us two months but we emptied our storage space in North Hollywood:

Empty Storage Space. They jacked my rent for the last time.
Downsizing. Spring Cleaning. (and too much stuff to move)
Time for a nap.

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Backyard Birdwatching

Backyard Birdwatching

In the heart of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California, we still have birds.

All of these pictures were taken from my backyard.

Just got home from Illinois lock the front door oh boy!
Got to sit down take a rest on the porch.
Imagination sets in pretty soon I’m singin’
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

Wild Geese:

The Sepulveda Dam Basin is a natural watershed and there are many birds that stop, feed and rest here on their migratory flights north and south. Wild Canadian Geese “The Honkers” are frequently seen flying in their distinctive “V” pattern and their honking can often be heard as they approach and fly over.

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Honkers! – The Wild Geese!

There’s a giant doing cartwheels, a statue wearin’ high heels.
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
A dinosaur Victrola list’ning to Buck Owens.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

There are a lot of black crows in the neighborhood.

A Raven: (note the wedged tail, thanks Cynthia!)

Caught this big Raven in flight:

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As the Crow Flies Overhead….. (it’s actually a Raven)

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A Big Raven!

Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band.
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon?
Doo doo doo.
Wond’rous apparition provided by magician.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band.
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon?
Doo doo doo.
Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrows.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

The Owl:

This is the Owl that lives in the giant Eucalyptus tree out hunting during the day. We hear it all the time in the evenings and at night, but it is very rare that we actually see it.

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Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door oh boy!
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrows.
Doo doo doo lookin’ out my back door.

The Hawks:

Recently there have been a few hawks hunting rodents and squirrels in the neighborhood. They’ve been perching in the trees around the backyard and diving at prey.

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The Hawk in Flight (added 3-31-17)

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The Hawk in the Tree

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Two Hawks in the Tree

We saw two pair of hawks flying together.
They weren’t turkey vultures, they were hawks:

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Four Hawks in the Air Overhead (3 shown)

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There are turkey vultures too. And we also have ducks, jays, mockingbirds, hummingbirds, sparrows, seagulls and many other species that are local or migratory.

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Hummingbird On A Wire

A great place for birdwatching is Lake Balboa Park and the Sepulveda Dam Basin in Encino. See our previous Blogs> SEARCH Lake Balboa in the Box at the top of page^^^^

 

From “The Big Lebowski” [after reporting the Dude’s car was stolen]
The Dude: Do you find them much, these, stolen cars?
Younger Cop: Sometimes. Wouldn’t hold out much hope for the tape deck though.
Older Cop: Or the Creedence. 

 

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Four Hawks in the Air Overhead

 

UPDATED Monday April 3, 2017 

Backyard Birdwatching!
It’s just a beautiful day! 
Two hawks in the tree!

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Screenshot from Our YouTube Video “Backyard Birdwatching! Two Hawks in the tree!”

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Hello 2017…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello 2017…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ~ Japanese Proverb

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 HOUSE PARTY!

December 31st, 2016 – 10pm PST – Burbank, California

The Annual HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE HOUSE PARTY at KJ and Steve’s!

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Not This Year’s Invitation, but You Never Know…

It’s 2017!

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Top Hat and Champagne Poppers for New Year’s Eve!

The last third of 2016 really kicked our ass. We really weren’t feeling up to a big party this year and were really prepared to stay home with the dogs and ring in 2017 quietly. We were invited to a couple of parties and a couple of big events, but at the invitation of an old friend, we decided to venture out into the night and attend the Annual Happy New Year’s Eve Party at KJ and Steve’s in Burbank once again. This party has been happening every year since the 1980’s…

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35 YEARS+ of Friendships! Old Friends who are now really old old friends! Marriages, relationships, divorces, births, deaths, illnesses, good times and bad.
There’s a lot of history, stories and good memories associated with the house and all the fun times we’ve had at the many birthday and holiday parties held there over the years.

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Happy New Year House Party Pic – Late 1990’s (with lots of children – not my pic)

The parties are not as rowdy as they used to be in the 80’s and 90’s, and all the children who used to run around the house are all grown up (some with children of their own), as are most of the adults now…

Tempus fugit! Time flies! In the old days this was a “destination” party and people would come from out-of-town and camp in the backyard! There were years when it was standing room only and other years when there wasn’t an invitation sent out and only a few people showed up. You never knew who might be in attendance from year to year, or who might stop by on their way to another party. And then some people stopped coming. A lot of the “regulars” from the past have moved away, found other parties, grown old or now only celebrate with us in spirit. And some of the younger party guests weren’t even born when the celebration first took place!

And so, with the coming of the New Year,
THE HAPPY NEW YEAR HOUSE PARTY CONTINUES!
Here are some Happy New Year 2017 House Party pics!

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Happy New Year Tradition! Old Friends by the Fire!

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In the old days the party would continue until dawn and guests would literally be passed out on the floor. We last attended this party at the end of 2013 when everyone went home just after midnight and a family card game broke out in the living room. We always bring a nice bottle of champagne or fine wine as a gift for our hosts whenever we visit for New Years. In the past we’ve also brought a bottle of Stolichnaya vodka (size might vary from year to year and decade to decade) for our own consumption and to share, along with mixers, snacks and other refreshments. This year we just brought a big bottle of nice wine (a Malbec from Argentina) for our hosts and a single can of coke that we plugged with a single shot of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum for old times sake.

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Have an Adult Beverage! Beer! Wine! Champagne! Cocktail! Choose Your Poison!

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Gather Around the Fire and Catch Up With Old Friends!

The tradition of the circle of friends around the fire began when the firepit was just a hole with a gas pipe sticking out of it. In the old days when the gas was off we burnt wood in the red brick firepit (and often things that were not wood would be thrown in the fire). Now it’s a large cinderblock pit designed for a party with an adjustable gas flame, but the tradition continues. (Who threw the plastic champagne popper in there?)

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The Old Red Brick Fire Pit

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The house is designed for a party. There’s a large living room, the kitchen and the food table, the covered back patio and bar area, the firepit, the pool area and hot tub, the office and the bedrooms. In recent years, modular units (more rooms) have been added as additional party space. The house and backyard are always decorated with a lot of festive lighting and there’s always a real fire in the indoor fireplace.

Regardless of the weather conditions in December, it’s always been an indoor-outdoor event. Some years it’s been “California freezing” cold or there’s been rain, but the party goes on regardless and the celebration adjusts accordingly. And just like the Rose Parade, the weather has never prevented those in attendance from having a good time!

This year it was cold outside, but not freezing. And someone who won’t be named turned the gas for the firepit all the way up to “Viking Funeral” level so it was nice and warm around the outdoor fire. Everyone ate and drank and some of the boys smoked cigars.

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Single Malt Scotch and Fine Cigars with Old Friends

Tradition also has everyone gathering in the living room and on the patio for the Midnight Countdown and “Stroke of Midnight”. Helium balloons filled with glitter and confetti are popped, people are kissed and everyone toasts the New Year at twelve o’clock. There’s also a large artist pad and box of colored pens, and anyone can sign or draw on the page for the current year. And the old pads and pages going back to the 1980’s are available for viewing (and reminiscing about the past).

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Balloons Filled with Glitter and Confetti…

There’s always too much food! It’s sort of a potluck, and some people bring food, but our gracious hosts always provide Dinner and Snacks for everyone! It’s also BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer or Alcohol) but there’s always a full bar too. In the old days, there used to be a row of “personal coolers” filled with people’s own preferred drinks and snacks.

On The Dinner Menu: Cheese Lasagna, “Navy Boy’s macaroni & cheese”, ham, green bean casserole, chips, more chips, nuts, cookies, carrot cake and more. An assortment of non-alcoholic beverages: coffee, tea, sodas, juices and bottle water are provided too.

Food, Drink and Other Pics from the House Party:

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We ate some lasagna, reheated in the microwave, then enjoyed an adult beverage: a Coke&Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, and then a wee bit of McCallan Gold blended scotch, and then a really wee bit of Glenfidditch single malt scotch, and then later we ate some good munchies: Doritos nacho cheese chips & honey roasted cashews.

NOTE: We tried it and it was not the “Best Damn Root Beer”… sorry. It was “hard” root beer (with alcohol) and tasted like diet soda, so we only had a sip and then gave it away. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! We stopped drinking before midnight (and we really didn’t drink very much at all) and then waited until after 2am when the party was done before driving home (and there’s always room to crash at the house if you’ve had too much!).

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The Road Home – Don’t Drink and Drive!

It was great to see our old friends and celebrate together again! It was a warm and fuzzy place to ring in 2017 and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for the fun party!

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Post-Party Breakfast at 3am

January 1, 2017 – 3am PST – Breakfast at Home
On The Menu: 3 eggs over medium, crispy bacon, pink grapefruit, a leftover donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, and an espresso with whipped cream


A New Year’s Message for all My Friends!
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This Blog first posted on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 4:20pm PST
HAPPY NEW YEAR! KEEP ON TRUCKIN’!