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Month: December 2009

christmas day 8

christmas day 8

Wednesday morning it was time to leave our desert hotel behind.  We headed to the airport at the ungodly hour of 4:30am PST.  (of course, my mother gets up this early to go to work every day) My journey was just beginning when I got on the plane though.  At our LAX gate we had to wait because the previous flight hadn’t even left yet.  I was supposed to ride the FlyAway bus back to Van Nuys, where a coworker…

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christmas day 7

christmas day 7

Today I got up earlier than I even would to get up for work on a normal day.  Tomorrow I’ll be getting up around 5am to catch the plane back – so knew I had to “adjust” accordingly.  The weather today was a little better than yesterday, but we made our plans without knowing that it would turn out that way. We headed straight for Ventana Canyon.  The first mile or so of the trail has been sold to private…

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christmas day 6

christmas day 6

After a quicker breakfast at the hotel restaurant we headed to the PIMA air and space museum.  We spent most of our time outside in the bitter cold.  Dad served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, so he was very familiar with many of the planes, and even had stories about riding in a few of them. Here is dad first showing us the entrance that he (and everyone on board) had to use to hoist themselves up…

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christmas day 5

christmas day 5

Our first full day in Tucson started off with “free” breakfast in the hotel restaurant.  High school cafeteria pancakes (or scrambled eggs) were served up with little sausages and a drink.  The hotel wasn’t properly staffed for a full house, with only one cook and two waitresses waiting for a whole hungry hotel of guests.  It took 45 minutes to get my “free” (it’s built into the cost of your room, “free” is a marketing gimmick) McDonald’s imitation pancakes and…

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christmas day 4

christmas day 4

Today was the travel day.  Our gracious chauffeur (Sam) dropped us off at LAX with complimentary chocolate milk.   Good thing too – because we wouldn’t eat again for about eight hours.  When we got to our hotel and tried to get in our cards wouldn’t work.  The attendant placed us in an adjacent room with new cards.  Here is dad looking sour after travelling all morning and not being able to get into our room: After getting into the adjacent…

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christmas day 3

christmas day 3

After mom made french toast we headed to Point Dume. After taking these pictures we got out mom’s binoculars and saw a school of dolphins to the west. We then went down to the beach on the other side of the dome. We tried to find the sea lions but all we saw were birds.  Mom and dad turned back, but I kept going and found 25 sea lions resting lower down near the water.  They were so lazy they…

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christmas day 2

christmas day 2

The original plan for December 24th was to start the day off at Miceli’s for lots of Italian carbs before going on a long hike.  However, Miceli’s wouldn’t open until noon, which would be 3pm parents’ time, so that was a little too late for a brunch.  Instead we went to More than Waffles in Encino before heading to Runyon Canyon.  On Wednesday the air (at least in the valley) was clear of smog, which meant the view from Runyon…

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christmas day 1

christmas day 1

After working nearly a full (stressful) day I picked up my parents at the Burbank airport.  We took Vanowen to Sepulveda and went to the 99 Ranch Market for some live crabs.  Afterwards I replaced the vacuum band and discovered it still wasn’t working.  After much consternation from all three of us, my dad took off the attachment hose and asked me if I had a broom handle.  Sure enough we discovered a blockage in the artery like a cheeseburger…

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apparently I CAN get a break

apparently I CAN get a break

A break in my vacuum cleaner rubber band.  Because that is the break I got when I tried to clean my home preparing for my parents’ visit last night. Also of note, as I drove to work this morning I noticed no fewer than eight patrol cars parked across the street by the house that always has a yard sale every weekend. Note:  there are a lot of yards that have items for sale every weekend in LA.  This is…

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new design

new design

Today I put up the new design for the site.  Total time from original design to final fixes was probably something between 15 and 20 hours. This version is much easier for me to update with new artwork – something I needed to do because I’ve done a ton of new stuff since the last design – and the only place you could see it is by scrolling back through the blog.  Now it’s all there – plus some stuff…

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