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Month: November 2007

which bearded old man…darwin, or god?

which bearded old man…darwin, or god?

and also this sad news Gee, does anybody see the connection here? America is getting left behind in economic, educational and technological progress and SURPRISE! we all still think a magical bearded man in the sky is going to solve our problems. Historians will one day look back on our society and wonder how we could have by and large remained so primitive after progressing so much. A very long time ago religion was necessary to organize the masses for…

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Old Getty Road

Old Getty Road

On Monday I took my parents to the Getty Villa in Malibu. I never knew I lived a 15 mile jaunt down the mountain away from the ocean. I’ll have to take advantage of that in the future. I don’t know what my parents’ impression of the Villa was – but I was a bit bored. After visiting the “main” Getty Center a few times this miniature Roman Centric version didn’t push my buttons. It was very well done, very…

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Japamerican Tough Guys

Japamerican Tough Guys

Sunday morning started with a trip to the Japanese Garden. I had already been rebuffed on two separate occasions by the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and so I was ready to be wowed. I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Most of the vegetation was struggling to keep it’s green, and there didn’t seem to be much variation – but then nothing was in bloom. The only cool thing was the concrete main building contrasting with the greenery. The main building was suspended…

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The Pumpkin Charmer

The Pumpkin Charmer

Beverly came around noon with nice flowers for my mom. It was then that my weakness was exposed for all the world to see. We went to Target and found a vase to put the flowers in. Yaw and Justin rolled in before 4pm. And then – the feast (that mom, almost exclusively mom, had slaved over for days in my kitchen) was on! The spread was thus: (all completely manufactured from scratch – except the drinks) Individual stuffed Cornish…

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locked and loaded

locked and loaded

My thanksgiving weekend started on Thanksgiving morning with a heaping helping of Beverly’s veal Parmesan. I had to leave in a hurry though to go home and prepare for the imminent of arrival of some special guests. I picked up my parents at 6:30 from Bob Hope airport. They wanted to eat dinner, but our options were quite slim since it was thanksgiving evening. We ended up stopping at Mel’s Diner. Dad’s burger looked really good, but my salad was…

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the friendliest airport in America

the friendliest airport in America

On Sunday we checked out of the hotel and headed straight back to the spot we’d left the night before. We headed east around Bell Rock and quickly noted that with the amount of photo-stoppage time that would be applied to our game – we’d never finish before the buzzer (our park pass from Saturday only lasted until noon). We said goodbye to the rocks, agreed we’d come back again with four healthy ankles, and ate lunch at a breakfast…

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for whom the bell rocks

for whom the bell rocks

Saturday morning we awoke to sounds of ducks outside our window providing pre-game entertainment. After The Game we at lunch at the Red Chopstick. Best Chinese cuisine in town – of course it was also the only Chinese cuisine in town. After filling our bellies we went a few hundred feet north and turned into Red Rock State Park. We chose the Bell Rock Loop. We made it only halfway around before the sun started to drop low in the…

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hop skip and hobble

hop skip and hobble

After a short hop across highway 10 east I landed at the Phoenix airport around 11am. 45 minutes later I was in a rental car and on my way to the Valley Ho hotel to pick up Beverly from her conference. The hotel was totally remodelled to be straight out of a 60s late night talk show. Everything was made of circles and wavy patterns, translucent plastic, chunky ornaments with thin legs. Ironically the disabled room they had put Beverly…

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