A Very Sordid Wedding

The weekend after the symphony concert on March 4th, Steve and I met up at LAX to drive down to Palm Springs for the world premier of A Very Sordid Wedding. We chose to drive because the flights from LAX to Palm Springs, though short, are insanely expensive. We now know why. No matter what it costs, FLY! We were… Continue reading

Recent Pictures from LA LA Land

Here are a few of photos from my quick weekend getaway to LA 2 weeks ago. (They were all shot with my iPhone.) The lifeguard stations had been moved back from the water’s edge to avoid the winter high tides. The gorgeous, classic VW Beetle was up at Malaga Cove. Ah… the weather in paradise!  … Continue reading

Quick Trip to West Hollywood!

This weekend we made a quick overnight trip to LA to meet up with friends, who also flew into the city of angels, to see a play. The trip, though short, was special. Seeing my dear friend, Mark, was wonderful. We haven’t seen each other in years, and he’s had a very difficult year but looks none the worse for… Continue reading

Knock, Knock! Who’s There?

Oops! Wrong picture for the bay area… Winter! Yesterday I was on my way to Safeway when I noticed the change: the hills are definitely beginning to turn green. The bay area is probably not unique in this regard, but I’ve never lived in an area that greened during the rainy winter season with fewer hours of daylight but turned… Continue reading

Rodney King, RIP

I always felt sadness for Rodney King. He had a difficult life before and after his brutal and unjustified assault by the Los Angeles police department. His life is sad testament to the pain of addiction and racism. His life was much too short, only 47 at his death today. But, as short as it was, he unintentionally called attention… Continue reading

Another Glimpse

Warp Drive So here is a glimpse of Chloé’s dashboard. (Yes, I went crazy with a preset in the Flare app.) It looks a good bit different from the dashboard of any other car I’ve ever had. I’m getting more familiar with the controls and information displays every day. Chloé has two drive modes: normal and Eco. In normal drive… Continue reading

Meet Chloé.

Click to enlarge. Yes, I knew it was only a matter of time. Chloé has now replaced Watts, my wonderful little 2006 Prius. Watts had less than 29,000 miles on him when he was traded in today. He averaged about 46.5 miles per gallon. This means that Watts burned about 624 gallons of gasoline during his time with me—far less… Continue reading

Serendipity: Driving on Sunshine!

Today I went to Eckhart Trailer Hitch and Welding Company, which has been in LA since 1944, to get a hitch for a bike rack for Monica.  Just as the guys were finishing up, in drove a Leaf!  I was beside myself. Naturally, I walked up to the driver and asked him to tell me everything about his car.  He… Continue reading

Lamented No More

Everyone knows I like to be environmentally conscious and give the oil industry as little money as possible.  (I’ve blogged about my keen interest in the Nissan Leaf.  I suspect that, as soon as I can test drive a Leaf, the Prius (Watts) will be replaced with one.  In the meantime… ) Since resale values for Japanese autos are at… Continue reading

Mother Visits California

Mother at Malaga Cove (August, 2011) Well, it’s unbelievable, I know, but mother spent most of the month of August visiting here in California!  And, much to my shock, I think she really enjoyed her visit!  She took hundreds of pictures and even shot some videos (some by accident). I flew to Pensacola at the beginning of the month to… Continue reading