Weekends in LA

I’ve really been fortunate to live in and around very beautiful areas.  The South Bay area is quite lovely.  Last weekend was so typical:  gorgeous sunny weather on the coast.  Saturday featured a day trip to Palos Verdes and Rancho Palos Verdes, just south of Manhattan Beach.  Sunday featured a day trip north to Malibu. So here are some photos… Continue reading

Help, I’m Melting…

Today was the hottest day on record in LA:  113º!  It even reach 100º here in Manhattan Beach.  I had to turn on the air conditioning!  Thank god we don’t have humidity, or I certainly would be a puddle now.… Continue reading

Two Earthquakes

Last night, around 2:00AM and just now, we have had two earthquakes that shook the house.  These were very short in duration and located out in the bay, just off the coast here in Manhattan Beach. This is a link to the data about the most recent earthquake.  And this is a link to the data about the earthquake in… Continue reading

My Super, Techno-Geek Mom Solves the Beep Mystery

I received several email responses to my blog post about The Infernal, Never-ending Beep! Most everyone suggested it was the smoke detector battery. I have had to replace several smoke detector batteries in the house, all upstairs, even though they are also wired into the house electrical system. But I actually hadn’t even thought of this as being a possible… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Six – Eco-Friendly Beach Cleaning at Sunrise

Every morning in Manhattan Beach, a large truck pulls a huge raking mechanism along the beach to pick up all of the trash* the tide and beach goers left behind. In the past I’ve actually posted a picture of what that looks like. This morning I got up early to photograph the sunrise. The thick layer of fog over the… Continue reading

Where’s The Beach?!

With a recent storm having come off the Pacific, coupled with the Chilean 8.8 earthquake and its ensuing tsunami warning, the Pacific Ocean here in the South Bay Area, has been the most active I’ve ever seen it.  In this short video I shot yesterday with my iPhone, the sandy beach, which typically begins out where you see the waves… Continue reading

“Just Another” Sunset on the Pacific

I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to savor the sunsets on the Pacific Ocean with some degree of regularity. The rhythmic roar of the surf, the gentle breeze, the cool almost chilly breeze, the vastness of energy continuously greeting the land are all such a balancing force in human affairs. I frequently see a couple, probably retired, sitting… Continue reading

The Jolt of the Confluence of Antitheticals

You can not imagine my delight:  the new Créme de La Crépe restaurant has now opened in Manhattan Beach. Their food is authentic French cuisine and utterly divine. Toward the end of a perfect meal: a crepe with white wine sauce (an elixir from the gods) and a Nutella, banana, strawberries, creme crepe dessert, the person sitting across the table… Continue reading

The Beach Has Returned

I love many things about fall: the shorter days, the nip in the air, the angle of the sunlight, and the fact that the beach returns to the locals after Labor Day weekend. This afternoon featured a gorgeous sunset with a heavy fog layer down by Santa Monica and Malibu. (You can’t really make out the fog in this picture… Continue reading