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  • Disneyland at Christmas 2009

    The whole family went to Disneyland to enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere.  Another good chance for me to watch the World's Coolest Grandson and the World's Most Adorable Grandduaghter having fun, and fool around photographically--not only taking p...
  • Obama Quotes

    These are actually some of my favorite quotes about Obama.  If you're an Obama fan, you won't like them, so you might want to navigate elsewhere. ...
  • Groaners

    Sue hates these old pun jokes but I love 'em so here they are...   ...
  • Cambria 2009 Family Vacation

    We rented a house in Cambria, California in July, 2009 for a one-week family vacation.  It was one of those wonderful vacations that didn't cost much to get there (we drove and it's only 250 miles) and it didn't cost much to be there (we ate dinner i...
  • July 4th Fireworks

    We're fortunate that Scott and Gayle Probst are very good friends of ours.  We're also fortunate that Scott and Gayle have an incredible view from their back yard and that they invite us to their home on July 4th to see the fireworks.   ...
  • Ronald Reagan quotes

      'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.' 'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' ...
  • 2009 Wine & Food Society Member Cook

    I've been cooking at these dinners for many years, and those of us who do so keep coming back.  It's challenging and rewarding and the results are usually terrific.  You can see the menu here. ...
  • Christopher's 4th Birthday Party

    We celebrated Christopher's birthday a little bit early this year, and a little differently--Jennifer put it all together at My Gym, where Christopher enjoys weekly workouts.   ...
  • Butterflies 2009

    Jennifer, Duane and I took the day off on Thursday, April 16th, to go to the Pavilion of Wings at the Natural History Museum in downtown Los Angeles.   ...
  • Easter 2009

    Easter 2009 was lovely.  We had Jennifer, Duane, Christopher and Brooklyn over for brunch, along with Grandma Tooni and, a special treat, Auntie Shannon (Duane's sister) and Kevin.   ...
  • Dear President Obama

    Mailed on April 9, 2009.  It undoubtedly went directly to the shredder upon arrival.  But, I feel better now...   ...
  • Madrona Marsh Wildflowers

    Mark Comon from Paul's Photo put together another shoot that drew 50 people this year.   ...
  • Visit to the Ft. MacArthur Museum

    My cousin Joe Swanson makes blank ammunition.  And he's very, very good at it.  So good, in fact, that his blank ammunition is highly sought after by the movie industry because it's just about the only stuff that doesn't jam the guns they use. ...
  • Disneyland for Sue's Birthday

    We couldn't go on Jennifer's birthday, so we went on Sue's birthday, despite the fact that it wasn't really what she wanted to do.    ...
  • New Words

     The annual Washington Post Mensa Invitational whereby readers could take any word from the dictionary, and alter it by adding or subtracting a letter and changing its meaning.  Here are the winners; they really are winners.  Each is only o...
  • The Cunningham Report gets it right on California's Legislature

    The Cunningham Report, a great trade newsletter that's vital in my business, frequently has terrific openers.  This one was right on the money.   ...
  • Happy Halloween

      Happy Halloween!!   When pumpkins drink too much...   Halloween is one of Jennifer's favorite holidays and, naturally, Christopher and Brooklyn love it, too.  Grandma Tooni is also a Halloween freak so we go there to celebrate ...
  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !!

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year,and all other glad tidings of the Season 1948 Christmas card from the house on Via Largavista(Yes, that's me)  Snow next door to our house on Via Largavista on January 12, 1949Snow in Palos Verd...
  • Christmas 2008

    Christmas 2008 was lovely in spite of the doom and gloom associated with the economy. We put our tree up and put all our decorations out on Thanksgiving weekend.  I never thought I'd say I love our artificial tree, but it's really nice to be able to ...
  • President-Elect Obama

    From The Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2008   ...