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  • Easter 2008

      We had Easter brunch at our place this year.  Duane and Jennifer brought Christopher and Brooklyn over, and Duane's mom Toni and his brother Sean joined us.  ...
  • Birthday Party for Jennifer & Brooklyn

      Jennifer and Brooklyn share the same birthday--really special--so Jennifer and Duane had some close friends over to share in the birthday fun.   ...
  • B & B on February 23, 2008

      Sue was off celebrating Ann Parker's birthday with Ann, Christine and Cheryl so I got to spend the whole day doing stuff with Christopher and Brooklyn.  In the morning, Jennifer and I took them to the beach right below Trump National Golf Course ...
  • B & B on February 13, 2008

      Sue and I went over to Jennifer's to help take care of B & B (Boo & Brooklyn) so I took my new camera and lens to take a few photos before they went to bed.  World's Greatest Entertainment with the World's Coolest Grandson and the World's...
  • City Lights

      Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro, CANikon D2X, ISO 100, f/20, 8 seconds, 150mm   Disney Concert Hall, Downtown L.A.Nikon D100, ISO 100, f/6.3, 25 seconds, 28mm   6th St. Bridge, Downtown L.A.Nikon D2X, ISO 200, f/8, 5 seconds, 50mmLens zoo...
  • Immigration

      Teddy Roosevelt had some thoughts over a hundred years ago that sound like current events.  And no, this isn't an urban legend.  ...
  • 2006 Wine & Food Society Member Cook

      I've cooked, or helped cook, a course at the Wine & Food Society of Southern California "Member Cook" dinner, off and on, for years. It's hard work but incredibly fun and culminates in a great meal with great wine pairings and great camaraderie. ...
  • Lightning

      Bryce Canyon, Bryce Point LookoutNikon D2X, ISO 200, f/16, exposure 15 seconds     Bryce Canyon, Bryce Point LookoutNikon D2X, ISO 200, f/16, exposure 20 seconds  ...
  • Fireworks

      Disneyland, November 2006I was in a wheelchair (broken leg) and stabilized the camera on my kneesNikon D2X, ISO 200, f/11, 75mm, exposure 1½ seconds   July 4, 2006, from the Probst back yardNikon D2X, ISO 100, f/11, 100mm, exposure 3.7 seconds...
  • The Candidates and Trade

      In case you're wondering where the candidates stand on trade. From the Wall Street Journal on February 6th. ...
  • Christmas 2004

    Christmas in 2004 was a little strange in that we were living in my dad's condo while ours was undergoing a complete floor-to-ceiling remodel.  Pops had passed away in late October and during November we had cleared it out, cleaned it and moved in to...
  • Christmas 2006

      Christmas 2006 was the beginning of significant change in the way we do things, because Christopher was old enough to understand more about Santa Claus coming to town.  This year, we took my oyster stew to Jennifer and Duane's, but first we went ...
  • Christmas 2007

    Christmas in 2007 marked that significant change that takes place in most families--Jennifer and Duane were in their new home and it was time for the grandparents to come to their home for everything.  Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas morning and Chri...
  • The Fahm

      Actually, it was Rockhouse Mountain Farm, but we love to tease David about his accent. Our good friends David and Milly Katzman had been coming here for vacation for 25 years and had been trying to get us to join them here for about ten years. We fina...
  • Pacific Dining Car

      A long, long time ago, Los Angeles magazine published an article on the best power breakfasts in the city.  The Pacific Dining Car was among those and I happened to be going to a meeting close by a few days later, so I tried it.  I think it'...
  • Darren's Restaurant

      Darren Weiss was the chef/owner of Café Catalina in north Redondo Beach.  We ate dinner at Café Catalina numerous times and were terribly upset when Darren sold it.  We lost track of him and were very glad to see in a Zagat Buzz message in...
  • Pops' Wake

      On February 5, 2005, we held a "wake" for my dad, who passed away on October 25, 2004. As I said in the notice, he didn't like funerals and always told me that he didn't want services for himself. However, I always told him that we'd have a party for ...
  • Pops

      I wrote this passage about my dad for our Christmas 2004 newsletter, as he had passed away on October 25th that year.  Although I have not written one about my mother, who passed away in 1989, EVERYone who knew her loved her.  I'll work on t...
  • The Immortal Foo Bird

      Long ago, there was a Great White Hunter who roamed far and wide, going on safari after safari, hunting down and shooting for sport every manner of wildlife.  His den was huge and was decorated fabulously, though some felt grotesquely, with the h...
  • Christmas 2003

    Sue's mom and my dad joined us for Christmas dinner this year (as well as Christmas Eve for my famous oyster stew) and Duane joined us, too. The holidays seemed to be too short this year--so we'll spend more time at them next year. ...