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Idiots of the World Unite! Print

 

They walk among us so I pray that they will stay away from me and my family.  They probably deserve each other.

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Scotland 2005 Print

 

In June, 2005, we spent two lovely weeks in Scotland with our friends Art and Ellen Litman. A primary purpose of the trip was (1) for Art and me to visit our investment in two casks of Springbank whisky in Campbeltown, and (2) for me to visit my investment in a cask of Bruichladdich on Islay. We did so, and we saw some other sights too, among them the distilleries of some of our favorite whiskies.

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Wine & Food Society of Southern California Print

 

I joined the society in 1987 after my good friend Gordon McRae sponsored me. I've learned a tremendous amount about food and wine during the ensuing years and I have cooked or helped to cook a course at the dinner cooked by the members most years. It's all great fun with great food and great wine and the experiences are all special.

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Death Valley Print

  

We spent February 2nd through the 5th, 2006, in Death Valley on another photo adventure with Mark Comon from Paul's Photo. Paul Comon was on the trip too! So were our friends Art & Ellen Litman. Another great trip. I had never been to Death Valley and it was fascinating.

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Eastern Sierra Print

  

In October 2003, Sue and I went on another photo adventure with Mark Comon from Paul's Photo in Torrance, this time to the Eastern Sierra for fall color. We stayed in Mammoth Lakes, which was significant for me because I grew up going to Tamarack Lodge in Mammoth Lakes every summer for about ten years. We drove up the day before the adventure was to begin so we could drive into Tamarack and the surrounding area to see how it had changed.

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Yosemite Print

The last week in January, 2005, I went on yet another photo adventure with Mark Comon of Paul's Photo in Torrance and a group of 15 photographers. Sue and I drove up in the Volvo XC90, which was perfect for the trip since it has full-time all-wheel drive. I had chains for all four wheels, packed all my photo gear and cold-weather clothes, and off we went.

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Photo Adventures Print

 

I have been on numerous Photo Adventures with Mark Comon of Paul's Photo.  They have allowed me to see things that I might not have seen otherwise, and appreciate venues and natural phonomena that many people will never see.  I learn something photographically on every one of them, and come away thankful that I went.  These trips are highly popular with Mark's students and it can therefore be difficult to join them, which is why I sign up the minute I learn of one that interests me.

 

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Bryce Canyon, Utah, & Page, Arizona Print

  Mark Comon at Paul's Photo started the Bryce Canyon/Page, Arizona trip two years ago and this second trip there was eagerly awaited by all of us who were fortunate enough to go along. I was able to take Duane (who is my son-in-law, for those of you who didn't know that already) with me. Duane is far better versed in things outdoors than anyone else I know, and better than anyone on this trip, except, perhaps, our guides.

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'Vanity Fair' Strikes Back Print

 

Shortly after I sent this letter, my subscription vanished.  Curiously enough, on June 28, 2008, I received a check from Vanity Fair for $7.92.  The stub said it was the refund I had requested.  I hadn't requested a refund.  But, it's probably the right amount to compensate me for the magazines it failed to send after I wrote the letter.  Huh...do you suppose it learned that the letter is here?

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Kids Say The Darndest Things Print

 

Back in the days of black & white TV, Art Linkletter had a show called House Party that evolved into Kids Say The Darndest Things.  In the late 90s, Bill Cosby hosted a show with the same name.  All were based on the premise of talking to children and hearing their responses, which were frequently hilarious.  This isn't about those shows--this is about my grandchildren (and in some cases my daughter) and what they had to say that cracked us up.

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Family Gatherings Print

 

When I was very young, my parents and I celebrated the Peterson Family Christmas with two other families: Uncle Bud (my dad's brother) and Aunt Margie and their children Susie and Steve, and Auntie Esther (my dad's sister) and Uncle Ed and their children Joe and Bill. Sometimes it was at our house, sometimes at Uncle Bud and Aunt Margie's in Westchester, and sometimes at Auntie Esther and Uncle Ed's in Santee. Frequently, these celebrations included Cousin Jaime (actually Norman Avery) and Babs and their children Judy, Mark and Paul. It was always special.

 

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Brooklyn Lani Cassone Print

 

Born March 5, 2007.  World's Most Adorable Granddaughter 

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Christopher John Cassone Print

 

Born May 17, 2005.  World's Coolest Grandson.  What a wonderful little guy... 

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