Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Brianna Curtin is quite the performer! We are all proud of her! Here she is with Beth and Steve when she recently performed as a "Christmas Munchkin for the Wizard of Oz." Rumor has it Gramma Pete will be in the adoring audience for "The Nutcracker" later this week. [Photo Credit: Shawntea Curtin]
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today is the 19,901st day of my life.
# 1,719,360,000 seconds
# 28,656,000 minutes
# 477,600 hours
# 2842 weeks
Want to know your age in days, minutes, seconds? Check out this link.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
My parents, Dick & Jane, booked their flight to Los Angeles for a visit. They will be here from New Year's Eve, landing at 7:00pm through January 8, 2011. They are staying at The Palms on La Mirada Blvd. in a one bedroom apartment for the week. This is free to them, since they live a a facility owned by the same company. That is very nice and they will have nice accommodations and breakfast ready for them when they are! They'll spend the rest of the day with us at the house or running around.[That guy in the photo is my brother, Ric.]
Friday, November 05, 2010
It is "Happy 80th Birthday Week" for Grandma Pete and the family. Various festivities are planned and family members are gathering to celebrate with her. It should be a grand time! Here is a photo of Grandma and some of her grandsons the year she turned 75.
Monday, September 27, 2010
It makes today the hottest day since records in downtown L.A. started being kept in 1877, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.
More on this story at LA Times here and from NPR here.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Since I had considered living off campus for a while, and filled out the off-campus housing application, I was put on a different list for housing, and when the off-campus housing application was denied, I was still in limbo concerning where I was going to live. This morning (the day I checked/moved in), my Resident Director called me and said I would be in a different dorm. So here I am in Waldock Hall, which does seem to have bigger rooms than Hotchkiss had. It is an all-boys dorm. The personality of the dorm should fit me better (my opinion as well as the opinion of just about everyone else).
I'm rooming with Chan Sol Park, a freshman who just arrived 4 days ago from South Korea. He's currently chatting on Skype with his girlfriend who started at Bethel College in Indiana this week.
I still have to schedule the tests for Greek and Hebrew after I know what my work schedule in the library is going to be like. But I am very glad to be here!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
- Why would someone of his responsible level make the comments reported in the article to a reporter?
- What really happened? Did people investigate and verify the information to find out if it was accurate and true?
- How does a reporter justify reporting information that will end someone's career? And then feel OK about that? What motivates that level of reporting, or was this a whistle-blowing report of some sort?
Friday, June 18, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Michael Rogers is the aforementioned Australian that looks like he's going to ruin Levi's party. Here he is going down the little steep hill in the race today:
Levi Leipheimer going up the same hill:
|From 2010 AToC in LA|
Tomorrow's final stage is a slightly hilly ride in Thousand Oaks.
Yesterday, the riders rode 135 miles from Palmdale to Big Bear, taking Angeles Crest Hwy on the way to Rim of the World Hwy at Big Bear. It was special watching them (from my computer) ride in places I've very much enjoyed riding in before.
This is on Angeles Crest Hwy, this side of Wrightwood.
(Thank you Graham Watson and associates for the picture.)
And, a more scenic shot, from one of my favorite places on CA-2/Angeles Crest, at about 7000'.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
My parents have leased a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in a senior independent living center, and are very happy. They have been moving little by little with no rush and the help of friends. They plan to be living at the new place by the first week of May. They have been enjoying their meals there on a regular basis. They've met neighbors, planned the flowers to plant in container on their deck, repurposed favorite furniture, ordered phone service, and made plans to play cards with new friends, sew on Fridays with the women (mom), attend the movies, and watch out their windows for deer in the field. I'm having fun hearing all about it and hearing their happiness in the new situation. Their home is still for sale.
For a virtual tour: http://rtvpix.com/rst/BU-9379-INAHXL-01
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Sunday, March 07, 2010
He arrived safely last night at 10:00pm or so. We will go meet him this morning.
Good thing the nursery is brown and yellow!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Then thinking I was done, I plugged it back in and turned up the dial on the thermostat. Nothing happened. Nothing. Except the light came on. No sound. No humming. No cooling.
Oh well. My Placervillian sister had just told me recently that one can live without a dishwasher [and we have for some months] but you can't live without a refrigerator. --I don't know, maybe I can learn how to salt meat for long term storage.
After some time of looking for tips on how to fix a refrigerator on online do-it-yourself sites. It happened. With the freezer door still open. It started. A noise. Strangely loud. Familiar yet strange. Cindi called out with "what's that noise?" I had no idea. I came running. It was the sound of the refrigerator, amplified by the empty freezer box, with the door wide open. It had come to life. Ready to cool its inner-world.
We are still waiting to see if the ice maker starts to work again. But the water in the ice trays is already solid. Yay!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Forgetfulness - Billy Collins
The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read,
never even heard of,
as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.
Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,
something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.
Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue,
not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.
It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall,
well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.
No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.