Monday, January 8, 2018



The weekend weather was warm enough that I didn’t need a jacket.  Even though the evenings got cool, it still was not like before.  Now there are forecasts for two days with rain, Tuesday being the worst with 2-4 inches predicted.  Hmm.

The ‘Old School Friday’ song was “He Will Break Your Heart” by Jerry Butler.  For ‘Easy Monday’ we have a weather related song:  “If the __ comes they run and hide their heads, the might as well be dead.  If the __ comes, if the __ comes.”  Hint:  Hmm, what can I say, it’s easy.

Our last weekend in the States was a busy one.  Friday afternoon we had a great coffee visit with Cousin Wendy at Dinah’s restaurant.  It seems like we always get caught up on family news when we hang out with Wendy.  I ended up back at Dinah’s for dinner with my friend Martin.

Saturday morning we drove out to Pasadena where we had lunch with Frank & Linda at Saladang Thai Restaurant.  I’ve known Frank since childhood and he and Blue were in a band together.  There are always bittersweet moments when we share memories.  What was funny was the fact that they didn’t expect us to want to eat Thai food.  On our way home from Pasadena we experienced Los Angeles Freeway traffic at it’s best.  There is nothing like sitting still on a freeway designed for fast driving.  No more Chiang Rai whining (555).  I understand the concept of ‘splitting’ the lanes on a motorcycle, I used to ride, but I only drove between the cars when traffic was slow.  When riders go between the lanes while the cars are moving fast and the bikes are going faster, well, that freaks me out.  

Sunday morning Lisa and my dear friend Mark gave me a cake at a favorite meeting.  Then we went to Thai Boom where we were joined by more friends.  As a group, we hadn’t shared a meal in many years. 

Sunday afternoon we went out to San Fernando Valley and watched Cousin Sofia in a rehearsal at her dance/school as they prepared for a competition.  Sofia’s birthday is the same date as Lisa’s birthday, and she is a ballet dancer.  While we watched, we got a chance to visit with her mom, Martha.  

From the dance studio we drove to Studio City and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening with the Valley Cousins.  We got to spend time with Owen, the newest cousin.  He’s three months old and adorable.  Nowell grilled chicken and veggies and we had a family dinner. 

Today’s photo was taken in Palo Alto.  It’s another installation from the ‘Play’ exhibition.  The colored circles are lights and they change colors as you turn a ring around their lenses.  Theoretically, you could create a design with the lights.  

We have 4 more ’sleepings’ and then we leave.  There are still a bunch of things to do, and people to see.  The upcoming rain storm may require us to change a few things around, but we’ll get it done. 

Have a Great Week.


“Success is not final, 
failure is not fatal.  
It is the courage to continue
that counts.”
~Winston Churchhill

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