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Saturday June 1, 2013_May Reading & vids
June01_2013_Sunday_May reading & vids
I've been all about rereading lately, books of my (and Lauren's) youth. My youth is represented by Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four and Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Both books held much meaning to me when still a teen and rereading them has reminded me why. Bradbury was an especially favorite which definitely puts me NOT in the hard core science-fiction camp. Representing Lauren's youth is The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix. The Fall is book one of seven.
Black Holes Explained certainly did (only 6 half-hour episodes) while Writing Creative Nonfiction (24 episodes) was full of terrific tips, pitfalls, and insights.

Tuesday June 4, 2013_I desperately needed to prune my rose tree so I did. One cut vine fell on a low growing juniper and I liked the look so I photographed it with just a bit of purposeful arranging.
June04_2013_Tuesday_pruning

Monday June 24, 2013_We lunched in Willow Glen and on our way back to my car, I saw this nicely designed antique store window. A little vignette!
June24_2013_Monday_window

Friday June 28, 2013_Our luggage, packed and ready to go, for our week-long Los Angeles driving vacation.
June28_2013_Friday_leaving

Sunday June 30, 2013_The La Brea Tar Pit Museum
June30_2013_Sunday_La Brea Tar Pits
This place was such fun. We did a tour with a docent who was full of interesting information. This is a working museum with the Project 23 tar pit being dug every day. While we were there a Saber-tooth cat's skull was found!! Inward toward the museum, behind the earthen berm which surrounds it, the bones are kept in metal cases, very protected. The frieze runs the entire top of the building.The museum also contains a working laboratory where technicians are kept busy cleaning the bones.

Also June 30, 2013_The Santa Monica Pier.
June30_2013_Sunday_Santa Monica Pier
I have more photographs of LA and Santa Barbara which I plan on posting later.

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Also, just as a little aside, Lauren has us working on this 1,000 piece puzzle so if I should seem vaguely suicidal over the next few days that's only because I will be :)
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Walter's cousin, Horst, lived for years in an 8-apartment apartment building within walking distance of the Tar Pits. As a result, I have visited them more than once. I find that seeing the pits is quite thought-provoking.

I love the color of your roses, a sort of pale mauve, at least in the pic.

I have read both 1984 and The Martian Chronicales but neither are prime favorites. FanSee

P.S. While I love the picture you are putting together, there is way too much blue in the background. Please post pictures of your progress.


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The very same Horst as you've been visiting? Very cool!

It's a wonderful area with all the museums and such located around. We could have spent a couple of days there easy!!

The roses are nearly dead and, consequently, look very antique, which is why I was deadheading them, can't allow them to get to the rose hips stage :) In actuality, the are rose-red.

'I have read both 1984 and The Martian Chronicales but neither are prime favorites.'
:(( Are you into science-fiction in general? I haven't noticed many on your reading book list. If so, what are your prime favorites?

We have all of the birds done and are now on to the blue. We've a system but it will still take us forever.

The very same Horst as you've been visiting? Very cool!

Yep, that Horst. The income from the apartments is now helping to underwrite his very comfortable retirement. He is just in the process of turning the apartments over to a management company to run. Until this summer, he did all the management himself, including small repairs, supervision of big repairs, leasing, etc. Now he will start renting out his old apartment where he used to stay overnight occasionally. He says his tenants are 'a bunch of Yuppies.'

I have read a great deal of sf. I've probably read most of Isaac Asimov's fiction - I especially liked his robot series. I love C.J. Cherryh's books although her Foreigner series is definitely dragging.

I like Neal Stevenson, both his sf and his historicals, although he does sometimes have a hard time ending his books. William Gibson's "Neuromancer," is a favorite of mine and due for a reread. I have a love/hate relationship with George R.R. Martin but continue to read his "Game of Thrones" series anyway. Martin is really fantasy, anyway.

I haven't really read as much sf as I did before Walt died, however. He was my gate into sf: he'd pre-read for me, then point me to what he thought I'd like. I generally did, too. FanSee

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When I visited there when I was young, it sure didn't look like this, no museum or really much of anything. They've come a long way. I can see why you loved it!

Great pics! That puzzle is beautiful, and I totally want to go poke around in that store. :)

Now I want to re-read "1984" too (though I liked Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" just a little bit better).

Thank you!! It is a wonderful puzzle, the illustrator is Charley Harper.
https://www.charleyharperprints.com/
I also have a calendar of his work which dates from the 1940s through the early 1960s. We've manged to get all the birds done so now we begin the VERY slow task of 'doing the blue' :)

I reread 'Brave New World' a couple of months ago and also enjoyed it very much. Sometimes I worry to reread a book that once meant a lot to me, afraid that it might not hold up but happily these did.

Wow - I checked out the site, I really like his work. It's so happy and colorful. Thanks for the link!

I'm with you on the books, that's also one reason I seldom re-read them. As a kid, I remember re-reading the same books over and over again because I found that comforting.

I would love to visit that store.

That puzzle is quite a stunning picture.

Hope you have/had a geat trip.

The store is terrific, a sort of mix of antique and artsey, craftsey newer items.

The illustrator is Charley Harper who worked back in the late 50s and early 60s. We've managed to complete all of the puzzle but the right bottom corner of blue and the left top strip of blue. Soon!!! You can find out about him here:
https://www.charleyharperprints.com/

For the most part, the trip was fun. I plan on posting about it soon so, stay tuned :)


Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

I'll stay tuned. :)

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