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Filed under: — stan @ 7:44 pm

Lucinda and Daddy made a batch of brownies tonight. It was her first time to taste the Ghirardelli brownie recipe. She liked it a lot. The recipe calls for nuts or chocolate chips as an option. Lucinda opted for the chocolate chips. The recipe can be found at

Filed under: — stan @ 10:36 am

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Filed under: — stan @ 10:39 pm

Today we dropped Lucinda off at Grandma and Grandpa Tarantino’s house and we went down to Laguna Beach. We met our friends Paul and Patty there, and the first stop was the Laguna Art Museum. The exhibit was “Whiteness, A Wayward Construction”, which consisted of artworks about whiteness as a social and cultural identity. After that, we walked down to the Coast Gallery to see “Classic Rock”, which was an exhibit of photos of rock bands from the ’60s and ’70s. Finally, we stopped in at the Chuck Jones Showroom to see cels and paintings from his cartoons. We rounded out the day with dinner at Ichibiri in Laguna Niguel.

Filed under: — stan @ 10:38 pm

Lucinda visited with Grandma and Grandpa Tarantino today. They went to the park and played around the house.


Yank Tanks

Filed under: — stan @ 2:39 pm

We saw “Yank Tanks” today. This was a documentary about the old cars in Cuba. The economic embargo after the Cuban revolution left a lot of pre-1960 American cars on the roads in Cuba. The filmmakers interviewed owners about their cars, and also visited the shops where the cars are maintained. Because of the embargo, parts are unavailable, so they have to make everything by hand. There is a whole cottage industry in making everything from windshields and chrome, right down to hand-made brake shoes. The audience was aghast when we got to watch Ito sifting the asbestos by hand for his home-made brake shoes, but we were all glad to see that the filmmakers gave him a mask to wear in the future. Overall, this was a tremendously entertaining film. About the only bad thing we could say is that it was shot in motion-sickness-inducing hand-held video.

Afterward, we had lunch at Zeke’s Smokehouse in Montrose. It was pretty good barbecue, although the service was a bit slow.


Filed under: — stan @ 6:49 pm

Lucinda asked to go to the beach today, so Mommy took her down to Long Beach. She played on the sand, they had lunch on the beach, and she brought home a small collection of shells.


You are what you wear

Filed under: — stan @ 6:49 pm

Today we went back to the Herbert Gallery in Echo Park for the “You are what you wear” exhibit. A couple of the pictures we sat for on the 2nd were in the show. It was kind of fun to see them and all the various looks of the other people who were in it.

Afterward, we went to the Autry museum in Griffith Park to see “Ocean View” about the history of Southern California beach culture. This was very interesting and entertaining to see how the surfing culture was originally brought here from Hawaii. And then how it was then exported to the rest of the U.S. by the movie, fashion and music industries.


Filed under: — stan @ 6:28 pm

Daddy took Lucinda to see “Piglet’s Big Movie” today. After the movie, we all went to a birthday party for one of the other little girls in her preschool class. Pictures from the party are at


Filed under: — stan @ 3:56 pm

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Filed under: — stan @ 5:23 pm

Daddy took Lucinda to the Eaton Canyon Natural Area ( park today. They poked around the streams flowing down the canyon, looked at the exhibits in the visitor center, walked a couple of nature trails, and climbed some trees. Then it started raining and they had to come home.

Pictures at:

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