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Our first holiday party of the season

Filed under: — stan @ 9:51 am

Last night, Susan took me to the holiday party for the Pasadena Athletic Association. This is the big bike racing club here in Pasadena. I remember them from my racing days back in the late ’70s. At the time, my impression was that they were a small local racing club, and not a huge force like they are today. The actual party reminded me a lot of the party my old club in New Jersey used to hold at the end of each year. But when I went to that party, I was 16 or 17 years old. And now I’m one of the ‘old guys’. It’s always novel to see things from the other side.

It was a nice evening.


Deck the office – Part 2

Filed under: — stan @ 7:15 am

Last summer, Susan ordered some special Christmas ornaments for us. She has one at her house, and I have the second one in my office.


It’s that time of year…

Filed under: — stan @ 12:30 am

I’ve sent out all my Christmas cards, so I put my Christmas letter up on the web site…


A little city adventure

Filed under: — stan @ 11:12 pm

This evening, Susan and I were supposed to go out to her friend’s boat in Marina del Rey to watch the light show there, but she decided against it, since it was going to be cold and possibly raining when we got there. So instead, we had a little adventure in the city.

We went to the IMAX theater in Exposition Park to see “Wild Ocean 3D: Africa Meets the Sea”. We saw the “Sea Monsters – 3D” movie last spring, and it was great fun, so this new one was on our list. As always, the photography was impressive and sometimes vertigo-inducing. There were lots of good 3D effects of fish and dolphins and such swimming out of the screen. Good fun.

On the way home, we stopped off in Chinatown for dinner. We had a 1/2 Peking Duck, along with some Chinese broccoli and some soup. That was nice. We also walked around Chinatown for a bit to see the neon signs. We will probably be seeing them again next week on the Museum on Neon Art’s Neon Cruise.

Afterward, we went home, opened a bottle of wine, and watched Julia Sweeney’s “Letting Go of God“. It was a nice evening.


Off with his head!

Filed under: — stan @ 8:15 am

More news from today’s L.A. Times. As one might guess, this is a topic that’s near and dear to me:

Christopher Thompson to be tried in confrontations with cyclists

Another cultural icon is gone

Filed under: — stan @ 8:13 am

Bettie Page, the “Queen of the Pinups” has died.

One funny bit from her obituary:

After high school, Page earned a teaching credential. But her career in the classroom was short-lived. “I couldn’t control my students, especially the boys,” she said.

Considering how she’s associated with her photos with whips and such, that’s a funny thought. One would think she’d have had the boys completely subdued.

Read all about it here:

Bettie Page dies at 85; pinup queen played a key role in the sexual revolution of the 1960s and later became a cult figure



Filed under: — stan @ 10:07 pm

I had a nice evening out with Susan. We met at The Melting Pot in Old Town. I brought her a red rose, just to say again how happy I was to see her. We had the “Big Night Out” dinner, complete with a cheese fondue appetizer, salad, main course of beef, fish, chicken, pork, and vegetables, topped off by a chocolate fondue dessert. Yum.

So, after a brief hiatus, we’re back. And that’s a Very Good Thing. We still have worlds to conquer.

This is pretty deeply weird…

Filed under: — stan @ 5:57 pm

…and I like it.

It’s ecards that are wrong for every occasion.



Sunday’s ride

Filed under: — stan @ 10:38 pm

Sunday’s bike ride was another ‘ride to nowhere in particular’. It was chilly and never really warmed up. The only things of note along the way were one abandoned couch in Irwindale, and that we stopped at a new Cuban bakery in Monrovia. It was pretty good.

40 miles.


Deck the home

Filed under: — stan @ 9:43 pm

Tonight, Lucinda and I got a Christmas tree for our house, and we decorated it. And we had some fun doing it.

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