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Lucinda had a sleep-over at Aunt Maggi’s, and so we went out to a party on Saturday night. On Sunday, we hiked up Echo Mountain before heading down to pick up Lucinda.

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Lucinda spent the night at Aunt Maggi’s, and today they had a baby shower for one of Aunt Maggi’s friends. Lucinda was very excited about the party, and she had a lot of fun.


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Lucinda had a big day today. First off, our neighbors had their grandchildren visiting today, and Lucinda had two other little girls and a puppy to play with. Then in the afternoon, her friend Sofia came over to play. Daddy cooked lunch for the four girls, and they all played until 4:00, when it was time for Lucinda to go to Aunt Maggi’s house for a sleep-over.


Red Cars

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Today we went to San Pedro to ride the San Pedro Trolley. This is a 1.5 mile section restoration of the old Pacific Electric line along the waterfront. They have two cars that are new replicas of the old Red Cars, and one actual restored old car. We rode on Car 501, which is one of the replicas, and along the way, we passed Car 1058, which is the restored original Red Car.

We rode the trolley from to the end of the line and visited the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. This is a nice, small aquarium that is focused on exhibiting local Pacific marine life.


In Los Angeles Something is Always Burning

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Lucinda went to a wedding with Aunt Maggi this evening, so we had a night out. We had dinner at El Torito, and then went to an art opening at Ojala in Echo Park. The show was “In Los Angeles Something is Always Burning” with artwork and poetry about the L.A. ‘disaster lifestyle’. It was pretty amusing. We bought a print of a photo that wasn’t part of the show, but was a nice stylized photo of the towers of Downtown L.A. framed by the ever-present palm trees.


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We had a long weekend, so here’s what we did:

Sunday we took a trip to Orange County so that Lucinda could visit with Grandma and Grandpa Tarantino.

While they played with Lucinda, we went to Caspers Wilderness Park and did some hiking. We walked up the West Ridge Trail, making a big loop around the west side of the park. It was kind of hot, but still a pleasant hike. Even though the hills there are not all that big, the amount of up and down in the trail made it pretty hard overall.

We took Lucinda to the Natural History Museum Saturday. We saw the butterflies, and then we spent the rest of the afternoon in the Discovery Center. Lucinda likes playing in there, since they have a lot of things to touch and see, as well as live-animal demonstrations. They also have the Insect Zoo, which she finds interesting.


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Today we celebrated Lucinda’s ‘half-birthday’. We took her roller skating in the morning. The Moonlight Roller Center in Glendale has a beginner’s skating lesson for kids on Saturday mornings. Lucinda did the lesson, and then we stayed for the morning skate afterwards. She did pretty well for her first time. Pictures at

In the evening, we got some little individual-sized chocolate mousse cakes for dessert as Lucinda’s ‘half-birthday cake’.


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Lucinda and Mommy rode the new Metro Gold Line today. They took the train to Union Station in Downtown L.A. Then they walked over to Olvera Street and spent the afternoon there.


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Cathy’s birthday is today, so we all went to dinner at Cafe Bizou.

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