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Aloha HAWAII Mahalo!
Ca-Li-FOR-ni-A! (It's a Nation State)
Mexico and the Caribbean Islands
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USA - the WEST
Entertaining Sites Around LOS ANGELES
USA - the EAST
Central and South America
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Amazing INDIA
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'17 December
Ho Ho HO!
'17 November
Giving thanks.
'17 October
'17 September
Home a lot, plus the amazing Yosemite.

Also click here for, wow,
the Total Eclipse of the SUN.
'17 August
'17 June
Here for one week+ and then Bon Voyage.
'17 May
Five weeks home between trips. My house makes me smile.

Links to April's Hawaii adventures:
Kauai and The Big Island.
'17 March
Last month home before my 'Travel Season' kicks in.
'17 February
Hearts and roses.
'17 January
Here I go, rapidly closing in on SEVENTY YEARS OLD. SEVENTY.

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August 31

Susie! My friend of 50+ years. I'm 70 +a few months and Susie is 70 -a few months and How cute are WE?!

We went to the Getty for my birthday as this was our first chance since June. We only did what I wanted to do so we went on a couple of tours and ate Twice.

The Getty Center, a gift to Our Town.

August 30

It's the first day of school! These four kids have been in this exact line with a picture from the beginning of kindergarten and the end, the beginning of 1st grade and the end, and here's the beginning of 2nd grade. What an adorable tradition!

"A surf hero and legendary lifeguard, Tim Kelly is remembered in town by a bronze statue that sits at the foot of the Hermosa Beach Pier for all to see."

"...he died at age 24 in a car crash while returning home from a surf trip to San Diego’s Trestles Beach in 1964."

Lilly, standing strong.

We ate delicious food at a restaurant here on the strand and then...


Kaitlin took the picture on the right and Darryl took the one on the left.


From a walk with Lill that I forgot to use but having run across it, it must be used.

August 29

Liz and I went Mall Walking today at Del Amo. It was too hot outside so we went to this gigantic indoor space and it was fun! I learned from Angela that the reason this place seemed so fresh was because of a major remodel and addition of a new 'fashion wing' in 2015.

August 28

I got my birthday present window cleaning today, and I and the tenants too are feeling so Bright Eyed! I took this picture this morning, on the 29th and I'm absolutely sure there are more rainbows in my rainbow forest today because of the super-clean windows. I must absolutely remember to keep that garden window CLEAN!

My birthday poem:

With 70 years, it's a time to be reflective,
Maybe see things with a new perspective?

Reflective, and open to introspection,
Without the unfortunate reflection:

"My view of the world, my contemplative demeanor,
Would be a lot better if those windows were cleaner."

Let's make it so! without leaving your seat...
We've summoned window cleaners to 22nd Street.

Cleaning and cleaning and not missing a spot,
They'll get every window on the lot.

With their window washing paraphernalia,
They'll arrive once you're back from Australia.

So, this year we hope you're enjoying the view,
Clean windows - and a Happy Birthday - to You!!!

August 27

Ingalill and I went to a very very odd place today. It's called 'The Museum of Jurassic Technology'. It's been around for nearly 20 years and this is my first visit.

The Getty newsletter of January 2014 called it 'The Museum That Proudly Defies Understanding'.

From the same article 'Although the MJT exudes an authoritative tone, the exhibits subtly yet strenuously push the limits of belief. Fact and fiction lose their distinction and blend into one befuddled state. The husband-and-wife founders of the MJT, David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson, would probably liken this state to a feeling of wonder.'

I could not verify the veracity of a single thing in this very large and very 'wonder-full' collection of collections.

August 26

I had dinner with Merlyn and Hilda tonight and here's a picture of Raffi and Hilda from last week on Raffi's 26th birthday. 26...Yikes...Time FLIES!


August 25

Bill came over for lunch and why have a picture of Bill when you can have a picture of Sweet Addie Rose!

August 24

Back from KC and the Eclipse...these are my Eclipse companions and here's my Eclipse story!

August 18

Oh yes oh yes I so know, Lucky Dog ME! I'm going to Kansas City tomorrow to be in place to experience The Total Eclipse of the Sun.

August 17

Leaving Shoreline Village aboard the recently re-deployed...
...A&C Nepenthe! Welcome home Nepenthe!

We anchored off shore and Carol served up a feast fit for the finest cruise. Yum!

Carol, Alex

After we tootled around with the sails out, which is great good fun, we went back to the marina to enjoy the view and some delightful Happy Hour DOCKTAILS!

August 16

Kaitlin took all these pictures of our day with me, Kaitlin, Lilly, and Lilly's friend Bailey. Too fun!


Bailey and Lilly eating samples all up and down the line.

August 15

Happy Birthday Nancy! We saw a kooky little movie The Trip to Spain and had lunch at Nancy's favorite place. Birthdays are fun!
Steven Celina
August 14

Happy 19th Birthday Gideon! These are Gideon's pictures I got off facebook, pictures he took of his dogs, Bagel and Marley, with his new graduation-gift camera. Good job Gideon! And the Thai food was delicious too.


August 13

I drove up to Santa Barbara for a quick visit with Michi. We walked, we ate, we talked, we went to the museum...we had fun!

August 12

Happy Birthday Muriel and Congratulations on your new home!

JoAnn, David, Muriel

August 11

Christa was over for lunch and a great visit - so nice to have her around! She's going back to Hawaii in a couple of days so luckily for me we found this time to get together.

This is Christa's picture from Lona and Hartley's balcony. AWEsome isn't it?!


August 9

Sister day today and as's an utterly adorable picture of Travis, Lainee, Cali, and Jack. AWW!


August 8

I picked up Lilly at her Fashion Camp where they are sewing clothes and doing shows - right up Lilly's alley! We had a picnic lunch at Wilderness Park and a little exploration walk and then both girls had art class. Summer is busy!

August 7

Had a nice welcome home walk with Sharon this morning and a festive Happy Birthday Becky Monday Night potluck at Maxine's newly and lavishly remodeled home.

August 6

What I was doing today.

August 5

The kids came over today and it was a wonderful Welcome Home. Kaitlin made that Welcome Home portrait and wrote a sweet-as-pie Welcome Home haiku. It's good to be home!

August 4

It's awesome to be home, but oh my goodness, what a delight, what a joy and a pleasure:

Sydney June 11-16 and again July 29-August 3.
Canberra June 16-20 and Melbourne June 20-23.
Tasmania June 23-July 1.
Broome July 1-8.
Darwin+ and The Red Center July 8-18.
Cairns-Port Arthur-Lady Elliot-Brisbane July 18-29.
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