LA and SoCal

Greater Los Angeles and Southern California

Endeavour takes off the Edwards Air Force Base runway for her final flight. Click to embiggen

Endeavour at Dryden/Edwards

500 feet from the centerline of the runway at Edwards Air Force Base. That’s where I was for a landing and a takeoff. The event: Penultimate stop of Endeavour at Dryden Edwards Thursday before the last California-wide trip and the last flight of any Space Shuttle before the final final final landing at LAX on […]

Chris Guillebeau at Vroman's in Pasadena, talking about his book, The $100 Startup

Chris Guillebeau at Vroman’s for The $100 Startup

Last week, I went to see Chris Guillebeau (author of the site The Art of Non-Conformity) at Vroman’s for his book tour for his just-released The $100 Startup (Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future). Great crowd there, nice conversations with people. Here are photos and […]

Embarking on the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington

What’s the first letter of the Pirate Alphabet? Arrrrr!

Early January was Talk Like A Pirate Day. I went out on a gun-battle cruise on one of two sailing craft — The Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington. Lady Washington was the boat used in Pirates of the Carribbean movies. We went aboard and “sailed” out to sea to have a gun battle a little […]

Keeping My Money Local: San Gabriel Valley Credit Unions

Keeping My Money Local: San Gabriel Valley Credit Unions

After the last post‘s revelation of the 5 days for money to travel to USAA’s otherwise excellent bank in San Antonio, Texas, I’m taking a look at local credit unions again. The idea of keeping my money local is very appealing. Here’s one description of a what a credit union is. A co-operative not-for-profit financial […]

There is a fork in the road

There is a fork in the road

in Pasadena, right near Huntington Hospital. I saw it in my rear-view mirror when I drove downtown the weekend before last. There’s a fork in the road located at the fork in the road at 866 S. Pasadena Ave, Pasadena Just now, I got whispers (and pictures!) of it in my email inbox. I hear […]

Dissent of the Day

Today is the day I’m feeling it. The oppressing heat and humidity and smoky air (kiss all that healthful exercise goodbye)… …the buildup of whatever emotional pressure after I “wasted” all of yesterday worrying and surfing and watching the fires encroach the observatories of Mt. Wilson …and watched the live web-feed of eye-in-the-sky helicopter footage […]