Tourist in my hometown

Stuff that happens in my own neck of the woods

Transit of Venus (Telescope), viewed with eclipse glasses

Venus Transit!!!!!

This Venus Transit story begins with Christmas, I suppose. I was presented with a huuuuuge box — actually a few huge boxes. I had NO idea what was inside them; they intimidated the hell out of me. It was a telescope. Wow! A total surprise. There’ve been some great nights viewing this year. And, for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Entire chess set

Alice in Wonderland Chess Set at USC’s Doheny Library

[UPDATED] I had an appointment today at USC’s Doheny Library. I wound my way from the back of the building to the front, and came across a few students playing chess on a large set on the floor of the library. (I was late, was late, for a very important date, so I didn’t stop […]

Full moon rises while eastbound on 10

Lunacy — It Caught My Eye

Driving home from today’s WriteGirl workshop, eastbound on the 10: The full moon rises. 10 days ago, it became illegal in the State of California to send or receive text messages while driving. No risk of illegal driving for me to do that. But using a coolpix swivel camera while behind the wheel? Sheer lunacy. […]