Thursday, July 10, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
We went and saw our long-time neighbors performing
live in their hometown. The Blasters live a few doors from
me since I was 10 years old, but I never saw them until April 2013.
It was a fun concert, with some good bluesy rock and roll.
I have to say, as much as I enjoyed them, I had more fun
watching their warm-up act, the California Feetwarmers.
These guys play private parties and they play restaurants
and lounges here in LA on weekends. Check 'em out:
Sunday, May 4, 2014
I'm not normally a food photographer, but I'll take this opportunity
to plug an establishment which is worthy of the share. Pictured above
is the Tri-Tip Mole, one of the several types available.
Andrea's meal was shrimp something or other, beautiful and delicious.
These pics were taken in April of 2013, and unfortunately the place is under
new management (Rocio, the chef, is no longer in the picture).
It's a shame; our last visit was not quite the same. Nonetheless,
if you are interested in some pre-columbian Mexican food,
which is nothing like the traditional burrito/taco/enchilada-type stuff,
it's still a good restaurant with good value.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
The grown-up table, chatting after dinner
Norma and Jennifer (and Diego)
Mike and Jen
Beauty and the Beast
Carina in her spin dress
Carina posing with Alex
Paige must be ticklish
The March birthday blowers (Zach providing the long-distance assist)
Paige appears to still be hungry
Diego and Jennifer and Mike and Jen came over for Easter in 2013
Leading up to the vaunted Easter egg hunt, the kids hung out and goofed around
Some of the fare amidst the lovely settings put together by Andrea and company
More loveliness . . .
And more . . .
And alas, even more! Isn't Carina pretty as a picture?
Renzo, with his special diet
And the two bounders, Gavino and Zach
Paige wants more food. Strudel looks on, in her Easter best,
hoping that someone ( *cough* Paige ) might drop some food.
Alex found an egg; the egg didn't expect being found
The big kids playing with big toys
Wes and his digital addiction, drawing a crowd
We started early on what was supposed to be a hot day. And it's all uphill.
That brown layer . . . must be . . . chocolate air?
Zach and Christopher taking a break
Partway up the 3-mile climb, we all find welcome shade and and rest for our legs
We made it! The rest of the way is downhill
Stopping for a photo op on a lovely nature trail,
although Chris appears to have a burr in his saddle
On the way back, the boys elected to add another 2 miles to the 6 we'd already hiked
We hiked up to Eaton Falls, and the water sure felt good
Isaias and Emmanuel, tempting fate, and documenting the feat
8 miles later, and ready to avail ourselves of an internal combustion machine
Carina and Daniela favored us with an amazing acrobatic show to commemorate our 19th wedding anniversary.
Right before we left to go out to dinner, Andrea and I had the pleasure of watching these aerialists amaze us with death-defying feats.
The navigated the high wire, went down the slide in every configuration imaginable,
swung high in the swing and jumped out at the apex, the spun on the high bar, and suspended upside-down by their legs.
This was truly an anniversary to remember.