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Oh yes, New Year’s… resolution and all.  Still can’t tell but I’ve come close to non compliance several times. (Confession is good for the soul.)

Thank you Mason Williams for always remembering me at Christmas.  You truly are a ‘Classical Gas!’ Next time you’re in L.A. I shall shadow you to meet Ed Ruscha.


Neighbors took me to dinner at ‘The Smokehouse’, a Burbank ‘classic’ for a trillion years.  A woman standing  in front our table had her pen & pad at the ready so I asked her to tell me about the salmon.  She replied, “I don’t know anything about the salmon.”  Well, I thought I’d try another approach and asked how the salmon was prepared….you know, what came with it.  Again I got the same answer only to be told by my hosts that she was there to take our picture.  Thanks, but no thanks.  You’d think one faux pas would be enough for the evening but oh no……The next gal who came by carried the longest stemmed roses ever and kept trying to hand them to me.  ‘No thank you’ says I, ‘I have them in my garden’.  (It reminded me of the little kids in China.) She persisted and finally my hosts told me they had been purchased and to PLEASE TAKE THE ROSES!  Woops!

What about the salmon you asked as I digressed…..don’t bother ordering it.


Calligraphy class on Saturday was wonderful with two new students for Tom.  Delightful Diana and Bridget both Kung Fu Black Belts so don’t mess with them.  They’re mighty powerful.


Thank you Miss Judith for this delightful surprise!  Looks too pretty to sample!

090 And a special thanks to Tom for this awesome calligraphy via Miss Judith.   It says  ‘Blessings!’ Perfect!!!


Stylish Violet was just back from Hong Kong.


Time for dumplings at Din Tai Fung in Americana.


Tomiko serves up the beef soup.  Delicious but the beef is not the easiest to eat.


What we came for….Dumplings!  The pork filled ones are the best!019

I hadn’t planned it  but this may have been my personal best for number of movies seen in one week starting with ‘Frozen’.


I loved this guy!032

Ron Burgundy (Anchorman)


Fantastic ensemble acting in ‘American Hustle’


Bring lots of Kleenex for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’


‘Nebraska’, Bruce Dern’s tour de force role of a lifetime.


‘The Great Beauty’, an Italian film, shades of Ingmar Bergman.  Will someone please explain this movie to me?


Did you count?  That’s right… movies.  I still don’t know how it happened.  I  managed to get some work done with the highlight of the week being…. lunch with precious Lisa.


We met at Tender Greens in Pasadena and the gal to my right was reading what looked like a very interesting book.  (I’m going to try and control myself in the book buying department as I’ve finally admitted I’m addicted.)


Of course a week isn’t complete without more foodie photos so here’s one from Le Pain Quotidien.


And a stop at Katsuya….


Time to have a party!  It’s Vicki’s birthday!


Gourmet 88 of course!


Let’s hear it for the cake….Red Velvet from Cheesecake!


Emma & BF Joseph are in charge of the cleanup.


Later I watched the raising & training of the Lipizzaner stallions on PBS (second time.)


If you have a re-sale number, this is the best place to go for framing supplies.



Time to put away Christmas in the studio!


I thought as long as we have a lot of ‘stuff’ out of the closets, why not take everything out and get organized for the new year.  I had no idea……

There was so much stuff….




Kim & Nikka worked two days well into the evening….placing things in either the trash, re-cycle, or Goodwill piles. My job as chief supervisor was to look at everything and decide which stack it should go into. We’re down to the fine tuning now and that could very well be the most difficult.

Time for a break.  Tomiko & I went to see ‘Peter and the Star Catcher’ at the Ahmanson.


We had decided ahead of time that instead of Kendall’s we’d try the ‘Taco truck’ that always had so many people lining up.


We went back for seconds….


It’s a long story but suffice it to say we wound up in one of the boxes……right close to the stage. Here’s our view of the audience.


The play was wonderful…..the best we’ve seen in a long time and the audience caught every funny line as they went rolling by lickety split. Just in case you’re not familiar with the plot, it’s the story of how Peter Pan and Captain Hook came into their personas.  Hysterical throughout. Can you see the piano player to the left?


Here he is….


Time to say goodbye for now….


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