Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Ukulele Fun

Back Row, L-R: Fred, Deb, Casey, Debbie, Carol, Marisa, Ron
Front Row, L-R: Jim, Joe, Deb, Ellen, Michael

I've been attending Cali Rose's Ukulele Workshop at Boulevard Music in Culver City for a few years. We really do have fun figuring out songs, writing intros and endings to songs we all love. We play songs from yesteryear and today. Cali even wrote a nice arrangement for  a current song, the Academy Award winning song, "Remember Me," from the popular film, "Coco."
We sign up for 4 classes at a time, meeting on Saturdays from 10:30 am to noon. Most of the players in class are at the intermediate level. We have some beginners who graduated from Cali's beginning class, also at Boulevard Music. During our final class of each session, Cali asks one of the U-Bass players from the C.C. Strummers to join our class. The bass really makes our songs pop! Last Saturday Michael Kohan accompanied us!
U-Bass Player, Michael Kohan

We'll be taking off this Saturday to attend the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival in Torrance. I'm really looking forward to the Festival. There are many workshops with different teachers from all over the country, concerts, a marketplace and more. It's always fun running into musicians I know from other ukulele classes around town.
Last Year's Ukulele Festival with Cher, Natalie and Cali. Torrance, 2017
I also LOVE seeing everyone's Hawaiian shirts, muu-muus, hats, flower leis and cool ukuleles. For me, THIS is the happiest place on earth!
Here's a really short video of Cali's Ukulele Workshop playing a bit of "Jump, Jive and Wail" last Saturday.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Disney's California Adventure

Larry and I have been working so much to get Mom situated in her new apartment, that we decided to take last Sunday off for a field trip day. We hadn't visited Disney's California Adventure in at least 10 or 12 years, so that's where we headed.
Tram into the Parks

Being architecture buffs, we hadn't seen all of the reproductions of famous Los Angeles buildings at the Cal-Adventure. I must say, walking through the "gates" of the old Pan Pacific Auditorium was quite thrilling!
Replica of the entrance of the Pan Pacific Auditorium
We spent a lot of time on Buena Vista Street, checking out the replicas of the Carthay Circle Theater, the Fairfax Market and more. We live quite close to where the Carthay used to be. I was sad that everything at Disneyland was decorated for Halloween already. It was a bit difficult to get the real look of all the buildings. Hollywood Boulevard was pretty good too, except that Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards do not intersect (creative license)! A lot of the street was dedicated to Los Feliz, where Walt Disney settled when he first landed in Los Angeles. Also, where the original Disney Studios were located.
Details of the Carthay Circle Theater replica, already decorated for Halloween
The best ride on Buena Vista Street is a replica of the old Red Car Trolley. We rode it a few times. I never did get to ride on the real Red Car when it was operating in L.A. I vaguely remember seeing the last of the Red Cars lumbering down Venice Boulevard in the early 1960s. Dad pointed it out to me and told me stories about traveling all over L.A. on the trolley.
Red Car Trolley and Larry with the Conductor
Frank Lloyd Wright design, Disney Style

We strolled through the Park, coming to the realization that there were more places to eat than actual rides on this side of Disneyland. California Adventure is the food court for Disneyland! We picked up our fast pass for the Radiator Springs Racers (about 4 hours later in the day). In the meantime, we rode a few of the kiddie rides.
Luigi's Rollicking Roadsters. "Mambo Italiano" was our song
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Everything is beautifully articulated and art directed at California Adventure. The attention to design detail is amazing.

Pixar Pier
We ended up having a quick lunch at Flo's V-8 Cafe near Carsland. BLT. Went on a few more rides and walked through that forest-like park area. 
Grizzly River Run
Refreshing LIVE entertainment at Pixar Pier. Dig those wild outfits!

One of the more impressive displays of a current movie was for "Coco."  I just love all that Dia de Los Muertos design!
"Coco" Pavilion 

By 4pm, it was definitely time for a cocktail. We were quite close to the Grand Californian Hotel, so we walked into this craftsman wonder directly to the bar.
Cocktails at the Grand Californian Hotel
We ended our "adventure" with a swift ride on the Radiator Spring Racers. Dinnertime! Drove toward L.A. and stopped in La Mirada at Clearman's Northwoods Inn, which is a Disney-type environment.
Clearman's Northwoods Inn, La Mirada
It was a great day and a nice respite from work.

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

L' Shana Tovah

Happy New Year to my family and friends. May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year! May it be sweet and happy!
Click on cartoon to see larger image

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Everything is Blue and White!

Notice the lovely, hand-crocheted afghan over the back of the couch

We're finally done moving Mom to her new apartment at Palm Court. Next stop, back to the apartment in Westwood to clear it out. Yeah, this is one great vacation. NOT.
Mom's all about everything LOOKING good. Her family motto is: "It's better to look good than feel good." I've known this all my life. It's not MY motto, but I respect her beliefs. For this reason, I made sure that we took everything from her apartment in Westwood that was blue and white. I knew this combination would look great in her new, bright Culver City place.
Larry is extremely resourceful and the BEST moving facilitator EVER! Between the two of us, we managed to organize, weed out the extra stuff and decorate the place with Mom's belongings. We still have a few items to bring over, but basically, we're done!
My favorite husband and Mom

The view from Roz's balcony of the historic tower at Vet's Auditorium and the Culver City Senior Center
It will take Mom a few weeks to get used to the routine at Palm Court and to find out where things are located, like the dining room, but once she figures it out, I hope she's happy there.

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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Labor Day

I'm thankful to all the workers who came before me, standing up for equal rights on the job.  Happy Labor Day!

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