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Skirball Sunsets: Mr. Vallenato

Skirball Sunsets: Mr. Vallenato
With Mojo in town, we made the final show in this year’s Sunset Concerts with Jorge Villarreal (a.k.a. Mr. Vallenato), the renowned Mexican American accordion virtuoso, often compared to Jimi Hendrix for the fervor of his playing! We experienced firsthand his lifelong and deep love for Colombian folk music, including cumbia and vallenato. jQuery(document).ready(function(){ jQuery("#ngg-slideshow-36-4371-1").nggSlideshow(... 

The Brown Pearl

The Brown Pearl
Laura’s Blue Pearl has a new friend. This is Marc’s brand-spank’n-new Brown Pearl, handcrafted by our friend, uber-artist Russell Mitchell, lord of the bike and owner of Exile Cycles. Beautiful work Russell! Russell describes Marc’s the Brown Pearl in the video below. (This is Marc’s actual Brown Pearl. The reference to a client in Texas is to protect the guilty, as... 

Georgia Fund: Children’s Hospital 5K Walk

Georgia Fund: Children's Hospital 5K Walk
On Saturday,  we celebrated the opening of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ (CHLA) world-class New Hospital Building.  The new facility will greatly increase CHLA’s treatment capacity and offers state of the art technology, staffing and equipment, keeping CHLA at the forefront of cardiac care in the country. More than 3,000 CHLA supporters celebrated the opening of the... 

USC Drubs Cal, 48-14

USC Drubs Cal, 48-14
Our friend Eric, who we ran into before the game started, texted me just into the second quarter: “Who are these guys?”  Cal fell to pieces and so again we fell to the Evil Empire. The day started well enough: drinking a few tailgate beers outside the Colosseum with Adam, Sonja and the kids. But things fell apart pretty quickly, with USC driving before we even got into our seats. Nine... 

Cal Routs UCLA, 35-7

Cal Routs UCLA, 35-7
We hung out with Micheline at Busby with the Los Angeles-based Cal alumni to watch the Golden Bears lay waste to a much hyped UCLA squad. Micheline missed the first quarter (after which the game was never much in question) and so had to pay a tequila tax.  Read More →

Chiang Mai: Elephant Nature Park

Chiang Mai: Elephant Nature Park
When in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Laura and I were privileged to visit the Elephant Nature Park, where we learned much about these intelligent creatures and the unnecessary dangers they’re facing.  Elephant Nature Park is a unique project set in Northern Thailand. Established in the 1990′s its aim is to provide a sanctuary and rescue center for elephants. The park is set in Chiang Mai province,... 

FixItGurl: Reason to DIY #1

FixItGurl: Reason to DIY #1
When I got home I was still intent on getting a used water heater. But going forward I wanted to be more prepared. I googled “how to tell the age of a water heater” and found some helpful information here and here. I wish I had found this before I went to look at the water heater in Pasedena. I could have known the true age of the water heater just by looking at the serial number. After... 

FixItGurl: Adventures in Used Water Heating

After I left you, I was just about to get in the car and drive over to Garden Grove to get my bootleg water heater when I got a call from someone I contacted over craigslist who was selling their used, but newish water heater for $125. I was thrilled. When I email someone who posts an ad on craigslist and I don’t hear from them within the hour, I just assume the item is gone. I had contacted... 

FixItGurl: Home Ownership Rule #1

If it is the middle of winter, your water heater will go out and then two days later your house heater will stop working. Ok. It actually isn’t that bad. We have two water heaters and two heaters. So, we are getting hot water in one part of the house and heat in another. Unfortunately, the part of the house that is now cold has the hot water. But, at least the master bedroom is warm. Here is... 

FixItGurl: Cookbooks, C.C. Deville and Ceiling Drip

FixItGurl: Cookbooks, C.C. Deville and Ceiling Drip
I lived in this house a good two years without setting foot in our attic space. I think I popped my head up there once. Little did I know that I would eventually become very familiar with it. It’s a tangled mess of wires and pipes, but now I know it like the back of my hand. I remember it was early December and I was sitting at my kitchen table. On a nearby kitchen counter was my treasured cook... 
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