Category Archives: May 2012

hollywood sign

One day we decided to play tourist and look at a local place from a different perspective, so… we took a tour of the Hollywood sign. The tour we went on takes you as close as you can legally get to the sign, which is still quite a ways away, but it was a nice day and the tour was half price. What more could we ask for?

The ride up there was on a very narrow and winding road… and then we had to go back down the other side. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride doesn’t even come close to our ride in the tour bus. On the way back down to Hollywood we passed this very cool garage door:

We also zipped by the Capitol Records building, a Hollywood icon, and somehow managed to get a decent photo of it:

We had fun playing tourist and will definitely do it again sometime.

back to basics

For oh-so-many years (at least 20) I have wanted a clothesline in the back yard so we could have sweet-smelling, sun-kissed clothes like we had when I was a kid. True, dryers are much easier and quicker, but I’m feeling nostalgic for the good old days and wanting to live a little bit slower pace.  And save some money and resources in the process.

I couldn’t find a good spot in the yard where a clothesline would be accessible and not in the way at other times, so I came up with a solution. Drying racks. I am now the proud owner of three of them.

The one on the right is my favorite. It looks like a big wind chime when it’s folded up and a 12-blade helicopter propeller when it’s set up (until the clothes are hung on it). Mike says it looks like a Gatlin gun when it’s folded up. The third rack is a little smaller than the one on the left. All three are very light, easy to set up and take down and they don’t take up much space when stored.

It’s back to the ’50s and ’60s for me!

relay for life 2012

My niece, Leslie, was the captain of a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Eagle Rock High School this year. The event started at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19 and continued until 9 a.m. Sunday, May 20. We dropped by for a few hours on Saturday to lend our support and, of course, take some photos.

Here’s team headquarters:

Steve hauled the trailer and necessary equipment, then he, Karina and the kids decorated it. They sold nachos, jamaica juice, horchata and cookies to raise money for the American Cancer Society and offered free samples of sunscreen. They also had spray sunscreen available for those who wanted a quick spray to protect themselves… that, too, was free. Many, many people appreciated the sunscreen.

Here’s the nacho man hard at work with his helper, Karina:

Team Captain Leslie and her cousin, Stephanie, taking a turn around the track:

Steven on one of his laps…

and a little later carrying a tray of food for a relay race (our team won):

There was even zumba for those who didn’t mind exercising in the heat:

Karina and Leslie (and Karina’s mom) love zumba… I, on the other hand, could be found in the shade by the trailer helping Steve sell the snacks.

Mike did his part by doing many laps around the track during the time we were there (we figured at least five miles):

We had fun hanging out with the family, with the bonus of it being for a good cause. If Leslie signs up again next year, we’ll be there again, too.

postcard from costa rica

The kids are back home now, so this is the last postcard from their mini retirement 2011-2012.