Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Ray

Ray Davies turns 67. The best songwriter in the English language EVER.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Errol Flynn Day

Errol Flynn's would-have-been 102nd birthday. I watched the Prince & the Pauper. Our hero doesn't even appear until 53 minutes in, and then only sparingly. He still gets in some swordplay, runs a few through, manages a bit of comedy and charm, and gets some cozy time with one woman. Also, I've become aware I actually enjoy Claude Rains' odd accent. Surely his voice inspired at least two cartoon characters.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I'm the Sole Survivor!

Childhood TV commercial comes true--played original 1971, MADE IN USA (!) Stay Alive board game at the beach. Next up--building the Honeycomb Hideout.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

AOL will NOT let me send this link!

I keep trying to send this link to AOL friends, and it bounces back EVERY TIME.

I hope this goes thru this time.

That top pic KILLS.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Shakey (shaky? Mary-Ann with the shakey hands...) hand-held digital camera looking thru a Viewmaster! Imagine if you had the right equipment...and maybe just used the reel itself without the Viewmaster viewer.... Still, a first experiment that got results. The colors are so vibrant on the reels--way more realistic than the TV show itself after they colorized it.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wind, Birthdays, Zorro, Rocks

Guy Williams would have been 87 (!) My friend Charlie turned 20. STRONG winds a' blowin. We went out to Vasquez Rocks because it made me think of Zorro.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Engrish on my Gift Bag

I Love Cat. You got Engrish on my gift bag. This time from Korea.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wattles Garden Park

Finally at long last I have found my way into Wattles Garden Park. Smaller than I had thought. It's a fine old home, pre-movie industry Hollywood, with what is now a small area of land set aside as a park. It is right next to Runyon Canyon, and the whole place reeks of dog "regalos." All those "Curb your dog" signs mean YOU, yeah, YOU! We celebrated Guavidad (A Lopex Holiday, pat pending) on location this year! Official site for the home here. The home dates to 1909. Down the narrow nearby streets are mostly unattractive homes built on a slope never intended for houses. Stucco pink apartments and palm trees are the norm for the area. There is also a community farm which you can only access with a key! Dogs, dogs, dogs, and dog poop.

Closer to the house.

LOTS to read, from filming rules to dogs.

View from the house down onto the dirty town. Grass looks so green!

I like trees, especially that tall one. Looks almost like fireworks.

Every residential street corner in Hollywood looks like this:

In Zorro news, Season 1, # 13 "The Fall of Monastario"--hate to see the downright pretty Britt Lomond's saga come to an end, but a particularly good episode for Don Diego. I love when he pretends he can't handle a sword. And for Guavidad, among my gifts was a custom Zorro minifig. Gracias!!