Thisawayz and Thatawayz

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who only dream at night. – Edgar Allan Poe

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I am the wind, he is the wall

The man in the RV next to us sweeps the sand from his pad three times a day. Morning, noon, and night, on a schedule. What I see as a lovely encroachment of the beach melding the two of us together, he sees as a mess that needs to be pushed back. I said to […]

Lana Del Rey sings to me in Playa del Rey

  “I was always an unusual girl. My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.”  -Lana del Rey  

Anza Borrego wants me dead

The desert wants me dead. The wind blows in , and my synapses go crazy. Last year had me fainting and falling into walls til I was sure I was having a stroke. Doctor took one look in my ears and told me I had water in there. “Spring super bloom causes this!” he said. […]

In trouble with the Susanville, CA cops

The last couple of times we came through Susanville, I had thought the town looked cute and wished we’d made time to stop and check things out. This time, the place looked seedier. I don’t know if it’s having my Reno friend’s opinion of the place in my head, or if the town has really […]

All the way South to Bakersfield

We left home on Friday night, drove to Chehalis in southern Washington, where we bought groceries and stayed overnight at Walmart. My parents had arrived there in the afternoon. They don’t like to drive at night. We often don’t have a choice. Wilson Mobile 4G Cell Booster We’re not exactly on the same trip as […]

Paso Robles – a siren’s call luring us away from the sea

Once we were back on the coast, it was really hard to think about leaving it again. Being there on the water, with the waves crashing in, the breeze wafting in to cool things down, and the sea life to enjoy, made me question our plans. They weren’t very solid at this point anyway. We’d […]

Santa Barbara – The American Riviera

There are three state beach campgrounds by Santa Barbara. Carpinteria is 12 miles south of Santa Barbara El Capitan is 17 miles west and Refugio is 20 miles west. We chose Refugio this time, since my parents had just been there the month before and had enjoyed it. When reserving the camp site, I had […]

Jazz, murder and the Brady Bunch?

One of the more atypical things we did was to accompany my brother up to the Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City. Vitello’s is a great looking old style Italian Jazz and Supper Club. Since the 60’s they’ve been hosting jazz, cabaret, and world music shows for both local acts and musicians traveling through town. This […]

Conan O’Brien – Attitude really does come from the top-down

Right from the start, Conan O’Brien was the opposite of Chelsea Handler. We’d taken the Warner Brothers studio tour earlier and been told there were some standby tickets available for his show. We were a little gun shy, wondering if it was worth our time to be treated like cattle once again like we’d experienced […]

Chelsea Lately – a show for young blonde hotties and other cattle

I’ve watched Chelsea Handler’s late night show off and on for years. I enjoy her snarky comedy, even though it can go quite mean. My brother was in LA for a few days so I got four tickets and we piled into his tiny Fiat rental car. We ended up getting to NBC a little […]

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