Thursday, December 31, 2015
Tournament of Rose Association logo
Front door decorated for Christmas
Rose Bowl Hall of Fame honorees
The Royal Court's powder room
The buffet line
Flagpole from the 1960 Winter Olympics,
donated by Walt Disney, chair of pageantry
Front door plaque
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Holiday selfie: Count Basie orchestra Christmas Concert,
last night at Disney Hall in downtown L.A.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Han Solo movie poster
Updated Storm trooper
Millennium Falcon model
Imperial starcruiser model
Bring me the head of Darth Vader . . .
as a cotton candy container—only at
After successfully avoiding all reviews—and after re-watching the original Star Wars movies the night before—we made our way to our local multiplex yesterday morning for the 8:30AM show. It was already the third screening of the day. The theater wasn't full, but several large groups of adults entered together—I speculated they were employees of Sony and Culver Studios, both within walking distance. As usual, the audience was mostly male.
Tim and I loved the movie. Director J.J. Abrams got it exactly right. Filled with familiar imagery, plot lines and themes, it is the perfect sequel to the original three Star Wars films. (Prequels? What prequels?) Plus it was wonderful seeing all our favorite characters and spaceships. (The Millennium Falcon got a huge round of applause.) I won't spoil the story, which is filled with surprises. Suffice it to say, fans will laugh and cry (like I did), but will be overjoyed to be back in the world they love.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Cake and champagne to celebrate Sinatra's birthday
Yesterday would have been Frank's 100th birthday. To celebrate, we schlepped over the hill to see John Pizzarelli—another favorite singer—perform iconic Sinatra songs at the Valley Performing Arts Center. We were certainly among peers: everyone there was either our age or older. Cake and champagne were served during intermission, after we all sang "Happy Birthday" to the one-and-only Chairman of the Board.
BTW, if you're a fan, there's an interesting Sinatra exhibit running through February 2016 at the Grammy Museum. Lots of film-clips and memorabilia to see and a good overview of his career.
Me and the elevator at the Grammy Museum—
winter has finally arrived, can you tell?