Friday, July 11, 2008

How does a key break?

One benefit of living in a condo with a good security set up is that you need keys to get into the hallways or elevator. One drawback of this is that if anything goes unexpectedly, you are in trouble.

Well, my key broke... snapped in two the other morning. No real warning here either... they pattern for this key has one big notch in it, some might call it a weak spot. So I was locked out in the morning, after returning for the gym... with Sarah already having left for work... with no way to get to our front door....

Luckily a neighbor was home who saved me.
Honestly... when does a key snap in half?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Busy week of shows

We have had a busy week of going to shows.

On Tuesday we went to our first show of the season at the Hollywood Bowl: Carmina Burana. It's a very commonly used dramatic classical work which appears in tons of movies, tv shows and commercials. We kept getting the name wrong (carmono burano, cabana banana, Carmen Miranda, etc), my favorite version of the name was "Captain Banana".

We sat up higher at the Hollywood Bowl than we had before and noticed that you can see both the Hollywood Sign and the Ford Theatre from the cheap seats, quite a nice view. We had a great time at the show, but the strangest part was that right at the beginning of the main piece there were a few clouds in the sky and it actually rained lightly for about 10 minutes. Amazing... the absolute last thing we expected. It never rains in July here.
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Then on Wednesday we went to The Drowsy Chaperone downtown at the Ahmanson. It's a "musical within a comedy".

Neither of us had a good idea what to expect and had not read up on the story. We really had a great time though and enjoyed the play thoroughly. A hilarious musical with some good songs also. A little bit for everyone, highly recommended.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Our fancy and comfy new chair!

Our fancy and comfy new chair! We wanted something comfy and bright, and we ended up with a yellow chair.

we looked all over the place, up, down and around and got ourselves a new chair for our main room. It was delivered last week.

After covering the furniture places near us, we ended up driving WAY down, "behind the Orange Curtain", to the only Room & Board store in Southern California, in Costa Mesa. The store is great, prices are competitive, the selection is broad and to our liking, and you can change fabric easily and for little additional cost. At some places we wanted to change fabric the cost doubled! Madness. They deliver for cheap also, which meant only one drive to Orange county required, sweet!

a published photographer

Most of the photos I post onto Flickr I give a Creative Commons license to, which basically makes them free to use by anyone, they just need to attribute the photo to me. I figure if someone can use a photo I took for something interesting, more power to them.

Recently one of the photos Sarah took of the gates out in front of the Palace of Versailles was used in an online article at

Sarah is now an officially published photographer!