Art & Sand

Art & Sand…the next breathtaking saga from the pen of famed novelist Hobie Barnes….ah, as if.  I still can not figure out just how to write a novel.  Have I actually tried to write one?  No.  But I don’t even have an idea of what to write about in a book.  Fiction or non-fiction, doesn’t matter.  But I do love to read, so that’s good.  Speaking of which, Game of Thrones is awesome.  It’s taking forever for me to get through but it’s not because it’s slow.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  It’s just I’m only reading at lunch breaks and sometimes on Saturday mornings before Larry is awake.  All other time distractions are now occupied by video games.  Seriously.

Art & Sand actually refers to how we spent our weekend.  Surprisingly, it rained in Los Angeles.  On Friday, we had on and off rain showers (and I also got an MRI – hopefully I’ll learn more about what was found this week).  I worked from home as well, I have no patience for the incompetence that is displayed when LA drivers meet rainy conditions.  My nerves can’t deal with it, and to then have to drive on the 101 AND the 405?  Yeah, no.  On Saturday, it also was raining in the morning, but stopped and the skies cleared to reveal a beautiful day.  So we went to LACMA as there is a new exhibit there called California Design, part of an initiative around many Los Angeles museums called Pacific Standard Time.  The LACMA’s piece showed a great collection of furniture, art and items that sprang up in the unique Southern California culture from the 40s, 50s and 60s.  Think of what you would see in any movie from that period and that’s kind of what you would see here in this exhibit.  Lots of Eames furniture which Larry in particular loved and I got to see a Hobie surfboard!  Pictures from my collection below:

Another gorgeous day in SoCal - this is at LACMA
Another gorgeous day in SoCal - this is at LACMA05-Nov-2011 12:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Alien tentacles?
Alien tentacles?05-Nov-2011 12:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
That little alien is about to get me
That little alien is about to get me05-Nov-2011 12:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
05-Nov-2011 12:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
05-Nov-2011 12:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
California Design - LACMA's contribution to the Pacific Standard Time mega exhibit
California Design - LACMA's contribution to the Pacific Standard Time mega exhibit05-Nov-2011 12:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 100
 
Gorgeous pieces of art slash furniture
Gorgeous pieces of art slash furniture05-Nov-2011 13:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 100
Dick Van Dyke's Studebaker with a camel table in front
Dick Van Dyke's Studebaker with a camel table in front05-Nov-2011 13:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
05-Nov-2011 13:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 100
 
It's a Hobie....and a Hobie
It's a Hobie....and a Hobie05-Nov-2011 13:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 100
05-Nov-2011 13:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 11.606mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
In the massive museum elevator
In the massive museum elevator05-Nov-2011 13:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 200
 
And it's red.  Best elevator ever.
And it's red. Best elevator ever.05-Nov-2011 13:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
Better luck next time
Better luck next time05-Nov-2011 13:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
05-Nov-2011 13:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 200
 

The afternoon was followed by a great Mexican food dinner later that night at our local favorite Mexican food place, Lares Restaurant.  Great margaritas and really really good carnitas.

On Sunday, it was raining yet again!  It’s LA people, it doesn’t rain here.  The rain cleared out yet again by mid-morning, and I had wanted to go walking as that’s really all I can do for exercise with the state my sciatic situation is in.  And the scenery to walk around here in is second to none, so taking advantage of the beautiful weather, we went out and about to the Santa Monica Beach.  At the pier, we finally took advantage of the fact that there’s a theme park there and went on the ferris wheel.  Great views are definitely there to be had.  It was a great way to spend a few hours in the afternoon – then got home and for dinner Larry made a pizza.  It was a good post-birthday weekend.   Pics are here:

Santa Monica beach from near Strand Ave
Santa Monica beach from near Strand Ave06-Nov-2011 14:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
06-Nov-2011 14:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park
Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park06-Nov-2011 14:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Nov-2011 14:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
It's Me!
It's Me!06-Nov-2011 14:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
Me again
Me again06-Nov-2011 14:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.369mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
 
Sample of hotness to be found at the gym area
Sample of hotness to be found at the gym area06-Nov-2011 14:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
06-Nov-2011 14:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Tracks to Paradise
Tracks to Paradise06-Nov-2011 14:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Larry and the beach
Larry and the beach06-Nov-2011 14:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Close to the pier
Close to the pier06-Nov-2011 14:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 6.051mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
06-Nov-2011 14:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 6.051mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
06-Nov-2011 14:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
06-Nov-2011 14:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
06-Nov-2011 14:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 

And Grand Theft Auto IV is ruling my life.  WTH?  All these new games come out and NOW is when I decide to play this 3-year old game?  And Arkham City and Uncharted 3 sit on the sidelines….glaring at me…?  Strange.

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