Archive for the ‘family’ Category

On This Day, A Small Token Of My Boundless Esteem

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Shadow As She Was & As She Should Be Remembered

Monday, January 16th, 2012

http://youtu.be/88y8NWJkDuA

Shadow’s deterioration into total immobility during her last months made it tough to remember when she was so full of life and personality. And that’s what makes finding this forgotten (albeit ultra low-res) video mostly of her during a 2005 hike with me and Susan in Bronson Canyon Park that much more of a pleasant surprise in that it shows Shadow how she should and will be remembered: in all her rambunctious creek-hopping, keep-up-with-me glory. I love you, Shadow. Rest in peace.

CicLAvia Abbreviatta

Monday, October 10th, 2011

What a pleasure it was to have my daughter Katie over for a visit and for her to join Susan and I during Sunday’s third CicLAvia.

As such we decided to load the truck up with our bikes and drive down close to the route, parking near 3rd and Rampart and pedaling to the course at 6th. Since we didn’t get rolling until after 1 p.m. we stopped for lunch at Mama’s Tamales on 7th for lunch and then casually rolled to the middle of 4th Street Bridge where we hung out for a spell under an absolutely gorgeous day before retracing our steps back to where we started.

And yes, indeed. As evidenced by the photo above ’twas the first time in I can’t remember how long that I rode a bike without a helmet. But if there’s any place where a helmet might be optional, it’s on the CicLAvia course.

Frustratingly I found out after the fact that my GoPro cam’s memory card filled up prematurely, which means I had forgotten to clear it of Friday’s long ride up to Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. As a result, the timelapse video above ends a couple blocks before arriving at the bridge.

All in: 10.10 miles.

Just Grand

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Susan snapped the following picture yesterday when I had the privilege of having the largest number of members of my family at our house for a laidback afternoon of burgers and conversation. There was my mother Casey, my daughter Katie, and my grandson Aiden — all of us together with my cousin Margaret from Nashville who is here visiting Casey. Four generations. Great grandmother, granddad (cough!), daughter Katie and grandson Aiden.

Here’s Grandpa (cough!!) and grandson in the backyard high-fiving after successfully hitting our target with a Nerf dartgun.

Who knew that the weapon, purchased to discourage a stubborn pair of pigeons from nesting under our eaves, would lead to this awesome moment, captured by my beloved wife.

A Mid-Day Minute From Malibu’s Moonshadows On Mother’s Day, Mmmmmm

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Susan and I took my mom Casey to Moonshadows for Mother’s Day brunch May 8 and I stood the iPhone in the window next to our table to capture a minute of video of the incoming waves that if you look carefully just so happens to include some dolphins passing through in the middle distance (view full screen and in 720p for the clearest view of the critters):

Like Grandfather, Like Grandson

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Christmas 2010
Originally uploaded by there2roam


Susan beautifully captured this Christmas morning moment I shared with my grandson Aiden as I helped him open one of his presents during his visit with us yesterday. He’ll be 2 next year.

Turning Negatives Into Positives

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

These images are from 1992 — ’93 at the latest — of my darling daughter Katie enjoying an orange at her grandma’s house in Sherman Oaks on a rainy day.

A brief and marvelous moment in time, newly rediscovered thanks to the negative scanner I’ve long wanted and just got. This was the first random negative set I pulled from among the hundreds that have been hibernating in a file cabinet for almost as long as they’ve existed.

The Flickr photoset of the above images are viewable here.