Hi! Our first weekend field trip option is today, Saturday, 2/25, 9-11:45 a.m. on the southern end of Crenshaw Blvd. (also known as ‘Burma Road,’ just to the left of Del Cerro Park and  Burrell Lane). Find Crenshaw, and follow it all the way uphill going South. Park along the right side of the road (follow parking signs to not get a ticket).  Meet just behind the barrier at the view site that says, ‘Filiorum.’

crenshaw-extension-trail-palos-verdes(We’ll just do the first curve of the red line, but meet at the ‘green circle.’)

It’s cold for us, but sunny:  temps. will likely be in the 50°’s F.  Wear (or bring) warm layers and a hat or cap with brim, sunglasses, bring water and food :-), and bring camera and something to take notes with (not just your phone, or you’ll be too busy from absorbing the view).  Friends & family are welcome as long as they are respectful.

RRaskoff's ultralite photo, South side of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Ocean Trails and Portuguese BendPalos Verdes Peninsula from my friend R. Raskoff’s ultralight.


My kilt sock didn’t have a knife, however.

satellite image EarthI liked “Lion,” which I saw after Dev Patel won the BAFTA award Sunday and thanked them in such a heartfelt way. It’s a “geography” movie about finding childhood memories on Google Earth (which I’ve done, like traveling). Mental maps of neighborhoods are also shaped by trick-or-treating, walking to & from school, playing with school friends.

I’d just been to Melbourne & Hobart, so was stoked seeing them on the big screen (in ‘Lion’), and India. The part they showed reminded me a lot of long walks and neighborhoods in Kenya.

LA LA LandThe real stoker was La La Land. I’ve been singing the songs with YouTube (‘City of Stars’ and ‘Audition’). That’s ‘my’ on-ramp (105 to 110, from W to N), ‘my’ pier with the MB structure CGI’ed out to make it generic.
Jimmy Fallon parodied it well (Golden Globe opening), and told creator and director Damien Chazelle how much he liked the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

It’s true: the emotional brokenness and vulnerability of actors’ characters are what draws us to them and make us i.d. with their humanity. For chemistry to be 2-way, electrons spin off and catch the other’s. If nothing is spun off, no connection is made.

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.”*

I like Jimmy Kimmel because he’s so L.A., and Guillermo is like the Everyman. (He was a parking security guard, and now the quintessential sidekick, the chemistry.)

*Proverbs 27:5


Solo Deo gloria, thank God for it.

We’re all immigrants originally, even ‘Native Americans’ who migrated over the Bering land bridge.

3 Maps from https://ows.edb.utexas.edu/site/hight-kreitman/land-bridge-theory:
Southwestern U.S. used to be part of Mexico:

immigrants-make-america-great(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)


2/17 I like these maps; thank you NWS:

Even though our brains think of water (rain) as ‘blue’ and red as ‘fire’ or ‘heat,’ you can get the idea:
c4wmsf2wyaesdwpNWS L.A.

The new Manhattan Beach/El Segundo Peet’s on Rosecrans won an award for good reviews, so all 20 employees get to go tour coffee plantations in Costa Rica.

I liked their Holiday Blend and New Guinea Highlands roasts (ground to #4), but they didn’t have either yesterday. A very smart barista, Shannan, offered to blend Guatemala, Kenya & Sumatra beans together for me, re-creating their Holiday Blend.  THANK YOU!

Even the smell when it’s ground makes me high.
Kenyan coffee beans

Melanie Renfrew, Vatican Museum Hall of Maps, 1-15

New growth makes me so happy, at tops & ends like frosting on a cake, highlighting vein & needle patterns, symbolizing resurrection, hope, newness.
These photos are from southern Australia & New Zealand in January (their summer, but new growth).

Pine pop-ups:

‘Weeping willows’ in ‘roaring 40’s’ (south latitudes) winds:

Denali at Vail PassSee also pandas or ‘dogs playing in snow’ on YouTube.
Snow is a joy, beautiful and exhilarating.

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