Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Just a month ago I got a new PC and I was so thrilled…UNTIL
Just before I flew to LA, the darned thing started acting up… so much so that the Printer decided NOT to have anything to do with my requests.
Upon return my PC got more sluggish.
It got to the point it just plain Froze …SIGH
But to the credit of the Tech support we figured out what was the problem.
Seems AOL, even the program that says it will support Vista…does not work. Now the “BUG” is gone.
New Friends ;) Soon I can share WHY I was in LA! The Los Angeles River is a creek flowing through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the west end of the San Fernando Valley, 51 miles (82 km) southeast to its mouth in Long Beach. For most of its length, it flows through a narrow concrete channel. Today, some environmental groups advocate the removal of concrete and the restoration of natural vegetation and wildlife.
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Venice Beach, California
Now that I gathered my composure, as well as my land legs.
I was in store for a total treat on Venice Beach.
Needless to say that in itself was awesome.
Add to that I had the chance to walk on the sandy shore with the wind in my hair was magnificent.
After being in a sardine can for HOURS it was a delight.
Venice, California is known for being a trendsetting locale, and bodybuilding is certainly one of its most popular draws. It is why Venice is often referred to as Muscle Beach. It is said that California Governor (and former actor) Arnold Schwarzenegger heightened the interest in pumping iron when he relocated from Europe. Not only did he train at the world famous Gold's Gym in Venice, it was the site of the popular cult film, Pumping Iron, which introduced Schwarzenegger to the movie-going public.
Bodybuilding in Venice Beach , CA Memories of Muscle Beach
Venice Beach Cam
Later in the early evening she and I met up with her spouse and had dinner. The C & O Trattoria (C & O) has been open since 1969. Now a well known Venice Beach landmark, serving Northern Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It has become known for good food and friendly service in a relaxed garden setting.
Then we, she and I shared: Insalata Spinaci
Spinach, Goat Cheese, Flash Fried Prosciutto (Smoked Italian Style Ham), Roma Tomatoes and Roasted Pine Nuts. The portions are enormous. YUMMMMMM! For the main course I had tilapia, all I can say is that it was astonishing.
Two views of this Restaurant! C & O Trattoria Italian restaurant in Venice!
The SceneRaucous "That's Amore" sing-alongs and honor-policy Chianti ensure there's always a boisterous throng of locals at this neighborhood trattoria. The warm, inviting patio is the place to be, while folks inside are packed sardine-style at tables covered with white paper tablecloths (replete with complimentary crayons).The FoodThe family-style dishes could feed a small army, even the most ravenous diner won't go hungry after these heaping portions. Huge ceramic troughs are filled to the brim with pasta; choose from 25 mix-and-match variations on traditional noodles and sauces. The meaty Bolognese is unbelievably rich, especially when paired with thick gnocchi dumplings. An indulgent cognac-spiked cream sauce blankets the fettuccine prosciutto. Other specialties include lush eggplant and Italian sausage lasagna, and provolone and rosemary chicken ravioli slathered in sweet tomato cream sauce. Dessert might be far-flung fantasy after these filling calorie-laden dishes, but true gluttons will enjoy the silky tiramisu.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My World This Past Week
OR my HEAD is in the CLOUDS [Pun intended, as you will soon see]
Neat reflections of something Fall is here POOFY Clouds
So here I was just hanging out being at home and enjoying the beginning of FALL
[Wind ~ key word!]
Then the most amazing turn of events began just last Wednesday.
The most amazing clouds and the colors, even with the distortion from the plane window turned out awesome.
Heck I only took 86 pictures on this three day Adventure… ;)
I have been accused that my camera is my third arm!
There is a teeny hint with the labels at the bottom of the posting.
HA the Thick Plottens TEE HEE
The Rocky Mountains are commonly defined as stretching from the Liard River in British Columbia south to the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Other mountain ranges continue beyond those two rivers, including the Selwyn Range in Yukon, the Brooks Range in Alaska, and the Sierra Madre in Mexico, but those are not part of the Rockies, though they are part of the American cordillera. The United States definition of the Rockies, however, includes the Cabinet and Salish Mountains of Idaho and Montana, whereas their counterparts north of the Kootenai River, the Columbia Mountains, are considered a separate system in Canada, lying to the west of the huge Rocky Mountain Trench, which runs the length of British Columbia from its beginnings in the middle Flathead River valley in western Montana to the south bank of the Liard River. The Rockies vary in width from 70 to 300 miles (110 to 480 kilometers). Also west of the Rocky Mountain Trench, farther north and facing the Muskwa Ranges across the Trench, are the Stikine Ranges and Omineca Mountains of the Interior Mountains system of British Columbia.
Then there was the GRAND CANYON, WOW!
The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the United States state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park — one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.
The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of over a mile(1.83 km)(6000 feet). Prior to European emigration, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon ("Ongtupqa" in Hopi language) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it. The first European known to have viewed the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain, who arrived in 1540. In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell, a one-armed Civil War veteran with a thirst for science and adventure, made the first recorded journey through the canyon on the Colorado River. Powell referred to the sedimentary rock units exposed in the canyon as "leaves in a great story book".
What a GORGE!