Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beach Babes

After lunch along the PCH, we headed to Point Dume and stuck our toes in the Pacific. After a 15 hour flight, Sara will be dipping her toes in the Pacific from a Sydney beach, experiencing both the east and western edges of the ocean within 24 hours.

Hi Brow vs. Low Brow

Future niece in law Sara H blew through town on her way to the South Pacific. The first night, after a hearty vegetarian tagine, we drove over to Pasadena to watch "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad", alfresco style. The next day, with Simone joining us again, we trekked to the Palisades and the Pompeiian inspired Getty Villa. Great gardens, mosiacs and some excellent herb ideas. Fascinating exhibit on the Byzantine going on now.
Via Simone:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Downtown Cars

A week ago, I was downtown doing some car footage. The DP got to play with the Movi stabilizing system. It looks a bit like a video game console.  As we pulled out of the lot on one occasion, I got a glimpse of a real classic in the monitor.


I have been knee deep in Vincent Price's 1959 autobiographical love letter to art and artists, "I Like What I Know". What luck to have his museum so close in East LA.  The Vincent Price Art Museum began with over 2000 pieces donated from his vast collection to a community college in Monterey Park. Over three floors, there are several galleries of what the actor thought exciting and new in the 1940's and 50's. Not to mention his huge love of ancient North and South American pottery. And then the bigger galleries are reserved for the kind of modern art he would, I suspect, approve of.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paintings and Puppies

We spent today on the Westside, venturing to Pepperdine's Weisman gallery to view the work of famed illustrator Bob Peak. Great to see his collages, water colors and oils from the 50's through the 80's in person. The detail in his tableauxs are remarkable, and the staging of his pictures and subjects always ring true to the events pictured. The exhibit closes the first week in August.
We then stop by a Dalmatian rescue event in Santa Monica. The puppies had us wistful, a bit melancholic. Great to see so much young life.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Shrine

We put together a little shrine in the living room. We won't be getting the ashes until Wednesday. The box will remain empty til next week.

One Week Past

He's been gone for one week now.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Weekend Dog

                                May 26, 2001- July 3, 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014

He's Gone

We got Seven home Monday afternoon and for the next 2 days, he had shallow and rapid breathing. The doctor told us it was a side effect of the seizure drugs. What had happened, however, was that his feeding tube had ruptured and that his stomach was leaking into the surrounding cavity. We noticed blood around the tube this morning and took Seven to the hospital. He was in a near state of shock and close to being septic. Only emergency operating could flush out the area and then he could start to recover from this latest trauma. We decided that with everything he was going through and that with a pancreatic cancer death warrant, we could not prolong his suffering further. At 8 am we said our goodbyes and left the hospital. Some short time later, doctors administered the drugs that took him from this world and delivered him peacefully to the next. Our best friend is gone.