plum blossom and rainbow bullet train on ANA Kyoto tour


dan and nazy by creek in Kyoto

Is it fair for a (lovely) wife to ask a (colorblind) husband for help resetting the combination on a new set of luggage? And, in a somewhat related note, what would you do if you had a fully packed, brand new, very large piece of luggage that was permanently locked? Hint; Dan checked out rental jackhammers. What possessed LAX to switch to mood-setting, non-glare lighting in the Tom Bradley International Terminal? What possessed Dan and Nazy to travel almost 700 kilometers in a day trip? And how did the bullet train help? Why are the 1001 gates in a Kyoto Shrine all painted orange?

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Cat, eh, Koi, eh, Angelfish feeder carries ABC luggage

Family in Ojai


Can Dan, with help from an engineer-written instruction addendum, successfully configure an automatic and analog cat (and koi) feeder to work with his aquarium? Will the end product disrupt gray whale migration in the nearby Santa Barbara channel. How does two year old Arrow describe his Mom’s work? (His Mom is a lawyer.) Where did Tom and Melika celebrate Melika’s birthday? Why is there a suitcase issue as Nazy plans packing for our forthcoming trip to Australia?
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sticky cotton tightly fits in cheesy chuck’s ear


naz, tiger, arrow C E Cheese Feb 2019

What medical situation not only required ‘urgent care’, but was also a redux of a problem that occurred exactly five years ago? And, more importantly, since it was, eh, somewhat unusual, who was at fault? And why did Dan’s doctor giggle while he… well, don’t you think you should read about it? Have Dan and Nazy gotten all the paperwork needed for the trip down under? Does anyone know how to configure a Nokia Lumina telephone running Microsoft software? And why does it matter? Finally — was Chuck E. Cheese a hit with the grandchildren? Read More...
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trackless tunnels and pygmy mammoths sing to museum fish


Azelle as unicorn Feb 2019

Can Dan (with help from his sister, his wife, a professional aquarist, internet references, instructional videos, a Ph.D. in computer science and dedicated chanting) figure out how to program an automatic aquarium fish feeder? Hint: The instructions are printed in a six point font, with green ink on a red background. Dan is red/green colorblind.) How will two year old Arrow find a reference to a railroad tunnel (and track) at a pygmy mammoth museum exhibit? Was that as exciting as the fluorescent rocks? How does magic marker work as make-up? And why was Dan surprised by rain in the rainy season? (And who’s fault was that?) Read More...
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globally preposterous drive eventually yields snowy banana entry

Dan and Nazy douglas preserve Feb 2019

Who would voluntarily spend almost 8 hours on a California Freeway to attend a 5 minute meeting? And who could possibly believe that a meeting with the US Customs and Border Protection service could be successfully completed in five minutes? Why couldn’t the trip be rescheduled? Who is the family’s Peace Partner? How did Tiger do on skis? And why are little kids able to ski so fast? (Hint: They don’t ever turn.) How many shopping bags will it take to carry Nazy’s purchase of ‘A bunch of bananas?) How many stairs are there from Mesa Road to the Pacific Ocean? Read More...
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Arrow targets lottery flashing floods, Volvos and haircuts

the boys and mel in the inside tent Feb 1 2019


Who turned on the rain in Santa Barbara? What does it mean to ‘shelter in place’ during a flash flood? (Will and indoor tent do the trick?) How did Dan come to own $20 in lottery tickets? (And why wasn’t he intervening when Arrow approached the vending machine?) Why won’t the ‘stylish’ haircut work for Dan? How much has inflation impacted mattress prices in the last 50 years? What happened when (the amazing) Azelle forgot about gravity?
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locusts flipflop through winter beach walks with fish tank

dan and Arrow Jan 2019 beach


How do know it’s winter in Santa Barbara? (Hint: It has to do with flip flops.) Does anyone know which counties were most impacted by the locust swarm of 1875? And why is that more important than the locust swarm of 1931 or the Egyptian one of 1400BC? How did the ‘professionals’ handle installation of Dan’s aquarium? Did Tiger really get a haircut? (And why?) Was the Wolf Blood Super Moon Eclipse worth the hype?
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