sunny skies and snowy skis sing silly songs

nazy, Mitra Stefan hike March 2018

How did Dan successfully explain “Day and Night” to Tiger? And how is he sure that Tiger ‘got’ it? And, for the next explanation: would you try quantum mechanics or daylight savings time? Where, in the states, can you choose between hiking on a sunny trail with an ocean view or skiing in really snowy mountains? Who flew more than 13,000 miles in a single weekend? And why? Why did Nazy’s Russian nanny vanish one day?


Southern California Rain Storms stream extra shopping orchids

Naz and Arrow Orchids March 9 2018

Who said “it never rains in Southern California”? (Okay, okay! Who sang “it never rains in Southern California?”). What’s stranger than stormy weather in Santa Barbara? When does “an extra 45% off of entire purchase” mean …, well… nothing? (Hint: Nazy was in Nieman-Marcus.) What attracted Arrow’s attention at the Santa Barbara Orchid show? Before answering you should know that the show had a waterfall. Read More...

Birthday paintings stream, holding hands, through Mars

arrow and Tiger in car holding hands March 2018

Has sibling rivalry vanished as Arrow and Tiger grow? Or, more reasonably, has sibling rivalry lessened as the boys grow? What toys will never be shareable? (Would Dan share his car?) Can anything go wrong when we switch from standard, overpriced (Cox) cable to modern, sleek streaming services? More to the point: can Dan figure out how to watch the Oscars after attempting to make the switch? What did Nazy produce when she resumed her painting? Read More...

Arithmetic Fingers can paint rainbows (and throw-up) shunning responsibility

Nazy and Arrow, Yellow bird Feb 2018

What can you do when a subtraction problem requires more digits than fingers? (Pretend that you’re three years old.) How would you do it if you didn’t have a calculator? (Assume simple subtraction.) How important is creativity when it comes to naming your (finger) painting? Will Arrow remember who took his red ball at music class? And, if so, what will he do about it? How much progress has been made in cleaning up the mudslide? Note: Astonishingly, Dan has something good to say about the Federal Government. (Clearly some staff members are holdovers from the previous administration.) And why did a deranged pair of doves set up a nest at our front door? Read More...

Scheduling miscues impact First Brother, Local Consultant and Best Wife

dan, tiger, Arrow at MOXI Feb 2018

Why is it best to book the first flight out of small airport? Can anything go wrong when you follow this ‘best’ advice? What is the difference between being the ‘Big Brother’ and being the ‘First Brother’? Specifically, does this make Wednesday arrive before Tuesday? What’s the word for the slow-motion video exhibit at the Children’s Museum in Santa Barbara? And how does Arrow get the message across? What would you do if someone took your red ball?

Bradley and Pirates lose to exit-row Vancouver-based deficit hawks

shoh with Nazy and Darius

Why isn’t the ‘ball’ in ‘football’ round? I.e. Why does the ball have ‘pointy’ ends? How many Super Bowl fans were routing for the Pirates? Or for Tom Bradley? Why would
anyone cheerfully let people pass them in the TSA security line? (And will those people make it to their destination on time?) How did Nazy’s nostalgic trip down memory lane — specifically a visit to Vancouver — turn out? Who was able to persuade the family that it was a good idea to move from Knockmaroon Drive in Vancouver to Memorial Drive in Houston? (More accurately, who thinks that the family will ever forgive him?) Read More...

FISA-enabled rainless season feeds vegetarian giraffe named Michael

arrow feeds the giraffe

What do adult giraffes eat? And who feeds them? How does the Santa Barbara Farmers market add protein to lettuce? Do the suppliers at the market really grow or make everything that they sell? (Does anyone need a gluten-free piston for a 57’ Chevy?) How can Santa Barbara County be in the midst of a severe drought after devastating mudslides caused by excessive rain? More importantly, who is to blame for the rainless ‘rainy season’? Have the cranes come back to Mission Park? Read More...