smashing pumpkin donut festivities while parking with the Queen


Dar, Leandra and Christiane pumpkin standing

Where can you find delicious pumpkin donuts? (Hint: Think Pumpkin Festivals in patchy plowed fields.) Can we find a Washington State grown pumpkin that is suitable — well, not merely suitable, but perfect, for a family Jack-o-Lantern? How far into the patch will we have to stroll, eh, walk, eh, hike to find it? Has Vancouver changed since The Martin Family lived there in the 80’s? Did Queen Elizabeth really park in Vancouver?

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Alleged Giant LAX in pumpkin booking fiasco

Darius and Leandra in greenhouse Oct 2019


Who forgot to paint the pumpkin orange? If the answer is ‘Exit 734’, what is the question? (This is for fans of Jeopardy and for Tiger.) Why did the pumpkin patch roll out a tractor with ‘Big Wheels’ in the front and the back? They did it right after Dan explained that tractors have big wheels in the back. How long did it take to get from the hotel room (1.2 miles from LAX) to the gate? Hint: you won’t believe it. Where did we find (the lovely) Leandra and (the astounding) Auriane? Did we have time to notice their parents?

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Azelle forks pizza at Hide and Seek MyGym music class


nazy and Azelle at light bright MOXI

Who mixes up ‘hide and go seek’ with the ‘ostrich pretend game’? How many one year olds insist on using a fork to eat pizza? [Observation: I’m far more than one year old and I don’t.] What is the official name of the ‘hacky sack’ launching system exhibit at the Santa Barbara children’s museum? Who likes the LiteBrite exhibit more — Nazy or Azelle?



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Zoo trains (Oktober)fest with Joe’s clear choice windows

dan and the boys zoo train Sept 2019


Will Arrow and Tiger get to ride on ‘The Blue Train’? How does Clear Choice Window Washing prove that they are clearly the wrong choice? (Especially for window washing.) Does the automatic iPhone update cause problems? Oops — too easy. How many ways does the automatic iPhone update cause problems? Who can surf down an Astroturf covered hill? Why did ATT block Dan’s phone? Hint: Dan stopped using ATT services several years ago — is it possible that a (gasp!) scam was involved.
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four seasonal birthday luau @ LAX with Vaness


dan and nazy rincon Sept 2019

How many birthday celebrations will Dan be able to wrangle? What could Dan do that half of a horse (power) machine was unable to accomplish? Who invited Vanessa Williams to Dan’s birthday dinner? Did they tell Vanessa? Did Nazy know who Vanessa Williams is? How did Dan and Nazy escape attention from the paparazzi at the IVY in West Hollywood? Did Marilyn crash the party? Who helped celebrate with a great party in Santa Barbara? And what about that Rolls Royce? Read More...
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baby loves books (with salt) while Dan blows birthday fire


at Zaytoon Sept 2019

Who is into consuming literature? Hint: It’s a one-year old. Is she able to digest the concepts and hidden meanings associated with Unicorns? Who vetoed the ‘fire table’ celebration at Zaytoon Restaurant in Santa Barbara? Who got a gold star on his birthday cake? (Hint: It was my birthday cake.) Did Darius, Christiane and the young girls make it back home safely. More importantly did they arrive with aligned sleeping schedules. (I bet those with parental experience can guess the answer.) Read More...
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Sunset Crane corners autumn at Downton Beach walk

Dan and Nazy walking on beach Sept 2019


Does the Autumn equinox generate better sunsets? Where is the best place to scientifically examine the issue? Can colorblindness lead to inaccurate assessments? Who wanted to ‘buy CDs’? Who doesn’t know what a CD is? How does Arrow cope now that Tiger is at a different school?
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