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Word Crimes, Book Reports, Works Cited

October 20, 2016


Weird Al Yankovic is performing in LA Sat. Oct 29 at the Shrine Auditorium as part of the Supreme Festival, so this morning, KCRW played his 2014 hit “Word Crimes” which not only parodies “Blurred Lines” brilliantly but also teaches some great grammar lessons!


Which also ties right in with a certain hashtag and memes related to last night’s debate: #TrumpBookReport

Here’s one example:

Here’s another:

Got a favorite to share? Did you compose one?

Here’s one more to inspire you; read a collection of funny #TrumpBookReport tweets here:

Heritage Square Steampunk Fest Celebrates Whimsy with Beer, Wine Tasting

October 15, 2016

Calling all whimsical gents and lasses!
Time to don your goggles and finest tweed,
to climb astride your trusty steed,
and peddle or ride to this year’s
Heritage Square Steampunk Fest in Oxnard CA!
It’s a beautiful day
for Steampunk–HOORAY!

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Jump on your airship and cast away to Oxnard CA for this weekend’s Steampunk Festival as Heritage Square celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Heritage Square with all that’s whimsical: music, costume contests, workshops, vendors, and more PLUS beer and wine tasting!


The Oxnard Steampunk Fest Crew,

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Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Lit

October 13, 2016


With Desert Trip aka Oldchella happening last weekend and this, no surprise that the esteemed artists performing there are on my mind–and on my favorite radio station, KCRW.

Living just north of Los Angeles, we would have definitely attended if we could have gotten tickets; we’ve attended Coachella twice (2002 and 2003) and we have tickets for 2017. Even with 70,000 other fans, it would have been worth it to experience these bands, some of them for the first time for me.

At the last minute, last Thursday, we were able to score tickets to see The Who at the 4500 seat Santa Barbara Bowl, my first time seeing The Who. I never thought I’d see them and then in such an intimate beautiful venue as the Bowl, just a quick 30 minute drive up the coast. I could have gotten a Who Desert Trip t-shirt but in the end went for one that listed the show in Santa Barbara and that celebrates their 51 years.

Today I had two more Desert Trip aka Oldchella surprises: Read more…

Burning Man Decompression Parties 2016: Feel The Magic Again at SF 10/9, LA 11/5

October 9, 2016



On Friday, my son’s assistant principal pulled him aside to ask: “Have you really been to Burning Man? What’s it like?”

My 12-year-old son might as well as said it’s “MAGIC” because that’s the closest explanation there is: it’s almost like opening your eyes and finding out that you’re really a wizard and that you’re attending Hogwarts and not the middle school across the street. Read more…

Santa Barbara County Wine Country Celebrates Harvest 2016

October 8, 2016

This weekend Santa Barbara Celebrates Harvest 2016!

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12118929_10153160000255924_9170831470829762768_n Silent auction items at Santa Barbara Wine’s Celebration of Harvest 2015

We are in the midst of a four day Celebration of Harvest in Santa Barbara Wine Country this weekend from today October 7 through Monday October 10. While Santa Barbara is getting famous for its grapes, it offers much more agricultural wealth than just the kind you drink!

Special Santa Barbara Wine Country Events this weekend include dinners, open houses, seminars, Vintners Visa, and the highlight of the Celebration of Harvest Weekend, the Festival’s Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 8th with noon for early entry ($125) and 1:00 for general admission ($90).

Saturday’s events begin

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Regenerative Agriculture: Now in a beer can near you!

October 3, 2016

Revolutionary and regenerative agriculture in a can from Patagonia Provisions! Coming to Whole Foods near you!

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Did you know Patagonia, the revolutionary clothing company, is now trying to revolutionize food?


Just as Patagonia got people to think about the life cycle of clothing, and to get businesses to donate 1% of profits to the planet, Patagonia is now taking on FOOD. Because, as Yvon Chouinard shared last spring in Ventura, clothing companies are too slow in changing and the planet needs our help desperately. He argues that since food production is causing so many problems for climate, we need to change what we eat.


And not just what we eat, but what we drink too!

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Vin Scully Calls His Final Dodger Game

October 2, 2016

photo by Jim Friedman who flew up to San Francisco yesterday from SoCal to see the Dodgers play the Giants. The Dodgers lost but he was lucky enough to be sitting right below the Press Box. He briefly chatted with and took a few pictures of the greatest broadcaster ever!

To one of the greatest story tellers in baseball, in sports, and from the past 100 years… VIN SCULLY

by Ron Wells

What a difficult, joyous, emotional day. Vin Scully began broadcasting about the time I was born, and now he has left the broadcast booth forever. Fade to Dodger blue… Read more…

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