Who’s That Duck? The Guardians of the Galaxy Cameo

If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy (and if you haven’t, beware, yonder be spoilers), you may have noticed a certain character of the aquatic bird persuasion. You may even have asked, as a young friend did, “why is Donald Duck in there?” Fear not, all your questions shall be answered.

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Your Job Is Not Your Life

Recently, as I was packing up archery equipment following our weekly classes, I was approached by a family of four: father, mother, son and daughter. They all agreed that archery looked like a lot of fun. Watching a small group of archers shoot brought back many memories for the father. He recalled the six years of archery he had done during childhood and adolescence. The longer he watched, the more excited he became, remembering the positive experience.

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Weird LA: The Stuff We Missed

I hope you’ve enjoyed our exploration of some of the interesting things to see around LA; we plan to continue to show you around town as we find things to show you. Meanwhile, here’s a look at a few destinations we had to skip due to distance, traffic, or time constraints.

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Weird LA part 4

After Koop dropped us at home and headed on his way, Paul and I jumped into my car and went north. About 40 miles north of Pasadena, we arrived at Vasquez Rocks; you’ve seen it in dozens of movies from Stagecoach to the Flintstones. For the geeky, it’s where Captain Kirk fought the Gorn, and where the creepy insectoid “Xanti misfits” were left in another classic episode of Outer Limits.

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Weird LA part 3

On the road with Paul, Koop and Jim…
From the Bradbury Building, we made a jaunt over to the Silverlake area to see the “Music Box” steps, famous from the Laurel & Hardy short of the same title, wherein the boys attempt to deliver a piano to a residence at the top of the stairs. I can tell you from firsthand experience, it takes almost two minutes to climb the whole thing.

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Ron Howard and Distinguished Speaker Events

Recently I was fortunate to receive an invitation to attend the Distinguished Speakers Series to hear Actor/Director Ron Howard speak.
It was great. He told lots of stories of growing up on camera, working with Andy Griffith, starring in Happy Days, making Cocoon and working with great old school Hollywood actors. He even took a selfie on stage. Ron Howard lived an extremely unusual life which he readily acknowledges. Not every 14 year old kid making movies in 8mm gets to show their work to Henry Fonda.

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Weird LA part 2

On Saturday morning, joined by another friend, Tim Kupins AKA Koop, we set off on a day-long adventure in Los Angeles. Because we got a late start, we had to cut several destinations from our schedule; I’ll cover those in a separate post.

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Weird Los Angeles

An online friend that I’ve known for years and had never met in person came to LA recently for a visit, and I got to show him around Tinseltown. He lives in Australia and this is his first visit to the US, so I wanted to get it right. Fortunately, he’s at least as geeky as I am, so I knew the kind of things he’d want to see.

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Learn to Draw for Free!

Back when I was a kid in the early 1970s, I spent a lot of time at the Torrance library, most of it in the Dewey Decimal System’s 700 section, which is where they keep the art books. I spent hours there reading about everything from the great comic book heroes to the history of …

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We do not stop playing because we get old…

…we get old because we stop playing. Or so the old saying goes. I think there’s some truth to it. I remember my grandfather at age 90, running down the hall of his apartment building, arms extended, making airplane noises as he flew beside us, a marvelous man-child in all the right ways, and I …

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