Friday, December 12, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
This tree spire will be topping our tree this year. We found it at an antique store in Carpenteria just after Christmas last year. It is similar to the spire my family had when I was a kid. I will post pictures after we have decorated our tree.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Here is a FDC I got at a Stamp Show in Santa Barbara several years ago. This was an interesting stamp series from The United Kingdom issued in 1977. It has an insert with information on the 12 Days of Christmas, the artist who designed the stamps, and the artist who designed the FDC.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Time to get out the Christmas items and start decorating. Ours are still up in the rafters in the garage but here is a decoration my parents just gave me (they got it at a church craft sale). I'll post some pictures when we have the decorations up.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Here is an amusing retro game we found several years ago. It was purchased at Toyland in
The object of the game is to flip all of the nuts into the basket in five tries. The best score I got was four out of five so that makes me a real Chipmunk!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here is a First Day Cover that was made by Keith O'Brien. Keith got me interested in FDCs and has generously sent me others that he made. He also designed a number of postal cancels that were used for special events in Arizona.
This was the second appearance of Walf on a First Day Cover.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This is a salt and pepper set we found in an antique store in Baywood Park (near San Luis Obispo.) The acorn shakers are about 2" tall and the leaf is 6.5" long. I don't know how old it is but I couldn't resist it because of the acorns.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here is the wonderful shirt with the acorn logo I recently received from friends. Note the cool logo in the second picture. It is from the Oakhurst Dairy in Maine. They also sent this nifty hamster keychain.
Thanks again Keith and Carrie for the cool gifts!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
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Monday, October 13, 2008
#1 Natsume Soseki (Japanese novelist)
#2 Archimedes (Greek mathematician)
#3 Galileo Galilei (Italian astronomer)
#5 Ludwig Van Beethoven (German composer)
#6 Bust of Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch artist)
#7 mystery figure in silhouette (he might be holding a test tube)
The box states in English "There is no royal road to learning" and "The fist term". Perhaps this was the first series of these figures. It would be interesting to see what other historical figures were chosen to be commemorated in vinyl.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
On Saturday we went with some friends to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. There were a number of terra cotta figures and interesting artifacts including architectural tiles, weapons and jade pendants. Some of my favorites were a very nice bronze heron sculpture and a suit of armor made out of limestone.
The most interesting part of the exhibit was a terra cotta warrior standing very still on a pedestal in the lobby. Visitors were amazed when he suddenly, but slowly, moved. Although he never spoke he amused people by giving slow high-fives, waving to children or walking slowly through the exhibit hall. The warrior was a performance artist from Taiwan, Jarry Cheng, who added an element of surprise to the experience. Here is a link to a YouTube video (not mine) as an example.
The last day of the exhibit is October 16, 2008 so you still have a chance to see it.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I was requested to show images of my Re-ment items with some sort of reference for scale. I have read that Re-ment is about 1:6 to 1:8 scale. There is a difference between the two blenders in the first picture. The one on the left is from 2004 and the other one is from 2007. I've also included a picture of the more current blender with it's life size counterpart (which we so conveniently had on hand!) The Re-ment blender is 1.5 inches tall and the real blender is 15.75 inches tall.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I got my first taste of Re-ment back in 2005 when I purchased a set from a grocery store in Little Tokyo. The detail of the miniature items was really amazing. I didn’t get into collecting them at the time because the sets were imported from Japan and were not widely available. This May I saw some sets for sale at the Vinyl Toy Network show and my interest was renewed. Re-ment now has a website in English that gives the locations of stores were their items can be purchased. So now I have been able to add to my collection. Good thing they are so small!
The image shows the first Re-ment set that I purchased, click on it to see more photos on my Flicker photostream.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Oh my! August is almost over and I haven’t posted for quite some time. Dan and I were busy with various projects and trips. One of the projects was organizing the garage and putting up shelves. We also got a new desk for my computer, Yay!
We took various trips to L.A. and San Diego. I have been uploading pictures on my Flickr account so check them out! And have a fun (and safe) holiday weekend.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Last week Dan and I took a trip to San Diego. We didn’t make it to The Comic Con because they had sold out of memberships. So instead we just visited the usual places, like the San Diego Zoo.
The first exhibit we went to is Absolutely Apes. It’s best to see them first because the apes are usually near the viewing windows. The day we went the orangutans and siamangs were out. They are very interesting to watch especially since they watch us to see what interesting things we might do.
The next stop was the Monkey Trails exhibit. They have a variety of different monkeys that sometimes share exhibits with other animals such as pygmy hippos or dukirs. After the monkeys we checked to see if the gorillas and bonobos were out. The gorillas were hiding in hard to see spots in the exhibit but some of the bonobos were out.
When we were done viewing the primates we checked out some of the other animals. On this zoo visit we stayed longer than we usually do and got to other parts of the zoo that we don’t often see. We took a lot of pictures. I’ve uploaded some on Flickr so check them out.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Last weekend Dan, Mike, and I went to the Vinyl Toy Network show at the Pasadena Convention Center. It was very interesting and there were a lot of unusual vinyl toys there.
The first stop was the Mr. Toast table. I found out about this show from the blog a sampler of things. I met the creator, Dan Goodsell and purchased a Mr. Toast plush toy, a key chain, and Imaginary World Comics #2.
Next I found someone who was selling the Spider Baby Boom figures and purchased a couple. I got Daisyboom and Biingaboom (now Softyboom has some siblings!)
We also got some Sketbots, Sheep Dream Stars Dream (Zodiac sheep), Zipit and Muny zipper pulls, a Mint Chocolate Chip Buff Monster (in a very cool package), a weird Liberty Meadows cow keychain, and a very cool Dumb Dummies chase figure.
Mike bought a very cool Rement Donuts To Go set for me. It was the Coconut & Healthy Donuts set. It was really nice of him to do that (but he should have got the Homer as Mr. Sparkle tee shirt for himself instead.)
After overloading on vinyl toys, we decided to get some lunch at the Fair Oaks Pharmacy . They serve delicious hot dogs and deli sandwiches at their old time soda fountain.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
These pictures are from Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose, CA. Dan and I took a short trip there last summer. Happy Hollow was a place I used to visit when I was a child. The park has been there since 1961 and I wanted to see it again before someone got the idea to close it. It was good that we saw it when we did. The park and zoo will be closed in July for some major renovations and won't be open until fall of 2009.
The one part of Happy Hollow that I remembered the most was Danny the Dragon. How could anyone forget something so cool! I had vague recollections of the Small Carousel and the Mini Putt Putts. I didn't remember King Neptune's Carousel or the Granny Bugs.
We will have to make a trip there after it opens again to see the changes.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
We arrived about a half an hour before our dinner reservations so we would have some time to look around. The Magic Castle is in a large Victorian house and is decorated with antiques and magic memorabilia. There is a piano playing ghost who takes requests. Other haunted elements are portraits with eyes that seem to watch you and a table in one of the bars that mysteriously rotates when you set your drink down.
Dinner was served in the elegantly decorated dinning room. The meals were good and filling (especially the Chicken Marsala and the Crème Brulee!) Some people had birthday celebrations there and a cake was brought out by a wizard.
After dinner we went to see some of the magic shows. The First was the main show in the “Palace of Mystery”. The show featured two magicians and a ventriloquist. The second show was in the “Parlour of Prestidigitation” (I just love that name!) The show featured the magician that our friends knew. The shows were very entertaining and the performers excellent.
The last stop on the way out was the gift shop. Dan and I purchased some souvenirs to commemorate our visit. We all enjoyed our first experience at the Magic Castle.