When my wife got pregnant (right after I severed my thumb) , we were searching for a Lamaze teacher and were referred to a Lise Davis who was coaching out of a condo in Westwood. We had no idea at the time she was Mac Davis' wife.
After Jessie was born (1987) I received a call from Lise asking me if I would consider making a mailbox for Mac as a Christmas gift. (she knew I was a carpenter)
I drove to their home in Bel Air and she and I took a drive so she could point out what he had mentioned he liked.
Well, what she showed me was a plain little rectangular mailbox with cedar shingles on the side.
I told her I could make something like that for a few hundred dollars but that I had some other ideas.
She asked me to explain.
They had a French Tudor? mansion on a 5 acre lot. I suggested I duplicate some of the features including wood bat and plaster breakups, divided light windows, a hand carved circle head door, a roof made up of 450 handmade multicolored slate fish scale shingles and a thick copper plate coming out of the top that said "Fair Oaks" (the name of the estate) and the street number cut out. They had a keycard entry box on an arm to open their private gates which I incorporated into the mailbox design to conceal it.
(I just found pictures on a page from my projects book.)
Mac liked it so much he later contracted me to remodel his master bath and entry bath.
In between the mailbox and before I did the bath remodels, Mac decided to throw a surprise 30th birthday party for Lise and invite all her Lamaze students and their babies. There were at least 90 or more couples who came with their newborns.
He had big tents and catered food, a clown for the children and he even had a plane fly over that said "Happy Birthday Lise."
The maid later told me the party cost 90K. (when I was doing the remodeling.) Yeah, it was a good party.
It appears they've sold the property and the new owner has torn down the mansion and completed the following monstrosity in 2014.
In 1968, I went on my second summer tour with the Young Americans,
The Royal Easter Show in Sydney was the first 2 weeks of a 3 month tour.
It's like a state fair for all of New South Wales.
They put us in the middle of a polo field that held 80,000 people and the closest audience was 80 yards away. (they didn't have giant screens back in '68)
This meant the audience couldn't likely see crisp detail. We were performing on a round piece of plywood about 40 feet in diameter sitting right on the turf.
It was pouring rain our first day and we were getting soaked. If you touched your lips on the mike you got a stiff jolt.
We were doing our best considering and, some songs required us to sit down just inside the outer perimeter of the plywood circle (It was painted fancy) which put us within arms reach of the turf.
Well, they couldn't clean every bit of horse manure off the field and it began being discreetly tossed towards one another around the circle.
The 25 piece orchestra was in the rain that first day too, and our music got wet. I don't know if you've seen large form sheet music in a pro situation but the sheets are 11 x 17 and connected with cloth tape, sometime 30-40 sheets for each number. That meant one piece the music was 40 feet long when spread out and there were 25 musicians.
The damp music had to be spread out in the stables overnight to dry out.
The next day, they pulled a semi truck out onto the field. They had cut out the entire side of the semi trailer so the orchestra couldn't get wet. That solved the wet music problem, but didn't help us.
We had a number where the girls wore straw hats and one of the guys had smeared limburger cheese in the rim of their hats. When they put those hats on during the number, they got a spur look on their faces. Now, I don't know if you've ever smelled limburger cheese but I don't suggest it to settle your stomach.
I met an Australian girl (Elizabeth Jones) in those two weeks and we enjoyed each others company. She would borrow her brothers Austin Mini and she'd let me drive. It's like London. The steering wheel is on the right, the shift was on the left, you drive on the other side of the street. I hit a silent cop my first attempt. It was fun driving around in another country
We drove to the big bridge base on the opera house side of the harbor to see the Opera House from that vantage point. (see red arrow)
Seeing the harbor webcam last night brought back these memories.
They've gone up 25-30% in the past 6 weeks or so, and, two different people in my friends list said they had chickens and too many eggs.
This was Sunday and I've been trying to figure out the logistics.
I think one of them is 32 miles away and one is 8.
I just posted this on facebook and will wait to see if either responds.
If no one responds, I'll go buy some old eggs.
THE FRESH EGG SONG How many miles will I drive for fresh eggs? Until they are there in my hand, Oh and, How many minutes as compared to a week Before they will crack in a pan I'm dreaming of custard like my grandma made I may even try to make flan The answer my friends,
I Believe You Don't Even Have To Want To Quit. I Believe That You Can Decide, And Then, Step Away By Changing Your Smoking Routine Long Enough To Distance Yourself From It And Not Talking Yourself Back Into Smoking.
It showed on caller ID as Twinda, the friend I met 11 years ago on the quit smoking site I had quit on.
I had meant to call her the past weekend and didn't get around to it so I was excited to talk with her.
As you know I was planning to fly her here to spend a week and then she had a COPD flareup and required oxygen 24/7. "I Have Some Bad News"
That was a huge hindrance because she couldn't bring enough with her for a week which meant I was going to have to figure that out and the accommodations wouldn't be certain until the very last moment.
The last time we spoke, I was going to try to go up there.
The call tonight
It was her daughter.
My friend passed away this morning.
RIP Twinda (She was a twin and I am a twin and when we met, I had a number of Linda's in my life, so I always called her Twinda.)
The researchers autopsied hippocampi from 28 previously healthy individuals aged 14-79 who had died suddenly. This is the first time researchers looked at newly formed neurons and the state of blood vessels within the entire human hippocampus soon after death. NeuroscienceNews.com image is in the public domain.
Grow Old But, Keep Your Wits About You.
My dad's 92 and in good physical and mental health.
Find something that interests you that you can enjoy after you've quit.
You really need to get the dopamine/satisfaction replaced one way or another.
That's a big reason many go back. Our Pleasure Receptors Have Been Hijacked To The Point That Nicotine Was The Thing That Gave Us Pleasure.
Think Of The Cigarette After Sex Connection? Or The One After A Meal.
It's All To Please Those Nicotine Receptors.
I took a photography class in adult ed and my favorite aunt traded me her camera and 3 lenses for a tiger eye ring I got in Bangkok.
The thing was, film and developing were expensive.
That has all changed.
You can buy a digital camera for $100-$300 with the money you're saving from not smoking and it's ZERO cost once you've done that. You can even use your smart phone.
The Savings Comes In Because You can print JUST THE ONES YOU WANT instead of a whole roll of 36 pictures of which you never had any idea of how it was going to look until you'd spent the money.. Digital Makes It Foolproof.
I went for a drive with a friend today and took some pictures while we were moving.
Planning For What Can Happen Is Not Overthinking, It's Smart.
Unfinished Wood Floors And Their Installation Process Take Special Care To Remain Undamaged Before Move In.
If A Client Wanted Wood Floors, They Were Done Near The End Of A Large Project, Just Before Electrical Finish And Then, Touch Up.
The Flooring had To Be On The Jobsite 4-6 Weeks To Acclimate To The Actual Humidity And Final Conditions of Their Resting Place.
It Was Then Installed, Sanded And Finished. A Gap Is Always Left At The Walls Beneath The Baseboard For Expansion And Contraction.
In Order To Not Get The Finish All Over The Baseboards, We Would Pre-Fit Them And Have The Painters Finish Them And I Would Install Them After The Floors Were Completed And Cured At Least A Few Days. This Is The Time You Don't Want To Drop Your Hammer. :-)
We Would Protect The Newly Finished Floors With Red Rosin Paper Taped To Itself. I Would Then Shoot The Pre Fitted Baseboard On With A Finish Gun Which Also Set The Nail Heads.
The Electricians Would Come In And Couldn't Do Damage With Their "Droppings" Unless They Dropped A Fixture.
The Painters Were The Last Ones Out Of The Job.
The Process Is Thoroughly Planned And Carried Out.