Sangria & a new bride.

I attended a bridal shower yesterday — in Teylor’s backyard, where her friends had created an ambience that felt like the old South… with baby’s breath tied on the backs of the festooned chairs… Sangria and Champagne, wine and other beverages to sip… all of it al fresco under the weeping willow branches of her…

A dead body & 15 minutes of fame.

I went to undergraduate school at UC Santa Cruz for my first two years. Now that I’ve started to work for Dean David Yager of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz — I’m getting the distinct pleasure of re-connecting with friends from long ago… all smart, witty, thoughtful people who I admired then and…

Ode to Othello.

Vin and Donna Guillaume and I drove down to San Diego yesterday to see Blair Underwood play “Othello”. He was phenomenal, and graciously welcomed us back to his dressing room afterwards, where we talked so animatedly we forgot to ask for a post-show picture. I wrote him a fan letter tonight and hope the office…

A missing wallet & a gracious ‘finder’.

“MOM!”  I heard, the word a protracted, painful yowl. “What’s wrong?” I asked, my heart pounding.  I pictured the worst —  car wreck?  ER? What? “I left my wallet at the nail salon!” It was nine o’clock.  The night before she was to fly to San Francisco.  Her wallet, her ID, her credit card — all…

Satisfied customers & a Hollywood Star.

After hitting Hollywood to do an errand this morning, we wanted to grab lunch. “Why not Lloyd’s store?:” I asked. Lloyd’s a long-time friend who used to work with Vin in television development. He’s got a few Jersey Mike sandwich shops around town and we love to patronize whenever possible. We were on Vine Street already, so…

A tale of two cities.

It it truly a “tale of two cities”, as the library card says. On the night of Matt and Teylor’s wedding in North Carolina, I will be in Michigan, being honored at a leadership conference. When Matt + Teylor’s invitation came, it took me a minute to think, “Wait, isn’t there something then?” I didn’t…

Well done.

My sister Annie’s friend John Sykes is a master with meat.  He has his own smoker, evidently.  He barbeques beef, ribs, brisket like the Food Network’s Guy Fieri loves. After our Fourth of July celebration at Annie’s yesterday, I remembered I had the perfect card — I bought it with my friend Karen Schmidt at…

Anime and “What’s good about getting old?”

It was a strange day.  As we were driving along Olympic, on the way to Staples Office Supply, we noticed hundreds of young people wearing wigs & costumes, some in full face paint, lined up outside the L.A. Convention Center. “Wonder what this is?” we mused, thinking it wasn’t ComiCon, but not putting our finger…

Stamp of approval.

After a lovely evening at the Laguna Museum of Art, Marisa Murrow (who’s herself a talented artist) drew me this card… and enclosed a page of carefully-curated postage stamps from her Father’s collection.  I tried to copy some of the stamps to include her, but didn’t want to damage them… so I leave it up…