And now a quick, geeky post…

This morning at 6:51 AM, my new car clicked over to 10,000 miles. It was on the westbound 101 Freeway about 1/4 mile east of the Ventu Park exit. Seems rather appropriate that it happened just as I was about to turn off to go to Amgen.

Of course what’s really scary is that I only got my car on January 30th, so all those miles came in less than 4 months–and my 2-year lease spells out 20,000 per year. I may have an issue…

News Flash: Hikaru no Go Manga goes digital!


News Flash: Hikaru no Go Manga goes digital!

Okay, so this is my favorite anime and one of my favorite Manga–and now it is finally going electronic thanks to Viz. I immediately went and downloaded Volume 1 on my iPad for a mere $4.99. Now I can have this with me wherever I go–yay!

Score! Tour ticket for Annenberg’s “Sunnylands”

It was a good thing I was paying attention and looking through Sunset magazine last night…

Beginning March 1st, Walter and Leonore Annenberg’s Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage will be opened for public tours. It’s a masterpiece of Mid-century Modern architecture in a beautiful setting of parks and gardens–even its own 9-hole golf course. It is now both a retreat center for world-class events as well as a museum of art and visitor center for the Annenberg Foundation.

Tickets went on sale this morning at 9:00 AM, and I was ready with credit card in hand. I scored a ticket for 10:15 AM, Saturday  March 10th. The entire batch of available tour tickets for the first half of March sold out within 20 minutes…

I’m really excited and it should make a great day trip–I love going out to the desert. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures (on the grounds and in the center only, none in the house itself unfortunately) and do a write-up.

Check out the Sunnylands website here for more info.

Welcome, Year of the Dragon

My favorite part of New Year is getting up to see the first sunrise. For the last 4 years I’ve brewed up a thermos of green tea and headed to the parking lot at West Ranch High School here in Valencia because it’s a nice view.

As we head into 2012, let’s hope it brings only good things and some dissipation of the problems of last year (I thought the Year of the Rabbit was supposed to be a docile one…). I wish my friends and family both near and far all the best!



Surgery complete and I’m back home. It’s almost spooky…

  • I spent longer laying around bored in pre-op than I did in the surgery and post-op
  • I don’t even really need my crutches and have been able to walk and put weight on my leg right away
  • I’m REALLY hungry—Mom & Dad just left to pickup some lunch for us

Of course, I’ll bet that later this afternoon some of the “magic” will wear off and I’ll start feeling pain—but I have pills for that. If what’s happening so far is any indication, though, my recovery will be a breeze!

Fingers crossed…

Knee Repair Today!


Today is the big day: arthroscopic surgery to deal with the torn meniscus in my right knee.

I’m just about ready to walk over to the surgery center now since I’m supposed to arrive by 7:30 though the procedure isn’t scheduled until 9:00. And yes, I did say “walk over”—the surgery center is literally two blocks from my home and I loved the irony of walking over to get my knee surgery! My folks will be there later to pick me up.

I will keep everyone posted on developments, but don’t expect any difficulties…