Return to Capistrano

The other weekend, my sister came to visit us at The Aerie for a few days. It was a very good visit — she brought with her the only fall-like temperatures we’d had in Southern California (before today) in what has truly been a seemingly “Endless Summer”. For one of our outings my sis, The…

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Charged Up

When our fledgling company moved to different (larger, nicer) lab space last year, it changed my commute. I lost the freeway portion of the drive and have one that is 100% surface streets and stoplights. It takes less time, and the only downside seemed to be that I had less time for audiobook listening. Well,…

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Star Struck

Lost amid the packings and re-packings of a life was a picture that I drew in the third grade. My teacher, Mrs. Bacon (seriously), had asked us to draw ourselves as adults in the profession that we most wanted to be. I drew myself tall and lanky, with long red hair, and glasses (2-for-4 overall,…

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30 DoB, Day 26: A Book That Changed Your Opinion

Every day when I drive to work, I see them standing to the side of a strip mall parking lot.  Every time I go to the community park in the morning for tennis, they’re clustered near the entrance. They are day workers, almost certainly every one of them in the country illegally. Thinking about them…

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Santa Ana Saturday

After a long and (by Southern California standards) cold and rainy fall and early winter, we were treated to a glorious day of mild Santa Anas that ushered in warm temps (75-80) and bright clear sunshine. This was particularly fortuitous as we’re getting visited by one of The Beloved’s best friends and her 12-year old…

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Bach, Burn, Books and Botany

This past weekend the Beloved and I took a trip up to Pasadena. The reason for the visit was the last of her Christmas presents, which were tickets to see the Cal Phil perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (some of her favorites). Moreover, we coupled the opportunity to get together with some friends that we too-rarely…

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Santa Barbara Stop-in

The quick-hit weekend up to Santa Barbara was a lot of fun (with one tragic exception that I didn't learn about til we returned).  It started off on Friday afternoon with a trip on the train from Solana Beach to Santa Barbara.  The train was crowded, but no more so than your typical Southwest Airlines…

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