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Saturday, June 22, 2002

Ojai Summer Art Stroll and Family Festival

Although we were a bit slow getting out of town today, and hit a minor traffic tie-up on the way, we finally made it to Ojai around 12:30. Joe had fallen asleep in the car, so we pushed him around the stroller, checking out the festivities. Once we got to lunch at Bonnie Lu's, a small restaurant in downtown that serves up a good American-style breakfast and lunch.

After lunch, we headed up to Libbey Park, where the small, but fun, Family Festival was in full swing. Joe got to play with musical instruments, make pipe cleaner necklaces, cuddle up in a tent for story time and play in a great playground that he remembered from previous visits. He even got to chat with the Sherriff's deputies that had a display on bike safety.

Up the street, a small art supply store had organized an art fair in the street. There was a bandstand with all sorts of music, a small art show and several craft stations for the kids. Joe and I made a neat faux-batik painting using sturdy paper towels and food coloring.

The Summer Art Stroll brings many Ojai artists into the streets. Throughout downtown there were musicians, sculptors and painters. One artist group had set up large panels and were creating a mural in the park. The map provided by the "Stroll" helped us to find galleries and stores that were off the main streets and tucked into the neighborhood behind. One of the nicest spots was the restored and converted former home of the Church of the Nazarene. The main chapel is now a beautiful hall for events and small office/studio space a have been added around a small courtyard behind the church.

On the way out of town, we stopped at Viking Farms Nursery. Their offer of free hot dogs and pony rides caught our eye, but there was much more. Along with the usual nursery items, they specialize in water gardens. There were several ponds of exotic fish, including Japanese Koi and goldfish. Inside the store, Joe was excited to find goats, rabbits and all sorts of baby chicks. Even more surprising was the huge turkeys that strutted about in pen at the back of the property.

Once last stop on the way home was the small dairy bar called The Summit, which is about half way between Ojai and Santa Paula on Highway 150. We had stopped to pick up some milk for Joe, but Rosanne noticed that they were offering strawberry and cherry milk shakes made with real fruit. The drinks were heavenly and we enjoyed them for the rest of the trip home.

Friday, June 21, 2002

Career-Op: Making your mark
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

There are times, in the day-to-day trials of a high-tech career, when you may begin to wonder what your career is all about. How did you get to this point in your life? You might be questioning your choice of career. You might even be wondering if your work makes any difference in the world around you. While it can be an unsettling feeling to doubt yourself and your work, I can assure you that it is an important part of your life.

By the way, you may notice the small "Comments" links at the bottom of each post . I recently set up a way for you to add your comments to my postings. Simply click on the link and follow the instructions on the page. Your comments will then be available for all to see. -- Douglas

Make yourself in Lego(tm)

For all you Lego Maniacs...

Choose from a variety of different pieces to create a Lego character that looks just like you.

Does this guy look familiar?

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SS Lane Victory Cruises

(I normally wouldn't feature something this expensive in WelchEvents, but the unique quality of this experience sounds like it might be worth the price. This is the only ship I know of that offers this kind of all day cruise along with all the history, food and activities included.)

Catalina Terminal, San Pedro, CA, Berth 94
(310) 519-9545

Sat. July 13
Sun. July 14

Sat. Aug 17
Sun. Aug 18

Sat. Sept. 14
Sun. Sept. 15

Cruise aboard a fully restored World War II cargo ship to the waters of Catalina Island. Includes music by a live jazz band, morning snack, buffet lunch, simulated aerial attack, guided tours of the ship, whale-watching, and a museum loaded with wartime and maritime memorabilia. The SS Lane Victory has been designated a Historical Landmark and has been the site for many Hollywood movies and commecials. The ship is owned and operated by the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II, a non-profit organization. Due to boarding limitations, wheelchairs and baby strollers are prohibited.

Adults $100/Children under 15 $60

Wrightwood Mountaineer Days

Saturday and Sunday
July 6th and 7th, 2002
Wrightwood Village

Entertainment for the whole family!

Bluegrass Music - Line Dancing - Bed Races - Silent Auction - Gold Panning - Gun Fighters - Frontier Encampment - Nail Driving Contest - Parade - Longest Beard Contest - Best Dressed Historical Attire - Large Selection of Foods, Beer Garden, Pony Rides, Kids Games and MORE!

Thursday, June 20, 2002


An automatically updated, constantly running slide show of recent news photographs from the web.

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Security Alert Overload

Ok, everyone, repeat after me....

  • I will actively ignore any and all security alerts.

  • I will go about my normal life regardless of the media and government's attempts to make me afraid of anything and everything.

  • I will not allow the media to use my fear to drive television ratings or newspaper ad rates.

  • I will not allow others to make me afraid so that they can feel better about their own fear.

Vague security alerts only exist for one reason, to allow our representatives to CYA if something, anything, ever does happen. They want to be able to say, like a bad physic hotline, "See, I told you something was going to happen!", even though they have never given us any information that would help us avoid a specific attack, in a specific place at a specific time.

It seems odd that all they are doing is promoting fear, uncertainty and doubt...just what the terrorists want.

It is important to remember that the chances of you getting hit by a bus are astronomically greater than dying in a terrorist attack. Yet, you still get in your car or cross the street nearly every day.

I know that I cannot truly live, if I find myself worrying constantly about death. Very few people can. Let's all do our best to get on with our lives and not allow others to drive us into fearing our own shadows.

Digital City: Los Angeles - Fourth of July

Digital City sent me this interesting link showing their listing of 4th of July events. This link takes you to events in and around LA, but there is a link at the bottom to look in your city, if you live elsewhere.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

What I'm reading this week...

cover Dictionary of the Future: The Words,...

cover Write Your Heart Out

cover A New Brand World: Eight Principles for...

cover The Art of Imperfection : Simple Ways to...

Monday, June 17, 2002

The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw

cover Possibly the only female swordfisherman in the world, Linda Greenlaw recounts a typical, 30-day fishing trip in the Grand Banks off off Newfoundland. Greenlaw knew the men of the Andrea Gail, another sword boat whose tale is told in A Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger, but doesn't tread on the details of that story. This is a simple slice-of-life tale detailing a typical month in the life of a sword captain, her boat and her crew. There are no harrowing tales of life and death struggle, but a simple telling of the exhaustion, boredom and potential benefit of a swordfishing trip. This makes it an excellent companion to A Perfect Storm. After reading about the struggle and death of the crew of the Andrea Gail, it is enlightening to read about the realities of their lives.

Greenlaw writes in a simple, conversational way. Her story is engaging by its very nature so I found myself unconcerned with her writing style since the story was so compelling. That said, I found her writing straightforward, concise and enjoyable . I completed the book in just under 3 days, another tribute to the quality of the book. I found it difficult to put the book down as I wanted to find out about this woman and her crew and how they made (or didn't make) their living.

Highly Recommended.

An Audio Version is also available.

Internet Explorer 5.2 for Mac OS X

Finally, a way to install/re-install Explorer without facing a complete re-install of OS X.

7.2 MB download