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Saturday, December 14, 2002


LA County Holiday Celebration in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Since 1964 the Commission has produced a Holiday Celebration in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center on December 24th. Community and professional choirs, music ensembles, and dance companies perform for an audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion while the program is broadcast live on KCET. Attendance and parking are free.

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Career Column

Career-Op: Review, reflect, renew
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine
The end of one year is always a great time to spend a few minutes reviewing the last, reflecting on the good and the bad and just taking some time to renew yourself for the coming year. This year, I am taking this yearly review a step farther and developing similar reviews for all of my major clients. In this way, not only am I generating further business for myself, I am hoping to help my clients solve some of their technology problems before they ever occur.


Welch Family Holiday Newsletter 2002 (PDF)

For any of you who might be interested in what we did with our year, here is a PDF version of our annual family newsletter.

Enjoy! -- Douglas

Computers/Scam Warning

Earthlink Email Scam

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002

What I'm Reading...

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained
Ever wonder why egg whites become meringue? Or why food sticks to pans? Or a hundred other kitchen questions. This book tackles the biggest food science questions and leaves you with a good taste in your mouth.

Linked: The New Science of Networks

Build It Right!: What to Look for in your new home

Bedrooms (Homes & Gardens Library of America)

The Complete Sketching Book

What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

Sunday, December 08, 2002

WelchEvents Re-Cap

A Trip to the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles

Today was a wonderful day to make our first trip to the Southwest Museum. Every year they hold a Holiday Community day where they offer free admission and have some small events for kids. This allowed us some time to wander about the galleries while also giving Joe some "kid time."

The museum is larger than I imagined. Due to the layout of the building (an LA Historic Landmark) it is like you are discovering hidden little gems as the galleries extend from one to another. The basketry storage and study area was a particularly wonderful find. It has beautiful examples of all the main basketry types and information on how each is made. The museum hosts special events on a regular basis, including a native artist fair once a year where you can purchase goods directly from the artist.

The museum store has an excellent collection of books and art work. Access to the store is free any time during museum hours.

Parking is free, convenient and plentiful, and offers wonderful views of the surrounding city. There is no food service at the museum, but you can bring a lunch for munching in the courtyard or hit one of the local businesses nearby. I noticed today that the new Pasadena rail line will have a station just across the street from the museum entrance. It is a bit of a hike up the hill to the museum, but this station should provide easier mass transit access to the museum.

I was a little disappointed that there were not more people at the museum on a day like today. I always use free museum days as a way of visiting a new place. It allows me an introduction to the museum while also ensuring that I haven't wasted my admission fee if Joe is not as entertained as I am.

Regular admission is only $6, so the museum is a good deal any time. I recommend that you visit, especially if you have specific interest in the native cultures of the American and Canadian West. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.