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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Foodie Q&A with Chef Joanna from BarCampLA-3

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Chef Joanna gives a great presentation about Foodie Issues, including cooking pans, utensils, knives and more.

You can find more information on Chef Joanna at http://chefjoanna.com

Listen to Foodie Q&A with Chef Joanna

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Brush fire near Universal Studios

Brush fire near Universal Studios
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
Update (2:30 PM): KNBC speaking with witness who says fire was started by kids with fireworks.

This shot was taken quite a distance away from the fire (Burbank and the 405), but you can still see the large smoke plume that has risen up in just over an hour from this fire.

Google Map of Fire Location

Coverage by blogging.la

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The WelchWrite Blogs and Podcasts

As I was chatting with some folks on Talkshoe the other night, I found out that people who read one of the WelchWrite Blogs, or listen to one of the WelchWrite Podcasts, might not know about the other blogs and podcasts that I do.

In an effort to expose you to all the WelchWrite.com has to offer, here is a list of the four blogs and podcasts currently available. Maybe there is something here that might also interest you.

My Word LogoMy Word with Douglas E. Welch

A catch-all blog and podcast which highlights Los Angeles Events, Podcasting, and any neat thing that catches my eye.

My Word LogoA Gardener's Notebook

Come and join me in my garden!

Gardening information, audio podcasts, instructional videos and more.

My Word LogoCareer Opportunities: Helping to Build the Career You Deserve

This is the web home of my career column, now entering its 12 year and the podcast, now over 350 episodes.

My Word LogoTechnologyIQ

Control your technology, don't let it control you!

The new home for technology info -- moving these items out of My Word. Technology-related blog posts, audio podcasts and audio recordings of my twice-monthly Internet Seminars at my local library.

Elsewhere Online: Letterpress Printing Video

Frame from letterpess videoAnother example of odd, little things that attract my attention.

This video story on letterpress printing caught my eye and ear and provided a short trip through a printmaster's craft and life.

A gentle little piece, and a perfect way to spend a few minutes in a hectic day.

Nice little video about letterpress printing.

(Via kottke.org.)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wisteria Blooms - PaD 3/28/07

Wisteria Blooms - PaD 3/28/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
File this under, "Not my wisteria, but I wish it was!"

The neighbor to one of my computer consulting clients has this beautiful wisteria across the front of the house. It is very well maintained and is rewarding its owner with this beautiful display.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

First Rose 2007 - PaD 3/27/07

First Rose - PAD 3/27/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
The first Bewitched rose opened today in the bed lining the driveway. All the other bushes have buds, as well, so we should be getting a "rose tide" in the next week or so.

Also blooming is the rhaphiolepis and a purple rose in the back garden.

Click the photo to see pictures of these on Flickr.com

It started out cool and sunny this morning, then turned gloomy and blustery, loosing 10 degrees of temperature in 1/2 hour and sprinkled rain. Now it is sunny and blustery, with gusty winds and a temperature of only 57. Spring weather happens, even in Southern California, I guess.

Podcasting Q&A from BarCampLA-3

TechnologyIQ LogoDouglas E. Welch talks Podcasting at the recent BarCampLA-3.

Podcasting Q&A from BarCampLA-3 - March 24, 2007

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Event: Spring is in Bloom at Creative Seeds - Mar 31-Apr 1

Date: March 31, 2007 - April 1, 2007

Time: Classes are ongoing ALL day Sat. and Sun. All age dance party on April 1st from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Location: Creative Seeds
Address: 5443 W. Pico Blvd. , L.A. , 90019
Cross Streets: Hauser / Pico

Phone: (323) 936-0336

Admission: Free

Kid Friendly: Yoga, Bellydance, Mandalas, Meditation, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Acting, Creative Movement.

Food Services: FREE food from BLOOM CAFE.

Accessibility: Wheel Chair Access

Website: www.growcreativeseeds.com

Description: Join us for FREE classes for children and adults. For complete list visit: www.growcreativeseeds.com. On Sunday April 1st from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, we will be having an all ages party with DJ ASKI spinning Hip Hop and Afro Latin beats and FREE food from BLOOM CAFE. We look forward to creating with you!

(Via ExperienceLA.com)

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Burt Lo - PaD 3/24/07

Burt Lo - PaD 3/24/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
Burt was a presenter at BarCampLA on Saturday with a topic of "What I learned as an IT manager." I enjoyed his talk and recorded it, as well. I should have it up in the Career Opportunities feed today.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

BarCampLA: Chef Joanna

BarCampLA: Chef Joanna
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
Joanna presented a great presentation talking about Foodie Issues, including cooking pans, utensils, knives and more.

You can find more information on Chef Joanna at http://chefjoanna.com

BarcampLA-3: Registration

BarcampLA-3: Registration
Originally uploaded by Techslut.
Your truly in the background on the right.

BarCampLA is always so fun...and informative!

Do you Twitter?

I've been playing around with Twitter this week. Want to know what I am up to? Use the link below to find out.

BarCampLA: What do you want to do? Get help at SuperViva.com

Our first BarcCampLA session today is on the web site, SuperViva.com.

Here you can find others who are interested in achieving goals just like yours.

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BarCampLA Starts!

Originally uploaded by dewelch.
More pictures on Flickr. Click the image to see them.

BarCampLA officially starts around Noon, but we are already here setting up. Pity I can only do one day this year, but that i better than not coming at all.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Podcasting News » Podcasting Audience Up 18% Since Last Year

Podcasting News reports on a new podcasting study from Edison Media Research which was presented at the Corporate Podcasting Summit this week. There are some interesting items inside.

Podcasting News: Podcasting Audience Up 18% Since Last Year

Podcasting Audience Up 18% Since Last Year
March 22nd, 2007

The audience for podcasts has grown 18% in the last year, according to an upcoming report from Edison Media Research. Awareness of podcasting has grown even more, jumping from 22% in 2006 to 37% in 2007.

At the Corporate Podcasting Summit, held March 19-20 in London, Edison Media Research VP Tom Webster gave a preview of their latest research on podcasting. Webster’s statistics suggest that podcasting, like other Internet media, is growing rapidly, drawing attention away from other media. In addition, podcasts are getting a very attractive group for advertisers - well-educated people with money that like to buy things online.

Here are some of the highlights of Webster’s presentation:...


(Via Podcasting News.)

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Library Interner Seminar - PaD 3/22/07

A photo of the attendees of my twice-monthly Internet Seminar at my local library.

You can hear the class by visiting TechnologyIQ - LIVE from the Library and get more info on the seminars at the TechnologyIQ blog.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Front Door - PaD 3/21/07

The Front Door - PaD 3/21/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
A look out the decorative glass of our front door.

Elsewhere Online: Adding Randomness to Your Photos

Check out this excellent post from Digital Photography School. I have found several articles from this site that help me think differently about how I use my camera.

Adding Randomness to Your Photos Photo by Wam Mosely

One of the wonderful things about digital photography is the creativity that you can engage in once you’ve got your image on your computer and in photoshop. All kinds of effects can be achieved to make your shots look any number of ways.

But what about in-camera techniques for more creative and artistic [...]

(Via Digital Photography School.)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

In LA: Apple - Retail - Youth Workshops

Apple Youth Workshops - Be a filmmakerI happened to notice this sign today in the Apple Store at the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square. Apple is holding 1 1/2 hour workshops on Music, Movies and Photos at most of their stores.

Here are the short descriptions from the Apple web site...

Music Workshop

Using GarageBand, we’ll teach kids to compose a song with loops, beats, and even their own vocals. At the end of the workshop, they’ll have a finished song on a CD and a workbook to use with other music projects. Please register for February workshops.

Movie Workshop

This workshop will teach kids how to import footage, crop video clips, and add special effects to produce their own movie with iMovie. When they’ve finished, these budding filmmakers can take home their masterpiece on a DVD, as well as a workbook full of tips for future moviemaking projects. Please register for March workshops.

Photo Workshop

Using iPhoto, we’ll show kids how to edit, print, and share photos and how to make photo albums and slideshows. At the end of the workshop they’ll have a DVD and a workbook to use for other photo projects. Please register for April workshops.

(Via Apple Web Site.)

There is a waiting list for upcoming events, but I see the April 25 event still has some openings. Visit the Workshop page for listings of all stores and events.

Link: Apple - Retail - Youth Workshops

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Crepes for Lunch - PaD 3/20/07

Crepes for Lunch - PaD 3/20/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
Stopped by our favorite crepe place, Crepe Express in the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square. This place just gets better and better.

See my original review of Crepe Express here.

Ran into friends of friends, as well. We sometimes wonder how people remember us years later, having only met us once. Are we really that memorable...or just plain odd? A little of both, I suppose.

In LA: Automobile Driving Museum

Los Angeles City Nerd points to this event and on-going museum of autos in El Segundo. Certainly sounds like something to check out. This weekend is also their Grand Opening.

Automobile Driving Museum

Though it's not in the City of LA, here's something that relates to us all in Southern California...

The Automobile Driving Museum

It claims to be "the only Automobile Museum that takes you for a ride in one of the actual vehicles on display. " That's right: on weekends, selected cars will be able to taken out for a spin (driven by trained docents with visitors as the passengers). Founded in

(Via Los Angeles City Nerd.)

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Shooting a video for A Gardener's Notebook - PaD 3/18/07

Took a few minutes today to shoot a video for A Gardener's Notebook podcast on repairing a damaged drip irrigation line in my rose bed. This is a screen frame from that video.

You can view the entire video on A Gardener's Notebook.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Japanese Maple Leaves - PaD 3/17/07

Japanese Maple Leaves
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
The Japanese Maple thinks Spring has arrived here in Van Nuys and has started pushing out its beautiful burgundy leaves. This is one of my favorite plants in the garden as it reminds me of the maple trees in my Ohio hometown and also because it has such a wonderful color.

You can read more about the state of my garden in A Gardener's Notebook and see more pictures from the garden in my Flickr Account.

What I'm Reading...The Water Lily Cross

Author, Anthony Eglin, was kind enough to forward me an advance uncorrected proof of his latest Lawrence Kingston garden mystery, The Water Lily Cross, and I am enjoying it greatly I will have a complete review once I finish...which shouldn't be too long.

The Water Lilly Cross is the third in the series of English Garden Mystery's which also includes The Blue Rose (review) and The Lost Gardens (review). I have loved the first too books in the series and The Water Lily Cross is proving to be just as fun. As I have said in the past, these books combine two of my favorite things, mysteries and gardening in each book.

Here is a description of the book from Amazon.com...

Lawrence Kingston is asked to search for a botanist friend who has gone missing. With nothing but a scrap of paper with a bewildering cryptic message, he begins to investigate. He discovers that his friend was experimenting with aquatic plants and has stumbled on a horticultural breakthrough with staggering implications, one that could ultimately generate billions of dollars in revenue: a giant form of Amazonian water lily capable of desalinating water.

Convinced that influential people are involved in the disappearance, he pursues more leads, but circumstances beyond his control plunge him deeper into jeopardy and a corporate world of ruthless, greedy men who are not to be stopped. Kingston presses on, knowing that his missing friends life, and his own, both hang by a very slender thread.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

BarCampLA is Coming - Mar 24-25

BarCampLA badgeThe next BarCampLA is coming and I will probably be in attendance again. It is a great time for all and very enlightening. You can read my posts and see my pictures from the last BarCampLA to find out what it is all about.

Carmen De Jesus has also written a great post on BarCamp on the BarCampLA blog entitled, Dispelling Social Anxiety & Fears about attending BarcampLA.

As she says at the end of her post, "C’mon down. Don’ be skeered."

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Event: 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California - Mar 31 - Apr 1

Cherry Trees at Lake BalboaThe event celebrates spring with the cherry blossoms and the diverse Japanese American culture through entertainment, vendors, food, a large children’s craft area, and a fun zone with inflatable games. The festival also includes cultural storytelling with SAG Foundation, a martial arts arena, a Hawaiian village with crafters and entertainment, a Japanese American Pavilion, and a runway fashion show. This year the Cherry Blossom Festival is moving from Pasadena to Little Tokyo.

WHEN: March 31 & April 1, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

SITE: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center,
San Pedro Blvd. between 2nd & 3rd Sts., Little Tokyo

COST: Free

SPONSOR: WOW! Event Productions

INFO: 626-683-8243, www.cherryblossomfestivalsocal.org

From the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Festival Guide

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Input! - PaD 3/14/07

Input! - PaD 3/14/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
Spending a lot of time looking at this lately...and NOT through a camera.

Busy week, but productive.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Douglas talks computer consulting on the SOHO Technology Podcast - Part 2

SoHo Technology Podcast logoDean Jensen, of the SoHo Technology Podcast had me on for a series of talks on computer consulting and the second segment appeared today.

More segments will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

Listen: SoHo Technology Podcast with Dean Jensen

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Event: Free Community Recital with LA OPERA - March 18

Free Community Recital with LA OPERA

Date: March 18, 2007

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Museum is open 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Location: California African American Museum : Parking lot entrance at 39th & Figueroa Sts.

Address: 600 State Dr., Exposition Park , Los Angeles , 90037

Cross Streets: Exposition / Figueroa

Phone: (213) 744-7432

Admission: Free

Accessibility: Wheel Chair Access

Website: www.caamuseum.org

Description: LA Opera’s Education and Community Programs, in conjunction with the California African American Museum, present a free recital featuring highlights from Porgy and Bess - the greatest American opera. Gershwin’s utterly unique score blends blues, Tin Pan Alley and opera to chronicle the lives and struggles of an African American community in South Carolina.

This hour-long recital will also feature both beloved and less often musical masterpieces from Scott Joplin, William Grant Still, Francis Hall Johnson and Margaret Bonds, performed by LA Opera Artists.

Free Wheel Chair Accessible Museums Live Theater Music
Submitted By: California African American Museum

(Via ExperienceLA.com.)

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Food: Casa Bianca - For Health!

I'm always looking for a good pie, especially since I have been to Italy and tasted what a pie is supposed to be. (SMILE)

Despite the wait Ruth mentions, I think I might have to check this out the next time I am over in the Eagle Rock area.
Casa Bianca - For Health!

Ruth666: [sausage, mushroom, extra cheese, plus a coupla mozzarella fingers for good measure]

If you're tired of hearing everyone rag on LA for having shitty pizza (and we do), pile them in your car and stuff their pie holes at Casa Bianca Pizza Pie in lovely Eagle Rock.


(Via Blogging.LA.)
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Monday, March 12, 2007

New Laptop - PaD 3/12/07

New Laptop - PaD 3/12/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
As my clients begin to get Windows Vista on new computers, I needed a new machine to assist them with the questions they will almost certainly have.

This is an HP Pavilion DV200 with 2 GB of RAM, 160GB HD and AMD Turion Dual Core Processor.

So far, I am liking it a lot. Very perky. I got the 15" version, as I plan on carrying this around a lot more than my previous laptop, as I am doing more speaking engagements on podcasting and other topics.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Suga Sciue Sciue - PaD 3/11/07

Suga Sciue Sciue - PaD 3/11/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
Tonight's Dinner Suga Sciue Sciue. I've been told it basically translates into Sauce Quick Quick. It is indeed quick to make and very tasty.

Recipe from Cucina Rustica by Viana La Place.

One of our usual family pasta dinners.

At the ball game... - PaD 3/10/07

At the ball game... - PaD 3/10/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
Finally well enough to take in my son's ball game. They won 9-3, I believe. The games are a bit slow as this is the first season using pitchers instead of a pitching machine. Lots of walks. (SMILE)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Event: Canoga Park 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Community March and Celebration

The event features a march through the New West Valley Arts District with bagpipers, marching bands, storytellers, and even St. Patrick. At the end of the march there will be music, prizes, and many surprises.

WHEN: March 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

SITE: March starts in front of Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park

COST: Free

SPONSOR: Canoga Park Improvement Association

INFO: 818-346-7480, www.canogaparkcal.com

Information courtesy of the LA Department of Cultural Affairs

Friday, March 09, 2007

Carousel - PaD 3/9/07

Carousel - PaD 3/9/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
The carousel, or probably more appropriately at merry-go-round at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills, California.

Out of a short shopping trip today and happened to stop by.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

First Azaleas - PaD 3/8/07

First Azaleas - PaD 3/8/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
The first azalea blooms popped up yesterday sometimes, or at least that is when I first noticed them. The front yard is covered with azaleas and they usually bloom around the same time, these against the house were the first to shine. It might be because they are closer to the west wall of the house and were probably getting a bit more warmth than the rest of the garden.

Event: Birdwatching -- Outdoor Adventures 2007

Date: Fourth Thursday, of every month, March 22, 2007 - June 28, 2007

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; March 22 at 4:00pm; April 26 at 9:00am; May 24 at 4:00pm; June 28 at 9:00pm. Allow about 2 to 3 hours.

Location: Burton Chace Park: Meeting place is the Community Room

Address: 13650 Mindanao Way , Marina del Rey , 90292

Cross Streets: Lincoln Blvd. / Mindanao Way

Transit Tips: A 15 passenger van will transport the group to the wetlands.

Region: North Beach Area

Phone: (310) 822-8530

Admission: The Birdwatching is free but you must pre-register.

Website: www.labeaches.info

Description: Burton Chace Park is offering a birdwatching experience in
various sites of the Ballona Wetlands. Outings begin with a brief lecture;
then the group will get the opportunity to observe various bird species
compete for resources in the shoreline and vegetations habitat. You may also
be taken to nesting sites of the Great Blue Heron and Black Crowned Night

This activity is planned for adults but older children (not requiring a car
seat or stroller) will be allowed to participate if accompanied by an adult.

Recommended items to bring are: water, snack, sunscreen, appropriate attire
and binoculars. Meeting place is the Burton Chace Park Community Room, were
a 15-passenger van driven by a California commercial license driven will
take the group to the wetlands.

Free Walking Tour

Submitted By: Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau

Source: ExperienceLA.com

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Event: Tomato class @ CSUN - March 11

From The Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2007...

Scott Daigre, author of "Tomatomania! How to Grow Tomatoes in Southern California," shares his strategy for planting and selecting the best varieties, 9 to 10:30am and 11am to 12:30pm.


Cal State Northridge Botanic Garden, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge.

Registration required due to limited seating.

Email botanicgarden@csun.edu or call 818-677-3496.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Video Postcard - Downtown Los Angeles

This is a short video postcard (15 secs) that I shot at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles yesterday. As some of you know, I was seated on what was to be a 3 week trial, but the case was settled today so I am back at work. It might take me a few days to get caught up, though.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Calder in Downtown Los Angeles - PaD 3/6/07

Finally took my "real" digital camera downtown with me today instead of relying on my camera phone. I took this shot of Alexander Calder's "Four Arches" from the balcony of the McDonald's in Wells Fargo Center on Grand Avenue. High art from low culture? You decide! (SMILE)

The sculpture sits in the courtyard of the Bank of America Plaza building on South Hope Street.

I have always enjoyed Calder's work and this one seems to have found a great setting in downtown. There is another great Calder piece, a mobile entitled "Hello Girls" (1964), installed a LACMA. This is a "mobile" as opposed to "Four Arches" which Calder referred to as a "stabile" -- an abstract construction that is completely stationary.

Link: Calder Foundation
Link: More on Calder from Wikipedia

Monday, March 05, 2007

Subway Afternoon - PaD 3/5/07

Subway Afternoon - PaD 3/5/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
I saw this shot as I emerged from the Red Line Station in North Hollywood and was crossing the street to pick up the Orange Line Bus back to the house.

I am on jury duty downtown for a while and I have started taking the Metro each day. It sure beats slogging it out in traffic every morning and afternoon.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Jem Kitty - PaD 3/4/2007

Jem Kitty - PaD 3/4/2007
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
A close up of our kitty, Jem.

Deceptive Food Packaging - Welch's Concord Grape

Welch's Concord Grape Package InformationI present this as an excellent example of deceptive food packaging that seems so prominent into today's market. Everything about this package seems to say "grape juice" without actually saying it. This particular package was so well-designed that it neither my wife nor I noticed until tonight that it wasn't actually grape juice, but a Concord Grape FRUIT JUICE COCKTAIL.

(Click for larger image)

Once I saw the word "cocktail" I knew something was up. This a food industry jargon for "not really fruit juice" or maybe, 2% fruit juice. Then I noticed that the yellow banner on the top of the package said 100% Vitamin C, NOT 100% fruit juice, something I always look for when buying juices.

Sure enough, a scan of the ingredients shows that old nemesis, corn syrup, although not in its usual "high fructose" version. Just what we all need, more sugar and more calories in our diets. I think not.

Growing up drinking Welch's Grape Juice and using other Welch's products since I was born, (no relation, by the way), I had come to depend on them for wholesome products and straightforward, truthful packaging. In my opinion, this package is clearly designed to deceive. Through the use of the 100% wording, the Concord Grape, without the all-important "juice" and the minimization of the fruit juice cocktail labeling, Welch's is hoping that you won't notice you aren't buying their signature Welch's Grape Juice product, but a poor replacement.

Of course, if you let down your guard about the food you buy, as we obviously did in this case, companies will tale advantage of you, trying to wring out one more cent of profit by passing off the fake for the real.

Legal? Oh, I am certain it is.

Correct? Not in a million years!

Furthermore, the animosity it engenders when discovered can poison the customer/manufacturer relationship forever...even if your name is Welch.

On a side note, I have often written in my weekly column, Career Opportunities, that workers need to stand up against producing materials like this in the line of their work. In the case of this graphic designer, they were asked to design and execute a product container that, I believe, was explicitly designed to deceive. I can imagine they wouldn't like to be deceived by packaging...or have their mother deceived by packaging..., so why would they work at a company that asks them to do it to others...everyday. They are culpable in the deception of every person who buys this product.

All of us need to remember as workers that the golden rule still applies, even in our work. "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Why does it seem so difficult to put that into practice?

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Event: Urban Garden Talk - Downtown Mar 14

It looks like I might actually make it to this one, as I am downtown on jury duty for quite a while and in the courthouse right across the street. Cool! -- Douglas

Photo: "A Rose for Lily" fountain in the Disney Hall Garden

The Urban Garden Talks

This is a series of informative lec- tures led by hand-selected experts designed to provide everyone from garden aficionados to curious beginners with tips on creating and main- taining healthy and vibrant home gardens.

The lecture Attracting Birds and Butterflies will be followed by a tour of the garden.

WHEN: March 14, 12:00 noon

SITE: Walt Disney Concert Hall Garden,
111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles

COST: Free

SPONSOR: Music Center

INFO: 213-972-4311, www.musiccenter.org

From the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Festival Guide

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Freesias - PaD 3/3/07

Fressias - PaD 3/3/07
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
A look out into the garden today showed this splash of purple-pink in the patio bed. These freesias have been coming up every year since we bought this house and always provide a lovely splash of color at this time of year.

Event: Annual Wilmington Wisteria Festival - Mar 11

Wisteria photo from Lake Balboa, Van Nuys, CaliforniaAnnual Wilmington Wisteria Festival

A horticultural celebration that includes a walking lecture while visitors traverse the century-old Chinese and Japanese vines in the museum’s garden. Guests will also be able to njoy floral and gardening displays from local designers. Lunch will be available for purchase on the park grounds of this Victorian-era home of General Phineas Banning and entertainment will be provided.

WHEN: March 11, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SITE: Banning Residence Museum, 401 East ‘M’ St., Wilmington

COST: Free

SPONSOR: City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

INFO: 1-888-LA PARKS (527-2757), www.laparks.org

From the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Festival Guide

Photo: Douglas E. Welch, Lake Balboa, Van Nuys, California, 2003

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