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The temperature in Huntington Beach today was 82 degrees–not sure what that is in degrees Celsius.  Regardless, we took a bike ride down to the beach and pier.  Here are some pictures of an hot Christmas in Southern California.

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Bought the last of the Christmas presents today.  As always, I spent more on myself than on others. We bought the new Trek 24 inch bicycle yesterday for the grandson.  Today I bought a paint-the-glass kit for the granddaughter.  And the complete TV series of Two Fat women for my daughter.  I have not seen any of the episodes, but she swears the two fat ladies going around England on cooking trips is hilarious.  I bought myself a DVD of Leonard Cohen in concert. Will watch it after posting this piece. (more…)

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I am sitting in an office in Irvine California looking out at blue sky and warm temperatures. Not quite the holiday feeling that pervaded Vancouver with dark, wet days and many bright lights. The holiday greetings are arriving fast and furious.  A few old-fashioned Christmas cards arrived on my desk from the more traditional companies.  And many emails carrying much the same message. (more…)

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When I was a kid on a mine in South Africa, the day after Christmas was truly Boxing Day.  The excitement of presents subsided and we got to play with the new toys at leisure.  There was no TV so we truly sat quietly and read the new books Santa had brought.  The servants were off for the day and our parents, every reluctant to cook, simply spread the left-overs from which we picked as fancy and appetite dictated.  The sun shone ever-bright and we dipped yet again into the mine swimming pool and got ever more burnt to produce today’s sun-scorched skin and cancers. (more…)

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Just a picture or two of a family & friend Christmas,  It is a time when you enjoy friends & family in spite of what they are rather than because of what they are.  When you recollect in celebration, in spite of all the mistakes, and laugh with equanimity at the disasters of the past year.  The winter solstice is past and the days grow longer as light returns and as Christian, Jew, Atheist, Agnostic, or Spiritualist, we gather together around a food-laden table.  As family and new and old-old friends. (more…)

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Another bike ride and more pictures from today of Huntington Beach. 

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We rode along the beach and to the pier and here are a few of the pictures that I took.  Enjoy and enjoy Christmas. 

 

 

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Enough of Christmas trees; they are everywhere.  Instead, I took a bicycle ride down the beach to see where it all begins and ends.  (more…)

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I collect Disney villians.  On the collection shelf are plastic characters including that nasty lion uncle from the Lion King, the fat lady from the Mermaid, the cruel one who stole the puppies, and many more.  Now there is another, a thin fellow from The Princess and the Frog.  He is into vodoo in New Orleans, and seeks to get his hands on the fortune of the richest man in town by a devious plot that includes the marriage of a servant of the Prince to the ditsy, rapcious daughter of the rich man.  Blood-filled vials and black-magic abound until, in a scene lifted straight from Don Giovanni, the villian is dragged into the jaws of hell by a troop of scary creatures.  (more…)

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   The curmudgeon in me says thank goodness Christmas has come and gone.  Now we can return to a sort of normal as we wait out  the New Year.  I am in Orange County with the kids and have just returned from a nine-mile bike ride along the beach.  The sun was setting over the five oil rigs that light up the sea like Christmas trees in the turbulent waters.   A few dogs ran in the breaking waves.  A faint breeze stirred the palm trees.  Perfect winter southern California. (more…)

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