Friday, May 14, 2010


I don’t get very far afield these days, but Cliff and I do have a few things we want to do while the weather is good. He had been asking me about the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, and I have not been there in many, many years. So I checked it out online, my main concern being accessibility. They are. Accessible, that is, so we’re likely going this weekend.

The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco had been remodeled last year (or the year before), and Cliff and I were there one time last summer. We didn’t see everything, so we plan to return soon. The Academy says that it is "...the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

Amalie and I had visited Filoli Gardens some years ago, but at a time before the flowers were in bloom. If you subscribe to Smithsonian Magazine, you will have seen the featured spread they did on Filoli. Gorgeous flowers, and Cliff and I want to visit there. A friend is a docent (Hi, Sandy), so when she and her husband get back from vacation, I’ll be checking with her.

Humor -

A friend of a pawnshop owner asked the owner to appraise his grandfather’s violin. “Old fiddles aren’t worth much,” he explained. “What makes it a fiddle, and not a violin?” asked the friend. “If you’re buying it from me, it’s a violin. If I’m buying it from you, it’s a fiddle.”

That reminds me of a time in college when a foreign born student asked, “What’s the difference between ‘thrifty’ and ‘stingy’? I remarked immediately, “I am thrifty; you are stingy.” (Don)

Heads up: I'll be away tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, so will post on Sunday.