June 2010

Thanks to Happy Cow (http://www.happycow.net/), it is now easier than ever before for a traveler to locate vegetarian restaurants. Among such establishments, some stand out from the pack. This month I was fortunate to dine in three of them:

Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto = http://www.vegdining.com/GetRest.cfm?rk=CAN-ON-SCA-LOTUS
Happy Family in Southern California = http://local.yahoo.com/info-20742923-happy-family-vegetarian-restaurant-rowland-heights
The third, Van Hahn, is near Disneyland = http://www.yelp.com/biz/van-hanh-vegetarian-restaurant-westminster

June was also the month during which I saw two outstanding movies in 3D: Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon. As for this month’s YouTube highlights, please see:

Rachmaninov Had Big Hands = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKKlhYF53w
Mozart Bond = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvlCu1_noTc&feature=related

Early in the month my sister LaNell elected to fly out to Southern California to spend a few days with me. Thanks to Perrey Reeves of Entourage fame, LaNell and I obtained tickets to accompany Miss Perrey to the premiere of the new version of The Karate Kid, a movie that we all enjoyed (I particularly the message it sent to the Chinese). Perrey arranged for LaNell and me to accompany her down the red carpet, at the end of which we stood watching the movie’s stars, Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, make their appearances. Will Smith also appeared, and for several minutes we stood next to Jaden’s young sister, who was a picture of poise in a cute outfit that she likely concocted for herself.

The next day LaNell’s high school classmate Greg Groom gave us the personal, private tour of Warner Brothers, where he has worked for about a quarter-century; highlights included the world’s biggest sound stage, and a variety of props from the Harry Potter Movies in the museum. The day after LaNell and I took Roshni to both The Getty Villa & The Getty Center, breaking for lunch with Leslie Bogart & Erich Schiffmann.

One day post-Getty we took a jaunt out to the Huntington Library, there to enjoy its multiplicity of the gardens (including especially the Rose, Japanese, & Chinese); examine a Gutenberg Bible and a Shakespeare First Folio; view Gainsborough’s Blue Boy & Lawrence’s Pinkie; and rue missing by just a couple of days the blooming of Stinky, the Huntington’s “corpse flower” (Amorphophallus titanium). We consoled ourselves with the view of Stinky’s remains and, curiously enough, LaNell returned to Houston in time to enjoy Lois, the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s own corpse flower, in full stench.

But that was during July.

Last Modified on July 12, 2015
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