Category Archives: travel

We’re in Italy…

…and France for a few weeks. Will post later. In the meantime, enjoy Italian 60’s night with Rita Pavone doing Il geghegè,  from oh-la-la.

There will be a growing Flickr stream here.


Sprint to Santa Monica

P1000856.JPGWe did a quick trip to Santa Monica over the weekend to go to my nephew’s volleyball game–he’s a frosh at George Mason University, and they played #3 Pepperdine Saturday night. Great chance to see fam, and a good volleyball. Pepperdine won, 3-0.

We also spent Saturday doing galleries in Santa Monica, and made a great discovery of the Bergamot Station art gallery complex, as well as cruising the galleries on Main Street. I have to say, LA has great modern culture and music (KCRW).

We also stopped at the new Getty on our way back to Sac. No special exhibits for us, but just a great building and views.

More photos in Flickr set.

RESNET in New Orleans

P1000712.JPGWe’re in New Orleans for the RESNET conference. Over 800 people in the obviously growing residential retrofit business. Ed Mazria gave a great talk. DOE and EPA staff presented the headlines from the new programs created by the stimulus package–gazillions of dollars that they have to get out in 60 days. There will be a lot of chaos, but hopefully good programs will be funded as well.

Marilyn had amazing conversations with people who had been devastated by Katrina. While the French Quarter is clearly open for tourists, many people still don’t have homes or livelihoods. She heard a lot of very disturbing stories. But it is a city with great buildings and music, and I’m sure it will survive. We had time for a walk in the Garden District, and along Magazine Street. I found a coffee shop where I did two conference calls. I’m not a good tourist… Photos on Flickr.

Reading and napping…

…in Santa Cruz.


Christmas in San Francisco

Embarcadero from the Hyatt.





LA County Art Museum

Today we went to LACMA, which was a difficult choice for me since we were in Pasadena and I wanted to see the Norton Simon, which has long been one of my favorites. But there was the new (just opened) Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA which neither of us had seen, so we went downtown. I didn’t get any photos, though Marilyn saw two movie actors in the Museum and got her paparazzi shots…

The new BCAM space is amazing, but the most amazing thing was the roof, which was transparent glass. The roof has distinctive and large louvers on it which provide protection, but the ceiling to the art space is…glass. Which I find amazing–glass protecting very expensive art, and the top floor is 100% daylght. I have to find out how it was engineered. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t get a photo, but they weren’t allowed in the art space, and from outside just didn’t do.

Huntington Museum and Gardens

On the way home we stopped in Pasadena at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Gardens. It was a quick stop, and we were wowed by the Gardens, especially the desert garden. When we approached it I thought there would be a few desert plants, but the number and diversity were astonishing. See flickr for a few more. Unfortunately we just missed the opening of the new Chinese garden.