|Letter from Los Angeles
||Thursday | 17 April 2014
Los Angeles, California: Day Three
of the hostage crisis sailed
by quickly. This amazes me somewhat, but if you spent 30 minutes every morning
just getting dressed, imagine how little would be accomplished the rest of the
day. Not to mention 10 minutes just getting strapped into your seatbelt. You would
be late for work every day.
Leo had pizza for breakfast. Don't judge. Veggie pizza with zucchini, broccoli,
hearts, ricotta and pesto sauce... leftovers from his delivered dinner last
night with his babysitter. He ate the entire huge slice. This is Leo's favorite
pizza from their local pizzeria.
Our Adventure of the Day was a visit to the
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. The carousel was built by Spillman
Engineering in 1926, and has remained at this site since. It is the only
4-abreast Spillman carousel in existence. The horses are hand-carved and
"jewel" encrusted. When the ride opened in 1926, you needed a nickel to
ride. Today you need only $2.
A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ accompanies the riders and has
thousands of songs to play. The best part of this ride was either 1)
watching Bubbe climb up on a horse or 2) watching Bubbe climb down from
her horse, as the steed was at the top-most position when the ride
stopped and Bubbe is five feet tall. I was pretty-dang graceful,
required no assistance and landed on two feet, much to the amusement of
After the carousel ride, our little grandson wanted to climb up a grassy hill,
play with sticks and climb trees.
Two riders appeared on beautiful black horses and Leo was completely
spell-bound. He stopped and leaned on a railing as the riders dismounted
and prepared their horses for a trip in a horse trailer, presumably back
to the ranch. Leo spoke directly to one of the riders - he was not shy.
He told her he rides a horse too. He had her interest until we
explained the horses he rode were the $3 ponies down the road. I still
think she was charmed.
Lunch? More pancakes, which Leo completely demolished again... and since
the cafe had a full pastry case, he peered in and decided he wanted
"that one", no... "that one", no... well, you get the idea, until he
finally settled on a DOUGH-NOT. It's something like a CRONUT... I think.
Leo removed the top layer of the dough-not and proceeded to eat the
Bubba had a Big Assembly Project while Leo was napping this
Oh, yeah... it's a Radio Flyer tricycle! Bet many of you
had one as well.
Dave and I rarely buy Leo a thing. The occasional book, but really - he
just has so many toys. But we finally decided it was time for
the kid to have a tricycle. Turns out, he is still a little young for a trike, but we are fairly certain Leo will figure it out some day soon
and not go to
University of Oregon college without knowing how to ride. (FYI:
one in 9 adults cannot ride a bike, but in LA
adults can take lessons.)
Leo was super-excited to see his new
bike. He is starting to try the pedals, but mostly just
uses his feet to push the bike along. We'll try again
tomorrow. (Leo is super skilled at ringing the bell on
the bike! I mean, SUPER skilled... like two-Advil-for-Bubbe
skilled.) Little Leo didn't want to leave his bike long
enough to even eat dinner! We are happy he ate a lot
earlier in the day, because dinner consisted of matzo
with jelly, two bites of fish, a little avocado and a
few pieces of pineapple.
For your viewing pleasure, here are two shots I snapped
not of Leo in Lisa & Lenny's garden:
I know there is a bee shortage, but there
are a zillion bees at Lisa's house all the time.
Speaking of Lisa and Lenny...
They sent a selfie this afternoon. They look very
tan and relaxed. Do you think they will come home or will they just remain on
their sandy beach?
Until my next update, I remain, your day three correspondent.
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