|Letter from Los Angeles
||Friday | 17 January 2014
Los Angeles, California: The warm
weather continues in Southern California. Another 80-plus-degree January day. Quite
lovely, if it weren't for that whole wild fire and drought situation.
Leo had school this morning (three mornings a week), so Lisa had time to run
errands and I spent the morning in her kitchen making soup stock and boiling
black beans for tacos. It is amazing how much can be accomplished without a
Though there is something new everyday with a two-year-old, last night Leo did
something that both surprised and delighted me.
Since Day One, I have rocked him to sleep with Sing a Song of Six Pence,
Rock-a-Bye Baby and that old Janis Joplin song - Oh, Lord, Won't
You Buy Me a Mercedes-Benz. Don't ask me how this last song came into Leo's
bedtime repertoire, but by the time I am on song #3, Leo is usually O U T.
Last night, he suddenly started singing along. I nearly fell out of the rocking
To be honest, Leo kinda hummed most of the song (in perfect pitch, by the way),
but would sing the last word of each line (BENZ, AMENDS, FRIENDS...). I started
laughing so hard and so did Leo. He sang all three verses (Joplin asks for a
Mercedes-Benz, a color TV and a Night on the Town). Leo knew the song!
Leo and I practiced several times today, so you will probably see us on the
Tonight Show soon. Somewhere, Janis Joplin is laughing as well
(with her fingers in her ears).
I went with Lisa to fetch Leo from preschool this afternoon, and the three of us
drove to the hipster village of Silver Lake for pizza at
Tomato Pie. I have written about this fabulous pizza before, as I am crazy
for their "Mr. White" (garlic, olive oil and 3 cheese) pizza. I've tried nearly
every (pork-free) version on their menu, which is easy to do as they offer all their pizzas by
the slice. Today I tried their Syracuse-inspired chicken and buffalo sauce
I'm from the "chicken does not belong on
pizza" school, but I may have to think
pizza box. Pretty sure DT
needs a trip to Silver Lake for a slice of their
Leo face-timed with DT and his Mom in
Salt Lake City this evening. We sang a little Janis
Joplin for Great-Grandma and she was delighted at his
little voice. Dave's Mom continues to work hard in
physical therapy and Thursday can't come soon enough for
her to return to her home in Wyoming.
I volunteered to put Leo to bed again this evening. I
love rocking him to sleep and Lisa indulges me as they
prefer to just put Leo down and let him fall asleep on
his own. Leo was fighting sleep tonight like it was his
Look at me! I'm so cute! Don't you want
to play with me, Bubbe? Sing one more song?
Until my next update, I remain, your laryngitised correspondent.
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