Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!

This woman, whose name is Joan, is a delightful eccentric with a bold print blouse and bold scarf and lots of rings and bracelets and a Texas accent. She wants to own a ‘61 Chevy someday. … More Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!

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A tough good-bye, weather extremes, best movie and books, and other 2017 highlights

Here are the good and bad from 2017: Toughest Good-bye to a Canine: Molly, shown above in September of 2016, lived with Susan in St. George, Utah, but was an occasional visitor to my house, as in this backyard photo. She lived a long life, was always ravenous but otherwise contented, and showed friendliness to … More A tough good-bye, weather extremes, best movie and books, and other 2017 highlights

The Panorama Loop trail leads through a unique corner of Joshua Tree National Park

Finishing up work early gave me the excuse to go hiking in Joshua Tree National Park on a December afternoon, one more admittance on my annual pass. I threw together a knapsack with insulated vest, 2 QT water, and camera—forgetting food whatsoever—and raced off. I wanted to go in through the obscure entrance at Black Rock Campground … More The Panorama Loop trail leads through a unique corner of Joshua Tree National Park

Seoul is a city of spotless cleanliness, nondescript residential towers, and well-dressed people

A few days in South Korea leave me with some observations. This was my first trip to eastern Asia, so everything was new. I stayed at the Signiel Hotel, which occupies upper floors in the 123-story Lotte World Tower–one of the world’s five tallest buildings. What a view of Seoul town! Way down below, the … More Seoul is a city of spotless cleanliness, nondescript residential towers, and well-dressed people

Getting to the point of buying a car with carbs and hearing that clickety fuel pump

A friend whose collection nears 10 cars has just bought his first with carburetors. It’s a 1971 MGB converted to Webers. The other cars have fuel-injected engines. This MGB was a deal-sweetener in the exchange of two midengine boondoggles, one from Italy for one from England. He reports a pleasant surprise: “Really a nice driver. … More Getting to the point of buying a car with carbs and hearing that clickety fuel pump