Anne and Mark’s Art Party

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA 95111 – September 2014

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A private event since 2007, this artist-driven extravaganza has gone public. Started in Anne and Mark’s downtown house, it has grown organically through the years, making a detour through a warehouse, and is now taking over the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds where it will occupy over 30,000 square feet of exhibition space.

More than 300 artists and performers: Visual Art, Music, Spoken Word, Dance, Performance, Fire, Fashion and Film, Art Cars and Food Trucks.

Conceived as a One-Night-Stand for the Arts, the event has expanded to six days, with the Gala Opening on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

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Scooter Accident – Lincoln/Lincoln

7:25 PM – Screech of tires; sound of impact:

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Apparently, a young girl was driving the scooter with a passenger (her father?) and twisted the throttle too fast. Her passenger fell off and she lost control of the scooter. Then she ran into a car that was pulling out of the side street, perhaps too quickly.

The impact sent her flying and her helmet came off in the air.

7:31 – Fire engine paramedics arrive.
7:34 – Police and ambulance arrive.

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There was a very small amount of blood on the street, perhaps from a cut on the side of her head. She was conscious the entire time on the street, and in some pain.

Room to Roam

Move It Elsewhere, the consignment store at 350 Lincoln Avenue (north of 280 overpass), is like a museum:

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clownsHow about that clown in the lower left?

P.S. The website www.moveitelsewhere.com is not the worst you can possibly imagine. It’ll tell you this:

  • Sunday – 10am to 5pm
  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday – closed
  • Wednesday – closed
  • Thursday – 10am to 5pm
  • Friday – 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Original Pancakes

After my iPad Meetup at Starbucks in the Willow Glen Plaza, I rode to The Original Pancake House, locked my bicycle to the metal fence, and walked inside to sit at the counter.

There was no one else at the counter, and only two other tables occupied, with three people at each.

A smiling waitress came right to me to take my order.
I said, “Tuesday’s pancakes, please.”
“How would you like your eggs?”
“Oh, I didn’t know the pancakes came with eggs.”
“No, they don’t. So, you want pancakes?”

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She brought me water and I waited while playing on my iPad. I could see the young cook in the kitchen pacing back and forth, glancing out at me now and then. Once, I saw him open the oven and jiggle a pot that was in there. I could not see any sign that he was making my pancakes.

Another waitress came by and pleasantly asked if I wanted more water. My glass was half-empty. I said no and she walked away.

After twenty minutes I wondered if the cook actually had my order. My waitress came by and told me it’s taking longer for my order.

After thirty-five minutes, the cook was no longer in the kitchen. My waitress was at one of the tables talking to the people. I told her, sorry, I had to go. She glanced over her shoulder and said okay.

I went home and made my own pancakes. *

I think it’s interesting to note that during the time I spent there from 9:20 until 9:55 AM, no one left the restaurant and no one else came in.

* Banana-Walnut Pancakes – FROM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN (about 12 small cakes)

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbl  lemon (in lieu of buttermilk, this is better)
  • 1 cup flour (maybe part whole wheat or buckwheat)
  • 1-1/2 tbl butter (melt in metal measuring cup on pan warming up on low)
  • 1 tbl sugar/honey
  • 1 egg (this is actually twice amt called for in original recipe; optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 chopped banana

Weeds r Us!

After the recent rains, weeds & things have started to spring up in our back yard:
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We had our pool removed and are planning to start landscaping soon. There was nothing but dirt in our back yard for a while.

Now the weeds are threatening to go to seed, and they need to be pulled up by their roots.