Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Nevertheless, I was interested. One of the links he sent me was to an op-ed piece in the New York Sun by Lenore Skenazy titled "Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone." It's an interesting dilemma and one that luckily I won't have to address for a few years. Yes, I'm a procrastinator, too. Paranoid procrastinator.
Anyway, subways. Skenazy's 9-year-old son had asked her to leave him someplace in Manhattan so he could navigate his way home, which was across town. On the subway and/or bus. Alone. So Skenazy finally said yes, gave him a subway map, MetroCard, a $20 bill, some quarters and wished him luck.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I'm starting with the best. As of today, this is my favorite C video of all time (Saucepan-head is a close second). It was taken on Weds., April 18, 2007, when she was about 4 1/2 months old. She had just learned to blow raspberries and was showing off her new talent constantly. Notice how much she's changed. Back then (yes, it was only a year ago plus change, but when this little person starts crawling, walking, talking and pony-riding in that mere year, time as you know it begins to warp), so back then, C had dark blue eyes and a brown fluff of hair.
As an added bonus, I thought I'd include a sampling of what was going on in the entertainment world at that time. Enjoy!
- "Disturbia" was No. 1 at the U.S. box office, according to Variety. (This is particularly interesting because a lawsuit was filed just last week saying that the movie was a ripoff of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" and a short story by Cornell Woolrich.)
- Daughtry's "It's Not Over" was No. 1 on American Top 40.
- The Pulitzer committee had just announced that Cormac McCarthy had won the fiction prize for "The Road" and David Lindsay-Abaire the drama prize for "Rabbit Hole." (Here's the New York Times story.)
(Technical difficulties: I had to repost because the video didn't appear the first time around.)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
After C's close encounter of the goat kind, I felt it only natural for her next step to be a pony ride. Actually, I felt like I owed it to her after her last animal experience involved her mother whisking her away in a plague-inspired panic.
Until recently, I never knew pony rides existed in L.A., much less in Griffith Park (home to Griffith Observatory, one of its claims to fame, of course, being the part it played in James Dean film "Rebel Without a Cause.") But for $3 per ride, your child can saddle up and pretend she's riding the range.
So, I left the hand sanitizer in the car and let C enjoy her first ride on a sweet little horse I called Sleepy. (He looked as if he were napping every time he got a break from the action. I guess walking around in a circle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. would make me sleepy, too.)
Ian and I took turns walking around and around with C and Sleepy. As you can see in the above video, she was a fan. A big one. Goats and ponies in the same week? That must be like baby crack.
But it left Ian with one question: Were we there only because of the blog? In other words, would we have gone there had I not had a specific reason to record it? It's a fair and inevitable question, I guess, but we both came to the conclusion that we probably would've taken her there at some point, anyway (she is, after all, still on the young side for getting her horse groove on). But even if it had been the sole reason, it's inspiring us to find new things to share with our child. And that can only be good, we decided.
So is the tail wagging the, er, blog? If it has us riding a new, wider range, we say, wag away.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Yesterday, I read an L.A. Times article about a herd of goats that were being used to clear brush on a hillside patch of grass in the Bunker Hill district of downtown. (For all you John Fante fans, this is prime "Ask the Dust" territory, right next to the Angels Flight railway.)