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Photos: Trip to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Palmdale, California

February 10th, 2014 Comments off

We had a chance to visit one of my favorite museums this last weekend and I took a bunch of photos both inside and outside. Here are a few select items and a slide show of the complete collection.

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A complete slide show of all the pictures from our visit

Photos: Providence Robotics at Robot Combat 2014 – February 8, 2014

February 10th, 2014 Comments off

A few photos of my son’s Providence High Robotics Club as they competed in Robot Combat 2014 in Santa Fe Springs, California on February 8, 2014

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Watch a full slide show of this event

Stillness, silence and sand — End of the Day for February 9, 2014

February 9th, 2014 Comments off

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Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone

     – Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell

We have known it for years, but we need to be reminded on a regular basis lest we forget. The city is a noisy place, even if your brain begins to block out the constant noise of traffic, helicopters and neighbors, the noise is still there. It is only when we get away from the noise that we notice it by its absence. We never realize just how quiet it can be until we get away, even for a short time.

Today, we needed to take Joe to an event in Palmdale, CA, far out into the Antelope Valley. While I sometimes can complain about the need to cart him everywhere, I was happy to oblige today. A trip to Palmdale would give me the opportunity to visit one of my favorite museums and also get away from the noise of the city for a few hours. We dropped him off at his event, did a quick meet and greet with the other parents involved and then headed off to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum about 15 miles further down the road.

The Antelope Valley Indian Museum is part of the California State Park system and has a long history. I won’t try to recount its entire biography, but will point you to this information on the AVIM web site – About the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. I try to visit the museum every few years and also encourage as many other people as possible to check it out. It is a unique piece of California history in its own right, but also seeks to share a better understanding of the native people who once populated Caliornia, Arizona and Nevada.

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We started our day on a short nature trail that surrounds the museum itself and I was immediately struck by the silence. I often describe it as almost painful after a long time in the city. Your ears keep opening up, straining for sounds and — finding little — open up even more. After only a few minutes the wind can seem loud and boisterous and you can hear the cackle of the ravens as it echoes off the surrounding rocks. You can even hear the bees and other insects humming and, in some cases, even the sound of the blowing shifting sand. I can feel my body relaxing and opening up, just like my hearing. My shoulders slump, my brow unfurls and my movements slow as I gather the sights with both eyes and camera.

Once I am in a quiet place like this, I always wonder why I have been away do long. There are many places within an easy 1 hour drive of Los Angeles, that can offer deep, deep silence if we only take the time to seek them out. Even here in the city itself, you can find respites among the deep canyon parks and rolling hills. Even within a mile of the 101 Freeway, once you drop below the ridge line the noise dies out, leaving you hearing only rustling leaves, calling birds and the occasional scurrying of a ground squirrel, rabbit or coyote.

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

While today’s experience is still fresh in my mind, I want to encourage your all to seek out these places away from the noise of the city — even if you think you don’t really notice it anymore. “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” and I can guarantee you that you will notice, clearly, when the noise drops away, your ears open up and you really start to hear again.

I’ll post a complete collection of photos from today’s trip to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum very soon. Until then, check out these posts about previous visits.

Previous posts on the Antelope Valley Indian Museum 

A Places LA video from our visit in 2010



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Food: PizzaRev Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Opening Party

February 5th, 2014 Comments off


We have known that the small pizza chain, PizzaRev was building out a their latest store in the plaza on the Northeast corner of Van Nuys Blvd and Burbank Blvd and last week I received notice from their email list that they were holding an opening party for that branch tonight. Since the location is right here in my neighborhood (only about 2 blocks away) I knew i needed to check it out.

Thanks to Jeff Zuckerman, PizzaRev’s Chief Marketing Officer for putting on a great evening of free pizza. It was great to get a chance to try out the pie. It is a great, crispy, thin crust with tons of toppings to choose from. As you will see from the pictures, I opted for my favorite pizza, which also happens to be something really simply. I think this is the best way to try out any new food. For me, if the basics aren’t good it is probably a good chance that the fancy stuff won’t be good either. I am happy to report that the pizza, basic or complex is quite good and reasonably priced at $7.99 for a pie that feeds on person. I would definitely go there again to try our some more combinations of toppings in the future. It is great to see them in the neighborhood and another great addition to our area. Our neighborhood has really grown over the last 4 years or so and it is nice to have options without going elsewhere in the Valley or, even worse, over the hill.

Here are a few photos from the evening and a complete slide show via Flickr below.

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LA Friday Coffee at Creme Caramel Food Truck Fridays – Friday, January 31, 2014 – 5pm-9pm

January 26th, 2014 Comments off, January 31, 2013 from 5pm – 9pm

Creme Caramel LA

14849 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91411 [Map]

Join the LA Friday Coffee crew at Creme Caramel LA for their new Food Truck Friday events! This week will be White Rabbit (Filipino Fusion) and the Grilled Cheese Truck

RSVP by clicking “Leave a comment” above or

RSVP on Facebook 

Coffee and Casual Conversation

Come join us for an evening of noshing and chatting at Creme Caramel LA in Sherman Oaks!

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Speaking: Douglas speaks on “A Year of Opportunity” at Tuesdays with Transitioners, February 18 @ 12 Noon, Northridge, CA

January 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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I’ll be speaking to one of my favorite groups, Tuesdays with Transitioners on “A Year of Opportunity”, a topic based on my recent Career Opportunities column of the same name.

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 12 Noon – 2 pm [RSVP here

Where: Tuesdays with Transitioners, Congregational Church of Northridge, 9659 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge, CA [Map]


Year opportunity

A Year of Opportunity

Every year Douglas E. Welch selects a theme for his long-running column and podcast, Career Opportunities. This year, Douglas believes it is “A Year of Opportunity”

Building a successful career in 2014 requires that we focus on 3 things this year, including:

  1. Attracting Opportunity
  2. Recognizing Opportunity
  3. Accepting Opportunity

Attracting opportunity to you begins with telling my those around you “what you do and how well you do it.” This can take many forms, but in today’s world it usually starts with social media like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. If you develop good connections, share great information and generally help those connected to you, you can’t help but attract opportunity to you.

Thomas Edison is quoted as saying “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is still true today. Work that expands our lives and careers should be sought out and embraced, even if there is a bit of hard work involved. In fact, most opportunities worth pursuing require hard work of some sort. Life doesn’t often give you gold simply for being you. You need to share your knowledge and show your worth and this often means some long hours, if not actual physical labor. In fact, if you don’t feel that a project is worth putting in a good deal of hard work, it is very possible that the project isn’t important enough for you to pursue. You may need to look for another opportunity that you love enough to commit to it completely — hard work and all.

Finally, you will need to accept the opportunities that come your way, even if they seem a little wild, a little challenging and even a little frightening. Remember, fear is a great indicator of projects and opportunities that we need to investigate further. It shows that there is a challenge there, a stretching of our thoughts and abilities in new and different ways. An open door can be scary, but it can also lead to a new, better, greater, more exciting, more fulfilling life and career than you can even imagine.

Douglas E. Welch is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at

Photo: Studio City Branch, Los Angeles Public Library, 2003

January 18th, 2014 Comments off

Soon after the Studio City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library was remodeled in 2003, I made a point to shoot a few pictures of the new architecture.

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Photo: Sunset from Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California, 2003

January 17th, 2014 Comments off

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View the complete slide show of this Flickr set, Sunet from Mount Washington

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Event: Bonsai Demonstration with Bonsai Master, Frank Goya – February 1, 2014 at 1pm – Pacific Palisades, CA

January 13th, 2014 Comments off

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Bonsai Demonstration with Bonsai Master, Frank Goya

February 1, 2014 at 1 PM.

Los Angeles Public Library, Pacific Palisades Branch

861 Alma Real Drive. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


Frank Goya will give a demonstration of his art at the Pacific Palisades Library. Frank has been a bonsai and saikei artist for over 50 years.

“Saikei” is a creation that consists of bonsai trees, other plants, rocks, and ground cover that form a scene from nature. F

rank is considered to be the Number One practitioner of saikei – as well as one of the top five bonsai masters — in the United States.

He will demonstrate how to make a saikei, starting from scratch, showing all the steps from planting the bonsai trees, to creating mountains and rivers.

When he is finished, this wonderful piece of art will be raffled off.


Photo: Olmec Head via Instagram

January 13th, 2014 Comments off

Giant Olmec Head

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