Gung Hay Fat Choy: It’s the Year of the Hare or Rabbit

Gung Hay Fat Choy loosely translates as “congratulations and be prosperous”.

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year.  The festivities begin with the new moon on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar.  It ends fifteen days later on the full moon and is celebrated by the Lantern Festival.

Follow me below the fold for the pictures and traditions.

Chinese New Year
Chinatown Gate

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A trip to Beautiful Saratoga, CA

Saratoga is located on the West side of Santa Clara County, due West of San Jose.

According to the Saratoga Historical Society:

Saratoga, it is said, is derived from an Iroquois word, Se-rach-to-que, literally, “floating scum upon the water,” a completely understandable interpretation to be put on the presence of mineral deposits showing up as vari-colored film on the surface of a pond.

We decided to take a trip there to see three different places. We visited Villa Montalvo, now called the Montalvo Arts Center. From there, we went to Hakone Gardens and then finished it off with a trip to Mountain Winery. Follow me below the fold for a bit of history and lots of pictures.

Villa Montalvo
Villa Montalvo

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Jack LaLanne: An Icon is Gone

I don’t use the word “icon” very often. However, this man was a part of my life at a very young age. I’m going to celebrate a half century of life at the end of the year. This man was there for 49 years of it.

A lot of you won’t remember life withoutout color tv or cable or computers or cell phones. I remember all of that. Note for younger people: It doesn’t make me better…just older.   This man…

Jack LaLanne
Jack LaLanne

was a part of my life for all of those years.

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Fun With Talking Cats

The first video speaks for itself…pun intended.  I laughed a lot when I saw first saw it.

This second video is a Sphynx cat talking to the birds. Kitsy sounds like that whenever he is in the kitchen window.


The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park: Part 3

This is part three. Parts one and two can be fund here.

One morning we woke up to rain. It’s the rainy season in San Francisco. It wasn’t a heavy rain, but it was enough. We had wanted to get out and walk and so we debated. We suddenly realized that we had not been to the Japanese Tea Garden In Golden Gate Park for quite a while and that the rain would keep the crowds down.

Japanese Tea Garden

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Tuesday night cat vids

Looking for a bit of humor and silliness today, I decided to just post a couple of cat vids. These are two of my favorites.

This is An Engineer’s Guide to Cats.  I’m quite the fan of these guys and their vids.

And now, for the Mean Kitty song.