I Cleaned Up

Today I tried one of those "express" car wash joints that are popping up around the greater area the entire car wash was run by two women. "How is that possible?" you ask. Automation, automation. You are guided into the wash bay, the computer has set your wash cycle to what you paid for, and rollers against your tire move you along.

After getting washed and blown dry, you exit to the vacuum bays (see photo above). You do the work from here on out. You vacuum, you do a touch up dry job (most was dry for me and I had a Turkish shop towel–only used in Turkey), and I used the air hose to get the water out of cracks and mirrors.

Nicely done Gunga Din. My car was untouched by human hands until I did some touch up work. I'll try it again. These places have to provide tough competition for traditional car washes. Today was faster and cheaper than the place I've been going to.

Eugenie Clark, famed marine biologist, has died

Eugenie Clark, whose childhood rapture with fish in a New York City aquarium led to a life of scholarly adventure in the littorals and depths of the Seven Seas and to a global reputation as a marine biologist and expert on sharks, died on Wednesday at her home in Sarasota, Fla. She was 92

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McFarland, USA

Tonight we saw McFarland, USA, the latest movie from Disney Studios. It is a "feel good" movie in true Disney style but enjoyable at the same time. Nothing seemed contrived in this documentary that takes place in McFarland, California, a poor, small town in the Central Valley. The story is about a coach, Jim White, played by Kevin Costner, who takes a rag-tag team of boys to the fisrt-ever California state championship in cross country.

The movie has a message, and a good one at that. Glurge was minimal. Recommended; spend the money for a ticket.

New Years Day Hike

It's a tradition now. We've been trying to begin each new year with a hike to some local spot. Today we walked the Whittier Hills along the Sycamore Canyon trail. The trail is maintained by the Puente Hills Native Habitat Preservation Authority which is a joint agreement between Los Angeles County Sanitation District, Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, and the City of Whittier. The Sycamore Canyon segment is managed by Los Angeles County. 

We logged 2.48 miles and about 4,700 steps. Now to keep it up ...