LA County Fair

In the 16 years I lived in Los Angeles, I had never been to the LA County Fair. That all changed this past weekend!

Cel & Marv at the LA County Fair
Cel, Marv & Mei

UCLA Day at the LA County Fair. What does this mean? FREE admission for UCLA staff and adult members in their party. HOORAY! (Admission is usually $17 per adult.) Marvyn, my friend Mei and I were looking forward to this event for weeks. (Well… at least I was for sure!)

Fair opens at 10 am. We arrived at 11 am. Why so early? 2 things:

1)  Parking is not packed with cars (unless you want to pay extra for VIP parking, it’s a shorter distance to the front gates)

2) No lines for food. Important detail when it’s lunch time and you’re starved.

The three of us wanted to eat different things. We parted and met up again to feast on Indian tacos, bbq sampler sandwiches and Creole food. The latter came fom a Los Angeles restaurant, Harold & Belle’s. Never tried it — thrilled I did! Their food trailer featured their $11 fair special: jambalaya over rice & beans with fried catfish. Oh, and I had to order the bread pudding with whiskey sauce. (I also tasted a sample of their shrimp etouffee. If I hadn’t been full from that fair special, I would have ordered that, too!). Mei then ordered…..wait for it…..Funnel Cake! Yum.

Met up with our friends Annette & Greg, their son 2-year-old son Parker and Annette’s brother Allen. Annette & I chatted for a spell while Parker, Mei and Marvyn took naps. The clouds parted and the sun started to shine. Ordered a tall cup of cold jamaica juice to quench my thirst.

Rejuvenated from the rest, we moved on to the Fair’s many attractions. And we only caught a small fraction: Surveyed the T-Rex and other animatronic dinosaurs at Jurassic Planet. Admired the minature train sets at the Garden Railroad. Snapped pictures of Marvyn in the shark cage at the live shark exhibit. (Note: No sharks in the cage with Marv.) We also marveled at the Chinese Circus of Beijing performers (those 5 Asian gals juggling drums with their feet in unison while lying on their backs. How did they do that?!). And lastly, oogled at baby pigs, cows, Clydesdales and bunnies at Fairview Farms.

And with 600 vendors in one place what did we do? Shop, shop, shop, baby! Popped into 4 (out of 5) Shopping Place pavillions. Check out some purchases in the first picture — me in my reversible tulip hat and Marvyn looking dapper in his fedora (we got 2).  Mei’s sandals and backpack/purse fell apart throughout the day. Purchased replacements at a bag vendor and the Skechers booth. Marvyn got a new pair of Shape-ups for $50 (normally $90!).  Add to our loot 3 ceramic cheese graters (excellent Xmas gift ideas!) and 3 pairs of sunglasses and we were done.

After a long, but fun day, we left at 6:30 pm. After 7.5 hours, we spent a pretty penny at the fair. But not having to pay admission, experiencing so many different things and enjoying every minute of it? So worth it!


Wise Words & Sounds of the Day


“Gratitude, not attitude. “

–Kevin So, super talented & amazing musician at . I heard Kevin live for the first time late one night in Los Feliz several years back. Have to admire a person who is doing what he loves — and it showed. His high energy and passion for music set the room on fire!

I’ll never forget that night.

Kevin So

Being Your Own Boss


 DO: Read/listen to half an hour of personal development daily.

QUESTION: Do you really want to be your own boss?

RESPONSE: The thought of having my own business freaks me out. Big time. I don’t have an entrepreneurial spirt; I’m not a risk taker. But it intrigues me. But what is “it”?

This screenshot from Ash Ambirge’s The Middle Finger Project blog says a lot:

And Ash says nails it at the end of her blog:

We all want to do something that matters.

Because at the end of the day, that’s really why you want to quit your job.

Isn’t it?

Wise Words of the Day

“Art is the intentional act of using your humanity to create a change in another person.”

“It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. Stop settling for what’s good enough and start creating art that matters. Stop asking what’s in it for you and start giving gifts that change people. Then, and only then, will you have achieved your potential.”

–Seth Godin, thought leader and author of Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Scanning this book’s positive reviews and the first chapter alone makes me want to get it. Seth Godin talks about his book in this interview on YouTube.

Wise Words of the Day

“Sometimes you find the greatest opportunities in adversity.”

“Very little progress occurs inside a person’s comfort zone. But when you’re right outside of it is when the biggest strides occur.”

“Be consistent and be persistent.”

“The point of no return: You go so far, you can’t quit anymore.”

“Ask yourself one question: What is possible here?”

–Motivational words from this BlogcastFM podcast  

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Is it really possible to build an online business while traveling with your family around the world?! BlogcastFM Host Srini interviews Brian Swan and his Unstoppable Family and tells us how they are doing exactly that.

(See what filing for bankruptcy and 1/2 an hour of personal development each day did for them!)

Wise Words of the Day

“It begins with your own awakening, your own desire for a life that’s not just lived on the surface but is rich and deep and high and wide. For sure, that’s how I want to live. So I’m going to keep learning until I take my last breath.

And I’m stepping out to claim my calling. It’s 25 years in the making. I’m ready.”

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah always knew that at her core, she is a teacher. She’s taking the moments when she was happiest — her a-ha moments during her 4,561 Oprah shows — and start Oprah’s Lifeclass, starting October 10 on OWN.

I can’t wait!