That's Fin's word for "Vacation". We headed up the coast to Cambria  (with stops at Lego Land and Malibu) to clear our collective heads. It worked. 

Fin's first rollercoaster ride.

Lunch at Malibu Farm on the Malibu Pier.

From the gift shop on Malibu pier. $95. What a bargain!

Nothing screams Malibu like Jack-In-The-Box

Only Fools Litter.

View from our patio in Cambria.

Fin on driftwood. 

Driftwood sculpture that made me think of True Detective.

Moonstone Beach. 

Another view from our patio. 

The weirdest taco shop I have ever seen. Built in to a mini-storage. 

Fin doing her balance beam at, as she calls it, "Beach Park".



Hard to see, but near the center is the picture is a blob of black with a little bit of yellow. I guess it's just a variation of the Western Bumble Bee, but I have never seen one before. 
Rocks and seaweed, Moonstone Beach. 

Fin looking for cool rocks. 


pop goes the world

I'm just very confused right now.

The first time I heard the song "Pop Goes The World" was in 1998. It was the Apocalypse Hoboken version from the 1999 album Inverse, Reverse, Perverse album. I knew it was a cover, but I didn't know the the original. Figured it was some obscure ditty from the 70's.

So, today I'm reading a post from Willfully Obscure, and it mentions that it was a Men Without Hats cover? Check YouTube. Yup, that's the song, and that's the "Safety Dance" dude. Check Wikipedia, and find out that a) Men Without Hats was Canadian (Sometimes I confused them with Men at Work and assumed they were Australian, sometimes I got confused by the folk [i.e. sackcloth and midgets] imagery of the "Safety Dance" video and assumed they were from England. It was a confusing time for me) 2) The song was released in 1987, and 3) it reached the top 20 in the United States.

I am a child of the 80's. While the late 80's were the filet of my carefree metal daze (Pinhead Circus made a video? I am learning so much today), I was still pretty enmeshed in popular/MTV culture. I'm not gonna win any 80's trivia quizzes, but I wouldn't embarrass myself either. What I am saying is there is no way this song could have possibly got past me. So what's really going on?


wild orchid

When you upload your own music to Amazon, but you do not include the artwork, Amazon tries to  be helpful and find some album art for you. 

'Tries' is the operative word. 


animal & guy

Ever since I taught Fin heads & tails, she wants to "play" it every time she finds a coin. She's got the whole Washington = heads, eagle = tails thing down, but the state quarters are not as clear cut. Hence today's game, "Heads or Animal & Guy"