Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Still loads to see and do next time.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Lots of deals around. There's a 10 theatre movie house that offers movies for $2 and $1 before 6pm and Tues. Top run movies too. We saw Pride and Prejudice last night and really enjoyed it. Thought Elizabeth was great and loved the earthy country scenes. One thing about movies this cheap and also with a PG rating is families come with their kids. They were well behaved even though some were very young...it was quite cute really...getting them hooked on Jane Austen early.
It seems the desert is just a bit too hot for citrus so they paint their trunks to prevent "sunburn". I couldn't help thinking they looked like a bunch of guys in underwear!
This is an old famous resort (the curator of the museum is upset they now call it a "resort" rather than La Quinta Hotel. Great tile work.
Great little museum in La Quinta and really enjoyed talking to the curator who was born in the area.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
We're very much on Mexican time here. Jim hasn't taken a real holiday for years so I'm glad he's into holiday mode for at least this month of Feb. March begins the research libraries and looking at papers at Laura Huxley's house. That should be fun too.
We've had a couple of dinners out with my golfing buddy friends and it's great to have people with local knowledge of good deals at restaurants. There are lots of good deals to be had for just about everything. Our dollar is really at par or worth more when you consider the good prices. And it's always fun to get a bargain. It's amazing the places that offer earlybird specials. We were at the Renaissance-Esmereda Resort's restaurant in Indian Wells last night...very fancy and exclusive but we had a 4 course dinner including coffee for 10.95! Even without that deal you can eat off the appetizer menu for under $10 since the portions are so large.
I am now a member of Vons, Ralphs, and Albertson's "clubs"...you do need the cards to get their specials. Free to join. But I made a really great discovery the other day...Trader Joe's...no card needed and very much like Whole Foods in terms of specialty items but quite reasonable. Some excellent wines and good prices...Pouilly Fuisee for 10 bucks. They also had the famous "two buck chuck" which people were carting out in cases. Not sure why since you can get quite a good wine for 5-6. I bought some of the red but it didn't pass the taste test...it got "chucked".
I'm not sure I mentioned it...Jim is now a Costco fan because of all the free samples! Fellow we were dining with last night says Costco decides to do these samplers and sends the company the bill for all costs...guess if you can get your product in Costco you don't complain.
Lots of thrift stores with books so you can imagine we've hit most of those. Great prices...50 cents for hardcover (picked up a great book on historic houses in Wash,D.C.) and paperbacks 5 for a dollar.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I'm generally not that attracted to realistic paintings but something attracts me here. Perhaps the bright colours or perhaps those wonderful San Jacinto mountains!
Monday, February 20, 2006
This whole week is devoted to Modernism for the first time. Usually they have an exhibit but this time there are lots of interesting events. We're taking in the premiere here of the first feature length film mid-century architecture. It's called "Visions of Utopia" and sounds like it will be very good. Huxley spent time in this area (he did know how to pick the good places!) so Jim is already figuring out a course he could offer. He has had some encouragement and there is continuing education too which offers some courses we'd be interested in taking like "The Ladies and Gents of American Jazz" and "Picturing the Land: A History of Landscape and Photography". The Palm Springs Art Museum also has weeklong workshops with various artists throughout the season.
We attended the Modernism Exhibit at the Convention Centre. The Convention Centre is a work of art in itself. My photos don't do it justice but it copies the mountain landscape and coming out the mountain are beautifully framed. Goodness...what price they want for some of this stuff. Things our parents threw out are going for thousands. One fellow had art deco radios (not quite mid century but he said they had been encouraging him to come) starting at 1800 - 8,000. They are like jewels.
We also took in the Palm Springs Art Museum this weekend. Some Picasso and Miro and some wonderful Henry Moore sculptures...why do these sculptures seem to fit perfectly in any landscape. At home here as in Paris. Permanent collections had glassworks by Chihuly, lots of native stuff, desert paintings, cowboy stuff, and modern things etc. There was a super special exhibition of photography of the desert. Could only take photos of their permanent collection so can't show you those.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
On Thursdays 6-10pm they close the main street and have a night market with all sorts of interesting things to see, hear, and eat. This fellow was playing the Glass Armonica invested by Benjaman Franklin. Funnily enough this instrument was mentioned last term in my music class.
We get The Desert Sun delivered everyday and it's really a good local newspaper. We enjoy reading it and getting away from Canadian politics. With all the Canadians down here there is some news from Canada. Heard about Harper appointing a parliamentary secretary who didn't speak French to represent francophones.