Easy Rider Art

http://www.graphic-experience.com/ Jim Leonard presents the Art of Easy Rider. Jim has been collecting memorabilia from the 1969 Film “Easy Rider” starring Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, and Dennis Hopper. The collection includes props, hundreds of never before seen photos and the actual helmet worn by Jack Nicholson. Kinetic Brewing Company will serving micro-brewed original Antelope Valley beer. The event is free and open to the public.

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Happened to think of this proverb when I saw this.

‘Let sleeping dogs lie’, means for one to not disrupt a situation that is going well as it will lead to problems.

It’s hard for me to catch my dog sleeping. As soon as he hears me, he is up and wanting to play!

BEING MOM

At the conclusion of another Mother’s Day, I have a few thoughts…. 

I miss my mother, she’s been gone for 25 years now. She was a fun-loving, no-nonsense, great mom to have when I was a kid. To those people who still have their mothers -APPRECIATE them!

I love my kids, who are now twenty (soon to be 21) and twenty-five. They were great kids growing up (most of the time-hah!), did fantastic in school and are just really nice human beings. What’s interesting to me is this: I was NOT going to have children. As a young woman, I loved my life as it was and had no desire to change it. My “plate” was full with a fantastic husband, family, many friends, a great job, and continual joy in all! I had no “biological time clock” that was ticking or anything remotely like it. I thoroughly believed I was not going to have kids and I was happy with that decision. I went through my twenties and up to my 31st year of life and something happened that turned the earth on it’s axis. I unexpectedly and shockingly became pregnant. OMG! I had spent years and years avoiding just that. How did this happen? OMG!!!

I became a mother just two weeks shy of turning 32. I LOVED my little baby. She changed mine and my husband’s life totally. I loved holding her and feeding her. She was a sweet baby that turned into a sweet child. Well, we couldn’t let her go through life being an only child as we both came from large families (I’m the middle child of five kids, my husband is the youngest of eight). When she was nearly four years old, we thought O.K., let’s have another. This time – on purpose!  We had fun making that happen. We had never done that before, TRY to become pregnant! It was always the opposite – NOT to become pregnant. Weird…

When I was 36, I became a mom for the second time. Wow, two kids now. A lot more work. A lot more joy. They grew older and occasionally would have nasty fights, as most siblings do. I always remembered my father telling me “When you have one kid, you become parents. When you have two, you become a referee.” It’s true. So, I became a very busy mom. Working, child care issues, school assemblies, being a “band mom” for four years for one child, going to volleyball games for seven years for the other child, all of those things and more. Living 25 miles out of town didn’t make it any easier. When I turned 45, I had a 9 year old child and a 13 year old child. I never, in a million years, thought that’s where I would be at that age. WOW.

Now that my kids are young adults, I cannot perceive my life any other way. We are a tight family of four to this day. I sometimes still can’t believe I gave birth to two children. Every Mother’s Day, I’m reminded of how LUCKY I am…

Chris Calaba

Lancaster BLVD Music

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Krystal San Miguel shows us her talents on the BLVD piano in front of our store @ Graphic Experience, 624 W. Lancaster Blvd.

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Sunday Fun

Sunday started out with a great breakfast @ Jackie’s Cafe with my family of four. Have you ever eaten there? They have a great menu with one of the BEST breakfast selections. For the first time, since my husband and I became parents, our daughters actually paid the bill for us. A monumental occasion for us! Dennis said he could get used to that very easily. They said, “Don’t, Dad!.” Ha ha…

We made our way to the Poppy Festival, got there early, and the crowds were already there. Saw Mark Bozigian and Bob Greene right away. I teased them about the piano being “stolen” from the front of the Graphic Experience, said I almost called the police. Fortunately, I found it here with some kids happily playing on it.

It’s very rare that my family of four does anything together,as we all live busy lives. It was nice to be walking around, looking at everything the Festival has to offer. Have a friend that was part of the dog sheepherding show. She is great at what she does. Saw lots of people I know, some had booths, some were enjoying the day as I was. I ended up buying a new, cool, corian cutting board and some great, exotic pastas. Do you get the idea that I love to cook?

After a few hours, one daughter said she had a headache, the other had to go to work, my husband was itching to get back to a painting he’s been working on.. My family said they were ready to leave. I wasn’t!  I told them, “so long, I’ll see ya later.” They asked what was I going to do?  Keep having fun, I said to them. They know better than to worry about me. Besides, I wanted to hear the Eagles tribute band. Off they went.

I hung out with Nick West and his museum “posse” for a little while, even sold some raffle tickets. Visited with Donna Termeer for a bit, hung out with Bob Alvis in his booth and did one of my favorite hobbies – people watching ! I also visited with Jeff as he watched over the Palmdale Learning Plaza plane. I even climbed in. Made me want to go flying in something again, whether it’s a small plane or a hot-air balloon. Even a helicopter is fun.

Then, it was time for the music to start !  Made my way over to the main stage, got a good seat, and enjoyed listening to the long list of songs by the fabulous Eagles. The band did a great job of just that – paying tribute to them. I did note that it took 6 guys to try to imitate the great original 4. It was very entertaining with some great guitar players. I never tire of good musicians.

My day there ended chatting with Dan Munz, a another great guy I’m lucky to count as a friend. What a fun day I had. It was another day that reminded me of how blessed I really am….

Jim Seargeant and Don Blumenshien at the Rock Inn

If you are a music lover, then the melodic, dynamic, and talented duo of Don and Jim are a treat to listen to ! They have been playing together for 30 years now and have a real “connection” to their music. Jim and Don first met way back in 1971, attending the same high school here in the Antelope Valley. They started playing seriously together in 1980. Since then, they have played on numerous occasions in numerous places ! This includes the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, and just about every public venue ( The Rock Inn, Cedar Art Center, Lakes and Valleys Art Guild and many more) here in the Antelope Valley and beyond.These artists have played at many private functions as well.

They have a CD out called The Goods but unfortunately is sold out . It has all original material and they have so many more new compositions, Don and Jim hope to put out another CD soon. Jim’s earlier influences are Paul Simon, James Taylor and of course, the great Eric Clapton. Which leads us into other types of music these great musicians, Jim and Don play. When Jim was asked which type of guitar do you like best, “electric or acoustic ?”, he thought about it and honestly said he loves both ! He had a blues band for a while that was absolutely great. In addition to the blues, Jim plays literally all types of music. Don, like any great musician, loves all music too. He has been lately really enjoying playing Spanish guitar, not to be confused with flamenco guitar. It’s all in the fingering and Don has the talent to do it all ! If you have an opportunity to hear these two together, apart, or with other musicians, be sure not to miss it !

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