About

Jack of all trades, master of none… I’m interested in too many things to make a career out of any of them.  I work as a script researcher for movies and TV, so I get to learn new things all the time.  It would have been my dream job as a kid if I’d known it existed.

I’m moved by the arts, especially literature, photography and music.  I love being out doors.  I love the rural north-eastern counties of Indiana where I grew up as well as the variety of natural and human-made delights in my chosen Los Angeles County home, and I like to share the good stuff  I find.  So here’s this blog!

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8 thoughts on “About

  1. Deb in IN says:

    Hi! I have followed your blog for a long time (Love it) and we have commented back and forth over the years. (I live in Fort Wayne, my mom lives at lake near Col.City…)
    Now I am finally heading out west and had a question for you! My son just graduated from HS and before he heads off to college, we are taking a trip the Grand Canyon and points west. We are flying into and out of Vegas, seeing the GC, Yosemite, Death Valley–maybe LA or Lake Tahoe… AND I was hoping you could offer some advice about points of interest!! In particular..I have long remembered a post you did about an opera house operated by a wonderful woman committed to the arts…. Coud you share any info–is this near our travels? Is it a good place to stay, etc… This trip is a very big deal for us– My hubs left when I was pregnant so it has just been my son and I for 19 years…this is our last grand advanture and I want to make it something he remembers all his life! For the last 6 years we planned and planed a driving vacation from FW to all points west, but then had to adjust after an April accident totaled my car. Planning has started anew therefore and I want the new trip/route to be as fantastic as the original. Would you have any tips to offer (For example, Is LA just too expensive and congested to try to see quickly?) Anything you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Sundry says:

    Oh wow, big question!

    I could comment on Death Valley and L.A. It’s been more than 20 years since I was at the Grand Canyon, but it’s definitely worth doing. When I plan trips, I use Trip Adviser online, because it has traveler’s reviews.

    The Amargosa Opera House http://www.amargosa-opera-house.com/index.htm is still in business, but I’m not sure if Marta’s still performing. It’s on the edge of Death Valley, so would be a good place to stay a night if you can. I’ve never stayed at the hotel as it was always booked by the time I made my plans. There’s no restaurant in the little town. We stayed at the Longstreet Casino on the NV border, but their website isn’t there anymore!

    Do you have an idea of a route? If you’re driving from Death Valley to Yosemite I wonder if it makes any sense to stay a day/night in the Owens Valley. Then you could be in the lowest place in the country (Badwater) and could drive up to Whitney Portal at the foot of the highest place in the contiguous U.S. (Mt. Whitney). The drive between is other worldly…and takes a couple of hours.

    How much time do you have? Keep in mind that the distances between these places out west are pretty large, so you’re in for a lot of driving time. For me the vastness of the deserts is appealing, but I didn’t really feel that way the first time I drove through them. It’s good to stop and look at the terrain along the way, because there’s a lot of life out there, it just doesn’t look like anything in Indiana!

    What time of year are you traveling? You’re talking about crossing some very serious deserts where temps over 100 are common in summer months and amenities are few and far between.

    Wow, L.A…. Getting around can be very daunting, but there are ways to avoid traffic and see very interesting things. It’s about a six hour drive from LV to LA, 4-5 from Death Valley, so you’ll spend a day or so getting to it from the other places you’re thinking about. If you do come this way, it would probably be good to think about a focus for each day, like Hollywood and the entertainment industry, or downtown museums/buildings/history (the subway could be handy here), or the beach cities…if you come this far, you should probably dip your toes in the Pacific! Then again, towns like Ventura and Santa Barbara, which are up the coast a bit from L.A. are more accessible and relaxing.

    Whatever you decide on, it sounds like a great trip.

  3. Deb M in IN says:

    Thank you so much for the reply. Now that I have purchased every travel manual and spent hours and HOURS on the Internet, I have revised plans a bit. We are flying to LV, then driving to Bryce and Zion where we will spend two nights, then 1 night at the Grand Canyon North Rim, Drive over to Lake Powell and meander back to Vegas for a few days (hotels are so cheap!) and take day trips from there to Red Rock, Mojave, Lake Mead, etc. for our last three days. I just decided there was so much to see within a few hundred miles and I didn’t want to spend all my time in a car! We will just need to go back if we can’t see it all this time. (We are only out there for a week at the end of July). Thank you again!

  4. Sundry says:

    That sounds like a great plan! I haven’t been to Zion and Bryce Canyon, but I hear they are wonderful. I think the best way to see Las Vegas is to plan to go away from it on day trips…I find all the gambling a little depressing. Sounds like you’re going to use it to your advantage. If on one of your trips out of town you can go over Hoover Dam, they’re constructing a new bridge and you won’t be able to drive right over the dam in the future, so it’s an experience you might want to have this trip. It’s pretty impressive in itself.

    We enjoyed the less-expensive food at the little sidewalk cafes in Paris, Las Vegas and the atmosphere in there is kind of cool.

  5. Andrea H. says:

    Hello! This comes sort of out of the blue, but here goes:

    I am chasing my bachelor’s degree from CSUN in history (as a 35 year old), and would very much like to work as a researcher (preferably in the tv/movie field.) Hopefully this is not sounding terrible to you already – a random person soliciting information. The advice from the career center counselor at CSUN was to ask, ask, ask.

    I read an interview with you on YII, and clicked on the link to your blog. You seem like a very approachable sort of person, and I am just writing to find out if you could give me any further advice that the interview may not have given. For instance, I am looking at grad school and wondered if gives that much more of an advantage in hiring or is job experience more desireable.

    I signed up for your blog for the content though — just to let you know. You take lovely photos, and as I am in the Santa Clarita Valley and grew up in East-Central Indiana (Rushville), I figured I will enjoy your posts whether or not you feel that this is a question you wish to respond to. I totally understand if you don’t.

    Thanks for your time. Again, hope it’s alright to have asked.

  6. Sundry says:

    Hi, Andrea,

    Glad you asked! Interesting geographical connections, too.

    It’s kind of hard for me to say exactly how to prep for my job. The only one of us who has an advanced degree is one of the two owners, who has an MLS. When she hired me eleven years ago, she was looking for people with a liberal arts background, computer savvy (which was a little rarer then), and familiarity with Boolian logic searches.

    I think only a few of the studios still maintain their own research departments. HBO does, and Warner’s, and then there are companies like the one I work for that operate independently.

    How about you email me at salcharette@aol.com and I’ll tell you more.

    Thanks for subscribing!

  7. MeSoCutte says:

    Awesome style. I would love to write that way.

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