Category Archives: UCSB

Thoughts on Victorian Chick’s 3rd Anniversary: Writing for Love and Identity, Dealing with Haters, and Getting a Real Estate License to Work as Relocation Consultant

Last week marked three years of Victorian Chick. I’ve been too busy to think of an anniversary blog which does justice to the role it plays not just in my everyday or social life, but the way in which it … Continue reading

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A Beautiful, Crisp Week in Santa Barbara: Dr. Maureen Echt and New Yelp Reviews (Death Gardens, Whole Foods, Killer Shrimp) with a Brief Note on the Yelp Lawsuit in Virginia

I was supposed to head to LA yesterday, but Mom said she had no pressing engagements which took her away from Dad, so I stayed to be with J on a day he doesn’t have his 4th grader. Seven weeks … Continue reading

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Pacific Palisades’ Swarthmore Avenue is not Detroit: Why Rick Caruso’s Proposed Development Strikes Terror in the Hearts of Palisades Natives

When I received several panicked messages from older Facebook friends who grew up in the Palisades about billionaire developer Rick Caruso’s plans destroy my hometown and current part-time residence, I was in New York and just nodding off at 2AM. … Continue reading

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Happy Non-St Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day Blog: Happy Hour at Wine Bistro, Notes on New York vs SB Dry Cleaning and Nails (Redux), and the Joys of Complaining

I thought I’d just check in since I never wrote a Friday or weekend blog. I’ve been rereading parts of Sigrid Fry-Revere’s Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran and writing pitch letters. Saturday I had a glorious, long … Continue reading

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Cloudy Day in Santa Barbara: Sakana Lunch, Montecito Chevron Altercation, and Reflections on “Love the Hard Way” (2001) with Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ybarra, John Seda, and Pam Grier

I. Sakana and Tales from Montecito Chevron Station Sakana is my favorite sushi in LA, SB, or NYC, even among the upscale Japanese like Nobu, Blue Ribbon or Matsuhisa (I went once only), or Deep Blue at JFK, a highly-rated … Continue reading

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Catch-Up Blog from Visalia, CA and Musings on “(Dis)Grace Under Pressure” by Role/Reboot Author Lauren Hermanson

Yet again, life seems to have interfered with blogging. I have two half-written blogs, one on Marin County and one on the 4th Annual Veuve Clicquot Will Rogers Polo Classic, but since my last blog I’ve seen Alan Alda and … Continue reading

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Delayed Tribute to Gary David Goldberg, Father of my Childhood Best Friend and Beloved Creator of Family Ties and Spin City

Gary David Goldberg was what the hippie movement was supposed to be. Before it all got corrupted by drugs, greed, and bad fashion the point was to spread compassion, understanding, love for one another, and place the human spirit over … Continue reading

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Victorian Chick’s Reflections on Fitness Past and Present with Prelude about LA Private Schools

I. Fitness Autobiography from 8th Grade through Graduate School Though I couldn’t blog Friday and will be writing a piece for the various LA branches of the Patch about Gina Gionfriddo’s phenomenally funny “Rapture, Blister, Burn” after a second viewing, … Continue reading

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Wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend in LA: Westlake School for Girls Reunion Lunch, Dinner at Osteria Latini and League of Their Own, and American Buffalo at the Geffen Playhouse

  Summer has come to West LA. Happily, summer here bears very little relation to summer in most of the country, which tends to be obscenely humid or so hot–115 in Arizona or Palm Springs–you don’t care whether the heat … Continue reading

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Lazy Allergic Saturday in Santa Barbara: Predictably Disappointing Visit to La Super Rica, Fabulous Mani/Pedi at C and J, Great Happy Hour at Uptown Lounge and Notes on the New Santa Barbara Sentinel

  The only interesting or good part of today was a spectacular gel manicure and pedi at C and J. It was one of the first places about which I Yelped in September, when I joined a site I have … Continue reading

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