Maitai’s Musings

TomI’ll post some random thoughts here that occur to me…randomly.  Makes sense to me!

November 21, 2021

Lightscape – Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

A Cavalcade of Colors Lightscape – Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden Visited: November 2021 Whenever I hear there’s going to be an event that includes more than one million lights (a few more than we put on our house during the holidays), it piques my curiosity. So, when […]
October 29, 2021

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds (Skirball Cultural Center) – Los Angeles

To Boldly Go …Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds (Skirball Cultural Center) – Los Angeles Visited: October 2021 When Tracy asked me if I wanted to visit the Skirball Cultural Center to see its temporary exhibition entitled “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds,” just like a fully vaccinated Vulcan, I immediately knew […]
January 23, 2021

My First Covid Vaccination

A Shot In The Arm My First Covid Vaccination Being a gentleman (bit of a stretch) of a certain age, the big question for me the past month or so has been, “When will I get my Covid vaccination?” Luckily for me, I received my first shot this week (January […]
April 10, 2020

The Tale of Frankie & Remi

Loves Of Our Lives! The Tale of Frankie & Remi (from the Tracy Files) I thought I would share a little backstory on how our beloved corgis Frankie and Remi came to become part of our family … In 2008, while we were on a four-week vacation, our cat that […]
December 31, 2019

Get Your Travel Affairs In Order

Passport To Disaster! Get Your Travel Affairs In Order “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale A tale of a fateful trip …”   Ok, now that you have that TV theme song firmly planted in your head for the rest of the day, let’s get to the […]
December 13, 2019

Grand Park’s Winter Glow & Music Center’s Illuminated Tree Forest – Los Angeles, CA

‘Tis The Season For Lights Grand Park’s Winter Glow & Music Center’s Illuminated Tree Forest – Los Angeles, CA Since I am still technically still on the Injured List this holiday season and unable to drive due to recovering from knee replacement surgery, Tracy is my pulse on what’s going […]
June 7, 2019

Celebrating National Pollinator Month

The Birds and The Bees and The Caterpillars … Celebrating National Pollinator Month June is National Pollinator Month (June 17-23 is Pollinator Week 2019), so I thought I would share some photos from our garden, as well as a little background on why I love to garden.       […]
November 14, 2018

Moonlight Forest/Magic Lantern Art Festival – Arcadia, CA

Night Lights Moonlight Forest/Magic Lantern Art Festival – Arcadia, CA Tracy and I have seen the light.  Actually, we have seen the lights.  On a smokey (thanks to Southern California’s massive wildfires) evening, we traveled to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia to walk through the Moonlight Forest/Magic Lantern […]
May 20, 2018

Down The Rabbit Hole & Back: MaiTaiTom’s True Near-Death Saga

Down The Rabbit Hole & Back:  MaiTaiTom’s True Near-Death Saga Many of my friends who subscribe to this website know my 2010 Hospital Journey To Hell & Back all too well (they lived this story through emails, phone calls and visits).  I was admitted to the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena on […]
April 9, 2018

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) – Phoenix, AZ

I Can Hear Music! Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) – Phoenix, AZ Visited: March 2018 On my recent Spring Training outing to the Phoenix area, I asked my friend Jeff if there was a museum he could recommend while I visited. Without hesitation and knowing my passion for music, he replied, […]
January 11, 2018

Museum of Failure – Los Angeles, California

Failure Is A Success! Museum of Failure – Los Angeles, California (EXHIBITION CLOSED) The Edsel? Swedish Fish Oreos? Betamax? Colgate Beef Lasagna?  There are failures…and then there are FAILURES, and you can see more than 100 of them at a pop-up museum aptly titled The Museum of Failure located in […]
April 10, 2017

Homes Sweet Homes: Bungalow Heaven Home Tour – Pasadena

Homes Sweet Homes:  Bungalow Heaven 2017 Home Tour – Pasadena Wow, has it already been a year?  If you love to view the interior of historic homes (and not be arrested for trespassing) while strolling along beautiful tree-lined streets, then the 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour on Sunday, April […]
October 10, 2016

Global Entry

Coming Home! Global Entry It takes something special for me to wake up at 5 a.m. on a holiday morning, but that’s exactly what Tracy and I did this past Labor Day.  As it turned out, the lack of more holiday sleep was well worth our time.  In May of […]
January 11, 2016

A Look Inside Disneyland’s “Mysterious” Club 33

A Look Inside Disneyland’s “Mysterious” Club 33 December 12, 2015 –  For the past few years, Tracy and I have been lucky enough to be invited by my longtime friends Craig and his wife Julie to partake in a Christmas feast at the “mysterious” Club 33 restaurant inside Disneyland.  Yes, […]
October 5, 2015

Pumpkin Power – RISE Of The Jack O’ Lanterns

Pumpkin Power – RISE Of The Jack O’ Lanterns October 4, 2015 – The thought of spending an evening with a bunch of children looking at Halloween decorations would not usually equate to a fun-filled experience for me, however I made an exception last night when we visited Descanco Gardens […]
June 23, 2015

Pops Goes The Music – The Pasadena POPS That Is

Pops Goes The Music – The Pasadena POPS That Is One of the great joys of summer here in Southern California are the warm summer nights under the stars where Tracy and I can enjoy the Pasadena POPS at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia (a […]