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JayRiding with Jay Leno on his century-old threshing tractor. Jay particularly enjoys steam-engined vehicles because they take time to maintain and prepare for work or play. Conversely, he loves his early 20th-century electrics because they're so easy.
Taken years ago with my children, now adults, Sheena and Shaun, the picture centers on one of the actors from the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz. She is Margaret Pellegrini of Glendale, Arizona - a flower-pot girl. She recently died.
W. of OZ
World champion racer and driving instructor Bob Bondurant started his legendary career in the '50s, racing dirt bikes such as this Indian. I'm with Bob and his wife Pat at the famous school, celebrating 48 years in 2016. Bob's 83 this year.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Buddy, an enormous quarter horse there, neighed 'Yea' to my pre-saddling deal: jelly beans for my safety. Sold. And safely fed!
Photo Phyllis Grass
Leno takes me for a ride. When Jay chugs out onto the streets of downtown Burbank piloting his 1906 tractor, everyone listens. Car alarms sound, people scamper from offices, cell phones are activated and babies maturely request authenticatable autographs.
Photo Shaun Brown
A few years ago with my children, Sheena and Shaun. The most beautiful stories I will ever write.
Outside noble Yosemite National Park, I ignobly demonstrated why never to take a dare in a strange mountain bar: Impale a tossed dart piercing a dollar into the ceiling in three tries. The third go I salvaged my dignity, while the gallery guffawed.
Holy South Pole, Batman! At Charles Keller's Batcave in Phoenix, conceived to entertain young people with life-threatening or life-long illnesses, I take the bat flight down, painlessly!
Photo Charles Keller Jr.
Released at last from the bowels of Alcatraz, a still relatively young, but wiser, man, scheduled for the 4:10 afternoon ferry to Sausalito and some boutique-hopping.
Photo Warden Grun
San Miguel Church in Old Santa Fe. I told the officer I was not parking.
Photo P. Blundi
From Cavallo Point, once a fort guarding the Marin County side of San Francisco Bay, looking toward the always spellbinding Golden Gate.
With Jon Bernhard, a partner at Swaback Partners in Scottsdale, and Ron Steege, formerly a principal at La Casa Builders, also Scottsdale, at a recent ARA networking event. Bookended again!
I must down to the sea again: Poet John Masefield would have enjoyed this recent visit to Carlsbad, California, a cozy seaside city just north of San Diego.
Winemaker and former film director Sam Pillsbury knows how to party, and at a recent Green Living soiree, he shared an award-winning wine. I cheered him and the magazine. Who else can we cheers?
Just petrified: A visit to the Petrified Forest actually brought us to Costa Rica, where this once tropical spot was millennia ago, when wood morphed to rock. Age is beautiful, albeit with some rough buts.
Why am I jumping for joy, moments from trouserlessness? The new Green Living mag is out and ready for perusal. A great feat, every month.
Michael Pollack is the founder of Mesa-based Pollack Investments, which renovates older retail centers, making them sing. He's quite a drummer, too.
Good public relations, with publicist Rhonda Verona, principal of Scottsdale-based RSVP, at a resort rebranding.
Always sociable, never curmudgeonly, I chat with the always gracious Laura Madden, social media director at Green Living Magazine.
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