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    Armenian Genocide 100 Year Protest

    Friday, April 24th Los Angeles was the scene of a.huge protest march on Wilshire Blvd in the heart of Los Angeles. (And right past my work!)

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    It was the protest in commemoration of the 1915 Armenian genocide committed by the Turks and only spottily recognized by the nations of the world.

    I heard a lot of calls by the protestors for Turkey, the United States and other nations that haven’t to officially recognize the genocide.

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    There was a staggering amount of people. It took some of my co-workers an extra hour and more to get to work thanks to the blockage of Wilshire Blvd.

    Once I finally got to work I went out to watch the march and snapped a few photos.

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    The Seasoned Professional

    An electronic Christmas Greeting that I did with my friend Mike Milo 24 years ago at Sierra On-Line. This was sent out on floppy disk to all of Sierra’s customers at the holidays. Our boss, Bill Davis (Sierra’s creative director) designed the characters. As I recall, Mike and I wrote and animated it; I did the groundhog and cupid scenes, as well as background design.

    Of course, keep in mind this was for computer technology of 24 years ago!

    HAPPY 2014!

    Happy New Year 2013!

    Merry Christmas 2012

    We spent a very pleasant Christmas in a cabin in Strawberry, CA with several of our friends. There was plenty of snowfall in the high Sierra Nevada mountains, so we did indeed enjoy a white Christmas.

    Hoping all our family and friends had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and will have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Thanksgiving ’12

    Katre, Kadri, Leo, Leila and I had a great Thanksgiving once again. We spent it with our friends the Milos, at the home of our friends Jonna and Jeff where it's been our tradition to go for many years. Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!

    Leo is 1

    We celebrate our son's first birthday today. He's brought so much joy into our lives that I can hardly believe it has only been a single year. My parents, aunt, family and friends have made this a very special day with gifts for Leo (I think he must think Christmas happened again today) cards and kind wishes. A very big thanks to you all! Tomorrow we will host a birthday party for our son at Kenneth Hahn Park overlooking the city of Los Angeles. I can't wait to see many of our close friends and Leo's little buddies and families there. We love ya lil' Leo! Here's to your first year!

    Happy New Year 2012!

    We went with our son to a New Year's Eve party at the home of our friends Marcus, Kristi, and Jonathan. We only stayed up to see the New Year in the central time zone… we were home in bed by the time it was 2012 in California. 

    Our New Year resolutions this year? The same as every year: don't make New Year resolutions!

    Back from Strawberry

    Last year, Leila and I went for a Christmas trip to Long Barn, CA. This year, we went on a similar trip, this time in nearby Strawberry, CA. Just like last year, our friends Irene and Toufigh -and their three kids Evelyn, Erik and Emil- invited us up to share a cabin they rented, along with our mutual friends Kristi and Kalmer. 

    Leila went to grade school with Irene and Kristi- they've known each other over 30 years, since first grade! We all got together in Los Angeles back in June, 2005 when Irene and Tofique's daughter was very little.

    Leila and I took Leo for a stroll around Pinecrest Lake- this time of year it was mostly empty and what little water remained was partially frozen over. 

    Enjoying nature next to the Stanislaus River in Strawberry, CA. 

    On a forest hike with Leo.

    Pop and Leo relax back in the warm cabin. 

    At the Strawberry Store, complete with a statue of Bigfoot. I was hoping we might catch a glimpse of the real thing. It's said there have been many sightings in this part of the Sierra Nevadas- but no such luck for us. Or could it be that not encountering Bigfoot is actually a good thing?

    The kids got to enjoy a second Christmas during the evening as we were fortunate to find a small Christmas tree, and everyone put presents they had brought under it. Having had a blast opening his gifts that morning at our house, Leo was stoked to have a go at it again.

    We all piled into our cars and struck out for the Sonoma Pass- the 2nd highest elevation of the Sierra Nevadas at 9600 ft above sea level. Here, Toufigh, me and Kalmer pose at a look off beside the road at a mere 8900 ft.

    Leo- in his winter gear- enjoys his very first meeting with snow.

    Later, he got his very first experience on ice, at the edge of a frozen pond high in the mountains.

    With Pop- venturing out onto the ice.

    Everyone poses for a group photo: Leila, Leo, Me, Evelyn, Erik, Toufigh, Emil, Irene, Karina, Liisa and Kalmer. Missing is Kristi, who took the photo. 

    There’s No Place Like Strawberry for the Holidays

    Leo, Leila and I are hitting the road bright and early tomorrow morning (Christmas Day). We plan to spend our Christmas holidays with good friends in a cabin way up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the small hamlet of Strawberry, California. 

    Wishing all our family and friends a very Merry Christmas!

    Christmas Eve in Pershing Square

    Once again we're at Pershing Square in Los Angeles for Christmas Eve.  This year the first with our baby son, Leo. Joining us, our friends Kristi and Kalmer and their daughters.

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