Tiger talks planets and (orange) tin foil on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving table 2020

What will Nazy do for the first time since we returned to the USA from Switzerland? And what didn’t happen this Thanksgiving that ‘always’ happens on Thanksgiving? Did Dan’s decision to insure his iPhone against damage turn out well? Would the answer be the same if he hadn’t removed the glass screen protector? How about if he hadn’t given the iPhone to his six year old grandson after he removed the screen protector? How much territory does a Red Tail shark need? Who gave a Zoom talk about astronomy?

Reading Thankful Stockings While Walking an Octopus

Octopus cropped Nov 2020

Why wasn’t it hard to find things to be thankfully about? (Other than the thought that it won’t be long before 2020 has moved into the rear-view mirror — with all the other losers?) How does it feel to be able to do ‘anything’? Hint: “You are a grown-up, Dan. So you can do it.&rdquoWinking Who spotted the accelerating covid case leading indicator? Hint: it happened the the paper products aisle. Why would anyone build a sand castle when a sand octopus was a possibility? Will this be the year that Nazy finishes another needlepoint Christmas stocking? Hint: It’s 2020 and she had a lot of time. Read More...

Windy snowmen drive United “Airline’s” diapers to the ocean

The SB children on the round chair Dec 2019

Would an experienced traveler ever chose to fly United ‘Airlines’? Would a friend let a friend select a United Airlines flight? Is it always possible to drive from San Francisco to Santa Barbara faster than United can fly the same route? Was it possible to build a snowman in the mountains outside of Santa Barbara? Who’s furnace was not functional during the snowfall? How did Arrow misinterpret Dan’s explanation of how sewer systems work? Read More...

Princess Wildfire has allergy to Math Lab Costume

Dan and Melika prince Nov 2019

Does Nazy want Dan to wear a Princess Costume to a birthday party? How many Princesses showed up at the party? Will the Cave Fire threaten The Martin Family household in Santa Barbara? Why is it important to know who called the fire department? And, isn’t putting out the fire even more important? Who thinks Math Lab is more fun than coloring class? What is Arrow’s favorite color? Read More...

Elevator trap muffles claustrophobic siren at LAX immigration

Arrw, Nazy, tiger, Dan on boat Nov 2018

How many beautiful sunsets can be seen in a perfect Thanksgiving holiday? Why is defective hearing an employee feature in an Ixtapa resort? And how did we discover the prevalence? If you hear a siren do you think wildfire or elevator emergency? What is it like being trapped in a defective elevator with a claustrophobic 4 year old? Why did LAX let most employees take off on the busiest travel day in the year? Who was on the flying trapeze? (Hint: it wasn’t Dan.) Read More...

Arrow slides to snorkel-free Ixtapa Thanksgiving sunsets

The Adamas family cruise

What time should you leave Santa Barbara in order to catch an international flight from LAX that is scheduled to depart at 7:01? AM? Additional information: It is not a United flight, so you can’t count a tardy departure? Would the presence of the ‘Premier Outlets’ on the direct route influence your departure timing? How did Tiger and Arrow capture the meaning of Thanksgiving? Is it possible to pronounce ‘Zihuatanejo’ without being able to speak Spanish? Did Dan find a snorkeling face mask that didn’t leak around his mustache? What is as welcome as an infestation of fire ants? Read More...

very early Thanksgiving trip makes Volvo lose its marbles

nazy azelle and tiger Nirvana Nov 2018

What does a Volvo sound like when the brakes are applied? How is the sound different if the brake pads on the left rear wheel are, eh, gone? What do you do if the Volvo dealer is inaccessible? (The freeway is closed by wildfires.) Who builds the best
marble maze constructs? How is ‘best’ defined? What is a pokey tree? Where will Dan and Nazy (and Tom and Melika and Tiger and Arrow and Azelle and Jackson and Reagan) be for Thanksgiving? Read More...

Paper Art Thanksgiving: Everyone who matters is here

family photo letter 2 (ok from Chrisitane?)

When was the last time that
everyone in The Martin Family was in the same place for Thanksgiving? (Don’t despair, we can’t remember either.] When was the first time that The Martin Family wasn’t in the same place for Thanksgiving? [We do remember this?] Have you ever been stuck in an airport with only a nickel? Who didn’t want to cooperate while we took, or more accurately, attempted to take the annual family photo? What exactly is paper art? Read More...

autumn’s thankful ducks build great wall of firewood

nazy and tiger nov 2015 cropped

Is autumn possible if the (palm) trees don’t change color? Does autumn begin when it becomes necessary to wear long pants instead of shorts? When Dan thinks of seasonal changes, why does The Great Wall of China come to mind? Who rode the Carousel? (But who picked the horse?) And how did we help the Ducks in Chase Palm Park celebrate Thanksgiving? Read More...