family tree wings toward Braniff birthday arrows and tigers


Dan and Arrow Sept 12 2016

Who has a family tree older than the petrified forest? Can Nazy paint the tree on acid-free and gluten-free paper. (Hey! We live in California.) Where can you find a smiling arrow? Why are colorful letter used to spell Braniff? Why is Nazy thinking about Nigeria while she looks for the perfect birthday present? What’s the difference between wrinkles and laugh lines?

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Conifers pine fir yew in New York musical museum fire engine


All in NYC sept 2016

Did yew know that some ‘pine cones’ haven’t fallen from pine trees? Where can you find a conifer connoisseur to spruce up the house? (And what would you need one fir?) Did Nazy let Tiger play in the sandbox at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)? Where did Tiger master pachinko? Who slept the best on the cross-country red-eye? And, remember the pre-mobility days when a baby who stays where you put him? Remember them fondly. Read More...
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Pithy update: Melika and Nazy’s iPhone soaked in Chateau Lafite

The Three kids 1983


Would you keep a bottle of Chateau
LAFITE (2000) in your storage for 16 years? Would the wine be drinkable after the storage in the wine attic? Where can you find a piece of Mars encased in plastic? (And what do you do with it?) Who and how were Melika and Nazy’s iPhone both submerged? Which one of them handled the ‘baptism’ with more aplomb? And: How did The Martin Family look in 1983? Read More...
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dregs, dross, debris and silver app store pink boyfriend

The Boy Friend, CHS


Who decided to empty
THE STORAGE(in Melika’s driveway)? What company built the first App Store, called SofStore, (before the internet and apps existed)? What should be done with an international collection of Monopoly games (from every European country)? What are the overdue charges on a Blockbuster 1 week rental initialed in 1995? Who was ‘a’ boyfriend in The Boyfriend during High School? Why did Le Grand Hotel Inter-Continental (Paris) deliver “such disappointing news” to Mitra? (Hint: It had something to do with pink stuffed elephants.) Would you like to enjoy the beautiful smile of six week old Arrow? (By the way, I am at the left, with a striped coat and a leg up.) Read More...
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sneaky chipmunks deal with rocking horse wagons and sideless cribs

nazy, tiger, mel and arrow August 2016


Do Santa Barbara chipmunks have bushy black tails? (Or was the home invader a baby skunk?) Why was the family pterodactyl pulling a little red wagon? What should be done with Darius’ third grade paint-by-numbers coloring book? Is Tiger’s appraisal of Arrow’s skill set (‘he can only cry, poop, eat and sleep’) accurate? And what crib structures do Baby Melika and two year old Tiger have in common? Finally, read about the Arrow welcome poem and paintings prepared by Mitra and Nazy.
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speechless incredulity stupefies Emirates blunder; United falls & cat meows

at fair nazy and tiger


What event generated unprecedented stupefaction and speechless incredulity for The Martin Family in Santa Barbara, California? What major international airline bases its entire disaster recovery ‘plan’ on yellow sticky pads and magic markers? Is the ineptitude sufficient to dislodge United Airlines from a well-deserved and firmly entrenched position at the cellar of The Martin Family quality list? Why does the whole situation depends on a meowing cat? Does this week’s edition of The Weekly Letter actually include a picture of Dan with a bowtie and sideburns?
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Darius challenges travel champion as Hogwarts Arrow missed luggage

tiger hanging from bar August 2016


Can Darius top Dan’s legendary status as travel problem czar? Will a premier airline from the Gulf displace United Airlines at the bottom of the customer service category? Does ‘no service’ count as bad service? Why did Emirates Airlines run out of yellow sticky notes? How do scientists describe the clear relationship between quantum entanglement and contact lens loss? And why do we believe that the newest grand(est)son has already been enrolled at Hogwarts?

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