Museum Musings: last weekend’s warm Santa Ana winds turned cold, Where’s the Museum?

the fall leaves on Tuesday

Mount Baldy‘s covered with snow but, as I mentioned in my previous post, the Santa Ana winds were so warm over Thanksgiving we enjoyed summer-like temps for a week.

Then yesterday afternoon the winds changed direction, and cold air blew in from the north with gusts that knocked over trees and power lines. We don’t often have gale force winds, or wake up to see trees lying across our roads

The coffee cart at the Museum was closed today

According to the LA Times:

  • The winds reached 97 mph at one mountain peak.
  • More than 380,000 homes lost power.
  • Thousands of trees snapped, blocking roads and damaging property.
  • Scores of schools were closed.
  • Motorists battled gridlock caused by broken traffic signals and blowing debris.

downed trees in Pasadena

Earlier this week I met the Paris based photographer from Marie Claire Maison magazine. He explained that he was photographing Los Angeles for the magazine’s March issue. (If you can read French, you should look out for it.)

When I greeted the next customer, an American, with “Bonjour Monsieur” he laughed and said, “I’m not French but I’ll tell you a story about my name which is ‘Savage‘. I’m sure you’d agree that it’s embarrassing to be introduced at a party with a ‘Here are the Savages?'”  [I agreed] “Well, I like to pronounce our name the French way, as ‘Sauvage.‘ Don’t you think it sounds better to say “meet the Sauvages‘ ”

I thought it was a brilliant idea.

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Read my lips:


Question: “So the photography is upstairs?” she asked me, pointing up ↑
Me: “It’s downstairs,” I said, pointing ↓
Question: “Upstairs?” she said pointing up ↑ again
Me: “Good afternoon Madame. The photography is downstairs.”
Question: “The Chinese photos…?”
Me: “You will find all the photos, including the Chinese photos, downstairs,” I said pointing down again ↓
Question: “Are you sure?”



“Where’s the Museum?” a middle-aged American man asked me yesterday at the Pacific Standard Time store?

“You’re in the Museum,” I said.

“Oh!” he said.

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I photographed this book cover for my blogging buddy Amy of “Soul Dipper”.

I don’t know how to post photos in the comments on your blog, so I’m putting it here for you.



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“My wife bought these two things for our kids about an hour ago,” a man told me. “but the boys just told me they’re going to throw them away when we get home. Could I return them?”

The sun at 4:40 pm today.


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25 Responses to Museum Musings: last weekend’s warm Santa Ana winds turned cold, Where’s the Museum?

  1. souldipper says:

    The Renaissance Portrait – From Donatello to Bellini – thank you, Rosie. I love that painting. I will look up the book on the Web.

    Yes, we had those horrendous winds up here on 11.11.11. That day we were without power from 3 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. A friend came over so we sat by the fire with the kerosene lamp…eating fresh fruit to stave off hunger. Our roads were covered with debris afterwards. It’s eery!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Amy,
      It was an interesting piece of synchronicity that you posted that picture the same week I’d spent so many hours standing at my cash register looking at the painting on the book cover.

      I remember your post about the winds and how you sat in front of the fire with your friend. Interesting to realize we’re talking about the same nasty winds. It’s a reminder that we don’t live so far from each other.

  2. Earth Ocean Sky Redux says:

    You read my mind. I came to your site this morning SPECIFICALLY to see if you were affected by the winds. I have good friends in Pasadena who were without power! What a mess it created, especially the downed trees. Such a loss.

    I do hope the person who wrote the “We are Closed sign” eventually saw the typo “temporally” and changed it quickly! Old editors never die – they just keep finding typos!! 🙂

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi EOS
      I was tired when I came home from work last night, but thought I should post something about the winds in case folks were concerned. That’s very thoughtful of you to come and check on me. Thank you.

      I love that you found the typo. The manager of the coffee cart was really intrigued when I put my bag down, and pulled out my camera just to photograph his sign… He stood and watched me and wanted to see the photo.

  3. Cindy says:

    Yep, I spotted the typo too 😀

  4. Sybil says:

    “Temporally” made me think that the wind was causing some sort of rip in the space / time continuum. A temporal time displacement …;-)

  5. magsx2 says:

    Unreal winds, it’s amazing the damage high winds can do especially to the trees.
    I loved the “read my lips” about the photography, that was hilarious, a lot of patience needed on that one. 🙂

  6. dearrosie says:

    Hi Mags,
    According to one of the articles I read, because our local trees aren’t deep rooted they’re easily blown over. Who knew.
    Sometimes I feel as if I’ve used up my store of patience, so it helps to joke with myself, and thinking of “Read my lips” makes me laugh which helps.

  7. bronxboy55 says:

    I’m glad you’re okay, Rosie, but what a sad sight to see all of those trees down.

    “Where’s the Museum?” That’s what I was going to ask when I visit you at work someday. Now I’ll have to think of another question. And speaking of questions, what was your answer to the man who wanted to know if he could return what his wife had bought for their kids?

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Charles,
      It’s awful to drive down one of those streets. In our street the trees just lost lots of branches which still hampers driving.

      You can still ask me “Where’s the Museum?” because I’ve been asked that before and I promise you I will be asked that again!

      Of course we gave the man back his money. You have 30 days to return anything – well as long as it’s not been used – and you have to have your receipt!

      That man was so grateful to save his money. I’m sure a large percentage of the kids don’t care what they buy and throw it away when they get home, but that’s the first time a parent has told me that his kids ‘fessed up that they didn’t really like what they’d bought. I see kids in school groups who spend every last cent on rubbish!

  8. Priya says:

    The fall leaves! They look like precious treasure collected in corner, the way they’re huddled together after a windy time/ industrious sweeping.

    The winds sound scary, though. And the picture of the fallen tree is a proof! It saddens me to see a fallen tree, no matter the reason. I am a veritable Dogmatix, if you know him.

    Mr. Savage is quite resourceful, is he not!?

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Priya
      Aren’t those fall leaves precious huddled in the corner like that. They weren’t swept – it was the wind.

      I think you’re referring to the dog in the Asterix comics? I haven’t read one of them comics in years.

      Mr Sauvage was great. He had a lovely smile and a nice hat.

  9. We heard about those winds on the news! I’m glad you’re all right, Rosie. It sounded pretty scary in some places… It’s sad to lose so many trees.

    Poor guy asking, “Where’s the museum?” I get confused like that in cities and crowded places. One reason I never travel alone. 🙂 When my family sees it happening they just take my hand and lead me on…

    Sounds like those boys have too many things at home already!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Barbara,
      The winds did so much damage. I heard on NPR this morning – a week later – that there are still thousands of people without electricity.

      Thank you for explaining how easy it is for some folks to get confused. Next time I’m asked “Where’s the museum?”, I’ll wonder whether it’s Charles having fun, but just in case it’s a someone who is genuinely confused as you explained, I’ll take his hand and show him where to go.

      I think we’d all like to see how much stuff those kids have at home.

      • You’re a sweetheart, Rosie! When we were on the Metro in Washington, DC, a couple of weeks ago, we witnessed an elderly mother (with luggage) being escorted by her middle-aged daughter for the ride to Union Station where she was to catch the same train we were getting. We had to take the blue line to a certain stop and then the red line to get to Union Station, and then follow signs to the right gate for the train headed to Boston. The mother asked a couple of weird questions and the daughter calmly reassured her, “Mom, I won’t leave you until you’re on the right train.” I poked Tim and said, “That could be Larisa and me some day…” I was impressed that the daughter was going all that way to help her confused and overwhelmed mother navigate crowded and unfamiliar territory.

      • dearrosie says:

        Barbara, I really appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me, and the other readers of my blog. I think we all know the elderly would have trouble catching the correct train as you described above, but I didn’t realize that it isn’t always the elderly who are confused and from now on I will respect and not laugh at the confusion.

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