If you’re ever in downtown Toronto and have a hankering for some Van Gogh-inspired latte art, I’d recommend paying Brian a visit at Calli-Love. Pictured above, his cream and color rendition of Starry Night. Apparently, he not only dabbles in the Impressionists, but also takes requests – skylines, customer portraits, perhaps a cantankerous pug or laid-back frenchie?
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Welp, these two old timers really complicate the travel plans. Now, it’s not a simple matter of having someone watch the dogs while we’re away as our lovable pooches are now equally lovable but high maintenance seniors. In addition to mobility issues, they have continence issues and, in Suji’s case, a heaping helping of separation anxiety as well. Akemi has been wanting to get away to New York for a couple of days (to say nothing of Japan), but it’s looking easier said than done. In a couple of weeks, we’re going to try a little test run and leave our dynamic duo with a dog sitter – just for the day – to see how they do. Or, more to the point, how the sitter does. Meanwhile…
My L.A. trip is only a week away. I’ll be flying solo. Akemi will stay home and be a good dog mom – and miss out on Trader Joe’s, her favorite place in the world next to… Well, there is no next to. That’s it. Trader Joe’s.
Anyway, while I don’t look forward to being away from Akemi and the dogs, I DO look forward to catching up with some friends (Mr. Bendavid, Mr. Picardo, Ms. Higginson, Mr. Gero, and Mr. Binder to name but a few) and doing a hell of a lot of reading on my down time. Also, I believe my trip will coincide with the Astros beating the Dodgers to win their first World Series championship. Very exciting. Congratulations to them on their (presumably) hard-fought victory!