1. Our 13-year-old niece has potentially saved herself years of heartache by learning this lesson early.
2. It's worth it to drive a few hours out of your way to visit family.
3. Reconnecting with a friend you haven't seen or talked to in 15 years is also very worth it. Just be prepared for the mind-trippyness of the whole experience.
4. Jack London lived in Berkeley and was a smart guy. I recommend clicking on the photo and reading the quote. I now want to read more of his work.
5. Jesus, Abe Lincoln, and Maria Von Trapp are the best of friends, at least according to an artist at Stanford U.
7. Okay, I didn't really learn this so much as was reminded: this photo explains why I really don't want to live full-time in Los Angeles. This was at 10 am on a Tuesday morning. I needed to get off this ramp and turn right. Yeah. It took a while. Also: yelling into the phone long expletive-laden rants about traffic won't make the cars go any faster.
8. Pinkberry makes all that traffic-angst a lot better.
9. Go Dog Go is the perfect book for a toddler who is learning English.
10. It is possible to be inspired to live a better life by attending the memorial service for a person who lived very well. Over 1000 people came at 1pm on a Monday for the funeral of our relative who went on to his next big adventure. It was very much worth the drive down.
11. Last (for now): it's true what they say about grandparents. Abe's L.A. grampa is pretty rad.