Monthly Archives: October 2012

Culture Spotting in Orange County

by Lindy

You don’t often see one of these cute little cars driving down the streets of Irvine, dwarfed by Suburbans and Escalades. The bearded hipster driver of this gem was even in the right side driver seat.

You don’t see this level of coolness everyday in Orange County

In contrast, while in Newport Beach for a Halloween party last year, I saw this crazy vehicle pull up in all it’s glory.

Transformer: station wagon – tank

You don’t want to see this tank in your rearview mirror

Then, while in Lake Forest, I often see this spooky station wagon just lurking about.

Spooky Station Wagon Trolling for Children

Yesterday evening, I even saw a sweet Swiss Army truck with a Norwegian flag sticker on the driver side panel driving down El Toro Road in Lake Forest. I was instantly smitten! Unfortunately I didn’t capture a photo, as I was too busy driving and gawking. But I made a mental note that my next car will be a tricked out Swiss Army truck and I will buy it from

One of these Swiss Army trucks will be able to fit a family of five plus room for more!

These unique vehicles are proof that we do indeed have culture and character in Orange County!

What are some of the most unique cars you’ve seen in your area?


Reef At Surfside Sports


Jamming Away Again in Margaritaville

by Lindy

Here is a great story of a diehard Jimmy Buffett fan, Matt Hoggatt! I heard his cool song “Dear Jimmy Buffett” and Jimmy Buffett’s subsequent song in response on SiriusXM Margaritaville station recently. So funny and awesome for Matt – way to go!

Matt Hoggatt and Jimmy Buffett in Margaritaville
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Here is Matt’story accompanied with the lyrics to both songs. Here is an article about the performance.

The video of them performing together in Margaritaville:


Office Trap-Her Keep-Her

by Lindy

Barbie is finally making a break from the office Trap-Her Keep-Her! Run Barbie, run!

Barbie makes a break from the office Trap-Her Keep-Her!
Photo Credit: Lindy Neubauer, Kreative Haus

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Eat, Pray, Love AND Create

by Lindy

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling memoir, turned movie, Eat, Pray, Love spoke brilliantly at a Ted Talk on “Your Elusive Creative Genius” in Long Beach, California in 2009.

It is so insightful, authentic, inspirational and motivational. It certainly sheds new light on the creative process and the origins of creativity. Gilbert’s talk is described as:

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. —

Some of her wonderful quotes that stand out in this Ted Talk are:

“‘Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”

“I have had work or ideas come through me from a source that I honestly cannot identify. What is that thing? And how are we to relate to it in a way that will not make us lose our minds, but, in fact, might actually keep us sane?”

“Maybe [artistry] doesn’t have to be quite so full of anguish if you never happened to believe, in the first place, that the most extraordinary aspects of your being came from you. But maybe if you just believed that they were on loan to you from some unimaginable source for some exquisite portion of your life to be passed along when you’re finished … it starts to change everything.”


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