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The Fires of Hades
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A week ago it was chilly, downright cold, overcast and finally rain. Today (it's only 2 p.m.) so far 98 degrees and climbing. Shortest spring I've ever seen.

A group of friends and I went to the Getty Villa in Malibu this morning. The weather at the beach was in the mid 70's and in the shade, one might even imagine it to be cool. This is a group I haven't gone adventuring with before, and to be honest, while they're nice people and all, probably not again.

However, I wandered off from the group and saw part of the museum on my own, and that was really nice. There is an extraordinary collection of glass and pottery. Imagine such fragile items surviving 4000 years intact.

The setting for the Villa is amazingly beautiful (Malibu on the beach) and it was built from plans of a villa excavated in Herculaneum. Wouldn't it be lovely to have an inner peristyle with garden and fountains (I could live without the statues)?

I first visited the Villa several decades ago and I had a dream that one day I would build a house like that (on a much smaller scale of course). My house now is my last one, and it has a covered patio looking out on grass, flowers and trees. I am quite content.

Whew! I wonder if it will hit 100 today. Welcome to Hades southern California!

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