This week, we went to Southern California for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, the subject of which was Politics and Principles. The venue was a nice Hilton Hotel near the John Wayne Orange County Airport. Over two days, we had a President’s Club reception, a nice dinner, with remarks by Dr. Larry Arnn, the President of the college, and an excellent lecture by Andrew Roberts, on The Importance of Churchill for Today. He brought, and signed, copies of his book on Churchill. Which weighs about 5 pounds! I bought one, and from just the first few pages it is going to be a joy to read.
The second day, there were talks by Peter Schweitzer, who spoke on the corruption of America’s political elite (which we are all familiar with already); Dr. Arnn, who discussed American Principles and Public Policy;
Christopher Bedford, on Trump and the Media;
And Dr. Shelby Steele, who discussed the current state of race relations in America. I know of him through his excellent writing in the Wall Street Journal, and I was excited to hear him speak.
I was very lucky, because on Saturday as we were just packing to leave, I actually met Dr. Steele in the hotel corridor, so I got a chance to exchange a few words with the man, who is very gracious.
The Hillsdale program ended Thursday at 3:00PM, so we had the rest of the day free. We headed over to the nearby South Coast Plaza Mall, which is any shopper’s dream. Inside the main court, we saw their wonderful Chinese New Year display. They did the Year of the Pig proud!
That’s a pretty happy pig, sitting on all that gold! But you really have to look up to get a real feel for the holiday.
The epitome of Festive!
On Friday, we headed up to Santa Monica, to meet a Ricochet friend of ours. Ray really wanted to see Venice Beach and its Canals, and our friend offered to take us on a stroll, and then out for lunch. It was a bit later than we planned, but we had a nice walk. Just in case you are not familiar, the “canals” of Venice, California, are narrower, and much shallower than the real Venice! But one of the canals is named The Grand, and people whose houses back up to the canal milk it for all it’s worth.
That’s their house number on the left! Very creative painting on their wall.
Very pretty, but that water is about two feet deep. No danger of drowning if you fall in.
We figured that the owner of this yard was a modernist type of artist. Both the tree with the crows, and the legs above, are in the same big yard.
When was the last time you saw a dinghy with a figurehead?
This is definitely Southern California! Ripe lemons!
Of course, when we were done and back to the car on the main road, what should we see across the street?
Yep, the homeless encampment. It was like we’d never left home.