It's photo quiz time. See how many questions you answer correctly.
Any Oregonian who gets less than 100% needs to better appreciate the beauties of southern California, which includes my three year old granddaughter.
(Q.1) Was this girl posing provocatively for a photographer on a beach in Lincoln City, Oregon or Malibu, California?
Well, duh. Have you ever observed this scene on an Oregon beach -- especially in late March? While in the LA area to visit my daughter and her family last weekend, I was fortunate to have my camera in hand while in Malibu.
(Q.2) Is my granddaughter, Evelyn, thinking "Wow, my grandpa Brian is so cool! I want to grow up to be just like him, except without the gray hair and beard"?
(Q.3) Is my granddaughter cute, super cute, or amazingly cute when she eats an ice cream cone? You can't make a wrong answer on this question, so long as you stick with my options.
I can't recall the name of the LA area ice cream parlor we stopped at. It was hugely popular on a warm sunny Saturday. Run by some Thai people, this was the first time I've seen a "Thai iced tea" flavor. I'll bet that isn't available anywhere in Oregon. Thumbs up to ethnic multiplicity.
(Q. 4) Does Evelyn already have the moody mysterious model look down? Saying to the world, "My mom may be putting my shoes on, but I am so beyond such trivialities."
Yes. She probably already can express that sentiment in French, since Evelyn has been going to preschool a few days a week. I expect her to resolve the incongruities between relativity theory and quantum mechanics any day now.
(Q.5) Can southern California be beautiful, even through some smog?