Rome – Los Angeles Connection

Rome:  Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti)

Los Angeles:  Bunker Hill Steps

The Spanish Steps were designed by the Italian Francesco de Sanctis and built in 1725.  At the foot of the stairs is a fountain featuring a small boat.  The fountain is named Barcaccia and is believed to be by Pietro Bernini.

The Bunker Hill Steps were designed by Lawrence Halprin, inspired by Rome’s Spanish Steps and were completed in 1990.  The stairway is divided in two by a simulated mountain stream.  The source of the water is a fountain at the top called Source Figure which features a sculpture of a female.  This bronze sculpture was designed by Robert Graham.


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  1. Hi Kevin.  Kazuko and I are enjoying your blogs.  Bunker Hill steps looks like being in Rome.Kevin.  Wells fargo sent me a couple of blank superchecks to transfer balances at a low promotional rate, very similiar to Chase Bank.    0 % APR for 15 months  after that 11.99 %  will vary —–.  Chase is 12.99%.  Wells Fargo has a balance trasfer fee.  Chrissy said maybe, Wells Fargo is better because I already have a Visa Card with them.  With Chase Bank I’ll have to apply for one ??  She said to ask you for your advice.I received a letter today from my lawyer, Jerel Yamamoto. I wish I can email you this letter.  Small Estates Probate:Problem is whether Bob died before or after 2010.   The judge will not allow a probate action if the decendent died more than 5 years from the time of initiating the probate action.  The judge follows a section in the code which limits cases to those who died within 5 years of filing.  If Bob died in 2010 or later, then I can use this option.  If Bob died prior to 2010, then we need to look at one of the other options.  Bob died in 2007.    Other options: Informal probate–cost about $4,000.00, including costs.                                     Determination of heirs–estimated charges for uncontested determination of heirs                                     proceeding will be about $2,000.00 including costs.  This proceeding requires an                                     attorney to handle it.   Jerel said to let him know Bob’s date of death, and he can probably recommend the appropriate action to pursue.   Guess I’ll have to leave it up to Jerel to recomment my best option.I’m sorry to sent you this e-mail but I thought you would want to know what’s happening to the Waipio Valley property.Received an adorable X-mas card with Tad’s picture from Jason and Ashley.  Sent to you, Kevin, Val and to me.  TTYL.  Have a good time in Rome.   XO, Mom

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