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Berg started life in the San Fernando Valley in late 1968 when the federal hourly minimum wage was $1.60 an hour and Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. That same year Wisk Laundry Detergent escalated the war against “ring around the collar”. While studying English Literature at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Berg met Brian. Since then Berg has spent his time playing banjo, raising a family and practicing the fine art of entropy. He currently resides in an Eichler home in the Conejo Valley. Brian.......

Introducing Chillin’ in the Conejo

Welcome to the official launch of Chillin’ in the Conejo, our multi-media blog about all things Conejo. We hope you’ll follow along and try some of the fun activities we discover, as well as sharing your ideas about fun things to do, or little known facts about the Conejo Valley. Below is our introductory video and welcome. We hope to hear from all of you soon!

Meeting Berg & Brian

CHILLIN LOGOWe’ve already learned from their bio’s under Blog Authors that Berg is eccentric and Brian is pragmatic.  If you had to bump into one of them, would it be the entropist or the conservationist?  Better yet, which one would you rather have as a neighbor?  For most of us our neighbors, our commute, and where we  live are all merely moving backdrops.  We live so fast we see so little.  We focus on very specific points in our busy lives out of necessity.   If we stop to smell the roses, per the old truism, we would notice how much more there is to life.  Because there’s perpetuity.

In this hamlet of ours that we licitly refer to as  The Conejo Valley, Berg and Brian plan on exposing not only the obvious about were we live, but the esoteric, the entertaining and the unexpected.  Each episode will bring something new.  Whether it be Berg sharing the hiddin gem of Eichlerville, Brian teaching us on how to transform our lawns into desert oasis, the both of them down at the Crown and Anchor sipping a pint, or introducing special guests such as friends or complete strangers.  There may be opportunity for you to suggest what type of shenanigans you wish to see them in.  Perhaps a pedicure or foot message at one of Conejo’s many haunts.

We live in a special place because we make it special.  We choose to live in the Conejo because it is not Los Angeles (a lugubrious prostitute that’s been repeatedly bedded).  We live amongst the oaks and the rabbits and the Santa Monica Mountians that all genuinely contribute to our mental and physical health.  In order to appreciate we have to stop taking for granted.  Our community deserves us, and in return we deserve what we make of it.  So make it better and better.


Immediately following this years Annual Camping trip the idea came to mind that it was time to do something new. It was not enough any longer to roll with middle age responsibilities. I quote Tropic of Cancer, “The cancer of time is eating us away.” Time is an inescapable part of life. Life by definition is finite. How many times have you been advised that its better to do it now because you may not have the time later? Or the cliche never put off till tomorrow what you can do today? The simple truth of the matter is for most of us we use time as an excuse to not do. If we add up how many times we excuse ourselves because we don’t have time we would have time. We have time to watch the latest resurrection of Die Hard. Wow!

In-between being busy managing our time there are intervals. This is one of these intervals. This is intervals of life in the shadow of Los Angeles…….in the Conejo Valley.