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Joz... sounds like "Jaws" jozjozjoz is an asian american gal who lives and blogs underneath the hollywood sign and who doesn’t clean her fishtank unless the fish starts to do the backstroke. she is also able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but cannot stop from bumping into door handles, cabinet doors, and anything else that protrudes or has a sharp edge. she does not run with scissors for this same reason. she can pet the fur off a dog but don’t ask her to go anywhere near a horse. or a moth. or a roach. her dealings with L.A.’s finest (aka the parking violations department) are legend, as are her giant sneezes. Other than the two too many joz’s, jozjozjoz is a perfectly normal, relatively sane individual who defies the odds, reaches for the stars, and carries moonbeams home in a jar. She’d rather be a fish… but not in her own dirty fishtank. aside from her personal blog at jozjozjoz.com, she also writes at 8Asians.com

Make no bones about it…

Lot #195: Extremely rare sabre-tooth tiger skull
Once or twice a month, I can be found at the I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers in Beverly Hills (Job #1.5, formerly known as Job #3) running their eBayLiveAuctions.

I’m sitting here preparing for an exciting sale of Natural History items. We’ve had these special sales before… fossils, meteorites, skeletons, dinosaur eggs, gems/minerals, etc… but this time there’s a bit of controversy.

The highight of the auction is expected to be the sale of an extremely rare sabre-tooth tiger skull extracted just outside the boundaries of the county (La Brea) tar pit boundaries. The media is all over this because evidently many paleontologists & members of the scientific community are upset that such items are being put up for sale to the public. The L.A. Times Calendar had a front page story about it yesterday (seen here at the Baltimore Sun).

What do you think about rare fossils being put up for sale to the public? Should they be “preserved” by an institution for study?

Other interesting items also up for sale is the “Golden Fan” which is thought to be the largest gold nugget to be offered up in public sale, and a full-sized replica of a wooly mammoth.

If you’re in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, swing by to watch the jozjozjoz action (or bid for something yourself) in the room. Or you can watch the auction action live at eBayLiveAuctions.com (direct link found at chait.com)

UPDATE: The sabre-tooth tiger skull sold for $190,000, evidently to a private collector.

UPDATE #2: Thanks to Will Campbell for catching the blurb in the Times. The $223,250 price is the final price including the 17.5% buyer’s premium. The $190K amount was the hammer price in the room.

The buyer, Stuart Pivar, is not just your average NY businessman. He is an avid art collector, one of the co-founders of the New York Academy of Art & friend of Andy Warhol. Aside from buying rare sabre-tooth tiger skulls, he’s also in the news for revealing some financial shenanigans (fraud) of the bookeeper for the Academy. (Pivar has not been on the Board of the Academy since the mid-90s.) Links below:
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Nobody walks in L.A. (but maybe they would if they had a kickass pair of new walking shoes)

The Reebok “Wear Your Heart on your Feet” campaign starts today.

For a minimum $25 donation to the AHA, you will receive a FREE pair of Reebok VersaSport DMX Max walking shoes.

Simply log on to www.reebok.com/walking to make your donation. Reebok will be giving away $1 million worth of shoes and will raise over $350,000 in this promotion with 100% of your donation going to the AHA.

MISSING – 1684 STRADIVARIUS CELLO VALUED AT $3.5 MILLION

The L.A. Phil released a statement that a rare Stradivarius cello played by their Principal Cellist Peter Stumpf was stolen from a home in Loz Feliz. They’re asking the public for tips and information. From what I understand, this cello is one of only 60 Strad cellos in the entire world. Even people who don’t know/like/care about classical music have at least heard of the famed Stradivarius stringed instruments & know how exceptional & uncommon they are.

Peter Stumpf with the cello. Click for the hi-res image from laphil.org (1.9 mb) The cello case.  Click for the hi-res image from laphil.org (130 kb) Peter Stumpf playing the cello.  Click for the hi-res image from laphil.org (384 kb)

If I was a professional cellist who had my cello (especially a Strad) stolen, I think I would probably just cry until it was returned.

But what’s the point of stealing something so unusual? To me, it’s akin to stealing a piece of artwork that is “priceless” because it’s unique. Though valued at $3.5 million, this cello is really irreplaceable. It’s not like you can go and sell such a cello without someone realizing that it was the stolen cello. Besides which, part of the value of the cello (aside from the obvious quality & sound of the instrument), is the fact that it is a Stradivarius and that Strads are rare. And if you don’t say it’s a Strad, the value would go down considerably.

I don’t get it.

The L.A. Phil statement is below…
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The Museum of WHAT?

I was first made conscious of The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City years ago when I used to drive past it on an almost daily basis.

Image obtained from the Museum of Jurassic TechnologyI had no idea what curiosities were hidden within the walls of this non-descript, two-story building on Venice Boulevard until I had a friend who had an internship there and who was doing research about… well, I really don’t know what the heck she was researching, except that it was… weird. According to their website, “The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California is an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic.” Examples of some of their exhibitions include: Megloaponera Foetens / The Stink Ant of the Cameroon; Bernard Maston, Donald R. Griffith and the Deprong Mori of the Tripiscum Plateau; Fruit Stone Carving; The Horn of Mary Davis of Saughall; and “Garden of Eden on Wheels,” Selected Collections from Los Angeles Area Mobile Home and Trailer Parks.

On their website, they currently have selections from their “No One May Ever Have The Same Knowledge Again Letters To Mt. Wilson Observatory (1915-1935) Collection”. My favorite is a letter from Edward (the photo, taken from MJT’s website, really says a lot in itself), which starts like this:

To the scientific world Thru the Mt. Wilson Observatory

This is to certify, That I have found the Key To all Existance. And all I ask of any one Is for them to read What I am about to say. Because it is not my purpose to tell What you already know. And consequently the proof Shall follow and establish My work to make it law. [more]

My recollections of my own visits to MJT were that its collections were unlike any others I’d ever seen before… interesting, definitely unique. But for anyone who hasn’t visited, I recommend a visit to this one-of-a-kind, only-in-L.A. institution to see for yourself. Their collections are constantly in rotation and no two visits are exactly the same.
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Nobody walks in L.A. (And if you’re anything like me, you might not even know there’s such a thing as public transportation in L.A.)

It took a visitor from London to prove that it *IS* possible to get from Hollywood to Van Nuys with no car in just a few hours, and for only $2.50.

Well, what she really proved is how fricken dependent I am on my car & if I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t know how to get around.

London blogger/Keanuholic Jen has been staying with us for the last couple of days and since I was unable to get out of work to drive her to Van Nuys to meet up for dinner with some friends, she said she’d find her own way there. And with the help of the MTA’s Metro Trip Planner, she did. If it was me, I’d have just stayed home (or begged someone to pick me up).

I didn’t know you could plan a in-town trip online through the MTA site. Heck, I’m not even certain I knew that buses (or whatever) could really get you from Point A to Point B. In my car-centric mind, I kind of thought that buses were only on L.A. roads to 1) get in my way or 2) spew disgusting black gunk into the air.

I do vow to get on the “Go Metro” one of these days. Maybe.

In shock…

This (not a joke) was posted on my site (before MT broke) by my friend ProfessorEric:

Ok, sorry to drop a heavy one on you but i need to get this out there… i was just driving on the PCH running an errand and out of the blue a car swerves and loses control and flies over the guardrail, over the oncoming traffic, and over the side of the PCH toward the ocean. I have never seen anything like that. i have seen accidents after the fact, i have even seen people dangling upside-down in their vehicle under the 10 freeway. but i have never seen anything so horrible happen right in front of me. We all slowed down for a moment trying to figure out what we as random motorists could do, and a few people quickly pulled over and took out their cell phones, and the rest of us just kept going. I feel horrible. I wish i had stopped and checked to see if the people in that car were ok, but i was already far past them when i came back to my senses. i am so fucked in the head right now. all i have to say is tell everyone close to you how much you care about them. we never know when we will be snatched away. I am not a religious person in any way, but i prayed to something, to everything, that these people somehow survived. ok. enough venting. thank you all for reading our little web page of nonsense. glad to somehow be a little part of your lives. -professoreric

Incidentally, if anyone can help me with my broken MT problem, this post accidentally got posted twice to the site and when I was deleting one of the posts, something happened during the rebuild and we are no longer able to log in.

Eeek all around.

Why don’t they deliver?!

I just found out that the Palms Thai Restaurant in Hollywood doesn’t deliver…

WHAT?!

I was first introduced to this pleasant restaurant when I met up with Marc Brown for lunch one day. Their lunch specials are really reasonably priced ($3.95) and it’s a pretty nice environment with friendly (if sometimes slow) service. It’s also a great place to go if you’re out at 1am in Hollywood and need something to eat (they’re open ’til 2am).

Of course, the best thing about this place is Thai Elvis (certain evenings only), but still… WHY DON’T THEY DELIVER!?!

Head2Toe (starting with the hair)

Joz & Aubrey!  That's John Cho behind us in the left of the picture.
Makeover shows have a fresh new face – it’s my friend AUBREY LOOTS. I last ran into Aubrey after he did the hair for the models at the Pre-Oscar Fashion Show at Bliss. Here’s a photo of us from that night… (he did NOT do my hair. It looks all nappy because I had been running around in the rain.)

Tune in tonight (or TiVO) Lifetime’s very popular show “Head2Toe,” a makeover show that does it all (except cut flesh) to make women look their best.

And in the Hairstylist Corner is Aubrey Loots (and several other stylists that he recruited to ESP Salon, the salon he was managing at the time). He is now working out of Studio 210 in the Brentwood Gardens, 11677 San Vincente Blvd #210, Brentwood. 310-826-5522.
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Trends in L.A. Real Estate (aka – Dislocation! Dislocation! Dislocation!)

If I wasn’t so busy pulling my hair out from packing furiously for our move, I’d be doing some research on trends in the L.A. real estate market.

Since we got the news just about a month ago that our landlords were selling the house and that we had to find a new place to live, we’ve run into at least 3 other people who are in situations similar to ours. And a good number of people I’ve told our situation to have said, “The same thing is happening to my friend/brother/sister/co-worker/my favorite American Idol singer!” It sounds like property owners are trying to cash in and sell while the market is still crazy hot.
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Local DumpsterDiva for Today’s Domestic Diva


L.A. area local Sonya Nimri was selected out of 3,000 would-be divas who submitted a 1 minute video and an essay in hopes having their own segment on the Today Show. Sonya also currently works at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she works with my friend (and contributor to my website) “sharky the kid.”

Voting at the Today Show website is open Monday and Tuesday only, and I’ve taken to endorsing Sonya Nimri on my website. If you’re not convinced to vote for Sonya just because *I* said so, then you need only to visit Sonya Nimri’s official website: dumpsterdiva.com for some great examples of her work. (It is also where I “borrowed” her picture from, since the one on the MSNBC website is so hard to see.)

The voting page is accessible via this link.
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