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Is Fry’s the Real “Best Buy?”

January 15, 2010 in Shopping, South Bay

IMG_1762I always want what doesn’t exist.  In this case, it was an old, and possibly discontinued, model of a small electronic appliance that customers seem to prefer over the newer models.  However, after some online searching, I found that the item indeed exists, only at Fry’s Electronics.   I didn’t know anything about Fry’s, except that I pass by the one on Route 1 in Manhattan Beach every so often, and one time a passenger in my car cheered when she saw the place.

So I made it to Fry’s yesterday, and was quite pleasantly surprised.  Fly the friendly Fry’s after the jump

Manhattan Beach law prohibits babysitting, nannying in city parks.

September 15, 2009 in South Bay

For some apparantely unsubtantiated reason, Manhattan Beach city officials are considering clamping down on personal trainers in city parks after they’ve allegedly found gym equipment left behind. NBC Los Angeles, who covered the story, spoke with a number of frequent park visitors, none of whom could recall an issue with gym equipment.

City officials hope to pass a ban on such dangerous equipment as yoga mats and exercise balls, but in the meantime point out existing city code that they believe already prohibits personal trainers from bringing clients to parks:

12.48.070 Commercial activities.
Commercial activities, including, but not limited to vendors, caterers, and peddlers, including vendors, caterers and commercial enterprises associated with permitted, organized groups, shall be prohibited in all City parks unless a permit is obtained from the Director of Parks and Recreation. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the Director of Parks and Recreation from awarding a franchise for special events to a particular caterer or vendor.

I’m not a lawyer, so correct me if I’m wrong, but if they’re going to use this to charge personal trainers with a misdemeanor, wouldn’t this also apply to nannies or babysitters?

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Free Concert in Long Beach Saturday

July 24, 2009 in Entertainment, Events, Music, South Bay

bobtributeCripes what can be better than FREE music on a broiling summer afternoon other than a free concert next to the ocean? With temps skirting 100 forecast for the Valley and SGV this weekend, that’s the perfect combo for us.  Long Beach is hosting a Battle of the Tribute Bands on Saturday 1PM-7PM at Rainbow Harbor.

All the details you could want on the Battle of the Tribute Bands can be found in their press release Facebook page.

Details: Saturday July 25, 1PM-7PM. 300 S Pine Ave, Long Beach. MAP LINK.

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BREAKING NEWS: LA area affected by HSBC office closing

March 2, 2009 in East Side, News, San Gabriel Valley, SoCal, South Bay, The Valley

My wife walked into work this morning and got the news.  HSBC is closing all 600+ former Household and Beneficial offices in the US and Canada.  Some 6,100 people are going to be out of a job.  That includes the West Covina, Panorama City, Van Nuys, LA Eagle Rock, West Covina, Long Beach and Ladera Heights offices that she has worked at over the years.

She is shell shocked.  She feels horrible for former peers and bosses that are in the affected branch office closings.  As I type this she said that her friends are being called into their various offices and being given their severance packages.

Those offices were closed as they were the branches that for years had specialized in secured personal loans and most recently sub-prime mortgages that HSBC had put an end to over the last few years.  Without them creating loans they were a huge expense that warranted closing, just bad timing with unemployment so high at the moment.

Tough times LA, tough times indeed.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

February 25, 2009 in Food & Drink, South Bay

At FriendFeed many of us West Coasters smug with our proximity to In-N-Out were getting intrigued by comments from East Coasters who kept touting Five Guys Burger and Fries.  There’s not many burger chains out there that can compete with the freshness of INO burgers, so we took their banter with a grain of salt. When one FriendFeed user mentioned there was a Five Guys in Torrance, I went straight to Google to make sure. Lo and behold, after entering my zip code on the site two locations in Southern California popped up. A FriendFeed meetup was quickly hatched.

Inside Five Guys

Inside Five Guys

Last Saturday a group of us descended on Cerritos to see if Five Guys could hold a candle to In-N-Out. Now keep in mind, this is purely subjective and unscientific. To make sure, I’ll have to eat at the places back-to-back. But one thing stood out. Five Guys decor looks a lot like In-N-Out. A. Lot. But I wasn’t going to let that bother me. Why? Because Five Guys smells better than In-N-Out.

Once we got settled and more people showed up, we ordered. Now everyone had warned us that the small fries are enough for two people, so I ordered two small; on regular and one Cajun. There was no difference in taste between the two, except for the Cajun fries sometimes tasted dustier. My husband got a small cheeseburger; that’s a burger with one patty, with onions, lettuce, tomato, relish (YUCK!), mustard and ketchup. When he opened it, it looked utterly disgusting. There was like half a jar of relish on that thing. I can’t believe he ate it. I got a large cheeseburger (two patties) with grilled onions and mushrooms, lettuce, mayo and ketchup. In other words, I got the burger exactly like I usually make my burgers at home. Read the rest of this entry →

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Found: Good sportsmanship in Kids sports here in LA

February 9, 2009 in San Gabriel Valley, Social issues, South Bay, Sports

Adam's free throw after a WCS Spartan foul.

Adam takes his free throw afer a Spartan foul.

WCS Spartans, and I mean coach, players and parents deserve a round of applause.  I actually gave the coach and one parent a hand shake.  In all sincerity I was impressed by how they played and acted.  Yes, there were parents coaching from the sidelines, but it wasn’t mean and with malice towards our kids.  We’re all in competitive kid sports (basketball) but not everyone keeps sportsmanship in the equation like the WCS Spartans. 

This weekend my sons Santa Anita Mountaineers (SGV based) played the WCS Spartans (Carson based) in a very tough basketball game. What stopped me in my tracks is that one of the parents of a WCS Spartan player actually coached his son on how to make sure someone is OK when you accidentally foul and knock them to the ground.  How absolutely refreshing to see and hear that instead of the usual congratulatory praise when a strong player is taken out. (I’ve ranted about this and it happens more often than I care to see and tossing a dart…happens most often in the Orange County tournaments).

As a Mountaineer parent to the parents of the WCS Spartans, thanks for being such good sports and great competitors.

Pic by me with a point and squirt casio exlim.  Its the free throw after a foul by a WCS Spartan in the 12U (6th grade and younger) tournament this weekend.  It does get bigger with a click.

Police arrest suspects in Playa del Rey home burglaries

August 28, 2008 in Crime, South Bay, Twitter

Larry Altman at the Daily Breeze reports that suspects in the Playa del Rey home burglary I posted photos of the other day were apprehended after an attempted burglary in Redondo Beach last Thursday.

Playa del Rey home burglary suspects caught on camera

August 23, 2008 in Crime, South Bay

This and more photos (after the jump) are from during reported home burglary that occurred around 1pm on August 17th on the 7900 block of 81st Street of Playa del Rey.

Two black males, in their teens or early 20s, and a white 4 door car are shown in the stills.

David Coffin from the community blog Westchester Parents (where the pix were originally posted) tells me he believes the shot here came from a “nanny cam.” All I know is this single home apparently has more surveillance cameras than my apartment complex. Hopefully it will pay off with an arrest.

If you recognize the above individual or his partner in the additional photos, contact the LAPD Pacific Division at 310-482-6313, referencing case #081424066. Read the rest of this entry →

Guess Where LA?

September 4, 2007 in Oceanic, South Bay

A few weeks ago I took these photos of the sunset and moon over the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach. I took it from a really cool hidden park in San Pedro. Guess where the park is and you win!

No Tresspassing Full Moon

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Pt. Fermin claims two more victims this afternoon – one fatally

May 11, 2007 in South Bay

In two unrelated incidents, two men were found at the bottom of San Pedro’s Point Fermin cliffs today, in what LAPD believes to be suicide attempts, according to the Daily Breeze.

A police chopper spotted the first body today around noon, and when fire and paremedic crews arrived they stumbled across the second body. One man is reported as having died, while the other is in critical condition.

Carlos Es at Life on the Edge writes:

It’s been crazy down here in Pt Fermin, apparently 2 people have tried to commit suicide. One is dead. Police say the 2 are totally unrelated. It’s been nothing but chaos outside my house with 6 helicopters in the sky and a dozen fire trucks, paramedics, etc.