In shock…

April 20, 2004 at 3:56 pm in Uncategorized

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.


The Manly Homemaker

April 20, 2004 at 9:56 am in Uncategorized

Every relationship has to learn how to compromise and find the middle ground for decisions. I got the house style I always wanted. My husband got to install the kitchen of his dreams. And this kitchen remodel (well, more like first floor remodel, but that’s another story) has caused me to reflect on current design for the home.

What I found is that men are more involved in these things than I had previously realized. Browsing through the flooring stores, the home improvement warehouse and the appliance stores I saw couples. I saw men expressing deep interest in faucets and carpets and light fixtures. I realized that manufacturers realize this. They must have realized it a few years ago and I’m just catching up.

There’s a general masculinizing of houses and product design going on. Take for example this new vacuum cleaner: The Dyson DC07. How can a man not look at that and want one. It’s the manliest vacuum I’ve ever seen. It’s got Root8Cyclone(TM) technology! Go there and watch that flash animation about how the suction works and tell me you’re not excited about it! I’m not kidding, did you watch it? It boasts that it’s the only vacuum with a quick draw hose! It’s like a lawnmower for the living room rug.
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Dodgeball LA

April 20, 2004 at 9:38 am in Uncategorized

I just joined Dodgeball. It’s like Friendster and Tribe but works with your mobile phone and lets you know when your friends are near you in your city – in my case: Los Angeles. Problem is I have no other friends on there yet, and even though the system supports FOAF, I don’t have a FOAF file to upload. So, uh.. yeah. Go sign up.


Big ol’ spawns

April 20, 2004 at 8:25 am in Uncategorized

Not that we needed it, but here’s proof that the Giants are spawns of Satan. ;)

Oh, and the Dodgers are #1 in the Majors, baby, thanks to a sweep of the hated Bay Area demonic horde. I guess Milton Bradley has worked out after all.


Craigslost.la

April 19, 2004 at 11:25 pm in Uncategorized

In SF, I used Craigslist for everything. Within minuites of posting something, I’d typically get a handful of responses. Heck, even my dog made the ‘best of’ at one point. Today, however, I’ve come to the sad realization that nobody in LA uses this resource like I do. I need to get rid of my Happy Fun Complete Bedroom Set post haste, but… I must be screwing up a keyword or two. No inquiries, whatsoever. I’m left with an unused set of furniture… and a scary picture of Ponzi’s Great Aunt Sally.


America Motel

April 19, 2004 at 11:04 pm in Uncategorized

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Cinco de Mayo is only two & a half weeks away…

April 19, 2004 at 5:56 pm in Uncategorized

… what are you going to do?


Patriotic Spam

April 18, 2004 at 8:20 pm in Uncategorized

Now this is what you call your patriotic spam:

Received in email this morning.


No Poke List

April 18, 2004 at 2:25 pm in Uncategorized

The story of the Adult Industry AIDS infection is pretty much blowing up around the country but since we all live in close proximity to the epicenter I thought I’d post a few relevant links since some of you may know or have friends who know people at risk.

Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation HIV POSITIVE QUARANTINE LIST

AVN: Webmasters React To HIV Scare: ‘Everyone Is At Risk’

Lara Roxx Diagnosed as HIV-Positive

AIM Working to Contain HIV; Search for Second-Generation Continues

Journals of a Pleasure Activist


Public Transportation and Chinese Food

April 18, 2004 at 11:48 am in Uncategorized

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Mr. Fogarty was craving some Foo Chow yesterday so we decided to hop on down to Chinatown and grab a quick bite. Trivia: Foo Chow was the Chinese restaurant from the movie Rush Hour. How does one grab a quick bite in Chinatown when you are in the middle of Hollywood? Why hop on the Metro of course! I haven’t had a chance to ride the subway or trains yet and since Mr. Fogarty (who shall henceforth be known as Bob) is the only non-homeless person living in LA who doesn’t own a car it seemed fitting. So we descend into the bowels of Hollywood & Highland and grab some tickets and hop a Red Line train. It reminded me a lot of the D.C. subway system because it was just so damn clean but the cars reminded me of New York. It’s surprisingly uncrowded as we made stop after stop on the way to Union Station. An interesting aside is that there are no real ticket readers. If you don’t have a ticket you can just walk onto the train. From what I understand, their idea of ticket readers are armed cops who will throw ya in the clink if they catch you riding without a ticket. I think that’s the Indiana Jones’ method if I remember correctly.
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Fuck Bob

April 18, 2004 at 10:35 am in Uncategorized

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Echo park is usually a footnote on my travels from chinatown to silverlake or hollyword but I pulled over for a bake sale for democracy. Well more like democratcy because really, do republicans need a “bake sale”. I don’t think so, don’t “they” just get on the phone and in a deep voice go “Bob, I need some more money for my campaign. Anything you got?” And bob will go in an equally deep voice, “Well Bob, when we meet at the golf course, I will wear my other dockers that have a couple of millions of dollars. Funny that both our name is bob to don’t you think. Ha. Ha. Ha”. I mean, just look at the guy in the photo in the red warm up jacket. You think that guy is a republican. NO. A. He’s wearing beat up pumas. B. His beard looks like its got a cut out stencil of the obey logo – I wasn’t sure but I didn’t wanna go up and stare. Well, since my name wasn’t bob, I supported the cause by buying some cake and cookies.

Note: Sorry about posting the bake sale after the fact. And to anyone name bob who is not a republican (maybe you should change your name).
Correction: There are still bake sales going on. Cake and cookies, how easy is that?


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some of my favorite colors in the world beat against my eyelids

April 18, 2004 at 10:22 am in Uncategorized

Yesterday, I met a bunch of blogging.la contributors down at Kathleen’s place in The Brewery for Art Walk. Kathleen has been inviting me to Art Walk forever, and I’ve always had some stupid reason why I can’t go . . . but this time all of my grown-up responsibilities were attended to in advance, and I was able to drink beer, look at art, and goof off for an entire Saturday. Goodtimes.

There’s this thing about The Brewery: because it’s an artist’s colony, it absolutely pulses with creative energy, and when I get within about forty feet of the property, this thing in my brain that makes me an artist starts to pulse and throb and hum and buzz. It’s a good feeling, and I envy the artists who are able to live there.

Best moment of the day: sitting in Kathleen’s house and watching the incredibly drunk guy down on the street try to pick fights with all the cars that drove by.

Second best moment of the day: watching the incredibly drunk guy’s girlfriend try in vain to keep him on the sidewalk.

Art Walk happens again today, and I highly recommend attending.


Morgen Sighted

April 18, 2004 at 9:31 am in Uncategorized

Morgen, who used to write here, moved to Chicago and started his own blog where he can talk about living in LA.

“Though it was never a goal, I came across my fair share of celebrities while living in LA. Of course everyone who lives there claims to be friends with one or two celebrities. From the bartender who’s “great pals” with Stiffler from Dude, Where’s My Car (“who might come by the bar later”) to the random LA wannabe who “hangs out” with the guy who is in those Cingular commercials (“he’s actually really cool”), everyone is obsessed with celebrity out there. When you see someone famous out there, you have to pretend that it’s no big deal. I was once told that celebrities deserve to have LA where they can go without feeling hounded all the time. I was unaware there were rules to the whole thing, but I inadvertently adhered to them, not out of respect, but because I just didn’t care.

Having said that, yesterday I briefly considered pulling a u-turn after I noticed John Cusack driving past in the other direction.”

John Cusack is on Caryn’s “list” and when we lived in Chicago they were filming High Fidelity right around the corner from our house. I made sure not to tell her who was in the movie until after they’d packed up and moved on, knowing for sure she would have packed up and moved on with them. In fact, that might have secretly been one of my reasons for moving out of Chicago to LA, less chance of losing my wife to Layne Meyer.


Cemetery Cinema

April 17, 2004 at 7:49 pm in Uncategorized

cinespia.jpg When I was a kid growing up in H’wood I spent several a serene summer’s afternoon at the Hollywood Memorial Cemetery on Santa Monica at Gower, now called Hollywood Forever. I would bike over there just to wander around the crypts, hang out among the remains of the likes of Tyrone Power and Jayne Mansfield, and occasionally catch guppies in Douglas Fairbanks’ reflecting pool.

Now I’m gonna go back to see movies, not dead people.

Cinespia is getting set to commence its third season of outdoor film screenings upon some of Hollywood’s most hallowed ground, beginning April 24 at 8 p.m. with Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown.” Tickets are $10 a person and reservations aren’t needed. Just bring yourselves, a picnic dinner, a blanket or beach chairs, cocktails, and a cinematic sense of adventure. Gate opens at 7 p.m. with a DJ spinning tracks before and after the movie.

L.A. Weekly wrote about it here; and DailyCandy, here


Opening @ sixspace Tonight!

April 17, 2004 at 10:34 am in Uncategorized

inv.jpgmoonboots and barrettes, elves and cigarettes opens tonight at sixspace ( 549 west 23rd street, 90007) from 7-10PM with work by Megan Whitmarsh and Rachell Sumpter. Details and images can be found here. If you don’t already have plans swing by, or if do already have plans, blow them off and swing by.