Random acts of strangeness

April 25, 2004 at 8:42 pm in Uncategorized

Living on the first floor in Hollywood affords many strange and interesting opportunities. After Cinespia we came back to Fogarty’s place in Hollywood and were partaking of some Irish drinking songs when a random gentleman passed by the window and Bob waved to him just as a nice gesture. Shortly thereafter there was a knock at the door and it was the aforementioned gentleman offering us whisky and a tour of his pad. Fogarty went up and tested the waters and upon his safe return told us (myself and his girlfriend Staci) that we just HAD to see this place. So we took a stroll upstairs and were transported into one of the STRANGEST things I’ve seen in all my years in LA. I took several photos to document and one is posted along with this piece. But this guy (who turned out to just not like me very much for some strange reason and turned out to be kind of a prick) has covered every available space with beer and sports crap. It was one of those surreal evenings that you just don’t get anywhere else in the country. Once he offered us Bud Light though it was time to head for the hills! Ah it’s good to be back in Hollyweird! Now if I can just find someplace to live…

Last Cinespia Post

April 25, 2004 at 7:18 pm in Uncategorized

Photo from last night’s feature.

The first rule of Fight Club is…

April 25, 2004 at 7:04 pm in Uncategorized


Hey! I thought we weren’t ‘sposed to talk about it!

My head hurts more than Jack's nose!

April 25, 2004 at 12:22 pm in Uncategorized

So we went to the Cinespia showing last night of Chinatown and it was a blast. I’ll post a photo or two in a bit once my head stops throbbing. The sound system sucks if you are outside the boundaries of the speakers. The show was utterly PACKED! We couldn’t believe it. So get there early for optimum seating. They announced they’re doing it every other week for the next 7 months! Man what a cash cow. I wish I thought of it…

B.la Mystery Photo Contest / Vol.1, No. 3

April 25, 2004 at 12:04 pm in Uncategorized

mp0425.jpgWhoa now! Picking a winner to last week’s contest wasn’t easy ó not just because there were a surprising and welcome number of entries, but because two of ‘em were pretty much identical in pinpointing the snapshot’s location. First Dan came in with: “On the 134 heading east, just past the Gene Autry interchange (i.e. the 5).” Then “You” followed with: “Dood, i live near there. I’m famous! Umm, right when you get on 134 west from 5 north and you look south, before exiting san Fernando Rd?”

Now, I know “You” meant to say the 134 east, not “west,” right “You?” Riiiigggghhht. And being that I’m such a magnaniminominonymous kinda guy… I’m gonna g’head and name the both of you as winners, which means that each of you score Tush stickers as well as the bonus prize of splitting whatever number of free iTunes song codes I had by today, which happens to total six (so three each, be sure to redeem ‘em by April 30).

Clue: This coin-filled fountain pictured above can be found on the grounds of one of the shiniest jewels in the downtown crown.

tinytush.jpgRules First one to post a comment most correctly listing the location of the photo above wins the admiration of the blogging.la readership (or me, whichever’s greater at the time) and a collector’s edition Tush sticker printed with real ink and made with real adhesive. In the event of no one getting it right, the creator of the most entertaining guess will be hailed victorious.

It Smells Like Skunk Outside My House

April 24, 2004 at 9:27 pm in Uncategorized


Name Your Price

April 24, 2004 at 8:39 pm in Uncategorized

Since it would cost me infinitely more than they’re worth to ship these boogers, I’d rather pass ‘em off to geeky locals. As you can see, I’ve left their prices completely blank. Go ahead, blast me an offer I can’t refuse! I was ready to post something about ‘em in Craigslist, but… well, we’ve already established that they suck down here in LA.

Lexmark X73 All-in-One Printer –
Dell Inspiron 8100 –
Dell PowerEdge 1300 –
Gateway 7400 Server –
RackMount AMS-AR157 –
Two Netscaler 6000 Switches -

Jimminy Jeepers!

April 24, 2004 at 6:14 pm in Uncategorized

Just went to grab a bite at a little Chinese restaurant on Cahuenga half a block south of Hollywood (Hong Kong Somethingorother) and while we were eating Angelyne pulled up in her pink hoochie mobile and took a stroll. Good lord! Almost put us off our dinner! Gravity has NOT been kind to her and neither have the wonders of modern plastic surgery. If you see her on the street just run the other way… No questions asked.

Fiesta Broadway!

April 24, 2004 at 12:13 pm in Uncategorized

Need an early jump on your Cinco de Mayo celebration(s)?

More than 500,000 people are expected to participate on Sunday, April 25th, 2004, as 36 square blocks of downtown LA play host to the largest “Cinco de Mayo” celebration in the world ñ Fiesta Broadway.

The event celebrates its QuinceaÒera (15th year) this year.

The Museum of WHAT?

April 24, 2004 at 12:23 am in Uncategorized

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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Femme Fatales

April 23, 2004 at 1:49 pm in Uncategorized


Speaking of things to do this weekend, besides the LA Times Festival of Books that Robert just mentioned, there’s also the Femme Fatales Weekend of Wonder convention at the Burbank Airport Hilton and Convention Center.

The thought of attending a writing workshop at this con amuses me to no end. :)

One large popcorn, extra embalming fluid

April 23, 2004 at 12:59 pm in Uncategorized

Cinespia has announced that they are once again doing a summer film series on Saturday nights at the Hollywood Forever cemetary, and their first pick for this year is Polanski’s killer Chinatown. I never made it to any of these last summer, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun:

Directed by Roman Polanski
Saturday, April 24th, 2004 at 8:00 P.M.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower
No reservation necessary.
$10. Tickets sold at gate.
Gates open at 7 pm.

I’m not entirely sure what the conceptual connection between the cemetary and the films are, but as they say, “Bring blankets, picnic dinner and cocktails for this special screening below and above the stars.”

L.A. Times Festival of Books

April 23, 2004 at 11:17 am in Uncategorized

Thanks to CaliforniaAuthors.com for the reminder: this weekend is the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, “a two-day celebration of the written word and one of the country’s premier literary events. The Festival is free to the public and held each year on the last weekend of April on the UCLA campus. The 2004 Festival will be held on April 24 and 25.” Many thousands are expected to attend, so have a great time amidst a maddening crowd. :)

Heaven Knows He’s Mozwah Aballah Now?

April 23, 2004 at 1:29 am in Uncategorized

Morrissey.jpgWorried about LAX security in the face of these most dangerous of times? No need to worry, anti-terrorist Homeland Security is keeping their watchful eye on each and every suspicious foreigner entering our beloved shangri-Los Angeles. Suspicious men like Los Angeles resident, Stephen Patrick Morrissey! As reported by The Register:

Leading miserabilist and former Smiths front-man Morrissey has fallen foul of the Homeland Security dragnet, according to BBC radio reports. It is not yet clear whether or the US officials involved had listened to Meat is Murder, or whether they thought they had a match on notorious Manchester terror mastermind Anwar al-Morrissey.

Morrissey is now a resident of Los Angeles, and was reportedly detained for some time at LAX airport. The BBC quotes him as saying that there was some problem with his passport, and that he was briefly suspected of being a terrorist. But he’ll have been used to that in his musical career. And now he’ll have one of those letters from the Department of Homeland Security saying he’s not – but we doubt that’lll cheer him up much.

That’s “Louder Than Bombs”, not “I’m Wearing a Bomb” fellas.

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.)

April 23, 2004 at 12:14 am in Uncategorized

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.