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1975 LA County Sheriff training film – call it retro Sunday

September 8, 2013 at 11:55 am in Driving, Entertainment, History, LA, LA bloggers, Vintage

Or how to drive a tank fast on bias ply tires!

This film is a hoot.  The tips apply if you drive a rear wheel drive tank on bias ply tires.  The commentary is still sorta relevant when it comes to fast driving a car with rear wheel drive.  I love the brown haze they called sky back in the day, my how things have improved!

Tip o the hat to Sergeant Tom LeVeque at Arcadia Pd who found this old video.


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Great LA Drives : Canyon Carving above Malibu

September 6, 2013 at 10:44 am in Driving, Entertainment, Maps, Transportation

FIESTA ST test route

If you know me, you know by now I’m a car guy.  Not trucks, suv’s or anything else with 4 wheels.  Cars.  Cars that handle well and are fun get my blood pumping. Yesterday was just such a day.

If you were terrorized by a bunch of new Fiesta STs yesterday, it was me and I apologize.

Got a hot hatch of your own and want some fun? Take the route I took yesterday starting in Santa Monica into the hills and canyons above Malibu.  The route is just drop dead gorgeous with the Cornell Winery as a mid point in the route to stop for some libations and just catch your breath.  It will take you up PCH from SaMo to Malibu where you make an abrupt right up Malibu Canyon, across Mulholland and then down Decker Canyon to Leo Carillo State Beach.  About an hour for each leg if you follow the entire route.

What you get on the route is some really exciting hills and curves to test your driving ability.  I’ve done a similar route in the past and on non-school days you do need to have your wits about you are there are kids on skate boards running the canyon without regard to lane maintenance.  And bicycles.  All that is part of the territory I guess, weekdays are the best bet for canyon carving when traffic is light and the kids are in school. Read the rest of this entry →


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Found on Craigslist can humanity get ANY LOWER?

September 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm in News, Rants, Social issues

vile and disgusting

I heard about it on the news this morning and did a quick Craigslist  search and found one post on point.  Seriously, women are selling positive home pregnancy tests.  The purpose…to trick guys into marrying them.

Vile and disgusting.

And sweetheart, if you need to trick a guy into marrying you, is it really “love” or just some desire not to be alone?  Any guy that needs to be tricked really isn’t the catch you imagine, if he were and love was part of the equation, which it should be in my book, then he would have “popped the question”  What you are doing is plain evil.  Doesn’t even address what happens in 9 mos when you are supposed to pop one out.

I find the preggo selling positive dipsticks for this purpose a vile and disgusting waste of human flesh.  As reprehensible as this post is I still obliterated your phone number and address, consider it a favor.


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Grazing your way through the L.A. County Fair

September 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm in coffee, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, LA, News, Seasonal, Shopping

official post card

Well, its that time of year again, and boy howdy did I have fun grazin’ my way through the Los Angeles County Fair the other day. It was Foodie night the other night, an invitation only event for us media and blogger types.  A great selection of vendors were open showing off their wares for our consumtion…and blogging later.

Of course for me it wasn’t all grazing, it was imbibing in some wonderful booze and wine and a detour through the Los Angeles County Model Railroads exhibit next to the food court.  The best part about the latter is that you get to go beyond the fence and get up close and personal with the trains and dioramas.  Win!  Read the rest of this entry →


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Pacific Plate Brewery : great microbrewery with a twist opens in my ‘hood

September 1, 2013 at 9:26 am in Food & Drink, LA, San Gabriel Valley

Yup, Pacific Plate Brewery is gonna put Monrovia on the map of microbrewers.  Great beers with a twist…flavors kicked up a notch with real fruit in the case of the Mango IPA.  My favorite however was the Cardamom Ginger Saison, a wonderfully spicy beer.

Pacific Plate is an interesting brewery.  They make craft beers with a twist as you might have guessed.  They start with whole grains they mill themselves. They add flavor pairings that compliment each other to create very different beers than you typically find on the shelves of your local groc.  Each batch is brewed by the barrel, not by the bajillion barrels that gives them better control over the final product.  They even grow their own yeast to maintain the quality of their beer.  All good stuff. Read the rest of this entry →


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626 Night Market – Encore this weekend Sat/Sun 8/31 and 9/1

August 29, 2013 at 8:50 am in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

OK, its my little obsession, but its fun.  The 626 Night Market is CROWDED crazy, but fun.  Get there early while the food is still plentiful and Parking is easiest.  Prepare for crowds, but they are friendly and festive so its all good.  Prices are reasonable, not cheap but worth every penny.  Not much in the way of  ‘mericanized stuff, but thats a good thing.

Getting there is easy.  The Santa Anita is constricted due to construction for the Gold Line, I’d recommend exiting at Huntington 1 mile east and follow Huntington, a right turn heading west to Santa Anita Race Track and the 626 Night Market.

Deets Saturday 8/31, Sunday 9/1, 4PM to 1AM. 285 W. Huntington Drive,Arcadia, CA 91007 (Gates 3 or 5 off Huntington Drive; Gate 8 off Baldwin Avenue) MAP HERE. Free parking. Admission $2 4-6PM, $3 after 6PM.


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Paint Nite at Monrovia’s Paint n Play Saturday 8/31

August 27, 2013 at 8:40 am in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music, People, San Gabriel Valley

This promises to be a really fun event.  Its being taught by one of my favorite artists/sculptors Rick Kess. I love his work and this class he will teach you the basics of composition and painting while you enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music.  Should be a ton of fun.

Its not free, the cost s $45 and includes the materials and lesson.  Rick will make the class fun and educational at the same time.  The proceeds from this event sponsored by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts will go to fund their numerous projects that bring art to the community.

Arrive early and you can also take in all the great art presented by local artists at the last Summer Art Walk that will take place on Myrtle Avenue that night.

Deets: Saturday 8/31 7:30PM.  Paint N Play Art Studio, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 MAP HERE  626-256-4848 for Reservations.


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YO…sweetheart you ain’t handicapped

August 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm in Driving, Law, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

And you park funny too!

Here I am sitting in the rather fast moving drive through line with a few cars behind me. Behind me is this Twenty-something with a kidlet. Suddenly she dives over to the side and goes into a Handicapped Parking Space…clearly signed and delineated in blue paint. She hops out, grabs a kid from the back seat who SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN A CAR SEAT and runs into the store. Seriously, having had a parent that was handicapped prior to his passing I know those spots are precious to those who need them. I wish a pox upon that little chirpy for taking the spot from one who could have used it.


Moving Waters

August 11, 2013 at 9:41 am in Entertainment, environment, Events, News, Seasonal, Sports

As part of a pilot program this summer, a section of the long-lost Los Angeles River coursing through Elysian Valley was reopened to the public for use as a recreational resource, an opportunity angelenos have not had since the 1930s when the river’s channelization was begun to prevent flooding.

As a boy I accidentally discovered the river, and from that single experience I have never stopped being enamored with and zealously protective of what so many others have dismissed as our city’s woeful waterway — little more than a drainage ditch to the sea. Though I’ve been aware of its potential, I never imagined that one day I’d see such a sea change in perception so that  the river would made accessible and embraced not as a prohibited place but as public parkland to be explored and experienced and as something to connect with after so long a disconnect.

River route as seen via Google Earth. Click the image for the bigger picture.

So for me, thanks to L.A. River Expeditions (Facebook), to be among the first wave during this historic first season and doing what you see in these clips at the top and after the jump: putting a kayak into its waters and putting my butt into that kayak and paddling — however awkwardly — downstream for a water-level perspective of my beloved river, it’s not a dream come true. Because I never dared to dream this could ever happen. Not in my lifetime.

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Did you get the rude awakening too with the statewide Amber Alert during the night?

August 6, 2013 at 9:12 am in Law Enforcement, News, Social issues, Technology

Imagine my horror this AM when my phone started buzzing and ringing and I wasn’t even awake yet.  Didn’t know what was making my phone buzz, ring and vibrate so violently.  I stumbled out the kitchen and saw the Amber Alert.  Didn’t even know there was a Boulevard, CA until now.

This isn’t the first Amber Alert I’ve been rudely awakened too, but my first here In CA. The first was not quite 4 weeks ago while I was in Vegas and Nevada Highway Patrol saw fit to alert everyone, even non-residents of the alert.

I know from my FB feed that at some point during the night all of my friends got such a message to their phone.  I’m not sure what I think about being pushed Amber Alerts, especially at all hours of the day.  What’s your thought on the idea of 24/7 push notices on Amber Alerts?  Is it good use or abuse of technology?


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626 Night Market vendor list for this weekend is live

August 2, 2013 at 8:49 am in Announcements, Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

I’m jazzed and excited for tomorrow night as thats the night we plan on attending the 626 Night Market. Read my other post for deets.

The vendor directory went live yesterday morning. See who will be at 626 Night Market this weekend!

▸ PRINT out the directory here: http://bit.ly/626NMAugustDirectory
▸ Or SCAN the QR code to access the map on your phone!
▸ Our friends at Splatnom have created a mobile-friendly menu! http://bit.ly/626NM-Menu


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LA vlogger Austin Null is a Agent for the Fiesta Movement

July 31, 2013 at 8:30 am in Blogging (in) LA, Driving, Entertainment, LA bloggers, Transportation, Twitter

It bears repeating, you meet the coolest people blogging.  This time around it was LA vlogger Austin Null an Agent with the Fiesta Movement.  The Fiesta Movement is a social media program with Ford that gives folks who blog and vlog 2014 Ford Fiestas to take on missions, adventures if you will, and do posts about the cars they are given. It involves monthly missions from when they get the car in April until the program ends in December or January of next year.

I met up with Austin recently here in Culver City at Fullscreen where he is a “Social Engagement Strategist”.  He also blogs and vlogs with his own YouTube channel.  Austin is a recent transplant to the Los Angeles area living in the West LA area.  The Fiesta Movement has given him missions that have allowed him to explore more of L.A and sunny SoCal. Read the rest of this entry →


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626 Night Market Friday and Saturday August 3 and 4

July 30, 2013 at 8:29 am in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

I love this guy. “Mad Asians Everywhere”, actually its a great mix of us folks from here in the SGV. The Night Market is a ton of fun, an emersion in all things Asian, food trucks, art, junk you name it. And a ton of jovial folks. Arrive early and you save a bit on admission and get easier parking. Things get pretty insane around 8PM. Saturday is the busiest day of the 2 day event, but that isn’t saying much as the place is PACKED.  To give you an idea how big and popular this event is they have added another weekend to the mix, August 31 and Sept 1.

Sorry, there isn’t an easy way to get to the 626 Night Market by train. Yet. The Gold Line is still over a year from arriving in Arcadia and Monrovia. You have to drive it on the 210 and Exit Santa Anita. Do allow for a little extra time on Santa Anita as the roadway is a bit constricted in parts for Gold Line construction. An option to avoid that is to take the Huntington Drive exit a mile east of Santa Anita, make a right turn and then follow it until you get to Santa Anita Park.

Deets: Santa Anita Park (Front Paddock Gardens) 285 W. Huntington Drive Arcadia, CA 91007 MAP HERE

Free Parking, Admission: $2 (4-6PM); $3 (after 6PM) Free for children 12 and younger


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Sharrow. APD gets it, LA Sheriff Doesn’t

July 24, 2013 at 8:40 am in Biking in LA, Law, Transportation

Sharrow. Its turning up on streets where there isn’t enough room for a dedicated bike lane.  Its turning up all over L.A County.  Its something I need to know now that I’m back on a bike again.

Arcadia PD gets it and even shared on its blog post what a “sharrow” is all about.  Read their explanation of a Sharrow Here.


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Hong Kong Supermarket FINALLY opens in Monrovia

July 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm in Food & Drink, LA, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping


After over a year of delays and general dicking around the Hong Kong Supermarket finally opened.  I am ecstatic.  No more trekking to Alhambra or China Town just for miso paste, thai red chili, or kecap manis (sort of a sweetened soy sauce).  I can get it where I live.  Yahoo…especially handy since we do meatless mondays around here. Read the rest of this entry →