Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Camels of Monrovia

Last Friday, after running some errands and doing some shopping, Mom and I headed over to the Monrovia Farmer's Market. If you've never been there, it's very family-oriented, heavily attended and really fantastic.

For diehard foodies it might be a bit light on produce, but I still managed to score a huge bunch of celery, some big beautiful strawberries, kumquats, dandelion greens and a lovely bouquet of lavender. It also has some really talented jewelry vendors. I ended up with two necklaces, plus my Mom bought the matching ring and earrings to one of them for my birthday. Very pretty stuff.

There's also a ton of food vendors, plus plenty of places to eat on Myrtle Avenue, where the market is located.

There's also really incredible stuff for the kids. There were three or four of these giant inflatable slides, and the petting zoo included not just pony rides, but camel rides as well. Seriously.


Mom and I had dinner at Jake's Roadhouse.

Monrovia is a beautiful town with a lot of local history, and its farmer's market is huge and highly recommended.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Another Z-lister keeping it klassy

Uh, actually, it's "genes". Babies aren't born with jeans. Speaking of people who probably shouldn't be reproducing...

One job you couldn't pay me to do these days: PR for celebrities. They say the dumbest, most inane things. It would be a thankless, 24/7 job.

Last Remaining Seats 2017 schedule announced

The Los Angeles Conservancy has announced the schedule for this year's Last Remaining Seats, which features classic films screened at restored Downtown L.A. and San Pedro theaters. Ticket for members go on sale March 29 and to the general public on April 5.

L.A. Confidential (1997)
Saturday, June 3, 8pm
Orpheum Theatre (DTLA)

Laura (1944)
Wednesday, June 7, 8pm
Million Dollar Theatre (DTLA)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Saturday, June 10, 2pm
Warner Grand Theatre (San Pedro)

On the Waterfront (1954)
Saturday, June 10, 8pm
Warner Grand Theatre (San Pedro)

La muerte de un burocrata (Death of a Bureaucrat) (1966)
Wednesday, June 14, 8pm
Palace Theatre (DTLA)

Easter Parade (1948)
Saturday, June 17, 8pm
Los Angeles Theatre (DTLA)

Wings (1927)
Wednesday, June 21, 8pm
The Theatre at Ace Hotel (DTLA)

E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Saturday, June 24, 2pm
Orpheum Theatre (DTLA)

Jaws (1975)
Saturday, June 24, 8pm
Orpheum Theatre (DTLA)

Jaws on my birthday! Yes please!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I am Rene Descartes

Or, at least, that's how my mind works according to an online quiz.

Yeah, a lot of it makes sense.

You can take the quiz here.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The latest addition to my little salt & pepper shakers collection

Mom and I went to the Wistaria Festival in Sierra Madre Sunday and had a blast. We scored some great stuff from the vendors there and capped it off with a birthday dinner at North Woods Inn with The Brother.

At one point we wandered into this little shop called The Goody Bags, on Sierra Madre Boulevard. It was mostly retro candy and gift baskets. But when we poked around a bit, we found they had some really hilarious gifts.

And then I saw the shark attack salt & pepper shakers. And yes, I bought them.

A little magnet keeps the leg in the shark's mouth. Genius!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

It's almost like generalizing (Nazis) about people who don't share your political views (fascists) might not be the way to go

Hey, look! It's time for another episode of...

As you may have heard, one Samantha Bee, who I have no idea about except that she has a TV show (so do the Kardashians, get over yourself) and is supposed to be funny, effed up big time on said show when she aired this segment, in which the cutting edge (you can tell by her use of the F-bomb) Bee sent one of her minions out to "cover" the conservative conference CPAC. And of course, this being the Amazing Samantha Bee, hilarity ensued. Cue the Nazis!!!

Speaking of "chirpy little shits", someone buy this woman a mirror.

Unfortunately for the Amazing Samantha, one of the Nazi Hair Guys had a sister who saw the segment and had an issue with it. Isn't that just like a raging conservative Nazi fascist? So intolerant, and no sense of humor to boot. She's probably Christian, too. You know how they are.

WHOOPSIE!!! Turns out this would-be goosestepper has a very legit - and unfortunate - reason for his "Nazi Hair". It has nothing to do with his political leanings and everything to do with the fact that he is ill with Stage 4 brain cancer. He's doing the best he can with the hair his treatment has left him with.

I can't imagine what seeing this stupid segment must have been like for Megan Coddington. If my beloved brother had brain cancer...well, I don't know what the fuck I'd do. But if some Z-list celeb made fun of him for it, it wouldn't be pretty. That much I do know.

Since being busted on her (and her show's) stupidity and intolerance, Bee has done the obligatory online apology and she and/or her show contributed a whopping $1,000 to the young man's Go Fund Me page. All part of trying to save face, no doubt. Maybe you should know who and what you're talking about before you jackass on national television, Sam Bee.

If you want to learn more about this young man, he is that Kyle on Twitter.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Get the Kleenex

A couple in the U.K. had a pair of kitties named Bear and Teddy (see what they did there 😉 ).

Bear died suddenly, leaving the couple and Teddy missing him terribly. But it turned out they weren't the only ones. A couple weeks later, Teddy returned home with this note stuck to his collar:

Dear Owner,

I'm your neighbor, living in 4. I'm also your cats' close friends as they (2 cats) are used to coming to my room every day. But one of them, a bigger one, has disappeared for two weeks. Is he OK? I'm so worried about him. He is so lovely cat and always touched my heart. Wish he is fine.

It turns out the neighbor is a foreign student attending college there. The cats had been keeping her company. She also used them for practicing her college presentations because she doesn't have any friends in the U.K. My guess is she does now.

It's a sad but sweet story. Check out the whole article here.

H/T to The Horse Mafia on FB for the link.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Authors and editors event set for LAst Resort!

Sisters in Crime Los Angeles has set a date for our authors and editors event: Sunday, July 8 at 4pm at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena. They're trying to get all sixteen authors and all three editors. It's going to be a big group, so they're not sure of the format yet. But whatever they decide to do, it's going to be my first author panel and I'm really looking forward to it. God knows I've been on the other side of the equation at countless panels. It will feel good to be there as a published writer.

More info as I get it.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Good news, bad news

The good news:

  • Still cruising through my UCLA Extension TV Writing class. Lots of kudos and bravos from the instructor on my Better Call Saul script (we just finished our third act outline and are doing our fourth act this week) and lots of really positive feed back from classmates, including one who said it reads like a lost episode of the show. Considering how badly this started out, I'm elated at how well it's going. I'm also really looking forward to getting this script - once finished - out to writing contests. 
  • The long-awaited Feud: Bette and Joan finally hit the air last night and holy crap Susan Sarandon is knocking it out of the park as Bette Davis. Just give her the Emmy now. It's also a terrific look at old Hollywood. And damn, Bette was tough.

The bad news:
  • Turner Classic Movies just announced the death of Robert Osborne, long-time TCM host and film historian. Terrible loss of a wonderful gentleman from a classier, now lost era. More on Osborne from Variety.
  • Bob Miller, the long-time play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings, announced his retirement Thursday. He will call the final two games of this season before exiting for good. Kings fans kind of knew this was coming, especially after this, but it's still hard to take. Miller was the last standing member of the famed Los Angeles sports announcers trio (Miller, Vin Scully and the late Chick Hearn). I still haven't been able to bring myself to watch the press conference or any of his interviews. I'm going to need a bottle of wine and a big box of Kleenex for that.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Welcome back, Olivet and Sinai!

Looks like Angels Flight is finally coming back! According to Curbed L.A.:

Angels Flight -  a very short railway that runs up and down the hill between Hill and Olive streets in Downtown Los Angeles - will resume operation again for the first time in more than three years.

...a new private operator, ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc., in partnership with the city, is taking over for the next 30 years, and it will reopen the funicular by Labor Day, city officials announced Wednesday.

Will need to plan a day in DTLA once this opens. I've never ridden it, really need to.

Official Angels Flight.

Great Angels Flight image I found on the net a couple years ago.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February words of wisdom

Told you so. --Your Intuition

Once in a while, blow your own damn mind. --Unknown

I honestly believe that the only way we are going to get ourselves out of the messes we've created for ourselves is to find strong and independent leaders. It's going to take a revolution. Electing someone that isn't a politician is the only way. Perhaps a businessman. --John Lennon

The older I get the more I understand that it's okay to live a life others don't understand. --Unknown

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some people's idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they want, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage. --Sir Winston Churchill

If you can't stand solitude, perhaps others find you boring as well. --Mark Twain

Never give up hope. Situations can change overnight, problems can dissolve in the light of a new day's sun. --Leon Brown

Pause and remember, the past is over and it cannot be changed, fixed or undone by continuing to think about it. The quicker we can get over our mistakes, understand the lessons and move forward, the healthier we become to ourselves and everyone around us. --Jenni Young

I like thinking big. I always have. To me it's very simple: if you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. --President Donald J. Trump

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the ongoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worse enemy to creativity is self-doubt. --Sylvia Plath

Write about what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. --Natalie Goldberg

Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. --Barbara Kingsolver

When in doubt, have a man come though the door with a gun in his hand. --Raymond Chandler

Never discredit your gut instinct. You are not paranoid. Your body can pick up on bad vibrations. If something deep inside of you says something is not right about a person or situation, trust it. --Unknown

Being a good person does NOT mean you have to put up with other people's crap. --Unknown

Writers are lucky. Whatever the mood, no matter the longing, the writer can use his words to connect himself to any world he wishes to visit. --Alan Zweibel

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. --Kurt Vonnegut

Note to self: Don't measure your progress using someone else's ruler. --Unknown

People who love to eat are always the best people. --Julia Child

You can tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down. --Unknown

There comes a time in your life when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living. --Jose Harris

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. --John C. Maxwell

If you start thinking about being likable you are not going to tell your story honestly. --Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What are you going to do with the people who are cursed with both hearts and brains? --Dorothy L. Sayer (Gaudy Night)

This country has shed more blood for the freedom of other people than all the other nations in the history of the world combined, and I'm tired of people feeling like they've got to apologize for America. --Fred Thompson

In the book of life, there are happy chapters, sad chapters and exciting chapters. Don't be afraid to turn the page and see what the next chapter is about. --Unknown

The man who has no imagination has no wings. --Muhammad Ali

When the devil keeps on asking you to look at your past, there must be something good in the future he doesn't want you to see. --Unknown

If someone treats you like crap, just remember that there's something wrong with them, not you. Normal people don't go around destroying other human beings. --Unknown

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. --Mark Twain

There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility. --Steven Spielberg

I have been broken. I have known hardship and I have lost myself. But here I stand, still moving forward and growing stronger each day. I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life. They made me stronger. --Unknown

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. --Maya Angelou

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. --Ralph Marston

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. --William Arthur Ward

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. --John Burroughs

The less you respond to negativity, the more peaceful your life becomes. --Unknown

I no longer force things. What flows, flows. What crashes, crashes. I only have space and energy for things that are meant for me. --Unknown

Monday, February 27, 2017

Oh good, I'm not the only idiot who does this

I also excel at completely blanking on what I put on those lists while at the store, then remembering after I've shopped and left. It's a gift.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I haven't watched a pageant or an awards show in years...

But I understood this much:

Apparently the Oscars broadcast was so caught up in other things, they announced the wrong Best Picture winner for the first time ever.

Maybe it's time to stick with what you know and stop telling the rest of the world how to live.

Monday, February 20, 2017

This is what tone-deaf looks like

So IMDb has followed through on their threat to shut down their discussion boards.

Since the announcement was made a few weeks ago, users have flocked to IMDb's social media accounts and made it crystal clear that they did not want to lose this feature.

This last comment is what's so amazing about this corporate clusterfuck - absolutely zero response from IMDb to its users since the original announcement. Nothing. Users have bombarded IMDb's social media accounts with pleas, threats to delete accounts and apps, confirmation of deletion of accounts and apps...and nothing. Not a peep.

I have to think that this whole fiasco really diminishes IMDb in the eyes of the public. Not only did they broadside their users with the loss of a very active feature, but they then went radio silence in response to the outcry to save the boards.

I realize the boards had their fair share of trolls, but apparently it hadn't gotten bad enough for people to stop using them. And would it have killed IMDb to do a little moderating and banning trolls via their IP addresses?

One commenter pointed out that with the exception of being able to leave reviews (which apparently aren't interactive) the loss of the boards really just makes IMDb another version of Wikipedia. It doesn't even provide news that can't be found elsewhere on the net. But one thing is clear: IMDb dropped a popular feature, then didn't care enough and couldn't be bothered to respond to its many users who protested the decision. And that, my friend, is a ginormous customer service fail.

A few weeks ago, prior to the announcement, I would never have imagined IMDb as the next internet entity to begin a downward slide toward being the next My Space. Now it's at the top of the list. And it could easily have been avoided, or at least handled professionally. I know IMDb is owned by Amazon, but I think the question isn't so much who owns it, but who's running it. Because they just effed up massively.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The penny/tire test

File this under "You Learn Something New Every Day". I had no idea.

My tires are relatively new, but since I'm a total girl when it comes to cars, I'm pretty dependent on my local Toyota dealer to let me know when something needs to be replaced. This is something to keep in mind for the future.

Thanks to the CHP for this advice.