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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

State of the Kings

Not good. Two key injuries with the big playoff push coming, no momentum and special teams that are just feeble. Sigh. Bring it on. Only bright spot is that if we don't make the playoffs this year we're probably looking at a new coaching staff. A deal to bring an elite player or two to the team is just wishful thinking, but maybe at least new coaches could get the players we have to show up for a full 60 minutes.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Kevin Federline's next big hit!

Hollywood Hat Trick

They go in threes: Dennis Weaver Darren McGavin (RIP The Old Man! Frageeeleee!) Don Knotts

Like we need another reason to hate Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart wants you to foot the bill for their health care plans. I highly recommend this. It's available at Netflix. And they wonder why everyone hates them.

Searching for answers

Most people who get to this blog via search engine do so by looking for info on the Rose Parade, L.A. Kings or my favorite, the dreaded Carl's Jr. Milkshake ad. Then there was this guy: photos of michaela pereira's ass. Good luck, dude.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Moving day follies, with lots of CAPS

So today, I'm supposed to be moving - along with The Boss of Me - to a different facility in another part of Hollywood. Among other things this means I will be losing my spectacular 11th floor view of the Hollywood Hills and sign. But there are pros as well as cons to the move so it's not the end of the world. Not yet anyway. Biggest problem has been getting Boss of Me packed up. Specifically his desk and his laptop. My stuff is already gone, picked up this morning. I am literally sitting here with nothing but a computer and phone on my desk. I've already had to borrow scotch tape, a stapler and post-it notes from co-workers because my stuff is GONE. The plan was to have the last of the boxes moved around noon, you know, now-abouts. But I can't get his desk packed because he will not stop working, more specifically HE WILL NOT GET OFF THE PHONE. Granted, we're really busy - it's pilot season, the busiest time of the year for us. This is probably the worst time they could have picked to relocate us. But that's how it is. And don't get me wrong - The Boss is a great guy, but he doesn't seem to understand that business is regrettably going to have to take a break for a few hours so we can get the stuff out of this office and into the new office. Actually, I think he does understand it, he JUST WON'T DO IT. So as of now, the final push is supposed to come around 2pm. We'll see. I'm trying not to let it make me bitchy, but I REALLY JUST WANT TO GET IT DONE AT THIS POINT, IF YOU ALL DON'T MIND. Sheesh.

This would be bad, very very bad

Developers could change view of iconic Hollywood Sign. Christ, I hate developers. I remember when I lived in Playa del Rey before this monstrosity was built. It was wonderful to have this big open space in L.A. I wasn't naive enough to think it would last, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have. Can we please have one spot in L.A. undeveloped? Love this quote from the Hollywood Sign article: "It would be a crime to have buildings up there. It ought to be part of Griffith Park," said Chris Schwab, a retired engineer who has lived on Hollyridge Drive near Cahuenga Peak since 1965. "They should get their few million dollars' profit and then get out and go home to Chicago." Go Chris! And people like to think Angelenos are shallow and money grubbing. Let's pay them off so they can get home in time for tornado season.

Another book scandal in the making

"Marley & Me is the newest darling of the book world. You wait. It's just a matter of time until we find out Grogan made most of it up. Can a Lab be that dumb?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Things I can't help wondering about

Every time I see another article about the ongoing woes of author James Frey, I can't help wondering when he'll crack and fall off the wagon. Does that make me a bad person? After all, he was flying high and has taken a spectacular and very public fall from grace. The stress has to be unbelievable. I can't help feeling bad for him. At least when I screw up, it isn't all over the internet and I don't get humiliated on national television by Oprah Winfrey.

Celebrity non-sighting of the day!

Jay Mohr, in our lunchroom, playing Battle Zone (an arcade game), just a few minutes after I'd left for the day. As a result, didn't get the email from our eagle-eyed receptionist until I got in this morning. Hell, knowing how badly I wanted out of here yesterday, I may have actually walked right past him. Updated: Because Liz did see him. And also to add that the 2/14 celebrity product pimpage post on Jay's page cracked me up, although I wish he allowed comments so I could explain the inescapable hell that is Capital One to him. And while we're on the subject of shilling, don't forget: pick up "Action" on DVD!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

You can't make this stuff up

What happens in Vegas...isn't gonna be allowed to interfere with gambling. Oh, no. Not even if it involves a murdered man and a standoff with SWAT. Priorities, people. Meanwhile, back in the City of Angels: guy crashes million dollar car on PCH, lives to flee the scene. Can't wait to see how this one turns out. Beware of the blob, downtown Angelenos.

Hollywood Stuff (2/21/06 edition)

Because apparently you can make anything out of Legos: scenes from "Brokeback Mountain". I don't think there's any spoilers in there. The delusional Kevin Federline strikes again. Dude needs a clue. Or a reality check. How about a lobotomy? Honestly, if I didn't know better, I would have thought this article was written by The Onion. On a cheerier note, USA Network has ordered 13 episodes of Psyche, a show I've been waiting to see greenlit for a long time. This plus Dexter promises to make me a happy viewer.

Bronze it is

U.S. Women's Hockey Team takes the Bronze medal. Despite missing the opportunity to face off against Team Canada and a shot at the gold, they were classy as hell, gave U.S. women's hockey some good publicity and they medaled. I have a hard time thinking of an Olympic medalist as a loser or disappointment. Hell, I have a hard time thinking of anyone in the Olympics as anything less than elite in their field. So congratulations ladies. We're proud of you.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Going for the bronze

U.S. Women's Hockey Team fails to bring their A-game against Sweden, falls 3-2. Bummer, but I hope they at least medal. This has to make the Canadiens very, very happy.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

More historic L.A.: The Doheny Murder

The L.A. Times had a mention of the 1929 Doheny murder today, but only acknowledged it very briefly without telling the story itself. Way to go guys. Even I know better than that. Fortunately, LAist picked up the ball the Times dropped and came through with the full story. Good job and thank you LAist, because that was one I hadn't heard about and the Times mention left me curious.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Paging Child Welfare Services...

The guy who shot this ought to be shot himself. What a jerk. I've seen stuff like that on the internet and it scares me. Not something you spring on a little kid. If someone pulled that crap with my kid I would stomp them into the ground. And I don't even have kids. That poor little guy. He's going to have nightmares for years. I bet as an adult he'll remember that experience and how traumatized he was. I'd like to give him a big hug and take him home with me. I cannot get over how cruel that is. God, I'd love to smack that kid's dad.

Postcards from L.A.

I'm a sucker for anything to do with historic L.A. and Hollywood, so I was thrilled to find this: via blogging l.a., Zilf's collection of old Los Angeles postcards. I am going to spend so much time on that page.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Food for thought

Saddam Hussein on a hunger strike. I hope he sticks with it.

USA 7, Finland 3

U.S. Women's Hockey victorious over Finland. This is great news. Finland was supposed to be the first big test and Team USA scored five unanswered goals in the third to take it.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Vote for Angela!

While channel surfing over the weekend I had the pleasure of stumbling across the U.S. Women's Hockey Team's game with Germany. The U.S. is one of the top-tier teams in the world and it showed. At the end of the first period, the U.S. had 20 shots on goal to Germany's 1. That's brutal. The final score of 5-0 is deceptive. The final SOG tally was 60-10. Our next game is Tuesday against Finland, a much superior team than the previous two opponents. It will be the first real test for the U.S. team. Anyway, great game. But equally impressive was how the players conducted themselves in interviews between periods and post-game. Every single player I saw came across as intelligent and gracious, managing to be competitive without the arrogance that so often seems to go hand in hand with superior athletic abilities. At the risk of sounding corny they are great representatives for the U.S. and women's hockey. One of the players, Angela Ruggiero, is blogging her Olympic experience. Her photos page is awesome. It gives you a good idea of the level of skill and strength needed to play women's hockey at the world level, as well as a sense of genuine camraderie among the players and how much they love the game. Angela is also one of a group of U.S. Olympians gunning for a spot on The Apprentice. And while I think she's way too good for the Trumpster, she really wants it. So do what I did and go here and vote for Angela. She's currently in the lead with 38% of the vote, don't let her fall behind.

Ignorance was bliss

The L.A. Dept. of Health Services restaurant closure list (linked via L.A. Times online) is always a fun read. I like to skim it for local places I know and big names who don't want to be caught dead on a list like this. I don't normally take pleasure in the misfortunes of others, but sometimes it's entertaining to see the high and mighty brought down a notch or two. Still, not very polite, so it probably serves me right that while I was snerking at the presence of the Bel Air Hotel (closed November 29-30, no potable water) and Hollywood hotspot Cinespace (closed January 19-21, BUGS!!! ICKY CRUNCHY BUGS!!! OMG!!!) on the list of shame, I came upon this: SHELLY CAFE, 7013 HOLLYWOOD BLVD, LOS ANGELES Date Closed: November 17, 2005 Date Reopened: November 23, 2005 Reason for Closure: Prevention of entrance and harborage of vermin, Vermin infestation Oh, crap. It's near both home and office, and they serve breakfast all day. In fact, I usually go there when I feel like having breakfast for lunch (hello, comfort food!). Shelly Cafe, you have betrayed me. I don't know if I'll ever be able to bring myself to eat there again. I mean, the first time something crunches... This one, on the other hand, didn't surprise me a bit: CASA BLANCA, 1655 N LA BREA AVE, LOS ANGELES Date Closed: December 05, 2005 Date Reopened: December 08, 2005 Reason for Closure: Prevention of entrance and harborage of vermin, Vermin infestation Worst Mexican food EVER. Never thought it was possible to screw up a burrito that badly and their guacamole is just flavorless. They've been here at least as long as I've lived in the area (7-1/2 years) and I don't know how they've stayed in business. And in case you were wondering, yes, I am terrified of bugs. A part of me wishes I didn't know about Shelly Cafe's infraction. Almost.

Friday, February 10, 2006

RIP Chantico

Starbucks to discontinue Chantico. I had this a few times and damn, it was heavy on the chocolate. You didn't need a bigger size, it was like Godiva in the respect that a little goes a long way. I'm surprised it was considered a flop. I didn't have any of the complaints mentioned in the article. Yep, I'll miss it.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Meet the Oscars

Speaking of Hollywood and Highland and honorary Oscars, you can Meet the Oscars there from February 10 through March 3. You can even hold one. I know they've been on display each year since the ceremony moved to the Kodak, but I don't think the Academy allowed us peons to actually touch them before. So have your speech ready and don't forget to thank your mom.

Non-partisan

Why do I get the feeling a lot of people are going to try to play this down? Because seriously, if Bill Clinton made this announcement, they'd give him an honorary Oscar. Just sayin'. *gives my city a big, relieved hug* Updated: It's news to El Mayorosa.

It occurred to me this morning...

You know what this place needs? A Jamba Juice. The smoothie from the place downstairs just isn't cutting it. Also, I seriously miss having Elixer at H&H. Beard Papa's just isn't doing it for me.

Oh, boy

Bettman makes himself useful for a change. Seven straight losses. Not a good time to be a hockey fan. Maybe Team USA will surprise, but I'm wouldn't bet on it. Or anything else.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Not so royal

Now these are the Kings I know and love. Bad penalties resulting in five power play goals for the Wild. Six losses in a row. Only three wins in the last 14 games. And now clinging to the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, only four points ahead of Anaheim, which has played three fewer games than the Kings. And like a recording, the usual chorus of we have to play harder, we have to play 60 minutes, we have to be more disciplined, etc. etc. I have been listening to this crap for years. Stop talking about it and do it. The sad fact is that the Kings do not show up to play 60 minutes and haven't for years. And sometimes they don't show up at all. I wonder if there's any chance of getting a new coach, one that will kick ass and take names and make these slackers work full-time. But at the moment I have no idea who I would want. I'm just drawing a blank. And if the problem is an organization-wide poor attitude then even a new coach may not help.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Dumb blondes

Brain-free Britney Spears photographed driving with her baby on her lap instead of in a carseat, as required by law for the child's safety. This bimbo shouldn't be raising a goldfish, much less an infant. Apparently only the paparazzi, not the police, caught her, so she'll probably get off scott free. On the more serious side: Janet Jones Gretzky (and a bunch of NHL players) implicated in an illegal gambling ring. There's a great thread on this story at Let's Go Kings. This one could get really ugly. Updated: For a more extensive article about the allegations. My favorite part? Asked about his wife's involvement, Gretzky laughed and said, "Oh really? I don't know. You'd have to ask her that." Whoops!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Super Puppy Sunday

While the rest of the world was watching the Super Bowl, I was at home, slightly under the weather and riveted by the spectacle that was Puppy Bowl II on Animal Planet. It was genius, really - a bunch of puppies just being...puppies. Playing and tussling and being ridiculously cute within the confines of a miniature football field with a fake crowd, to the tune of nonstop generic music that's probably in the public domain, with crowd noise dubbed in (and which increased in volume whenever a couple of the pups would really start to mix it up). Equally entertaining was The Kitty Halftime Show, which was basically a feline version of the Puppy Bowl. And I couldn't. stop. watching. The cuteness was off the scale. Sheer genius, not to mention probably the least expensive show the network has ever produced. Whoever came up with that idea deserves some kind of award.