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National Donut Day! Yum Yum Donuts!

National Donut Day! (The Other D-Day! Continued from the previous blog)

The first Friday of June each year is also National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places today!

Chocolate Custard Filled Donut (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Chocolate Custard Filled Donut – My favorite! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I just happened to find myself driving past the Yum Yum Donuts in North Hollywood today, which has been at this location since the 80’s, and since it was National Donut Day, I just had to stop and indulge my sweet tooth.

NOTE: It’s a good place but avoid it before and after the high school rush!

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

National Donut Day at YUM YUM Donuts in North Hollywood (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

From Wikipedia: “Yum-Yum Donuts is a chain of 64 California doughnut shops. Founded in 1971 by Phillip C. Holland, the original location at Avenue 26 and Figueroa Street in Highland Park, a district of Los Angeles, is still in operation. The company also owns the older and larger Winchell’s Donuts chain, which Yum-Yum purchased in 2004. The headquarters for both chains is located in the City of Industry.”

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

National Donut Day: What’s your favorite kind of donut? (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

What’s your favorite kind of donut? I picked up three “fancies”: a chocolate covered custard filled, a glazed raspberry jelly filled, and a cinnamon roll. I asked if they were giving free donuts, so she threw in one of the small sugar covered “sweet cream cheese” filled (as seen on the top shelf of the photo above)

I like all kinds of donuts: cake, cruellers, twists, glazed, filled, sprinkles, beignets, profiteroles, bear claws, fritters, old fashioned, holes….who doesn’t like donuts?

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Warm and Fresh “to Go” Donuts on National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

They have a sit-down, eat-in area in the shop, but I got mine “To Go” and took them home. I ate the little “freebie” which was soft pastry dough filled with a sweet cream filling similar to a cheese danish. It was good, but one was not enough. Then, I inhaled the glazed raspberry filled jelly donut. Light and airy, with the right amount of jelly, a real thing of beauty! Yum!

I waited awhile until the chocolate covered custard cream filled sugar bomb started calling my name, then slowly enjoyed every bite. A thing of perfection! Yum Yum! I’m pretty sure that it’s my favorite kind of donut when it’s done right. So, that left just the cinnamon roll and I saved that one for tomorrow, the day after National Donut Day. Yum Yum Yum!

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cinnamon Roll for Tomorrow, the day after National Donut Day! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There are three other doughnut holidays: “International Jelly-Filled Doughnut” Day is the day after on June 8 or 9. “National Cream-Filled Doughnut” Day is September 14 and “Buy A Doughnut” Day falls on October 30.

YUM YUM DONUTS11699 Magnolia Blvd (at Colfax, across the street from North Hollywood High) 818-760-9054 http://www.yumyumdonuts.com

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Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day! (and it’s also National Donut Day)

The 70th Anniversary of D-Day! Normandy, France – June 6, 1944

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It’s D-Day! Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy!

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Operation Overlord was the name assigned to the invasion of the Continent. The Normandy landing was the first phase, codenamed Operation Neptune, and the amphibious attack was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe, the establishment of a beachhead on the European continent, and it eventually led to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II.

Map of Normandy Invasion Area

D-Day! A Military Map of the Normandy Invasion Area in France

Remember the Veterans of all our wars today.  

D-Day! View from inside a landing craft.

D-Day! Omaha Beach – June 6th, 1944 – View from inside a landing craft.

USA! The United States of America!

USA! The United States of America!

At Omaha Beach, part of the Mulberry Harbour B is still visible in the sea at Arromanches, a few beach obstacles remain, and the Longues-sur-Mer battery is nearby. A memorial to the American National Guard sits at the location of a former German strongpoint. Pointe du Hoc is little changed from 1944, with the terrain covered with bomb craters and most of the concrete bunkers still in place. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is in Colleville-sur-Mer. Museums are located at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, and Sainte-Mère-Église. Two German military cemeteries are also located nearby. The Juno Beach Centre, opened in 2003, was funded by the Canadian federal and provincial governments, France, and Canadian veterans. Pegasus Bridge, a target of the British 6th Airborne, was the site of some of the earliest action of the Normandy landings. The bridge was replaced in 1994 by one similar in appearance, and the original is now housed on the grounds of a nearby museum complex.

Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian) War Cemetery in Normandy, France

Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian) War Cemetery in Normandy, France

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It’s also National Donut Day!

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The first Friday of June each year is also National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places today!

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Randy's Donuts - a Los Angeles Landmark

Randy’s Donuts – a Los Angeles Landmark

#TBT: Sunset Cruising in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 1994

#TBT: Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Lahaina Princess in Maui, Hawaii

Throwback Thursday! 1994: On the dock at Lahaina Harbor, ready to board the Lahaina Princess, for a Sunset Dinner Cruise, in Maui, Hawaii!

Lahaina Princess - Lahaina Harbor in Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Princess – Lahaina Harbor in Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yes, it’s a total tourist thing to do….and we were gifted with FREE activities! All we had to do was attend a Timeshare presentation. We didn’t buy a timeshare, but we did get the Sunset Cruise, a Sailboat/Snorkel Excursion and a free breakfast out of the deal.

Magical Maui - Lahaina, Maui, HI

Magical Maui! The View from the Sunset Dinner Cruise – Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii

We boarded the boat, and were seated with another couple on the open air top deck. The Mai Tais were included with dinner and the cruise, so we were drunk before we left the dock I think. We quickly made friends with the other couple over the drinks. The meal was okay, to the best of my recollection, but the Mai Tais were great and everyone was in a party mood!

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Mai Tai

Mai Tai

MAI TAI: Serve on the rocks, poured over ice in a highball (or any other cocktail) glass. Ingredients: 8 parts white rum, 4 parts dark rum, 3 parts orange curaçao, 3 parts Orgeat syrup, & 2 parts fresh lime juice. Shake all ingredients except the dark rum with ice. Preparation: Strain into glass, float dark rum onto the top, garnish with pineapple spear, maraschino cherry, plastic sword & paper umbrella. Serve with straw.

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Ingredients: 1.5 oz jigger spiced rum, 1.5 oz jigger coconut-flavored rum, 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup, 3 oz pineapple juice & 2 oz orange juice. Preparation: Pour into glass over ice, stir, float dark rum on top, garnish with pineapple spear, maraschino cherry, plastic sword & paper umbrella. Serve with straw.

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There was live music onboard, the atmosphere was romantic, and it was a lot of fun. We cruised around on the Pacific ocean, with beautiful views of the harbor and island, had dinner, watched the gorgeous golden tropical sunset, and then returned to the dock. It was a pleasant excursion and I recommend it if you want to get “hammered” on a boat in Hawaii.

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Lahaina Sunset - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset – View from the Lanai – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China!

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China!

The Tiananmen Square protests in spring of 1989 by the “89 Democracy Movement” were student demonstrations against the government with popular support from city residents in Beijing, China.

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The Forbidden City – Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

When they want to sell you a tour to China, they’ll show you pictures of the Great Wall, the Yangtze River, Panda Bears, The Three Gorges Dam and of course, the Forbidden City.

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Imperial Lion Statue in Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

They want you to remember the Beijing Olympics in 2008:

The Bird's Nest - Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Bird’s Nest – 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2008 Beijing Games were the most watched Olympics in history, attracting 4.7 billion viewers worldwide and earning entry into the Guinness World Records.

I remember:

The Bird's Nest - Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

Thousands of Drummers in The Bird’s Nest – Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

If you visit Tiananmen Square today, you would never know what happened there twenty five years ago……

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Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

In spring of 1989, student demonstrators occupied Tiananmen Square for seven weeks. The protest was ended when hardline leaders declared martial law on May 20 and ordered the military to enforce martial law and mobilize as many as 300,000 troops in the capital. The crackdown that occurred on June 3 & 4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and is commonly known as the June Fourth Incident in China.

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“Tank  Man” v. Chinese Military – Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China – June 4th 1989

Chinese troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance. The image of one unidentified unarmed man standing immobile in the square facing down a column of tanks speaks a thousand words. Moments later the tanks would crush and kill him.

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“Tank Man” v. Chinese Military – Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China – June 4th 1989

The Chinese government condemned the protest as a “counter-revolutionary riot”, and has prohibited all forms of discussion of the protest or remembrance of the Massacre. Any and all references to the events have been censored from state media, the internet, schools, universities and modern history.

Tiananmen Square censorship mocked by "The Simpsons"

Tiananmen Square Massacre censorship mocked by “The Simpsons”

To date, many aspects of the events remain unknown or unconfirmed because of Chinese censorship. Estimates of the death toll range from a few hundred to thousands of people.

NOTE: THE NEXT IMAGE IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC. (and it’s the hard truth)

Tiananmen Square Massacre - June 4, 1989

Tanks and Dead Protesters – Tiananmen Square Massacre – Beijing, China – June 4, 1989

Something to consider before you book your next trip to the People’s Republic of China, or decide to buy or promote your company with cheap SWAG that’s “Made in China”.

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Tiananmen Square Memorial in Dominikanski Square in Wroclaw, Poland

p.s. Remember that incredible Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium from the opening ceremonies in 2008? Here it is, present day, a 40 billion dollar ruin. The workers are picking trash out of the water in this picture from 2013:

Bird's Nest Stadium - Beijing, China

Abandoned Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium – Beijing, China – 2013

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V-O-T-E spells VOTE! “Rock The Vote” 1990 – Censorship is UnAmerican!

V-O-T-E spells VOTE! “Rock The Vote” 1990
CENSORSHIP IS UNAMERICAN!

(this has a been a public service announcement)

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So here’s a little personal history from the late 1980’s and early 90’s.

I graduated from UCSC in 1987 with a degree in Theatre Arts, and moved to Novato in Marin County, north of San Francisco. After living and working in the Bay Area for a year, I returned to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment business.

My very first “Hollywood” job as a Production Assistant (PA) was for a company called Highlight Commercials in 1989. I worked for them on the first “Rock the Vote” PSAs for Virgin Records with Iggy Pop and Anthony Kiedis (and a bunch of other celebrities) on the Chaplin Stage at A&M Records in Hollywood. I was paid $50 a day for three days of work.

Virgin Records “Rock the Vote” Campaign – “Censorship is UnAmerican!” PSAs for MTV with Iggy Pop and Other Celebrities – Press Photo & Copy 1990

This is a still from the first “Rock the Vote” Censorship is UnAmerican video campaign in 1990. I was the Production Assistant wrapping the cellophane tape around Iggy Pop! Filmed in 1989 on the Chaplin Stage at A&M Studios (now Henson Studios) in Hollywood with Iggy Pop, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Kiedes, Justine Bateman, Louis Perez, Blair Underwood and others. Oh, and yes, CENSORSHIP IS STILL UNAMERICAN!

I found a rundown/synopsis of the some of the PSA shoot:

3:49 Iggy Pop reads First Amendment: As he reads, he is gradually having tape wrapped around his body. At the end, the tape covers his mouth. “Express yourself. Vote.” (I was the guy wrapping Iggy in the tape!)

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4:50 Woody Harrelson: “Howdy. I believe in freedom of expression. Express yourself. Vote.”

5:49 Justine Bateman: “You might as well be invisible if you don’t vote. You’ve got everyone telling you what to do. You don‘t want people telling you what to see. Express yourself. Vote. It’s your life, it’s your world.”

6:50 Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Higher Ground music video plays. “If you love your freedom, fight censorship. Express yourself. Vote.”

7:50 Anthony Kiedis: “Most beautiful and powerful ingredient in America – freedom of speech.”

1990 ROCK THE VOTE ANTHONY KIEDIS RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS PSA!
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8:50 Blair Underwood: “If we don’t make the rules we’ll have to live with somebody else’s. 70 percent of American voters are over age 40.”

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“Rock The Vote” – Censorship is UnAmerican PSA – Virgin Records 1990

 

In 1989, a group of Virgin Records executives began the “Rock the Vote” campaign in response to the Recording Industry’s Parental Advisory Labeling and Tipper Gore’s attempt to censor American music. The campaign partnered with MTV and the most popular, outspoken and controversial artists of the time to rally young voters to protect the First Amendment of the Constitution and encourage more people to vote.

Madonna’s 1990 PSA eclipsed all the other Celebrity Spots. Draped in an American flag, Madonna, flanked by two male dancers in cutoff denim shorts, raps an acapella version of “Vogue” about the First Amendment and replaces the lyrics with “get up and vote!”

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NOTE: The next job I worked for Highlights was a Lady Stetson perfume commercial.

History of THE PMRC and CENSORSHIP in the 1980’s:

The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was a committee formed in 1985 with the goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to be violent or sexually suggestive. The committee was founded by four women: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius. They were known as the “Washington wives”

The PMRC began in 1984 after Tipper Gore, along with her daughter Karenna, heard Prince’s song “Darling Nikki”, which appears on the soundtrack to the film Purple Rain, contains references to sex and masturbation (“I knew a girl named Nikki/I guess you could say she was a sex fiend/I met her in a hotel lobby/Masturbating with a magazine”). Rap music of the mid to late 80s, especially artists that were deemed violent, particularly Ice-T and Run DMC furthered their influence in American politics. Ice-T was personally accused by Tipper Gore with support from the PMRC for the increasing rates of violence against police officers in Los Angeles in the late 80s.

The PMRC also released the “Filthy Fifteen”, a list of the 15 songs they found most objectionable:

1 Prince “Darling Nikki” Sex
2 Sheena Easton “Sugar Walls” Sex
3 Judas Priest “Eat Me Alive” Sex
4 Vanity “Strap on Robbie Baby” Sex
5 Mötley Crüe “Bastard” Violence
6 AC/DC “Let Me Put My Love into You” Sex
7 Twisted Sister “We’re Not Gonna Take It” Violence
8 Madonna “Dress You Up” Sex
9 W.A.S.P. “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)” Sex/Language
10 Def Leppard “High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night)” Drug and alcohol use
11 Mercyful Fate “Into the Coven” Occult
12 Black Sabbath “Trashed” Drug and alcohol use
13 Mary Jane Girls “In My House” Sex
14 Venom “Possessed” Occult
15 Cyndi Lauper “She Bop” Sex

The PMRC also advocated against supposed subliminal backmasking in records and (incorrectly) accused bands including Iron Maiden, Styx, Rush, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Kiss and Queen of backmasking to promote Satanism and/or drug use.

In August 1985, 19 record companies agreed to put “Parental Guidance: Explicit Lyrics” labels on albums to warn of explicit lyrical content. Before the labels could be put into place, the Senate agreed to hold a hearing on so-called “porn rock”. This began on September 19, 1985, when representatives from the PMRC, three musicians–Dee Snider, Frank Zappa, John Denver–and Senators Paula Hawkins and Al Gore testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on “the subject of the content of certain sound recordings and suggestions that recording packages be labeled to provide a warning to prospective purchasers of sexually explicit or other potentially offensive content.”

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