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Burning Man 2014 - Great Pic!

Burning Man 2014 – Great Pic!

Thanks for reading my BLOG! I think we’re going to hit 15000 hits today. Doesn’t really mean anything, it’s just a number…. I write this stuff for me and hope that someone else enjoys it too. I write about Travel, Food, Lifestyle, Opinion, Los Angeles and other Fun Stuff. I also share a lot of pictures. If you haven’t read the blogs or seen the pics, please check them out. It’s FRIDAY! 24 April 2015 at about 9:30am pst. Spring is in the air and Memorial Day and Summer will soon be here. This blog is interactive, so please join in. I welcome your questions, feedback, comments and emails.

NOTE: Saturday 25 April 2015 – Didn’t quite make it yesterday, so 15000 today!!!!!!!

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

Ashland, Oregon Visitor's Map

Ashland, Oregon – Visitor’s Map

Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit professional theatre company located in the City of Ashland in southern Oregon. The performance season runs  ten months of the year, from February through early November.

The OSF’s Mission Statement:
“Inspired by Shakespeare’s work and the cultural richness of the United States, we reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory.”

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The OSF season features eleven works by William Shakespeare and by other classic writers, as well as modern and contemporary work and original world premieres. Plays are performed in three theatres: two indoor stages, the Angus Bowmer Theatre and the Thomas Theatre, and the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

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The Green Show & Angus Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Green Show presents FREE performances on an outdoor stage in the courtyard by visiting acts before the evening shows (outdoor performances run from early June to mid-October). Backstage tours, park talks, lectures, classes, workshops, pre and post-show conversations, community and special events are also available for visitors.

The Green Show! FREE Performances before the evening show June-October

The Green Show! FREE Performances before the evening show June-October

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The Allen Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The OSF welcomes everyone and believes the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both insights into the work presented on stage and in our relationships with each other. They are committed to diversity!

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The Thomas Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

2015 Season: Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Anthony & Cleopatra, Long Days Journey Into Night, Guys & Dolls, The Count of Monte Cristo, Fingersmith, Head Over Heels, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, Sweat, and The Happiest Song Plays Last

2016 Season: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard II, Timon of Athens, Great Expectations, Roe, The Winter’s Tale, The Wiz, The River Bride, The Yeoman of The Guard and Vietgone,  

Detailed Information and Tickets are available on the OSF website at http://www.osfashland.org

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The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at OSF from Lithia Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play?

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Coachella? In 1982 it was called the US Festival

US Festival Lineup 1982

US Festival Lineup 1982*

It was called the US Festival in 1982, the lineup rocked

and a 3-Day General Admission ticket cost $37.50 plus service charge.

*Gang of Four was a late addition to Friday’s lineup and not shown.

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Thai Food at Sri Siam Cafe in North Hollywood

Thai Food! 

First time dining at the Sri Siam Cafe, a “Hole in the Wall” Thai Food restaurant in a mini-mall on the corner of Coldwater Cyn and Vanowen in North Hollywood. Everything was stellar! The portions were large and the prices were very reasonable. Each dish was done just right, super tasty and delicious. I give this establishment a big thumbs up!

On The Menu: Crispy rice salad (lettuce wraps), chicken satay with peanut sauce, cucumber salad and toast, yellow curry with duck, shrimp & egg pancakes, crispy spicy trout and a Thai iced tea with no cream.

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Sri Siam Cafe Thai Food

Sri Siam Cafe Thai Food

Crispy Rice Salad (Lettuce Wraps)

Crispy Rice Salad (Lettuce Wraps)*

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Toast

Chicken Satay w/Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad & Toast

Yellow Curry with Duck

Yellow Curry with Duck

Shrimp & Egg Pancakes

Shrimp & Egg Pancakes

Crispy Spicy Trout

Crispy Spicy Trout

Sri Siam Cafe – 12843 Vanowen St (at Coldwater Cyn) North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-6262

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UPDATE Saturday March 26, 2016:

Dinner at Sri Siam Cafe last night was terrific! The food was great, we’ve been back a few times now, and this time I brought a friend.

ON THE MENU: Thai food! Chicken satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salad, crispy fried rice salad, fried calamari and a Thai ice tea (no cream)

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UPDATED Sunday February 19, 2017

We had a very nice dinner party at Sri Siam Cafe on Friday night:

On The Menu: Crispy rice with pork, beef panang and steamed rice, chicken satay with cucumber salad and toast, pad Thai noodles with chicken, green curry chicken, tom kai soup and a Thai iced tea (no cream). There were three other dishes that I didn’t eat and we cancelled two other dishes that they didn’t bring. So much food, so full.

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Friday Night Dinner – Good Shabbos!

Friday Night Dinner! Good Shabbos!

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I did a little happy cooking in the kitchen today! ON THE MENU: Sticky roast chicken with carrots and onions, roasted garlic red potato, sautéed asparagus, crudite’ (celery, carrots, cucumber, radish) with ranch dressing, tortilla chips with fresh guacamole, fresh made raspberry lemonade and an iced espresso.

Starter course: Crudite' (carrots, celery, cucumber & radish) w/ranch dressing

Starter course: Crudite’ (carrots, celery, cucumber & radish) w/ranch dressing

Starter course: Fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips

Starter course: Fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips

Sticky Chicken

Roasted Sticky Chicken (cooking)

Sticky Chicken

Roasted Sticky Chicken with carrots and onions (cooking)

Sticky Chicken (done)

Roasted Sticky Chicken (done) with carrots and onions

Vegetable course: Sauteed Asparagus

Vegetable course: Sauteed Asparagus

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Potato Course: Roasted Garlic Red Potato

Dinner Plate

Dinner Plate: Sticky roast chicken with carrots and onions, roasted garlic red potato, sautéed asparagus, crudite’ (celery, carrots, cucumber) with ranch dressing

Fresh made raspberry lemonade

Drink: Fresh made raspberry lemonade and an iced espresso

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Dessert Course: Mixed Berry Tart

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It’s Rex Manning Day 2017!

Did you think I forgot?
C’mon now, it’s Rex Manning Day 2017!

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Yes, we just just updated this Blog from 2015 to 2017!
“Damn the Man!” Celebrate Rex Manning Day!

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April 8th! It’s Rex Manning Day!

“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!”

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“Say No More…. Mon Amour!”

The video for “Say No More (Mon Amour)” was shot in one day at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. Originally, it was meant to be just 17 seconds of dance moves, but it was so good, they just went ahead and filmed the entire music video.

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“We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning day!”

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Rex Manning was a fictional pop star (played by the very talented actor Maxwell Caulfied) in the 1995 film Empire Records.

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Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning

On April 8th, Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning has a scheduled appearance at Empire Records, a small independent record store.

EMPIRE RECORDS – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112950
(a cult classic from 1995 – USA Release date: October 20, 1995)
Directed by Allan Moyle
Written by Carol Heikkenen
Casting by Gail Levin

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“They’re selling music, not selling out.” – Tagline from Empire Records

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Lucas: Mark, who’s your favorite singer?

Mark: Axl.

Lucas: Well if Axl Rose was driving down the highway, and saw Rex Manning stranded on the side of the road, do you think Axl Rose would stop and help him?

Mark: [thinks] … Does Axl have a jack?

Warren: No way man!…. Axl would spin the wheel, take aim, pound on the gas…. and take that sucker out!

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Rex Manning and “Warren Beatty”

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Just Say “NO” to Music Town!

“Damn the Man! Save the Empire!”

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Things to Do on Rex Manning Day!

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“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!”

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Gina and Rex (navy blue briefs) Manning

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NOTE: According to Johnny Whitworth’s Twitter, the date April 8th was chosen as the date for the story because it’s the day Kurt Cobain died (was it suicide or murder?).

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UPDATED Saturday, April 8th 2017 – It’s Rex Manning Day again!

Welcome washed-up music heartthrob Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning!
A former 80’s pop idol, Rex is due to arrive at the store for an autograph session to promote his new album and single “Say No More, Mon Amour”.

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SPOILER ALERT!

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The staff at Empire Records are not fans of Rex Manning’s or of “Rex Manning Day” and the fans showing up to meet him are older women and gay men. The employees make fun of Rex behind his back about his fading career and later tell him to his face. And even his personal assistant Jane reveals her distaste for Rex’s music and quits her job.

Gina has sex with Rex Manning in the count-out room, causing the rift between her and Corey to intensify and Rex to get kicked out of the store.

“Why don’t you all just fade away.” – Rex Manning

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SING ALONG WITH REX MANNING!

Say No More… (Mon Amour) Lyrics:

“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy…”

Hello Baby.

“Hi what are you doing?
Do you want to come over?”

♫ Call me on my car phone with that je ne sais quois
You say you need a little of my ooh-la-la
I know you get lonely in your canopy bed
Well say no more baby i’ll be running every red

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

(Say no more
Mon Amour ah hah)

♫ You greet me with a smile and a glass of ro-se
I find myself distracted by your black negligee
You tell me everything with that look on your face
Say no more baby, lets cut to the chase

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

(Rex Speaking in French)

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

Oh no more, oh no more
Oh baby, adorable

(Rex Singing in French)

Ah Mon Amour, Mon Amour, Mon Amour……

 

NOTE: We highly recommend “All Things Must Pass” the Tower Records documentary film by Colin Hanks about the rise and fall of Tower Records Music Stores in the USA.

Road Trip pt. 5 – Ashland Farmer’s Market and Puck’s Donuts

Saturday Morning at the Ashland Farmer’s Market on Oak Street (unfinished blog)

After a nice walk in Lithia Park, I went over to the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market in downtown Ashland and then stopped in at Puck’s Donuts. Here are a few pictures:

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Ashland Farmer's Market - Saturday Morning

Ashland Farmer’s Market – Saturday Morning (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Eggplants, and Kale, and Carrots, Oh My!

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Ashland Farmer's Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ashland Farmer’s Market (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

and then a quick stop at Puck’s Donuts!

Puck's Donuts - Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Puck’s Donuts – Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Road Trip pt. 4 – Ashland, Oregon! Saturday in Lithia Park!

Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon! This is (the unfinished) PART 4 of the Oregon Road Trip.

Saturday morning, after a great breakfast at The Breadboard, and it was a beautiful day. It was still early, so I drove to Lithia Park and parked the car in one of the upper parking lots.  After driving all night, I found a quiet place, took a little nap and then went for a long walk.

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Lithia Park

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Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Autumn in Lithia Park (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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I love Lithia Park! It was recently voted one of the Best Parks in the United States.

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BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS AND SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS
AND CHARTER/TIME-WARNER SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

I will not spend a penny on any Los Angeles Dodgers’ tickets/food/merchandise until the games are televised!

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS
AND CHARTER/TIME-WARNER SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

Greedy bastards. (and the Dodgers are complicit in f*cking the fans)

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Dodgers Stadium at night – Los Angeles, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS
AND CHARTER/TIME-WARNER SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

NOTE: This Blog was UPDATED Thursday, March 9, 2017 to reflect the name change and add more stuff. Vin Scully may have retired, but the blackout continues.

Time/Warner Cable had so much bad press and it’s terrible reputation forced them to rebrand as SPECTRUM CABLE. Don’t be fooled, it’s the same horrible company.

KTLA (channel 5 ) in Los Angeles will be simulcasting 10 games this season.
That’s all. Dodgers fans who don’t have Spectrum are still unable to watch games.
The Boycott is still on!

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No World Series again. Maybe next year……