#WineWednesday Again!

It’s #WineWednesday Again!
Celebrate the end of November!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Make it “A December You Won’t Need to Remember!”

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Wine Tasting at the Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland, Oregon

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Dinner in the Backroom at Mozza Osteria in Hollywood!

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Wines, Single Malt Scotch and Tequila from Thanksgiving 2016

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Fine Wines and Finnish Chocolate from Thanksgiving 2015

 

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Party on the Patio at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset!

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MONDAY! MONDAY!

MONDAY! MONDAY!

Thanksgiving 2016 is done. No more leftovers!
“Black Friday” is past and it’s officially the Holiday Season.

Today is “Cyber Monday” the online shopping celebration!

HOORAY for American Consumerism! “SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP!”
Spend that money! Charge up those credit cards! Buy more stuff!

Buy American! Buy MADE IN THE USA! Support small businesses!
Don’t buy cheap sh*t “Made in China” and “Hecho in Mexico”!

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MONDAY! MONDAY! Remember MTV?

Before cellphones, before the internet, before iTunes and other digital apps, before YouTube, there was MTV (that’s MusicTelevision) on cable.

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NSFW! Here’s a little Neil Young & Crazy Horse music video I worked on long ago…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8

And this one: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Mansion On The Hill”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1WpgTzf8nk

And I just discovered that they shot this too while I was off set on runs! After almost 30 years… Neil Young “Farmer John” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOeNLs0EBY

All three vids were shot at The Troubadour in West Hollywood to support the “Ragged Glory” album!

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MONDAY! MONDAY!

Be thankful for all you have! Be thankful for family and friends!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Happy Thanksgiving 2016! “Tradition!”

Home for the Holiday!
Family Feast at Four O’Clock! 20 Guests for Dinner!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Still Crazy After All These Years!

Three days of preparation, many hours of cooking and finally it’s time to eat!

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THE FANTASTIC 2016 THANKSGIVING FEAST!

On The Menu: 2 big turkeys, 3 dressings (1 plain, 1 with fruit, 1 with fruit & nuts), cranberry sauce, gravy, home baked challah bread, asparagus, creamed spinach, creamed vegetables, sweet potato puree, garlic mashed potatoes, corn pudding, and then dessert… apple, pumpkin, pecan, lemon meringue and peanut butter pies, chocolate chip cookies and “blondies”, chocolate fudge and peanut butter rice krispies marshmallow crunch. And just a little liquor: red and white wine, single malt scotch and some Don Julio tequila.

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FABULOUS DESSERTS!

We’ve been trying to lose weight and have been successful in dropping 20 pounds since August (call it the “Puppy Diet”). Our Thanksgiving is one of the best meals of the year, so we allow for a little holiday indulgence. We only had one plate of food, didn’t drink alcohol, and had a coke with dinner and a couple cookies for dessert. And later, just a little leftover pumpkin and lemon meringue late night pie after midnight.

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Pumpkin, Pecan & Lemon Meringue Pies (Apple & Peanut Butter not shown)

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A Little Liquor: Red Wines, Single Malt Scotch & Tequila (Don’t Drink and Drive!)

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Thanksgiving dinner,
Our annual food orgy,
A friendly feast!

Thanksgiving (All-Day) NFL Football Tradition!

In addition to The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC (both of which we are boycotting and you should be boycotting Macy’s and NBC too!) and the big National Dog Show, there were THREE NFL FOOTBALL games on television today!

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Flashback Friday! Last year I made Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake for Thanksgiving. This year I didn’t. So everyone asked about cheesecake and was disappointed… and I got some good Jewish guilt for the holiday.

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PEACE! LOVE! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE – STAY ALIVE!

The Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Restaurant” Tradition:

This year is the 51st anniversary of the story of how Arlo Guthrie and his friends “took out the garbage” on Thanksgiving.

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Gia, a Greyhound won “Best in Show” at the National Dog Show, a Thanksgiving Tradition (photo by Bill McCay/NBC)

The 15th annual National Dog Show, presented by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. was held on November 19 & 20 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and pretaped for NBC.

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The Big Dog Barking at Me (and the two little girls wonder why…)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday Night Dinner: Leftovers! Open face turkey sandwich, dressing and gravy on challah bread, cranberry sauce, dill pickle and a coke (and then probably another nap)

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Opening Day at the LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Opening Day at the LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

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LA Auto Show 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

Friday Afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) continued…

After our FREE LUNCH at the new Karl Strauss Brewery (see previous Blog) we drove over to the LA Auto Show at the Convention Center and parked in the West Hall lot for $20.

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LA Auto Show 2016 – #LAAutoShow

CARS! CARS! CARS!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – The Mystery Machine

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LA Auto Show 2016

 

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LA Auto Show 2016

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LA Auto Show 2016

 

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LA Auto Sh0w 2016

 

Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California)

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STAR WARS!!!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars!

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars!

 

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LA Auto Show 2016 – Star Wars! Rogue One Models

 

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LA Auto Show 2016 – LA Convention Center – Parking $20

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Free Lunch Friday at the new Karl Strauss Brewing Co. in DTLA!

FREE LUNCH at the new Karl Strauss Brewing Co. in Downtown Los Angeles! (DTLA)

We were invited via email to a FREE meal on Friday!

One of the best perks of writing this Blog is that occasionally we are invited to experience cool events for free! “Training Day” at the new Karl Strauss Brewing Co. which just opened at 600 Wilshire in DTLA was a good one. Normally we wouldn’t make the trip and deal with traffic and parking downtown for just a free lunch, but we already had an appointment at the LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday at 2pm! Bazinga!

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Free Lunch at the Karl Strauss Brewing Co. in DTLA

We had a reservation for noon and traffic was good up until Hollywood Blvd, then it was stop and go into downtown at 11am as usual… we called from the car and let them know we might be late. We found street parking at a meter, walked a couple of blocks, arrived at ten minutes past noon and we were immediately seated by the hosts.

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As you can see from the pics, it was busy and a lot of folks were enjoying a free lunch. They had also invited people who work in the neighborhood to sample the menu gratis. The service was excellent! There were a lot of very friendly people working hard and they were obviously going full speed for “Training Day”. So, I’ll take my hat off to Management for having a well trained and motivated staff, and have no complaints and only compliments about the service.

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Free Lunch at the Karl Strauss Brewing Co. in DTLA

The “Training Day”Menu:

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On The Menu: crispy brussel sprouts, salami/hard-boiled egg/cashews/apple plate, a Big Beer Burger with cheese and bacon, fries, an iced tea and a “Chocolate On Tap” (brownie/ice cream/whipped cream/chocolate and caramel sauce) for dessert!

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NOTE: Traffic and Parking Sucks Downtown! We got lucky and after driving around downtown for awhile we found a meter a couple blocks from the restaurant. At $0.25 for every 5 minutes we paid for an hour and a half with quarters (the meters also take credit and debit cards for payment) and walked over for lunch. Use caution and always be aware when walking around Downtown Los Angeles, even during the day, because there have been numerous violent incidents involving the homeless, drug addicts and mentally ill individuals!

Karl Strauss Brewery & Restaurant600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100 (at Grand Av) Downtown Los Angeles

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ThrowbackThursday! Joey Villa at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas!

ThrowbackThursday! Joey Villa at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas!

Here’s the story about Joey Villa and the time we met Perry Como and Jilly Rizzo at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Today they imploded the Monaco Tower at the Riviera.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Today they imploded the last towers of the Riviera

Thanks to the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the live video!
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Riviera Hotel & Casino

We worked on a film (you’ve probably never heard of or seen it) called “Eternity” in 1990.

We met many famous people: Jon Voight, Armand Assante, Wilford Brimley, Lainie Kazan, Kaye Ballard, Steven Keats, Eileen Davidson, John P. Ryan, Charles Knapp, Eugene Roche, Robert Carricart, Frankie Valli and Joey Villa.

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“Eternity” aka “Evil Brother” feature film 1989 Pictured: Jon Voight, Armand Assante, Perri Lister, Kaye Ballard, Eileen Davidson, Charles Knapp RIP and Joey Villa RIP as the Jester

We became good friends with Joey Villa and he invited us to visit him, first at his home in Beverly Hills which doubled as his booking office, and then at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on The Strip in Fabulous Las Vegas where he was performing. He was friends with Meshulim Riklis and Pia Zadora, who owned the resort at the time, and was a headliner in “Splash!” in the big showroom at the Riviera for nine years. Joey also booked acts, hosted and headlined in the comedy room at the hotel.

Joey Villa (Joseph Charles Villani) was born on March 19, 1937. He was an actor and comedian, known for “Heat” (1986 with Burt Reynolds), “Eternity” (1990) and “They Call Me Bruce?” (1982). He died at the age of 68 on December 16, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada from complication from a stroke.

Villa, a native of New York, appeared in just a handful of movies, but he made his mark as a stand-up comedian, performing in Las Vegas as well as clubs around the country. He also spent many years performing on cruise ships, and eventually booked acts for the ocean liners. Villa opened for many famous entertainers, including Nat King Cole, Paul Anka, the Pointer Sisters and Diana Ross and the Supremes. He was a frequent guest on talk shows, including “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Mike Douglas Show.” Villa was a close friend of both Frank Sinatra and of Sinatra’s “right-hand man” Jilly Rizzo. He gave one of the eulogies at Rizzo’s funeral when the celebrity restaurateur was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver in 1992 in Palm Springs, California.

Joey’s famous opening line from his stand-up comedy act for over 40 years was, “I’m going to live until I die” ……and then he would drop to the stage floor. Every audience roared with laughter as Joey stood up after falling down and began his show. He kept the audience laughing throughout his entire performance. “At the end they always applauded and cheered and left smiling, feeling they were parting as friends.”

“Joey was loved by everyone, from Sinatra on down,” Larry Manetti said.

Villa had no children and died at a local hospice. Survivors include three sisters. Joey and his former wife divorced in 1982 and remained close friends. “He was a gentle man, a much kinder man than most people knew,” she said. “He was born to make people laugh — and he made thousands laugh and applaud, and for a very short time they would forget their problems.”

Nelson Sardelli, a close friend of Villa, said the comedian will be cremated and his ashes cast into the sea. “He requested that there not be any services…He was a gentle person…Sometimes he looked like he was looking for approval…A little accolade, that’s want he wanted.” One friend described him as “happy on the outside, but sad on the inside. He was sort of a lonely person, but at the same time loved to be around people and make them laugh. But I think that is the way most comedians are.”

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

Vegas in the 1980’s before the Mirage opened in 1989 was a wild place! The last Casino holdouts of “Old Vegas” (before they tried to turn it into a “family friendly” destination and eventually turned it into Disneyland for Adults when the big corporations took over) were the main attractions. It was all about GAMBLING (not gaming) in the 80’s and they “comped” players to rooms, meals, shows and more without a plastic card. It really was “Sin City”! You could drive The Strip from Tropicana to Sahara without traffic and there were still undeveloped empty lots on The Strip!

There wasn’t a Fremont Street Experience, there was Fremont Street and Downtown Vegas, uncovered and dirty. Strip Clubs, showgirls, 99 cent buffets, free drinks, cigarette girls, $2 Blackjack…. even then we preferred The Strip.

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

Back in the day, we stayed and played at many of the classic hotels and casinos.

We saw “Seigfried and Roy” at the Mirage when it was the new joint on the strip.

Circus Circus, Thunderbird Hotel, El Rancho, The Landmark, Dunes, Desert Inn, Stardust, Barbary Coast, Wild Bill’s, Sahara, Aladdin, El Morocco, La Concha, Imperial Palace, Riviera, Las Vegas Hilton, Monte Carlo

Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Bally’s, Tropicana, Bellagio, Palms, Hard Rock Hotel, The Rio, Treasure Island, Mirage, MGM Grand, Venetian, Palazzo, The Cromwell

Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como (May 18, 1912-May 12, 2001) was an Italian American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years after signing with the label in 1943.

Ermenigildo “Jilly” Rizzo  (May 6, 1917-May 6, 1992) – On his 75th birthday, Rizzo was killed when his car was hit by a drunk driver in Rancho Mirage, California

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“Crazy Girls” at the Riviera Hotel