CORONAVIRUS! Part 7 (Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 7 (Monday)

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BE KIND.

A gold Ralphs Club card
My identification
And it’s all I got

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Have you been to the Supermarket recently?

Monday, March 23, 2020 – Happy National Puppy Day! Woof! Woof!

Just after midnight on Monday, and so let’s start this new Blog Post:
This is Part 07 of our continuing “CORONAVIRUS!” Blog Posts.

WARNING! Things are VERY BAD! And Things are going to GET A LOT WORSE!
This is because of the Federal Government failing to protect the Public Health!
WE ARE NOT GOING TO PULL ANY PUNCHES! A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE!
If you can’t handle the truth, then you should just leave this Blog Post right now.
Ok, you were warned.

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We are sitting in our Home Office (Doomsday Bunker) in our forced “social distancing” and self-isolating QUARANTINE, safe from infected sick people (because this virus might kill us). And this virus might kill our family and friends.
This virus will kill thousands of people.
CURRENT SCORE:
Reported CoronaVirus Deaths = 14717 humans and increasing!

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STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS STAY HOME! CALL YOUR DOCTOR!

5:25am – We maybe slept a little last night/tonight/this morning.
We weren’t sleeping well before this crisis, and now we are barely sleeping at all….
We are not going to talk about Trump today. We just can’t….. WTF?

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THE STOCK MARKET TANKED AT THE OPENING BELL (OF COURSE)

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DJI -514 As of March 23, 2020, at 8:00am PST (and falling fast)

8:00am – Los Angeles is waking up to a new day of disaster.
Just announced: LAUSD Schools closed – extended until May 1st
“Safer-at-Home” LOCKDOWN regulations in Los Angeles strengthened
because of too many people gathering at parks and beaches.
STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY! (YOU F*CKING MORONS!)
Too Many People Don’t Know How To “SOCIAL DISTANCE”
or are the “Rules don’t apply to me” selfish and self-centered people
or just don’t know how infectious and deadly this virus really is.
THIS IS NOT A HOAX! “DON’T BE AN A**HOLE!”
THIS VIRUS MAY KILL YOU OR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT!

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#StayTheFuckHome

NOTE: WE ARE REALLY SICK OF THE “NEWS MEDIA” TRYING TO PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS PANDEMIC AND FORCED QUARANTINE! THERE IS NOTHING FUN OR ENTERTAINING ABOUT THE LOSS OF PERSONAL FREEDOM AND THE THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH – PEOPLE ARE DYING! THE CONSERVATIVE NEWS IS STILL DOWNPLAYING THE THREAT AND SPOUTING RIGHT-WING PROPAGANDA AFTER CALLING IT A HOAX, A DEMOCRATIC TRICK, AND DOWNPLAYING THE EMERGENCY!
THERE IS NO POSITIVE SPIN FOR A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND THE TOTAL FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH!

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And Kaiser Nurses and Healthcare Workers are protesting this morning about the lack of preparedness and the lack of emergency medical protective equipment at our hospitals! AND THIS IS A NATIONWIDE PROBLEM! AND THIS IS A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM!
Healthcare workers (Doctors and Nurses and Technicians) must be protected and paid!

The Government is STRAIGHT UP LYING to the Public!
The HEALTH SYSTEM IS FAILING ALREADY and the pandemic hasn’t even peaked.
TRUMP IS LYING MORE EVERYDAY OF COURSE!
NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

United States Navy Medical Hospital Ship “Mercy” is sailing to Los Angeles.
The National Guard was activated and a Federal State of Emergency declared.

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“SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY!”

Kelly and Ryan are on Skype from home this morning on “Live with Kelly and Ryan”
and “The Today Show” hosts (w/Al Roker) are sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in the studio.
Whoopi, Joy and now Meghan are all self-broadcasting from home on “The View”

RAND PAUL HAS CORONAVIRUS! ULTIMATE KHARMA!
He continued to work at the US Capitol for six days after taking the test.

He didn’t self quarantine while he was waiting for the results of the test!
And he used the Congressional Gym, Swimming Pool, and other Government Facilities.
NOTE: Senators can get a test. They have FREE healthcare that is paid for by the Public!
And Congress gets PAID SICK LEAVE that the Public also pays for! This is just STUPID!

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NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

These states have “stay-at-home” PUBLIC LOCKDOWN orders:
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana,
Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia
And Washington (state) was just added to this list today!

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If all else fails, BLAME CHI-NA!

WHO IS ESSENTIAL NOW RICH FOLKS?
Nurses, Janitors, Truck Drivers, Store Clerks, Delivery People, etc.
These are the people holding it together for everyone.
They are all “At Risk” and most live paycheck to paycheck.

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There are many other “low pay” workers not on this list that are also essential!

And what about TEACHERS? Right now millions of parents are discovering what it is like to have to take care of kids all day long, and teach them social skills, and educate them on “reading, writing and rithmetic” (good luck with that), and make sure they eat too.
Teachers have had to adapt to new teaching techniques without any preparation! Some families don’t have internet access or computers, and most are not prepared to “Home School” their children, because they weren’t educated properly. And most schools won’t reopen this year, so the educational gap between rich and poor just widened some more.

And don’t forget the “unskilled workers”.
Someone still has to dispose of the garbage and all the bodies.

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“Sitting here in Limbo, like a bird without a song,
Sitting here in Limbo, but I know it won’t be long…..”

4:00pm Woke up from an afternoon nap (i.e. passing out from exhaustion)
and today’s evening Jerk-Off Press Conference was on the TV.
Everyday they tell NEW LIES! MORE LIES! BIGGER LIES! BIGLY LIES!
“15 Days to Slow The Spread” is BULLSH*T! BULLSH*T! TOTAL BULLSH*T!

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REMAIN CALM!

NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

Doctors, Nurses, and Hospitals are already becoming overwhelmed and medical supplies are low or running out everywhere. Healthcare workers are getting sick!
Some retired Doctors and Nurses are being called back and returning to work.

The 2020 White House Correspondents’ Dinner postponed.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association regrets to announce that it is unable to go ahead with its 2020 dinner on April 25. We will get back to you soon with our alternative date. Thanks for your support,” 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed today DOWN ANOTHER 582 POINTS!

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The Senate could not reach an agreement on the emergency “Bailout Bill” again today. Republicans want to give billions to corporations without any conditions and Democrats want to give money to the people…. so a $500billion GOP slush fund is not going to work.
NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

 

RANT: DO NOT BAIL OUT THE CRUISE INDUSTRY!
The cruise industry is a huge polluter! There is so much waste in the travel industry! Yes all the cruise ships are flagged in 3rd world countries to avoid US regulations, taxes and labor laws. Most of the crews are from 3rd world countries and sign draconian contracts because they need to feed their families. Cruise ships are natural incubators for disease, so the idea that they would put sick people on cruise ships is insane! The cruise ships are one of the reason the virus spread around the world so fast! The cruise industry does not deserve a bailout, they have assets that will allow them to get no interest loans.

Q: How much money does it take to turn a Trumper into a Socialist?
A: $1000

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On The Menu: (What’s for Dinner on Monday?)
Big beef brisket soft taco and an iced espresso
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No confidence vote.
They still do not have a plan!
We are so fucked.

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WASH YOUR F*CKING HANDS!

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NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS STAY HOME! CALL YOUR DOCTOR!

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CORONAVIRUS! Part 6 (Fri-Sun)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 6 (Fri-Sun)

 

10000+ PEOPLE ARE DEAD FROM CORONAVIRUS! (as per the known data)
The Government is STRAIGHT UP LYING to the Public!
The HEALTH SYSTEM IS FAILING ALREADY and the pandemic hasn’t even peaked.
TRUMP IS LYING MORE EVERYDAY OF COURSE!
NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

“The whole epidemiological community has been warning everybody for the past 10 or 15 years that it wasn’t a question of whether we were going to have a pandemic like this. It was simply when. It’s really hard to get people to listen. I mean, Trump pushed out the admiral on the National Security Council, who was the only person at that level who’s responsible for pandemic defense. With him went his entire downline of employees and staff and relationships. And then Trump removed the [early warning] funding for countries around the world.” – Larry Brilliant, the Chairman of the Board of Ending Pandemics

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STAY THE F*CK AT HOME!

RUMOR: MARTIAL LAW IS COMING SOON!
(and it will probably happen within two weeks)

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“Safer at Home” Dude.
Has the whole world gone crazy?
This will not stand, man.

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WE POSTED THIS TRAVEL ALERT ON FEBRUARY 28, 2020

BREAKING NEWS!
Republicans knew about what was coming and hid it from the public!
They sold their stock, bought stock, and profited from this crisis!
These are just the first reports….. (and they need to RESIGN today)
Kelly Loeffler (R-GA)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Trump and his grifter family and friends all knew too. 
Who else among the administration and their Mar-A-Lago friends knew?
If this is a “War”, then they are “War Profiteers”. Hanging is too good for them.
They are guilty of CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY! LOCK THEM UP!

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No-Bid Contracts, Corporate Bailouts, and Croneyism
is the GOP solution to this Public Health Crisis!
They want to bail out CORPORATIONS!! Airlines, Cruise Lines, Hotel Companies (Herr Trump’s companies of course), and give each American a pittance (of course Congress can’t agree on anything), while everything is completely shut down. Meanwhile, old hospital buildings are being rehabbed, stadiums and schools are being repurposed, hospitals are establishing “triage spaces” and tents for social distancing sick people.

They are even housing sick people in RVs at Dockweiler State Beach in Malibu,
no joke!  So, seriously “stay out of Malibu” Dude.

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RACISM! “Fake News” LIES!
“Lot of people are saying”
EVEN MORE BULLSH*T!

NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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THE PRESS CONFERENCES ARE JUST PROPAGANDA AND LIES!
NO FACTS! NOTHING VERIFIABLE! LIP SERVICE AND HOT AIR!

RACISM! ATTACKS ON THE FREE PRESS! “FAKE NEWS” AGAIN!
HE TAKES “NO RESPONSIBILITY” AND BLAMES CHINA!
LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING HE’S DOING A GREAT JOB!
AN INCREDIBLE JOB! A TREMENDOUS JOB! A BLOW JOB!

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Lyin’ Racist Trump: “CHINESE VIRUS” v. Coronavirus

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Trump wants to blame China for his failure!
More RACISM from this Lyin’ Scumbag!

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The United States closed the borders to Canada and Mexico to all non-essential travel!
TO PROTECT FROM CROSS BORDER MIGRATION DUE TO PANIC!
And U.S. STATES ACTIVATED THEIR NATIONAL GUARD UNITS!
“To protect and aid with food distribution”……WTF?

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FACTS! NOT “Fake News!”
TRUMP’S RACISM IS REPONSIBLE FOR THIS!

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Friday, March 20, 2020 – HAPPY FORCED SELF-ISOLATION!

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING! HAPPY SPRING BREAK!
(technically the Vernal Equinox was just before midnight, but today is the first day)

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
~ Charles Dickens

The Network News loves the clip of the wasted Spring Breaker saying
“If I get Corona, I get Corona, it’s not gonna stop me from partying”
AND NOW HE’S THE FACE AND VOICE OF THE STUPID GENERATION!

DO THE FIVE – HELP STOP CORONAVIRUS!
1 – HANDS – Wash them often
2 – ELBOW (OR SLEEVE) – Cough into it
3 – FACE – Don’t touch it
4 – SPACE – Keep safe distance (6 feet or more)
5 – HOME – Stay home if you can (or if it’s mandatory)

Coronavirus:
Mother Nature is pissed
Wants to kill us all

Individual Federal Taxes are now Due July 15 (postponed from April 15)

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How’s your Retirement Fund today?

The stock market dropped another 900 points after the Press Conference on Friday.
So, how’s your Retirement Fund today? “Historic”

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Trump is an Ignorant, Racist, Sexist, Anti-Semetic, Pathological Liar!
Trump mocks the Disabled, war heroes, POWs, Veterans and Gold Star Families!
Trump disparages Women, Mexicans, Latinos, Muslims and African-Americans!
Trump sexually assaults women and is an alleged rapist!
Trump lies, cheats and steals from hard working people!
Trump insults world leaders and threatens our international alliances!
Trump has business dealing with Russia, China, Mexico, Cuba and Saudi Arabia!
Trump admitted to not paying Federal Taxes and still hasn’t released his TAX RETURNS!
Trump is responsible for the BIRTHER LIE and continues to insult President Obama!
Trump denies Climate Change and calls it a Hoax perpetrated by China!

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Dr. Fauci is LAUGHING AT Trump! We are SO F*CKED!
NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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If it’s not essential work, don’t go, even if they say it is.
Your health and your family’s health is more important.
Let them fire you and then get unemployment and the “bailout”.
Protect yourself and your family and friends!

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If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020 – Everyday is Saturday now.

Woke up on Saturday morning to more of  Trump’s Incredible Lies!
He is a Tremendous Failure! He is the Greatest Failure!
Are you better off now than you were in 2016?
You, your family and friends might die because of his ignorance and stupidity.

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MORON-A-VIRUS!

The Saturday morning (Gaslight) Press Conference:

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“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig.
You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”
 – George Bernard Shaw

Saturday Afternoon Bullsh*t! (or “Facebook thread with a Trumper”)
We pretty much “unfriended” everyone who supports or defends Trump long ago.
There are a couple of exceptions, and this is one of them from facebook:

CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY
AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!


We rarely engage with them because of the old “You can’t argue with a pig” joke.
(“Never argue with a pig. It just frustrates you and irritates the pig.”)
But since we’re trapped at the Home Office with the dogs,
we wasted an hour online while watching TV and working on this Blog Post.
Then we “unfriended” them an hour later for ruining our Saturday afternoon.
NOTE: We normally BLOCK all Trump Supporters too.

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WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!

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WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!

Saturday Night at the Home Office – “It’s All Happening”

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“It’s All Happening!”

Watched Dead&Co Live in Austin replay, George Thorogood 7-5-84 on YouTube,
and then watched “X-MEN, Dark Phoenix” on HBO with the dogs.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 – WTF? What Weekend?

Quarantine Day Eight
A Solitary Sunday
Woke up too early

On the Menu: Breakfast for Dinner Sunday at 3:30am PST
2 eggs, over easy with bacon, toasted onion bagel with butter,
raspberries, strawberries, an orange and an espresso

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Breakfast for Dinner at 3:30am PST

Kenny Rogers RIP – May the Four Winds blow him safely home.
Read our previous Blog Post “Cooking with Kenny Rogers”
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Sunday Gratitude: THANK YOU TO ALL THESE PEOPLE! 
(and Thank you to so many more people keeping our world going!)

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The “WORKING POOR” are saving your ass!

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT TAKE MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!

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As of Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 8:15am PST

Two Press Conferences on Sunday! Just more Propaganda and Lies!
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES!
Now, how many people will die because of their incompetence, ineptitude, ignorance, willful disregard, stupidity, and racism? WHO WILL REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE?

Trump was briefed about Coronavirus 3 months ago!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, ignored it and of course, lied about it!
A TOTAL REPUBLICAN FAILURE! Trump fired the NSC Pandemic Team in 2018!

A TOTAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILURE!
“Instead of a public health system, we (in the United States) have a private for-profit system for individuals lucky enough to afford it”

Republicans in Congress can’t agree on the funding bill to help the public without a “Bailout” and another GIANT GIVEAWAY to GIANT CORPORATIONS (Airlines, etc.)
Meanwhile individual private citizens, small and large businesses, and government employees are waiting for some Federal relief and leadership that isn’t coming.

Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Mnuchin, McConnell, Graham, and the rest of the GOP
need to RESIGN NOW AND/OR BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST!

Another rambling Press Conference with the Liar&Thief in the evening……
And the stock market DROPPED ANOTHER 900+ POINTS TODAY on SUNDAY
before trading opens on Monday morning and the Stock Market really crashes!
And Trump said they’ll be another Press Conference tomorrow morning.

NOTE: The daily Press Conferences have replaced Trump’s Rallies as the way to stroke his fragile ego and feed his raging narcissism, while promoting his lies, racism, and agenda to the scared public and his brain-washed right-wing followers.

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As of Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 11:45pm PST

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“Splendid Isolation”

 

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On The Menu: (“What’s for Dinner?”)
Wednesday night: chicken matzoh ball soup
Thursday night: NY Steak, baked potato, sautéed asparagus
Friday night: We made a big pot of chili with beans and
baked triple fudge brownies with toasted marshmallows on top
Saturday night: Breakfast for Dinner at 3:30am (see above)
Sunday night: Tater Bites with chili, cheese and chopped onion

“Enjoy every sandwich.” – Warren Zevon

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Wash Your Hands! Wear A Mask!
Stay Home! Stay Healthy!
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He killed Kenny!
Republicans want you dead!
Trump will kill us all!

NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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TWO WEEKS FROM NOW!

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WASH YOUR F*CKING HANDS!

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CORONAVIRUS! Part 4 (Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 4 (Monday)

STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!
DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!
AND GO WASH YOUR HANDS!

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AND NOW WE HAVE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
Coronavirus cases reported as of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:15am PST:

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:15am PST

THIS IS NOT “BUSINESS AS USUAL”
and THIS IS NOT “THE NEW NORMAL”
The “media frenzy” is driving public panic and panic buying. 24/7 Coronavirus!
The amount of stupid sh*t coming from celebrities on TV/Twitter is unbelievable!
The morning “news” is having “haha” fun with this disaster and shilling for Trump.
He lies. He lies all the time. They broadcast soundbites that make him look good.
Fox News is trying to put a positive spin on the pandemic, comparing it to the flu,
(like it’s no big deal) and ALWAYS shilling for Trump….

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:15pm PST

THE STOCK MARKET (Dow Jones) DROPPED 3000 POINTS MONDAY (that’s 13%)!
The Stock Market dropped 2200 points at the open and trading was immediately suspended! It was another really bad day on Wall Street,
the biggest one day loss in history…. you might even call it “HISTORIC”
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And then there was another Press Conference…..
(remember how he praised the stock market on Friday, Saturday & Sunday?)

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“WHITE WASHING”

The longer Trump talked, the more the stock market dropped on Monday!
And why do all the doctors behind him look really scared?
But, someone must have slapped him awake, because he didn’t mumble today.
3000 points! Hannity and his Money Men must have called.
He said “maybe a recession” and BOOM. (Someone must have spanked him!)
“It’s not under control” and BOOM. And then more incoherent rambling.
MORE LIES, MORE PATTING HIMSELF ON THE BACK, MORE THANK YOUS,
and “We’re going to have a big celebration.” BOOM!

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They’re talking economic relief for the airlines, hotel and cruise companies,
even the casinos are asking for a government bailout today!
Bars, clubs, restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses are closing.
Some won’t be back. Some will be bankrupt. Employees won’t get paid.
There weren’t any retail executives or corporate shills at the conference today.

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And California is closed, Washington is closed,
Oregon is closed, New York is closed, and more states are closed.
Curfews, Executive Orders, State and Local Regulations for the Public Good!
San Francisco is on LOCKDOWN for 3 weeks! People can’t even go outside.
MGM and other hotel/casinos in Las Vegas have closed, but some are still open!
(Open: Caesars Resorts, Treasure Island, Tropicana, Venetian/Palazzo and the Strat)
Walt Disney World had a big closing night party with a huge crowd! BOOOOOO!
Ohio Health Dept cancelled the Tuesday Primary Election – postponed until June!
Canada and Europe instituted TRAVEL BANS (but not on US Citizens of course).
The Royal Shakespeare Company cancelled all shows! (London, Stratford & touring)
The 146th Kentucky Derby postponed from May 2nd to September 5th, 2020!
Most everyone else cancelled or postponed events today, if they hadn’t already yet.
Trump ordered “health screenings” at the major airports without a plan!
Huge Crowds! People were lined up for hours at the airports in close proximity! 

AND THE UNITED STATES IS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS CRISIS!

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Norway Throwing Shade at the United States Health System!

*Mitt Romney thinks each adult American should receive a one-time payment of $1000 for economic relief and stability during the Coronavirus emergency.*

CHARTS and GRAPHS! (because a picture speaks a thousand words)

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THIS IS VERY SCARY! STAY THE F*CK HOME!

How many people should be allowed to gather together?
1000, 500, 250, 100, 50, and now 10. The number should be ZERO!
Anyone you contact might already be infected!
The Coronavirus is contagious before the host shows symptoms!
Nobody has been tested…. unless they’re already really sick!
You might just get a mild case, but you might infect someone who might die.
STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY! DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!

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STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!

There are more than 4500 reported cases of Coronavirus and 87 people have died in the United States of America. 48 of the deceased are from the state of Washington. 

 

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MONDAY NIGHT AT THE HOME OFFICE!
Rainy day in Los Angeles and everything is closed. F*ck, we don’t want to go out.
Tuesday is actually DAY SIX of our self-isolation!
We had a general appointment at the hospital last Wednesday and there were a lot of sick people there, and that was a week ago. We decided to social distance ourself after that experience, and have only been out twice since to pick up food and run an errand.
Monday night we cooked dinner.
On The Menu: Big pot of chili, served with cheese, chopped onion, tortilla chips and a raw veggie plate, with cran-raspberry-orange juice to drink – stay home, stay healthy!

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Big Pot of Chili with Beans on Monday Night

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Trapped in my peoplebox
I am so alone

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p.s. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17th!
(get drunk at home with your friends on the interweb)

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“I’m a Leprecaun!”

March 18 – World Sleep Day
March 19First Day of Spring! (Vernal Equinox)
“Return of the Swallow” (Mission San Juan Capistrano)
and National Corn Dog Day!
March 20 – International Day of Happiness
and National Alien Abductions Day
March 21 – World Poetry Day (READ OUR HAIKU BLOGS!)
Happy Birthday Benito Juarez!
March 22 – World Water Day
March 23 – National Puppy Day!
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“The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.” – The Doors

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STAY THE FUCK HOME!

It’s not the Zombie Apocalypse!
PLEASE STOP HOARDING. PLEASE STOP PANIC BUYING!

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WHO BOUGHT ALL THE TOILET PAPER? AND WHY?

Thank you Lewis Black! “The Rant is Due” 3-14-2020 (go to Lewis Black Live)


 

 

CORONAVIRUS! Part 3 (Fri-Sun)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 3 (Friday-Sunday)

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DON’T PANIC!
REMAIN CALM!
CHILL! YOU MUST CHILL!
OHMMMMMM…….

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BUY ALL THE TOILET PAPER!

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WTF? Really? The United States declared a national state of emergency!

Why did the United States refuse the World Heath Organization test kits?
Why did the Trump Administration wait to act?
Why did the Trump Administration tell the Washington state doctors not to test?
Why did the GOP Republicans call it a “Democratic Hoax?”
Why didn’t the CDC test kits work?
Why did they wait to get new test kits from Roche? (~400000 available soon)
Why did he put Mike Pence in charge?

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WHY CAN’T HE TELL THE TRUTH?

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WORLDWIDE CASES THAT HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED:
(this Johns Hopkins University data does not include people who
are already infected and don’t know and/or have not been tested yet)

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As of March 14, 2020 at 1:30am PST

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As of March 14, 2020 at 5:30pm PST

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As of Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 5:30pm PST

 

Right now Trump, his grifter children, and Jared Kushner
are working hard to profit from this disaster!
WE HAVE THE BEST RETAILERS! GREAT CORPORATIONS!

THEY’LL MAKE BIG PROFITS OFF THIS DISASTER AND DEATH!
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THE UNITED STATES DECLARED A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
At Trump’s White House Rose Garden news conference on Friday, executives from Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens said they would provide space in some of their parking lots for drive-through testing locations. AND YES, TRUMP LIED AGAIN!

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TRUMP CANNOT TELL THE TRUTH!

Saturday morning  Trump hijacked Pence’s Press Conference and went off the rails again, praising himself, his cronies, the great job he was doing, BLAH BLAH BLAH!
TOTAL BULLSH*T! He says he’s responsible for the stock market bump…..
(it’s just “pumped up” at closing on Friday, watch what happens on Monday)

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THEY AREN’T CALLING IT A “HOAX” ANYMORE!

The “TrumpVirus” Timeline:
January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

February 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
February 25: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
February 25: “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
February 26: “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
February 26: “We’re going very substantially down, not up.”
February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

February 28: “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”

March 2: “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
March 2: “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”

March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”

March 5: “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
March 5: “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”

March 6: “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
March 6: “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
March 6: “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
March 6: “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”

March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”

March 9: “This blindsided the world.”

March 13: “I take no responsibility.”

Brownie, youre doing a heck of a job.” – George Bush during Hurricane Katrina

NOTE: The House passed the economic relief bill for the coronavirus 363-40 on Friday.
It will provide billions for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, free testing,
and other measures to help those people impacted by this emergency.

Trump’s European “Travel Ban” added the United Kingdom and Ireland on Saturday.
The other Cruise Companies have cancelled all sailings.
The airlines have cancelled most international flights and are cancelling
and/or changing capacity on domestic flights.
Trump has mentioned a possible “domestic travel ban” more than once.
Las Vegas hotels and casinos are closing their restaurants, buffets, clubs, and spas.
Conventions are cancelling. Major Ski Resorts are closing for the duration.
Museums (including all of the Smithsonian Institute museums) and Zoos are closing.
All sporting events, concerts, major events, music festivals, parades and parties:
Everything is CLOSED, Cancelled or Postponed until April at the earliest…..
even the Los Angeles Card Clubs and Casinos are closing for the duration.

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THE UNITED STATES WAS UNPREPARED FOR THIS DISASTER!

There hasn’t been enough testing (if any at all) to get accurate numbers, information, and/or correct data on the number of people already infected!
As of March 14, Only ~15000 people have been tested so far,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Marc Lipsitch, who directs the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard’s School of Public Health, says testing is needed at emergency rooms in every major metro area across the country. That would offer statistically significant sampling to get reliable estimates on how many Americans actually have the coronavirus”

Hospitals are not prepared!
There is no vaccine and no cure for Coronavirus.
They do not have tests. If they do have tests, they don’t have enough.
They don’t have enough protective equipment for their staff.
Sh*t, THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF!
They don’t have proper procedures for dealing with an outbreak like this!
But DON’T PANIC! WASH YOUR HANDS!

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The letter Senator Sherrod Brown sent to Trump 2 years ago asking why he shut down the National Security Council (NSC) Pandemic Team and Global Health Security Office:

 

 

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Avoid Unnecessary Travel!

Corona? Or Coronavirus? Can You Taste the Difference?
NOTE: You CANNOT get the Coronavirus from drinking Corona beer!

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SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2020

SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2020 – STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti both issued “executive orders” that everything must close…. which should have been done last week!

“We’re all going to be great — we’re going to be so good,” Trump said in another rambling press conference on Sunday, before running offstage without answering any questions again, and leaving Pence to tell us what a great job they were doing as people are dying.

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WASH YOUR HANDS!

“SOCIAL DISTANCE” and CHILL.
PROTECT YOURSELF! PROTECT OTHERS!

STAY HOME! Watch past episodes of “Doomsday Preppers”
and films like “Outbreak” on Netflix or “Twelve Monkeys” on cable.
Check out the episodes of “Pandemic” while you’re there!
Other Films to Watch: “The Cassandra Crossing”, “The Andromeda Strain”, “Contagion”,
“Restoration”, “Bubble Boy”, “The Boy In The Plastic Bubble”, “Shaun of the Dead”,
“Stephen King’s The Stand”, “I Am Legend”,
and of course, “The Omega Man”
NOTE: Coronavirus is not really the zombie apocalypse or Hollywood, it’s REALITY.

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USE THIS BOOK!

PANIC BUYING, HOARDING, and PRICE GOUGING!
Water, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol,
Lysol (and anything labeled “anti-bacterial”), bleach,
cleaning products, paper towels and toilet paper!

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“NOW THEY WANT TO SOCIALIZE MEDICINE!
WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?”

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“TRUMP-CARE” FOR EVERYONE!

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Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.
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Really Downtown Los Angeles?

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Happy Day of the Dude 2020!

Happy Day of the Dude!
March 6, 2020

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The Big Lebowski is a 1998 crime comedy film
(with slackers, bowling, nihilists, and a case of mistaken identity)
written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

The National Film Registry of the United States
The Library of Congress preserves these films because of their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance to the United States and its people.

“I don’t know about you, but I take comfort in that.
It’s good knowin’ he’s out there.

The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.”

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Today is the day!
White Russians for everyone!
Let’s all do a “J”
Happy Day of the Dude!

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“Vagina.”

“My art has been commended as being strongly vaginal which bothers some men.
The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina.” – Maude Lebowski

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“The Dude Abides.”

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“Takin’ it easy for all us sinners.”

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Dinner Party at Mistral French Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA

Birthday Dinner Party at Mistral French Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA

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NOTE: We didn’t take pics for this Blog Post.
Originally we weren’t even going to write a Blog Post for this dinner party. So, only two pics of the food were taken (using the flash and we felt self conscious about doing it) .

Birthday Dinner Party early on Monday Evening. Reservation for 5:45pm.

Valet Parking ($7+tip) or Metered Street Parking? We valet parked.
We didn’t drive, instead we rode along as a passenger. There was FREE parking at the meters (because it was President’s Day, a national holiday) on Ventura Blvd across the street from the restaurant, but instead we paid to valet park the car.

(Hey, look it’s Michael Milken! They must be celebrating his Trump Pardon!)
NOTE: News about the Trump Pardons for the 11 guilty white collar criminals wasn’t made public until the day after our dinner party. Milken pled guilty to 6 felonies and was fined $600million on April 24, 1990: “I transgressed certain of the laws and regulations that govern our industry. I was wrong in doing so and knew that at that time and I am pleading guilty to these offenses.” He only served 22 months in Federal prison.

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Mistral Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA (not our pic)

Birthday Dinner Party! Table for 10, ready and waiting when when we arrived. Only nine people showed, because one had to work, and only one person was 20 minutes late.

(Hey, it’s Rick Chambers, TV News Anchorman for KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles!)

Why is it so dark inside the restaurant?
Why do I need a flashlight (phone light) to read the menu?
Holy Sh*t! Look at the prices! This is going be expensive.
The Wine List is RIDICULOUS (as in That’s a helluva markup!)

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Mistral Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA (not our pic)

“Gracious personalized service presents traditional French cuisine that is beautifully complemented by our luxurious bistro setting. Your grand celebrations to convivial family dining are equally at home in our elegant Bistro. Having been named one of the area’s finest dining establishments for over 30 years, join us to experience our lauded cuisine in an unparalleled and intimate setting.” 

And then we had a really nice gourmet dinner. The food and the service were both great.
On The Menu: tuna tartare appetizer, Caesar salad, steak with garlic slices, fries, bread & butter, chocolate soufflé, vanilla bean creme brûlée, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a coke.

Sparkling or tap water? Tap water with ice.
Red Wine – a Cabernet Sauvignon
(they have a $30 per bottle corkage fee if you want to bring your own)
Cheese Puff amuse bouche – small and tasty, bite-sized, warm, crispy, cheesy puff pastry
Bread and Butter – fresh baked, warm and tasty
Tuna Tartare appetizer w/8 small toast slices, small endive leaves, and 2 cucumber slices
Caesar salad – (we asked to have it packed “to go” because everyone else had their salad course while we ate our tuna tartare appetizer)
Steak (medium rare) with Garlic Slices and Shoestring Fries

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Steak with Garlic Slices and Fries

4 Chocolate Soufflés with whipped cream (for the table to share)
We ordered 3 at the beginning of the meal and one was added:
Complimentary for the “Birthday Guest”
Served with a candle and a chorus of “Happy Birthday To You!’
We had a small taste of the chocolate soufflé but also ordered a Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée for our dessert (and we passed on the coffee/espresso and just drank coke).

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Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée

NOTE: As we enjoyed our fancy expensive dinner, we watched homeless street people walk by the large picture window that faces onto Ventura Blvd and it was really weird.

Mistral13422 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA  mistralrestaurant.com

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The Magic of Hollywood!

The Magic of Hollywood!
They paid to use the driveway last week.
And we got Craft Service access and a FREE lunch!

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Load In: Grip and Camera Trucks

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
They were filming next door again.
Hollywood is in my driveway today.
Ka-ching!


They filmed a “riding lawnmower” commercial with 65 people and staged the Grip and Camera truck, along with the Honeywagon and Craft Service on our street. We met the Location Manager last week and negotiated the use of our driveway for lunch with her.

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Lunch for 65 People (with tables, chairs, and shade structures)

Location filming is BIG BUSINESS for the City of Los Angeles and the other cities in the “Studio Zone” aka the “Thirty-Mile Zone”: a 30 mile radius centered at Beverly Blvd and North La Cienega Blvd used by union projects to determine per diem rates and driving distances for crew members and actors. The City of Los Angeles makes a lot of money on Film Permits! There are also requirements for Police, Fire and other City personnel to be employed by productions filming within the city and in public spaces.

NOTE: “Thirty-Mile Zone’ is the namesake of TMZ, the online Hollywood gossip rag.

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A FREE Catered Lunch on a Union Commercial Shoot with salmon, chicken & rice, vegetarian lasagna, salad, vegetables, a coke, and 2 sugar cookies for dessert

Shoutout to the hardworking CREW! Shoutout to the Caterers and Craft Service People who keep the Crew fed and hydrated on set (sometimes for 14 hours or more!).
And they also feed the neighbors too when required.

On the Menu: A FREE catered lunch with salmon, chicken & rice, vegetarian lasagna, salad, vegetables, a coke, and 2 sugar cookies for dessert. And a few BONUS trips to the Craft Service table during the day, because they had a pretty good spread.

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Striking the Caterer’s Table, Chairs and Shade Structure

The Magic of Hollywood! An hour later and they made it all disappear.
This was a UNION JOB and the Crew was totally professional!
If you need a great Craft Service person, Location Scout/Manager or Caterer DM me.

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The Habit Burger!

The Habit Burger!
“Respect The Burger”
The Habit Burger Grill!

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The Habit Burger Grill

Best “Fast Food” Burger? (it’s not fast-food, it’s fast casual)
It’s not In-N-Out Burger anymore (and “those are good burgers”).
It is The Habit Burger Grill!

The Habit Burger Grill’s Mission Statement:
“To become everyone’s favorite Habit, one burger at a time.”

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Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese, Fries and Onion Rings

On The Menu: Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with double cheese (lettuce only),
fries, onion rings and a chocolate milkshake with whipped cream

“The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, ground beef, grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce and mayo served on a toasted bun.”

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Double BBQ Bacon Charburger with Cheese and Grilled Onions

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The Habit was opened in 1969 as a burger stand in Goleta Beach near Santa Barbara, California, by two brothers who borrowed money from their mother. The company is now headquartered in Irvine, California, and they have over 265 restaurant locations, and 23 are in Los Angeles.
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From http://www.thehabitburger.com:
About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and handcrafted sandwiches featuring USDA choice sirloin steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 and most recently named the winner of USA Today’s 10 Best in Regional Fast Food. The Habit has since grown to over 265 restaurants in 13 states throughout Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington as well as six international locations.

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The Habit Burger Grill

ORDER UP! Place your order at the counter. Know what you want to order in advance! There is a big menu board. The menu is pretty simple: Burgers, sandwich variations on a burger bun (albacore tuna, tri-tip steak & chicken), salads, kids meals, sides, drinks and real milkshakes.

We recommend you speak loud and clear when ordering, and that you listen when they read the order back really fast. Why? Because they get the order wrong about 50% of the time…. Whatever the reason, the communication or the order between the register and the kitchen area is messed up. They use a ticket/receipt system, and somehow the cooks mess up the order half the time. And then they check the order at the ready counter and then read it back when they hand you the food at pickup, so you would think they could get it right.

AND SOMEHOW THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD ALWAYS BRINGS US BACK!

NOTE: On occasion, in the past, we have telephoned and/or emailed the Corporate Office with our complaints about errors in the burger order, and they have been great about apologizing and mailing us “Free Burger” coupons to compensate us for their problems.

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Always VERY CLEAN! There is a small interior dining area and a large outside patio at The Habit near us. We think the interior dining space is too small, but we often get our food “To Go”, so it’s usually not a problem. There are only two registers at the front counter, and when it gets busy there is often a line to order. The open kitchen allows you to watch the crew prep, cook and tray your food. There is a soda fountain/condiment bar with a pickled pepper buffet with three kinds of peppers (jalapeño, pepperoncini, and banana) to accompany your food.

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“The waiting is the hardest part.” – WAIT FOR IT! It doesn’t take that long.
Their slogan “Fresh is worth the wait” is front and center on the large square pagers they use to notify customers that the order is ready.  And the burger is worth it. You get hot and fresh cooked food (if it doesn’t sit too long on the order up counter) and it really makes a difference. It also removes the “fast-food” label and it becomes a “fast casual” dining experience. Whatever they want to call it, it’s a pretty good cheeseburger.

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Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese, Fries and Onion Rings

The Habit Burger Grill – many locations (maybe one near you)

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Alan Parsons Live Project LIVE! at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

Alan Parsons Live Project LIVE!
at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills
Friday, February 7, 2020
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In 2018 Alan Parsons received the Grammy award for Best Immersive Audio Album after being previously nominated 13 times! And they also played at Burning Man! The band opened with about 50 minutes of hits and performed the entire album “I, Robot”, finishing up with an encore at Reverbia camp.

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And so, because we missed them at Burning Man, we bought a ticket to the show!
Our original ticket was for the front row of the Mezzanine, and they were upgrading tickets because it was far from a sellout show. At first, we declined the upgraded ticket, but when we got to our seat, the band’s photographer was setting up a video camera directly in front of where we’d be sitting. So we found the General Manager and he gave us a good ticket in the Orchestra section (Row B).

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The seat was excellent, and the seats on both sides were empty, so no stranger’s elbows, knees or other physical intrusions to contend with. And sitting right behind us was invited celebrity Adam Carolla (from KROQ radio, “The Man Show”, “Crankyankers”, “Loveline”, and his famous podcast) and his friend who was “with the band.”
NOTE: the friend was “Chatty Cathy” all through the show giving Adam a running commentary on the music, the band, and his connections…. luckily the music was loud enough that it pretty much drowned out their conversation. It was cool when Alan Parsons dedicated and played the song “La Sagrada Familia” during the show per Adam Corolla’s request and gave him a shout out.  Adam yells “YOU’RE WELCOME BITCHES!” 

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“How do you get to Vilshire?”

“Is that you John Wayne?” or is it Larry Flynt?
It’s the John Wayne statue in front of the 10 story oval shaped bronze colored Flynt Building at 8484 Wilshire Blvd and La Cienega Blvd in Beverly Hills, 90210. The land was once a miniature golf course owned by Mary Pickford in the 1930’s. Built in 1972, it was originally the Great Western Savings Bank building, and John Wayne was their TV pitchman. When he died in 1979 they erected the cowboy statue. Great Western sold the building to Larry Flynt and “Hustler” magazine in 1994 for $18.3 million, and then Flynt sold the building for $89 million in 2013 to the Douglas Emmett company, and signed a long term office lease with them.

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THE SABAN THEATRE – 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills 90210
The historic Art Deco Fox Wilshire Theatre was designed by architect S. Charles Lee and opened in September 1930. It was a 2500 seat movie palace with a stage for performance. In 1981 it was converted to a performance venue and in 2009 it was renamed the Saban Theatre (after a $5 million dollar grant from Haim and Cheryl Saban). The Temple of the Arts, a Jewish religious organization, has owned and operated the building since 2005. The building is on the National and State Registry of Historic Places and has also been designated a Beverly Hills Landmark. The lighting, sound, and event space was redone and the theatre now seats ~2000 people in the orchestra, mezzanine and balcony.

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You Have Been Warned!

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We arrived early and found metered street parking on La Cienega close to Wilshire! The meters weren’t active so we parked for FREE! We walked two blocks to the Saban Theatre and picked up our ticket at WillCall. There weren’t a lot of people out front, just people stopping before going in, and a couple of guys looking for a ticket to the show…. but it wasn’t sold out, so it wasn’t quite clear why they were looking for tickets.

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Alan Parsons Live Project Merchandise For Sale

We went inside, cleared Security and the metal detectors, and entered the beautiful rotunda lobby. Beer and wine bar on the left, merchandise booth on the right, hard alcohol bar straight ahead, and Men’s room upstairs. We checked out the space, bought a small bottled water for $3.00 and used the restroom upstairs before it got busy. We also went to our seat in the Mezzanine and scoped out the Balcony while we were upstairs, and that’s when we encountered the band’s photographer. So we went downstairs, spoke with the Manager, and then went to our new seat in the Orchestra.

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The Hard Alcohol Bar in the Lobby of the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

It’s a beautiful proscenium arch theatre that’s been restored to reflect the original design by S. Charles Lee while being adapted for modern concerts and Broadway shows. The Art Deco interior was lit with purple and blue lighting to enhance the complex design details.

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THE SHOW!
Started at a little late after 9pm and they played a fantastic 45 minute long first set. There was half hour intermission and then they played another great hour long second set with encore. The show ended just before 11:30pm.

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The Alan Parsons Live Project at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills 2-7-2020

THE SET LIST:
(and with the exception of a few songs from “I, Robot”
it was pretty close to the show they played at Burning Man)

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THE BAND:
Alan Parsons – guitar, vocals, keyboard
P.J. Olsson – vocals
Jeff Kolman – lead guitar, vocals
Todd Cooper – guitar, saxophone, vocals, flute
Dan Tracey – guitar, vocals
Guy Erez – bass guitar
Danny Thompson – drums
Tom Brooks – keyboards

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The Alan Parsons Live Project at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills 2-7-2020

Such a talented group of gifted musicians! And they rocked! We had a conversation at Intermission with our seat neighbor about how good the band was, how some classic bands just don’t have it anymore, and how this was not the case with Alan Parsons. And the technical aspects of the show were also terrific. They had a great sound system and a good light show, but of course the music was the star of the show.

Check out the vid we shot (and also check out the other vids on our YouTube channel):

They are touring in support of their new music “The Secret” available on all formats now.

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Alan Parsons (official website)> http://www.alanparsons.com
Alan Parsons Project (official website)> http://www.the-alan-parsons-project.com
Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording> http://www.artandscienceofsound.com
(You can pay to view his groundbreaking video series on music production)
NOTE:
Alan Parsons engineered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon
and countless other classic hit records!

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Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”

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“Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”

“Oscar, Oscar!”
The 92nd Academy Awards 2020

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“It’s a wonderful night for Oscar,
Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”

 

 

 

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Live on ABC TELEVISION at 8pm EST
from the Hollywood&Highland Entertainment Complex
and the KODAK DOLBY Theatre in Hollywood!

NO HOST! (again)
Why? Billy Crystal wasn’t available?

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Oscar’s full name is “the Academy Award of Merit”

The first Academy Awards was held in May, 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and on ABC television in 1953.

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WINTER STORM WARNING!
Yes, it does rain in Southern California.
And it’s raining on the Red Carpet at the Oscars today!
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WHO WILL WIN BEST DIRECTOR? – winner: Bong Joon-Ho “Parasite”
Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon-Ho, “Parasite”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”

 

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WHICH FILM WILL WIN BEST PICTURE? – winner: “Parasite”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
“Marriage Story”
“Parasite”
“1917”

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Angelina Jolie on the Red Carpet

“It’s your big night Oscar,
What a sight Oscar,
Tomorrow’s stars and stars from way back when,
So, keep your speeches tight fellas,
We’d like to finish by tonight fellas,
On behalf of the Academy,
A billion people tuning in to see,
Little Oscar’s turning ninety-two tonight.”

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Louis B. Mayer July 12, 1884 – October 29, 1957

Louis B. Mayer co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studios in 1924, and for 30 years, he was the most powerful producer and studio executive in Hollywood.

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#MeToo

Accused rapist Harvey Weinstein is one of the most award-winning producers in history. Films he was involved in at Miramax and The Weinstein Co. won 81 Academy Awards and (in 2015) he was second only to Steven Spielberg in the number of times thanked in Oscar acceptance speeches. Weinstein was expelled from the Academy, Hollywood, and the entertainment industry following numerous sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations going public last year. The Academy’s Board of Governors voted in an emergency meeting to remove Weinstein and said in a statement:
“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”

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“It’s time for Oscar to take center stage,
This guy’s had work done, he never shows his age,
He’s ninety-two now, but still all the rage,
That’s why the Oscar, that is why the Oscar,
That’s why Oscar is a champ!

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The Streaker at the Oscars!

Robert Opel a conceptual artist, photographer, gallery owner, teacher, and gay rights activist “streaked” the Academy Awards on live television. He ran onstage nude flashing a peace sign at the 46th award ceremony in 1974.

David Niven, the Host of the show (interrupted while introducing Elizabeth Taylor):
“Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen…. Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”

After running offstage, Opel put on a jumpsuit and blended in with the reporters. When he was caught, he wasn’t arrested, he was taken backstage and gave a press conference.

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We like Sally Field!

“And I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.”
– Sally Field accepting the Best Actress Academy Award in 1985 for “Places in the Heart”
(She also won a Best Actress Oscar for “Norma Rae” in 1980)

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Francis Ford Coppola

“Who knows who will win the Oscar,
Only Price-Waterhouse can say,
So, if you want the answers…
…May I have the envelope please!”

Accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers count all the ballots, oversee Academy elections (as well as the Oscars) and they also do the Academy’s taxes.
The Academy has used sealed envelopes to protect the names of the winners since 1941.

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Julia Phillips, Producer & Author April 7, 1944 – January 1, 2002

Julia Phillips was the first female producer to win an Academy Award for Best Picture for “The Sting” in 1974. And at age twenty-nine, at the time, she was also the youngest person to win an Oscar for Best Picture. She also produced “Taxi Driver” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” with her husband Michael Phillips. In 1991, she wrote the book “You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again” a revealing tell-all memoir about her experiences in Hollywood.

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The Red Carpet coverage on ABC SUCKED!
Who thought Billy Porter would be a good host/interviewer?

LIVE BLOGGING THE OSCARS 2020! (and we’ll finish editing later)
“Oscar, Oscar! Who will win?”

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Popcorn Time!

Big commercial for Marvel’s “Black Widow”
Sunday 5pm PST

The Opening Number –  Janell Monae PLEASE GET BACK ON THE STAGE.
And more Billy Porter…. and celebrity audience participation too.
Singing. Dancing. Pyro effects. Hip Hop dancers in funky costumes.
They’re so excited. It was actually kinda lame.

Steve Martin and Chris Rock (ex-Oscar Hosts) do the opening mono dialogue.
Chris Rock “Jeff Bezos is so rich” jokes. Chris and Steve joke about the nominees.
Chris Rock: “Cynthia Erivo did such a good job hiding Black people in Harriet, The Academy got her to hide all the Black nominees.”OSCAR SO WHITE DIG
Steve Martin (to under the stage): “Eddie, I loved you in Dolemite!”

The Best Supporting Actor montage
Brad Pitt wins as expected for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”.
And Brad starts by calling out the GOP Senate!
(He gets more time than John Bolton did last week!)
Shoutout to Quentin Tarantino. Shoutout to Stunt Coordinators and Stunt People!

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Brad Pitt – Best Supporting Actor!

cut to: commercials
Cadillac w/Regina King, Rolex, M&Ms, Samsung folding phone,
Postmates, Verizon, ABC promo “For Life”

Beanie Feldstein intros
Mindy Kaling presenting Best Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 4” wins. Cut to Robert Iger smiling.
And Best Animated Short Film too.
“Hair Love” wins. Did you see it?
Hooray for positive representation of African Americans!
Normalize Black Hair! Political mention of the Crown Act.

Josh Gad introduces Idina Menzel “Into The Unknown” Best Song performance
with foreign language singers/performers (but no subtitles)

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cut to: commercials
Disney+, TurboTax (do not attempt), M&Ms, Hulu promo, …… dogs were barking,
Mercedes Benz, Park MGM Las Vegas, Spectrum Mobile

Kelly Marie Tran and Questlove intros
Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves (“the power of a good script”)
Best Original Screenplay – clips with subtitles! and a translator for “Parasite”
“Parasite” wins.  “Great honor” and speeches in Japanese (with a translator)

Natalie Portman and some kid? (Timothy Chalamet) present Best Adapted Screenplay
WHAT IS FUNNY ABOUT HITLER? and then “Jojo Rabbit” wins.
NOTE: He says that the Shoah foundation and families of Holocaust survivors
approved of the film and that Mel Brooks liked it.

Shia Lebeof and Zach, a special needs individual disabled guy from the film “Peanut Butter”, present Best Live Action Short Film
“The Neighbor’s Window” wins. Guy nobody knows makes a speech about his mom.
Marshall Curry Productions: watch it now for FREE at http://www.theneighborswindow.com

cut to: commercials
Verizon (gay son accepted by family!), McDonald’s, Cadillac,
unfunnt ABC promo for “The Conners” Live

Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig “ACTING!” (funny pissed off – “That was an act.”)
Best Production Design – and the clips didn’t really show any serious production design
“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” wins.
A tribute to the Sweeney Sisters! They sing a funny little Best Costume Design duet.
“Little Women” wins. Jacqueline Durran’s speech was short and sweet and British.

Another Best Song performance.
Musical Number (but that’s not Lizzo) without introduction….

NOTE: There were a lot of weird pauses and dead moments during the live broadcast mostly before the transitions and commercial breaks, so was it caused by technical stuff or just by the technical director?

cut to: commercials
Quibi (black woman President), Natalie Portman for Miss Dior, Verizon/Apple iPhone11, Google (film locations), ABC promo The Bachelor (funny Ghost tribute with Whoopee!)

Best Documentary Feature Film presentation (looked like another ABC promo)
Mark Ruffalo presents the clips without any description of the films
“American Factory” wins. Bald woman and man from Ohio. “Go Buckeyes!”
(Cancer survivor) Shout out to the other Documentary nominees!
The Obamas’ company Higher Ground wins an Oscar for their first production!
Best Documentary Short Film
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re A Girl)” wins.
Lesbian name dropping Frank Capra! “Four decades in this business”
Shoutout to girls! Shoutout to Girl Crew! Hooray Lesbians!

Mahershala Ali presents Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern wins for “Marriage Story”! BIG CONGRATULATIONS!
We worked with her on HBO’s “Afterburn” in 1991-92
Shoutout to her parents Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.
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cut to commercials:
Cadillac (with Regina King), M&Ms, Indeed (hooray for the janitor), Hulu promo “Little Fires Everywhere”, FX on Hulu promo Mrs America (with Cate Blanchett). Disneyland/Walt Disney World Star Wars Rise of the Resistance, Mercedes Benz GLC

Anthony Ramos who? Oh, from “Hamilton” (no wonder we don’t know hime) intros
Lin Manuel Miranda intros the Song Montage: clips from Risky Business, Rocky, Breakfast Club, Say Anything, Purple Rain, Titanic, The Bodyguard, Ghost, La Bamba, Almost Famous, Waynes World, Slumdog Millionaire, Footloose, The Graduate, Moulin Rouge, Do The Right Thing, Back To The Future, Reservoir Dogs, Deliverance, and 8 Mile.

Eminem rises to the stage!
“Lose Yourself In The Music The Moment” Rap performance time. (censored)
And the Hollywood crowd goes wild. But WTF is he doing here?

cut to: commercials
McDonald’s, “NO.” Discover, Quibi, Biktarvy (HIV medicine with gay kiss), “YES. Discover, ABC promo Modern Family, ABC promo For Life

Oscar Issac and Selma Hayek-(married name) present
Best Sound Editing – SPOILER ALERT for all the films!
“Ford v Ferrari” Donald Sylvester wins.
“probably the last film made by 20th Century Fox”
Shout out to James Mangold the director – “should have been nominated”
Best Sound Mixing – “1917” Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson win.
Thank yous and a shout out to Sam Mendes.

“Toy Story 4” Best Song performance
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” by Randy Newman on a Steinway & Sons piano.
Robert Iger approves. Randy Newman is really old.

cut to: commercials
Kinder Bueno chocolate bar, Microsoft Surface, Quibi, BMW Grand Coup 2, Hulu promo Motherland, Honda, ABC promo After The Awards

Questlove, Rap (freestyle) performance recap of the show so far by Indian Guy (you don’t know….

Will Ferrell and Julia Louie-Dreyfus present Best Cinematography – HAHAHAHAHA!
“1917” (of course) Roger Deakins thanks everyone and a shout out to Sam Mendes.
and Best Film Editing “Ford v Ferrari” Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
Thank yous (some in Spanish) and shout out to James Mangold
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Academy President David Rubin – The Academy Museum is almost open!
Intro Tom Hanks! Tom introduces the Academy Museum at Fairfax and Wilshire.
Opens December 2020 Tom Hanks: “I am Spartacus”

cut to: commercials
Rolex, M&Ms, Capital One Eno, The 1619 Project (slavery), Cadillac, ABC promo For Life

Sessy Bates intros The Oscars music director
Cynthia Erivo “Stand Up” Best Song Performance from “Harriet” big musical number

cut to: commercials
Apple iPhone 11 Verizon, Quibi, Facebook (groups with Chris Rock and Sylvester Stallone), NatGeo promo Aretha Franklin, Lexus, Delta AMEX (Cadillac Ranch daughter), ABC promo News and Jimmy Kimmel

Rebel Wilson and James Corden in their bad “Cats” costumes and makeup! HAHAHAHAHA! Presenting Best Visual Effects! Playing with the microphone stand!
“1917” wins. Thank you Sam Mendes. Thank you.
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Ray Romano and Sandra Oh present Best Makeup and Hair
Ray Romano: “And I’m Charlize Theron” Best Joke! HAHAHAHAHA
“Bombshell” wins.“Thank you, it’s a great honor.” Shout out to Charlize!
(and they play off/cut the other two winners without letting them speech)

cut to: commercials
Cadillac (parkour stunts and driving), Colgate, NCL – Norwegian Cruise Line, Kellogg’s Special K, Verizon (immigrant family connecting), ABC promo GMA – Good Morning America

Penelope Cruz v.o. (shoutouts Pedro Almodovar and Fellini) with montage
Penelope presents Best International Feature Film to “Parasite” of course. Thank you great honor, Japanese translator shoutout to the new name of the category and all the actors and crew members from the film in the audience.
“I’m ready to drink tonight…until the next morning.”

Elton John! Best Song performance from “Rocketman” on a red Yamaha piano

cut to: commercials
M&Ms, FX Network (give you a headache) promo, ABC promo American Idol “Tiny Dancer” “Almost Famous” ripoff Ryan Seacrest driving the bus, Mercedes Benz GLS SUV, Spectrum, Disneyland/Walt Disney World Rise of the Resistance (again)

Taika Waititi – Shoutout to  the Native American Tribes of Los Angeles
Lunch awards last week you didn’t see. Wes Studi and Geena Davis

Gal Gadot, Sigourney Weaver, and Brie Larson “Superhero Women”
Start female fight club and “no shirts for men, with sushi and tequila”
intro Female Conductor –
First time in Oscar history! She conducts the Best Original Score music medley.
“The Joker” Holder Gunhadottir wins. Her dress is very sparkly under the lights!
Best Original Song – Elton John and Bernie Taupin win for “I’m Gonna Love Me Again”!
Bernie makes the speech and Elton finishes the thank yous (a brief long winded ramble).

cut to: commercials
(restroom break) Rolex

Spike Lee presents Best Directing – Bong Joon Ho “Parasite” wins again!
And the crowd goes wild…. Japanese translator
Then he quotes Martin Scorcese and gets a standing ovation!
Shoutout to Quentin Tarentino! “Thank you I will drink until next morning!”

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Bong Joon-Ho will drink until next morning!

NOTE: And apparently they did drink until next morning, starting at the Governor’s Ball, then the Vanity Fair party and after that at Sabon restaurant in Koreatown until 5am!

Steven Spielberg introduces the In Memoriam Death Montage
with Billie Eilish and Phinneas performing “Yesterday” live onstage.

cut to: commercials
Verizon, Adobe (Gene Wilder singing Willie Wonka), ABC promo For Life, ABC promo The Connors Live

George McKai in the balcony introduces
Olivia Coleman onstage to presents Best Actor
“Last year was the best night of my husband life.” – HAHAHAHAHA
And Joaquin Phoenix wins for “The Joker” as expected
and now time for his big political speech…..
(yeah, it’s been way longer than 45 seconds, c’mon please play him off)
Then he quotes a River Phoenix lyric and says thank you.

Rami Malek presents Best Actress
Renee Zellweger wins for “Judy” as expected
Lots of thank yous. Thanks her agents and long time manager John Carrabino.
And then she rambles and goes way overtime… gracious but not memorable.

cut to: commercials
Google, M&Ms, Samsung, Quibi, Corona Premier lite beer, Verizon

Jane Fonda presents Best Picture
“Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”
“Parasite” wins! And the crowd goes wild! Standing ovation!
First Foreign Language Film to Win Best Picture!
The cast and crew take the stage!
Japanese translator producer Kwak Se
The audience won’t let them play them off!
Speech in English by one of the actresses thanking the director,
all their supporters, and their Korean film audience.
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Jane Fonda closes the show: “Goodnight and Thank You for Watching.”
Sunday 8:33pm PST

cut to: commercials
ABC promo For Life, ABC promo The Connors Live, ABC promo Jimmy Kimmel tomorrow, Oscars legal statement, ABC promo American Idol, ABC promo The Connors Live, Rolex, Jaguar, MikeBloomberg2020 political ad (with Barack Obama), ABC promo ABC News, ABC promo Jimmy Kimmel , Mazda, The Good Feet Store, Disney+ Timmy Failure, ABC promo ABC News

“After The Oscars”
The Governors Ball at Hollywood&Highland with George Pennachio on ABC.

And we say GOODNIGHT and THANK YOU for reading this Blog Post!

PARTY TIME HOLLYWOOD STYLE! WHERE’S MY DAMN LIMO?

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The End