End of July, August 2018 and 75000 Hits!

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AUGUST 1st – HAPPY JERRY DAY!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JERRY GARCIA!

“Daddy’s got them Deep Elem Blues!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QNjD9d4aRU

It’s August 2018 and it’s been a “Cruel Summer” here in Los Angeles,
California is ON FIRE again and our “thoughts & prayers” are with those affected.

It’s HOT. REALLY HOT. Like, Africa Hot here in the San Fernando Valley.
NO RELIEF IN SIGHT! 10 MORE DAYS OF EXTREME HEAT in Los Angeles!
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And California is ON FIRE! (Oregon, Sweden, Russia and the Arctic are also burning)
Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is erupting and pouring lava into the ocean!
Fukushima Nuclear Reactor is still pouring radiation into the Pacific Ocean….
Too hot for humans during the day, so soon we will all be nocturnal…
CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL!

Tempus fugit! (Time flies!)
And so the year races by as we pass Mid-Summer (June 24th) and enter August!

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Puppytime all the time here! HE’S SUCH A GOOD BOY!
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He’s doing great and learning the rules (see our previous Blog Post for more pics)

Eating / Leftover Indian Food: chicken coconut curry with basmati rice, Sushi & Assorted Tempura, Chicken Burrito w/ Tortilla Chips & Salsa, Panda Express (Orange chicken and fried rice craving), Cheeseburger, Corn on the Cob, Bacon & Eggs, and Pizza

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Orange chicken with steamed rice and veggies from The Cheesecake Factory for dinner last night (but no cheesecake….)

Drinking / Iced Coffee & Espresso
Practicing / Making plans for nobody
Mastering / 1 New Puppy, 2 Little Girls & the Big Boy
Learning / Time for Traffic School Again….
Wearing / underwear: black cotton boxers & a white t-shirt
(because it’s effin’ hot & humid in the SFV!)
Cooking / Bone-in Ribeye Steak with sautéed onions & broccoli
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Trying / To stay cool… it’s literally 100 degrees in the SFV!
Playing / With the puppies of course.
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Working / In the home office & in the backyard
Traveling / NOT TRAVELING. New Puppy Training & Dog Sitting!
STAYCATION? Well, we have all kinds of pleasant distractions and air conditioning! The new puppy requires a lot of time and provides non-stop entertainment. The construction next door has been relatively quiet for a time but that probably won’t last.

THINKING / ABOUT BURNING MAN! We haven’t told our story yet…. the Blog Post is partially written almost a year later, and we have had so many distractions.
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We aren’t going this year because of the puppy and a prior commitment that conflicts…
and it will certainly be hot & dusty again this year. So don’t go. (Blog Coming Soon)

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The Man burns in 30 days!

Finishing / Nothing.
Reading / More Bad News, lots of bad news… (but Not “fake news”)
Writing / This Blog!
Remembering / Dad, the babygirls, & Burning Man 2017
Wanting / More. (always much, much MORE!)

Oh, yeah, UM….
75000 Hits!
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Celebrate another milestone with us.

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Why so quiet you wonder? We have a NEW PUPPY!

Why so quiet you wonder?

NOTE: NEW BLOG POSTS COMING SOON!

We have a NEW CAVACHON* PUPPY!
And it’s total “Puppy Love” (and lots of time for love, training and fun)

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AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!

And he’s so FIERCE!

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*Cavachon: a combination of Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY! 70000 Hits!

HAPPY 4th OF JULY! 70000 Hits!

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CELEBRATE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY!
Remember those who don’t have theirs.

 

And we passed 70000 unsolicited hits on this Blog last week!

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2015>
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“Be Safe Out There!”

Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today!

The Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today.

First album to be certified Platinum!

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Gold Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

Dad was the Iron Butterfly’s manager and attorney.
I played at the band’s ranch in Topanga Canyon when I was little.
I also played piano at the age of five with Herbie Hancock when he stayed at our house.
I was backstage and under the bleachers when Black Oak Arkansas played Circus Circus in Las Vegas in the early 70’s.

Dad managed all of them and other famous artists while we were growing up in Los Angeles. It was not your ordinary childhood.

“IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA” by the Iron Butterfly 1968

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The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums, with more than 30 million copies sold. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA Platinum Award. It went to #4 on the U.S. charts.

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The Iron Butterfly in 1968

Doug Ingle (organ, lead vocals), Ron Bushy (drums, percussion), Lee Dorman (bass, backing vocals), Erik Braunn (guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals)

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In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?

Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya now.
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?

In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?
Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya.

Two, three, four!
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Written by Douglas Ingle • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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In early 1968, the band’s debut album Heavy was released after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording the album in late 1967. Faced with the possibility of the record not being released, they quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Erik Brann (also known as “Erik Braunn” and “Erik Braun”) and resumed touring.

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I almost went to Woodstock! This was a smash hit record in the Summer of Love 1968. Here’s the story from Wikipedia that I heard when I was growing up:

The band had been booked to play at Woodstock, the manager demanded that the Butterfly be flown in by helicopter, whereupon they would “immediately” take the stage. After their set, they would be paid and flown back to the airport. The manager was told that this would be taken into consideration and he would be called back. In truth, the demands were never given a second thought. Dorman later expressed regret at this turn of events, feeling the band’s career may have gone further had they played the festival. According to drummer Bushy, “We went down to the Port Authority three times and waited for the helicopter, but it never showed up”.

But I always heard that Dad had refused to let the band get on the helicopters unless they were paid first and that’s why we never got to Woodstock….

Here’s the truth. The band’s equipment and lightshow got stuck in the famous New York Throughway traffic jam and never made it to the location. The band was stuck in NYC (and needed a helicopter to get to the festival) and the staff at Woodstock had too many problems to deal with and said “f*ck you”, the helicopter never came and the band did not go to Woodstock.

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Iron Butterfly “Ball” 1969

The gold record for this album is on the wall too. It went to #3 on the U.S. charts.

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Gold Record for “Ball” by the Iron Butterfly

The next album, Ball, reached number three on the charts and went gold, but more lineup changes followed. In 1970, with Erik Brann gone, Iron Butterfly released their fourth studio album, Metamorphosis with two new members, guitarist/vocalist Mike Pinera (whose Blues Image had opened for the Butterfly’s Vida tour) and guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt.

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“Metamorphosis” – the fourth studio album by Iron Butterfly, released August 13 , 1970.

The album managed to get into the top 20, but Doug Ingle quit the group shortly after its release. Without an organist for the first time in their history, the remaining four members cut a single, “Silly Sally”. It failed to chart and proved to be their last recording. The band broke up after playing a final show on May 23, 1971. Dorman and Reinhardt subsequently founded Captain Beyond.

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Captain Beyond – “Captain Beyond” (self-titled) 1972

Captain Beyond was a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971. The original line-up was singer Rod Evans, guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, bassist Lee Dorman, and drummer Bobby Caldwell. Evans was the original lead singer for Deep Purple best known for his vocals on their 1968 debut chart-breaker “Hush”. Reinhardt and Dorman had played in Iron Butterfly; Dorman, in particular, played on most of Butterfly’s early albums, including their 1968 breakthrough In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Caldwell had come to prominence playing with Johnny Winter.

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A recent “Jeopardy” Answer!

 

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A fine Pizza Tribute in Las Vegas

NOTE: We own a small MUSIC CATALOG and the MASTER TAPES of some fine vintage recordings (some previously released on the ATCO/Calliope/Festival Records labels) and they are FOR SALE! Please message me if you are a interested in more information (serious buyers only of course).

 

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Platinum Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

Aloha! Everyday is Hawaiian Shirt Friday!

Aloha! Everyday is Hawaiian Shirt Friday! (if you want it to be…)

This Blog Post is currently UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

We love Hawaiian Shirts!

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Our collection of vintage Aloha shirts is growing!

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Here are some of our recent finds:

 

 

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Q: How do you decide which shirts to buy and where do you find yours?

A: Mostly from thrift stores, based on what I like to wear. 1. Design and Maker: cool and/or colorful, vintage Made in Hawaii or USA brand preferred 2. Condition and Size: don’t buy damaged or stained, XL or larger only usually 3. Price: try not to spend more than $6 but sometimes will go $10 for something special (and will also buy size L for a good one) 4. Resale value: if I were to resell it, is there value/profit? Have over 60 now.

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MAHALO!

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Aloha! Hot in the SFV and starting the long 4th of July week party in a Royal Hawaiian Creations Red.

 

 

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“Out on the Beach at Waikiki”

The Los Angeles Dodgers Blackout/Boycott Continues in 2018!

The Los Angeles Dodgers Blackout/Boycott Continues in 2018!

Go ahead and spend BIG Money on tickets, parking, food and merchandise. Or choose Time-Warner/Spectrum/SportsNet and pay BIG Money for the privilege to watch the games on television in your home. The Los Angeles Dodgers will let you down again!

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Boycott! Posted on facebook April 6, 2015

I’m quoted by Steve Lopez in today’s (5-20-2018) Sunday LA Times California section about the Dodgers’ Blackout/Boycott:

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L.A. Times Sunday California Section 5-20-2018

“In Encino, Josh Weisel is no longer a Dodgers fan, after 50 years of loyalty to the team, and he is convinced he knows the reason for the Dodgers horrible start this season. ‘It’s Karma’ said Weisel, who is in direct communication with the baseball gods. ‘It’s a curse on the Dodgers, and they won’t win until the fans can watch the games again.’

“In Encino, Josh Weisel said he’s got plenty of entertainment options and the Dodgers are no longer one of them.”

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L.A. Times Sunday California Section 5-20-2018 continued

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And we miss Vin Scully too!

 

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Miss Donuts in Reseda, California

Miss Donuts in Reseda, California

Filming location for “Boogie Nights”

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Just another Donut store in the San Fernando Valley? Yes, and NO!
It was the location for the climatic scene in the film “Boogie Nights” where Don Cheadle’s character Buck Swope is caught in the middle of a robbery and shootout.

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And they have really tasty Donuts and Pastries!

On The Menu: DONUTS! Chocolate custard filled, chocolate bar, raspberry jelly filled, a cinnamon roll and a Napoleon pastry “to go”.

Miss Donuts – 18231 Sherman Way, Reseda, California (west of Lindley)

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Don Cheadle in “Boogie Nights” (not my pic)

And time to eat the donuts…

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Donuts from Miss Donuts in Reseda, California

 

Even More Lebowski Haikus!

Even More Lebowski Haikus!

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Nothing is f*cked,
We need more Lebowski poems!
This is our concern…

Rolling with Jesus?
Watch your ass on Wednesday!
And clean off your ball…

It’s not a weekday,
Mind if I do a “J” man?
Enjoy your Sunday!

Are you nihilists?
Do you care about nothing?
Where are your haikus?

Look around the room….
Nihilists everywhere!
Believe in nussing.
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Hey Dudes and Ladies
It’s Lebowski Fest weekend!
Anyone going?

One more for you all:
The Dude abides in your mind
Lost my train of thought….

Dude’s in Malibu
Lovely beach community
Too many fascists

The word “Vagina”
Are you uncomfortable?
Try a pink taco.

Dude is an angel
He was sent from the Heavens
For all us sinners
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Need a Dude haiku?
Enjoy a White Russian!
Well, the Dude abides.

Super Bowl Sunday
The Dude is not a golfer
Got any nachos?

Dude, it’s Saturday.
Just another day of rest…
Good Shabbos you all!

Today is the ninth.
And tomorrow is the tenth.
Marty wants the rent.

Does the Dude like pie?
The pie is not the issue!
Let them eat cake Dude.
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You want a toe cake?
I can get you a toe cake.
Cake by three o’clock.

Vagina, Johnson
And a pair of testicles.
Genitalia!

No shots fired Dude,
He’s having a heart attack
Call an ambulance!

Bulk of the series
And a good day to you Sir
He has health problems

St. Patrick’s Day sh*t?
Brother Shamus, Irish Monk…
Two oat sodas please.
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The Dude loves Friday
Takin’ it easy today
Is this a weekday?

Disturbing my calm.
In the bath, doing a “J”
Bad dudes in my house!

Is this a weekday?
Mind if I do a “J” man?
Daily regimen!

Time for some Creedence.
Much better than the Eagles.
Why not do a “J”?

He is The Stranger
Likes good sarsaparilla
Tells us the story
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The Lifeguard parties
You insult Sam and he will
Roadhouse on your *ss

Lots of Ins and Outs:
Adhere to drug regimen.
Have a beverage!

Listen to the whale
Adhere to your regimen
Find your inner peace

April Twentieth!
I enjoy recreation.
Weed taster/tester

April Twentieth:
The Dude abides in your mind
Lost my train of thought….
Happy 420!

In-n-Out Burger
On Ventura Boulevard…
Those are good burgers.

A double-double
and a chocolate milkshake
is on the menu

He surfed beaches
Donny who loved bowling
Rest in Peace sweet prince

The funeral home
Dude enjoys the candy dish
And Walter watches

A tragic end for
Donny who loved bowling
Get a coffee can
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I am a Dudeist
In case of emergency:
Call Walter Sobchak

The Fourth of July,
This aggression will not stand!
Time to BBQ.

Dude loves Saturday
No work and doin’ a “J”
Takin’ it easy

Franz, Uli, Kieffer
Three guys with nussing to lose
Do you need a toe?

Ve vant the money
Or we cut off your Johnson
Step on it, smush it

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Ders nussing to it
Nihilism is easy
But it’s exhausting

Sunday night TV?
Watching “The Big Lebowski”
and doing a “J”

Have a beverage!
As seen on television:
A White Russian Dude!

Jeffrey Lebowski
One is Human Peraquat
One rolls bowling balls

Only one am I
Cares about the rules I do
Yoda was a Dude
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Sunday, Sunday, Dude.
Enjoy your recreation!
Don’t be a golfer.

Dressed in purple
Jesus is a pedorast
Lives in Hollywood

He’s a pervert Dude
Showing it to eight year olds
But that creep can roll

 

 

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You have something else to do
On ThrowbackThursday?
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ROAD TRIP to Ashland, Oregon!

ROAD TRIP to Ashland, Oregon! Ten Days “On The Road” and on a mission.

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Cold Rain and Snow! Ashland, Oregon 3-14-18

Los Angeles, California to Ashland, Oregon and now WE ARE BACK!

NOTE: The road trip happened in early March with the threat of winter weather in the north and in the Siskiyou Pass into Oregon, so we had to time our travel and hope for good weather on both sides.

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Monday Morning Road Trip! Los Angeles to Ashland (670 miles) in 10 hours! Instead of stopping, we decided to make a straight shot on Interstate 5 (via the 405 freeway) to stay ahead of the winter weather in the Siskiyou Pass…

A long, beautiful, uneventful drive north with the intent to get there as soon as possible while driving as safe as possible. “No tickets, no accidents, and no encounters with law enforcement” makes for a good trip. We stopped for gas and to stretch our legs (and other business) along the way, and arrived in Oregon in only 10 hours!

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Tejon Pass, California

NOTE: This Blog Post was delayed again because of technical issues. Our primary computer crashed recently and it had the transferred pics ready to upload.

 

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Mt. Shasta in the Siskiyou Pass, California (things start getting blurry)

670 miles and ten hours later we were in Ashland, Oregon!

WE LOVE ASHLAND!

There was beautiful weather all week long. It had snowed the week before, there was snow on the mountains, Mt. Ashland ski resort was open for business, and there was even still some snow on the ground the first day. It was cold and windy at night the first couple nights, and it was raining/snowing in the pass, but the weather stayed really nice during the day (sunny and in the 70s) from Ashland to Medford most of the time.

 

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Ashland Creek in Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

 

Scenes from the Ranch:

 

 

On The Menu in Ashland:

Lunch at Sesame Asian Kitchen in Ashland

Dinner at The Loft in Ashland
NY steak & prawns, fries, veggies, caesar salad, tuna tartare, bread & butter, an excellent 1993 Southing Sea Smoke pinot noir, and a coke
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Pizza (take-out) from Kaleidoscope Pizza in Medford
Lunch (take-out) from Arby’s
Lunch (take-out soups) from Olive Garden

BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwiches for Dinner at the Ranch
Pasta and Meatballs with cheesy bread and a coke for Dinner at the Ranch
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Pizza and Champagne Dinner at the Ranch with friends
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Ice Cream from Grater’s in Cincinnati, Ohio (via UPS)
pints of black raspberry chocolate chip, cherry chocolate chip,
salted caramel chocolate chip, and chocolate chocolate chip
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Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs and Samoas

Dinner (take-out) from La Tapatia in Phoenix (Oregon, not Arizona)
2 chicken street tacos with salsa

Dinner (take-out) from Harvey’s Place in Ashland
roast beef dip sandwich and fries
(Read our previous Blog Post about Harvey’s Place>
)

Sushi Lunch at Bonsai in Medford
sushi, sashimi and cut rolls

Dinner at Beasy’s on the Creek in Ashland
shrimp cocktail, clam chowder, grilled prawns (didn’t eat them, got them “to go”), bread & butter, red wine, a coke, and no dessert thank you

Hand-made Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point

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Oregon Sky 2

 

Walking in Lithia Park on Monday Afternoon (almost alone)
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Ashland Creek in Lithia Park

 

Heading South on Wednesday! Destination: Oakland and then Home!

There was rain and snow in Ashland, in the Siskiyou Pass, and even further south to the Bay Area. And more stormy weather was predicted for Thursday and through the weekend, so when the weather looked clear on Wednesday morning we headed south hoping to get through the pass without incident or chain requirements. It rained a little, it snowed a little, there was a little sleet and then it was clear and beautiful the whole way to Oakland.

We stopped for an hour at the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, California on the I-5.

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Rolling Hills Casino – Corning, California

 

Going south, we had the choice to “stay on or get off?”: stay on and keep going south on the I-5 with Los Angeles as our destination or get off and take the 505 Winters cutoff to the Bay Area with an Oakland stopover as our destination. We almost kept going, but decided to detour west, get a hotel room, have dinner and rest for the night instead.

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San Leandro Bridge and Puffy Clouds 3-14-18

We were going to stay at a hotel in Emeryville where we got off the freeway because East Bay traffic was jammed, but found a good deal on a room at the LaQuinta Inn near the Oakland Airport online and made a same-day reservation through an internet site because it was easy and we were tired. We had Dinner at the Black Bear Diner in Emeryville on Pi Day and tried to connect with a friend who was local via telephone.

On the Menu: Breakfast for dinner.
2 eggs over medium. bacon (with extra bacon), biscuits & gravy, and iced coffee
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and then a small chocolate cream pie “to go”
We enjoyed it with some “free” coffee from the lobby in our hotel room.

 

 

After we ate, we drove over to the La Quinta Inn at the Oakland Airport via surface streets to avoid the freeway traffic and soon arrived at the hotel without too much trouble.
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We checked in, went to the room, unpacked, took a nice hot shower and shaved, and then got dressed to go and meet our friend. But it was too late (almost 8:30pm) so we got undressed and ate some of our pie and quickly fell asleep.

Thursday 7am: Leftover Pie and a Continental Breakfast!

On the Menu (a nice continental breakfast at the hotel): scrambled eggs, bagel with cream cheese, cornflakes and milk, and coffee. We also took a banana, an apple, 2 blueberry muffins, and a bagel with peanut butter and jelly for the road trip home. We also enjoyed the leftover chocolate cream pie and some canned pineapple juice before breakfast.

Thursday 11am: On The Road Again!
I-5 south (via 580) Oakland to Los Angeles

The LaQuinta loyalty program offers a late check-out to guests, so we could have stayed until 1pm. Instead we enjoyed the “free” breakfast, packed our bags, and loaded the car The early storm passed and morning Bay Area traffic cleared and we left at 11am to get on the road and get clear of the weather. From Oakland we had the choice to take the faster Interstate 5 (east route) or more scenic US highway 101 (west route) south to Los Angeles and so we chose the 5 south, again because of the stormy weather on the coast.

There was a little residual rain as we left the Bay Area at Livermore, but then it was blue skies all day and the whole way to L.A. and it only took 5 & 1/2 hours with one stop for gas.

 

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Los Angeles Again 3-15-18

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Oakland Sunrise 3-15-18

Say No More… (Mon Amour)

“Say No More… (Mon Amour)”

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APRIL 8th is REX MANNING DAY!

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

On April 8th, Rex Manning has a scheduled appearance at Empire Records, a small independent record store to promote his new album and video.

NOW START THE VIDEO AND PAGE DOWN THIS BLOG!

“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!”

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Hello Baby.

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

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♫ 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

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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)

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♫ 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

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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)

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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)

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Ah Mon Amour, Mon Amour, Mon Amour……

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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.

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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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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“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!”

HAPPY REX MANNING DAY! HAPPY REX MANNING DAY!
HAPPY REX MANNING DAY! HAPPY REX MANNING DAY!
HAPPY REX MANNING DAY! HAPPY REX MANNING DAY!
HAPPY REX MANNING DAY! HAPPY REX MANNING DAY!

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https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/its-rex-manning-day/ 

No, we mustn’t dwell
Have you seen “Empire Records”?
Always Rex Manning Day



“Attention Rex Manning fans, to your left you will notice a shoplifter being chased by night manager, Lucas. This young man will be caught, deep fried in a vat of hot oil and served to our first hundred customers. Just another tasty treat from the gang at Empire Records.”