TIME OUT!

Time Out!  (Saturday May 13)

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This is all we got today.

We need to take a break.

Take a few deep breaths and just step back for a moment.

Relax. Breathe. Rest.

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SCORE! Found a hidden $50 in my sunglasses’ case!

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$50 – Hidden Fifty Dollar – $50 – Make You Holler! – $50

Squirrel money, from my last trip to Las Vegas and you know we went looking for more! And this happened too:

Empty Storage Space. They jacked my rent for the last time.
Downsizing. Spring Cleaning. (and too much stuff to move)


Time for a nap.

Read our previous Blog Post: STORAGE! February 2017!
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John Oliver’s Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption!

John Oliver’s Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption!

I sent John Oliver a nickel taped to a 3″ x 5″ card and John Oliver sent me this!

Hallelujah! Praise Be! Amen! (Suddenly I’m speaking in tongues…)

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John Oliver's Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption

John Oliver’s Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption – Typo too…which is really perfect.

John Oliver's Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption

John Oliver’s Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption

John Oliver's Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption

John Oliver’s Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption

John Oliver's Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption

John Oliver’s Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption

The GENIUS is that is John Oliver and his writers and staff have actively filed as a CHURCH and have received numerous donations to date.

THIS IS ALL PERFECTLY LEGAL! NO TAXES PAID ON ANY DONATIONS MADE!

John Oliver’s Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption – PO BOX 1954 New York, NY 10113

1-800-THIS-IS-LEGAL 1-800-844-7475 You can listen to the message in the video below.

“U.S. tax law allows television preachers to get away with almost anything. We know this from personal experience. Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption will not be able to accept donations from Church supporters from the states of Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, or South Carolina. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Televangelists (HBO) original segment

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y1xJAVZxXg

John Oliver – Update #1 on Pastor John Oliver’s Church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUndxpbufkg

Televangelist John Oliver Starts Church To Get Rich (1-800-THIS-IS-LEGAL)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsas8XPwUBk


 

UPDATE September 14, 2015 – Last night on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”: Megareverend John Oliver announced that he was “shutting it down” because in addition to thousands of dollars (“mostly in ones”), bags of seed, a large wooden penis sculpture, and many other donations, a few people sent semen (real human seed).

The End of John Oliver's Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption?

The End of John Oliver’s Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption?

All donations received will be given to Doctors Without Borders.

John’s keeping the wooden penis.

The Final Update? www.youtoube.com/watch?v=eT3NRkllI3E

Brava Rachel Dratch! Brava!

And it’s all still perfectly legal….

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“Hidden Cash” in Los Angeles for the Weekend!

“Hidden Cash” came to Los Angeles on Friday and has been responsible for the largest scavenger hunt the city has ever seen. Free MONEY! Lots of Media Hype and Coverage! And pictures of happy people holding $$$$$! Holy Sh*t! This guy is for real.

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"Hidden Cash" - Envelope with hand written note filled with money

“Hidden Cash” – Envelope with hand written note filled with money

The MEDIA loves it! Crazy people hunting for money! They are live “retweeting” the clues at every opportunity and of course broadcasting live before, during and after each money drop. All the news coverage has just added fuel to the fire, as well as spawning copycats all over the country, and even throughout the world! Just go ahead google Hidden Cash.

Hidden Cash - Envelope with money in Pasadena

“Hidden Cash” – Envelope with money hidden in plain sight at Firehouse Studio in Pasadena

So, he was in Los Feliz (at the Mulholland Fountain), Burbank (at the Media Center), Pasadena (near Old Town), Echo Park/Salazar Park (East L.A.). The frenzy that occurred at the fountain in Los Feliz caused more than minor damage to the park, and the mob in Burbank caused a traffic jam and created safety problems, with people running in the street.  The mayhem, damage to property, and safety concerns have the police and sheriff departments monitoring the updates (and contacting him directly) via Twitter.

Hidden Cash - Burbank Media Center Frenzy!

“Hidden Cash” – Burbank Media Center Frenzy! (ripped from Twitter)

Today, Saturday, he was in Hermosa Beach. Usually he just hides an envelope with a hand written note on it, but at the beach he buried 36 plastic “Angry Birds” in the sand. But last night he tweeted that he would be at the beach today and people were digging in Santa Monica all night long….

Hidden Cash - Hermosa Beach Angry Birds stuffed with $$$$$

“Hidden Cash” – Hermosa Beach 36 Angry Birds stuffed with $$$$$!

Hidden Cash - Hermosa Beach Frenzy! (ripped from Naomi-wan-kenobi's Twitter)

“Hidden Cash” – Hermosa Beach Frenzy! (ripped from Naomi-wan-kenobi’s Twitter)

All this madness, and I think the the biggest prize has been $200, which really isn’t that much. Maybe it’s the “something for nothing” nature of the giveaway or the need to “hop on the bandwagon” to be part of this weird new cultural phenomenon.

Donald Sterling, politicians, and advertisers should take note of the goodwill giving cash away to the unwashed masses generates in modern times. The Caesars of Rome used it to keep their citizens happy and distracted, Robin Hood became legend giving to the poor, and gangsters from Jesse James to Al Capone to John Gotti have won over the public and press (as well as corrupting public officials) regardless of their crimes by spreading the wealth around the neighborhood.

"Hidden Cash" - REAL STACKS OF CHEDDAR!

“Hidden Cash” – REAL STACKS OF CHEDDAR!

A personal message for “Hidden Cash”:

HEY RICH GUY! WHAT IS THIS NICKLE AND DIME SH*T? THIS IS LOS ANGELES! YOU BETTER UP YOUR GAME: GIVE AWAY SOME REAL MONEY! START WITH $1000 ENVELOPES AND THEN GET REALLY STUPID WITH REAL BIG CHEDDAR!  

"Hidden Cash" - REAL STACKS OF CHEDDAR!

“Hidden Cash” – USE REAL BIG STACKS OF CHEDDAR!

And if you’re just feeling generous and want to “give it away now”, please send it to me via US Mail at Joshua Weisel PO Box 18376 Encino CA 91416 or send me a message! NOTE: I will happily mention you here on my blog or we can just keep it between us….

There’s one more drop promised for tomorrow (Sunday), so follow “Hidden Cash” at @HiddenCash if you want to make an ass out of yourself with a bunch of idiots. Frankly, I’ll be glad to see him go back to San Francisco and take his circus sideshow with him.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 5th

HiddenCash hit Lake Hollywood and Hollenbeck Parks on his way out of town, hiding money in bottles of bubble-stuff. Then he stopped in Bakersfield on the way home to San Francisco. Yesterday, it was reported that he was sorry for the dangerous Burbank frenzy, and that he may alert law enforcement before making money drops in the future. He’s promised to have some fun in S.F. this weekend and that he’ll return to L.A. soon.

 

WIN BEN STEIN’S MONEY!

I am reposting an old Geocities blog story because someone brought it up on facebook. It’s not really travel related, unless you’re coming to Los Angeles to be on a gameshow, but it’s a good story.  I have the episode on videotape somewhere.

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I was a contestant on “Win Ben Stein’s Money”.

I won some (although not all) of Ben Stein’s Money!

Here is the recounting of my game show experience:

I’ve never been on a game show before, or even tried out for one.  I grew up watching gameshows, first the daytime ones with my grandmothers (The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences and Jeopardy) and then afternoon (Match Game) and evening ones (Beat The Clock, The Joker’s Wild, Hollywood Squares, Name That Tune and the new Jeopardy) as I grew up.

I’ve been a fan of Ben Stein’s since before his appearance in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and often read his articles in Penthouse while I was growing up (yes I read the articles).  So when Comedy Central gave him a game show with “Jimmy The Sports Guy from KROQ” as his sidekick I had to watch.

In case you’ve never seen the show, it’s a “hip Jeopardy for the gen-x generation” although it appeals to intellectual types of all sexes, races and ages.  Ben Stein is the host and Jimmy Kimmel is the sidekick and co-host.  The show is broken down into three rounds: the first, three contestants compete to answer questions, the player with the lowest score at the end of the round is eliminated; the second, two contestants and Ben Stein (who now becomes a player) compete and the player with the lowest score is eliminated; and the third and final round is the “BEST OF TEN TEST OF KNOWLEDGE” where the remaining contestant competes against Ben, both are asked the same ten questions and the highest score wins.  If the player beats Ben he wins $5000.

So the procedure for getting on the show:

1. visit http://www.futility.com and get the number to call to be a contestant.

2. Call and leave your info on the hotline.

3. Wait a while.

4. Be ready because they’ll call when you least expect it and give you a ten question quiz (and it’s not easy) on the phone.

5. If you pass the phone quiz you’ll be invited down to KTLA and there you’ll be given a thirty question written test.

6. Then they’ll explain the procedure for you and if you pass the written test, you get to stay and audition for the game by playing in front of the contestant reviewers.

7. Wait a while.

8. If you’re right for the show, they’ll call you and let you know that you’ve made the “contestant pool” and you’ll be asked to tape sometime in the near future.

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9. Wait a while.

10. Eventually they’ll call you with a taping date and send you a contestant information packet in the mail.

11. Wait a  while.

12. When your taping date arrives they ask you to arrive at KTLA at 11:15am and be prepared to go until 7pm because they tape three or four shows a day when they tape.

I arrived at 11:15 on my taping day (after having to reschedule once and then being rescheduled once because Jimmy had decided to leave the show) and we waited until a little after 11:30 on the curb at the guardshack to walk to the stage.  We were taken upstairs to the green room and filled out paperwork (rules, waiver, release and W-2).  They reviewed the rules with us and explained the procedure for the game (including the rules in case of a tie or a technical problem).  The we sat and waited.

They came in a picked the first three to play and the rest of us waited and watched the game on closed circuit tv.  They were taping four shows on my taping day so there were thirteen people and the contestant coordinators in close quarters for a while.  The first three contestants taped the first show.  When they came to pick the next three, they picked me to play against a guy about my age and an older woman

We were miked with radio microphones, the contestant wrangler walked us down to the set, the audience was loaded in from the first taping, and the stage manager gave us instructions.  We got to test the buzzers and then we waited for Ben to come down to the set.  When he arrived he greeted us, his competitors and wished us luck.  Because of Jimmy’s sudden departure from the show, they have a new co-host/sidekick a sexy and funny woman named Nancy…but she was still learning the game and the workings of the show (it was only her third day!) so it was a little rough.  She reviewed our intros and we were ready to go.

Nancy Pimental and Ben Stein

Nancy Pimental and Ben Stein

I did well in the first round and was in the lead when it ended.  In the second round Ben smoked both me and the older woman, but because I was in the lead I won and got to face Ben in the final round.  I let Ben go first and he scored a four.  The ten questions were hard.  But I too scored a four and tied Ben!

During the second and third round I had a nice conversation with Ben about his writing and the show.  After I tied him, Ben congratulated me and thanked me for wishing him good luck (he told me that it was “very sportsmanlike”).

The show will air next season, sometime after April.  I get paid 120 days after it airs…so I’ll see the money next summer.

All in all I had a great time!  I spent about eight hours total between the audition and the taping, met Ben Stein, made it to the final round and went head-to-head with him, tied him and won some of his money!  Not bad for a day’s work!

Bueller?  Bueller?  Bueller?

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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They gave all the contestants a t-shirt and I got to keep my question and answer card
(the scribbles are Nancy Pimental’s notes for asking the questions):

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