CORONAVIRUS! Part 36 – Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

CORONAVIRUS! Part 36 – Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE DAY ONE. THIS VIRUS WILL KILL YOU!

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Friday, May 22, 2020

8:30am: Good Morning! It’s Friday! It’s Memorial Day Weekend!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! Don’t go anywhere. Don’t BBQ with friends!
Don’t Travel! Don’t visit the Beach! Just STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!

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12:00Noon: High speed pursuit in Los Angeles! CRAZY NUTS!
Two hours of wild driving! 95 mph on surface streets!
2 suspects in custody. Great chase! That had everything: speed, accidents, wrong way on the freeway, disabled slow speed chase, and a foot bail with cops swarming them.
Now it’s time for lunch.

On The Menu: 2 hotdogs with mustard and cheese, dill pickle, avocado, celery, carrots, raspberries, red grapes, and an iced espresso to drink,

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Lunch on Friday

10:00pm: We finally ate a piece of fried chicken and some challah bread for dinner.
Good Shabbos Everyone!

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK! FUCK – (Just for the permanent record)

“If you fall seven times, may you get up eight.” – Japanese proverb

Had a bad day today. But here’s a tip: click on one ad for a “copper key” no-touch device on Facebook, and all your ads will be for “copper key” no-touch devices:

“With social distancing now in place at restaurants & bars don’t forget you’ll need to talk louder when you have your phone on speaker mode.” – Tom Clark

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SOCIAL DISTANCING = SIX FEET IS THE MINIMUM SAFE DISTANCE!
MASKS/FACE COVERINGS/GLOVES DO NOT GUARANTEE YOU WON’T GET INFECTED!
NO ONE CAN OR SHOULD CONSIDER THEMSELVES IMMUNE OR 100% PROTECTED!

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REMEMBER to DISINFECT and SANITIZE frequently-touched surfaces like:
cell phones, computers (keyboard & mouse), door handles, faucets, keys. credit cards, wallets, purses, tables, desks, countertops, light switches, knobs, dials, etc.

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WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

Casinos in the Southland are ready to re-open and welcome back gamblers:
(Native American owned casinos are exempt from the California state guidelines)

  • Morongo Casino in Cabazon re-opened today (May 22) for slots and table games, but with “limited seating” and temperature checks at the door for all guests. And there was a large crowd waiting to get in, and no one was “social distancing”.
  • Pechanga Resort Casino plans to reopen as early as June 1 (modified operations)
  • Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella reopens May 22 with mandatory face coverings
  • Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will also re-open on May 22

And in Las Vegas, The Wynn and Encore properties plan to re-open on May 26.
Other Vegas casinos are planning to re-open on June 4 (some will re-open before others).

23:23pm:

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A message from the State of Hawaii

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Good Morning! It’s Saturday! It’s Memorial Day Weekend!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! Don’t go anywhere. Don’t BBQ with friends!
Don’t Travel! Don’t visit the Beach! Just STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

We fell asleep around midnight, woke up around 3:00am
And we binge watched the rest of the first season of “Lilyhammer” on Netflix,
and then didn’t go back to bed until about 9:00am.
And then we didn’t sleep well, and the dogs were barking,
and the gardener did come today to do more work in the front.

12:45pm: It’s a beautiful day today. Happy Saturday.
We ate 2 hotdogs and a dill pickle for lunch and drank an iced espresso.

Pier 45 in San Francisco burned today.

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Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco On Fire!

5:15pm: WE ARE SO FUCKING DONE! ZERO CONTACT! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

WE ARE ENRAGED. WE ARE SO ANGRY. WE CANNOT BELIEVE THE STUPID!
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NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE DAY ONE. THIS VIRUS WILL KILL YOU!

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK! FUCK – (Again for the permanent record)

Still “Safer-At-Home”
And one more Saturday night
Feelin’ so alone

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96500+ Reported Deaths in the U.S. as of Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Noon PST

96500+ Reported DEATHS in the United States as of today.

And so Trump went golfing…..

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YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MAY BE NEXT!

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100000 U.S. DEAD! “But Her E-Mails…..”

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Good Morning! It’s Sunday! It’s Memorial Day Weekend!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! Don’t go anywhere. Don’t BBQ with friends!
Don’t Travel! Don’t visit the Beach! Just STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
DON’T GO TO CHURCH! DON’T GATHER IN GROUPS OF ANY SIZE!
The Federal Government’s mismanagement and response has been a total failure.
Their NUMBERS ARE A VERY LOW ESTIMATE – A LOT MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE!

“The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”
Proverbs 27:12

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Happy Sunday! He’ll be here all week.

2:30am: We fell asleep from exhaustion and woke up at 12:30am. We didn’t eat dinner. We were only up briefly, and then went back to sleep.
4:00am: We are awake again. We woke up, we were up for a bit and then we went back to bed.
8:30am: And we are awake again. The dogs barking woke us up, and the dogs barking again kept us up. And now the dogs are barking again….. and now we have a headache.

And it’s going to be HOT (and beautiful) today
and even hotter all this week here in the SFV:

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Weather for the week of May 24 – 29, 2020

11:00am: RELIEF. Time to regain our sanity and calm.
12:45pm: We cleaned and sanitized the kitchen. We drank some water.
We are doing a load of laundry.

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7:15pm: The dogs are fed. The dogs were outside. The dogs are chillin’.

On The Menu: Big bowl of chili with cheese and chopped onion on toasted challah bread and an iced espresso to drink.
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Sunday night. Tv, interweb, and the dogs. Are we entertained?

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Sunday! Sunday! The Last Zoom Supper!

NOTE: We were all over the place emotionally this weekend, and this Blog Post probably reflects that condition. We don’t go back and edit, re-edit, after we post usually, so please enjoy my misery and anger mixed with weekend entertainment….

Human impact on the environment, due to overpopulation, overconsumption, pollution, and proliferation of technology, has pushed the planet into a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene. There are just too many people for the environment to sustain! The depletion of non-renewable natural resources is a major problem.

Culling the herd: (cull means to select or gather)
1. Literally, to separate or remove (and usually kill) inferior animals out of a herd so as to reduce numbers or remove undesirable traits from the group as a whole.
(When population densities get too high, they can become diseased)
“Removing some animals from a population creates more space and food for those that are left, and can disrupt social controls on breeding. Survival, reproduction and immigration all increase as a result, and the population quickly rebounds.”

43000+ Reported Cases and 2040+ Reported Deaths in Los Angeles County
90600+ Reported Cases and 3700+ Reported Deaths in California

97000+ REPORTED DEATHS of UNITED STATES CITIZENS as of Sunday, May 24, 2020
343000+ REPORTED DEATHS WORLDWIDE (and the actual number is higher)

So what church did Trump go to today?

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VOTE BLUE! BIDEN 2020! THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE!

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Monday, May 25, 2020 – MEMORIAL DAY!

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Good morning. Well, not really. The Little Boy had a problem this morning sometime between 3:00am and 7:00am, and we woke up and had to take care of him. He may need to go to the vet, but because of the holiday, it would be the Emergency Animal Clinic today…. so we are watching him, he is active and happy, he had a bath, and ate chicken and rice for breakfast, and he wants to play, and we want him to rest. We don’t take chances, and if he gets any worse we’ll take him to the Doctor.

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USA! USA! USA!

The United States flag is in mourning until noon on Memorial Day (4 U.S. Code §7m). When in mourning it should be half-staffed or, in the case of angled flagpoles or other cases where half-staffing is not practical, adorned with a mourning drape, as below, where the tail ends are as long as the flag. All other flags should be half-staffed (or not flown) until noon.

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Displaying the Flag for Memorial Day!

 

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

 

Baking Banana Bread! So, a little time in the kitchen, we had bananas on the brink, so we whipped up a loaf, baked in hour and it’s really good.

And Cornbread too! We meant to make it last week to go with the chili, but the milk was bad and we didn’t want to go to the market. So since we were baking, we decided to try a thin cornbread, rather than muffins or the cake-style we usually make. And it turned out okay, needs a little work, but it will be good with the last of the chili or a little butter and jam later this week.

 

4:30pm: Good afternoon. Well we fell asleep and got woken up by our cell phone.
Call it an incomplete nap. We checked on the dogs and everything seems to be cool.
It’s HOT outside. They weren’t kidding when they said there was going to be a heat wave.

7:00pm: And the dogs are fed. And we were outside. And we took care of fixing most of the morning stuff. And the Little Boy is doing fine. We are still checking him out for any problems, but he has been fine all day and we are changing his food until he’s better.

“Star Wars” opened 43 years ago in 1977!
Cue the music! Celebrate Star Wars!
Bum bum Bum bumpa-bum. Bumpa-bum.
retroactively titled “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”
It was written and directed by George Lucas,
produced by Lucasfilm, and distributed by 20th Century-Fox
(the original budget was $11,000,000!)

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Vintage Star Wars Sheet Music for Piano!

“Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.” – from the IMDB

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Let’s say you woke up with a terrible cough, a fever, and severe body aches. Immediately, you rush to the doctor and unfortunately, you’re diagnosed with COVID-19. For the last two weeks, you’ve been unaware that you were infected and you’ve ignored “the rules.” You’ve gotten together with some close friends for pizza, had a few people over, even visited a park and a beach. You figured, “I don’t feel sick. I have the right to keep living my normal life. No one can tell me what to do.”
With your diagnosis, you spend the next few days at home on the couch, feeling pretty crappy; but then you’re well again because you’re young, healthy and strong. Lucky you. But your best friend caught it from you during a visit to your house, and because she didn’t know she was contagious, she visited her 82-year-old grandfather, who uses oxygen tanks daily to help him breathe because he has COPD and heart failure. Now, he’s dead.
Your co-worker, who has asthma, caught it too, during your little pizza get-together. Now, he’s in the ICU, and he’s spread it to a few others in his family, too–but they won’t know that for another couple of weeks yet.
The cashier at the restaurant where you picked up the pizza carried the infection home to his wife, who has MS, which makes her immunosuppressed. She’s not as lucky as you, so she’s admitted to the hospital because she’s having trouble breathing. She may need to be placed in a medically-induced coma and intubated; she may not get to say goodbye to her loved ones. She may die surrounded by machines, with no family at her bedside.
All because you couldn’t stand the inconvenience of a mask; of staying home; of changing your familiar routines for just a little while. Because you have the right, above all others rights, to continue living your normal life and no one, I mean no one, has the right to tell you what to do.

#SocialDistancing = It’s not about YOU!
#WearAMask = It’s not about YOU!
#StayHome = It’s not about YOU!
#GetTested = It’s not about YOU!
#WakeTheFUp =It’s not about YOU!

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Memorial Day Weekend 2016

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

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USA! The United States of America!

Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance!
Originally it was called Decoration Day. A day when Americans went to cemeteries and placed flags or flowers on the graves of the war dead. It was a day to remember ancestors, family members, and loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice and died in service for the United States of America. Waterloo, New York, was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, but over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of the holiday. Decoration Day was created during the Civil War to honor the dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years and many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of the day. At many cemeteries, the graves of American war dead are increasingly ignored or neglected while backyard barbecues and a three day weekend are now the only celebration of the holiday.

FRIDAY

Our “three day weekend” began on Friday afternoon.

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Friday Lunchtime!

Lunchtime! Quesadilla with red pepper salsa, avocado, celery & carrots, persian cucumber, dill pickle, strawberries, blueberries, mango and an iced espresso

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Dinner with a friend at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in North Hollywood. We been here before and you can read about it (See our Previous Blog! Search Box: Mucho Mas^^^^^)

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in North Hollywood, California

On The Menu: 2 beef tacos, a cheese enchilada, Mexican rice, refried beans, a green salad with ranch dressing, fresh made tortilla chips & spicy salsa and a Dr Pepper.

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
Memorial Day Weekend in Los Angeles is a “Maximum Enforcement” period by local law enforcement to combat drunk driving. On our way to NoHo we saw LAPD Metro cops on motorcycles already patrolling the San Fernando Valley. Once again we were the designated driver, so we didn’t drink any alcohol before dinner or at the restaurant, so our friend could enjoy his beers and stay safe in North Hollywood.

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Neon Clown Drive-by at Circus Liquor in North Hollywood

SATURDAY

Chore Day! Laundry and Spring Cleaning! We spent most of the day trying to clean and get organized. We are on a mission to get rid of the clutter and stuff we don’t need.

We finished and posted a new Blog about the “Slugfest in Hollywood” on Tuesday: the Dixie Hollywood Hotel, Dinner at Susan Finegar’s Mud Hen Tavern and The Cure at the Hollywood Bowl”.

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Saturday Lunchtime!

Lunchtime! Sesame bagel with hummus and persian cucumber, dill pickle, avocado, carrots, celery, red grapes, blueberries and an iced espresso.

A beautiful sunset in the San Fernando Valley:

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Saturday Sunset in the SFV – San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California

And a pretty boring Saturday night at home…

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Dinner: Enchilada Nachos!

Dinner: Enchilada Nachos! Used the leftover Mexican food from last night: cheese enchilada cut up with the rice and beans and then more cheese over tortilla chips with taco bell hot sauce. “Life is short, make it saucy!”

And we watched “The Intern” with Robert Deniro and Anne Hathaway on HBO. A cute film about a 70 year old retired business man (played by Deniro) who interns for a successful online women’s clothing company owned by a young, overworked woman with an adorable young child and a “stay at home” husband (played by Hathaway). The cast is rounded out by a crew of young, nerdy “Tech Bros” and Rene Russo as the company masseuse.

It’s really a romantic comedy without the romance between Deniro and Hathaway, adding Rene Russo as the hot, younger old person and love interest. It was a fun movie with a great cast, but the happy ending was kind of lacking in resolution and could have been much better! Deniro got to chew on the scenery and play a custom tailored part and that’s what he’s great at. Hathaway is a terrific actress, and this role mirrors her part in “The Devil Wears Prada” as a young and successful working woman conquering adversity.

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And we ate some Hot Tamales to better simulate the “movie theatre” experience.

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Hot Tamales!

We also did a little Periscope viewing too. We watched The Cure live from Washington and Steven Brody Stevens killing it and rockin’ comedy at the Improv on Melrose.

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And then we worked on laying out this Blog until we got tired and fell asleep.

SUNDAY

We slept in and then made breakfast/brunch.

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Sunday Breakfast – Bacon and Eggs!

Sunday Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese & hot sauce, bacon, English muffins with peanut butter & raspberry jam, nectarine, orange juice and an iced espresso.

And we were going to do stuff today and then we turned on HBO and saw they were running a marathon of “The Pacific”, the under appreciated follow up to “Band of Brothers” in honor of Memorial Day. It’s a great period piece about World War II and the war against the Japanese. So, we didn’t watch all 10 hours, but we did watch…and worked.

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Hot Dogs! Sunday afternoon with the dogs in the backyard:

We were invited to go to the movies, but passed because we didn’t want to see the film and we hate going to the theatre on weekends or holidays because there are just too many people, and all it really takes is one person with a cell phone to ruin the experience for me. So, we stayed at the home office and someone brought me dinner!

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Sunday “To Go” Dinner delivered: Orange chicken, steamed rice, sautéed vegetables from The Cheesecake Factory and a Dr Pepper. Tasty “comfort” food makes me happy.

Sunday night “must see TV” on HBO: New episodes of “Game of Thrones”, “Silicon Valley” and a previously aired episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

SPOILER ALERT! 

“Hold the door!” We waited all week for this episode of Game of Thrones. Last week’s episode “The Door” was excellent. And sad. And emotionally involving. And as always, there are so many story lines running that each episode feels incomplete…
And so, with great anticipation we waited and watched this week’s episode.

Do you think Hodor will return as a wight?

NOTE: “Silicon Valley” is “genius” humor.
This week’s episode was pretty great. Oh the Bachmanity!

MONDAY – It’s Memorial Day!

Grapefruit, coffee, leftover cold orange chicken for breakfast and then back to bed…

The annual “Band of Brothers” marathon on HBO was interrupted by a LIVE televised Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit at noon!

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“Band of Brothers” is a 2001 American war drama based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1993 non-fiction book. It is based on the true World War Two story of the men of Easy Company from the US Army 101st Airborne division who fought in Europe during the war.

NOTE: We’ve seen “Band of Brothers” in it’s entirety a couple of times. So when a social media alert was broadcast about another LIVE high speed pursuit in Los Angeles, we switched over and began watching the car chase.

Memorial Day Holiday LIVE Televised High Speed Pursuit:

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit in Southern California

The French Open was rained out so NBC stayed on the chase that started at about 10:30am… Stolen vehicle: a silver KIA Sorrento SUV with an “impaired” driver on surface streets in East Los Angeles. We picked up the pursuit at noon as the suspect got on the empty freeways and continued driving for almost 3 hours. NBC commentary was complete speculation and stupidity, so we switched over to ABC and then KCAL9 (our local CBS affiliate). Please just the facts, not ignorant newscaster’s uninformed opinions!

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit in Southern California

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit in Southern California

And Fox 11 had coverage too:

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit in Southern California

At 1pm, KCAL 9 and FOX both cut off their news coverage and returned to regular programming, so we switched back to ABC and NBC because KTLA 5 News didn’t pick up the chase at all for their one o’clock broadcast. And just after 1pm he ran out of gas on the 405 near the Long Beach Freeway, smoked some more meth in the car and then surrendered without further incident to the California Highway Patrol.

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Memorial Day Holiday High Speed Pursuit – 405 South near the Long Beach Fwy

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Memorial Day High Speed Pursuit – Suspect in Custody!

Just another holiday Monday in Los Angeles! And with the suspect in custody and the chase over at 1:30pm, it was time for lunch.

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Monday Lunchtime!

Monday Lunchtime! A bacon, lettuce and cheese sandwich on challah bread; dill pickle, celery, carrots, blueberries, red grapes and pineapple juice.

Afternoon CHILLIN’ in the backyard and more episodes of “Band of Brothers” while getting some work done in the office was how we spent the rest of the day.

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Monday Memorial Day Holiday Chillin’ on the Backyard Patio

We worked, we cleaned, we played with the dogs.

And then we got hungry and went to see what ingredients we had for dinner. We decided to make some pasta and did a little fancy cooking in the kitchen:

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Dinner on Monday: Spaghetti with garlic alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, stir-fried broccoli & sautéed onions and a coke.

Where did the three day weekend go? Mostly boring. We hope you had a good one!

REMEMBER THE FALLEN! Some gave all so you could BBQ in peace.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Here’s a better pic of the Circus Liquor’s Neon Clown in NoHo:

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Neon Clown at Circus Liquor in North Hollywood, California

Dio de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2015

Dio de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2015

Dio de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2015

Dio de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2015

Janeen Bevan RIP

Janeen RIP 2015

“Wish You Were Here” – Pink Floyd 1975

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

Flores por Los Muertos! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Flores por Los Muertos! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day! (and it’s also National Donut Day)

The 70th Anniversary of D-Day! Normandy, France – June 6, 1944

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It’s D-Day! Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy!

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Operation Overlord was the name assigned to the invasion of the Continent. The Normandy landing was the first phase, codenamed Operation Neptune, and the amphibious attack was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe, the establishment of a beachhead on the European continent, and it eventually led to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II.

Map of Normandy Invasion Area

D-Day! A Military Map of the Normandy Invasion Area in France

Remember the Veterans of all our wars today.  

D-Day! View from inside a landing craft.

D-Day! Omaha Beach – June 6th, 1944 – View from inside a landing craft.

USA! The United States of America!

USA! The United States of America!

At Omaha Beach, part of the Mulberry Harbour B is still visible in the sea at Arromanches, a few beach obstacles remain, and the Longues-sur-Mer battery is nearby. A memorial to the American National Guard sits at the location of a former German strongpoint. Pointe du Hoc is little changed from 1944, with the terrain covered with bomb craters and most of the concrete bunkers still in place. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is in Colleville-sur-Mer. Museums are located at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, and Sainte-Mère-Église. Two German military cemeteries are also located nearby. The Juno Beach Centre, opened in 2003, was funded by the Canadian federal and provincial governments, France, and Canadian veterans. Pegasus Bridge, a target of the British 6th Airborne, was the site of some of the earliest action of the Normandy landings. The bridge was replaced in 1994 by one similar in appearance, and the original is now housed on the grounds of a nearby museum complex.

Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian) War Cemetery in Normandy, France

Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian) War Cemetery in Normandy, France

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It’s also National Donut Day!

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The first Friday of June each year is also National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places today!

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Randy's Donuts - a Los Angeles Landmark

Randy’s Donuts – a Los Angeles Landmark

08-APR-13: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington D.C.

http://www.ushmm.org

“For the dead and the living we must bear witness”

Holocaust Remembrance Day is today: Monday, April 8, 2013.

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Hall of Photographs at the Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington D.C.

“NEVER AGAIN!”  Days of Remembrance, April 7–14, 2013

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Holocaust remembrance week is April 7–14, 2013

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.  Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values.  The Museum teaches millions of people each year about the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide.  And they are encouraged to act, cultivating a sense of moral responsibility among our citizens so that they will respond to the monumental challenges that confront our world.  Since its dedication in 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 30 million visitors, including more than 9 million school children and 91 heads of state. Today 90 percent of the Museum’s visitors are not Jewish, and the museum’s website, the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust, on average receives visits from over 100 different countries daily.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Eternal Flame - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Eternal Flame in the Hall of Remembrance – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

“Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life.  And you shall make them known to your children, and to your children’s children.”

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