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CV! Part 195 – The Dog Days of August (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs)

CV! Part 195 – The Dog Days of August (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs)

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WARNING! EXPECT MORE SHORTAGES!
The supply line for essentials has been disrupted.
The irresponsible Media will cause more PANIC BUYING and HOARDING too.
THERE IS NO REAL LEADERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW.

**GIVE BLOOD!***
THE RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD AND PLASMA DONORS!

redcrossblood.org 1-800-RED-CROSS Blood Donor App

DO NOT TRAVEL! DON’T STOP SOCIAL DISTANCING!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!

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Monday, August 22, 2021

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12:35am: OH BOY! OH BOY! It’s Monday morning.
(“Looks like someone has a Case of the Mondays!”)

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZ

10:20am: Monday! Monday! Good morning.
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.
We got the newspapers and drank an iced espresso.
The housekeeper just arrived, so it’s time to hole up in the Home Office.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZ

1:25pm: We took a nap with the dogs. We woke up.
We took the dogs outside. We made an iced espresso.

We’ve been watching “Expedition Unknown” on Science Channel all day long.

5:30pm: We just made and ate an early supper. It was a really good Meaty Monday!
On The Menu: Bone-in Rib-eye steak with sauteed onions, shoestring fries,
and steamed carrots. And an iced espresso to drink.
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5:50pm: BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK!

8:50pm: YADA YADA YADA

10:20pm: Is it too early for TacoTuesday? We took the dog outside.
We made some food for dinner.

On The Menu: Two chicken street tacos on corn tortillas with guacamole,
and some strawberries
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We fell asleep and woke up around 2:30am on Tuesday.
We were awake for a few hours and then we went back to bed.
We slept a little and woke up around 6:30am Tuesday morning.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – National Waffle Day!
Do Not TravelTuesday! StayTheFuckHome!

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter. “You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?”
But answer came there none —
And that was scarcely odd, because they’d eaten every one.”

7:00am: FUCK.

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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZ

12:20pm: So the day started out shitty.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The newspapers were retrieved.
Then we went back to bed.We woke up. We made an iced espresso.
Drink Coffee. Drink Water. We took the dogs outside.
And then we’ve just been hanging in the Home Office.

1:45pm: Woke up and got angry. Still angry.
Hangin’ with the dogs in the Home Office.

2:30pm: Still chillin’. Made another iced espresso.

A SPECIAL NOTE: DON’T STOP SOCIAL DISTANCING!
IF YOU THINK WE ARE GOING TO PUT OURSELF INTO A CONFINED SPACE

WITH YOU WITH NO ESCAPE – (and thanks for giving us an option)
YOU ARE EVEN STUPIDER THAN US, IF WE GOT IN A CAR WITH YOU TODAY.

8:15pm: Today sucked. We didn’t get an afternoon nap.
We didn’t do anything. Nothing happened. 
WE ARE REALLY STRESSED and our ANXIETY level is through the roof.
STILL REALLY ANGRY TOO. The dogs got fed. We took the dogs outside.
We ate a little food. More food later. SOME PEOPLE SUCK.
On The Menu: Chicken Caesar salad, a piece of cornbread, and an iced espresso
And then later, quesadillas with guacamole and salsa, with cherries and carrots
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8:55pm: YADA YADA YADA

11:30pm: Tuesday is almost over.

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Sad news.
Charlie Watts (Drummer for the Rolling Stones) died age 80 RIP
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.
And Tom T. Hall RIP and Don Everly RIP also passed this week.
May the Four Winds blow them safely home.

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Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? COVID-19?

TRAVEL ALERT! BREAKING NEWS! Hawaii doesn’t want  you!
The Governor of Hawaii asked tourists not to come until at least November.
They have a COVID-19 surge in the islands. There is a labor shortage.
THERE ARE TOO MANY TOURISTS! (and not enough rental cars….)
SO DON’T GO TO HAWAII UNTIL 2022.

Six More Countries added to the State Department’s DO NOT TRAVEL list today!
The Bahamas, Morocco, Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon, and Sint Maarten
If you must travel, make sure you are fully vaccinated before you go!

 


Wednesday, August 25, 2021 – Humpday!

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3:15am: We fell asleep for a few hours.
We woke up, it was Wednesday morning, and we made dinner at 3:00am.
On The Menu: Chicken and cheese sandwich on toasted oat bread
and a glass of cran-raspberry-orange juice to drink (no pic)

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZ (Bark Bark Bark) ZZZZZZZZ

2:55pm: Hey, it’s Wednesday. We went back to bed and slept late.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. We drank an iced espresso.
The newspapers and the mail were retrieved. The poop was scooped.
The gardener is here so the dogs are chillin’. It’s very HOT outside.
Windy and warm, right? And now we are going to run errands.
We got dressed and went out of the house:
Bank, Post Office, Misc. Errands. Miss Donuts. And Four Thrift Stores.

WE VOTED!
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We mailed our Recall Ballot today. VOTE NO ON THE CALIFORNIA RECALL.
We are not a fan of Governor Newsom, but we don’t want him recalled.
THIS IS GOP TRAITOR POLITICS AT WORK AND MUST BE STOPPED!

Stopped at Miss Donuts in Reseda. picked up an eclair, a chocolate covered creme puff,
2 chocolate covered custard filled donuts, and a cinnamon roll.
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Miss Donut is where the robbery scene in “Boogie Nights” was filmed.

And we went to FOUR thrift stores today.
We were around way too many people!
We tried to maintain and stay calm, BUT. NO.
It doesn’t feel safe to be out in public around strangers.
We are not comfortable browsing/shopping because of other people.
So we bought some stuff, retail therapy fail, and then we drove home. 
AND STILL FEELING THE STRESS AND ANXIETY FROM SHOPPING!

The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. We got and ate dinner.
On The Menu: Double bbq bacon char-burger (WAY OVER COOKED) and fries
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We took the dog outside.

11:20pm: Well, we ate a donut, the creme puff, and the eclair for dessert. 

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZ


Thursday, August 26, 2021 – National Dog Day!
ThrowbackThursday again!

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5:55am: We slept a little. We woke up.
We drank a cup of espresso and ate the cinnamon roll.

In case you missed it, Dead & Co. played the Grateful Dead’s “Woodstock Set” 52 years after Woodstock in Bethel, NY. – St. Stephen, Mama Tried>fade out, Dark Star, High Time, and Turn On Your Lovelight

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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZ

12:50pm: okay, it’s ThrowbackThursday. And it’s almost 1:00pm.
We are chillin’ with the dogs in the Home Office. So let’s recap today.
We slept for a little bit. We woke up late. The dogs went outside. 
The dogs got fed. The newspapers got got. We got the mail.
We took the dogs outside. We made an iced espresso.
We put on pants, to go do more errands, but then we took them off.
The housekeeper is here, should we be worried about the Delta Virus?
DO YOU TRUST THE GOVERNMENT TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH?
Really? After going out yesterday, we just want to ZERO CONTACT again.

“I’m here from the government and I’m here to help.”
– 10 Words that should scare the sh*t out of you

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!

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“Wave That Flag!” The United States of America

12 United States Service Members were killed in suicide bombings in Afghanistan.
17 more wounded. So, how about a press conference with General Mackenzie?
Kabul is in total chaos. 1500 US Citizens remain? Really? 3000 Troops? Really?
Evacuations continue as per the Taliban…. August 31 Deadline…. TOTAL FAIL.
TRUMP SOLD OUT THE UNITED STATES. AND THE GOP TRAITORS NEED TO STFU.
BEFORE THEY SAY SHIT THERE MUST BE PUBLIC HEARINGS ABOUT JANUARY 6th!

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1:20pm: VERY HOT outside – 100+ DEGREES today and for the next 4 days!
“WE’RE HAVING A HEATWAVE” so stay inside. AND IT SMELLS LIKE FIRE AND SMOKE!
Big fires burning up north, and a big fire burning to the south in San Berdoo.
AIR QUALITY IS UNHEALTHFUL TO DEADLY in some places.
So, we ate the last donut. No shame. We indulged ourself on pastries and sugar.
Now back to our regularly scheduled diet. NO WE ARE NOT DIETING.
But we have lost a bunch of weight since the “pre-pandemic” days. 15+ pounds!
Almost 20, but we are fluctuating between 15 and 20 and we don’t want to brag.

2:10pm: Nothing is happening today. Almost took a nap.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZ (Bark Bark Bark) FUCK.

It’s National Dog Day! We love our pack. Such good doggies.
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11:00pm: The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. We drank an iced espresso with dinner.
On The Menu: We ordered a pizza delivery. Extra-large with sausage and meatball.

The dogs went outside. The dogs were chillin’ while we ate.
We chatted online with an old friend (something we never do) for a long time.

We miss having real live friends….. but do they miss me?
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We watched “Suicide Squad” directed by James Gunn 
WHY? The DC Comic movies are all pretty bad.
And compared to the new Marvel superhero films, they totally suck.
This one was okay, ultra-violent, full of gore, and without purpose.
Weird Tongue-in-cheek humor to desensitize the viewer to the carnage.
EXCEPT TO SELL TICKETS AT THE BOX OFFICE AND PAY-PER-VIEW…
(and this was the Suicide Squad REBOOT…. there’s already one with Will Smith)
NOTE: As a young collector, before there were any films, 
we always liked the Marvel Comic much better than the DC Comics.


COVID-19 is still the leading cause of death in the United States.
635000+ Reported Deaths in the United States from COVID-19
as of Thursday.
65480+ Reported Deaths in California from COVID-19 as of Thursday night.
53720+ Reported Deaths in New York from COVID-19 as of Thursday night.
(these are the reported numbers, the true numbers are much higher)

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WARNING! COVID-19 (the Delta Variant) is spreading
and case numbers are rising in all 50 states.

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DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS REMAIN
A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WORLD in Summer of 2021!

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SEVEN MONTHS AGO, TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS
TRIED TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES! 

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LOCK HIM UP! TRAITOR!

WHY HAVEN’T THE GOP TRAITORS BEEN ARRESTED? 
WHY HAVEN’T THE GOP TRAITORS BEEN EXPELLED FROM CONGRESS?
WHY IS TRUMP STILL FREE AND HOLDING RALLIES? 635000 US DEAD.

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UNTIL TRUMP, TRUMP’S FAMI:Y, THE GOP TRAITORS, AND TRUMP’S STOOGES
ARE ARRESTED, CHARGED, PROSECUTED, AND IMPRISONED, THEY’RE IS NO END.

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THE GOP TRAITORS ARE LYING TO YOU!
DON’T BELIEVE THEIR LIES!
YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!
YOU SAW IT WITH YOUR OWN EYES!

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FLASHBACKFRIDAY! TELL NBC TO DUMP TRUMP! Donald Trump, host of the television series “The Celebrity Apprentice,” mugs for photographers at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

**GIVE BLOOD!***
THE RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD AND PLASMA DONORS!

redcrossblood.org 1-800-RED-CROSS Blood Donor App

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!

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GET VACCINATED if you haven’t yet!

For the End is Near….




CV! Part 187 – The End of July! (Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat)

CV! Part 187 – The End of July! (Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 -Taking the day off.
National Milk Chocolate Day!

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7:10pm: Nothing happened today.
On The Menu:
Turkey and cheese sandwich for lunch. Sushi for dinner.
Spicy tuna cut roll, California roll, and a rainbow roll

8:35pm: We took a short nap after dinner with the dog.
We woke up and made an iced espresso. And we drank it.
Drink coffee. Drink Water.
Now we are watching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on TV.


More athletes and staff tested positive for COVID-19 today.

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9:55pm: We cut up a sweet and juicy watermelon and ate some too.
Watching the Olympics and surfing the interweb tonight.

USA! USA! USA! GO TEAM USA! TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS!
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11:00pm: Wednesday night recap of Wednesday. It was HOT.
The dogs got fed, and they went outside, and they had a great day.
We got dressed and drove the car to the Sushi restaurant and picked up dinner.
And that’s about the most exciting thing that happened here today.
The gardener came. The pool guy came. We slept most of the day away.

There was a pursuit in Fontana this afternoon,
but it was pretty much slow speed and stupid.
In the end the police pulled her out of the car. Suspect in custody.
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And there was another pursuit late last night!
Guy on a moped/mini-bike went for a long ride with the police behind him,
even went the wrong way on the freeway,
until he ended up in Whittier Narrows park where he WIPED OUT
and ended up in the dirt. Suspect in custody.

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Dusty Hill RIP (May 19, 1949 – July 27, 2021)
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.


Remembering the “Neenster” on the sixth anniversary of her final day on this world
which was actually the 25th-26th, so we are a couple days late….
She just sent us a message as a reminder, and she will never be forgotten.
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Janeen Bevan (nee Blythe) – ‘wish you were here’
And may her memory be a blessing! 

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Janeen Bevan RIP


Thursday, July 29, 2021 – the 210th day of the year
International Tiger Day!

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12:20am: We took the dog outside.
We made and ate a “banana split” for a satisfying midnight dessert.

On The Menu: 2 scoops of Haagen-Daaz vanilla ice cream,
a small frozen banana (sliced), chocolate syrup, and whipped cream
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4:02am: We are still awake. The dog is sleeping on the bed.
The other dogs are in the bedroom sleeping. It’s really quiet.
We slept all day and took a nap in the evening.
Our sleep cycle and sleep patterns are truly messed up.
Today is Thursday. “IS THIS A WEEKDAY?”

8:30am: We fell asleep with the dog after 5:00am.
We turned on a podcast, crawled into bed, and fell asleep.
We woke up around 7:15am.


Well, it seems someone was breaking into cars and prowling homes and yards down the street this morning around 4:00am while we were still awake in the Home Office. They never made it down to our end of the block, maybe because they were spooked by the newspaper delivery guy or maybe because the neighbors alerted. So we talked with a detective from the LAPD out in the street this morning. There was a Home Invasion the other night less than a mile away that made the TV news and the Citizen App, and there have been a few others in the mid-valley recently. A lot of local property crime, armed robberies, and violent crimes connected to the “unhoused” that live along Ventura Blvd and in the Sepulveda Reservoir. And organized gangs are back in the valley looking for targets and victims. Crime has been getting a lot worse in the San Fernando Valley recently. We chased a guy out of the driveway when he was trying to steal the Mercedes (that we were about to return the dealer) in November 2020 (read the previous Blog Post). And those guys were pros and probably connected to the construction crew working across the street, because we haven’t had any problems with sketchy characters since they finished, until last night.

There’s been an underground poker game running out of the house on the corner for a couple months, and there was a game the other night. Usually 20-30 nice cars parked on the cross street, and a “doorman” in the driveway, when they are playing at house. And that’s also the corner where the guys were prowling around last night. We live in a very  “crime-free” neighborhood for the most part, so we take notice of strangers and any criminal activity is cause for concern. The violent Home Invasions have a West LA LAPD TASK FORCE working on the investigation, so they were canvasing our street along with the regular West Valley Division detectives. FUCK. One more thing.


The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
We got the newspapers and made an iced espresso.
Drink Coffee. Drink Water. Be Vigilant.

9:35am: We just made another iced espresso and then
we left a message for the detective who left his card on our front door.

A Tsunami warning was issued for parts of Alaska this morning
after an earthquake with a magnitude of ~8.2 occurred off the coast.

11:15am: We took the dogs outside. We got the mail. The housekeeper is here.
And we are chilling’ with the dogs in the Home Office until she is finished.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

3:15pm: Well, we took a nap with the dogs. The housekeeper left.
We took the dogs outside. We made another iced espresso. It’s HOT out.
And it’s Thursday afternoon. We have to keep reminding ourself.

5:40pm: FUCK. FUCK. FUCK. (at 5:00pm again)
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.

Recapping Thursday night.
Chopped chicken salad delivered. Ate half, saved half.
Fell asleep. Woke up. Took the dog outside.

Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9pm
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Friday, July 30, 2021

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BOMBSHELL NEWS! 
Simone Biles, the US Gymnastic Champion, pulled out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics event for mental health reasons (and physical health reasons because a mistake on the uneven bars, vault, or balance beam can be very bad). Most people applauded her decision and it’s now really big media news. Some people didn’t support her decision, and some even made jokes (like Michael Ché) and now they’re the target of American “cancel culture”.
And then US Gymnast Suni Lee won the Gold Medal and became our newest “American Hero”.


12:30am: Time for dinner.
We had leftover salad, so we used it for tacos.
On The Menu: 2 chicken chopped salad tacos
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9:05am: We were up all morning and fell asleep around dawn.
And then we woke up.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
We drank an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We took a shower. We got dressed.

10:30am: We ran a couple errands. We went to our PO Box.
We went to the bank, and we went inside.
We contacted one masked person behind thick acrylic, the teller.
It’s a beautiful day in the SFV and it’s going to be HOT again.
We drove home. We got undressed.
And now we’re wearing our sweat shorts again.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

7:40pm: Recapping Friday. Good Shabbos! It was HOT today.
We ate a little green jello with whipped cream. Then we took a nap.
We slept all afternoon. The dogs got fed and went outside.
We made an iced espresso.

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It’s Friday night again. Another weekend for a week without end.
Seriously, what the F*CK? And how is it the END OF JULY already?
Tempus fugit. Time flies.

8:25pm: And we just played “fetch” with the little boy for a half hour.

On The Menu: Cubano sandwich with garlic chicken, dill pickle, avocado,
carrot and celery sticks, watermelon, and cherries for dinner,
with cran-raspberry-orange juice and an iced espresso to drink.
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Dogs, TV, Tokyo Olympics, the interweb, YouTube vids, and writing Blog Posts
on Friday night to stay busy and entertained in the Home Office.


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Saturday, July 31, 2021 – the last day of July!

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Where were you on this day in 1983?
Grateful Dead at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

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10:11am: One more Saturday morning.
We were awake until after 6:00am this morning.
We drank an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We ate a quesadilla with avocado and salsa verde.
We woke up at 9:30am. And we need a nap already.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside.
10:40am: The newspapers and the mail made it inside.
We made an iced espresso and took the dogs outside again.
Now we’re chillin’ with the dogs in the Home Office
and we managed to fall down a Blues Brothers rabbit hole this morning.

“Briefcase Full of Blues” is the debut album by The Blues Brothers.
It was released on November 28, 1978, by Atlantic Records.
It was recorded live on September 9, 1978, at the Universal Amphitheatre
in Los Angeles, when the band opened for comedian Steve Martin.

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THE “Good Ole” BLUES BROTHERS BAND!
Steve “The Colonel” Cropper, Matt “Guitar” Murphy (RIP), Donald “Duck” Dunn (RIP), Willie “Too Big” Hall, Elwood, “Joliet” Jake (RIP), Murphy Dunne, Tom “Bones” Malone, Alan “Mister Fabulous” Rubin (RIP), and “Blue” Lou Marini. With a special shoutout to Paul “the Shiv” Schaffer!

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

3:30pm: We took a nap with the dogs. We woke up.
We took the dogs outside and got a glass of juice.
And we just took the dogs outside again. And it is HOT.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

5:35pm: We took another nap with the dog. And we just woke up.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. We ordered a pizza delivery.
On The Menu: Extra-large pizza with sausage and meatball delivered!

9:00pm: And suddenly, we are not stressed anymore.

We drank an iced espresso. We entertained ourself with YouTube vids.
Now we’re chillin’ in the Home Office.

Watching the Bertcast with Bert Kreischer on Youtube:
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And we watched the film “Outlaws” on a Showtime network,
about a violent Australian motorcycle gang named The Copperheads.
AND WHY DID WE WATCH IT? WHY?
We wanted to see how bad it was going to be. And it was bad.
It was gritty and raw, (and really bad and boring too) with some good acting.
It was a lot more real than “Sons of Anarchy” which we enjoyed.
And it was almost “Cinema Verité”, shot like real life,
but really it was just amateur (headache-inducing) camera work.


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Tuesday 2020 Thoughts..

Tuesday 2020 Thoughts.. JANUARY 2020.

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How was your day? How was your week? How’s your year been so far?
It’s already January 15th, so we are two weeks into the NEW YEAR right now!
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? How’s that going?

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No problemo.
We are banging out the Blog Posts, so check out the 2020 Blogs below!

We were very sick with a cold for the first week of the year, and we are still recovering as the second week ends tonight. We have been living in our pajamas, bringing in food and scrounging for what’s still in the fridge and pantry. So, we haven’t really been out of the house much to enjoy the lovely winter weather here in Los Angeles. We’ve been taking care of our dogs and watching the world go to Hell on television and the interweb. We’ll hold off on POLITICS in this Blog Post because Martin Luther King Jr Day is coming and we’ll put it all together next week. It’s actually all very upsetting and depressing.
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” 

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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over
again and expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein

TravelTuesday! (remember JoshWillTravel is the name of this Blog)

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We went back to Las Vegas in December 2019, right after Thanksgiving and just before the holidays began. And we can say that we are very happy that the holidays are over! It’s snowing again in Ashland, Oregon today. We don’t like to travel during the holiday season for all the obvious reasons and the weather in Los Angeles in the winter is much more human friendly, so we usually stay local and celebrate with family and friends.

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We still haven’t posted the Oregon Eclipse and Burning Man 2017 Blog Post(s) yet.
And so we apologize for the long delay… the Blogs are laid out and constructed but still remain unfinished. They will see the light of your computer monitors soon, really.

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

TijuanaTuesday

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Viva Mexico!

Tijuana, “the Gateway to Mexico” is the westernmost city on the US-Mexico border south of California. Officially founded on July 11, 1889, Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California State and on the Gold Coast of the Baja Peninsula, and is the 6th largest city in Mexico. In 2015, Tijuana had a population of 1640000. More than fifty million people cross the border between Tijuana and San Diego every year (~300000 people per day).

“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy;
if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”
– Socrates

“Take my wife,……please.” – Henny Youngman

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“I’m gonna live till I die.”
Frank Sinatra

“Don’t hide your scars, they make you who you are.”
and “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

My Way
by Paul Anka
So now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more much more than this
I did it my way.
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exception
I planned each chartered course
Each careful step alone the by way
And more much more than this
I did it my way.
Yes there were times I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I face it all and I stood tall
And did it my way.
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill my share of loosing
And the now as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that and my I say
Not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no not me
I did it my way!

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“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn

My 10+ transformational teen LPs:
1 Pink Floyd – Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Echoes, and The Wall
2 Grateful Dead – Skull&Roses, American Beauty, and Workingman’s Dead
3 The Doors – The Doors
4 Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick, Stormwatch & “A”
5 The Who – Who’s Next, Tommy and Quadrophenia
6 Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever
7 Led Zeppelin I, II, III and Houses of the Holy
8 Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street and Goat’s Head Soup
9 Tom Petty – Damn The Torpedoes
10 The Beastie Boys – License To Ill
(with a shout out to NWA “The Boys in the Hood”)
Honorable mentions to Iron Butterfly – Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida,
ELO – Face The Music, The Beatles White Album and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues,

TikiTuesday – “ALOHA!”

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“Aloha” A Hawaiian word used when saying Hello or Goodbye.

The real meaning of “Aloha” in Hawaiian is that of Love, Peace, and Compassion.
“Aloha” means living in harmony with other people and the land with mercy, sympathy, grace, kindness, and a mutual understanding of respect.

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The “Shaka” hand gesture is made by holding the hand in a loose fist and extending the thumb and pinky finger with the back of the hand facing the recipient. It is a sign of respect and mutual understanding, and symbolizes reverence, solidarity, compassion and friendship.

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How about a nice strong cocktail? We have to admit that we are not a big drinker.
We have friends who are really big drinkers. Really big. Maybe too big.
(unfortunately we have too many friends of blessed memory who once drank a lot)
We have never been a big consumer of alcoholic beverages, unless you count those four years of college. We really only drink “socially” when we are with other people at a restaurant or bar, a party or an event where everyone is drinking.
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY!
KNOW WHEN TO SAY WHEN. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
“FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRIVE DRUNK!”

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“For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Enjoyin’ My Coffee”

TacoTuesday (actually it was ThaiFoodTuesday today)

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Steak Soft Tacos with fresh guacamole

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Thai Food! (Yellow) Curry Chicken and Steamed Rice

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Two Questions for Tuesday:

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What’s Your Sign?

The order of the Zodiac (the 12 astrological signs):
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra,
Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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Is there a relationship between astronomical phenomena the human world? Can you assign aspects to a person’s personality and predict future events in their life based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other celestial objects at the time of their birth.?

“Astrology is a pseudoscience that claims to divine information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects”

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Seth Meyers at the 2020 Critic’s Choice Awards:
“Did we all enjoy our vegan meal?
It’s probably good the food critics weren’t here.”

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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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Neon Clown at Circus Liquor in North Hollywood, California

Chipotlé Burrito Test!

Chipotlé Burrito Test!

Believe it or not, I’ve never had Chipotlé. There are so many good Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley that chain restaurant “fast-food” from Chipotlé was never a “go-to” option.

We had a Coupon (and it was about to expire on May 1) for a FREE Burrito, Burrito Bowl or Order of Tacos at any Chipotlé Mexican Grill. And there’s one that opened up relatively recently in Encino on Ventura Blvd and we’ve wanted to try it for awhile now.

NOTE: We’ve been hesitant to eat at Chipotlé because of the recent “food-borne” illness news reports centered on the restaurant chain, which is why we call this a test.

So, Wednesday evening at 7pm we stopped and picked up an order “TO GO” for dinner on our way to our friend’s place in North Hollywood.

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There’s metered street parking on Ventura Blvd (8am-8pm) but you can’t park on the street between 4-7pm because it’s an ANTI-GRIDLOCK ZONE during “rush hour”, so there’s drive-in underground parking (which we can’t tell you about because we parked on the street just after 7pm).

The restaurant was clean and bright with a big letter “A” health rating on the front window which was good. It wasn’t very busy and there wasn’t any wait to order, which is always of concern at fast service restaurants where the food sits and waits for a customer.

The young guy behind the register said hello from across the empty front area as we entered. The young woman who prepared the order was very business-like and efficient, but not very friendly (and she shorted us on the steak…yes we noticed that sneaky move!) as she quickly made our Burrito Bowl.

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On The Menu: A Burrito Bowl with 1/2 chicken, 1/2 steak, 1/2 black beans, 1/2 pinto beans, 1/2 brown rice, 1/2 white rice, hot sauce, guacamole, lettuce and a large flour tortilla

NOTE: We read a food article about “How to get the best value at Chipotlé” which said that if you order the Burrito Bowl with 1/2 of each ingredient, you will get more food than if you order a Burrito or a Burrito Bowl with single ingredients. And of course you have to get the guacamole (on the side) for a “small additional charge”.

We exchanged the food for the coupon and took it “TO GO” We drove over to our friend’s place and ate after we arrived, so the food traveled in the car for about 15 minutes. We removed the lettuce from the bowl and heated the meat, rice and beans in the microwave for a minute to get it hot again. We emptied the contents of the bowl onto the tortilla, added the guacamole, took a few pics, rolled it up into a very large burrito and promptly ate the whole thing (except the lettuce, which we didn’t eat at all) and it was okay. Not great, but we were very hungry so it was good. And the price was right, it was FREE.

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“Rub-A-Dub-Dub Thanks For The Grub!”

We would eat there again, but it still wouldn’t be a first choice for “fast casual” Mexican food, It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great. It was okay and it was an okay value. There was a lot of food in that large burrito and we don’t feel sick the next day.

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NOTE: My own homemade steak soft tacos the previous night were much better!

Taco Tuesday! Steak soft tacos with 2 kinds of cheese, grilled red onion, flour tortillas, brown rice, refried beans, lettuce, fresh guacamole, salsa verde, tortilla chips and a coke

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We like to cook fresh Mexican at home. We enjoy Cuban food from Versailles and casual Mexican food from El Torito and Poquito Mas. And every once in awhile we’ll eat at Taco Bell or Del Taco, although that doesn’t really count as Mexican or real food.

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We like to eat at Mucho Mas in NoHo. And we also like to call, order and pick up a very large and tasty Chicken Burrito with rice and beans “Gringo Style” (with melted cheese and red sauce on top) from Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant on Vanowen just east of Reseda Blvd in Reseda for about the same price as Chipotlé:

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We got recently got one “TO GO” with fresh made chips, a large avocado salsa, and a variety of different salsas from the salsa bar and we made the fresh guacamole at home before going to pick up the order.

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in North Hollywood

Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo (North Hollywood)

Friday night in the beautiful San Fernando Valley with friends
and where shall we eat?

MUCHO MAS in North Hollywood! Mexican food (“gringo style”) for dinner!

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo

The neon lights welcome you! On Burbank Blvd east of Vineland, just across the border of North Hollywood and in the City of Burbank is a great Mexican restaurant, Mucho Mas.

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo

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“No Shoes, No Shirt, No Dice!”

The place is a CLASSIC “gringo style” Mexican joint, with wagon wheel chandeliers and bunch of grapes lighting fixtures in addition to the neon exterior signage. Brick, plaster, wrought iron, wood and ceramic shingles with velvet paintings and “kitchy” rustic “South of the border” type decor combine to make you feel as if you’re actually in Mexico!

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The Bar at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo

There’s a small bar with a dining area, an outdoor patio and an “L” shaped dining room with comfortable booths and wooden tables. The menu is traditional “gringo style” Mexican food with additional house specialties (there’s a menu page pic below).

Start with a shot of tequila or a margarita!

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Tortilla Chips & Salsa with a Shot of 1800 Tequila and a lime wedge

ON THE MENU: Fresh and warm tortilla chips & salsa, a shot of 1800 tequila and a Grande Combination: green salad with ranch dressing, 2 beef tacos, a cheese enchilada, (with an added chicken tamale) and Mexican rice & refried beans.

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Dinner at Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant in NoHo

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Menu Page from Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant – Grande Combo #16

 

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Mucho Mas Green Dinner Salad with Ranch Dressing

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Mucho Mas Grande Combo: 2 Beef Tacos & Cheese Enchilada w/Rice & Beans

You get a lot of food for $13 and the drinks are very reasonably priced! They have beer, wine, hard alcohol and cocktails on the menu and nice food and drink specials during the week and at off hours.

We’ve been coming here regularly for a while now. The food is good, the prices are very reasonable, the service is pretty good, parking is free (there’s a small parking lot and plenty of street parking), it’s not too far from my friend’s house and we never have to wait for a table. So, if you’re in NoHo and hungry and want some good “gringo style” Mexican food, I would definitely recommend trying Mucho Mas!

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Margarita on the Rocks

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Velvet Paintings! Joaquin Murrieta we think…He’s watching you!

Mucho Mas Mexican Restaurant10405 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 www.muchomasrestaurant.com  818-980-0300

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Circus Liquor’s “Neon Clown” – Burbank Blvd & Vineland Ave in North Hollywood

Saturday Night! Mexican food, Blues music and BBQ in Pasadena, California

Saturday Night! Mexican food, Blues music and BBQ in Pasadena, California

So you’re probably wondering about the title….here’s the story:

We got invited to see and hear a blues band play in Pasadena on Saturday night at a place called Big Mama’s Rib Shack. I was not responsible for the planning or execution, once again I was a passenger along for the ride.

Someone may have told someone that the Rib Shack’s food wasn’t good, so the plan was to eat before the show and the decision was to go for Mexican food.

Two Tacos at La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant

Take the 101 freeway south to the 134 east past Glendale and into Pasadena. I wanted to take more pictures along the way, but “stupid” traffic had us running late to dinner. We finally arrived (only ten minutes late) at the restaurant and found a good parking spot on the street right out front.

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

The restaurant is a relatively small place, with simple Mexican decor, and it quickly filled up with people once we were seated. We ordered drinks and then perused the menu.

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

 

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

 

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La Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant in South Pasadena

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It’s a standard Mexican restaurant menu with tacos, burritos, enchiladas and the usual appetizers and entrees. EXCEPT THE FOOD IS GREAT! IT’S REAL MEXICAN FOOD! 

On the Menu: 2 crispy tacos, one shredded beef and one chicken, two chicken enchiladas in mole sauce with rice & beans, chips & salsa and a margarita pre show!

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Margarita – with a lot of tequila!

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Two Crispy Tacos – One Chicken & One Beef with Chips & Salsa

Really good crispy tacos! Excellent Mole sauce! Gringo style Mexican food done right!

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Two Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Sauce and Rice & Beans

I was told that we would be eating at the show later, so I didn’t try a burrito, a combo or the Fiesta platter of appetizers…and I would happily go back. They also have an “All you can eat” Taco special that I would like to try.

We finished eating and then motored across Pasadena to Big Mama’s Rib Shack.

Blues & BBQ at Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena, California

Go north up Lake Avenue, past The Hat (really good pastrami sandwiches) and Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, and you’ll come to Big Mama’s BBQ Southern Country Rib Shack.

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena – Southern Country BBQ

The building’s not much to look at and the interior design is “whacked”. There are white vinyl booths on one side, tables in the middle with both plastic and wood chairs, and a beer & wine bar in the corner of the dining room. there was an area cleared as a stage (but no stage) next to the bar and a small area for the band’s merchandise as well. They have Saturday night performances, but it’s not real design as a performance space at all.

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

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Heineken

Here’s the menu: pork, chicken, seafood or beef, beer, wine and soft drinks and a full list of classic BBQ sides. Tickets were $20 for the show and dinner was also required, so we ordered food, with the plan to take home a good portion for lunch on Sunday.

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What’s on the Menu at Big Mama’s Rib Shack?

On the Menu: BBQ Baby Back Ribs, mac’n’cheese, hush puppies, cornbread muffins, collared greens, yams & Heineken beer

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BBq dinner

There were only two servers and a bartender covering the crowd, so we ordered before the first set and the food came during the performance before the intermission. And contrary to what we had been told, the food was good (not great, but good) country BBQ.

8:00pm – SHOWTIME!  John Németh and his blues band from Memphis, Tennessee

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John Németh from Memphis, Tennessee

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He Brought His Many Harps! (Blues Harmonicas)

I checked out the merchandise and the band’s setup before the show. I had never seen or heard the band before, but when I saw the collection of harps I knew it was going to be a good show. And I was not disappointed, the music was great!

John Németh and his blues band played two rockin’ sets of Chicago and Texas inspired music. He really is a master of the harp (blues harmonica) and his backing band was tight! The guitar, bass and drums were well rehearsed from playing gigs all over the country. At one point in the second set a guest bassist ( a former band member) stepped in for a few songs. I periscoped three of the songs and links to the live performance videos are located below.

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Rockin’ Blues on Periscope> view on YouTube

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John Németh’s Upcoming Gigs! Check them out if you can!

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La Fiesta Grande1107 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (I’m told the Colorado Blvd location is closed)

Big Mama’s Rib Shack1453 N. Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104 http://www.bigmamaspasadena.com

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