CORONAVIRUS! Part 3 (Fri-Sun)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 3 (Friday-Sunday)

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

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BUY ALL THE TOILET PAPER!

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

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

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WHY CAN’T HE TELL THE TRUTH?

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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TRUMP CANNOT TELL THE TRUTH!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 9: “This blindsided the world.”

March 13: “I take no responsibility.”

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

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

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

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THE UNITED STATES WAS UNPREPARED FOR THIS DISASTER!

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Avoid Unnecessary Travel!

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

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SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2020

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

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

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WASH YOUR HANDS!

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

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

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USE THIS BOOK!

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

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

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“TRUMP-CARE” FOR EVERYONE!

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

Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.
– Shakespeare

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Really Downtown Los Angeles?

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CORONAVIRUS! Part 1 (Wednesday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 1 (Wednesday)
2019 Novel Coronavirus
2019-nCoV
(now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2)
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared
the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency.

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MARCH 11, 2020 – Coronavirus has spread to more than 100 countries!
Coronavirus declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization!
Over 1,000 known cases in the United States and authorities report 31 deaths.
At least 38 states have reported cases, 19 have declared emergencies.

We posted this on our Facebook page on February 28, 2020:
TRAVEL ALERT!
Dear Friends, there is a lot of fear about the coronavirus. The Govt is lying about this emergency. The protocols have already been compromised and there is news that people were exposed to potential carriers (March and Travis AFBs) and then allowed to return to the general population. There is news that people are arriving from foreign countries without being screened (Milan, Italy to NYC) when entering the USA! Expect the number of cases in the United States to explode in two weeks…. prepare and plan for the worst because they are not prepared to help you and people will die.
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PANDEMIC! (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
An epidemic (a sudden outbreak) that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world due to a susceptible population.
A true pandemic causes a high degree of mortality (death)

What is the Coronavirus?

  1. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.
  2. Many of the patients in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread.
  3. A growing number of patients have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person (community) spread is occurring.
FACTS

As of March 7, 2020

“This is the most egregious level of incompetence in an administration that I think we’ve witnessed at least in my memory,” Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director of Columbia University’s National Center For Disaster Preparedness says. “The absolute gross, amateur hour incompetence coming out of the White House — it’s actually stunning.”

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TRUMP visits the CDC
“The president’s statements to the press were terrifying. That press availability was a repudiation of good science and good crisis management from inside one of the world’s most respected scientific institutions. It was full of Dear Leader-ish compliments, non-sequitorial defenses of unrelated matters, attacks on an American governor, and—most importantly—misinformation about the virus and the US response” – Wired (.com)

MAJOR OUTBREAKS: Seattle, WA; San Jose, CA and New Rochelle, NY!

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BREAKING NEWS!
“The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans avoid flying on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official tells The Associated Press.” – APNews

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Conservative Republicans were exposed at CPAC!
(the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 26-29 in Maryland)
Some of the president’s closest advisers, allies, and a cabinet member contacted the infected individual. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Doug Collins (R-GA) announced they would “self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution.”
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NOTE: THEY AREN’T CALLING IT A “HOAX” ANYMORE!
But Trump continues to 
minimize the seriousness of the virus!
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Press Conference on March 9, 2020 with Trump, Pence, the Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, Alex Azar the Head of US Health and Human Services, and Dr. Anthony Fauci the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NOTE: You should avoid touching your face, nose, mouth and eyes!

 

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SXSW (SouthxSouthwest) Festival in Austin, Texas – Cancelled!
Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals in Southern California – Postponed!
St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Parties have been Cancelled!
Colleges, Universities, and other Schools in the U.S. Suspend Classes!
Concerts, Festivals, Parades, and other Large Events have Cancelled!
Sporting Events have been Cancelled, postponed and played without spectators!
“Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” will tape without a studio audience!
MGM Resorts in Las Vegas is closing their buffets until further notice!

“Social Distancing” is the Order of the Day….

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“Wash your hands like you’re cooking for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!”

CHINA IS ON LOCKDOWN! ITALY IS ON LOCKDOWN!
There are 12462 reported cases in Italy, and 827 people have died.
SOUTH KOREA and IRAN have uncontrolled OUTBREAKS!

 

March 11, 2020 7pm PST
THIS JUST IN! “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” it added. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
NOTE: The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder players are under quarantine in Oklahoma after Rudy Gobert, a player for the Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Trump reads to the United States on Wednesday March 11, 2020

Trump just announced a 30-day TRAVEL BAN from Europe to the United States!
(TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE! THE DAMAGE IS DONE!)
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they tested positive for Coronavirus in Australia.

The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide now stands at 126,135, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. These are the highest infection figures globally:

  1. China: 80,932
  2. Italy: 12,462
  3. Iran: 9,000
  4. South Korea: 7,755
  5. France: 2,284
  6. Spain: 2,277
  7. Germany: 1,966
  8. US: 1,311
  9. Switzerland: 652
  10. Japan: 639

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Coronavirus infects the lungs and respiratory system.
Symptoms are a fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath or other breathing problems.
Other symptoms are fatigue, body aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death.
It takes 5 days on average to begin showing symptoms, but some people will get symptoms much later than this, and may be very contagious before showing symptoms.
The World Health Organization says the incubation period lasts up to 14 days, but some researchers say it may be longer, up to 24 days.

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MORE TO COME………….

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SONGS TO SING WHILE WASHING YOUR HANDS:
Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
It’s a Turkish Delight on a moonlit night
Every guy in Constantinople
Knows it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you’ve a date in Constantinople
She’ll be waiting in Istanbul.
Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it, I can’t say
People just liked it better that way
So take me back to Constantinople
No you can’t go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks.

 



 

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

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

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

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

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“How do you get to Vilshire?”

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

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

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You Have Been Warned!

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

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Alan Parsons Live Project Merchandise For Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”

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“Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Angelina Jolie on the Red Carpet

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

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

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

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#MeToo

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

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

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The Streaker at the Oscars!

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

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

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

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We like Sally Field!

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

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Francis Ford Coppola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Popcorn Time!

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

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

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

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

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Brad Pitt – Best Supporting Actor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

cut to: commercials
(restroom break) Rolex

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

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Bong Joon-Ho will drink until next morning!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kobe Bryant RIP

Kobe Bryant RIP
August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020

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Los Angeles International Airport (not my pic)

Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven other people, including the pilot, were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. The cause of the accident is most likely pilot error due to the foggy weather. Reports say they were traveling to a girl’s basketball game in Thousand Oaks when the helicopter crashed.

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Kobe Bryant (age 41) aka “Black Mamba”
(Los Angeles Lakers Retired Numbers 8 and 24)
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Kobe Bryant joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) after high school, and was a Los Angeles Lakers his entire 20 season professional basketball career.
He will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame posthumously this year.

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Gianna Maria Onore “Gigi” Bryant, Kobe’s 13 year old daughter

Sarah and Payton Chester (mother and daughter)

John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli (father, mother, and daughter)

Christina Mauser (the assistant coach)

Ara Zobayan, the instrument certified helicopter pilot earned his commercial pilot’s license in 2007. He was also a certified flight instructor for instrument instruction.

“May the Four Winds blow them safely home.”
Our deepest condolences to Kobe’s wife, family, friends and fans.
Our deepest condolences to all the victims family and friends.

NOTE: The chance of dying in a helicopter crash
is greatly reduced if you don’t fly in a helicopter.

The helicopter crash site in Calabasas, California:

The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department has been using ATVs and horse mounted officers to protect the site from trophy seekers. The bodies were collected and delivered to the families. The wreckage was mapped by NTSB drones and investigators on the ground, then collected and transported to a yard in Arizona for forensic examination.

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The Kobe Bryant Memorial at LA LIVE and Staples Center (not my pic)

There have been non-stop tributes, vigils, and memorials,
as well as wall-to-wall worldwide media coverage.
The Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday was basically a memorial service.
The entire City of Los Angeles and every Lakers fan have been in mourning all week.
The Los Angeles Kings hockey team and Los Angeles Clippers basketball team have honored him. And there will be another huge tribute at Super Bowl 54 on Sunday too.

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From Kobe’s granitystudios.com webpage

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Vintage Disney Storage Finds #9

Vintage Disney Storage Finds #9
actually a really cool
Vintage Disney Thrift Store Find!

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Friday is Tie Day Today!
2 Mickey Mouse Ties by Cervantes – Made in USA!
Walt Disney Productions – 100% Qiana Nylon
(vintage neckwear 1960s – 1970s)

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Mickey Mouse Tie by Cervantes – Made in USA

Scored these two “near mint” vintage Mickey Mouse (basketball) Ties by Cervantes this week at a local thrift store.  Did a little research, and very happy with our finds!

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Walt Disney Productions Made in USA 100% Qiana Nylon

Qiana: a silky nylon fiber developed in 1962 at the DuPont Experimental Station by Stanley Brooke Speck and introduced to the public by Dupont in 1968.
Qiana is described in US patent 3249591 as a polyamide fabric having improved resilience and silk-like hand, combined with superior wash-wear performance.

Walt Disney incorporated as Walt Disney Productions on December 16, 1929. Four companies were brought under the corporate name replacing Walt and Roy Disney’s partnership: Walt Disney Productions, Ltd.; Walt Disney Enterprises; Liled Realty & Investment Company, Ltd.; and Disney Film Recording Company, Ltd. The company retained the name for more than 50 years until it was renamed The Walt Disney Company in February, 1986.

NOTE: Items marked Walt Disney Productions (WDP) are vintage and made before 1986. It’s a great way to date Disney souvenirs.

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Rudy Cervantes inspecting his Mickey Mouse ties in Los Angeles 1976

“A tie ends up in the closet because it doesn’t make a statement”
– Rudy Cervantes

Rudy Cervantes made Mickey Mouse Ties under license from Walt Disney Productions. He also made logo and novelty ties for many other companies, sports teams and brands.

Rudy Cervantes with Tommy Lasorda (Los Angeles Dodgers), George Steinbrenner (New York Yankees) and Walter Lantz (Woody Woodpecker & Friends):

Rudy Cervantes Neckwear Inc. (established in 1962)
9025 Lindante Dr., Whittier, CA 90603  213-747-9348

“Frank G-D it’s Tie Day”

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Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
a Federal Holiday observed on the third Monday of January every year.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born on January 15, 1929 – Murdered on April 4, 1968

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Abraham, Martin And John
written by Dick Holler in 1968
Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he’s gone.
Has anybody here seen my old friend John,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he’s gone.
Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he’s gone.
Didn’t you love the things they stood for?
Didn’t they try to find some good for you and me?
And we’ll be free,
Someday soon it’s gonna be one day.
Has anybody here seen my old friend Bobby,
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill
With Abraham, Martin and John.

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“The time is alway right to do what’s right” – Martin Luther King Jr

On November 2, 1983, Ronald Reagan signed a bill making
Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday, effective January 20, 1986.

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King Jr

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“Man of the Year” TIME Magazine 1963

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
– Martin Luther King Jr

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NOTE: This Blog Post is going to get POLITICAL. If you are not into current politics, just scroll on by please, but understand that Trump and the Republicans are CRIMINALS.

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The United States has elected a CRIMINAL CON MAN with no morals or ethics. Trump is ignorant and can barely read. He doesn’t know history, politics, world geography, science or correct grammar. He surrounds himself with criminals and the worst people. He has ties to Putin and Russia. He has racists and White Supremacists working in the White House He is guilty of treason, fraud, obstruction of justice and sexual assault.

 

LYIN’ CHEATIN’ CROOKED EVIL DRAFT DODGING TWITTERTROLL DONNY!

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SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY!

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

LYIN’ CHEATIN’ CROOKED EVIL DRAFT DODGING TWITTERTROLL DONNY!

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“A president who’d all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama’s presidential library or to shine George W. Bush’s shoes” – USA Today’s Editorial Board

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Every Republican in office still supporting Trump
is an enemy of the United States conspiring with foreign enemies
to keep themselves in power.

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Tower Records on Sunset Blvd

Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard

A Los Angeles Landmark! An Icon of Rock and Roll!
Tower Records on the Sunset Strip!

Sacramento based Tower Records used to be the most successful chain of record stores in the United States. They filed for bankruptcy and went out of business in 2006.

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Tower Records on Sunset – stock photo of the good old days

Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard
stock photos of the good old days (opened on the Sunset Strip in 1971)

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Tower Records on Sunset – Water and Power Associates

Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard
Temporary Halloween Superstore a couple years ago,
the LIVE! retail clothing store,
and the time the Gibson Guitar Showroom was dressed as Tower Records for the Colin Hanks documentary “All Things Must Pass” premier.

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Temporary Halloween Superstore a couple years ago

The Sunset Strip storefront is prime West Hollywood commercial real estate.
It sits on a 34570 square-foot lot and rents for around $230000 per month.

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Tower Records – File it under “Things that aren’t here anymore”

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That time it was dressed up for the documentary “All Things Must Pass” premier

“All Things Must Pass – The Rise and Fall of Tower Records” released March 2015
Colin Hanks’ documentary about the history of Tower Records,
the rise and fall and the legacy left by founder Russ Solomon RIP.

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Woah, oh listen to the music
Woah, oh listen to the music
Woah, oh listen to the music
All the time

 

Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard RIP.

Music makes my world go round
And music gets me high and keeps me on the ground
In music I feel safe and sound
Get lost and still be found

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OCTOBER 2019 Taimane in Malibu, Rocktoberfest, and Halloween!

OCTOBER 2019 – Taimane in Malibu, Rocktoberfest, and Halloween!

And so it is ROCK-TOBER again, and Halloween is on the doorstep.
Thanksgiving and “the Winter Holidays” (Christmas) are waiting in the wings.
Where does the time go? What happened to this year? Tempus Fugit! Time flies.

A Blog Post in three parts: first, some LIVE MUSIC Taimane in Malibu, second, a review of the month of October, and third, a little fun with “The Big Lebowski” and “Office Space”.

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US 101 North – Ventura Highway

Thursday’s sunset on the 101 freeway on the way to Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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Taimane LIVE at Pepperdine University 10-17-19

NOTE: Taimane is pronounced Tie-mane-ee

Taimane and her Quartet – Elemental Tour
with special guest Polynesian Dancers
in the Smothers Theatre at 8pm
2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year!
A wonderful showcase and celebration of Polynesian culture.

with added bonus “It’s All Black & White” Contemporary Art exhibit
in the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art next door – FREE Admission!
(see our previous Blog Post for pictures of the art)

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“It’s All Black & White” Art at Pepperdine University

One Ticket to the show: $20+$2 service charge = $22 Total!
and FREE PARKING if you park in the shuttle lot and ride.
(and $7 to park nearby if you don’t want to shuttle)

“She shreds on ukulele and rocks everything from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin. Somehow she manages to not only rock out but connect the audience with meaningful Hawaiian traditions and dances.” – Austin American-Statesman

It was an easy drive from the San Fernando Valley to Malibu. There was only a little stopped traffic caused by the stoplight and left-turning cars at the intersection of Las Virgenes and Mulholland going through the Santa Monica Mountains to the beach. Our destination: Pepperdine University on the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) above the Pacific Ocean.

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View of Malibu and the Pacific Ocean from Pepperdine at night

We parked for FREE in the shuttle lot and after a short ride we were at the Smothers Theatre picking up our ticket at WillCall. It was a beautiful evening at the beach! We arrived early, walked around a little, took some pictures of the campus, and then visited the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art next door and experienced the “It’s All Black & White” contemporary art exhibit for FREE! (pictures of the art in our previous Blog Post)

Lovely fountains, the Palm Court next to the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, steps that lead down to the lower campus and a Starbuck’s, the parking lot and the Smothers Theatre at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts – Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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And when they opened the house doors, we went to find our seat. Orchestra Row B, on the side aisle. The show started about 15 minutes late, and then it was magic time! Taimane has a beautiful voice  and she jams on the ukulele (and guitar)! She talked directly to the audience, introduced each section/song during the performance and created a intimate relationship with the audience. Her quartet were also amazing! She was accompanied by a guitar, violin and percussion (actually a trio) and two wonderful dancers who performed hula and haka dances during a few of her pieces. We enjoyed the show very much! We love LIVE MUSIC! And the performance was really fun.

One of the reasons we chose a seat on the side was in case video recording was allowed…. and it was! The lighting and our cheap cel phone camera made it difficult to get good pictures (as you can see, we had the same problem at Lebowskifest), but the videos we shot came out pretty good and did a good job of capturing the musical performance.

A couple interesting points: 1. The theatre space makes the performance different from a club venue or music stage, and the audience response was great, but somewhat subdued.
2. The actual show length was kind of short. They started late and played a short first set, then there was an intermission, and a longer second set.  And done before 10:30. There was time for more music (at least another song), and there could and should have been a little or a lot more music, and maybe less introduction. But for only $22 for the ticket we should just shut up, because it was a fabulous performance that we really enjoyed.

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NOTE: Why does this always happen? The nice (old) couple behind me sat down and started talking…. season ticket holders? They knew nothing about the artist or the music.
And they had a wonderful experience! We know because they talked….

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During Intermission and after the show, Taimane worked the “Merch” table, signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone! The other musicians and the dancers also came and mingled with the crowd and everyone was very friendly.

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Spotted this car in the shuttle parking lot after the show! Lots of vintage stickers too.

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We rode the shuttle back to the parking lot and walked to our car enjoying the view of Malibu and the Pacific Ocean at night from the university heights. We once lived in the Pacific Palisades on the Pacific Coast Highway just south of Malibu with a panoramic view of the ocean and we really miss enjoying it 24/7.  We drove south on PCH and then back to the San Fernando Valley through Topanga Canyon. There was construction and we had to stop twice for traffic when it was just a single lane. There were too many slow drivers and one crazy tailgater, but we got home eventually without incident.

Ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner performs
at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ-_ZO9AlMo
and her page on fb> www.facebook.com/taimanegardner

NOTE: The three Taimane live performance videos we shot have been uploaded to our personal fb page and may soon be available on our YouTube channel, if we can figure out how to upload them from our cheapo camera. Her videos on YouTube rock!

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“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working,
every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it.
So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”
– Peter Gibbons, Office Space

Here is our old 2010 commercial real estate office space in West Los Angeles:

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Our CUBICLE in the West Los Angeles Office

As a Hollywood Talent Manager we worked from the Home Office for over 10 years. It was a big change having to wake up, get ready and then drive to work to get to the office and our work desk in our cubicle space. Try doing the 405 Freeway Crawl for a year! It was only 12 miles, but it could take well over an hour to get from the Valley to West L.A. And the drive “over the hill” isn’t much better using the canyon roads, as we found out working at the Century City adjacent Talent Agency. It sucks to arrive at work already stressed out from the drive, and then to still have to be present and accounted for all day. And then stress out on the drive home in horrible traffic again after work…….

Agent, Agent, Agent! Three jobs in a row:
Commercial Real Estate (sales & leasing) Agent – nice cubicle in nice office as seen above.
Hollywood Talent Agent – had our own office, but it really was just a “private” cubicle.
Luxury Travel Advisor/Travel Agent – didn’t even get walls, just got an open desk space.

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Milton: “I believe you have my stapler.”

And at present we are back in the Home Office, Right now, we are finishing this Blog Post in our bathrobe at 4:30am while drinking coffee and watching reruns (that we’ve already seen too many times) of “Two And A Half Men”.
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So OCTOBERFEST!
Rock Out it’s ROCKTOBERFEST!
And INKTOBER too!

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Happy Halloween 2019!

September 29: Happy Rosh Hashanah! Happy Jewish New Year!
(we celebrate for 2 days, and observe the holiday for 10 days)

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Happy Jewish New Year!

October 8 was Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement
(lots of prayers and fasting on the holiest day of the year)
A personal message from JoshWillTravel:
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Remember The Las Vegas Massacre on the Las Vegas Strip?
October 1st was the 2 year anniversary of the Route91 Harvest Music Festival:
58 people killed and 422 wounded.
October 27th is the 1 year anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life (L’Simcha congregation) Synagogue Shooting: 11 people killed and 7 others injured.

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“Enjoy Every Sandwich”

October is the tenth month of the year
Autumn in the Northern hemisphere
October’s birthstones are tourmaline and opal
Zodiac signs for October are Libra and Scorpio
And it’s National Pizza, Popcorn Poppin’, Pork, and Seafood Month!

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“Callin’ Oates” Your EMERGENCY Hall & Oates Hotline!

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We called it. It is real. “Whoaaaaa, here she comes…..”

October 20 – Remembering Tom Petty on his birthday.
Gone too soon. May his memory and music be a blessing!

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Happy BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY 2019!

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Oct 25 is St Crispin’s Day!
“This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd” – Henry V
The Battle of Agincourt was fought on this day in 1415.

He stomped on the Terra.
Remembering Wolodia Grajonca (aka Bill Graham) today.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019!
Still on OCTOBER 31st for now…
Watch for a new Halloween Blog Post coming soon!

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Happy Halloween 2019!

“They did the Mash, They did the Monster Mash!”

The Dude Abides. And where did the year go?
How is it the end of October already?
TIME. TIME. TIME.
“It’s astoundingTime is fleeting. Madness takes it’s toll” – Riff Raff

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“Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism.
An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started. Right after a little nap.”

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“And even if he’s a lazy man, and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest worldwide.”

“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

“Shomer Shabbos!” Friday at dusk until Saturday at sunset!

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“SHOMER F*CKIN’ SHABBOS!”

The Sheriff of Malibu: (a F*ckin’ Fascist!)
“I don’t like your jerk-off name, I don’t like your jerk-off face,

I don’t like your jerk-off behavior, and I don’t like you, jerk-off.”

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“Stay out of Malibu, Lebowski! Stay out of Malibu, Deadbeat! Keep your ugly fuckin’ goldbrickin’ ass out of my beach community.”

“I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

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The Dude Abides.

“Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools:
they have need of ’em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation,
and let father Time shake his glass.”
~William Congreve

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.         …I’m dreaming of a White Russian.

“Uh, I am not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude.
So that’s what you call me. You know uh, that or uh, his Dudeness,
or uh Duder or uh, El Duderino, if you know you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

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“Truckin’, got my chips cashed in.
Keep truckin’, like the doo-dah man
Together more or less in line, just keep truckin’ on.”
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“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.” – Psalms 103:16

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Lebowskis Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland

Lebowskis Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland

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NOTE: This is not an advertisement or paid ad or sponsorship. We just think it’s cool that there’s a Lebowskis Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our friend just visited and sent a pic. And we support small businesses that provide a useful and quality product or service!

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Somewhere in Scotland
They have a Lebowskis Bar
Go and have a drink!

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Lebowskis Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland

From their Facebook page:
“Lebowskis offers you the very best Scotland has to offer and not a white table cloth or intrusive waiter in sight. All our food is hand-prepared from scratch with only the very best of Scottish fresh produce and simply choose from our main menus and exceptional daily special boards. If you’d prefer you can stay true to ‘The Dudes’ relaxed attitude and enjoy an eclectic taste of Scotland with our Scottish Tapas whilst enjoying a drink with friends!”

Have a White Russian
Next time you’re in Scotland
At Lebowski’s Bar

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Have a drink at Lebowski’s Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland! (Sterling’s Pic)

Salted caramel
with butterscotch pieces
Hellacaucasian!

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Lebowskis Bar- 18 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom EH3 8BJ
+44 131 466 1779  www.lebowskis.co.uk  Open daily 11am – 1am
They have a cool Facebook page too> www.facebook.com/LebowskisBarEdinburgh

This weekends special is called Raspberry Richard the Third:
Edinburgh Raspberry Gin
(or substitute Stolichnaya Raspberry Vodka for a Raspberry Russian)
Mozart White Chocolate Liquor
Milk&Cream and Raspberry purée

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Raspberry Richard the Third (White Russian?)

“We’re big fans of Richard in here,
he was a good dude and his legacy lives on in this delicious White Russian”

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“Careful Man, there’s a beverage here!”

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The Dude Abides.