CORONAVIRUS! Part 36 – Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

CORONAVIRUS! Part 36 – Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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

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Friday, May 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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Lunch on Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23:23pm:

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A message from the State of Hawaii

Saturday, May 23, 2020

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

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

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

Pier 45 in San Francisco burned today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And so Trump went golfing…..

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YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MAY BE NEXT!

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

Sunday, May 24, 2020

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

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

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Happy Sunday! He’ll be here all week.

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

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

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Weather for the week of May 24 – 29, 2020

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

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

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

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Sunday! Sunday! The Last Zoom Supper!

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

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

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

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

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

So what church did Trump go to today?

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VOTE BLUE! BIDEN 2020! THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE!

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Monday, May 25, 2020 – MEMORIAL DAY!

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

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USA! USA! USA!

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

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Displaying the Flag for Memorial Day!

 

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Vintage Star Wars Sheet Music for Piano!

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

10:00pm:

 

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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

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

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CORONAVIRUS! Part 21 (Sat-Sun, and 4-20 Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 21 (Sat-Sun, and 4-20 Monday)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Remember we did yard work last week?
Trimmed the trees and now the backyard looks pretty good.

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“Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door!”

3:30pm We are taking the weekend off from blogging our forced lockdown. But….
we just caught the very end of the Orange Turd’s daily jerkoff session for the Press,
and TRUMP IS CRAZY! NUTS! TOTAL WACKO! ABSOLUTELY FUCKING INSANE! 

On The Menu: Ordered another sausage and meatball pizza from D’Amore’s!
And had it delivered around 3pm in the afternoon because we were hungry.
(ordered an extra-large and had it for lunch and dinner)
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9:30pm Ate some pizza for lunch, played with the dogs, took a nap, ate some pizza for dinner and tuned in to Saturday’s evening’s entertainment airing on ABC, CBS and NBC simultaneously. And also on the interweb everywhere!

A REAL SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL!
One World: Together At Home

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A Triple Shot of Comedy: Jimmy, Stephen, and Jimmy!

Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon hosted
a celebration in support of frontline Healthcare Workers
fighting the deadly COVID-19 CoronaVirus Pandemic!

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YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT!

Ladies and Gentlemen, THE ROLLING STONES!
And Lady Gaga, Jack Black, Taylor Swift, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Lizzo, Sir Paul McCartney, and The Roots w/Jimmy Fallon!
Also Annie Lennox, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Joe Armstrong, The Killers, and many more artists from around the world.

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Jimmy Fallon and The Roots “SAFETY DANCE!”

TOO MUCH STUFF IN-BETWEEN THE COOL PERFORMANCES, c’mon play music!

Pizza for dinner.

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Sausage and meatball pizza from D’Amore’s

Sunday, April 19, 2020 – It’s Bicycle Day!

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“Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle,
I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle,
I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike”

On April 19th, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a chemist for Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, tested an experimental drug on himself and ingested a minute amount (250 micrograms) of a compound synthesized from the rye fungus, ergot. Less than an hour later, he was “tripping” and was the first person to experience the mind-altering effects of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Because of WWII restrictions, he and his assistant rode their bicycles home from work, giving the historic day its name.

“I did not choose LSD; LSD found and called me.” – Albert Hofmann
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“I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

1:30pm We woke up early. Dogs. Went back to bed.
Woke up again, dogs! And went back to bed. And woke up again.
Dogs outside and made an espresso. Doing a load of laundry too.

SUNDAY! SUNDAY!
It’s overcast and gray, but not cold, here in the valley today.

4:30pm We played with the dogs outside and then made a big pot of steak chili.

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On The Menu: Twice baked potato smothered in spicy steak chili (with beans, bacon and sausage) and cheese and crushed tortilla chips

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11:30pm We played with the dogs outside and took a nice hot shower!
And then we fell asleep, and then we woke up around 3:30am.

NOTE: We did watch the Orange Turd’s Sunday evening jerkoff session for the Press.

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TRUMP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS OF U.S. DEATHS!

Trump was briefed about Coronavirus in January!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, ignored it
and of course, Trump lied about it!

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March 13: “I take no responsibility.”

TRUMP IS A LIAR! He is an immediate threat to the United States!
HE IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE AND A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER!
ALWAYS BLAMING SOMEONE ELSE! TRUMP IS A TOTAL FAILURE!
BAT-SHIT CRAZY INSANE BEHAVIOR! EVERYDAY IT GETS WORSE!
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!
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THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS!
LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!
FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH!
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES!
WILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DIE FOR TRUMP’S ECONOMY?

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

Hey, it’s the 4-20 Bunny! “At 4:20 on 4-20-2020 there will be four twenties.”

Monday, April 20, 2020 – It’s 4-20 EVERYWHERE!

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Today should be a National Holiday! Party across the USA!
Monday is 4-20. April is 4-20 all month. Happy 4-20-2020!

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GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 4:20 =
4:20 pm on the 20th in the UK
5:20 pm on the 20th in Germany
3:20 am on the 21st in New Zealand
1:20 am on the 21st in Australia EST
8:20 am on the 20th in California
11:20 am on the 20th in New York

On The Menu: Choice of Platinum Skunk, Lemon Diesel, Strawberry-Banana,
Platinum OG, Boss OG, Old Pal, Banjo, Caesar, Lime, Homegrown, Black Hash,
Kanha (peach flavored) chews and 3 kinds of vapes. Party On!

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8:20am And the dogs went outside and got fed breakfast and then we got the papers.
We had some orange juice, an espresso, and the last of the banana bread we made last week (it was frozen and thawed out last night). And now we are Monday AM chillin’.

Toasted cheese sandwich for lunch.
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Amazing Afternoon Entertainment! Monday 4-20 Festival on the Interweb!

Weedmaps “Higher Together 2020”, Willie and Lukas Nelson host the Luck Reunion “Come and Toke It” on TwitchTV, the “Highstream 420 Festival” on youtube, Moonalice “Gathering of the Tribes” (shelter-in-place edition) on Facebook live, and more!

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Luck Presents: Come and Toke It! 4/20 at 4:20 PM with Willie and Lukas Nelson and Friends! Willie and Lukas telling jokes with Tommy Chong! Disco Biscuits concert!
Mike Tyson sez “Hapthy 4-20!” and OH NO! A 4-20 Party with Joey “CoCo” Diaz!
The Chambers Brothers on Full Moonalice!

Happy Four Twenty!
Jeff Bridges sings for Willie
On the interweb!

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8:30pm Well we were going to do stuff today, but maybe tomorrow instead.
Dogs are fed and they’ve been outside and now they’re laying down again.
And the coyotes are outside in the neighborhood tonight.

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Somebody in programming was paying attention.

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So, now it’s after midnight on Tuesday morning, around 12:30am

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CORONAVIRUS! Part 18 – Easter Weekend!

CORONAVIRUS! Part 18 – Easter Weekend!

Saturday, April 11, 2020 
Taking the day off from Blogging the TRUMP CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC crisis.
and It’s National Pet Day!

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National Pet Day! My Quarantine Buddies!

STAY HOME! – STAY HEALTHY!
DON’T PANIC! – REMAIN CALM!

AND GO WASH YOUR HANDS!

3:00pm – After we woke up last night, we were up most of the early AM. We finally fell asleep, but had to wake up for the dog’s morning feeding. Took care of that and went back to bed…. slept until about 11am. We are still very much on edge emotionally.

It’s a beautiful day here in the San Fernando Valley and we’re not going to worry about sh*t right now…. NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS FOR REAL!
There was a little something in the NY Times about Trump today……

Spent time in the backyard with the dogs and then totally cleaned and sterilized the kitchen. We ate leftover pizza around 5pm (call it lunch).
Fed and played with the dogs of course.

7:30pm One More Saturday Night! (started at 5:30pm, replay available on youtube)
Tonights concert: Dead&Co. 11-14-17 Madison Square Garden in NYC
Nugs is replaying Dead&Co concerts from the past every Saturday night as a Fundraiser for MusiCares COVID-19 Relief to aid musicians affected by the CoronaVirus Pandemic.

AND ANOTHER DAY IS DONE…. Hey Saturday Night!

8-9:00pm And then we joined a “ZOOM around the burn barrel”
with Professor Pickle (and a real burn barrel with real fire)
and two other peeps for an hour of Burner socializing online!
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That is us on ZOOM on Saturday night from the Home Office in Los Angeles.
And it was LIVE with human beings, and also fun and entertaining!
Our third ZOOM experience, so amazingly weird… wearing our burner hat.

NOTE: This is a whole new world of internet participation.
And so we are considering clearing our back desk and creating a scenic background.
Or just go with the virtual background (if we can figure out how to do that)?

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FACIAL COVERING IN PUBLIC IS MANDATORY NOW!

 

And we ate some of the leftover Chinese food for dinner around 11pm.

“Leftover pizza for lunch. Leftover Chinese food for dinner.
Leftover is the Jewish holiday that comes after Passover.”

DO THE FIVE – HELP STOP CORONAVIRUS!
1 – HANDS – Wash them often
2 – ELBOW (OR SLEEVE) – Cough into it
3 – FACE – Don’t touch it
4 – SPACE – Keep safe distance (6 feet or more)
5 – HOME – Stay home if you can (or if it’s mandatory)

Sunday, April 12, 2020 – HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY!

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Woke up at 3:30am, so we slept maybe an hour and a half, and now it’s 5:40am.
I HAVE RISEN! Did a little youtube viewing in the past 2 hours.
We were considering going to the Supermarket…
There is a list of stuff to get, but we have everything we need to go another day,
and the Supermarket will still be there tomorrow (most likely, but no longer 100%).
So, now the decision must be made…. and NO. We are not going today.
We will face the paranoia tomorrow or Tuesday morning and venture out later.
Today we will chill with the dogs again.

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“Conan the Barbarian” with Arnold was just starting this morning!
A film about killing false prophets…how appropriate.
And Conan gets crucified and resurrected too!

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Arnold as Conan the Barbarian

We also watched and HIGHLY RECOMMEND
the “Saturday Night Passover Seder”

THIS WAS INCREDIBLE!
You don’t have to be Jewish to love this.
Happy Passover everyone!

5:00pm – Recap the afternoon, shall we?
So, we played with dogs inside and outside.
We did a little “Spring cleaning” at the Home Office.
We did a little “gardening” outside too.
Yesterday was beautiful with blue skies.
Today was just overcast and “gray all day” in L.A.

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We had a toasted bagel with cream cheese, orange juice and an espresso for breakfast this morning, and we had a bite of leftover orange beef and a bite of brownie around 4pm.
And we are drinking another espresso while writing this with one dog at our feet and two asleep on the bed. Our big dog is hanging out somewhere else today.

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7:00pm We fell asleep with the dogs for an hour and a half.
Woke up and fed the dogs and took them outside.

Easter Dinner for one.
On The Menu: Leftover Chinese food (day 2) – Orange beef and fried rice with an iced espresso. And then we baked banana bread. Mmmmmm….Banana Bread!

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Leftover Chinese food (day 2) – Orange beef and fried rice

Baking and cooking is good for relaxation. It can be meditative too.
The Zen of Making! And the end result is the instant reward.

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Baking and Making Banana Bread!

Read the previous Blog Post “Baking Banana Bread” for the recipe and video!

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Mmmmm…. Warm Banana Bread!

The Easter Weekend Trifecta (a classic triple feature):

And the BEST EASTER FILM EVER:

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And….. “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life!”

Just a quick reminder:

DONALD TRUMP on
February 26, 2020:
“The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days
is going to be down to close to zero.”
and
“We’re going very substantially down, not up.”

March 9: “This blindsided the world.”

March 13: “I take no responsibility.” (YES HE REALLY SAID IT!)

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115000+ Reported Deaths as of Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:20am PST

EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

Trump was briefed about Coronavirus almost 3 months ago!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, and then chose to ignore and lie about it!
TOTAL FAILURE! Trump fired the NSC Pandemic Team in 2018!

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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?

THERE IS NO POSITIVE SPIN FOR A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND THE TOTAL FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH!
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES!

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HAPPY EASTER FROM OUR GANG!

Easter Egg Hunt Anyone?

And it’s 4-20 all month long! Happy Easter!

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“Nobody F*cks With The Jesus!”



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Help for Senior Citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carry A Spear in Public! – “Social Distancing” from the past

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

YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IS INFECTED!
YOU REALLY DO NOT KNOW! HAVE YOU BEEN TESTED?
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!
THERE WON’T BE MEDICAL CARE AVAILABLE!
STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY! DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS STAY HOME! CALL YOUR DOCTOR.

THIS IS NOT A HOAX! “DON’T BE AN A**HOLE!”
THIS VIRUS MAY KILL YOU OR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT!

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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

Best “Weekend Getaway” From Los Angeles?

Best “weekend getaway” from Los Angeles?

Here’s a Q&A from another saved draft. This is a Travel Blog.

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Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Q: My mom is coming to visit me in Venice for a week in April and we want to getaway! We’re looking for a destination to relax, hit up the spa, wine taste or have a great meal, do some boutique shopping, and maybe go for an easy hike? Since this will be for 1-2 nights, would like to keep it within 3 hours (one way). Out of all the amazing places, if you have to pick 1 destination for a visitor to see, what is the best destination for a weekend getaway from L.A. and why?

A: A fantastic Spa Weekend “Getaway” that meets your description can be experienced at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. It’s a beautiful full-service, luxury four star resort just north of Los Angeles with free self-parking.

The hotel has an amazing spa and pool facility with all the amenities. There’s fine dining on-site and in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Moorpark, Malibu or the Pacific Palisades (and the hotel also provides a shuttle that will take you to the beach).

Watch the sunset and enjoy a cocktail on the deck at Moonshadows Malibu or have an amazing $u$hi meal at Nobu Malibu. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the Saddle Peak Lodge, Cafe Firenze or one of the many fine restaurants nearby. We’ve heard about (and seen pictures of) the fabulous desserts at CHOCOLATINE Café French Pastries.

There is great easy hiking nearby in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. We recommend the Paramount Ranch (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” filming site), Malibu Creek State Park (“MASH” filming site) or Point Dume State Beach.

There are also some nice wineries to visit nearby: Malibu Wines, SIP Malibu, Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards, Cornell Winery & Tasting Room and others are open to the public.

Horseback riding, shopping of all kinds, beach activities, nightlife options and more are all available locally. The hotel also offers cooking classes, other educational programs and fun activities.

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Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Good hikes in LA or surrounding areas?

Q: I have done a few in Malibu and Hollywood but looking for more ideas!

A: A great place to hike in Los Angeles is the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills and other trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Park entry and parking are free! Topanga State Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Rocky Oaks Park, Stunt Ranch State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, Temescal Canyon Park and Point Dume State Beach all have great hiking. Entrance fees and parking vary by location.

To Paramount Ranch: Exit Kanan Rd off the 101 freeway, turn left towards the beach, just past Agoura Rd make a left on Cornell Rd and drive to the park entrance. Park near the Ranger Station and enter through the Western Town film location.

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Throwback Thursday! Four Seasons Westlake Village!

Throwback Thursday! Four Seasons Westlake Village!

Handmade chocolate truffles after lunch. Love the Four Seasons!

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Happy 4th of July Weekend! Celebrate Freedom & Liberty!

Happy 4th of July Weekend! Celebrate Freedom & Liberty!

USA! The United States of America!

USA! “Old Glory” The Flag of the United States of America!

On Saturday, the United States of America will celebrate its 239th birthday!

Have a safe holiday weekend!

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary! Wave that Flag!

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary! Wave that Flag! Wave it wide and high!

“Fare Thee Well” concerts in Chicago – July 3, 4 & 5

U.S. Blues 10-29-80 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uB_25Boz7o

The Wheel, I Need A Miracle, Uncle John’s Band from Farm Aid 1986 07-04-86 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL4ufp1JDUk

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Visitors Center - Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

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FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

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Happy Jerry Day!

Happy Fourth of July Weeekend! “Fare Thee Well” – not the Grateful Dead without Jerry!

Grateful Dead 9/18/1988 MSG, NYC set 1 complete >> JERRY. That’s all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIZbv-0BOCw

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia 1942-1995 RIP

Stay the Course (close up)

Stay the Course (close up)

 

St. Paul’s Reunion in San Francisco – June 2014

At last! Here’s the Blog about the St. Paul’s Reunion in San Francisco in June 2014!

Throwback Thursday! My post from last week was the St. Paul’s Reunion Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco. I realized that I never finished the Blog about the weekend gathering in the city of old friends from the Renaissance Faire.

The reunion was a year ago. The pictures needed to be posted and the story need to be told. Actually there are a lot more pictures, some have been seen here on my Blog before, others were previously posted on facebook and Twitter, and still others will remain hidden from the eyes of both friends and strangers alike. There’s also more to the story, but those sordid details will have to remain private to protect the innocent (and not so innocent).


First, a little history:

St. Paul's Ringout at the Renaissance Faire - Agoura 1983

Guild of St. Paul’s – Ringout at the Renaissance Faire – Agoura 1983

Once upon a time, back in the 1980’s, there were a group of friends who all worked at the Renaissance Faire and Dickens’ Christmas Faire. They were street actors and members of the Guild of St. Paul’s (the thieves’ guild) and their close friends. Eventually, many would join the CREW and/or find other gigs at the Faire, but the bonds of friendship built during the “Crazy 80s” always remained strong. Over the years, some of the members moved away, disappeared or died. And so it was that a reunion was planned for June of 2014 in San Francisco.

Castle St. Paul in Pig's Gulch - Agoura 1983

Castle St. Paul in Pig’s Gulch – Agoura 1983

Great weekend in San Francisco with old friends!

Highlights of the festivities included Lunch at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, Sushi Dinner in the Omakase Room at Yoshi’s, the “Pub Crawl” (Limo ride with stops at Smuggler’s Cove, Knuckles at the Wharf, the Pig & Whistle, and Tommy’s Joynt), Coffee at Sugar Cafe and a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s on Union.

Friends came from New York, Indiana, Delaware, Arizona, northern and southern California to attend this long overdue reunion of the Guild of St. Paul’s from the Renaissance Faire!

San Francisco Civic Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco Civic Center – San Francisco City Hall (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I drove into the city of San Francisco on a beautiful Saturday morning, and after a stop downtown at the Civic Center, the California Statue and United Nations Plaza, I headed for Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to meet my old friends.

California Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

California Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Saturday at Fisherman’s Wharf!

After spending time walking around Grosvernor’s Square and the Civic Center, I drove down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Probably the most touristy thing you can do on a Saturday in San Francisco! There was a lot of traffic and a lot of tourists. Oh, and PARKING SUCKS!!!

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

RANT!!! PARKING SUCKS! TRAFFIC SUCKS! Let me repeat: PARKING SUCKS!

There is a parking structure at Pier 39 but it costs a lot to park! They do have discounts and “first hour free” type offers on certain days. But, IT WILL TAKE YOU 30 MINUTES TO PARK and at least 30 MINUTES TO GET OUT OF THE PARKING STRUCTURE….SO DON’T DO IT! There is metered parking nearby and it costs a lot too. (~$4-8 per hour).  Park for free or for a reasonable rate far away and then take the trolley, bus or a shuttle.

p.s. There are huge crowds on weekends, visit midweek for a less crowded experience.

NOTE: Driving in San Francisco has gotten impossible! What’s with all the traffic and construction? People just stop and double park in lanes of traffic with cars behind them. Trucks double park and triple park to make deliveries. Pedestrians walk right in front of oncoming traffic and take their time crossing in front of cars. $10 per hour to park at meter? $30+ to park overnight? Just a driving nightmare, I don’t recommend it.


Meet at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf

After the parking experience, I walked down to Pier 39. The views of the city and the bay from the parking structure bridge were wonderful in all directions!

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 & Alcatraz Island - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf & Alcatraz Island – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

We met on Pier 39, and after 20+ years, at first, even in the “age of facebook”, it was a shock to see young friends grown old, in person.

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Late Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. at Pier 39

Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

We decided to get drinks at Bubba Gump’s, and after grabbing a couple tables in the bar, and avoiding the line of waiting tourists, Anchor Steam Beer and Maker’s Mark shots were consumed to begin the party! Soon, we were joined by more old friends, food and more drinks were ordered and consumed, friendships were renewed, and we made a few new friends with the restaurant’s staff.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Meeting up with old friends after 20+ years at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39

Lunch & Drinks at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Beer and Maker's Mark at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Beer and Maker’s Mark at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Getting Animated at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Making friends with our waiter at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waiter at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waitress at Bubba Gump's at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Making friends with our waitress at Bubba Gump’s at Pier 39 in San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Pier 39 – San Francisco

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Pier 3939 Pier, San Francisco CA 94124 415-781-4867

We walked back to the parking structure and found the car. As previously mentioned, it took forever to get out of the lot and it was really expensive to park for a short time! It is definitely another example of the City of San Francisco “fleecing the tourist” at every opportunity. We spent a few hundred dollars on lunch, drinks and souvenirs and then got taxed again on the way out!

Wyland at Pier 39 - San Francisco

Wyland at Pier 39 Parking Structure Bridge at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

View from Parking Structure Bridge at Pier 39 - San Francisco

View from Parking Structure Bridge at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

Coit Tower, TransAmerica Building and San Francisco

Coit Tower, TransAmerica Building & San Francisco Cityscape from Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf


As I mentioned previously, driving in the city is impossible, even for a native of Los Angeles  who has driven in the worst traffic imaginable. It took a really long time just to make a right turn out of Fisherman’s Wharf. There is no pedestrian or traffic control and there are just too many people and cars on a Saturday afternoon. I almost lost my mind trying to get to the hotel and then found a parking lot down the street, around the corner and down an alley near the hotel. After negotiating the “cash” rate with the attendant ($30 overnight – THAT’S CHEAP in SF!), I grabbed my bag and walked to the Hotel Beresford on Sutter, wondering if my car would still be there tomorrow.

Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

Hotel Beresford on Sutter – San Francisco

Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

Hotel Beresford – San Francisco

My friend made the reservations and I was invited to share the room, and to be honest I really had no previous experience or knowledge about the hotel.

We checked in, went up to the room, rested a little and then got ready for dinner at Yoshi’s and the “Pub Crawl” to follow. Requested (optional) dinner attire: wear a Hawaiian shirt!

Hotel Beresford  635 Sutter St, San Francisco CA 94102 415-673-9900

Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

Hotel Beresford –  Welcome to San Francisco!

The White Horse Restaurant & Pub at the Hotel Beresford - San Francisco

The White Horse Restaurant & Pub – San Francisco

We called for a cab and taxied over to the restaurant, another experience in San Francisco that’s different from anywhere else. You just put your life in someone else’s hands and hope you arrive at your destination.

Taxi!

Taxi POV! Put you life in someone else’s hands in the city of San Francisco…



As scheduled, the gang regrouped at Yoshi’s for dinner, and we were joined by more friends who hadn’t made it to the gathering at Pier 39. Dinner, drinks and dessert were enjoyed and a very good time was had by all.

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Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi's - San Francisco

Dinner in the glass Omakase Room at Yoshi’s – San Francisco

Dinner at Yoshi's in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Yoshi’s in S.F. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco 94115

NOTE: Yoshi’s in San Francisco is now CLOSED, Yoshi’s in Oakland is still open.



Limo and “Pub Crawl” – Saturday Night in San Francisco!

After dinner, there was a shiny stretch Limousine waiting for us outside the restaurant.

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Inside the Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

It was “close quarters” inside the limo but we all fit. The plan for the “Pub Crawl” was not mine. I was just along for the ride and it was great fun! The limo was fully stocked and had music and LED lights. It was like riding through the streets of San Francisco in a VIP booth filled with friends with bottle service at a trendy nightclub.

Map of St. Paul's Pub Crawl on 22 June 2014

Map of St. Paul’s Pub Crawl on 22 June 2014

Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Inside the Limo! Let the Pub Crawl begin!

Our first stop was the world famous Smuggler’s Cove! One of the best bars in America, or so they say, I couldn’t tell you because it’s a tiny 3 level Tiki bar that packs them in like sardines. It was still very early and light outside, but the place was absolutely filled with too many humans…and then they let all of us in too. We made our way to the bar, but a few of us just couldn’t hang with the lack of seating (due to injuries and old age) and a lack of personal space.

Smuggler’s Cove – 650 Gough St, San Francisco CA 94102 415-869-1900

Smuggler's Cove - San Francisco

Smuggler’s Cove – San Francisco

Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco

Very Crowded at Smuggler’s Cove (at the bar) – San Francisco

Another limo ride and we reached our second stop Knuckles at the Wharf, at the Hyatt. I’m told it’s a great sports bar, but it was pretty empty on Saturday night. We sat at a long table in the “dining area” and ordered drinks from the waiter. It was really nice to be able to talk with my old friends and catch up on the past 20 years (a little).

Knuckles at the Wharf – 555 North Point St, San Francisco CA 94133 415-486-4340

Knuckle's at the Wharf in San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf in San Francisco

Knuckle's at the Wharf - San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf (at the bar)  – San Francisco

Knuckle's at the Wharf - San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf – San Francisco

Knuckle's at the Wharf - San Francisco

Knuckles at the Wharf – San Francisco

Stoli on the Rocks with a lime

Stoli on the Rocks with a lime at Knuckles at the Wharf

After a round (or two) of cocktails, and some good fun, we called for the limo. We all agreed that Knuckles was very nice, but too nice for our purposes and so we instructed our Driver to take us to our next stop, the Pig & Whistle!

“Get in the Limo!” at Knuckles at the Wharf in San Francisco

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Inside the Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

The Pig & Whistle is a dark place with an English Pub theme and it was a perfect place for our third stop. We took command of a few tables and ordered the next round of drinks from our hippie waiter. We took a few group pictures and got a little bit “wild”. We were also forced to remind one of our friends PLEASE NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

The Pig & Whistle – 2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco CA 94118 415-885-4779

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle - San Francisco

The Pig & Whistle – San Francisco

Please, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

Please, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

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SERIOUSLY, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!

After more drinks and fun, around midnight we all climbed back in the limo and rode to our next stop. By this time, it seemed like we had been driving in circles all over the city and it turns out we had!

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! Our designated driver for the Pub Crawl

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Limo! The Pub Crawl continues!

Back in the Limo after drinks at the Pig & Whistle

Back in the Limo after more drinks at the Pig & Whistle

After dinner, drinks, three stops, and another limo ride we arrived at our fourth stop, Tommy’s Joynt! Late night-early morning drinks and food were on the menu. There’s a full bar on one side and an order & pickup restaurant on the other side of the main room. It’s pretty well known for it’s sandwiches and other tasty food and for being open very late.

We got our food and took over a few tables in the upstairs dining area. I had a meaty pastrami sandwich, which I remember was really good. We had some more fun and made a little trouble, but not so much as you’d notice…because we’ve all gotten old and mellow.

After a leisurely meal and some serious (drunk) conversation, we called for the limo and took a few more group pictures before stumbling back in to our rolling disco lounge.

Tommy’s Joynt – 1101 Geary Blvd, San Francisco CA 94109 415-775-4216

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt after midnight – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt (at the bar) after midnight – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt – the “carving station” from upstairs – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Tommy’s Joynt – San Francisco

Tommy's Joynt - San Francisco

Upstairs at Tommy’s Joynt – San Francisco

Best Pastrami Sandwich in San Francisco at Tommy's Joynt

Best Pastrami Sandwich in San Francisco at Tommy’s Joynt

Selfie with Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy's Joynt

Selfie with Pastrami Sandwich at Tommy’s Joynt

St. Paul's Reunion in San Francisco

St. Paul’s Reunion Saturday Night “Pub Crawl” in San Francisco – A good time was had by all!

Return to the Hotel Beresford

Limo back to the Hotel!

Limo back to the Hotel Beresford!

We dropped almost everyone off at their different hotels on the way back to the Hotel Beresford. We enjoyed the amenities and the space inside the limo as our friends departed along the way. I’m not sure exactly what time the rest of us finally got back to the hotel, but there was a lot of noise on the street from the crowd leaving the club and pub up the block. We paid and tipped our driver (who did a really great job running us all over the city on a Saturday night), collected our belongings and stumbled upstairs to our rooms. The street noise was clearly audible in our hotel room, but it didn’t matter.

Limo back to the Hotel!

Limo back to the Hotel Beresford!

And so a great time was had by all on our San Francisco Saturday night adventure. Everyone got home safe and just a little worse for wear. Good food was eaten and many drinks were imbibed. Our 30+ year friendship was renewed in person and there was much shared fun and mischief throughout the evening.

“May the Four Winds Blow Them Safely Home”  

NOTE: Missing friends were mentioned and remembered. Some are MIA, some were not able to make the reunion, and unfortunately others have passed on. The recent loss of a couple of our friends is one of the reasons this party was planned. Throughout the night, there were bittersweet moments as we toasted absent friends and friends we’ve lost.

The Guild of St. Paul's - Agoura 1982

The Guild of St. Paul’s – Agoura 1982


SUNDAY! SUNDAY! (the morning after)

Sunday morning I woke up too early! We packed our stuff and checked out of the hotel. I walked my bag back to my car, which was where I parked two blocks away at Cosmo and Ophir. I could have valet parked at the hotel for $27, but then you don’t know where they put your car. Our friends Erik and Sharon were late to brunch because they had to file a police report…the valet at a different hotel allegedly stole Erik’s Bluetooth from the car when he parked it.

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

On Sutter in San Francisco

Urban Blight! In the space of two blocks, I passed four or five seriously “homeless” people. Desperate, dirty, drug addicted and mentally damaged humans who now claim a piece of sidewalk as home. The walls along the major streets as well as the alleys were covered in graffiti and they were just dirty and littered with trash. It made me sad.

Graffiti in San Francisco

Urban blight! Graffiti tags on the (repainted) walls in San Francisco

Then we met up for Coffee and Espresso at Sugar Cafe, just up the street from the hotel, before getting a couple taxis to drive us to brunch.

Sugar Cafe - San Francisco

Sugar Cafe – San Francisco

Coffee and Strudel and Sugar Cafe in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Coffee and Strudel and Sugar Cafe in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Morning After! Coffee at Sugar Cafe

The Morning After! Coffee at Sugar Cafe in San Francisco

Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s

Perry's - San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union – San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco!

At 11:40am we all taxied over to Perry’s on Union for our Brunch reservation at noon.

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s (at the bar) in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Jones, Party of 10! We were taken to the back room and seated without waiting again. I brought a bottle of champagne to the reunion, and since we didn’t drink it in the limousine the night before, we brought it with us to the restaurant. There’s was a $15 corkage fee, and we spent another $12 on fresh squeezed orange juice in little teapots, so we all had MIMOSAS with brunch!

St. Paul's Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco June '14

St. Paul’s Reunion – Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco – June ’14

Champagne Brunch - Mimosas all around

Sunday Champagne Brunch at Perry’s on Union – Mimosas all around!

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

Sunday Brunch at Perry's in San Francisco

“The Bird” at Sunday Brunch at Perry’s in San Francisco

On The Menu: I had eggs benedict with their special bacon instead of ham/canadian bacon and shared a fruit plate with a couple friends. My brunch included potatos and I also ate one of my friend’s side of toast with butter and jam because they didn’t want it.

Egg's Benedict for Sunday Brunch at Perry's on Union in San Francisco

Eggs Benedict for Sunday Brunch at Perry’s on Union in San Francisco

Perry’s Restaurant – 1944 Union St, San Francisco CA 94123 415-922-9022

After Brunch we taxied back to the Hotel, said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. I walked over to The Pub on Sutter on the corner, had a beer and waited for the World Cup game to start.

Pub on the Corner - San Francisco

The Pub on Sutter on the corner – San Francisco

Pub on the Corner - San Francisco

Watching the World Cup at the Pub on Sutter on the corner – San Francisco

After the game I jumped in the car, made my way through traffic and drove out of the city and back south towards San Jose.

THE END!

THE END!

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Coachella? In 1982 it was called the US Festival

US Festival Lineup 1982

US Festival Lineup 1982*

It was called the US Festival in 1982, the lineup rocked

and a 3-Day General Admission ticket cost $37.50 plus service charge.

*Gang of Four was a late addition to Friday’s lineup and not shown.

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