Archive for October, 2005

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Maya Lin Addition Premieres at UCI

While taking advantage of a lot of unexpected free time I decided to drive down to UCI to check out the new Maya Lin sculpture.

The sculpture, which is placed in between the Theatre and the Arts Box Office and the Village, is comprised of a large black slab of marble with a “wave” type design etch into the top. Five granite rectangles

Rosa Parks: 1913-2005

Although this is not OC specific, the passing of Rosa Parks is worthy of mention.

Today’s Orange County Register has a photo of Ms. Parks taken in Yorba Linda.

Although I never met Ms. Parks, I did grow up in Alabama and I posted this story on my personal blog this morning:

One Sunday when I was growing up in Mobile, Alabama, my aunt was visiting from Los Angeles. As a treat, she gave my twin brother and me money to take the bus to go downtown to see a movie. And we got to go by ourselves.

When we got to the bus stop, we met two white boys who were also our age and twins as well. The four of us talked and got on the bus together and were enjoying each other as young boys will do. And we thought it was neat that we were two sets of twins who happened to meet each other at the bus stop.

My parents hadn’t taught my brother and me the “rules” of segregation, even though they weren’t legal rules of the day, but still so in some people’s memory. Clearly, the two other boys hadn’t been taught those rules either. However, an old man on the bus was upset that the four of us boys were sitting together and he had the driver stop the bus to ask my brother and me to move to the back of the bus.

It’s Still There

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I have to say: The wet and cloudy weather has rocked my world.

I’ve effectively hidden the fact that I once lived on the east coast and wintered in Maine and Massachusetts. I’ve become a California-weather-wimp and temperatures in the mid-60’s are now cold and I might even wear gloves when I go for a walk or a jog.

That being said, the beach is still there, and it is inviting.

I cocooned most of the past eight days and it was great to finally get out and enjoy the sand and fresh air. So, keep in mind: the beach is still there and we’re still OC’ers.

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Today while I was in an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) there were two guys talking about The Flying Spaghetti Monster . Me not wanting to be the guy to ask a stupid question googled it first and found this Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I was sucked in right off the start when I noticed it was an open letter to the Kansas School Board. Those of you who haven’t been following the goings on with Kansas they are one of a couple of states who wants to add Intelligent Design to their school curriculum.

Bobby Henderson saw this happening and decided that if they are going to point to Intelligent Design the creation of life then they better point to the correct methods of this design The Flying Spaghetti Monster.
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I know I know I could have made a better post more about Orange County for my first post but the story of The Flying Spaghetti Monster is way to good to pass up.

Moreno’s All Quacked Up

What’s this, the LALA Angels offering discounts for the LA Kings when the Ducks are just down the street!?!?

Hey, Arte if you want to claim your team belongs to Los Angeles, just pull up shop and move the damn team. The Register is reporting that season seat holders for the Angels received an e-mail that offered them 10% off tickets and a free Kings hat to see the LA Kings take on the their cross-town rivals the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Cross-town? The Ducks are freaking right up the street from Angel Stadium on Katella! How in heck could Arte get lost between the 5 Freeway and one stop light!

Well, we shouldn’t be surprised. The halos bombed out in the ALCS to the White Sox, Vladimir and the new additions failed to win one for the Caballero.

I guess when you drive by Staples Center and it says “Congratulations Angels, AL West Champions” and then the next add is “Season Seats on Sale for the Angels” Arte’s not aiming for the OC market, he wants the LA Market. I’m rooting for the Samuelis to get us an NBA team with an OC name (Anaheim preferably) and give the AEG group some competition up north.

OC Confidential: Law & Order in Early Orange County

My good friend Angela turned me on to the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society’s 2005 cemetery tour, “OC Confidential: Law & Order in Early Orange County“. It’s happening tomorrow, October 22,from 10am until 3pm at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Santa Ana Cemetery.

The guided walking tour will lead visitors through the cemeteries, past the graves of people who played an important roll in OC history. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children. Call 714-547-9645 or email tour@sahps.org for reservations or more information.

Seriously, what could be cooler than a cemetery tour this time of year?

OC Confidential: Law & Order in Early Orange County

My good friend Angela turned me on to the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society’s 2005 cemetery tour, “OC Confidential: Law & Order in Early Orange County“. It’s happening tomorrow, October 22,from 10am until 3pm at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Santa Ana Cemetery.

The guided walking tour will lead visitors through the cemeteries, past the graves of people who played an important roll in OC history. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children. Call 714-547-9645 or email tour@sahps.org for reservations or more information.

Seriously, what could be cooler than a cemetery tour this time of year?

I’m melting!

Wil beat me to tbe punch, but OC readers need to know that the Movieland Wax Museum, a Buena Park mainstay since 1962, is closing down on Halloween this year, October 31. Wil linked to the CBS story, and I’ll link to the piece in the OC Register.

I’ll be heading over there on Saturday – as an Orange County resident for more than 27 years, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been there. Until they close, tickets are only $5 – cheap!

Various goings-on…

When stuck without a single thing to write about, I like to pour several topics into the blender and digest it with a straw… Did I say “topics”? I meant “bottles of booze“…

And who wouldn’t be driven to drink with the new report about apartment priced in the OC? (He said, segueing in the way people used to segue back in the day before Segues…) The average rate for a two-bedroom is supposed to climb up to over $1,500/month! I’m guessing that’s not in my home town: Santa Ana. I’m guessing that’s probably south county. So, I gotta ask, what is with you south county people? Why doesn’t the entire county tilt as masses of people move north? (Maybe it does and that’s why people like south county so much…)

Before someone points out to me that they love south county because it’s so safe, let me assure you, I know. According to the OCRegister, Laguna Woods was rated California’s safest city. Why? I’m guessing it’s because no one can find it. Have you seen Laguna Woods recently? No? Well, neither have I! I’ve seen signs for it but that’s it. I’m leaning towards it being a myth. When I look up Laguna Woods on a map (such as Yahoo), I get an area that looks distinctly like the border of Alisa Viejo and Laguna Hills. Sorry, folks. Laguna Woods, and websites such as this one, is just another elaborate hoax perpetrated on us, like the moon landing, Compassionate Conservatism, and Non-Fat American Cheese – it just don’t exist!

Mind you, that only means more people in north county, and I’m out here in Anaheim, watching all of you fill up the 91 freeway. In case there was any doubt, the OCTA held a hearing on Monday about 91 freeway congestion and only 25 people attended.

The rest were stuck on the freeway!

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