Archive for September, 2006

Come have dinner with some Atheists!

atheism.jpgThe next meeting of the Orange County Atheists will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30pm at the International House of Pancakes at 18542 MacArthur Blvd in Irvine, near John Wayne Airport. A map to the location is available here. If you’re planning on attending please RSVP at our website forums. More information and discussion is available there as well.

If you consider yourself an atheist, an agnostic, a freethinker, a humanist, or are just curious, check out this month’s event. We’re always looking for new members, and want to hear what you have to say! More info is available at the Orange County Atheists website. Hope to see you there!

What do you think about this?


I posted about this on my personal blog and now is covering it. An artist named Bansky made a public political statement at the magic kingdom last week and the picture is finally making the rounds.

Most people go to Disneyland to escape reality but when you round the last corner of Thunder Mountain Railroad and you suddenly see an inflatable near life size Guantanamo Bay prisoner doll – reality has really smacked you in the face.

Was Bansky right in doing this or should his political statement have been made somewhere else?
I personally think the statement is one that should be made but Tom Sawyer’s Island probably would have been a better location or how about “It’s a Small World?”

What do you think?

9/11 The OC Remembers


Five years ago I woke up to hear Doc the Rock on KROQ 106.7 talking about how a plane just struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. There were no jokes, no comedy, for once they were serious. I was still half-asleep from staying up-late after studying for a midterm so it took a while for me to process what I was hearing. It wasn’t until I herd “Oh my” very loudly from the kitchen that I realized this was not an accident. I walked out just to see the second plane fly right behind the head of Aaron Brown on CNN and impact the second tower.

I can still remember it like it was yesterday.

Memorial services throughout Orange County can be found here

Even I Will Admit to Growing Old

Today I visited the City of Anaheim’s website, and was suprised to see a banner with the slogan for the upcoming yearlong celebration of the City’s 150th Anniversary.

Now, I know what they were trying to do. They were trying to pay homage to the city’s agrarian roots and put a modern twist on the old advertisements that graced wooden crates laden with the fruits of California’s rich soil. Many cities in Southern California, including of course Anaheim, got their start as farming communities. I get it, I really do.


Anaheim- Always Fresh and Never Grows Old


Is that the absolute best they could come up with? I tried to do a bit of research and find out how they had chosen this logo, but I found nothing. I don’t want to be ragging on something a fifth-grader came up with in a contest, but I’m fairly certain that isn’t how it was chosen.

That’s less-than-compelling advertising even for some oranges, much less a city marking such an important milestone.

Ah “Frank”ed!

It seems all was not well at the OC’s Paul Frank. A lot happend which caused thee Paul Frank to leave the company that he created.

Who is to blame: The Man or the Company?

Ships, Ahoy!

Tomorrow night beginning at 5pm, the tall ships enter Dana Point Harbor and begin a weekend of festivities dubbed the very corporate-sounding Toshiba Tall Ship Fesitival.

If you are even slightly interested in things nautical, this is not a bad way to spend a couple of hours over the weekend. From pirates to Polynesian dancers to tall ship tours, this festival has lots going on. The only caveat is that the parking at the Harbor sucks and you will have to take a shuttle from Salt Creek Beach Park.

But hey, what’s more romantic than watching a cannon battle at sunset?

Not Exactly a Place for a First Date, But…

We very recently discovered a little gem of a restaurant. And it is a testament to how much I like y’all that I will share it with you as it is already crowded enough.

Get thee to the Tulsa Rib Company in Orange, and pronto.

We went with a party of seven in all, each one of us ordering something different, and not one person was displeased with their meal, including the pickiest eater of all, me. And here you thought I was going to say my three year old, didn’t you? He highly recommends the corn dogs, by the way.

While most of the offerings are by no means “healthy” fare, it is damn good when you are looking to cheat a bit. Actually someone in our group did opt for a salad, and a hearty thumbs up was given, so it’s not like you will be choking down a horrible bowl of limp lettuce whilst everyone else is chowing on baby backs.

So, not a great place to bring a first date if you are looking to impress, but it might be just the ticket if you are on your second and hoping to avoid another. What with all the barbeque sauce you can easily drip all over yourself and the fact it is tucked into a strip mall with decor that could graciously be described as generic western, your date might cancel itself. Just be sure to avoid those heated towels to clean yourself off and you will be third-date free, with a great meal as a bonus.

Bolsa Chica Update (2)

I returned to Bolsa Chica Monday and, after sleeping on it, am ready to express a little relief.  For those not keeping track, the “>Bolsa Chica Wetlands Restoration project reached an important milestone a few days ago: the wetlands were joined with the Pacific for the first time in over a hundred years in the early morning hours of August 24th. I’ve been a little leery of the short term impact of the project. Indeed, I skipped my Saturday morning surfing trip to Bolsa Chica following the breeching of the levee that kept the wetlands and the Pacific separated and was out of town last weekend. By Tuesday, however, I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms (easily agitated, snapping at the Wife and the Daughter) so I took the day off and went surfing at my usual spot at Bolsa Chica. Each year the start of school year accomplishes what my dire warnings can’t: it clears the beach. When I arrived there were two other surfers off the 100 yard stretch of beach I usually frequent — as opposed to nearly a hundred in the late morning on a typical summer weekend.

False Advertising

So there we were at the Edwards Anaheim Hills, waiting to see “The Illusionist” with Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. I was excited because we actually had some babysitting and were out for an afternoon on the town.

We get our tickets and walk into the appropriate theater.

Except, wait! I thought these new theaters had all stadium seating throughout!

Nope, we are stuck with the shitty regular seat theater, where I had to crane a bit to see around the puffy hair of the lady in front of me. Amazing how pampered we have become with those seats. I mean, for most of my life I dealt with the “old” style seating just fine. Now, I think my expectations are just too high. Once you are used to the stadium seating, you can never go back.

And, a side note to the woman who sat one chair away from me and ate noisily for a minimum 92 minutes of a 102-minute movie, including the credits. Honey, just because you are eating that whole tub of popcorn and the entire bag of M&M’s in the dark doesn’t mean they don’t count.

Hanging out at the Street Fair

This morning’s Register had an odd combination of articles: The OC’s very own member of Al Queda and Rick Warren (A very odd combonation, indeed. I made my own personal observation on my blog).


After seeing this I needed a beer to figure out the political and religous implications of the two so I decided to go to the Street Fair. Since I decided to go in the middle of the day, on a 100+ degree day, I didn’t stay for long. Thanks to the Swedes for a really great beer, I never got the name of it but it sure did hit the spot. Thanks also to the El Modena track team for their Chicken Quesadea on Mexican Street.

I briefly said hi to Ryan Gene Williams over at the Republican Party tent and welcomed him to the blogging world. From there it was over the the busy Democratic Club of Central Orange County Tent where they were handing out fans that said “I’m a fan of Cool Democrats.” The Democratic fans out numbered the Republican fans by two to one. That might be a good indication of the election this fall.


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