Archive for April, 2007

Use Your Coupons This Summer

Do you have visitors coming to see you this summer? Or perhaps a long break with the kids stretches before you with vast amounts of unfilled time?

Why not take advantage of the Orange County Entertainment Book? The company that produces them has marked them down to half off for the month of April. Go here to check out some of the discounts they offer. You will pay five dollars for shipping, but it’s still a good deal.

I have bought one of these before, and it paid for itself after only a couple of months, even though I bought it at full price for a fundraiser. I’m eyeing the two-for-one admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

OC Sheriff’s Department Weekend Checkpoint

From the woefully designed OC Sheriff’s site (PDF Warning):

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting DUI roving patrols in the Cities of Dana Point, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, on Friday, April 13, 2007. The hours will be from 7:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. The Tri-City DUI teams will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI related arrests and collisions. These roving DUI patrols and checkpoints, scheduled for a later date are part of a grant the Sheriff’s Department received from the State of California Office of Traffic Safety.

Drive safe out there this weekend, folks!

You know who I don’t like? Lucille Kring.

I know it’s not breaking news but this whole business where Krazy Kring (that’s what we call her in our house) abstained from voting on the Resort zoning issue just sucks. Now the City of Anaheim is caught up in a lawsuit. Thanks Lucile.

She has no problem saying how “heartbreaking” the situation is but then follows up by excusing herself from voting. She was quoted in the OC Register as saying she was in favor of the housing units and “was annoyed” about not being able to vote. Seems like a cop-out to me.

It was just last November that her solution to the housing crisis was to “raze outdated strip malls”. How that would help with affordable housing in Anaheim was never really explained. Cuckoo!

The numbers just don’t add up with her. It seems as if she is all over the board. She flip flops on the Anaheim housing issue so much that I can no longer keep track of where she stands on what and why. So to that end, I just ignore her altogether. It’s not the best solution, but as a stopgap against political schizophrenia it’ll have to do.

Anaheim places a wager with the Mayor of St.Paul

Tonight the Anaheim Ducks take to the ice in the first round of the NHL Playoffs at the “H-Pond” (AKA the Honda Center).

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle waged a bet with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, where if the Ducks win Mayor Coleman will have to display an Anaheim 150th Orange Tree and a Anaheim 150th Orange Crate with 150 Oranges in his office. If the Wild win, Anaheim will have to display candy from Pearson’s Candy Co. on Mayor Pringle’s desk.

The Puck drops at 7:30pm PST in Anaheim.

CityFacts: Costa Mesa

Our next candidate for examination is the city of Costa Mesa, which became part of Orange County in 1953.

The town was originally known as “Harper” and had its beginnings as a railroad stop. The name was changed in 1920.

“Costa Mesa” is “coastal tableland” in Spanish, although not a centimeter of Costa Mesa touches the beach.

Apparently not satisfied with having South Coast Plaza, which generates over a billion in revenue a year, according to Wikipedia Costa Mesa is also well known for having a glut of pet supply stores. Really?

They currently have in place a controversial approach to screening illegal immigrants who enter the jail system.

It is home to the OC Fairgrounds and thus, the Orange County Fair.

The Estancia Adobe, a historical landmark, and its surrounding five acres was donated to the city by the Segerstrom family.

And last but not least, the city slogan is “City of the Arts.” Since they house the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the South Coast Repertory Theater, the Pacific Ampitheater and the regional symphony, they certainly have the best claim.

Come hang out with the Orange County Atheists!

The next meeting of the Orange County Atheists will be held Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30PM at the International House of Pancakes at 18542 MacArthur Blvd in Irvine.

If you consider yourself an atheist, an agnostic, a freethinker, a humanist, or are just curious, check out this month’s event. If you’re planning on attending please RSVP at our website forums. Hope to see you there!


I was on my way to my sister’s house in HB. It was just my son and I since my husband was feelling ill. A likely excuse, I know, but that’s what he told me and a marriage is supposed to be based on trust. Right?

Anyhoo, I got into the carpool lane as soon as it began on the 55, and I could not believe my eyes. Miles of lane stretched out before me with NO ONE IN FRONT OF ME.

And so, with hesitation, I pushed that magical button on the dashboard of my Honda. That little button that lights up green that hasn’t been used in years. I mean that literally.

Yup, I put the cruise control on!

At first, my car didn’t know what to do with itself. The cruise control, as I mentioned, doesn’t get used often. But, after we both got used to it, it felt niiiiice. I almost cried when we got to the place where the 5 merges, but it was beautiful while it lasted.

Happy Freakin’ Easter

Question: What’s a person in OC to do when they don’t celebrate Easter?

Answer: Not a whole helluva lot.

Most general merchandise and soft goods retailers are closed, and I’d venture to say a large majority of restaurants are closed too.

Interestingly enough, The Block was hopping (pun intended). Strange, they are closed on New Year’s Eve but open on Easter. I swear they need to make up their damn minds!

So? What did you do to celebrate the holiday? Or do you even celebrate? I don’t, and apparently neither do my neighbors. There are two rather swinging parties in my complex at the moment, not to be outdone by the people on the first floor having some really really loud sex — with the window open no less — and I swear I hear three voices. Nothing says, ” a mythical figure has died for my sins and risen from the dead” like a white-trash menage a trios.

The glory of Easter indeed.

Cheap Eats: Yogurt Land

Oh the joy that Pink Berry hath wrought. Yogurt Land — or Fake Berry as I like to call it — is a direct knock off of the delight (or distaste depending on who you ask) that is Pink Berry. It’s cheaper, less trendy and quite busy.

It’s simple economics. If you don’t meet the demand of your consumer, some other entrepreneur will come along and offer the same thing to the masses at lower prices. Where Pink Berry fails in its expansion and franchise opportunities, Yogurt Land is apparently succeeding.

Their concept is simple. Take some tasty low-cal, non-fat, low-sugar frozen yogurt and offer a variety of fresh toppings to adorn it. It’s all self-serve with a wide assortment of flavors and the low price of just thirty cents an ounce. If you forget the price, you’ll find it plastered across the front of every employee’s t-shirt.

Take care on the patio out front, as you usually have to climb over heaps of loafing students strewn carelessly about in a coffee and nicotine induced stupor. The Fullerton location is always hopping and is adjacent to a really slackery Starbucks and a (struggling?) Baskin Robbins.

The interior takes quite a bit of abuse but the setting is not the main attraction. The yogurt is what you see people lining up for. My favorite is the tart plain yogurt topped with freshly sliced kiwi. This is college food and it’s better than ramen. Sure, it’s not exactly healthy but it’s not exactly unhealthy either. A look at the nutritional content (picture after the jump) reveals the yogurt is approximately 18 calories per ounce.

Yogurt Land is located at 501 N State College Blvd, Ste C, Fullerton CA, 92831. It is open 10am to Midnight (12:30 am Friday and Saturday), seven days a week. Two huge cups of yogurt with lots of toppings will cost you around ten dollars.

Do you know some yummy cheap places to eat in Orange County? Let’s spread the savings around a bit! Thanks to reader Jane for recommending my trip to Yogurt Land.

CityFacts: Buena Park

Buena Park, known in Orange County as the home of “that other theme park” was incorporated in 1953.

Did you know that Buena Park is home to one of only 13 special Library Districts in the state of California? Unlike most libraries, which require residence in the city of the library’s location, anyone who is a resident of California can apply for a card. You can even go here to do so online.

The library also happens to be a US Passport Acceptance Agency for the U.S. Department of State.

It seems that nobody cares enough to ask anything about Buena Park, because when you go to the City website and click on FAQ’s, this is what you get.

I have personally witnessed people willing to wait over an hour in line for a Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner.

The outcome of the Mexican-American war was settled here.

And the motto? “Center of The Southland” which actually works on many levels. I like it.

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