Archive for May, 2007

What’s wrong with this picture?

Hint: It’s on the westbound 22 Freeway.

Drive-in Fun at Fairgrounds Tonight

Damn it, why didn’t the newspapers tell me about this like, last week so that I could plan?

Starting tonight and with plans to run through the summer and hopefully beyond, there will be a drive-in movie showing at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Using an inflatable screen, people will be able to watch “Shrek the Third” from the comfort(?) of their cars at around 8pm tonight.

And listen, if you are too young to remember going to drive-in movies as a kid, you should experience it at least once.

“Click it or Ticket”

A special law enforcement program called “Click it or Ticket” is going to start cracking down on people who don’t wear a seatbelt.

I mean, what’s with people that don’t use one? What is the big deal about taking two seconds to buckle the strap and protect yourself from being ejected out of your car if you get into an accident? Or even worse, a lower level accident that sets off your car’s airbag system. Let me tell you, I have had one of those things explode in my face, and you want your body to be as far away from it as possible, not bouncing around the cabin because you aren’t strapped in.

What kills me the most is when I see kids bopping around the backseat without being properly restrained. You will now recieve a hefty fine and a “point” on your record if you don’t put the kiddos in their carseats. And rightly so.

The cities that are conducting the program are: Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fullerton, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster and Yorba Linda.

CityFacts: Dana Point

The city of Dana Point was incorporated in 1989.

It was named after an author and lawyer named Henry Dana. His book Two Years Before the Mast describes his nautical journey around Cape Horn. I have never heard of him or the book before today.

Dana Point Harbor started out as a natural harbor, but has been greatly altered by, you guessed it, people.

Dana Point considers itself the halfway point between San Diego and LA.

The water quality of Doheny State Beach is listed as one of the ten worst in California by Heal the Bay.

Dana Point has two large festivals, the Tall Ship Festival and the Festival of Whales.

People were surfing in what is now Dana Point as early as the 1920’s.

Dana Point’s City Motto, chosen in contest sponsored in 2005 is “Harboring the Good Life.” I’m not impressed. For some reason it reminds me of “harboring a fugitive.”

It’s Freeeeee! Part IX

Today from 4pm to 8pm is free New Flavor Day at your nearest Haagen-Daz store. Try a scoop of some cinnamon dulce de leche or sticky toffee pudding for nada.

A Useless Boycott

I’d gotten a few emails last week proclaiming today some sort of “gas boycott” day. It urged me to not buy gas today, because THAT would teach those nasty gas stations and oil companies to stop charging us an arm and a leg for a gallon of gas.


Isn’t it rather pathetic that our dependence on gasoline is so great that we can only muster some sort of pitiful one day protest? Now, if we were to agree to severely curtail our gas usage for a month or two, now perhaps we might get their attention. But here in Orange County and SoCal in general, we are generally extremely dependent on our cars, and they know it.

How’s about a law from Congress that sets a bar of at least 25 MPG for every car manufactured? How’s about people stop driving those Hummers and Escalades that are essentially a big middle finger to the thought of conserving gasoline? How’s about people try to live where they work instead of making 100+ mile trips every day?

That MIGHT be a start.

Beat the gas price blues!

ibikedbuttonI needed to fill up the ol’ Hyundai today, and got a spot at the “cheap” station near my house – and paid $3.399/gallon for the privilege. It shouldn’t ever take $48 to fill a Hyundai. Ever.

What can we do about it? For starters, it’s Bike to Work Week! California Bicycle Commute has information, as does the OCTA. They’ll even give you prizes if you commit to riding at least one day this week.

I’m a prime candidate to ride to work (I bought my house 1.5 miles from my office), but I hate the idea of spending the first 20 or so minutes here in sweatiness. I’m sure my coworkers would hate it, too. But I might see about doing it Friday – you should too!

Chapman: OC’s Newest Happy Haunting Grounds

This article in the LA Times about what is termed a “mini-graveyard” at Chapman University and other institutions of higher learning caught me by surprise. Chapman even allows your beloved pet to be interred with you for all of eternity.

I might think about storing my ashes at my alma mater, provided I can haunt the crappy professors.

My Mac Can Go Truck Itself

Andy Bussell is still living in his truck, is still a student at CSFU, is still famous and still works at the Genius Bar inside the Apple Store. This is not a new news story. It’s been widely reported by media outlets over the last year. However, The Register recently ran an update on Andy’s unique situation.

The article makes for some good human-interest reading. Andy is also an accomplished blogger (gotruckyourself) and that too makes for some good reading. In fact, he’s an OC resident just like we are right? Why doesn’t he blog for us? That would be a fascinating addition to our (sometimes) paltry entries. But I digress…

Andy, as it turns out, is more familiar than you are with the reasons why I haven’t posted a whole helluva lot lately – even if he doesn’t know it. You see, I bought a new computer: A sexy attractive shiny fully loaded custom configured Mac Mini. I swear to you I had enough RAM jammed in the thing to choke a baby whale. Hot stuff! Hotter than my now antique iMac, one of those great old sunflower shaped dealies that I loved but no one else did.

Then, with a fizzle rather than a bang, my swishy and chic new computer died a sad and painful death. It was Mr Bussell who delivered me the heartbreaking news that my logic board (and computer as a whole) were about as worthless as a steaming pile of cow plop. The Mini would have to be shipped back to Cupertino (or Sunnyvale or wherever the hell Apple has their distribution center) to be exchanged. It seems custom configured computers can’t be exchanged in the store. Damn it. Thanks Andy. I know I am not supposed to kill the messenger but I was shooting him daggers anyway.

In reality he was very nice about the whole mess and actually pretty helpful. Does truck-living improve one’s customer service skills? Maybe so. It must be that humble lifestyle and all. In a week or so, I’ll have yet another new computer and you’ll be seeing more posts from me – till then I will post when, where and if I can.

By the way, any negative comments about my choice of personal computers will be completely ignored. So there!

Seal Beach Kite Festival

Don’t have any plans tomorrow? Or if you do, your afternoon is still free?

Check out the Mother’s Day Kite Fly at Seal Beach, by the pier. You could even bring a picnic lunch and make a day out of it.

Call (562) 596-7661 or (562) 431-1746 for more information.

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