Archive for August, 2007

Yet Another Reason I Really Need to Switch Banks

An Orange County woman was locked inside her local Bank of America branch.

Yup, the elderly lady had requested to view the contents of her safety deposit box and the employees just plain forgot she was there. They closed the bank for the day, and left her there, probably wondering why all the lights had gone out.

She was only saved due to the cleaning crew discovering her on the floor, as she was possibly in a diabetic coma.

And these are the people I am trusting with my money? Sheesh.

Enough Already

With the darn heat.

You know it’s bad when it isn’t even cool at the beach unless you are in the water up to your waist. And maybe not even then.

Chimayo: A Lot of Money, But Worth It

We had brunch at Chimayo at the Beach in Huntington Beach yesterday. Chimayo tends to be the ugly stepsister in the relationship with Duke’s. I’d eaten at Duke’s a few times (who can resist that view?) and thought it was ok. The prices inflated, but again, that view!

Chimayo is downstairs, and you can sit on the patio mere feet away from the sand. They don’t serve a brunch buffet, as do many restaurants, but they have a brunch menu. I have to say I was a bit skeptical of the prices. Twenty eight bucks for a flat iron steak? But hey, I wasn’t footing the bill, so I went ahead and ordered their three course brunch for thirty two dollars.

I was expecting a rip-off because we all know that restaurants with certain locations can get away with quite a lot. But, I was very pleasantly surprised, as was everyone in our large party. Nobody felt they got something bad, and we were all happy with our individual choices.

And really, they have the most killer Brioche French Toast I have ever tasted, with your choice of maple or chocolate syrup. And for fourteen bucks, (it comes with sausage or bacon) it’s by far the best deal on the beach.

Gina gives Chimayo four out of five oranges!

Secret Spot Morning Report

I’ve been away from the water for a while due primarily to the recent turmoil in my personal life. In the last few weeks, though, I’ve returned to the water. Bolsa Chica has grown even more crowded than usual, so I haven’t surfed there much this year. (Clearly, my earlier admonitions — here and here — had little effect. ) Instead I’ve been going to … never mind. No need to draw attention to the new “secret spot” else half of Orange County might follow. Not that the surf was that good this morning. Indeed, there were a few occasional knee high sets interspersed with long periods of near glassy conditions. The highlight of the day was when one of my buddies caught the “wave of the day”, slipped as he attempted to stand and ended up nearly doing a face plant on his longboard. Seeing this I laughed so hard that I missed the next best “wave of the day” that rolled in right behind it. But it is a treat to surf until 10 am with only a small handful of other surfers within 100 yards.

Driving home I passed Bolsa Chica and I was surprised to find the place at nearly 80% capacity (based upon the number of occupied parking spaces). Feel like hitting the beach? Head on down to Bolsa Chica, there may be a little room left.

First It’s the Rats, Now It’s Oysters

According to the LA Times, the Orange County Health Care Agency has issued a warning for people seeking to ignite their libido via mollusk this weekend.

Ok, well, they didn’t exactly put it that way, but go here for the article.

In short, stay away from the oysters!

Always looking for the silver lining.

It was just being discussed at my place of work, that Anaheim should feel no shame in the recent Angel Stadium rat crisis. Why? Because the Angels are a Los Angeles team now. =) So really, it’s LA that should be hanging their halos in disgrace. Whew! Orange County can rest easy.

There’s A Rat in the Kitchen, What I’ma Gonna Do?*

Because I think it’s kind of important and because I will be visiting Angel Stadium for the upcoming Yankees series, I wish to point out that Angel Stadium is now going to hire night crews to clean up all the trash directly after the games instead of leaving it all there for 12+ hours.

Well, duh.

And while I think their goal of having no violations is a good one, why did it change only after all the publicity and deserved outrage?

I suppose I should be glad that things will hopefully get better, but it makes me feel jaded that their fans weren’t important enough to make it a priority from the day they received their first violation.

*Please tell me you know what song this is. A hundred points for the person who names the band!

August Meeting of the Orange County Atheists

The next meeting of the Orange County Atheists will be held Tonight, August 8 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!

Google Street View in the OC

Google’s Street View is finally available in parts of Orange County! So far, the coverage includes parts of Anaheim and Orange around Disneyland and the Block, most of the 405, 5 and 22, the Irvine/Tustin Marketplace, Beach Blvd from the 405 to the coast, some of PCH, parts of Newport, and parts of Laguna Beach. Enjoy, and let me know if you find anything interesting!

KBF: Please let it be true!

The New York Post is reporting that Cedar Fair is shopping their wares for a corporate takeover. Interestingly enough Reuters then reported that Cedar Fair is denying any talks of said takeover. I don’t buy it. The story didn’t just write itself.

In my opinion, any change in the way Knott’s Berry Farm is being managed would be a good one. I know the Post reported about a management rider, but it still allowed for a glimmer of hope. You see, I have been sitting on a half-written Sierra Sidewinder post more than a month now. Every time I try to write about it, I get all caught up in a tangent about how Cedar Fair is driving Walter and Cordelia’s creation into the ground.

For the love of Snoopy please let them stop knocking down parts of Ghost Town to build even more coasters. It’s really starting to piss me off. As Magic Mountain can attest, it’s actually not a good business plan. Any moron can slap a cookie cutter off-the-shelf coaster on patch of land but it takes nuance and craft to tell a story. I would like to challenge the retards in charge of attraction planning at the aging park to build a family e-ticket. You know, like the attractions the park used to build? Remember those?

I better stop before I wander too far off the beaten path. The point is the barbarians are at the gate and nothing could make me happier. Change is good and in Knott’s Berry Farm’s case, it’s an imperative.

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