Archive for April, 2009

Long Beach Grand Prix!!

Dave Goes!!!!

Dave Goes!!!!

It's a beautiful day for a race.

It's a beautiful day for a race.

“Gentlemen, start your engines!”
These, as they say, are the most famous words in motorsports. Last weekend, we heard that phrase five different times as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach hit the streets of a city that might as well be in (and some L.A. folks wish it was in) Orange County.

Many race fans feel that the Grand Prix of Long Beach [GPLB] is one of the most fun race weekends we have here in the US to attend. Want proof?? Follow after the jump and I’ll show you! (more…)

The Rise of Politweets

Gavin Newsom is running for Governor. He made the announcement via Twitter. He’s got my vote! I know this is incredibly immature and completely inane but let’s face facts: Gavin is easy on the eyes. Not a (good) reason to vote for him but I think of it as an added bonus.

Earth Day OC: Honda Giving Away a Free Insight Today

Where else but at the Honda Center of Anaheim, of course.

The event is being held from 10am to 2pm, and includes all kinds of freebies, such as food from Togo’s, Oggi’s Pizza, and Pepsi.

You have to register in person for the free car, but you don’t have to be present to win! The drawing will be held today at 2pm. Hurry! You can totally make it there on your lunch hour!

And if you win the car, I fully expect at least one ride.

It’s FREEEEEEE!!!!! Ben & Jerry’s Edition!

Today is Free Cone Day st Ben & Jerry’s!

Sorry for the late posting, I can’t believe I missed this one.

Check the link above for participating locations and go get your free cone from 12 noon until 8pm.

GO! What are you waiting for?!?
Looks like the ONLY option we have in Orange County is at The District in Tustin/Irvine. Lame B&J. We like hippies too!

Grab your suits kids, its hot so were going to….

The Irvine Spectrum Center!?!?
There must have been 25 kids playing in the fountains by Target. And the parents packed for this. What’s up with this trend? No more community pools or the beach? Let’s take the kids to the closest outdoor mall and let them play in the water features. In talking with surrounding shop workers, it is a daily thing, and the main destination at the mall. I just don’t get it.
Even more baffling, the Spectrum center posts rules for the fountains. It doesn’t say which fountains though, I checked.
I think I may have to to wade in the main one hot day soon, or just walk through the middle of it, as long as I have proper footware.

Yay, it’s officially beach weather!

Hey all, hope you had the opportunity to do what the husband and I got to do today … go to the beach! I sincerely hope if you were not able to hit the beach that you spent the day outside, in some way. It was fantastic, crystal clear with a breeze. Well, it wasn’t perfect everywhere. On our way to Crystal Cove State Beach the temperature hit 99 degrees on Laguna Canyon Road, by the dog park. Seriously. However, once we pulled into the CC parking lot the temperature dropped 20 degrees. No kidding. Here’s my view. 1st-day-at-the-beach

With the temperatures more like July, the beach was packed with people as was PCH and Laguna Canyon Rd. Going home was pretty close to summer traffic levels. Even a little traffic couldn’t get us down today since there was a bottle of chilled Chardonnay and ceviche  awaiting us in the fridge upon our return home!

As the husband said “I give today a nine out of 10.” “Why not a 10 out of 10?” I asked. “Well, it was a little too breezy and the water was really cold*.” I’ll take a nine out of 10 pretty much anytime. 


* I agree with all of you that are saying the water is always cold. I’m an East Coaster (actually, we both are) who is still used to those warm Atlantic waters, especially in late summer, thanks to the Gulf Stream.

17 Again

The wife and I spent an evening at Anaheim Garden Walk and took in a show while we were there. 17 Again was on on the menu and it went down like sparkling orange soda pop – all smooth and fizzy with a sweet aftertaste. This Zefron vehicle is better than expected but never really soars beyond the contrived confines of its plot device. And oh what a tired plot device it was. We’ve seen variations on the body-swapping (sounds kinky doesn’t it) concept over and over and over again. At least the film touched on a version of the retread that hasn’t been done before. Think of it as Big or 13 Going on 30, only in reverse.

There was possibility in this movie and there were chances to be taken. Sadly most of them were left untouched. Zac Efron, doing his best manic Matthew Perry impression, was likable, lickable and just north of serviceable as an actor. Not bad at all. Considering the fact that he was literally upstaged by his own armpit hair on two separate occasions, it’s amazing he pulled it off at all. If you think I am kidding about the pit hair let me assure you I am not. It’s a dark and mysterious tangle of distraction – so noticeable as to illicit several “eeeeeeeeeeeews” and gasps from the audience. I shit you not.

Armpits aside, I wish I could say the same nice(ish) things for the supporting cast, which sometimes acted like they were in a different movie altogether. The brilliant but horrifically miscast Thomas Lennon as the lead’s best friend brought down the house – the same house that Zac Efron and Leslie Mann were both so desperately trying to prop up. What should have been a genuine portrayal was weird and and off-putting. Not only was the wacky best friend schtick distracting it was also just plain wrong.

Still, despite all it’s flaws, 17 Again manages to be warm, occasionally genuine and a benign pleasure. You’ll watch it, enjoy it and promptly forget about it. What you won’t forget however, is the film’s star. He’s going to be around for many years to come. Whether that’s a blessing or a curse has yet to be decided.

The Orange County Perspective: Residents of our fair county will enjoy the tropical SoCal setting (hellooooooooooo Santa Monica) and persistent shirtlessness of Disneyland golden boy Zac Efron. Also, the grotesque display of consumer youth culture should really hit home for all you Newport Beach types. Just put it on my black American Express card please…

17 Again is currently showing at all major OC theaters: Edwards/Regal, AMC, Century, The Movie Experience and Krikorian

Trailer after the jump…

Tea Parties, Where the Fringe Comes to Play

If you’d like, go ahead and visit the picture slideshow at the OC Register of some of the various “Tea Parties” held at various locations throughout Orange County.

I’d like to point out that the vast majority of protesters were white and elderly.

Which would explain why they were completely unaware of what the term “teabagging” means.

What puzzles me is that the events were billed as “non-partisan” gatherings against government spending and high taxes.

So why the signs against Barack Obama? Why the signs saying that this is the USA, not the USSR, which is a large statement of the obvious, if you ask me. Is that supposed to be some oblique nod to socialism? Or communism? Or was the man just really, really confused?

Because I want to tell him that he looks old enough to collect Medicare, and if that ain’t a program that smacks loudly of socialism, I don’t know what is. Yet, I guarantee you there is no way in hell he would willingly give up his Medicare coverage.

So, all you people over 65 at these protests that are eligible to collect Medicare benefits, I call upon you to put your money (and my money, too!) where your mouth is and make the most patriotic anti-tax move of all.

Give up your Medicare.

Then ALL of our taxes will go down.

But, that will be a cold day in hell before that happens, won’t it?

Corona del Mar High School Sucks


Queerty picked up a story about how Orange County’s Corona del Mar High School has banned ‘Gay Characters’ in the Drama Department.


With all the shiz that is going on around the globe why are we obsessing over irrelevant crap like banning a play that features gay people when we should be obsessing over the x-rated pictures of Marlon Brando sucking a big uncut wang that just leaked. Obviously the link is NSFW.

Let them put on their play. Sheesh. Can’t we all just get along?

What a Purpose Driven Tool

Our esteemed friend David Markland up at the LA Metroblog was so kind as to create this video of Saddleback ass-hat Pastor Rick Warren making, well, and ass out of himself.


Essentially, the man has no credibility – and his goatee is just so delicious! Yummy (with a spoon)! In case you think David took the comments out of context here’s a link to the unedited Larry King segment and a link to Warren’s original statement on his site.

Dear Saddleback members: It’s time to put a muzzle on your mouthpiece. It’s YOUR church and YOU have the power to shut him up… or fire him… or boycott his church and all it’s related services. So many of his church members (ahem, that includes you Dave Share) tell me they don’t support his stance on this. If that’s true then I think it’s time to send him a message of love and tolerance by finding a new church. I know people disagree with me on some of my ideas about organized religion and the like. I am not saying don’t go to church, I am just saying put your money where your mouth is and go to a different one.

/end rant

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