Archive for June, 2009

Some Residents of Santa Ana Bearish on Scavengers


In an interesting article in the LA Times today, Tony Barboza writes about some residents in the Wilshire Square area of Santa Ana being fed up with people going through their recycle bins.

So much so that they have signed up for a city program that provides them with containers originally built to withstand scavenging bears. Except the locks didn’t quite hold up to bears, but they’re hoping they will withstand a homeless person or two.

Resident Paula Faccou is quoted as saying:

“It just scared the living heck out of me,” said the 67-year-old retiree. “A complete stranger, standing outside. It was very brazen, and that’s pushing it too much. They have told me, ‘What’s your problem, lady? It’s just trash,’ but I pay for trash service. . . . I should decide where it goes.”

I have to say I’m ambivalent about the issue. I’m not sure that I’m cool with people taking something that someone has not intended for them, i.e. recycling that the property owners want the city to take care of, for themselves and their own personal profit. On the other hand, I understand that people are desperate, and you’d have to be fairly desperate to rummage through trashcans to make some money.

So, what you do you think?

photo courtesy of wikimedia commons

I’m Loving the Gloom

If I remember correctly, last June was scorching hot. I hate scorching hot.

And yes, I know that I probably live in the wrong geographical area for someone that doesn’t really like heat, but hey, I was born here.

So, count me out amongst the complainers. Give me clouds and cool breezes any day of the week.

And yes, even a bit of drizzle.

I’ve got a perma-tan from living here all my life, I don’t need to worry about the state of my tan lines.

It’s FREEEEEEE!!!! Free Hot Dog On A Stick!

Tomorrow Monday, June 15 is FREE hot dog day at Hot Dog On A Stick!!

Head over after work from 5-8pm! Yay!!!!!!!

City of Orange releases dates for Concerts in the Park

Concerts in Hart Park: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

OK, so it’s kinda schmaltzy but who doesn’t love a free concert on a nice warm summer evening? So pack your snacks and drinkies and settle in for some free entertainment. Blankets or (low) lawn chairs are welcomed but leave you pets at home – nobody wants to listen to your Basset Hound howl. Additionally, food will be available for purchase courtesy of Kiwanis of Orange.

2009 Concerts in Hart Park dates:

  • July 8, The Wise Guys Big Band Machine – Big band/swing music
  • July 15, The Fenians – Traditional and contemporary Irish music
  • July 22, Stone Soul – Motown, soul and R & B classics
  • July 29, Open Wide – Classic rock
  • August 5, Crashdance – Top 40 dance favorites
  • August 12, The Sam Morrison Band – southern classic rock
  • August 19, The Hodads – 50’s and 60’s rock-n-roll
  • August 26, Film at Eleven – Motown and R & B classics

Hart Park is located at 701 South Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866

See you there!

ICME: contrasted Beauty

ICME: contrasted Beauty, originally uploaded by suprdave89.

I would like to thank the sisters of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange for providing some beauty and color on this colorless, gloomy day.

Harry Reid Rejects Mag-Lev Rail from Anaheim to Vegas

After years of expressing support for a high-speed rail project originating from Anaheim to Las Vegas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now favors a line that begins in Victorville.

That is bad news for Anaheim, who has been anticipating the high speed rail system in the plans of their newly approved design of the transportation hub, dubbed ARTIK, that has been in the works for years.  I know that the city of  Anaheim has lobbied aggressively for the maglev.

What gives, Mr. Reid?  I can tell that he doesn’t live here.

Because whilst I have no grudge against the expanse of sand that is Victorville, I would like to point out that often the longest and hardest part of the commute to Vegas is from Los Angeles/Orange County to Victorville.  Once you are up the Cajon, it usually gets much easier from there, depending on construction projects on the 15.  Yeah, it may be cheaper to build from Victorville, but once you’re already made it to the high desert, it seems to me you might as well keep on going. 

This is the problem with so many mass transportation projects in SoCal.  Just do the damn thing right the first time!

Weird Al To Be Featured Attraction At The Orange County Fair

Yes folks, it’s true. According to this OC Register article, the fair committee approved (and apparently already filmed) a 3-D movie about “Al’s brain” to be shown at this year’s OC Fair. The 10 minute film will be shown in a temporary tent that will be set up for this year, however there are plans to build an $8 million permanent building at the fairgrounds site.

OC Fair CEO Steve Beazley likened the film to Disney’s “Captian EO”. (I personally would love a full-scale Weird Al spoof of the entire Captain EO short instead of a journey “inside his brain” but….whatever). He goes on to compare the fair to Disneyland (hehe), by stating Disney opens new attractions every year to keep interest in the parks, and they want to do the same with the Fair.

Feel free to read the full article and see the pros and cons to putting this into the fairgrounds.

But I want to know, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with spending $2.5 million on this film, just for the OC Fair? Or do you think this is about as smart as building the New Year’s Eve Orange Drop thingy?

Better yet….let’s do a poll! But please feel free to comment as well!

**Special thanks to former OC Metblogger Mike for sharing this via his twitter account.

If anyone cares what I think, I say build the thing. I don’t think we’re in a position to rule out ANYTHING that could possibly end up making money for fair. Let’s just hope it at least makes $2.5 million to cover the cost of the film!


Wish You Were Here

Surf music at the beach??

Surf music at the beach??

I would like to start off this post by apologizing. I’m sorry if you were working or otherwise involved with life las Sunday, that you were stuck indoors or couldn’t make it to the beach. I’m not trying to rub it in your face. I promise!

My best friend and his wife just got new bikes, so my wife and I decided to join them for a ride around Huntington Beach. Oh boy was I glad I did! I’m fairly certain the weather at the beach was even nicer than it was inland. Honestly, how often does that happen? Especially in June!

More photos and a video after the jump……. (more…)


For those of you who were waiting with bated breath for me to update my brush fire post with photos I just did. Sorry it took me so long … I misplaced my camera cord. As you can imagine, it was right where I left it, of course.

P.S. I decided to hyperlink ‘bated breath’ since I wasn’t sure if it was spelled baited or bated. I actually found the answer interesting.

Brush Fire

UPDATE: I did walk down to the fire area and took some pictures. The fire area is on the corner of Moulton Parkway and Aliso Viejo Parkway (not Laguna Hills Drive as the OC Register states. LHD is on the other side of Moulton.

AVP was shut down between Cedarbrook and Moulton. Moulton was also shut down at this intersection forcing people to either turn left (coming from El Toro) onto LHD or make a U-turn.

View of the burned area from Creekside Park

View of the burned area from Creekside Park


Firefighters and police on the scene of a four acre brush fire in Aliso Viejo. Moulton Parkway is at the bottom of the hill.

Firefighters and police on the scene of a four acre brush fire in Aliso Viejo. Aliso Viejo Parkway to Moulton Parkway, at the bottom of the hill, is closed to vehicular traffic.

Burn area 2

The fire was very close to the street, Aliso Viejo Parkway.

Burn area



Wow, this happened pretty much in my backyard this afternoon. I was out all day and missed the opportunity to be an eyewitness reporter. I’ll take a walk down that way and see if I can get any photos.

Traffic along Aliso Creek Road (heading South, I think) was pretty backed-up when I was on it around 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. I was coming home from Crystal Cove when I saw quite a bit of smoke in the area that appears to be near the Aliso Creek Trail.

Anyone else in the area and have anything to report?

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