Archive for the ‘SoCal’ Category

Beach Traffic

Did anyone else brave the crowds and head to the beach for the Labor Day weekend? We did, but thankfully we were not stuck in the car. We rode our bicycles, but even that was not without issue … the husband broke his chain on the way home. The weather, at the coast, was actually warm and sunny for a change. For those of you that stayed home this is what you avoided.

Labor Day weekend crowds at Doheny State Beach on Saturday

OC Foodie Fest

This Saturday August 18, The Honda Center (The Pond) will be hosting the first ever OC Foodie Fest.  There will be 50 (yes!  50!!!) food trucks from all over in attendance!!  Tickets are cheap and selling out fast.  All the trucks will be featuring cheaper-than-normal tasting menus.  If you want to avoid the crowds a bit and get some perks, VIP passes can be purchased for $50.  If this will be anything like the LA Food Fest I attempted to attend last year, it will be bedlam.  They are capping ticket sales at 8,000.  BUT…..it should be tasty.

On a sad/wtf note:  Kogi BBQ and Grilled Cheese Truck will not be in attendance.  Oh well.

Happy 55th Birthday Disneyland!

July 17, 1955 Disneyland opened.  A park that I firmly believe put Orange County on the map for the rest of the country.  I was lucky enough to have worked there for several years and be part of the dream of a man who was not only forward thinking, but had more imagination in his little finger than most will in their entire lives.

Yes. That's me on the left standing next to Alice.

Yes, that's me on the left with Alice.

Thank you Walt for taking a chance and giving me a place to work play with my friends and get paid.  Without Disneyland, I would not have moved to Orange County.  I would not have most of my best friends.  I would not be a nurse.  I would not have met my wife.

Has Disneyland changed your life for the better?  Worse?  Please share!

Breaking: Sad News re Lilly the Gray Whale

I just saw via the ABC7 helicopter that Lilly has beached herself, at Doheny,near the harbor. Unfortunately, she is dead. I’m so sad. I was so excited when she was freed from all of that netting.

Dana Point Gray Whale

Just got back from “Baby Beach” where the wayward gray whale has taken refuge. Contrary to previous reports it is a juvenile, not 60+ years old. It has/had rope tangled on it’s fluke. I’ve got to go to work (I’m cutting it close. I got caught up in all the drama), but will post photos later this evening.

Angels Start 2010 Season With A Lit Halo

It’s no secret I’m Dodger Blue through and through. (I grew up just minutes from the stadium and used to have season tickets)  But as long as they’re not playing the Dodgers, I always enjoy a good Angels game.  Tonight was a very good Angels game!  It was the home opener for the 2010 season and boy did they put on a good show.  3 homers, with 2 of those being back-to-back!

Hopefully the rest of their season is as good as this.  Maybe I’ll even forgive them for making me sad in the pre-season freeway series……..Yeah, I think not.

Hellooooo South County!

Well it’s official.  I am now a South County resident.  Due to the wife and I both being in school, she just quit her job and I have dropped to part-time, we have moved in with her parents for a few months.

So now I am a Dana Point resident!  In fact, I’m just a mile or so away from our very own pittrolie!

My question for our readers is, what is there to do down here??  I am familiar with the area, as the wife lived in Laguna Niguel when we started dating, and her parents have lived here the whole time, but I have never found anything really fun.  Can you help?

Get Out & About This Weekend!

In honor of the Vernal Equinox “springing” tomorrow at 10:32 a.m. PDT and the predicted gorgeous SoCal weather go outside and enjoy it. I know you may be temped to stay inside and watch college basketball, but let’s be honest many of you probably already had a bracket buster yesterday … thanks for nothing Notre Dame and Georgetown. Although I’ll give you a pass if your team is playing ;).

In case you need some ideas … follow me after the jump

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Dana Point: Festival of Whales

Image courtesy dpfestivalofwhales.com

Are you looking for an inexpensive family-friendly event to attend this weekend or next? If so, Dana Point’s 39th Annual Festival of Whales may be just what you are looking for.

The Festival kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m. with a parade along Pacific Coast Highway. According to the website all events are weather permitting, so you may want to call (1.888.440.4309 or 949.472.7888) before venturing out.

For more information check out the the official event program. Some of the events include: guided family tide pool hikes, street faire, free fishing clinic and trip for kids, cars, art, movie in the park and much more.

This years promotional poster was designed by John Van Hamersveld. You may not recognize the name, but you definitely know who he is. He designed one of the most iconic surfing images ever, The Endless Summer film promotional poster.

Back Pocket Memory At Chain Reaction In Anaheim

*From left: Rob, Ian, Jason, Chris and Eddie.

Good morning kids!  I wanted to bring to your attention a rock show happening tomorrow night NEXT WEDNESDAY March 10, at Chain Reaction in Anaheim.  A band called Back Pocket Memory, or BPM as they’re also known, is going to playing a show at about 7pm.  Why am I telling you about some random rock show happening next Wednesday?  Well I know all these guys.  They’re from Burbank, where I grew up.  In fact I used to play in a band with a few of them before BPM started.  Maybe I’m biased, but I think these guys rock it out.  I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in that thought, as they have definitely proven themselves recently.  Last year they won a battle of the bands contest that took them to Germany to compete in a world showcase and this year they’ve been invited to play the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX!  They were also featured on NBC4LA.com’s local music spotlight last week.

I hope many of you can make it out there.  They will be opening the show, so there’s no excuse of “I don’t want to stay out too late.”  To get tickets, just show up the night of the show, or contact the band on their Facebook page.  The BPM members will have tickets for you for $10.  So…..go!  I’ll see you there!

Update!!  It’s NEXT week March 10….not tomorrow!

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