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6th Annual Fire Knife Competition in Anaheim

Fire Knife of Samoa presents the 6th Annual Fire Knife Championships in Anaheim on Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th (4 PM to 10 PM). The event is located outdoors at the Pearson Park Amphitheater, 401 N. Lemon St., Anaheim, CA, 92805.

So, the wifey and I attended last year’s event and had ‘spec-freaking-tacular’ time! The contest is “hosted by the actual descendants of Freddie Letuli, the man who literally invented the concept of adding fire to the traditional knife dances the warriors performed before and after battles”. Last year was so fun we’re planning on attending again on the night of the final competition (that’s Sunday for those keeping track). I know the poster says 4PM but we showed up at 6 PM and it was perfect – the sun was setting, the heat dissipated and the night sky was literally on fire!

Anyone care to meet us there for some fun out of the sun? Maybe we can have have drinkies at Hotel Menage afterwards?


Get Your IC Light in Orange County

I’m sure many of you are wondering what the hell I’m talking about. On the other hand, I know there are a lot of Western Pennsylvania/tri-state area transplants that live in Orange County and know exactly what I’m referring to. I’m also sure there are many of you that don’t give a crap.

IC Light served in a one pint stubby bottle

IC Light served in a one pint stubby bottle at Players Sports Grill

Since it’s football season again that means it’s time for me to head back to my local Steelers sports bar*. There are a few in Orange County, but Player’s Sports Grill is the official OC home to the Black & Gold Brigade and the one I frequent. During football season they carry Iron City and IC Light beers in bottles only.

Iron City (yuk!) and IC Light (yum!) are readily available in every single bar in Pittsburgh, so no big deal. However, it is a big deal in Orange County, well, at least for some of us, OK … me. For the record it’s not the best light beer, but it’s better than Coor’s Light. I think so anyway.

IC Light isn’t even my favorite regional beer, that would be Straub, but I’ve yet to find it in Orange County. So, if anyone has come across it, comment away.

I’m sharing this since it is quintessentially Pittsburgh and I still miss my city, especially after reading this. I’m guessing there are some of you out there who’d like a taste of home that’s not limited to Heinz ketchup. Don’t we all want and get excited for things that are not readily available, especially if it makes you feel nostalgic?

So OC Metbloggers, share your hometown imports – and where we can find them – with the rest of us, maybe we’ll get turned on to your local/regional favorites. SoCal favorites are accepted as well. Nor does it have to be beer … where to find homemade pierogi would also be of interest to yours truly.

* Click on this list to see all of the Steelers fan-friendly bars, not only in Orange County, but all over the country.

NBC Sports stinks

I’m a huge tennis fan so I’ve been watching, when I can, end-to-end daily coverage of Wimbledon on ESPN2, until yesterday. I woke up early and saw the end of the Federer match. At 7:00 a.m. PDT, ESPN announces that they are going to stay with the match until it ends, but that NBC is picking up the coverage at 10:00 a.m. in ALL time zones. WTF?

That means the rest of the live matches will be over by the time 10:00 a.m. rolls around here and the scores posted all over the Internet. There were only eight matches yesterday, four women’s and four men’s. It happened again today, no live matches after Safina’s (which went past 7:00/10:00 a.m.) and there were only four women’s matches. The same stupid set-up is scheduled for tomorrow. God forbid they preempt the Today Show. Does anyone on the West Coast even watch it? Everyone I know either watches Good Day L.A. or KTLA.

By the way, NBC pulled this same bullshit with the 2008 Summer Olympics … tape delaying coverage for the West Coast, while airing live on the East Coast. I mean seriously, the Olympics, they only come around every four years. We couldn’t even watch Fishy Phelps win his 8th gold medal live. Is anyone else as pissed-off about this as me?

So you ask, what the hell does this have to do with Orange County? It’s where my TV is. Simple as that.

A Dodger Fan and an Angel Fan Walk Into a Bar…

Whereupon the Angel fan makes a derogatory remark about having to share the Fullerton bar’s bathroom with a Dodger fan.

The Dodger fan then makes a profanity-laced retort regarding the Angels.

They start to fight, which eventually leads to the Dodger fan knifing the Angel fan in the neck and face with a folding pocket knife.

Apparently twenty one years without a World Series title makes people a little bitter.

(Edited to add that the victim suffered only minor injuries.)

So You Think You Can Dance?? Prove It!

Fox’s hit show, So You Think You Can Dance, is having auditions for season 5 of their show right here in Los Angeles for L.A., Orange County and the surrounding areas.
If you watched the show last season, you may remember Orange County dominated, with 3 dancers in the top 10, Katee, Kherington and Twitch (I know. Dancers and their names.)
Why Orange County rocks and audition info after the jump:

Live Wrestling & Burlesque

This Friday January 30, Lucha VaVoom is coming to The Grove of Anaheim. The shows contains Lucha Lubre, or wrestling for you gringos out there, a burlesque show by several different performers and comedy acts by Tom Kenny(voice of Spongebob Squarepants), Blaine Capatch and, one of my favorites, Patton Oswalt. It looks to be a good time. You can get tickets here. A quick search showed me a $50/ticket price, but if you enter the code “MASK” you can get “buy one get one free”!! (You can thank Spencer Cross over at LA Metblogs for the pw.)

C'mon you little Hulkamaniacs!

C'mon you little Hulkamaniacs!

If you really want to see live wrestling but can’t hack the $50 $25/ticket pricetag, check out M 1 W Pro Wrestling happening at Santa Ana High School Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
Tickets are only $8 for adults and $5 for children and students/ID!
A friend of mine is the famous infamous Red Tornado! So go cheer him on! As if that wasn’t incentive enough to go, there’s a good chance you’ll see me there too!

Supercross in OC!

View of the track from my awsome seats!

View of the track from my awsome seats!

Saturday night, supercross came to Anaheim Stadium for the second time this year. For those not in the know, supercross is dirt bike racing, and is usually held inside a stadium. For the last 20 or so years, Anaheim Stadium has hosted this spectacular event. In fact, Southern California is really where the sport got catapulted into what it is today. But was it fun?

Go Ducks!

Tonight, I saw my 2nd hockey game ever. And it was awesome! I’ll admit I’m not a huge Anaheim Ducks fan. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely cheer for them and always hope they win, but I certainly don’t go out of my way to watch anything hockey. My mother-in-law, however, got some free tickets for us to go watch the game tonight.
As you can tell by the picture below, our seats were crap AMAZING!!!!!

I hope they score a basket to make the pop fly in the field goal!!

I hope they score a basket to make the pop fly in the field goal!!

I have a few more surprises after the jump.

Backflip ZOMG!!!1!!1

Rhys Millen, world champion drifter and amazing stunt car driver will attempt an amazing task tonight. He will do a backflip in an off-road racing truck. That’s right, a backflip off of a ramp!
There’s more info here at Red Bull’s “New Year No Limits” site. Click down at the bottom where it has the name Rhys Millen.

He was to attempt this last year, but he screwed up in practice and broke his back. I’ve provided the video here:

“Why does this apply to OC?? He’s doing it in Vegas!!!!”

Rhys lives in San Clemente, and I’m happy to say I dine with him on a regular basis, so I’m all about giving him props on the interwebs!! Also, all of the practicing took place at the El Toro base! I got to go see it in person and it’s pretty insane! I would supply the cameraphone video I have, but I’d rather you just tune in.

ESPN!!! Tonight!!!! DO IT!
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*UPDATE* He made it all the way around, but he rolled the truck and wasn’t able to drive away. He’ll be doing this again I’m sure…..

Justin Levens: Dead at 28

To be honest, I had no idea who this fellow was. I am not much for UFC or sports or any manly shiz really – okay, so maybe nude Greco-Roman wrestling might pique my interest but I digress…

The LA Times and TMZ and even Perez Hilton have reported that Levens and his wife were found shot to death inside their Laguna Niguel home. The deaths are reportedly being investigated as a murder suicide. Sad. Why at the Holidays?

What could possess someone to shoot their spouse in the chest and then turn the gun on themselves? Such a shame. I can’t imagine what could be so bad that could make me or anyone I know do such a thing. I suppose drugs or ‘roid rage would be a good scapegoat – not that I have any evidence that Levens engaged in either. The unpleasant alternative would be that he was simply batshit crazy.

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