Archive for February, 2009

An Itty-Bitty Quake (about this big)


Didja feel that? If your weren’t in north OC and sitting very still then probably not. We all know that 2.6 isn’t all that big but it was large enough to slosh the ice tea out of my glass… damn it! Now I have ice tea all over the table.

Los Alamitos Mayor to Resign Over Email


The flap over an inappropriate email has turned into a full-blown hurricane as Mayor Dean Grose is set to resign from the Los Alamitos City Council on Monday.

The email he sent was a picture of the White House with a watermelon patch in place of the White House lawn, with the caption “No Easter Egg Hunt This Year.” While I understand that it was sent from his personal email account, I still want to know if you think he should have sent it at all.


Image courtesty of emails from people who should know better

Irvine Park Railroad Celebrates 13th Anniversary

And as such, this weekend they are rolling back prices to their opening year of 1996.

So, for two bucks you can get a ride on the miniature train, bounce house tickets, hot dog and soda, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, and ice cream. Two bucks each, of course. You will get balloons and balloon animals for free, though.

Not too bad, but remember that there is a park entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle.

AV Bookstore Extends Hours

The Friends of the Aliso Viejo Library Bookstore is resuming Friday hours beginning this Friday, February 27, 2009. The hours will be 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The bookstore is currently open Monday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. & Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

The Friends Bookstore sells gently used books. The majority of the books are sold for $0.50 – $1.00. What a bargin!

If you’d like to visit, they are located at:

1 Journey Aliso Viejo 92656

And the Award for the "Most Blatantly Obvious Headline" Goes to…

Man thought he was talking sex with girl (not police)

You don’t say?

Lack of Racks

Last week I went for a doctors appointment and I couldn’t easily find a place to park my bike. If you look closely at the photo below, you will notice a pink bike, but that one is just sitting next to the door unlocked. Not something I would do with my bike.

Entrance to Irvine Medical Center

Entrance to Irvine Medical Center

As you can see in the photo below, I had to get crafty and wedge my bike next to a bush and lock it to the base of the Handicap Parking pole.

Los Alamitos Mayor in Hot Water(melon)

Over an email sent to a local African-American businesswoman and community volunteer, which depicted a watermelon patch superimposed in front of the White House with the caption “”No Easter Egg hunt this year.”

Mayor Dean Grose is quoted as saying, “It was just poor judgment on my part, and I am deeply sorry. It wasn’t meant to hurt her.”

Of course it wasn’t meant to hurt her, it was supposed to be a private email to your closest friends to have some yuks over. Damn that “reply all” button!

Incredible Edible Park

The other day, while riding my bike through one of Irvine’s many bike paths, I stumbled upon the Incredible Edible Park.

Incredible Edible Park sign

Incredible Edible Park sign

I found it as a great use for an otherwise usually barren area. For me it made a great rest stop, with picnic benches to sit and eat at. Something I would have never seen from a car.
Further investigation uncovered that this is a partnership between the Orange County Food Bank, Souther California Edison, The City of Irvine, Irvine Unified School DIstrict, The Orange County Farm Bureau, and the Irvine Ranch Water District. The food grown here is one of the donated fields that helps bring over 300,000 pounds of food to the Orange County Second Harvest Foodbank.
Park/ Fields on bike path

Park/ Fields on bike path

The Incredible Edible Park is located at 15058 Harvard Ave. Irvine, CA
To volunteer for this and other projects around Orange County see Volunteer Center Orange County.

Archiving Orange County (AOC):The Beginning

Jason Burns, of LA Metblog fame, has been posting a segment he calls “Archiving Angeles” for quite some time now. The idea is, he posts really old pictures of Los Angeles, giving us glimpses of what life was like in the city back then.

I love this series, and with his permission, I have decided to completely bite use his idea (name included) to show life from Orange County days of yore. I have to admit, when I first moved down here, I was shocked to find out Orange County was older than Disneyland. MUCH older! Without further ado:
It gets bigger when you click*

Alfred Chapman & Andrew Glassell in front of the original Orange Plaza fountain and Orange bank building, circa 1887.

Alfred Chapman & Andrew Glassell in front of the original Orange Plaza fountain and Orange bank building, circa 1887.

According to Wiki:

In 1863 Chapman became city attorney of Los Angeles, and in 1868 he was elected district attorney of Los Angeles County. He went into partnership with a boyhood friend, Andrew Glassell when the latter arrived in Los Angeles in 1866…Their law practice was confined chiefly to real estate transactions and they made their fortunes by handling the large partition suits. Chapman was the businessman of the firm. He would take his compensation in land, and nearly every final decree in partition would find that Glassell & Chapman had acquired land. Chapman and Glassell are best known in Orange County for being founders of Orange, California….[Chapman] joined with one of his partners, Andrew Glassell, to develop a new community, Richland, which would eventually be named Orange….Richland was the name of the Virginia plantation owned by the father of Andrew Glassell in the 1830s.

*Photo courtesy of USC Digital Archives

More FREE Today!!!

After you’ve had your FREE PANCAKES for breakfast, and you’re waiting for your coupon for your FREE QUIZNOS SUB, today only go HERE and print out your coupon for 2 FREE TACOS from Jack In The Box!!!

Today is a good day!

Looks like Arby’s is giving away a FREE “Roast Burger” (whatever that is) with the purchase of any drink!!! The coupon is HERE.

I had no idea there were even any Arby’s in Orange County, but I found some here.

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