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August 1st, 2007 @ 7:51 am
Lately in Los Angeles

Last night Tricia and I went to see Tamar at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. She played a great set and we had a good time. We didn’t get home until after 11, and I couldn’t get to sleep. I was up until 1:30am reading Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. What […]

July 9th, 2007 @ 6:58 am
Chewbacca Assaults Marilyn At Kodak Theater

Chewbacca Assaults Marilyn At Kodak Theater

June 11th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm
Weekend Media Review

Are you wondering what media I consumed this weekend? I knew you were. And so I shall tell you. Heat **** Sopranos ***** Oh the Glory of It All, by Sean Wilsey ****½ Oceans 13 ***½ John from Cincinnati ***½ A Prairie Home Companion, featuring Martin Sheen, Randy Newman, and Paula Poundstone (live at The […]

May 29th, 2007 @ 6:16 am
The Lodge Steakhouse, Los Angeles

On Sunday night we had dinner at The Lodge Steakhouse on La Cienega in Beverly Hills. The place was almost empty and for the better part of the night we had the entire large dining room to ourselves. For some strange reason this dark, rustic, wood-grained, hunting-outpost-themed restaurant was blasting hair-band hits of the late […]

May 19th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm
Highway Articles

A few days ago a friend from a long, long time ago recently reinstalled AIM and contacted me out of the blue. While we were chatting I started to mention something about a road trip I’d taken in another life. I was going to say that I had once gotten lost in Washington D.C. on […]

May 15th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm
Aly and AJ Party at Les Deux, Hollywood

Last night we celebrated the birthdays of Aly & AJ with a big bash at Les Deux in Hollywood. My girlfriend fiancée and her cohorts planned the whole thing and it was pretty rad. The girls made a grand entrance on a caravan of roaring motorcycles, the Plain White T’s performed, and I spent most […]

May 7th, 2007 @ 5:57 am
Los Angeles Gas Prices

“The cheap stuff” in LA right now is creeping up to $4.00/gal. It’s ridiculous. 17.478 gal x $3.659/gal = $63.95

April 23rd, 2007 @ 7:21 am
West Restaurant, Los Angeles

At the top of a tall, round building casting a shadow on the highway — right where Sunset meets the 405 — is a restaurant called West. I ate there Friday night with my girlfriend fiancée and her mom. The view of the city is just incredible and the bone-in New York strip was one […]

March 16th, 2007 @ 12:01 am
Friday Five: Eating Well

Friday Five: My Last Five Dinners

March 12th, 2007 @ 7:51 am
Comedian Richard Jeni Found Dead

One of the all-time best stand-up comedians, Richard Jeni (official page, currently down), apparently committed suicide this weekend. My girlfriend and I read about his death on Perez last night as we were getting ready to watch Rome. Just the night before, while celebrating a friend’s birthday at the Dresden, a few of us were […]

March 5th, 2007 @ 8:50 am
Los Angeles Marathon

When I ran the LA Marathon last year my goal was to finish in five hours. I had trained for about two months and gotten down to a slender 186 lbs, the least I’ve weighed since my last year of college. Because of a disastrous combination of being mentally unprepared for the event and wearing […]

February 28th, 2007 @ 9:57 am
Los Angeles Cooking Class

For Valentine’s Day this year I enrolled my girlfriend and myself for a class at Los Angeles’ coolest cooking class: hipcooks. Our class was “The Surprise Guest”, the only one available when I registered. We made an endive appetizer, roasted honey pear salad with tarragon dressing, pistachio-crusted swordfish with a light curry sauce, herbed couscous, […]

February 27th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm
The Perfect Victim

After last night’s 6.7 mile run — Death by Doheny, I call it — my girlfriend and I headed to Hollywood to catch The Perfect Victim (previously mentioned here) at The Knitting Factory. These kids put on a damn good show. The lead singer is energetic and bounces around the stage like a young Billie […]

February 26th, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
Free WiFi in Los Angeles

I added my house to Hotspotr. If you are desperate for free WiFi in Los Angeles, feel free to sit in my driveway and use some of my bandwidth. I have had a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router with no password for years and I’m also broadcasting with the free FON wireless access point I got […]

February 25th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm
Seeing Stars in LA

Seeing celebrities in Los Angeles is still pretty cool, even though I’ve lived here for 6+ years now. It seems like they’ve been coming out of the woodwork lately. Here’s a quick summary of the last week or so: On President’s Day I saw Chad Lowe at the Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood. On Friday […]

February 20th, 2007 @ 7:56 am
The Other Wine Country

On Saturday morning I ran a quick 7 miles at 6 am, came home, and told my girlfriend to get ready for an adventure. We packed the truck and headed for wine country (photos). The President’s Day traffic was brutal so it took us almost 3 hours to go what should have only taken an […]

February 20th, 2007 @ 6:55 am
Running to the Pier

There is a point on San Vicente while running West when one rounds a corner and is confronted with — shockingly — what appears to be the entire Pacific Ocean. It is an awe-inspiring sight, even at night. It is at this point, during what is more or less a fifteen mile run, that I […]

February 14th, 2007 @ 10:05 am
Free Ride on Race Day

When the LA Marathon first announced its new point-to-point course last summer, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke to the significance of transporting participants for free on the Metro on race day. Yesterday, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, in her capacity as MTA Chair, said in a committee meeting that marathoners should not be provided […]

February 7th, 2007 @ 6:59 am
Cucina Paradiso and The Palmer Room – Los Angeles

Last week my girlfriend and I had dinner at Cucina Paradiso. It’s a great little Italian restaurant that shares a building with The Palmer Room on Motor Ave. The Palmer Room is a bar / club with a tiny stage for live music; Their website is fairly bland, but the bar itself is quite cozy […]

February 6th, 2007 @ 6:39 am
How is this a mystery?

You have to get out of bed pretty early to pull one over on the local coroner in Los Angeles. Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was drunk when he plunged over a cliff to his death, but the cause of his death was “undetermined,” according to a coroner’s report released Monday. He’s a football player […]