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March 18th, 2008 @ 8:11 am
Dell Laptop Hard Drive Failure

Last week my wife called me to say that her laptop — my old Dell Latitude D610 — wouldn’t boot. Of course her whole life is on this machine and she had a paper due that evening and, no, she didn’t have any backups. So I left the office around 3pm to try to save […]

March 12th, 2008 @ 7:30 am
Fish and Chips

If you’re looking for the best fish and chips in Los Angeles, head to The Gardens on Glendon. Tricia and I had dinner last night at this little place in Westwood — basically on the UCLA campus — and the simple fried cod and shoestring potatoes dish once again shocked me with its awesomosity. Yes, […]

March 6th, 2008 @ 3:40 pm
Los Angeles Marathon XXIII

On Sunday I ran the XXIIIrd Los Angeles Marathon. My goal was to beat my time from last year, when I ran it in about four hours and forty-five minutes. Unfortunately I was felled by a wicked flu bug about two weeks ago which knocked me on my ass for a while. I didn’t start […]

March 6th, 2008 @ 2:50 pm
Contextless Content: Episode #24 (Earthquake Alerts)

allison: did you know i also get earthquake text messages? allison: anything over 4.0 in so cal allison: bitchin GatorDVG: so when the big ones comes and you’re lying under a pile of rubble, like five minutes later you’ll get a text message GatorDVG: that’s great allison: yeah well i’d like to know how bad […]

February 10th, 2008 @ 9:36 pm
A Saturday Night Memorial

One of my wife’s friends died a few weeks ago. He was only 41, a manager in the music industry, and he had battled cancer for a long time. His wife held a memorial service — a Catholic mass — on Saturday night, and hundreds of people attended. The mass was held at a smallish […]

August 9th, 2007 @ 12:15 am
How Much Longer Will LA Last?

Whoa. I felt that one. A nice 4.5 right under my buddy’s house. At first I thought that one of the cats knocked over a lamp or something. Scary. I can never remember what I’m supposed to do. Hide under a table? Stand in a doorframe? Jump in the bathtub? Stop, drop, and roll?

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

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 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 […]

April 5th, 2007 @ 7:52 am
La Bruschetta, Italian Dining in Westwood

Last night on my way home from work I stopped at La Bruschetta to pick up some of their excellent vegetable soup for my sick girlfriend fiancée. We’ve eaten at La Bruschetta a few dozen times over the years. It’s on Westwood Blvd, just on the other side of Santa Monica from my house. When […]

March 25th, 2007 @ 7:55 pm
David Gets Engaged

I am sure that there are still plenty of people in the world that don’t know this yet, so I have a bit of an announcement to make. I am now officially off the market. It feels a bit awkward to write about it here, which is strange because I have used this site to […]

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

Friday Five: My Last Five Dinners

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 […]