Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011


What do you get when you cross a pack-rat with a downsizing of your living space? A helluva lot of left over crap crammed in a storage unit. (Okay, maybe that's not the best punchline in the world but it's better than Carrot Top's A-material)

It's been a year since the crap entered the storage unit and it's time to shove it off onto other people. So we're preparing for a garage sale. I found an article on how to have a successful garage sale on Money Crashers. It covers everything from planning to throwing the sale. Oh sure, any idiot can throw a garage sale, but I always say "there's only one letter separating a 'garage' sale from a 'garbage' sale."

What are your secrets for a successful garage sale?

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Amy Winehouse's last public appearance at the iTunes Festival in London as her teenage goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield, sings Mama Said.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Weinergate continues to rage on. People are screaming for Anthony Tweets Weiner to step down. But should he? Rachel Maddow does a great piece on the Republican hypocrisy, Anthony Weiner and the David Vitter Effect.

Friday, June 3, 2011


What's better than a holiday? Two holidays on the same day!

Today is both Hug an Atheist Day and National Donut Day.

The 3rd annual Hug an Atheist Day is a pagan holiday founded by some lonely and pathetic heathens on Facebook.

National Donut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army in an effort to raise money for people in need (but presumably not for gay people). The two donut behemoths, Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme will be handing out free donuts today. Well Krispy Kreme is handing out free donuts. Dunkin' Donuts is making you buy a coffee to get a donut.

So go out there and celebrate both holidays. Fill up on free donuts and hug as many atheists as possible. But if you ask me, only god could have created a donut.

And it's also CPR Awareness Week.


What's better than a holiday? Two holidays on the same day!

Today is both Hug an Atheist Day and National Donut Day.

The 3rd annual Hug an Atheist Day is a pagan holiday founded by some lonely and pathetic heathens on Facebook.

National Donut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army in an effort to raise money for people in need (but presumably not for gay people). The two donut behemoths, Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme will be handing out free donuts today. Well Krispy Kreme is handing out free donuts. Dunkin' Donuts is making you buy a coffee to get a donut.

So go out there and celebrate both holidays. Fill up on free donuts and hug as many atheists as possible. But if you ask me, only god could have created a donut.

And it's also CPR Awareness Week.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Okay, time for a career change. After reading how Xia Jun became the first man in China to be a certified Breast Masseur after only 3-months of training, I'm packing my bags and heading to China with a dream to be the second certified Breast Masseur.

And for those of you who think it's just about the chance to fondle breasts, look at the reasoning of Xia.
Xia has stated that having his female employees sent for the same training would not be a wise investment, citing fears of high employee turnover after acquiring new breast-massaging techniques. Instead, Xia wisely suggests that it'd be more cost efficient to have his male managers teach his female employees the necessary breast-massage techniques.
See? Teach the men how to do it and they can teach the women, because if you send women to be trained they'll leave their jobs to be professional Breast Massage Therapists, as opposed to sending the men to learn and then teach the women because then the women won't leave their jobs. Totally makes sense.

Photo courtesy Shanghaist or some creepy lurking guy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


The Dim Sum Truck made a visit to my street today, saving me a trip to Arcadia. I tried the special plate - 2 Shu Mai, 2 Har Gow, 1 Steamed Pork Bun, Lotus Wrapped Sticky Rice and a Lotus Sesame Ball for $11.00. It was all yummy. Didn't knock my socks off but didn't suck either.

But $11.00!? What the hell? It's dim sum. It's supposed to be crazy cheap. Granted I saved time and money not driving to Arcadia but $11.00, in my opinion, is way too much for what I got.

Will I eat from The Dim Sum truck again? Yes, as long as someone else is paying.


The picture speaks for itself.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Kudos to Prince William and Kate Middleton for reviving a long forgotten English tradition:

The First Royal Public Fellatus.

Afterward, the thousands of onlookers cried, "God save the Queen!"

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Oh where to stand on Charlie Sheen's tumult into the loony bin? On one hand I agree with Craig Ferguson in that all of the press is like paying a penny to watch a whacko do whacko things in Bedlam.

On the other hand, there's Charlie Sheen's Quotes Presented by Superheros.

What's a boy to do?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


The fifth taste is coming to Studio City. Nestled between Mexicali and Lucky Brand Jeans (and right across from Starbucks), Umami Burger is scheduled to open tomorrow.

And what the hell is umami? Well, umami is one of the five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. Really? I don't remember Bottle Caps Candy coming out in umami flavor but then again my childhood was a long time ago. But it is said it's the fifth taste.
"A person's first encounter with umami is with breast milk."
Hmm, now that I mention it, my mother's breast milk did have a slight umami flavor.

Anyhoo, besides offering its namesake burger (maybe it tastes like breast milk), the Japanese infused Umami Burger offers a truffle burger and a port and stilton burger.

Umami Burger has a huge following and it'll be interesting to see how it affects business at the ever popular burger joint, The Counter, which is just a few doors down the street.

Umami Burger
12159 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA

Friday, February 25, 2011


Yesterday I had a hankering for a good-olde-fashion-east-coast-bad-for-you-good-for-your-cardiologist lunch. So I sauntered outside to the South Philly Experience Food Truck and had me one hell of a cheesesteak sandwich.

I had mine wit (yeah you heard me - wit) onions, cheese Wiz and a whole bunch of greasy goodness. The SPEFT serves up their sandwiches on Amoroso's bread - the only bread for a cheesesteak. Throw in some Herr's potato chips and a package of Tastykakes and for about 30 minutes I was back in my childhood down the Jersey shore on a hot summer's day.

Friday, February 18, 2011


I tried the Knockout Taco Truck for lunch the other day. Billed as the "Undisputed World Champion of Tacos," I prepared myself for a Mike Tyson blow to my taste buds. I ordered the Kurabuta Pork Taco - Filipino Sisig with Sawsawan sauce in a soft shell. My wife got the Rolled Carnitas - two fresh fried tortillas with avocado sauce, cotija cheese and creme mexicana.

Sounds yummy.

Tastes - eh, okay. The Mike Tyson blow never came. It was more like a punch from my daughter's Mr. Fuzzy Bunny. It did not blow me away.

And for $10 total I wanted a little more food.

Is it awful? No, it's okay. Will I go there again? No. I'll be at Chipotle.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I had a whole different post in mind today but then my friend Kristina ran this by me on Facebook.

Cookie-Stuffed Cookies!

Holy mother of immeasurable BMI! Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies!? It's like a freakin' turducken of sweets. Adam Kuban of Serious Eats has written a great post about these cookies, which he got from the Picky Palate.

I think I'll make a batch of these for my next Diabetics group meeting.

Photo courtesy: Adam Kuban, and I hope he doesn't sue me for using his photo like Adam Schultz sued a NYC restaurant for using Sarah Palin's picture.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


And speaking of vomiting, I just had a clam chowder surprise in my mouth. It's reported that Glee creator Ryan Murphy is being courted to direct a new film version of the musical Annie. This new version is being produced by Will Smith as a vehicle for his Whip My Hair daughter Willow. And if that's not enough to make you want to chunderspew, there's a rumor Brad Pitt will play Daddy Warbucks. Jay-Z will (reinterpret?) do the music. Oy. It works much better for Dr. Evil.

I can't wait for the Will Smith remake of My Fair Lady.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go fertilize the bushes.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Ugh. I've been sick the past few days and haven't had the energy to get out of bed, let alone blog. But it did get me thinking of euphemisms for puking. Here are a few of my favorites:
  • Deliver street pizza
  • Burp for the hearing impaired
  • Conduct a surprise toilet inspection
  • Burp with follow-thru
  • Didn't make it to poop
  • Paint a Pollock
  • Make the chunky puddle
  • Fondle the Pope
  • Review the menu
  • Burp in 3-D
And now if you'll excuse me, I have to anti-poop.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Jogasaki Food Truck

I live by CBS Studios in Studio City. Almost every day there are glorious food trucks parked out front. (Although the much sought after Grilled Cheese Truck has yet to rear its cheesy head). The other day a new truck set up shop.


This truck put the dingle in my dingleberries. It's awesome! They make sushi burritos. I had a spicy tuna, crabmeat, eel, avocado, rice, sweet sauce and cucumber strips wrapped in soy paper burrito. I know, shut the front door!

This picture doesn't do it justice. It's HUGE! And he made it in about 10 seconds.

The website isn't up yet but you can follow them on twitter at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy New -- What the Hell!?

You'd think the Chinese, the people who invented fireworks, would know how to use them correctly. But a fire caused by fireworks gutted a five-star hotel in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

The hotel could have been saved but -
"fire engines, whose water guns could jet water only 50 meters high, were helpless at the fire which flamed on the top of Tower A, 219 meters high."
What the hell? Didn't anyone think that scenario through? Someone at either the Ministry of Hoses or the Ministry of Towers messed up big time.

No one was hurt but the Xinhua News took a catty swipe at the hotel's guests -
"All the 50-odd people in the hotel were evacuated."
Maybe it was an Odd Couples convention.

Ain't Karma a Bitch, Andy?

No sooner had the ink dried on my post "Suck it, Hamingson" when I received this bit of news:
"Andrew D. Hamingson has resigned as executive director of the Public Theatre...Asked if his departure reflected disagreements with other leaders of the Public about its business or artistic affairs, Mr. Hamingson said that he would let his statement in the release 'speak for itself.'"
Well well well. Ain't karma a bitch, Andy. Nearly two years to the day after he fired my wife with no warning and no reason given, Mr. Hamingson finds himself on the "sudden departure" list.

Or course my wife wasn't the first General Manager he had fired without warning or cause. When Mr. Dickhead was at the Atlantic Theatre he fired the General Manager the same way. No warning. No reason. But there he did it at a breakfast "meeting."

I know I shouldn't revel in other people's misery but I have been carrying deep deep hatred for this man for the the way he handled my wife's "sudden departure."

But the important addendum to the story was summed up nicely by a friend of ours:
"Nicki Genovese, past GM of The Public whom Hamingson fired for no apparent reason, is now thriving as the head of Theater Management at Cal State Long Beach, and living happily ever after in sunny Studio City near some of her dearest friends."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Snickers Blizzard - Chicago Style

As a massive blizzard descends upon Chicago tomorrow, all eyes will be on the Windy City to see if the city can rise to the occasion and break its all-time blizzard record of 23-inches set on Jan. 26 and 27, 1967.

I, for one, will be watching intently from chilly 65-degree Los Angeles.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Today is an anniversary of sorts for my family. The second anniversary of the Bleak Year and a Half. Today we're in southern California and enjoying the sunshine and not in NYC shoveling 4-feet of snow. But I'll never forget that day two years ago. And with that, I offer a toast: Suck it, Hamingson, you prickless prick.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I am about to become a millionaire. My secret? Google Adsense. And it's so simple. Create a website or blog, have Google sponsored ads on your website or blog, sit back and collect millions as readers click on the ads. There are websites, blogs and book after book teaching you the secrets to easy riches.

Well I want you all to know that I am $1.24 from receiving my first $100 check from the Google Adsense Program. And it only took me 5 years. So at this current rate I'll be bathing in millions by the time I'm 50047.

Suck it, you poor suckas.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I'm convinced Michele Bachmann is the reincarnated spirit of Andy Kaufman. No one can be that loony tunes without it being an act. And her latest show? Her 100% false, 5-alarm pants on fire statements last Friday at an Iowan's For Tax Relief event.
"It didn’t matter the color of their skin. it didn’t matter their language, it didn’t matter their economic status. It didn’t matter whether they descended from known royalty or are of a higher class or a lower class. It made no difference, once you got here, we were all the same."
All the same. Equals. The No Need To Apply Irish, the Exclusion Act Chinese and the Aren't You Suppose To Be Picking My Cotton Africans. I can't stand how equal they all were.
"But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. And I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our fore-bearers who worked tirelessly, men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."
The founders were dead tired when slavery was no more, with the emphasis on dead. Those bastard founding fathers, taking credit for something someone else accomplished. I heard they're trying to take credit for my To-Do list this past weekend.

And is Bachmann saying John Quincy Adams was a founding father? Maybe she means John Adams. John Quincy Adams was not a founding father. John Adams was a founding father. I guess since the name John Adams was already taken, the union made the other John Adams add Quincy to his name.

Maybe Michele should watch 1776. That's where I learned all my American history.

Monday, January 24, 2011


When I lived in Brooklyn, it seemed everyone blogged about Brooklyn. A simple Google search for Brooklyn Blog seems to prove that to be true. But search Studio City Blog and the result is dismal. Nothing, except for the occasional real estate blog. I suppose everyone here is busy writing a TV show or a screenplay.

So, um, I guess that's why I have this blog.


Monday, January 17, 2011


I never thought I'd say it but No Pants Subway Ride 2011 makes me miss NYC.

On Sunday, January 9th, 2011 over 5,000 people took off their pants on subways in 48 cities in 22 countries around the world. In New York, our 10th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 3,500 participants, spread out over six meeting points and ten subway lines.


Starbucks junkies are celebrating the announcement that the Holy Grail of coffee shops will be rolling out its new monstrous, bladder bursting 31-ounce super-size cup size. The "Trenta" will be 7-ounces larger than the Venti and only 9-ounces smaller than 7-11's Big Gulp.

The Trenta (twice what your bladder can hold) size will debut in 14 states, including Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Hawaii and Arizona on January 18 and in California on February 1. All Starbucks will have the new size by May 1.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


What's more romantic than getting married at a McDonald's? Getting married at a McDonald's in Hong Kong. Starting this month you can have a McWedding at one of three McDonald's in Hong Kong.

Parking: $0.00
Wedding package: $129
Having Mayor McCheese as your wedding officiant: Priceless

No word yet if Burger King or Dairy Queen will follow suit.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Anyone who knows me knows I loves me my Starbucks. So I've started saving my shekels for a trip to Xiamen, China to go to China's largest Starbucks. It's 4-stories of Starbucks goodness.

And while I'm at it, I'll visit the one picture above in ChengDu.


Sunday, January 9, 2011


I went biking with my daughter down by the Los Angeles River today. We live one block from river. It sounds fancy and would be great if it looked like this -

Or this -

Or this -
But it doesn't. It looks like this -

You can't have everything, I suppose.


The Gabrielle Giffords shooting has opened a huge can of worms about the rise of violence and anger in our politics.

DeAnn Hatch, co-founder of the Tucson Tea Party, said, “I want to strongly, strongly say we absolutely do not advocate violence.”

Judson Phillips, founder of the Tea Party Nation, wrote on his website, "No one should be a victim of violence because of their political beliefs...but no matter what the shooter’s motivations were, the left is going to blame this on the Tea Party movement."

And can you blame the left for blaming the Tea Party?

DeAnn and Judson, here's a reminder of your non-violence advocating rallies.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


I used to write a blog called Left in Bay Ridge. Bay Ridge is a mostly Republican neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. My wife worked in Manhattan. I was left, literally and politically, in Bay Ridge. This is Bay Ridge:

This past August we moved to Los Angeles. Studio City, to be exact. This is LA:

I call Studio City "The Shire." I'm like a hobbit. I don't leave the Shire. Everything I need is here. Plus, we have yet to buy a second car, so I can't go too far. I either walk or ride my bike.

My wife works in Long Beach.
The neighborhood bleeds Liberals.
And I am Left in the Shire.