Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles

07
Sep
08

What’s Dumb About the Smart Car

I’ve wanted a Smart car ever since I saw one in Europe, eight years ago (where it’s a Mercedes-Benz), so when Smart debuted in the US with their $99 reservation program, I signed up right away.  After a year of anticipation I learned that with Smart, the road to Passion fortwo doesn’t always end in ecstasy.

It’s easy to love the Smart.  It’s beautifully designed, looks like fun, parks anywhere, preempts backseat drivers, comes beautifully equipped for $15K.  We wanted it because of the  real 37 mpg.  We all love that.  Here’s what you won’t like about it and the path to getting into it.

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08
Aug
08

Beachwood Barbies Have Bad Ass Estate Sale This Weekend

What happens when a handful of hot recording industry execu-chicks pool their long-hoarded memorabilia, collectibles, funky furniture, couture, and sundry schwag for a rock-n-roll estate sale in Beachwood Canyon?

Mayhem. Get a piece.

Cool shit they paid too much for, but that you can get for pennies:
Fred Segal, Barney’s, Kitson Clothing / Jeans / Shoes / Purses / Tons of NEW T-Shirts / Amazing Rock memorabilia / Rock T-Shirts / CD’s DVD’s / TV’s / Digital Camera / MADONNA Memorabilia / Cell Phones / Stereo Receiver / Chainsaw / Pots / Golf Clubs / Leather for crafting / fabric / curtains / jewelry / Furniture / Gorgeous HUGE Mirror / Doors / Rugs / Chandeliers / Ligne Roset Wall Unit

When: Saturday, August 9, 8a – 3p

Where: 2819 woodshire drive, los angeles

corner of beachwood dr and woodshire / off franklin / up beachwood one mile past coffee shop and village / left side of street

29
Jul
08

Roger Rabbit and the Future of California Transportation

We’ve all seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The evil Dr. Doom sought to shut down the Red Line through Hollywood and Toon Town to make way for cars and freeways, but was foiled… at least in the film.

But did you know that the story is true? Continue reading ‘Roger Rabbit and the Future of California Transportation’

22
Jul
08

Sam Page’s Guide to Los Angeles, on Gay.com

Gay.com writer, Josh Rotter, recently interviewed Sam for his guide to Los Angeles. It’s interesting, even to me, to see what spots he likes best and why. I have to give him his due: for a guy who, three years ago, didn’t know there was life east of La Brea, he has become a pretty big advocate of the east side.

Below is a taste, and here‘s the rest (which also includes some rare photos you might not have seen).

What are some great restaurants for a romantic gay date in Los Angeles? What about these restaurants appeals to you? Continue reading ‘Sam Page’s Guide to Los Angeles, on Gay.com’

10
Jun
08

Best Pride Ever

I’ve never liked Pride, and I thought I’d rather have a thumb in my eye than march in a parade. Who knew I’d have as much fun as I did this past weekend, marching in the Pride parade with the GSGRA. Sam, Sonny, and I carried state flags and represented the rodeo.

Funny thing being in a parade. The presumption is that there’s a reason why you’re in it, and why people would care. So the spectators give you this once-over, just to make sure that you’re somebody to them, and then the onus is on you to be somebody, with a smile or a wink, or a holler, so that’s exactly what we did.

We finished up the parade route early, rolled and tubed the flags, headed for The Abbey and tipped a few in honor of pride, our right to marry, our friendship with Sonny, and the rodeo. Sam was right. It’s more fun being in the parade than watching it, but then, I guess that’s no surprise. Kinda like life.

Here are some snaps from the weekend. Continue reading ‘Best Pride Ever’

04
Jun
08

The Long Blondes at the Troubadour

Lisa hooked up the VIP seating, and Sam sacrificed a few hours of sleep on a weeknight for us to go see The Long Blondes‘ last U.S. show at the legendary Troubadour last night. There was nothing for me to do but be grateful, and I am.

The Long Blondes are a 5-piece English indie rock band from Sheffield. I fell in love with them after seeing them “put on the dog” in the video for Guilt, a song about an infidelity, and the singer’s unambiguous choice – “and guilt has nothing, nothing to do with it.”

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03
Jun
08

High Gas Prices and Higher MPG in Los Angeles

I drive a 2006 Honda Element: hands-down one of the worst choices I’ve ever made – oh, and it’s 4WD for the many times Sam and I head into the mountains to go snowboarding. I think it’s been once.

The 2006 Element showed 22/26 on the sticker. Hey, it was 2006, it felt very “designy” and I was rehabbing a house. They offered me a new Honda Insight, which I passed up because it was too small to carry a dog and a passenger, or anything from Home Depot, other than paint. It was $15K. (Idiot.)

So I jumped prematurely out of a shorter lease on a silver 2005 Honda S2000 and into a three and a half year lease on the Element. I plead temporary insanity. The dealership had the S2000 sold before I even handed them over the keys. BTW, even with the abysmal 22/25 mileage, that car was more fun than a pack of A&F models on Ecstasy. Well, almost. Continue reading ‘High Gas Prices and Higher MPG in Los Angeles’




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