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The Pot Shop

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:54:53 +0000

This past week, I read about how the first recreational marijuana shops are set to start opening here in California. In particular, they said that right now, there are just two shops licensed for this in the Los Angeles area. They are both in West Hollywood, so today’s bike ride was to go see one [...]

Rose Parade Preview

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:18:57 +0000

Today’s bike club ride was a ride to Griffith Park, with the plan of making a loop and finishing the ride by riding down the length of the Rose Parade route in Pasadena. It’s New Year’s Eve, and people start camping out on Colorado Blvd early in the morning. We started out by heading up through [...]

Christmas Eve Ride

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 20:22:47 +0000

Today’s ride was one we did a bit over a year ago, so it seemed like time to go again. And it’s a nice, flat route for the day before Christmas. We rode straight south all the way to Downey. We stopped there for a few minutes at the oldest operating McDonald’s, and then continued on [...]

Math Lab!

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:47:25 +0000

My old friend Bruce is an AP math teacher at a school in Palm Springs, and he brought his Math Lab group into the city today for a field trip. So I met up with them to take them on a quick tour of the Seismo Lab at Caltech. We started out with lunch on [...]

It’s a Wonderful Ride – 2017

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:21:40 +0000

Today was the 2017 edition of our Christmas-themed ride, where we visit two sites associated with the 1946 film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” We’ve been doing this ride every December since 2011, so it’s become something of an institution for us. The actual route is pretty simple. I forgot to record it with my little GPS [...]

Ciclavia Wilshire

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:44:59 +0000

This Sunday was the last Ciclavia of 2017. It was the Wilshire Boulevard route, from 4th and Spring downtown, out to Wilshire and Western. The plan was to ride downtown, pick up the Ciclavia route and ride it out to Western, and then make a loop back through Hollywood, and then down the L.A. River. We [...]

Whittier Again

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 20:05:54 +0000

Today’s bike club ride was our old Whittier route. It’s not a ride to anywhere in particular but it’s a nice, relatively flat route. Not a lot to see along the way. The only stops we made were for the photo-op with the sign for Dork Street in Pico Rivera, and for snacks at Merengue [...]

Glen Haven

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:00:24 +0000

This past week, we were watching the 1954 movie, “White Christmas” again. This stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney. All are big-name stars. Yet there were four major characters in the story, the fourth played by Vera Ellen. Since she had a large role in this movie with big stars, I was wondering [...]

The Word on the Street

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:39:36 +0000

This past week, I saw a small item in the L.A. Times about an artist who has been making funny fake street signs, which are currently installed at various parks around Glendale. He has a Facebook page for the project, and I was able to contact him there, and to get a map showing where [...]

The Voice of God

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:26:22 +0000

I generally scan the obituary pages of the L.A. Times every day. And some years ago, I ran across an item about Don LaFontaine, the voice actor who was known as “The Voice of God”. We’ve all heard him a thousand times in movie trailers… “In a world…” This past week, I found out that he’d [...]