Even though I am blogging from Los Angeles, I had the blessing of listening to Double X radio on the trip up yesterday, so that I could celebrate Opening Day of MLB Season with our San Diego Padres. It was a great way to ignore traffic and smog and delight in the fact that our Pads trounced the San Franciso Giants, 7-0!! Way to go Jake Peavey. It was the first opening day shut out in Padres history, too. And what a Peyton Place cast of characters with Bochy now being manager for the Giants and having on the team Dave Roberts and Ryan Klesko. And I learned that Bud Black, now our Padres manager used to be a Giant. And oh my, one needs a score card and a legend to keep track of these guys. Talk about your small world....

Didn't get to hear the game tonight, but happy to report another win for our Padres.

I was tickled by the response from folks about Oinkberry. An establishment that does indeed have porcine embellishments in their front window but is actually (drum roll please)L.A. Eyeworks! They sell glasses, frames,etc. And Kelli, you were actually the closest answer in that the store has a different theme each month. This LA Eyeworks is the showroom for their own designs and has a funky window display (this month is "oinkberry" - a tribute to the Year of the Pig and the Pinkberry phenomenon). Which leads me to my next L.A. tidbit.

In reading the L.A.Times Arts section (which is one thing I prefer in L.A. to the San Diego U.T.)I landed on a little article about the fact that Venice Beach has acquiesced to having a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf store there. Not one for commerical/corporate establishments, this was quite a hair-raiser for many months for the local Venetians. However, now it has become quite the comfortable place to be and it is inspiring locals to think about adding a Pinkberry store. And I wondered what in heaven's name is a Pinkberry? I suppose I could google that and find out but I am curious as to how many readers already know? Could I be the only cyber-fogey who is out of touch with what's hot these days??? (Maybe I don't want the answer to that question....)

The Arts section also had a great write-up on the upcoming start of the sixth and final seasons of "The Sopranos" on HBO. Philosophers and the like are waxing as to what should or could happen to Tony Soprano that would be fitting for this ground-breaking gangster drama. I neglected to contract for HBO as yet, so I am going to have to watch it on iTunes or via the kindness of a friend who would record it for me. Rather ironic or oxymoronic to start the season on Easter Sunday, wouldn't you say?

Wouldn't you like to see Tony Soprano on "Dancing With the Stars?" And Meadow singing on "American Idol"? "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" getting a hold of Christopher?
We already know that Carmella is one of those "Desperate Housewives".

And speaking of T.V. shows, I just learned that I have missed the opening episodes of a new series produced by and starring Eddie Izzard called, "The Riches." I am a huge fan of Mr. Izzard as I think he is one of the most intelligent men on the planet with a sense of humour to boot --and usually it's stiletto boots that he wears. If you want to laugh till you cry rent his comedy video, "Dressed to Kill". He is the closest thing to a British Robin Williams on the stand-up circuit. And now he is venturing further into TV and film. If anyone has any info on this show, let me know. Thanks.

A sad note in the entertainment industry--just heard on the local news that film director, Bob Clark and his son was killed today in an auto accident on the PCH. Bob Clark was the director of one of my all-time favorite films, "A Christmas Story." I do not know the details and don't really need or want to. I am just saddened. People die in car crashes all the time, I realize that more attention was paid to this because of his celebrity and that may or may not be fair. Because of this man's creativity and gift, I felt close to him somehow without ever having met him. On some childlike level, I always hoped I would get a chance to tell him how much joy he contributed to my life. This does give me pause to reflect on who is within my realm, within my reach to contact to let them know they made a difference to me. Pax.

Some visits, the senior care gets very frustrating. Today, was one of those days. Phone calls not returned; information incomplete; distractions abound and annoying communications. Argh. So I had to do what I would encourage someone else to do-- I took a long walk to get back to nature and conscious breathing. I took a walk over to the Pan Pacific Park. This park was a local site when I was going to school but it never looked like this. It was a tiny little community center with a drive-in movie on the the Third Street side. Now, it is a huge park, large center and no drive-in. There were several fields being used by mostly soccer teams. Only one with a softball game. People walking, jogging and a few dogs on leash. It was nice to see more green and feel the ground underfoot. There is a Nazi Holacaust memorial in the middle of the park. I was disappointed that it was fenced off and I was unable to view it. Not sure why it was gated with no access. I could only read one or two of the inscriptions on the marble columns. Hard to feel compassion or support if one cannot really view the monument.

On the way back to mom's apartment, I stopped in at Erewhon Natural Foods to see about something for dinner. This store is one of the earliest health food stores in L.A. And now it appears to be one of the hoity-toityest--at least, as gauged by the their prices. Geesh. Soy yogurt cartons for $1.45; an a vegan, low-carb ice cream that was in a four ounce carton was over $8.00!!! HUH? Eating healthfully shouldn't be so expensive should it?? I bought one zucchini to fix with dinner and it cost $1.05 for one fresh vegetable. Organic notwithstanding, it seems costly. I was amazed at some of the other new organic products available--especially when it comes to chocolate. Oh yeahhhhhhh.

And it is not a 'secret' that Agape and Dr. Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith is THE hottest ticket in town! Their Easter service this year will be held at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk. Wow. At least, it will be a big enough space to hold the crowds. 11:00 service, doors open at 10:15. No admission fee, but there is a parking fee charged by Universal. For more information: www.agapelive.com

Wishing you bunnies and jellybeans and patent leather shoes.


Sunshine said…
YEA..Padres won again tonite!!!!!!!!!!

Happy feet

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