Let's Say Thanks

I know this is a little late w/ Thanksgiving last week, but I was just sent a link to the site Let's Say Thanks.

It's being done by Xerox.

If you go to the web site, you can pick out a thank you card created by an elementary school kid and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.

I haven't hidden the fact that I've been against the war since before it even started. That said, our men and women dying over there aren't at fault for this. A friend who's served told me that receiving mail is always nice when you're over there--it doesn't matter who it comes from.

This takes all of 30 seconds to do, so I encourage everyone to participate no matter what your political perspective on it all may be.


Hawthorne Police's Red Light ATM

So I got this in the mail the other day...

The really bad part is that I wasn't running straight through a red light. No, I was turning right on red and didn't come to a complete stop. It actually notes the light had been red 1.1 seconds when I made the turn. I think this is pretty much the definition of ridiculous ticket.

What's worse is that I was at this same intersection today. (I drive through it nearly daily) While I was stopped at the light on the cross street, I watched cars make the same turn I had made to get the ticket. In one cycle of the signal, the picture boxes flashed SIX TIMES on cars that were making the right turn. This was in three minutes. Each ticket is $369. What a racket.

Worst of all is that in my case and in the cases I witnessed, the cross traffic doesn't even have a green light. No, it's red. All the tickets were issued when the turn signal was on for the cross traffic. And in this particular intersection it's very rare if ever that a car makes a U-Turn. So when I made a right turn--below the speed limit--without fully stopping for a signal that changed 1.1 seconds earlier, I was putting absolutely no one in danger.

So the Hawthorne PD gets a big FU from me. Glad I don't live in that crappy town.

Thanksgiving in Pictures


Belated birthday fun

After an unexpected postponement, we went out to celebrate the Three-O at a new restaurant in West Hollywood called "Sunset Beach". The place is pretty much what you would expect for a fashionable new spot on the strip. And in case we didn't know what to expect as we drove up...at the valet we were behind two jaguars and a porche pulled in behind us. I know those drivers were obviously pretty damn jealous of liz's bitchin' Nissan Sentra though.

While waiting for everyone to arrive late as always, we hit the bar where the bartender made me a $10 grey goose and tonic that certainly tasted like it had an appropriate amount of alcohol for the cost. By the end of dinner, I wisely chose to make the leap to beer for the remainder of the evening.

I ordered their signature kobe style beef stuffed with lobster burger and I was not disapointed. They get away with selling a burger in a place like this by adding the words "Kobe" and "Lobster" As you can see...this was one massively sized burger:

You can also see how tightly the boxy chairs were packed into our 14 person table.

After dinner we lounged around the place for a while. Turned out there was a private list-only party (for what I have no idea)--which explained the lack of super-can't-move-crowdedness--something you rarely find on sunset blvd. After a few drinks w/ all the so-called "beautiful people", we bailed and looked for another place to hit nearby. Nothing struck our fancy so we ended up going back to a friend's house and just hung out. A six pack of beer costs less than a drink at a bar on Sunset, so...no complaints about that.

All in all a fun night and a proper way to start (albeit three weeks late) a new decade of living!


All new...sorta

It was starting to feel silly to have a site devoted to the pre-wedding experience after the fact. There's still quite a few format and layout issues and we want a better header, but this is basically the look of the the updated site--now called "live in hermosa".

Hopefully the kinks will be sorted out in the next few days.

I think it's already easier to read.

Gonna cook some turkey!

Liz and I finally decided to stay in the house and cook some turkey ourselves this Thanksgiving. It will be the first time we haven't gone to someone else's house in 4 years.

Our friend Sarah made the best turkey ever a few years back and apparently the secret is to brine the thing. Well it's not really a secret, but it's one of those extra effort steps that most people skip.

But not us!

Bring on the salty water, because this bird's gettin' brined!*