Sunday, June 6, 2010


The triceratops fountain at Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My New Favorite TV Show

At my apartment here in LA, we get approximately 20 different channels: about 10 are in Spanish, 5 in English, and the other 5 are in various Asian dialects. After a long week of work, I had the joy of coming home, plopping down on the couch, and tuning into this gem.

I love not having cable television.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spudnuts Donuts!

This is the donut shop down the street from my house on Venice Blvd

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Haze That Is Lives in LA...

This is a shot I took of the line of palm trees that runs up and down the street I live on...
notice the nice LA smog at the top of the trees. Yum!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Santa Monica Cadillac Dealer

Passed by this Santa Monica Cadillac Dealer and liked how they lifted an old Caddy
up onto the roof of their office building

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Life in LA - as seen through the rear view mirror of your car.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Parking Isn't That Bad....

This was the first parking space I parked in here in LA...and yes I did get out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Street Cleaning? What!?!

Upon moving to LA, I was surprised to find out that the city cleans the streets every single week. On Wednesday mornings one side of the street gets cleaned, and the next day (Thursday) the other side of the street gets cleaned. What does that have to do with anything? It means that while you're scrambling to find a parking spot, you need to read signs that say "Wednesday/Thursday Street Cleaning".

The punishment for parking on the wrong side of the street on a street cleaning day? A swift $65 ticket. Ouch!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kentucky Derby 2010: The Dawn of "Turkey TV"

On Saturday, May 1st, Turkey TV debuted with a live broadcast from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Founded by professional hotspot security guru Neil W. Jarboe, Lockheed Martin head man Tony Macias, and rookie producer Mike Krass, Turkey TV's mantra revolves around delivering content previously unavailable to the viewing public.

Turkey TV's creators. From Left to Right: Neil "Obi Wan Kanobi" Jarboe, Mike "Luke Sykwalker" Krass, and Tony "Lando Callirisimo" Macias (cuz let's be real, Tony's got the moves to back up the name)

"You won't see tired reruns of 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' on Turkey TV," said producer Mike Krass in a public media address at Kentucky's famed Covington International Airport. "The viewing public will instead be exposed to worlds unknown to them. Imagine discovery channel's Planet Earth, but not anything like that at all."

With that in mind, Turkey TV's talented young team prepared their gear for Derby weekend. Equipment included an Olympus digital camera, half gallon of Jim Beam's famous Kentucky Bourbon, and numerous sets of water moccasins from Big Lots!

"You can never underestimate the value of bringing the right gear," said Kentucky native and Derby veteran Neil Jarboe. "One year, the hooligans in the infield tipped over all the portable toilets and began fighting in the midst of the muck. Can you believe that? A poop fight!"

For those of you unfamiliar with the Kentucky Derby, it is essentially the most American event around: 100,000 people descend upon Churchill Downs with copious amounts of Bourbon, over sized hats, and all the most honorable intentions to lose their first (and hell, probably their second) mortgage on a 50-to-1 horse (eat your heart out mind that bird!)

The first picture I took entering the Derby. Hot damn -- pure

To get coverage that no other station could produce, Turkey TV's producer flew a red eye from Spokane, WA, to Cincinatti, OH. Landing at 7:15 a.m., Krass immediately got to work at Covington Airport's world renowned Mike & Erma's Pub, gathering insider Derby tips from dog-racing expert Claire Hallows and discovering the true values the Derby is founded on from Ron Black, Cincinnati native and current Guinness Book of Records holder for most screwdrivers drank between the hours of 8 am - 9 am (which rests at 7 not counting the 2 he guzzled from 9:00-9:09 before his 9:20 flight).

"You think I wanted to drink all those beers and talk shop with the least honorable, most likely to die of Cirrhosis of the liver Derby experts around?!" Krass demanded. "I'm hustling man, trying to produce the best content for Turkey TV. I'm chasing down leads like Rosie O'Donnell does funyuns that have fallen between the couch cushions."

As Krass was flying to Cincinnati, Macias & Jarboe got to work early the night before at Lexington's famed 2 Keys Tavern. When you find out what they did, please forward that information to Turkey TV via e-mail at: whatthehellhappenedtojarboe&

Mike Krass, officially chasing down more leads than Rosie does popcorn in and outside the microwave

Rising at the crack of 9 am to retrieve their keys and dignity from the tavern, Macias & Jarboe hopped in the official Mitsubishi Ninja news truck and headed to Covington to pick up their producer. Upon retrieving a slightly inebriated Krass, they headed to their most promising lead of the day in Taylorsville, Kentucky.

Bill Jarboe, long known for his days as Alex Trebek's personal algebra tutor, gave this Derby tip to Turkey TV in a live interview.

"Don't think -- Just throw money at things: horse bets, whiskey vendors, women in pretty hats. You can't lose if you can see straight."

Turkey TV with the infamous Bill Jarboe

After departing from Taylorsville, Turkey TV headed to L.A. (Louisville Area) and decided it would be a good idea to do the following (keep the 5th amendment in mind):

1. Purchase a case of beer through a drive through window from a nice Asian gentlemen named Carl.
2. Race to finish all the beers in the case.
3. Go to O'Shea's East (from the same creator of O'Shea's in Las Vegas), drink Bourbon(s), and potentially offend as many people as possible.
4. Continue the all-out media blitz and, with live footage, catch a gentlemen in the act of indecent exposure. This act will be punishable by pizza to the face.
5. Facilitate the fight against deadly cancer(s) by offering medical counseling on a 24-hour basis.

Needless to say, it was quite the productive night for the news team. Needing all the rest they could muster, Turkey TV decided to go to bed early and rise early in the morning for the Derby.

Saturday morning arrived fast and hard, and Turkey TV had one mission: to be the best damn TV station at Derby.

Since only Kentucky native Neil Jarboe knew anything about horse racing, Turkey TV decided it would be wise to go to an underground gambling den (complete with secret code knock entrance and smokey atmosphere) to view OCD-gamblers in the natural environment.

There were TV's everywhere, but no furniture for the occupants to sit on. The smoke was thick, and beer coozies littered the floor like dirt in a garden.

A live shot of the underground gambling den.

Turkey TV instantly regretted the decision to visit such an establishment and left for the race track.

It was sink or swim time. Turkey TV arrived at Derby and promptly walked through the front gate -- media credentials leading the way. First stop? A trip to grab a mint julip, as the team was quite parched from a lack of liquid substance.

Next, it's time to get to work: Turkey TV's committment to first-rate media coverage started with this man.

Jarboe: Who's your pick to win?
Guy: Which dogs are running in the race today?
Jarboe: Outta my face!

What most people don't realize is that aside from the horse races, the Derby infield is filled with Olympic-caliber sporting events.

We attempted to contact these members of the Kentucky National Wrestling Federation Club Team:

Jarboe: Whose your pick to win?
Gross people fighting in mud: Super Saver!
Jarboe: Yeah right what do you know..."
(at this point, the news team took out a third mortgage on a house Neil doesn't own/rent/even live in and put the money of Homeboykris, a 23:1 horse)

After, Turkey TV attempted to get a hold of members of the "Let's Run Across the Top of the PortaPotties and pretend we're doing hurdles team", but the news team could not stop laughing and they were busy getting arrested by the police as they made it to the end of the track.

Turkey TV did, however, use a lot of their 4th mortgage money they took out that weekend to purchase exclusive rights to this picture, which is a depiction of the aforementioned toilet runners.

Finally, the team decided that in the spirit of the Derby, they should participate in the fried turkey leg jousting events in the infield.

Tony squares up on Neil before he smacks fried turkey leg against his face.

All in all, a productive weekend was had. On Sunday (the day after the Derby), Turkey TV was bought out by NBC Universal to the tune of 37 million greek drokbas, or the equivalent of $39 US.

They took the money, bought a trio of fried turkey legs and bourbon-cokes, and went to the Bellevista Casino & Resort in Indiana and haven't been seen since.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Why the Media Picks on Different

April 27, 2010 -- 8:51 pm

Type in the name Ricky Williams on Google, and browse through the results. The first few are typical -- player stats, a Yahoo! rumor or two about retirement, the list goes on.

But halfway down the page, you see it:

2nd most popular search in the past hour.


Google Trends, a service that tracks search queries, shows that Ricky Williams search level is "volcanic".

Type in Run Ricky Run, and you'll see that the new ESPN documentary series 30 for 30's airing of Run Ricky Run is the 13th most searched for topic in the hour following the airing of the episode

Here's why Ricky's story is different from the traditional star athletes: He left the game, in his prime, for SPIRITUAL reasons.

Williams is a different man; or should I say, a different NFL star. Ricky had trouble coping with NFL stardom, and after multiple suspensions (try 4) and an eventual year long ban from NFL football, many people had written off the talented Williams as a has-been who couldn't stay away from drugs.

It didn't help Ricky's image when he literally ran away from an $8.5 million dollar contract with the Miami Dolphins to an Australian camp site that charged a whopping $7 per night.

Williams' Humble Abode in Australia

Williams was struggling because he didn't truly know himself -- a reason he often cited for the use of Marijuana (when he did admit to use of the drug). He said he was trying to "get inside myself, see who I really am".

But the media didn't want any part of that. All they wanted to do was run his name across the mud on the crawl at the bottom of the television screen and tell the world that he was a delinquent. A criminal. Someone who could not hold his life together when everything had been handed to him on a silver platter.

What most media outlets left out is what Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni set out to deliver in Run Ricky Run: the truth about why Ricky Williams was struggling in life.

Williams never denies his less-than-honorable actions. He knows he still owes the Dolphins front office $8.5 million. He knows he was an absentee father and temperamental (at best) life partner to his current wife, Kristen. He understands that he ran away from his responsibilities as a teammate, a father, and a husband.

But he does have a healthy, positive side that the media never chose to show during his early, tumultuous stint in the NFL.

Upon returning from Australia, Williams became interested in holistic healing and natural medicine. His spiritual shift led him to be taken under the wing of Swami Sitaramananda, the director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. There, Ricky learned the healing power of yoga and has been given the honor of being 1 of the 4 instructors at the farm.

According to Run Ricky Run, when he does retire Williams wants to go to medical school and study to become a physician. Five years ago, Ricky's own mother defined his roll in his own kids lives as "absent". Now? She says "present" with a smile, a full 180-degree turn in only a small matter of time.

But where is the media now? Aside from a few cheers upon his return to the NFL in the 2008 season, they have completely forgotten his story.

Williams is different; he always has been, and he always will be. Jason Taylor, a former Dolphin teammate, said he was "the hardest working guy who complained the least" on the team. Those who have taken Williams' yoga courses say he's been extremely calm and insightful; a real treat to be around.

And what is lost in the whole Ricky Williams story is this: he ran away from everything so that he could come to know, understand, and ultimately love the man he had grown to be. Ricky has never been accused of assaulting a young woman in a nightclub. He never got high in the wee hours of the morning and ran over a man in his car. In fact, he's never been charged of any violent criminal activity.

Unfortunately for him, the media has charged and convicted Williams of being different.

Ricky simply walked away from the confusing, shades-of-gray world he had grown up in in the attempt to discover himself and the man he was supposed to be.

Does that really sound like a criminal to you?