Nov 22, 2010

Just a Dream - Sam Tsui & Christina Grimmie

These two are so great singing together.   Christina is super talented- why hasn't someone signed her yet?   I have posted her stuff before- and this is not her best- but she is fantastic.   As always, Sam is wonderful.

Bad Driving...

So naturally once I started watching crazy traffic and insane accidents I couldn't stop.   Here are a few of the stand outs I saw.   Please do me a favor- if you have ever driven like any of these people, save lives- stay off the road.

This first one- well, one word: TUNNEL


I thought that one was bad and then I saw this one-  this is the description:
This tunnel in Russia is the longest in-city tunnel of Europe.  There is river running over it and water leaks at some points.
When the temperature reaches minus 38 degrees like it did this particular winter, the road freezes and the result is the attached
video taken during A SINGLE DAY with the tunnel camera.
Congratulations to the dual bus driver...This is better than turn 4 at Daytona.
Remember-- this is only ONE day of video.

Most Dangerous Traffic Light in the World

I was awake and bored in the middle of the night and decided to browse youtube for interesting videos.   Having witnessed a pretty instense car accident a day earlier, I looked up 'traffic'.   This was the first video that came up- OMG.   Now I have learned two things- I don't like watching scary traffic videos and I will NEVER drive in Russia (or get in a car- I will travel by helicopter or boat...no way I am getting on those roads).



They need to make this book mandatory to all citizens (NY could use this too!)
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

Vader Vs Hollywood (Comedy Thunder)

Dude is super funny.   My favorite is his Lion King quote (because James Earl Jones voiced Vader in the movies, and he also voiced Mufasa in the Lion King...so saying that the voice is good....cute)

Nov 21, 2010

Eva Longoria + Tony Parker = Grease

So it's hilarious and so awkward at the same time- Eva Longoria just filed for divorce from Tony Parker, who plays basketball in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs.   They were in the middle of divorcing amicable (purported anyway) after it all blew up when she found hundreds of texts between him and another player's wife, Erin Berry, and he admitted to infidelity.  Eva and Tony were going to divide assets and file jointly but then it apparently hit Eva what happened and she filed without him and alerted the media- which is how Tony found out she had filed!

It gets worse.   A promotional video they made for the Spurs has surfaced - and trust me, you want to see it.   Eva and Tony play Sandy and Danny and spoof Grease!   And who plays Rizzo?   Why....the lady caught in the middle- Miss Erin Berry.   Kind of apt in an ionic way, don't you think?


By the way, after watching this I am once again absolutely convinced that the NBA needs to ban it's players from trying to crossover into acting/singing of any kind.   PSA.

Nov 19, 2010

ROCK BAND 3

Please Please please do this for me- I desperately want to sing the songs on this one and absolutely refuse to pony up the dineros they are requesting....I never send links or forward this type of stuff, so if you could all do this one for me I would be supremely grateful- if it gets 100 people I will record myself (video + sound) on my iPhone 4 singing whatever song you request so FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS!

Nov 18, 2010

TSA John Tyner Update

Now that I posted three of his write ups about the events that occurred when John Tyner was asked to do the full body scan, refused, then warned the TSA agent not to 'Touch his junk' I feel like I need to keep following up.   So, a la his cutely titled blog


17 NOVEMBER 2010

What will I say?

[In various places, I've heard responses like this to what I did, but very few people have taken the time to ask their questions respectfully and without name calling. I received this message early this morning and am going to take the author's measured tone as an indication that he really does want a response and does not simply want to excoriate me. I am publishing this response as a way to answer everyone who may have similar questions about what I did.]
May I ask: So if next time a terrorist successfully hides "devices" to kill Americans on a plane, because you seem to think TSA or airport security is over-excessive...What will you say?
First of all, I am not advocating that we drop all security at our airports. What I oppose are the intrusive (and arguably unconstitutional) use of body scanning (or AIT) machines that can literally take a picture of one's naked body and/or the use of the new pat down procedures in which TSA officers are not necessarily instructed to "touch your junk" but come so close that many have and/or do. I find this level of scrutiny to be invasive and offensive.

What do we do instead? As I said, I am not saying that we should simply allow anyone and everyone to get on a plane simply because they have a ticket. (I should add that I would not oppose an airline that wanted to board planes with zero security. I don't think they would get much business, but it is within their right to do so.) What I am saying is that there are alternative methods of screening passengers that are far less invasive than what we do now and could actually make us more secure. That is, we wouldn't have to rely on machines that would not detect a "device" hidden inside of a would-be attacker.

For example, I drove across the U.S./Canada border about 5 years back. When I reached the border, an agent stopped me and asked why I was entering Canada. I explained that my wife and I had been driving/sightseeing in the northeastern area and wanted to go to Niagara Falls. When he looked at my ID, he noticed that I had a California driver's license but was driving a car with Virginia plates. He asked about this. I told him that the car was rented. He then asked how I got to the East coast in the first place... There is a bit more to this story; he asked me a few more questions. My point is, though, that if someone is lying, their story usually begins to fall apart around the third question or so. We should be employing a screening more along these lines.

In addition, technology (both advanced and not-so-advanced) allows for the detection of very small amounts of explosive material. One of these is the swab that you've seen TSA take of your bags and then run through a machine. They also have employed full body sized machines that simply blow a puff of air over you and analyze the result. Finally, a lower-tech solution of using bomb sniffing dogs is a possibility. Any of these would be as equally effective in ferreting out would-be terrorists and do not require anyone to virtually take off their clothes or have their junk touched.
I'll tell you one thing that WILL happen. We service members will fight a war again, just for you, because you complained of security being unnecessary.... The terrorists are waiting for us to put our guard down again. Think about that for a bit.....
Thank you for your service. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women in our military. I know that they all enter the service willing to die to protect the liberty and freedom upon which this country was founded, especially because I'm not sure that I would be able to make the same sacrifice. I would certainly like to think that I would, but I can't say for certain that that is true.

I agree with you that in the event of another terrorist attack, you will likely be called upon to go overseas and fight another war in the name of freedom. You should ask your commanding officers, and ultimately, the president, however, if your fighting in those wars makes us safer. Terrorist attacks do not take place in a vacuum. The Times Square bomber viewed himself as defending his "lands" against foreign occupation. The underwear bomber acted in retaliation for "American-backed airstrikes [...] in Yemen." Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda group attacked us on September 11th because of our interventionist foreign policies and our presence in Saudi Arabia. Don't forget that we actually backed Osama bin Laden in the 80's in his fight against the Soviet Union.

It goes on and on, and don't get me wrong. I fully support a strong national defense. What I oppose is a strong national offense that imposes U.S. will on other peoples. Despite the rhetoric, terrorists don't hate our freedoms. They just want us to leave them alone.
John Tyner, I UNDERSTAND what all is implied and I respect whatever you want to call this. Unfortunately you have forgotten why things are the way they are. How are you a "Hero". Tell ME that. Honestly brother, a person who self-consciously video records prior going through security had the attention to overembellish the true intent for TSA Security - FOR SAFETY and TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING KILLED.

"Never Forget" (looks like you all forgot)
Here's a video to jock your memory.
I have not forgotten September 11th. I am reminded of September 11th every time I enter an airport, every time a "suspicious package" is found at a public building, every time a U.S. soldier like yourself is killed fighting in the name of that terrible event. It truly is tragic.

I am not a hero. I know that people have come to regard me as such, but I have explicitly disclaimed that title. I'm simply someone who stood up for what he believed to be right: that the government does not have the authority to view me naked or pat me down to the extent that they would have without some kind of reasonable suspicion or probable cause.

I have explained repeatedly the reason for my recording of my interaction with the TSA. I am not trying to over-embellish anything. In fact, the recording prevents me from doing exactly that. I don't doubt that TSA is trying to provide security for air travelers. So far though, they have done a poor job of it. Attacks on our airplanes since September 11th have been stopped by the passengers, not the TSA. It's time we started treating our passengers like the first (and arguably last) responders to a possible attack. We need to start treating them with dignity and respect and not like the very terrorists of whom we have now become so afraid.

Nov 17, 2010

Edan Pinchot - AMAZING VOICE

Edan Pinchot is twelve years old- but he sings with the most amazing panache that seasoned professionals acquire after years of trying.   He sings this great medley of songs- love the way you lie, cooler than me, billionaire, airplanes and nothin' on you - and he makes the arrangements and everything.   Amazing.

Next he covers Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are

Followed by a cover of Shontelle's Impossible

A wonderfully haunting version of 'Rhythm of Love' from The Plain White T's

And of course- no amazing musician's repertoire would be complete without a cover of my favorite song of all 'Hallelujah'

Motley Crue & Poison Aren't Going on Tour?!?

Now they are just playing with me!

Apparently, when Bret Michaels made the announcement at the concert that Poison and Motley Crue were going to tour together in 2011, it was just him trying to make that dream a reality because management for Motley Crue says there is absolutely no deal and it's not happening.
WHY NOT????


At a recent concert in Windsor, Ont., Bret Michaels told the crowd that he'd try to return the following year during a Poison/Motley Crue tour.
Bret spoke too soon, because Tommy Lee and Motley Crue's management are not interested.
On Tuesday, a user on Twitter asked Lee if the rumored 2011 tour was going to happen, to which he responded "NO!"
Eric Sherman, the President of Tenth Street Entertainment, Motley Crue's management, has said that Bret Michaels knows the tour isn't happening and that "he's trying to will it."
Bret has said that the joint tour is a dream he's had for years, and that it "would be an incredible night of rock for the fans."
Here's what Michaels had to say about his idea being shut down:
"Oh well, you can't blame me for trying to put together what I thought would be a great tour for the fans."
There's something kind of sad about this. Bret sounds SO disappointed!
Come on, Motley Crue! It could be an EPIC tour!


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Celebrity Juice, Not from Concentrate 



Veloce Hats



Cameron Picardi.

Remember the name because this young entrepreneur is someone who is going to keep doing great things.   One of his ventures that is blowing up right now is Veloce Hats.   Super cool hats that infuse his unique style with current aesthetic along with the laisez faire LA lifestyle and cachet.  





For more information check out the website: www.VeloceHats.com

Farrah Fawcett Barbie

Wow- Barbie has come out with a special Farrah Fawcett Barbie that will only be sold this holiday season.   You can check out their website for details but the doll is already SOLD OUT so finding one will be a real issue.

I am blown away by this- it looks really great and they did an amazing job making it exactly like the iconic poster.   The doll was available for $1,500.   That is one expensive Barbie!  

MattyB raps live

I already posted this SEVEN YEAR OLD rapping his remake of Willow Smith's 'Whip My Hair' but now he appeared live on the Wendy Williams show- pretty amazing for a tiny child, right?

Glee - Singing in the Rain/Umbrella Mashup

I will watch the episode later today but here is the video of Gwyneth Paltrow singing a mashup of Singin' in the Rain and Umbrella.

Nov 16, 2010

POISON & MOTLEY CRUE GOING ON TOUR 2011

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I thought the BSB/NKOTB concert (on my birthday in NY) would be the most amazing birthday present for this year- now I find out that MOTLEY CRUE and POISON are going on tour too!!!!   I AM GOING TO THIS ONE- so keep checking back if you care because I will definitely post info about it!

Poison has been making music for 25 years- and Motley Crue has been doing it for 30 years- and this tour will celebrate that!   I am so excited!

Once Upon A Mattress - Matthew Morrison & Zooey Deschanel

Once again, I am flummoxed- what is this movie and how did I miss it?   Hilarious to watch 'Mr. Schue' singing and still looking goofy with Zooey who I think is utterly fascinating.

Darren Criss LIVE 'Teenage Dream'


Performed live at The Mint is LA- 'Teenage Dream'

Marvel GelaSkins for your iPhone (and other Apple stuff)

not a huge comic fan (just never got into it when I was younger) but I appreciate the artwork and know just enough about some superhero's and villains to enjoy most comic themed movies...so when I got an email from GelaSkins that I could buy skins for my iPhone with super people on them, my curiosity piqued and I started browsing.....
http://gelaskins.com/collaborators/Marvel
Marvel
Marvel counts among its characters such well-known properties as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Wolverine, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Daredevil, the Punisher, Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange and others. Most of Marvel's fictional characters operate in a single reality known as the Marvel Universe, with locales set in real-life cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The comic-book arm of the company started in 1939 as Timely Publications, and by the 1950s had generally become known as Atlas Comics. Marvel's modern incarnation dates from 1961, with the launching of Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others.

UnstoppableLeader Of The XmenDark ProtectorRachel's Power
The Dark MutantSpace SurfinThe Dark PhoenixThe Best There Is

There are so many more but they are a pain to format and I don't know which are more desirable to whom so just go check them out for yourself....super cool!

Nov 15, 2010

Taylor Momsen - Shake'n'Bake

I remember this commercial!

San Diego TSA Screening Catastrophe

I read this article today and then followed the link to read the actual account of what happened and watch the videos...although the TSA officials, agents and officers DEFINITELY tried to menace and pressure John, he was adamant that he not be touched.   While I agree that he has that right and that the TSA was being unnecessarily rigid in their stance with him, he also could have just avoided all of it if he hadn't stated the red flag statement 'If you touch my junk I will have you arrested'.   I don't know the TSA official policy but my guess is that the staff is instructed to immediately escalate any situation where a passenger says anything remotely along those same lines.   Once it was escalated, well...it keeps rising!   Because it's all (mostly) recorded it is unlikely the TSA will go ahead with the threatened suit but if they do, he will probably counter sue (he will probably sue anyway) and win.   Because people make mistakes when doing their jobs, they lose legal ground- until the officials escorted him out of security they were on the think line of right and wrong- after they made him leave, and then came back and started up again, they lose all credibility.   All of this is OF COURSE assuming that John's account of the events is exact...there are two additional posts he has since put up detailing why he filmed in the first place and an update- they are at the bottom but I am not going to include them since this is already VERY long....

San Diego, CA - Refusal of Calif Airport Screening Is Internet Hit

San Diego, CA - A man who refused a body scan and pat-down search at a San Diego airport has become an Internet sensation in the debate weighing fliers’ security versus their privacy.
John Tyner posted a cell phone audio recording of his half-hour encounter Saturday at Lindbergh Field.
The software engineer couldn’t board a flight after refusing a full-body scan that reveals an image of what’s under his clothes. He also wouldn’t allow a Transportation Security Administration worker to conduct a groin check. Tyner tells the worker, “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”Tyner’s blog says he left the airport — but only after being threatened with a lawsuit and fine for failing to complete security screening.

A TSA statement Sunday said body scans and pat-downs make flying safer.

After reading it I clicked onto John Tyner's blog to read and watch the video's for myself:

13 NOVEMBER 2010

TSA encounter at SAN

[These events took place roughly between 5:30 and 6:30 AM, November 13th in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport. I'm writing this approximately 2 1/2 hours after the events transpired, and they are correct to the best of my recollection. I will admit to being particularly fuzzy on the exact order of events when dealing with the agents after getting my ticket refunded; however, all of the events described did occur.
I had my phone recording audio and video of much of these events. It can be viewed below.
Please spread this story as far and wide as possible. I will make no claims to copyright or otherwise.]

This morning, I tried to fly out of San Diego International Airport but was refused by the TSA. I had been somewhat prepared for this eventuality. I have been reading about the millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray machines and the possible harm to health as well as the vivid pictures they create of people's naked bodies. Not wanting to go through them, I had done my  research on the TSA's website prior to traveling to see if SAN had them. From all indications, they did not. When I arrived at the security line, I found that the TSA's website was out of date. SAN does in fact utilize backscatter x-ray machines.

I made my way through the line toward the first line of "defense": the TSA ID checker. This agent looked over my boarding pass, looked over my ID, looked at me and then back at my ID. After that, he waved me through. SAN is still operating metal detectors, so I walked over to one of the lines for them. After removing my shoes and making my way toward the metal detector, the person in front of me in line was pulled out to go through the backscatter machine. After asking what it was and being told, he opted out. This left the machine free, and before I could go through the metal detector, I was pulled out of line to go through the backscatter machine. When asked, I half-chuckled and said, "I don't think so." At this point, I was informed that I would be subject to a pat down, and I waited for another agent.

A male agent (it was a female who had directed me to the backscatter machine in the first place), came and waited for me to get my bags and then directed me over to the far corner of the area for screening. After setting my things on a table, he turned to me and began to explain that he was going to do a "standard" pat down. (I thought to myself, "great, not one of those gropings like I've been reading about".) After he described, the pat down, I realized that he intended to touch my groin. After he finished his description but before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, "if you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested." He, a bit taken aback, informed me that he would have to involve his supervisor because of my comment.

We both stood there for no more than probably two minutes before a female TSA agent (apparently, the supervisor) arrived. She described to me that because I had opted out of the backscatter screening, I would now be patted down, and that involved running hands up the inside of my legs until they felt my groin. I stated that I would not allow myself to be subject to a molestation as a condition of getting on my flight. The supervisor informed me that it was a standard administrative security check and that they were authorized to do it. I repeated that I felt what they were doing was a sexual assault, and that if they were anyone but the government, the act would be illegal. I believe that I was then informed that if I did not submit to the inspection, I would not be getting on my flight. I again stated that I thought the search was illegal. I told her that I would be willing to submit to a walk through the metal detector as over 80% of the rest of the people were doing, but I would not be groped. The supervisor, then offered to go get her supervisor.

I took a seat in a tiny metal chair next to the table with my belongings and waited. While waiting, I asked the original agent (who was supposed to do the pat down) if he had many people opt out to which he replied, none (or almost none, I don't remember exactly). He said that I gave up a lot of rights when I bought my ticket. I replied that the government took them away after September 11th. There was silence until the next supervisor arrived. A few minutes later, the female agent/supervisor arrived with a man in a suit (not a uniform). He gave me a business card identifying him as David Silva, Transportation Security Manager, San Diego International Airport. At this point, more TSA agents as well as what I assume was a local police officer arrived on the scene and surrounded the area where I was being detained. The female supervisor explained the situation to Mr. Silva. After some quick back and forth (that I didn't understand/hear), I could overhear Mr. Silva say something to the effect of, "then escort him from the airport." I again offered to submit to the metal detector, and my father-in-law, who was near by also tried to plead for some reasonableness on the TSA's part.

The female supervisor took my ID at this point and began taking some kind of report with which I cooperated. Once she had finished, I asked if I could put my shoes back on. I was allowed to put my shoes back on and gather my belongs. I asked, "are we done here" (it was clear at this point that I was going to be escorted out), and the local police officer said, "follow me". I followed him around the side of the screening area and back out to the ticketing area. I said apologized to him for the hassle, to which he replied that it was not a problem.

I made my way over to the American Airlines counter, explained the situation, and asked if my ticket could be refunded. The woman behind the counter furiously typed away for about 30 seconds before letting me know that she would need a supervisor. She went to the other end of the counter. When she returned, she informed me that the ticket was non-refundable, but that she was still trying to find a supervisor. After a few more minutes, she was able to refund my ticket. I told her that I had previously had a bad experience with American Airlines and had sworn never to fly with them again (I rationalized this trip since my father-in-law had paid for the ticket), but that after her helpfulness, I would once again be willing to use their carrier again.

At this point, I thought it was all over. I began to make my way to the stairs to exit the airport, when I was approached by another man in slacks and a sport coat. He was accompanied by the officer that had escorted me to the ticketing area and Mr. Silva. He informed me that I could not leave the airport. He said that once I start the screening in the secure area, I could not leave until it was completed. Having left the area, he stated, I would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine. I asked him if he was also going to fine the 6 TSA agents and the local police officer who escorted me from the secure area. After all, I did exactly what I was told. He said that they didn't know the rules, and that he would deal with them later. They would not be subject to civil penalties. I then pointed to Mr. Silva and asked if he would be subject to any penalties. He is the agents' supervisor, and he directed them to escort me out. The man informed me that Mr. Silva was new and he would not be subject to penalties, either. He again asserted the necessity that I return to the screening area. When I asked why, he explained that I may have an incendiary device and whether or not that was true needed to be determined. I told him that I would submit to a walk through the metal detector, but that was it; I would not be groped. He told me that their procedures are on their website, and therefore, I was fully informed before I entered the airport; I had implicitly agreed to whatever screening they deemed appropriate. I told him that San Diego was not listed on the TSA's website as an airport using Advanced Imaging Technology, and I believed that I would only be subject to the metal detector. He replied that he was not a webmaster, and I asked then why he was referring me to the TSA's website if he didn't know anything about it. I again refused to re-enter the screening area.

The man asked me to stay put while he walked off to confer with the officer and Mr. Silva. They went about 20 feet away and began talking amongst themselves while I waited. I couldn't over hear anything, but I got the impression that the police officer was recounting his version of the events that had transpired in the screening area (my initial refusal to be patted down). After a few minutes, I asked loudly across the distance if I was free to leave. The man dismissively held up a finger and said, "hold on". I waited. After another minute or so, he returned and asked for my name. I asked why he needed it, and reminded him that the female supervisor/agent had already taken a report. He said that he was trying to be friendly and help me out. I asked to what end. He reminded me that I could be sued civilly and face a $10,000 fine and that my cooperation could help mitigate the penalties I was facing. I replied that he already had my information in the report that was taken and I asked if I was free to leave. I reminded him that he was now illegally detaining me and that I would not be subject to screening as a condition of leaving the airport. He told me that he was only trying to help (I should note that his demeanor never suggested that he was trying to help. I was clearly being interrogated.), and that no one was forcing me to stay. I asked if tried to leave if he would have the officer arrest me. He again said that no one was forcing me to stay. I looked him in the eye, and said, "then I'm leaving". He replied, "then we'll bring a civil suit against you", to which I said, "you bring that suit" and walked out of the airport.

This video starts with my bag and belongings going through the x-ray machine.They're kind of long, and they don't show much, but the audio is really good.


I was in the middle of telling someone that if I was going to be felt up, I wanted it done in public so that everyone could see what it is that the TSA does. Here is the rest of that video.


After I was escorted out to the ticketing area, I went to have my ticket refunded. I didn't have the opportunity or the presence of mind to turn the camera back on until everyone walked away from me.


Related articles:

More about my TSA encounter at SAN
Motivation of my filming of my TSA encounter

The Power of Bob Marley

Love it- there seem to be a lot more videos lately of kids having meltdowns and then hearing specific songs and totally mellowing out- case in point:

Way to go Marley!!!!

9 Reasons...New York vs. Los Angeles (per Guest of a Guest)

As a bicoastal bunny I read this list with fascination because most of the items NY-ers deem negative about LA and vice versa are usually the things I find I love the most or are bigger issues in the city doing the complaining!   Also, so many of the things that are listed as negatives in LA are actually SO MUCH WORSE in New York- traffic, parking, taxis, snobs, food....and how can you possibly think NY has more 'going on'?   New York is just a LOT more people desperate for whatever it is in life they are frantically chasing after, so much  so that they will put up with crazy traffic, insane real estate prices and godawful weather just to be able to stay in the city.   Yick.   Quality of life over hustle and bustle, dirt and grime any day!

Oh yeah, and GO LAKERS!!!

You can read each article, but I also included them in full in this blog
9 Reason We're Glad We Don't Live in LA
9 Reasons We're Glad We Don't Live in NYC


9 Reasons We're Glad We Don't Live In LA (And One Reason Why We Wish We Did)

Nov 10, 2010 3:26 pm
Charlotte Ronson's quote from earlier this morning really got us thinking: Can we imagine actually living in Los Angeles instead of New York? Well we can imagineit, but we don't like to.-
It's no secret that America's two biggest cities have a bit of a rivalry. And sometimes we get pretty jealous when Rachelle gets to leave New York for LA's balmier skies.  But instead of being jealous of LA's 72 degree weather, we're putting our envy to good use, and listing all the reasons we're glad to live here, and not there.
We polled our ex-pat Angeleno friends, and came up with some pretty compelling reasons.
Don't worry: we're fully expecting a rebuttal from GofG LA.
1. Traffic
After a hard day of work and an hour in the 110, not even the best radio station/podcast/mix/book-on-tape can distract us from claustrophobia and indiscriminate rage. Even happily single twenty-somethings find themselves with a sudden urge to procreate, just so they can use the mother effing carpool lane. [via]
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2. Parking
Didn't you know? Parking is actually ten times more obnoxious than traffic. Because worse than being unable to arrive at your destination, is having to circle the block 30 times until someone pulls out. Or finding a metered parking spot when you don't have change.  Or being towed, because at 8:00 the spot becomes a tow zone, and it's 8:03.
3.  No autumn leaves, or Christmas snow.
Ever notice how in LA, people really go all out on Christmas decorations? It's because they have to make up for the fact that sunny beach weather isn't exactly Christmas-y. Pumpkins next to palm trees? Doesn't really work. And the whole LA trend of wearing scarves and mittens and hats and Uggs when it's 59 degrees out is just obnoxious. We'd gladly trade weather with LA in February and March, but November and December in New York are perfectly chilly and cozy. [via]
4.  You think Williamsburg is obnoxious? Try Silver Lake.
In the land of sunshine and superficiality, they have to work extra hard to be appropriately moody and alternative. New Yorkers don't take LA arts seriously, but that's ok because the hipsters take it seriously enough for everyone. [via]
5. Cabs as a Necessity, and not a luxury.
LA makes it nearly impossible to "stop by for a few drinks", because you always know you have to drive home.  It means someone in your group always has to be a designated driver (lame), or you have to get a taxi, which are way more expensive than the New York counterparts!
6. Even "The City" was more respectable than "The Hills"
The most hated character on "The Hills" was a girl who dropped her friends and family for a smarmy, celebrity-seeking manipulative guy who encouraged her to get plastic surgery until she was no longer recognizable. The most hated character on "The City" had a job, ambition, a boyfriend that she kept off-camera. Also, though The Kardashians and The Millionaire Matchmaker have both, unfortunately, moved to New York, we'd like to point out that they are 100% products of LA! [via]
7. New York City has better coffee, and EVERY coffee shop has free wireless.
I feel so bad for LA screenwriters, having to put up with the horrible coffee at Coffee Bean And Tea Leaf just to enjoy free wireless. Some cafes in LA have it, but most don't--infuriating! New York has a cool, independent coffee shop on every block, but even our cheapest coffee is better than the LA equivalent. (Dunkin Donuts for the win!)
8.  "I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light."
Woody Allen said it best! OF course, we'd be naive to completely discount LA's arts scene, which has some of the best theater, opera, and music in the country. But at best it matches New York--doesn't beat it. And for every impressive LA museum (The Getty, MOCA), Brooklyn has 10 and Manhattan has 20.
9. Everything is happening in New York!
When we're in New York, we hardly ever hear of something happening in LA and get bummed to be missing it. When we're in LA, there are always 100 things going on in NY that we're missing out on. This week alone, the VH1 Awards, The Guggenheim Gala, The Glamour's Women Of The Year Awards, and The Victoria Secret Fashion Show. And it's only Wednesday!
and one reason we're jealous...
The Mexican Food
We just ordered from La Esquina today. They were out of avocados. What. The. Hell.
Alright Team LA, hit us with your best shot!


9 Reasons We're Glad We Don't Live In NYC (Our Response To GofG NYC)

Nov 11, 2010 5:05 pm
Yesterday, our NYC office decided toenumerate the reasons they're glad they don't live in L.A. citing the many aspects about their hometown they feel are superior. Did we detect a hint of bitterness in their words written from the office they're holed up in to keep warm in the city's chilly 50° temps as we read them outside in a t-shirt next to the pool?Absolutely. We're used to the slights and put-downs about L.A. from jealous parties, but in this case we felt compelled to respond accordingly. [Photo via]
We polled some once pasty ex-New Yorkers now living here who have since achieved a healthy golden glow and compiled our own list of reasons we're glad we don't live in NYC and are fortunate enough to call L.A. home.
1. Because I'm writing this poolside from my backyard, wearing my GAP floral print boxer shorts in November.
As much as New Yorkers claim to love the seasons, Ugg boots and coats are a necessity for them, and merely a matter of fashion taste (however misguided) for us. Our beautiful 72ยบ average and endless sunny days grant us freedom from the issue of outerwear, and whether a place has a reliable coat check doesn't dictate where we choose to go out at night. It's got to sting for NYC when we're having outdoor holiday parties while they're laying on the floor of the American Airlines terminal at JFK because they're grounded waiting for the blizzard to pass.[Photo via
2. Living situations.
Rent for a New York City apartment with a makeshift wall dividing the one bedroom with a cockroach problem into a "double" for you and your roommate could get you a lovely hardwood floor apartment twice the size that is actually one bedroom—not a studio—in a quaint area of West Hollywood. Because the dollar gets you so much more out here, L.A.'s first-year assistants don't have to live like college freshmen even though their yearly salary is $10-15k less than the NYC third-year junior publicist who's about to get promoted.
3. Times Square.
GofG NYC's reason that Silver Lake's moody hipster quotient is more obnoxious than Williamsburg's is a matter of opinion and we'd counter the opposite. But that doesn't even matter since NYC has Times Square, which is arguably the most obnoxious place on earth.[Photo via]
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4. Weed.
A few days ago, our governor said "I mean, no one cares if you smoke a joint or not" with regard to California's marijuana laws. Being caught with up to an ounce of Cali's finest now carries the same weight and consequences as a speeding ticket. On paper our laws may not be much different from NYC's, but the general regard for possession of weed here is very lax and the frequency of Los Angelites between the ages 18 and 40 of who are members of the Cannabis Club, or are supplied regularly by a friend who is, is comparable to that of those who are lefties. Even with the shutter of hundreds of shops after the city ordinance passed in June, there are still plenty within a reasonable distance of any given location. Plus, everyone knows our sticky green, which is indeed sticky, is of the highest quality.
5. Everyone likes "Entourage" better than "How To Make It In America".
Do you even know the show I'm talking about? Had to think about it for a second? Exactly. That's because HBO's series that was meant to be the NYC version of "Entourage" paled in comparison. Instead of being the pretty brunette New Yorker sister to the hit Hollywood show, it was more like the redheaded stepchild. Sure, Bryan Greenberg was the star and Kid Cudi was sort of in it, but we have Sloan, Debi Mazar who kills it as Shauna, Scott Caan, porn star-cum-legit it girl actress Sasha Grey, and Ari Gold.
6. In Response to GofG NYC's #6The only reason there was a hit primetime MTV show based in NYC was because Whitney Port moved there from L.A.
"The City" was probably more respectable than "The Hills." I stopped watching after season 1 because I was bored so I'll take Chiara's word for it. But guess who brought "The City" to NYC? Whitney Port, who is also a 100% born and bred product of L.A. So you're welcome, New York. [Photo via]
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7. The Lakers: the team, the games, & the fans
Need we say more? Okay fine. They're only the best franchise in the NBA, with 16 championship titles, two of which they won the last two years in a row. Kobe. Pau. Derek. Artest. Bynum. Plus Lamar and Shannon, not to mention Phil mothereffing Jackson. It's widely accepted that attending a Lakers game is an exceptional experience, even for someone who isn't into sports since the crowd of Lakers fans is by far the best looking of all the teams in the NBA and the chances of seeing Leo, a Beckham or your favorite rock star, in addition to Jack Nicholson, is a guarantee. The Knicks? Whatever. I prefer my players not be butt buddies with Anna Wintour. This is the NBA, not tea time at Bergdorf's. VIVA LOS LAKERS!!! [Photo via]
8. Our Mexican food is actually made by Mexicans.
Not Puerto Ricans. And it's delicious. Great Mexican food can be found in L.A. as easily as a greasy slice of pizza in NYC. And our Mexican establishments would never run out of avocado. That would be blasphemous. In fact, avocado is plentiful here and served at almost every restaurant, on top of burgers, in salad, omelets, you name it.[Photo via]
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9. Because you can live in the same place for years and never once have an encounter with your neighbors.
Literally. My family has lived in the same house for 20+ years and no one's ever met two of the four surrounding neighbors. It's awesome. In NYC you have an intimate knowledge of what your neighbors are up to whether you want to or not. Generally you don't want to. PS: it goes both ways; they know about all of your shit too.  And then you have to interact with them in the elevators and stuff. Awkward.
And our reason we sometimes wish we lived in NYC:
We think we speak for all Angelenos when we say that it would be so nice not to HAVE to drive a car. Especially when we want to go out and drink. It would also be nice if our nightlife didn't have a citywide 2am curfew.