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Super 8

Super 8 Motels
~ Worldwide ~

I’ve spent many nights at the Super 8 – some locations are amazing, others can be seedy. It depends on the city and the manager, neighborhood, and environment. They are one of the world’s largest budget hotel chains – with motels throughout the United States, Canada, and China. They are part of the Wyndham Worldwide chain. The chain was started by Dennis Brown in 1972 alongside his partner Ron Rivett in 1973. They started renting rooms for $8.88/night which gave name to “Super 8”. The first motel was in Aberdeen South Dakota, hosting 60 rooms in 1974. It had a stucco exterior with an English Tudor style inspired by Rivett’s father-in-law who did stucco construction for a living, the remaining architecture was created by Rivett. Through the years they kept the English Tudor style as well as locating themselves near Holiday Inn’s as a marketing strategy. The first franchise was sold in 1976 in Gillette, Wyoming. They broke out of the Midwest in 1978 opening up in New York and Washington State. In 1976 they created a VIP club program which was later purchased by Hospitality Franchise Systems, then Cendant in 1993. This was dissolved in 2003 and replaced by TripRewards converting to Wyndham Rewards in 2008. By 2014 they had over 2,390 hotels. They opened their first hotel in China during 2004 in Beijing. They offer their guests standard amenities including free WiFi, a continental breakfast, hair dryers, coffee makers, laundry, and a lobby. Some locations have pools and meeting rooms, while some of the larger Super 8’s have restaurants.

Locations I’ve visited:

  • Lincoln City, Oregon: 3517 N, US-101, Lincoln City, OR 97367; (541) 996-9900. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. This location has a fabulous tourism placement across from a public beach. Its a rather small building and hotel with few rooms. Its less than a mile from the Chinook Winds casino. They have mini-fridges and microwaves in the room, coin laundry, free coffee, truck parking, and a small conference room. Its located along Highway 101.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Disney California Adventure

Disney’s California Adventure
https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disney-california-adventure/

The Americanized cartoon-famed Adventure Park by Disney is one of my more recent Theme Park tromping grounds I’ve had the pleasure to go to thanks to my brother being Technical Director at Disney and him being able to guest in family and friends. This is a favorite of my son Prince Cian as well. One of my more favorite sections is “It’s a Bug’s Life” where one can imagine themselves shrunken to insect-size walking around the blades of grass based around Disney Pixar’s Film of the same name. The Ant island is pretty cool as well in the Bug’s Life Theater. The Jumpin Jellyfish lets you sour into the sky above Paradise Bay on a jellyfish on a parachute-style ride. The the all time favorite Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure has a music filled adventure in her underwater world. Exploring the land of “Cars” was my son’s favorite where he could race in a race-car through canyonlands and meet Lightning McQueen and Tater the tow truck. Good fun different than Disney across the lot.

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Family time at Disney’s California Adventure ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=30907), Los Angeles, California. “A California Adventure” – New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken April 8, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

Family time at Disney’s California Adventure ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=30907), Los Angeles, California. “A California Adventure” – New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken April 8, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Fairmount Park – Riverside, California

Fairmount Park
~ 2601 Fairmount Boulevard, Riverside, California * https://riversideca.gov/park_rec/facilities-parks ~

This stunning park was just right around the corner from our duplex in the heart of Riverside, California. Therefore it was a favorite place of ours to walk to and let our little Prince play at the playground and around the lakes. Fairmount Park was also listed as on the the American Planning Association’s top rated places in America. It is located south of the Santa Ana River and Route 60. Known as a “Frontline Park” since 2011, it was designed by Olmsted and Olsted in 1911 involving the creation of Lake Evans in 1924. After incidents of severe crimes took place in the area, damages by floods and deterioration of Lake Evans the Park was rehabilitated and revitalized in 2001, including the addition of a playground costing over 2.5 million dollars to build. The park has 2 tennis courts, a golf course, public barbecues, boat rentals, sailing, fishing, running, jogging, and walking trails along the Santa Ana River Trail. Summer concert series take place each year.

Rated: 3.8 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Fairmount Park – Riverside, California. Investigating the Inland Empire – Life in Riverside, California: Chronicle 10 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Photos taken August 02, 2015. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=15559. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions. All rights reserved.

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Riverside, California

Riverside, California

In the heart of the Inland Empire is a city called “Riverside” as it is located alongside the Santa Ana River. It is the most populated city in the Inland Empire and Riverside County, becoming the county seat for the same named county it resides in. It is located 55 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and considered part of the Greater Los Angeles area being the 59th most populated city in the United States and the 12th most populated in California. The 2010 Census stated it having a population of 303,871 residents.

Riverside was founded around 1870 hosting the California citrus industry, expansion, and tourism. The area was originally inhabited by the Cahuilla and Serrano Native American peoples. In the late 1700’s white Westerners began moving in and early 1800’s saw large ranches being built by Bernardo Yorba and Juan Bandini. By the 1860’s Louis Prevost launched the California Silk Center Association – a short lived experiment in sericulture. After it failed, John W. North purchased some of the experimental lands and formed the Southern California Colony Association to promote the area’s development. By March of 1870 North distributed posters announcing the formation of a colony in California. Years later some naval orange trees were planted here and found great success that full scale planting began and the area was overrun with orchards.

Riverside is home to the Mission Inn – the largest Mission Revival style building in the United States as well as the Riverside National Cemetery. It is also home to the University of California Riverside branch. There is a notable Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, California Museum of Photography, California Citrus State Historic Park, the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, and a Drive-In theater.

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Mission Inn (Riverside, CA)

Historic Mission Inn
~ Riverside, California ~

Along Highway 395 and the Riverside Downtown/Street Mall is the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa one of Riverside’s most notable Historic Landmarks. It boasts numerous architectural styles but is considered the largest Mission Revival Style Building in the United States. It is currently owned by Duane and Kelly Roberts. Originally it began as a Adobe style boarding house called the “Glenwood Cottage” built by engineer Christopher Columbus Miller on November 22, 1876. The Hotel was purchased by their son in February 1880 and created a full-service hotel by the early 1900’s taking advantage of the Citrus boom, warm weather, and wealthy travelers coming to the area from the East Coast and Europe. In 1902 it was re-named “Glenwood Mission Inn” and that was when various architectural styles were incorporated into its style based on Miller’s vision for eclectic structure drawn from various revivals, influences, and styles including Spanish Gothic, Mission Revival Style, Moorish Revival, Spanish Colonial Style, Spanish Colonial Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Mediterranean Revival Style. The hotel is complicated and intricately built with narrow passageways, exterior arcades, a medieval style clock, a five story rotunda, patios, windows, castle towers, minareets, a Cloister Wing with catacombs, flying buttresses, Mediterranean domes, and a pedestrian sky bridge. Miller was also a world explorer and over thirty years of ownership brought back treasures from around the world to add into the hotel.

The St. Francis Chapel has four large stained glass windows and two original mosaics created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1906 that were salvaged from the Madison Square Presbyterian Church. The “Rayas Altar” is in Mexican Baroque style sitting 25 feet tall x 16 feet width made of cedar and covered in gold leaf. There is a Garden of Bells with over 800 bells from all over the world including one dating to 1247. In 1932 he opened the St. Francis Atrio hosting the “Famous Fliers Walls” commemorating notable aviators including Amelia Earheart. Today it has 151 fliers honored on the wall.

After Frank died in 1935 the Inn was run by his daughter and her husband Allis and Dewitt Hutchings. They died in 1956 and from thence forward saw various ownership changes including some of the rooms converted to apartments and used for dorms at UC Riverside. It was almost purchased from St. John’s College for a western campus but lost the bid when John Gaw Meem donated them land in Santa Fe. It was then acquired by the Carley Capital Group and saw massive renovations in 1985. In December 1992 it was sold to Duane Roberts who completed the renovations and reopened it to the public. Today it offers a hotel, spa, outdoor pool, museum, and fine dining. They now host annually a Festival of lights, Pumpkin stroll, and Ghost walks.

Rated: 5 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts (Riverside, California)


~ Riverside, California ~

Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts is located in the Riverside Downtown/Street Mall and is an extension of art displays from the University of California at Riverside. The Center hosts art installations, weekly film programs, musicals, dances, and theatrical performances in dynamic settings recognizing that artists play a crucial role in our society. They continued preservation of the arts with a series of lectures, symposiums, and community forums. The main level hosts an expansive atrium gallery beneath a 40′ high skylight, home to the Sweeney Art Gallery, hosts a 72 seated screening room, and a cafe. On Level 2 there is a Media Lab, dance studios, black box with green screen, and a sound recording studio. The lower level houses the California Museum of Photography’s Important Keystone Mast Collection of stereo-graphs preserved in state of the art seismically isolated cabinets.

Rated: Unrated of 5 stars. This location has not been visited. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Cesar Chavez Memorial Statue (Riverside, California)


~ Riverside, CaliforniaCalifornia ~

In the heart of the Riverside Downtown/Street Mall is a statue/monument dedicated the the Human Rights advocate Cesar Chavez who was one of California’s notable farm workers, labor leaders, and civil rights activists. It is located near University Avenue next to statues of Martin Luther King Junior, Mohandas Gandhi, Ahn Chang-Ho, Ysmael Villegas, and citrus pioneer and activist Eliza Tibbets.

Cesar Estrada Chavez, born March 31, 1926 in Yuma, Arizona with five other siblings became a migrant farm working family in 1937 after his family lost their farm in the Great Depression. He left school during the 8th grade to work full time in the fields spending his youth and adulthood travelling along the southwest working in vineyards and farms learning first hand the trials and injustices of migrant farm worker’s life. He attended over three dozen elementary and middle schools through his life. Even though he had to give up his education to work, he continued reading and studying philosophy through economics believing that “the end of all education should surely be service to others”. They settled in San Jose California in 1939 living in a barrio called Sal Si Puedes. He joined the U.S. Navy when he turned 17 in 1944 for 2 years during the reverberation of World War II. Upon his return from service he married Helen Fabela while working the vineyards. He became a community advocate in 1952 and organized the Community Service Organization civil rights group organizing voter registration drives, speeches to support worker’s rights, and campaigns against racial and economic discrimination and became the national director in the early 1960’s. He resigned in 1962 to establish the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta creating the United Farm Workers (UFW). He spent the next three decades leading the first successful farm worker’s union in American history. This led him to become a true American Hero who eventually died in his sleep on April 23, 1993 near Yuma, Arizona close to his early family farm.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Riverside California downtown street mall

Pedestrian Street Mall of Riverside
~ Riverside, California ~

In downtown Riverside, California is a “Riverside Renaissance Project” that is currently going under a $10 million dollar renovation. It includes a Pedestrian Street Mall stretching along Main Street from 5th to 10th street. It was officially opened in 1966 and closed to motor vehicles invigorated by statues, art, and fountains. It is flanked by the City Hall and the Convention Center. It contains the historic Mission Inn and the Cesar Chavez Monument, as well as the Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts.

Rated: 3 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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US California Highway 395

California US Highway 395

US California Highway 395
~ California – NEVADA – OREGON ~

Highway 395 runs from California, through Nevada, to Oregon over 556 miles in length. It was founded in the 1930’s. It runs from Interstate 15 from Hesperia, California to the Oregon State line in Modoc County near Goose Lake. It cuts into Nevada servicing Carson City and Reno. It services San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Owens Valley, Mammoth Lakes, and Mono Lake in California and gives access to Mount Whitney and Death Valley. The route has been used since the California Gold Rush and before obtaining this route number had many different names including the El Camino Sierra. California has designated it as a scenic highway from Fort Independence to Fort Springs Road in Inyo County and from Inyo-Mono County line to Walker as parts of the highway pass through “memorable landscapes” with no visual intrusions. From Lone Pine north to the Nevada state line occurs a high concentration of natural hot springs called the “hot springs jackpot”. Around Lone Pine the highway passes by the Manzanar National Historic district where Japanese Americans were imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II. The highway passes Mono Lake and the Sierra crest as well as Conway Summit. The highway also passes by the ghost town known as Bodie that still has items on shelves in abandoned stores. The highway goes over the summit of Devil’s Gate Pass at 7,519 feet above sea level separating the East and West Walker Rivers and passes by Topaz Lake near the California-Nevada State line.

The highway leaves California around Topaz Lake for 87 miles in Nevada connecting Reno and Carson City, goes over the Simee Dimeh Summit, exits the mountains to the receding escarpment of the Sierra Nevadas entering California as a freeway dwindling to a divided highway just past the state line following Long Valley Creek to Honey Lake heading north following a rail line built by the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway. It goes through Lassen County for 3 miles. The highway goes around the west side of the 73 square mile Honey Lake towards Susanville which it does not enter looping around the Susanville Municipal Airport. It then bends around Shaffer Mountain, crosses the Modoc Plateau, serving the towns of Ravendale, Termo, and Madeline in Lassen County parallels the South Fork of the Pit River to the confluence with the North Fork in Alturas. It then follows North Fork Pit River across Modoc County to Goose Lake and junctions with SR 299 in Alturas then for the last 50 miles parallels the east shore of Goose Lake crossing into Oregon at New Pine Creek, Oregon.

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Hotel California – Urban Legend?

Hotel California, Around San Francisco, California.

The Hotel California, Fact myth or legend?
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Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

“The Hotel California” ~
A fictional place, but full of urban myths and legends.

The “California Hotel” photo above, is NOT of course the place of the legend from the Song, nor was it the headquarters for Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan. I’m actually not sure of the history of the actual hotel in this photo, but it called to mind my memories about this urban legend. (The photo above MIGHT be the California Hotel of historic landmarks, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Hotel as it was in Oakland. The California Hotel historic is a important cultural center for the African-American community of San Francisco’s East ay during the 40’s-60’s, it experienced severe economic difficulties and turned into subsidized housing in the 80s)

I first came across the urban legend in 1990 at the Starwood festival when I was hanging out with a Satanist from the Church of Satan who first told me the tale … “one of the members of the Eagles was at this bar and got drunk with Anton LaVey’s daughter, she brought him home that night to her hotel room (at the Hotel California where supposedly the headquarters of the Church of Satan resided), they became lovers. Apparently he was so tied up in the affair with her that he disregarded showing up to band practice or responsibilities, and in a sense “never could leave” the hotel. When He snapped out of it, he apparently wrote the song about the experience hanging with the Church of Satan. A similar tale was told to me by my mentor Isaac Bonewits, founder of ADF (Ar nDraoicht Fein – A Druid Fellowship) who briefly joined the Church in his youth, but was so rambunctious and a trouble maker, the Church of Satan actually kicked him out of their group. (I do know that to be true as I’ve seen historic film reels of him in their ranks. Apparently he was recruited after creating a parodic devil’s throne upon which he proselytized on at UoC Berkeley to harass the local bible thumper on campus. They ran across him, were impressed, and asked him to join. )

I digress, back to the original legend. Some claim that Larry Salter, the Eagle’s manage admitted in the Waco Tribune-Herald (Feb. 28, 1982) that the Eagles were involved with the Church of Satan. Oddly the Church of Satan was first legally registered as “Hotel California” (legal entity name). But the Eagles claim far and wide, they were not associated with the Church and it was a leap that people jumped to. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_California)

The Eagles claim that the “Hotel California” is an allegory about hedonism and greed in Southern California in the 1970s. As they first experienced California at that time, they were impressioned that California was about money, drugs, women, and fame – true hedonism, and they were disquieted by it all pushing that un-ease into their lyrics to warn others about the dark underside of such adulation – “a loss of innocence”, corruption of the artist in California imprisoned in a gilded prison that the artist freely enters that he cannot leave. It is not actually a place, but a metaphor of the west’s music industry and its effect on musicians ensnared by it. (http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/hotel.asp)

To make matters worse, many conspiracy theorists have marked that “Anton LaVey” (leader of the Church of Satan, San Francisco) can be seen in the balcony window as depicted on the album cover for the record “Hotel California”.

    Mirrors on the ceiling,
    The pink champagne on ice
    And she said ‘We are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
    And in the master’s chambers,
    They gathered for the feast
    They stab it with their steely knives,
    But they just can’t kill the beast

    Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the place I was before
    ‘Relax,’ said the night man,
    ‘We are programmed to receive.
    You can check-out any time you like,
    But you can never leave!’

The urban myth has odd facts and twisted thoughts behind it, and whether or not those with the inside knowledge are telling the truth and the Eagles are covering it up to save their reputation, or it is quite a bit of hog-wash and conjecture, we’ll never know. Frey and Henley claim that as much as people want to know what the song was about, they really don’t know themselves. It was an attempt at a “twilight zone” influence and many beliefs are abound. (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35347075)

Of course the fundamentalist Christian organizations still claim it is a Satanic song, the band was gifted their success by dealing with the Devil (dueling banjos) at the crossroads giving their lives for their success. They won’t let go of this urban legend regardless. (https://ministryofrock.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/is-hotel-california-satanic/, http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Wicca%20&%20Witchcraft/anton_lavey2.htm, https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-song-meaning-of-Hotel-California, https://stewartstaffordblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/does-satan-reside-at-the-hotel-california/)

And Cracked hosts a good explanation of it all here: http://www.cracked.com/article_19454_5-famous-hidden-song-meanings-that-are-total-b.s..html

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Hotel California, Around San Francisco, California. (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=33601) ~ Pacific Coast Highway 101 – Driving North to Oregon through California – Great Pacific Northwest Move 2013. Photos from Thursday, 26 September 2013. (c) 2013 – photo by Leaf McGowan, Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions (www.technogypsie.com/photography/). Purchase rights and/or permissions to use can be obtained at site listed here. To follow the adventure, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/. To read reviews visit http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/.

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Starbucks (Redding, CA – I-5)

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Starbucks (Redding, California)

Another frequent stopping location when I’m travelling up and down Interstate 5 from Northern to Southern California. The staff is friendly and great service. Shop is small but good internet. Had my usual Chai Creme Frappacino each time frequently and they made them good. Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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Starbucks (Stockton, CA I-5)

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Starbucks (Stockton, CA)

I’ve visited this quick on / quick off the interstate location for some pep for the long drives from North-Southern California which is especially thankful during the hot desert days. The location is small and is more or less a roadstop location. Staff was friendly and hospitable. Their Chai Creme Frappacino was not up to par during my visit. They gave me a free drink pass to compensate. Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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In-N-Out Burgers

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In-N-Out Burgers

I was first introduced to In-and-Out when I was living in Los Angeles as a paid audience member and extra for Hollywood, needing fast food, “in” and “out”. I was introduced to their un-advertised attraction, the leaf wraps. Those were back in the days when I had no problems with fast food or the health consequences of having that kind of diet. I have since made motions to thin out (and someday totally eliminate) fast food from my diet. Me and my wife are on the gluten-free path, so the idea of a leaf wrap sandwich when there was no other open food options sounded perhaps ‘healthier’ than some of the alternatives. While ditching the gluten by skipping the bun, it still was a mild option to the the extremes that is fast food. Traveling through the American Southwest we were curious to give it a gander. Personally in terms of fast food, its not much different than the others, though the quality outside of the lettuce was good tasting but same as most fast food. We were surprised they didn’t advertise the lettuce wrap option on their menu and that its more a “word-of-mouth” item, especially since its an element that makes them stick out from the others. The In-N-Out Burger chain is regional, with locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas. It was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in Baldwin Park, California in 1948. Their grandchild Lynsi Torres currently runs the operation. It is not franchised nor public, and has distribution centers in California; Phoenix, Arizona; Draper, Utah; and Dallas, Texas. They have not changed this practice in order to maintain quality and customer consistency. They are one of the few fast food chains in the U.S. to pay their employees higher than the state and federal mandated minimum wage guidelines. They offer three burger varieties – hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and the “Double-Double” (their trademarked double meat, double cheese). They also sell french fries, milkshakes (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), and typical fountain drinks. Burgers come with lettuce, tomato, optional onions, and their special sauce (like McDonald’s, a variant of thousand islands dressing). They do however have a secret menu available at most In-N-Outs. These can be found on their web site. These include a 3×3 (three patties, three slices of cheese), a 4×4 (four patties and four slices of cheese), 20×20, Neapolitan shakes, grilled cheese sandwich (no meat, two slices of melted cheese), Protein style (wrapped in lettuce – all ingredients of a burger just no buns), and Animal style (animal style: burger cooked in thin layer of mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, and extra spread – hot peppers option. Animal fries come with two slices of melted cheese, spread, and grilled onions on top). Their decor is red, white, and yellow branding – white building exterior and uniforms, red for the roof and aprons/hats, yellow for the roof’s decorative band and iconic zig-zag in the logo. They also plant palm trees often to form an “X” in front of the restaurants. One problem with In-N-Out is its secret proselytizing of Christianity. They print discreet references to Bible verses on their paper containers such as the Double-Double burger wrapper and the drink cup. These consist of the book, chapter, and number of the verse not the actual text of the passage. This came into play during the 1980’s when Rich Snyder was president, as a reflection of the Christian beliefs he held. Because of their fundamentalist Christian practices and the fact that the food is not healthy (not company specific – fast food overall), I will no longer frequent this company. For those of you desiring junk food and not minding the Christian fundamentalism, enjoy your GMO beef. Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

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Cafe Brazil (Los Angeles)

Cafe Brazil
* Marina Del Mar * 11736 West Washington Boulevard * Los Angeles, CA 90066 * (310) 391-1216 * http://www.cafe-brasil.com/ *

A great little hole in the wall cafe, with atmosphere and food divine. It is a little more pricey than others for the portions, but of high quality and taste. Not too crowded and a friendly staff. Charming. Cafe Brazil will tantalize your tastebuds. Good service. Great Friend Yucca and flan. The Shrimp and Pasta plate was delicious. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mitaki (Downtown L.A.)

Mitaki
* 630 W 6th St # 110 * Los Angeles, California * 90017-3254 * http://www.mitakirestaurants.net/ * (213) 482-4812 *

A fast, delicious, Japanese restaurant in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Named after the famous temple on Mount Mitaki, it means “three waterfalls”. The owners chose the name to give their customers a sense of comfort and gratification. To me though, the decor and style of the joint while artsy edge quick-food restaurant in a bustling metropolis, i didn’t get the sense of comfort nor gratification. Don’t get me wrong, the sushi was pretty decent. Though slower service than their image portrayed as a quick place to grab a bite to eat. The food however, a bonus, is very inexpensive. That is a plus in my arena. The shop has the fragrance of sushi and Japanese cooking. Some say the smell will follow you home. I didn’t notice. For the price, its a good stop. For the quality, I’d go somewhere else. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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The Happy/Sad Foot of Sunset Blvd

Happy/Sad Foot of Sunset Blvd
* Sunset Blvd. * Los Angeles, California *

There’s a whirling sign of a foot on crutches that locals claim has supernatural and mythical properties: The moment you glance at it … if it is a Happy Foot, good luck will come your way. If it is Unhappy, Bad luck comes your way. According to locals (& now Boingboing.net) this rotating sign that is the advertising sign for a Foot clinic will prophesize your luck. The sign rotates slowly. The urban myth has become so popular with locals and tourists, that it has been already immortalized in the book “You Don’t Love Me Yet” published in 2008 by Jonathan Lethem. He writes “Lucinda’s view took in a three quarter’s slice of the sign as it turned in its vigil over Sunset Boulevard: happy foot and sad foot suspended in dialog forever. The two images presented not so much a one-or-the-other choice as an eternal marriage of opposites, the emblem of some ancient foot-based philosophical system. This was Lucinda’s oracle: once glance to pick out the sad or happy foot, and a coin was flipped, to legislate any decision she’d delegated to the foot god.”

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Echoe Park Time Travel Mart

Echo Park Time Travel Mart
* Echo Park * Los Angeles, California * http://www.826national.org/stores/ * 1714 W Sunset Blvd * Los Angeles, CA 90026 * (213) 413-3388 *

In the heart of Echo Park is the thriving little convenience mart for “Time Travellers”. Is your flux capacitor out of commission? This is the place to go for repairs. Need leeches? They’ve got them in stock. Need a Toga in a jar? Need beards for disguises? weapons? dinosaur eggs? freeze dried milk robot milk? Viking odorant, mammoth chunks, Ricky Martin lunch boxes? they are in stock. While this shop has everything to peek one’s interest and give a chance to get a souvenir while visiting historic Echo Park, in reality this shop is a facade for another artsy “www.826national.org” shop known as www.826la.org. These are amazing writing labs where kids can go to write and learn with a non-profit organization that tutors kids ages 8-18. Throughout America are 826 stores that have a creative facade to attract tourists and souvenir shoppers while supporting the non-profit witha mission to support the local community, sell books, and teach under-privileged youth. San Francisco’s shop is a “Pirate Supply Store”, New York City’s is a “Superhero Supply Company”, while Seattle’s is a “Space Travel Supply Company”, Chicago has a secret agent supply store, Boston a Cryptozoology shop, and Michigan’s Liberty Street location is a “Robot Supply and Repair Shop”. L.A.’s Time Travel shop is operated by Miguel Arteta, Mac Barnett, Joshuah Bearman, Nnive Clements Calegari, Dave Eggers, Jodie Evans, John T. Gilbertson, Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, Keith Knight, Melissa Mathison, Salvador Plascencia, and Sally Willcox as the Board of Directors. Drop In Tutoring is available from Monday through Thursday, 2:30-5:30 pm. Tutoring has a focus on personalized instruction offering local students individualized help with their homework. Often many of the student’s works are published by Dogtown Books, an in-house publishing outfit in L.A. Workshops are offered to help students strengthen their skills, foster their creativity, and give them an opportunity to execute projects that showcase their work. The 826LA also sends volunteers to local L.A. schools to support teachers in their classrooms.

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“Kite Hill” or “Baxter Street Hill” (Echo Park, L.A., CA)

“Kite Hill” on Baxter Street
* Echo Park * Los Angeles, California *

Also known as “Kite Hill”, the large steep hills that are criss-crossed in Echo Park by various streets such as “Baxter Street”, “Fargo Street”, etc. are the “steepest streets” in Los Angeles, and a little side-trip for visitors to historic Echo Park. Each of the hills have infamous stone steps climbing them that is reminescent of San Francisco’s hilly highlights. This hill was popular in its historic origins as a great place for families to go fly a kite. It was first published as such in a short story called “Kite Hill” in 1996. Kite Hill is the hill east of Avon street and north of Baxter street stairs proper. It is also the name for a community that was resurrected by neighbours when a developer sought to build 10+ houses on the spot with huge retaining walls. Down below the hill is Lake Shore Avenue just over the hill from Echo Park Avenue. Baxter Street’s stairway is a winding, narrow, cement climb of 230 steps. As everyone drives up and over “Baxter Street”, their heart slips and falls as they hit the top of the hill without being able to see below the dash that the hill continues rather than falling off a cliff, or if there is traffic approaching all three ways.

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Echo Park

Echo Park
* Los Angeles, California *

A great little artistic neighborhood with San Francisco steep style hills that is northwest of Downtown Los Angeles and southeast of Hollywood. The area was founded by Thomas Kelly, a carriage maker who eventually became a real estate developer. By the late 1880’s he alongside with other investors sold off a land tract know as “The Montana Tract”. Originally named “Edendale” it was called “Echoe Park” shortly after the construction of same named park that housed the original film industry before it moved to Hollywood. It is still a very popular filming location such as “Chinatown”, “Echo Park”, “Kentucky Fried Movie”, “Tending Echo Park”, “Columbus Day”, “Gilligan’s Island”, “Michael Jackson’s 1983 music video ‘Thriller'”, and the 1953 “War of the Worlds”. It was also home to the main house used in the television series “Charmed”. Up to World War I, it became a middle-class neighborhood named “Red Hill” because of the concentration of political radicals setting up camp there. Ever since it has been a mecca for creative, underground, independent, and inconoclastic types. After the Postwar “white flight” to the suburbs in the area, it became settled and inhabited by high populations of Latinos and working class Chinese immigrants. The park with its small lake is a popular location for films and outdoor recreation. The district is also home to many unique businesses such as Barragan’s Restaurant, Echo Park Film Center, The Echo & The Echoplex, Machine Project, The Echo Park Time Travel Mart, Vlaze Media Networks, Inc., Epitaph Records, Taix French restaurant, Origami Vinyl, Echo Curio Curiosity Shop & Art Gallery.

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LAX: Los Angeles International Airport

LAX: Los Angeles International Airport
* Los Angeles, California *

LAX is the acronym and airport code for the Los Angeles International Airport. The Airport is located southwest of Los Angeles, along the beach, in he neighborhood of Westchester, 16 miles from downtown L.A. It is one of the world’s largest and most busy airports with over 59 million passengers annually. By 2009, it was the 7th busiest airport in the world. It is the hub for United, Alaska, and Amiercan Airlines, a prime location also for Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Virgin America and a major gateway for Delta. It is also the base for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Air Station L.A. Facility with its world famous Dophin helicopters. With a land mass of over 3,500 acres it is one of the busiest airports in all of California next to San Francisco’s International Airport. By 1958 the airport was expanded and re-designed by the architecure firm “Pereira and Luckman” who “amped” up the Airport in anticipation of the “Jet Age”. By 1959, the first jet services arrived at LAX, connecting L.A. with N.Y.C. In 1981, a 700 million dollar expansion was completed to prepare for the 1984 Summer Olympics. The modernization renovation was never fully completed, and is why many wings and terminals at LAX are un-used. Severe damages were inflicted in 1992 with the Los Angeles Riots over the Rodney King beating. the “White Theme Building” resembles a “flying saucer sitting on four legs” with a restaurant suspended beneath the two intersecting arches that form the legs. This building was designated a cultural and historical monument by 1992. The airport was closed again in 1994 after massive destruction due to the Northridge Earthquake. 4 million dollars later, LAX was renovated with a “retro-futuristic interior” and lighting designed by Walt Disney Imagineering opening the “Encounter Restaurant” in 1997. By 2000, when L.A. hosted the Democratic National Convention, the construction of 15 acryllic glass cylinders, 10 stories high, were placed in a circle around the intersection of Sepulveda and Century Blvds, with additional cylinders of decreasing height following Century Blvd. eastward. These were designed by Nick Groh and Clint Woesner as a gateway to the airport and welcoming landmark to LAX visitors. LAX is designed with nine passenger terminals arranged in a “U” called a “horseshoe” served by a shuttle bus. There are also over 2 million square feet of cargo facilities at LAX. The “Encounter” Restaurant was temporarily closed due to security reasons after 9/11 and re-opened to the public on June 10, 2010. “Imperial Hill” or “Clutter’s Park” is a local’s favorite place for commercial aircraft spotting as well as a spot of grass in Westchester next to the In-N-Out Burger restaurant which allows for viewing low-flying commercial airlines and used as a prime filming location for such feats.


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Friday, 8 April 2011


 



 



 



 



 



 


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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California
* www.lacity.org *

The Infamous “City of Lost Angels” a.k.a. “LA” or Spanish for “The City of Angels” is also known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. Los Angeles was first settled in September of 1781, later incorporated as a city in April of 1850. The City is a landmass that encompasses of 498 square miles with an urban mass of over 1,668 square miles and sits roughly 233 feet above sea level. Los Angeles, according to the 2009 census, has a 3,833,995 population with an urban population of over 14 million making it the largest city in California and the second largest city in the United States next to New York City and the 12th most populated metropolitan area in the world. It is the third richest city and fifth most powerful and influential of cities in the world. It is a world center for international trade, entertainment, movies, media, fashion, science, culture, business, technology, and education. It is the world’s leader in the creation of video games, motion pictures, television, and recorded music. L.A. has a Mediterranean-like climate with roughly only 35 days of precipitation a year. Due to its geography, vehicles, industry, and airport it is overriden by smog and air pollution being a very bad locale to those with respiratory illnesses. The city is divided into 80 districts and neighborhoods some of the well known areas are Silver Lake, Echoe Park, Los Feliz, Venice Beach, Hollywood, Koreatown, Westwood, Bel Air, Hollywood Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and the Downtown Financial District. Its most famous landmarks are Griffith Observatory, Universal Studies, Walt Disney Concer Hall, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood sign, Hollywood Blvd, Capital Records, Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, Olvera Street, Museum of Art, the Coliseum, etc. L.A. and Hollywood are also home to over 841 museums and art galleries, the most notorious being the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Getty Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Originally inhabited by the Tongva and Chumash tribes thousands of years ago, called by them as the “valley of smoke” for it collected smog from their campfires. it was first visited by Europeans in 1542 by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who claimed the area for Spain. Europeans didn’t really stay in the area until the Franciscan missionary Juan Crespi came to the area in 1769 who had dreams for the area to become a large settlement. A friar named Junipero Serra built the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel near Whittier Narrows here in 1771. By 1777 a pueblo was established here. The area was founded by the Spanish governor Felipe de Neve on September 4, 1781 by a group of 44 settlers who called themselves the “Los Pobladores”. With a population of 650, the area was claimed for Mexico in 1821 after the Mexican War of Independence. By 1848 it was purchased with California through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo as part of the United States after the Mexican American War. By 1850 it achieved statehood. The Railroads came through the area as the “Southern Pacific Line” in 1876. By 1892 the area had a surplus of oil discovered bringing in early oil industry, so much, that the area produced 1/4 of the world’s oil by 1923. Overpopulation of the natural resources taxed the local water supply and by 1913 the Los Angeles Aqueduc had to be built. By the 1920’s the film industry settled, quadrupling the population to over a million by 1932. By 1969 the area became one of the Internet’s birthplaces with the first ARPANET setup here at the University of California. Mixed cultures populated the area, especially Spanish, Mexican, African American, Jewish, Oriental, and Native American populations. By the 20th century, the area was infected by drug trade, police corruption, gang warfare, murders, racial tensions, and crime. By 1994 the area was devastated by the 6.7 Northridge earthquake.

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The History of Wandering Leaf Designs or “Wandering Leaf, LLC”

Wandering Leaf Designs, also known as “Wandering Leaf, LLC” was a web studio located in the region of North America’s Pacific Northwest – servicing its clients in the United States & Canadian provinces. A Limited Liability Company, Wandering Leaf Designs provided their clients with top-notch web designs, logos, art, graphics, wireless / nomadic technologies, and hot spots of interest from 2000 until 2004. “Wandering Leaf Designs” was founded after the closure of “Leafworks, Inc.. “Wandering Leaf Designs” was closed when its C.E.O., organizer, lead designer/developer, and mover/shaker left the .dotcom industry to return to his passion of “Archaeology & Anthropology”. Once on the trail to doing work at the Camano Beach Excavation, Miami Circle’s “Icon Brickell” project, and finally to be the GIS Specialist/Curator for the U.S. Army’s Cultural Resource Management Program at Fort Carson, he no longer had the time to continue operating “Wandering Leaf Designs”, much of which was the lasting demise of the “.dotcom” collapse that started in the late 1990’s into the early Y2K era. The Company closed shortly after his absence.

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Americana @ Brand, Crepemaker, Pacific 18 Theaters (Glendale, CA)

  Americana @ Brand: Crepemaker, Pacific 18 Theaters * http://www.americanaatbrand.com/ * 322 Americana Way * Glendale, California 91204


Making Crepes


Located in the new Caruso “American at Brand” property, a $400 Million Development in the Heart of Downtown Glendale, Calif. that fashionably puts high-end strip malls in the gutter. Americana is set on 15.5 acres amidst a mature downtown and is interwoven seamlessly into the existing context and street grid of the city. It boasts a monumental 12-foot crystal outdoor chandelier suspended across Caruso Avenue just west of Brand Blvd., a Good Humor truck and soda cycle selling old-fashioned sweet treats. Gracing the center of The Green is “The Spirit of American Youth,” an 18-foot statue covered in 23 carat gold that is a recreation of one that stands at the Omaha Beach Memorial in Normandy, France. A second statue from Omaha Beach, “America,” tops the dome of the Excelsior overlooking The Green. Crepemaker * 818.243.1445 * is a cute little standalone hut off the green offering freshly made whipped and spun lightly flattened crepe wraps and desserts. Excellent freshnesh and delicacy. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Pacific 18 Theaters * http://www.movietickets.com/ * 866.722.9790 * A large very luxurious movie theater showing all the top movies and shows. Great concessions and service, clean restrooms, and long halls filled with upcoming posters and displays. Visited on 7/7/08 to see “Hancock” and enjoyed the experience. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


Crepemaker


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Pho Cafe, Los Angeles, California

Pho Cafe * 2841 W Sunset Blvd * Los Angeles, CA 90026 * (213) 413-0888
An excellent little hole-in-the-wall cafe that isn’t labelled on the outside by billboards or store signs … you simply have the store number to identify its location. A great little Vietnamese cuisine location that is cash-only. Some of the world’s best Pho can be found here. If in L.A. and a fan of Vietnamese … this is the place to go, located just off Sunset down between Los Feliz and Echo Park nestled in Silver Lake. Decor is modern yet minimalist and its always crowded. Waiting for a table is worth it. This evening I had the cold vermicelli noodles with the bef, shrimp, and egg rolls which was spectacular. Delicious. Great Sake too. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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Malediction Society, Hollywood, California

  Malediction Society Sundays * http://www.myspace.com/maledictionsociety or maledictionsociety.com * The Monte Cristo – 3100 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010


Malediction


Another great night at the Monte Cristo by djs Xian and Amanda Jones. Tonight’s party as well as the first sunday of each month is astrologically themed balls and this particular night for the sign of Cancer. Xian spinning what she knows best … Neoclassical Darkwave, Industrial, EBM, Synthpop, Steampunk, Neovictorian. Plus the night is enamoured with the infamous absinthe bar. Tarot readers and photographers. It’s been a while since I’ve been back to Los Angeles, but by and far, one of my favorite LA club nights next to Ruin. Thanks Xian and Amanda! fabulous night … a night to die for. Rating 5 stars out of 5.


Malediction dancefloor


Malediction Bar
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Necromance, Melrose Ave, Hollywood, California



Necromance * www.necromance.com * Now two locations – one Human Osteology items at 7208 Melrose Ave. * Los Angeles, CA * 90046 * Botany and Natural at 7220 Melrose Ave. * Los Angeles, CA * 90046 * 323-931-2997

One of my all-time favorite stores, located in the heart of the Melrose Ave alternative shopping district, lies now two storefronts of curiousities from natural art, bones, and corpses to human. For Osteology, Faunal, Floral collections, bone hunters, medical instruments and operandi and home decor, this store covers every need. Entomology, jewelry, cards, books, and unique furniture. I try to peruse the collections every year if I can as new finds come and go all the time. Rating 5 stars out of 5.



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Shrine, on Melrose, Hollywood, California

Shrine Los Angeles * http://www.shrinestore.com/ * 7305 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, California 90046 * 323-655-1485 *
Another favorite hotspot of mine on Melrose, is the famous Shrine clothing outlet in its home city where one can get some of the hottest dark designer fashions in America. Inspired from the dark dive bars, seedy joints, and dark underground night clubs of Los Angeles and Hollywood, come fabulous fashions to fulfill your macabre obsessions. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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Green Leaves Vegan Restaurant, Los Angeles, California


Green Leaves Restaurant

1769 Hillhurst Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90027 * 323.664.2345 323.668.2345 * Open Daily 11:00 am. 12:00 am. * http://www.greenleavesvegan.com/
Nestled in Los Feliz is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that will fulfill all of your palate’s desires … and in a healthy, organic, and vegan sensation. Friendly staff and very clean restaurant, Green Leaves’ is a great place to hang out for brunch, dinner, or late night fare. Invigorating coconut milk right from the shell, and tofu and seitan spiced just right, and their specialization of thai cuisine is to die for. My visit on the fourth of july for brunch welcomed me refreshment after a crazy night and hangover that was refreshed by the spice and coconut milk – rehydrating me perfectly and naturally. I had the Coconut Milk, the Tofu Pad Thai, and split an order of deep fried soy chicken legs served with house sauce. Hard to tell it wasn’t chicken and sooo much more tasty. Excellent restaurant. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

A re-visit on 10/3/15 was awe-inspiring that the food was just as delicious as we remembered from past visits. I thoroughly enjoyed the vegan chicken drumstick dinner and rice, the vegan chicken satay, and a young coconut drink. It was just what i needed. This is by far one of my favorite restaurants in California, and potentially on the West Coast. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Perversion, Hollywood, California


Perversion

Perversion Hollywood
Boardners * 1652 Cherokee Ave, Hollywood, California * Thursdays * 2 Dance areas * Industrial, Goth, Alternative, and Bondage * 18+ * Full Bar * 10-2

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Perversion. They are now at a much better location – Boardners, the home to the infamous Bar Sinister and the new location suits Perversion so much better than many of the previous locations I attended. Packed wall to wall with Goths and those dressed in black, it was a madhouse meat market of the gothic array. The Bondage show is back if full spectrum with Sal from the Dungeon at Blue, an Absenthe lounge upstairs, live performances, sexy doms, and incredible dance music downstairs with Bractune and Amanda spinning the main room with industrial techno, dark tekno, and noise. Bruce spins out on the patio a nonconformist mix of Goth, Dark Wave, Alternative, and Indie. The downset to the night is how crowded it often is, at least the evening of 7/3/08 where it was packed and space was difficult to find or obtain on the dance floor to get your frustrations out. The bars as well were packed, and drinks often hard to obtain. Other than the sardine-like environment (and its a humongous club space – just hundreds of patrons) it’s an excellent place to hang on a thursday night in Hollywood. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


Perversion

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