Tom Cruise had his Rainman, the City of Ventura has it's own very distinct Train Man.
Jerry Drapeau was born in Ventura, California in 1929. He has woken every day of his seventy-seven years in a house or an apartment in that fair city, that lays sandwiched, between Calabasas and Santa Barbara. Jerry has witnessed the population of Ventura explode from about 11,000 souls in 1930, to the over 104,000 reported in 2005. From the bawdy oilfield days of the past to the yuppified air of today, he is a living chronicle of all things past.
Jerry told me his dad was in the Saving and Loan business beginning... Read More
BrooWaha Los Angeles has been nominated by LA City Nerd for the 2006 City Nerd Award in the City Project category!
The polls close at 11:59pm on January 15th, so be sure to go to http://www.polldaddy.com/poll.asp?p=15300 and vote for your favorite website! Don't forget to tell all your friends and family to do so too ;-)
LA City Nerd is a very cool website described as follows by the Nerd himself:
To say Los Angeles is multi-faceted is an understatement. As an LA City Nerd, I have the privilege of sharing with you some of the nuances that make this City, well, LA. Whether good or bad, that's... Read More
For those of you who have ventured downtown, Pershing Square may have been a place you've driven past, walked through, or even sat down at, but the next time you decide to just pass it by, I'd encourage you to stop and check it out. Believe it or not, there are many aspects of Pershing Square that speaks to the history and culture of Los Angeles and California.
First a little background. Pershing Square was named after General John Pershing, who was the commander of the American forces overseas during World War 1. The current design was done by Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorretta and landscape... Read More
I've been hearing about Phong Dinh for years, primarily for the "famous baked catfish", but also for their extensive menu featuring unusual meats. When I arranged an outing to have dinner there, I jokingly mentioned that while I don't necessarily want to eat the entire zoo, I'm open to trying some new things.
Upon being seated and given the menu, we were overwhelmed with all the choices. There were dishes that featured everything from boar to kangaroo, from ostrich to quail, from snake to frog legs. We finally settled on 9 dishes.
Our first dish was the baked catfish that I pre-ordered.... Read More
And the angles sang, â€œHallelujah! Hallelujah!â€ At least, sitting there atop Eagle Rock, under endless blue skies, the Pacific Ocean sparkling far off on the horizon, eagles soaring in an aerial acrobatics display â€“ all seemingly just for me - I could have sworn they did. Communing with nature is vital to my well being. And you can commune with nature within half an hourâ€™s drive from the City of Los Angeles.
The quiet of the wilderness is not necessarily everyoneâ€™s ideal, but I am sure that I am not alone in my need to escape city life from time to time for a dose of fresh air, peace,... Read More
Did you know that the 1950s never left Dal Rae in Pico Rivera? In fact, as I was driving up Washington Blvd, I already knew I was going somewhere special. From a few streets away, I could already see the tall beautiful neon sign with the restaurant name in blazing red lights. No cheesy backlit plastic for Dal Rae. It was class all the way.
Upon entering the lobby, I was greeted by live music in the bar and two hostesses, who with their almost bouffant hair-dos helped set the stage for my 50s time warp. Inside the bustling restaurant, my eyes took in the wood paneled walls and the black leather... Read More
I arrive late. No matter, things are already well under way on the dance floor. I stand off to the side, waiting to feel moved by the music. I warm up slowly. My body shifts and turns. I observe the sea of faces before me, some familiar. I am greeted by a mixture of smiles, looks of ecstasy, detachment, joy, kindness, even pain. I move faster: skipping, dancing, twirling, gyrating. The beat changes from a snappy latin number to a rap version of â€œSanta Baby.â€ I realize a broad smile has taken over my face.
Here at Jo Cobbettâ€™s â€œFumbling Towards Ecstasy,â€ there are no wrong moves. People... Read More