Let me start by saying that I have been affiliated with the nightlife scene for five years now. Believe or not I have managed to never due drugs and avoid drinking 99.9% percent of the time. I will save that story for another time. So lets explore the club business for a moment. What are the elements involved in making a Hollywood club successful: 1) Shareholders 2) Promoters 3) Drug Dealers 4) Police Officer/NARCO (on and off duty) 5) Models and affiliated pretty people and 6) Celebrities. Basically, a restaurant entrepreneur will seek out investors from all walks of life. These investors... Read More
I suppose Iâ€™m like most everyone else who falls victim to the nostalgic and cuddle-riffic advertising push of the holiday season. I donâ€™t mind being alone but I would prefer to share reruns of â€œIts a Wonderful Lifeâ€ and â€œEdward Scissorhandsâ€ with someone other than myself.
Iâ€™ve been a bit transient for the past many years of my life and have not been able to hold on to a significant other for any significant length of time; no bad experiences, just bad timing. After re-relocating back to the city of Angles this summer, I decided to winterize my dating life. As one might start... Read More
Prague, Czechoslovakia was a pretty strange place to be in 1982. The communists were running the show and doing a dismal job. However, during the 5 or 6 months that I was working there, I never found a real communist. Oh sure, I met a lot of card carrying "party members". If you weren't a member of the "party", you couldn't succeed, and you certainly could not be put in a position to "deal" with people from the west, like myself. Everyone I met had two things in common, One, they hated the Russians, Two, they were absolutely intent on getting as many American dollars from me as possible. The... Read More
Itâ€™s Monday morning. The clock reads 7:05 and you realize the alarm failed. You are going to be late. That is, if you go in to work today. What would happen if you just didnâ€™t call and didnâ€™t go in? Hmmmâ€¦what could you do with your day?
On Wednesday your boss phones your home. You let the machine answer it. â€œWeâ€™ve noticed that you havenâ€™t been at work. Please give me a call. We hope everything is alright, but you need to give us a call. My home number isâ€¦â€
You decide that three days off is enough. You didnâ€™t mean to lose your job. How should you handle this situation?... Read More
Friday, on the campus of UCLA there was a gathering of students wishing to voice their opinions regarding the Tuesday night tasing of a student who refused to show his Bruin Card to a Community Service Officer. One student was caught on tape saying, â€œWe donâ€™t feel safe on our own campus.â€
Numerous reviews of the video recorded during the incident confirm only these facts: The student was belligerent with police, the student screamed very loudly, the student shouted, â€œhereâ€™s your f*****g Patriot Act!â€, the student â€œclaimsâ€ he was tasered for no reason and that he was leaving... Read More
A UCLA student who didn't show his ID and refused to leave the campus library was tasered by the UCLA police Tuesday around 11.30pm, according to the university newspaper, the Daily Bruin.
The incident started when a student, Mostafa Tabatabainejada, was unable to produce his BruinCard during a random check at the Powell library CLICC computer lab. These checks are conducted every night by the campus police.
He reportedly refused to be escorted out by the officers and instead encouraged other students to join his resistance, claims UCLA Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein. She goes... Read More
Yes, people walk in L.A. Well, Santa Monica to be more specific. Actually, the Third Street Promenade to be exact. Hey, itâ€™s a start. While the car is still king of southern California and the sidewalks for the peasants, certain communities have made a concerted effort to create public spaces, which bring people together in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Santa Monicaâ€™s Third Street Promenade is one of the success stories.
Stretching from Broadway to Wilshire and only three blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the Promenade is lined with hundreds of shops and restaurants, plus three first-run... Read More