The holidays are upon us! The plurality of that word is important: for some, it means Christmas; for others, Hanukkah. Still others understand it as the time for Kwanzaa, or Ramadan, or Winter Solstice. But whatever the holiday may be, there is a common thread shared by everyone this time of year, and that is the spirit of giving.
Yet most of us turn our backs on giving. We've become distrustful and jaded. Let's face it, there are a lot of scams and scammers out there. That being said, there are many legitimate causes that could benefit greatly from an unselfish act of giving.
If the spirit... Read More
the 5, the 10, 101 and 110...
a whore's legs, spread before me
A regiment of phalli thrusts upward,
raping the polluted uteran sky.
The highways are a harlot,
trod upon by the city's inhabitants
who vie ceaselessly for position on her emaciated limbs
The surface streets: a tangled web of broken women
strewn across the landscape
They are heaped one upon the next
an overflowing harem, layered haphazardly
scrambling madly to escape their misogynist hell:
into the desert, toward the ocean,
into the valleys between the breasts of stronger women
mountains, risen above the melÃ©e.... Read More
If you are looking for the latest fashion trends from Japan, look no further, Waraku on Abbot Kinney is there for you.
Located right next to the popular bar The Other Room, Waraku is a small store offering a very large selection of sneakers, t-shirts and other fashion accessories directly imported from the street culture of Tokyo. There are some unique sneakers and many limited editions from Nike, Asics Onitsuka, Puma, Adidas, etc. along with Japanese brands like Patrick and Namitatsu which will soon hit the U.S. market. Digging up through Waraku's large collection of sneakers will most likely... Read More
The new reality TV show, â€œWho Do I Blow?â€ is inspiring and touching young viewers across America. Swept up in game show hysteria, combined with viewersâ€™ paradigmatic shift from sitcoms to reality TV, â€œBlowâ€ embraces the challenge of finding a job in Los Angeles.
Contestant screening is based on desperation, ability, showmanship, previous partners, and desirability. Winners receive starring roles, executive positions, or partnerships to tycoons. The network is considering adding a monetary pot mid-season to attract a new crop of innocent faces. Losers will wear humiliation and be... Read More
Upon day nine here in Los Angeles, the friendliness of strangers strikes me. Granted all but five people are strangers to me. However, I figure even the natives and long-term residents of LA encounter strangers on a daily basis. One begins to ask, what do I want from a stranger? Do I expect frozen chilliness, psychopathic tendencies, or just people going about their business? What are my stranger expectations?
In Los Angeles, Iâ€™ve observed a certain smile and acknowledgement. The uniqueness of this, I believe, is an LA-ism: a culturally defining act, motion, and habit.
Allow some illustration... Read More
Recently, a friend of mine wanted me to recommend places for another friend, who was visiting Los Angeles, and I wrote a very long e-mail detailing activities, neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. It was very difficult because I didn't know what this friend liked to do, what this friend's tastes were, and I also know that what people like to do while on vacation really varies with each individual. Then, I started thinking about the Los Angeles Times and some in-flight magazine's columns about what certain people would do if they had three perfect days to explore a city. What would... Read More
Youâ€™ve seen signs for them, your neighbors have had them, your relatives have had them, and maybe youâ€™ve even been to one yourself, but theyâ€™re always around. Garage Sales. Are they centers for circulating unwanted junk or more like places where you can get a great deal for amazingly cheap? A little bit of both I suspect. I conducted a garage sale these past few weekends, and the experience was quite an interesting one. Although the first weekend I realized I had made several mistakes in executing the sale, I eventually began realizing the art of a proper garage sale.
Hereâ€™s what... Read More