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A Conversation With The Bronx Bull

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Oct 12, 2007

It looks like my other article about the Bronx Bull is a knock-out. I'd like to treat you folks with another telephone conversation, starring Jake Lamotta. It was recorded on August 28, 2007. I don't consider this an interveiw because I usually call him out of the blue and strike up a chat. To the reader it seems like he's annoyed with me and he lets me have it at times. He's not! That's just the way he is. There's no lying in him. It's comical in some moments and then the hard reality sets in and takes a turn. How many of us can say that we get the opportunity to speak with an idol from our... (more)

Tags: los angeles, myspace, movie

What's The World Coming To?

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Oct 9, 2007

Let that sink in for a moment... I'm not a political guru or an expert in the subject. But I do live in this country and I see things... I hear things... And I don't like it. We cheat to win! We take the easy route to achieve goals. What happened to guts and glory? We vote and we take it seriously but does our vote count? Is our voice heard? Not if they rig it up at the polls. The wrong man gets elected to run a country and look what happens? The people suffer! The same goes for any organization and even at the work force. All it takes is one bad apple and a chain reaction to destruction... (more)

Tags: iraq, california, education

The Show Must Go On

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Oct 4, 2007

As the thespians of the theatre say... "The show must go on." But where is our lack of imagination nowadays? When we can go to a movie and let the special effects tell the story rather than watching boring actors who are not convincing enough pull off Shakespeare. Things have gotten too modern these days and our brain cells have shrunk because of it. The audience for good Broadway material is becoming a fad, like the drive-in movie. Did the thought crossed your minds yet? Let me tell you why... Because the sons and daughters of the contemporary world are more into the playstations, PSP, X-Box,... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, movie

The Grind

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Sep 22, 2007

No other way around it...The challenges will lay ahead of you when it comes to the traffic of this town. Nothing ruins your day while sitting in your car under the scorching sun. Even if you're fresh out of the shower eventually you'll be drenched in sweat. The stop and go takes its toll on my cool, and the frustration is at its infancy and slowly building to a full bloom rage. I grab a stress ball that's in the glove box. That rubber ball is my friend until I reach where I'm going. People ahead of me cut each other off just inching to get some lead way. It's 8:30am! Maybe I'm looking to... (more)

Tags: los angeles, music, traffic

The Californian on Wilshire

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Sep 17, 2007

The Californian on Wilshire is a recently completed 23-story, 74-unit luxury condominium tower with a 245-car, subterranean garage. This uniquely high-end project is distinguished by amenities such as marble exterior cladding, floor-to-ceiling windows, private elevators, a health club with lap pool; conference and media rooms; a catering kitchen, wine storage, library, and valet parking services. The building is plush and the lobby looks as if it could hold a collection of art. It's a great toy to have if you got the cash to spend and also to show off to the ladies. "But to be employed there is... (more)

Tags: los angeles

The Pugilistic Writer

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Sep 11, 2007

If you're ever in the Los Angeles area and in need for a serious boxing workout. You will get it at The Broadway Gym! Established in the mid 1970's by the late Bill Slayton, who was a great trainer and mentor to legendary fighters such as the former heavyweight champion, Ken Norton. Slayton's most recent fighter before he passed that he guided was the former WBO champion Lamon Brewster. Mickey Rourke, the actor, trained at Broadway at one time. The gym is located on the corner of Broadway & 108th street in Los Angeles. It's a typical boxing facility and not made to be flashy because you're... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york

What's Essential?

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Sep 10, 2007

Have you ever had those days when things seem to go in your favor? For example, you wake up to a flawless day and you go to the gym and have a great workout. You feel pumped and full of confidence, and your day has just begun. The radio stations are playing your favorite tunes, and it makes you feel like it was dedicated especially in your honor. You go to the store and the cashier makes a mistake and gives you more change back. It happens! And we usually keep our mouth's shut and walk away. So now you have extra money in your kick and If you're smart...with that extra cash you might put more... (more)

Tags: religion, iphone, sex

Valet? Or Not To Valet?

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Sep 9, 2007

The history of valet is very little. Valet parking service probably first appeared in America in the 1930's. It was offered in urban areas where parking was scarce such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Yet nowhere did valet parking flourish as well as it did in Los Angeles. Curb-side service quickly became the norm in the city of automobiles. Pictures of Hollywood elite tossing their keys to the friendly valet became an instant 'symbol of status' across the country. It paints a pretty picture doesn't it? It really does. But that's not the reality of valet parking nowadays. Let's dissect... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, san francisco, hollywood, traffic, fashion

What Happened To MTV?

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Sep 8, 2007

My music education began on August 1st 1981 while watching the birth of MTV, Music Television. It was as simple as that...bands playing on the television set. I was glued to the screen and I couldn't get enough of AC/DC, Van Halen, Def Leppard, The Pretenders, Genesis, and so on and so on...I was about 7 or 8 years old at the time and I got so much from watching MTV during those infancy years that I could hold my own with teenagers of that time. I remember them asking me how did I know so much about music? "MTV man!" I really believed that I was ahead of my time. I felt like I was a child prodogy... (more)

Tags: hip-hop, music, education

My New York Trip To Meet The Bronx Bull

By 'Mean' Mike Duffau, published on Sep 7, 2007

When I arrived in New York I called 'The Bronx Bull' on July 3rd 2007. The approximate time was about 9:35am. I tried to refresh his memory that when I got to N.Y. we'd play it by ear to see when we could make arrangements for me to meet him. Well, it didn't work the way I planned it because he didn't remember saying that he'd meet me for an interview. I was losing hope in that moment in time. He only wanted to talk over the phone. (That was cool of him. Better than nothing.) So I tried to remember any of the questions off from the top of my head that I'd had carefully written on paper, which... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, movie

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