64 results for 'Steven Lane'
I was just surfing one day, when I landed on this site called "stumble upon." A short download and my internet life is forever changed. It works like this, after you load the small tool bar, you are given a choice of categories of personal interest. Just check a few. Pick some that seem to throw some spice into that mortar and pestle thing we call our minds. The categories are basically unlimited. You can customized your search or just graze the buffet. Done? Now the fun starts. Just click on the new little green Stumble icon at the top of your page and you will randomly be taken to a unusual... (more)
My right front tire caught the gravel and suddenly my old car had gobbled up a whole mailbox, post and all. That tin post box belonged to a small Topanga Canyon establishment with the quizzical name "The Outside Inn". Topanga Canyon in the sixties was certainly known for it's colorful alternative lifestyles but I was just a sixteen year old kid driving up to see his girlfriend. Now some forty years later, I can still put a face on some of those "semi-forgotten" landmarks that dotted that rope of winding asphalt from the San Fernando Valley to the Beach. Down toward the beach side of the Canyon... (more)
I saw Mel Gibson's new flick, "APOCALYPTO" today. When, I say it is Mel's movie, I meant that in the literal sense. Not only did he write and direct it, the $80 million spent on the film came right out of Mr Gibson's pocket.(L.A. Times) Like him or not, he puts his money where his mouth is. The film is numero uno over the weekend with a reported take of a little over $14.2 million. Stepped right on some happy feet. I wanted to see the film for three different reasons. First, I am planning a trip to Xalapa/Veracruz in late January or early February. That area is on my short list of places I... (more)
Drive-In theaters, what a great concept! In the early fifties when I was a little kid, my dad and mom packed up the station wagon, threw my brother and sisters and myself in the car and off we went. He would park the 1951 De Soto woody backwards, throw down the tailgate and it was ON. We were released to graze down by the swing sets or sit on the benches up front. That was quite a sight, five welded little heads pointed straight up, eyes trying to take in the whole screen from about fifteen feet away. If we got tired, we just crawled into my mom's lap or grabbed an unoccupied seat. You were in... (more)
When I was about 10 years old, I used to petal my bicycle by Babe's three or four times a week. That seedy little Ventura Boulevard bar was right on my Green Sheet paper route (Now known as The Daily News). Swooshing by there at about 6:30 a.m., on my black and chrome Schwinn Corvette, I always tossed a copy of the morning paper though the front door. The paper was free and so was my sarcastic "good morning" to all those assembled for a touch of the "Hair of the Dog" at that early hour. It took another eleven years for me to realize how the memory of this West San Fernando Valley bar would forever... (more)
I've had almost four months to get the bad taste out, but it's still there. Last July 4th, on America's Independence Day, we were disgraced once again. The trophy for the winner of "The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest" will continue to reside at the Imperial Palace in Saitama, Japan. That's right, on America's most revered holiday, now six time winner and returning champ, Takeru Kobayashi rubbed our noses in defeat once again. In this land of Bubba and Leroy, a scrawny 160 pounder swallowed 53 3/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes. American Joey Chestnut, at least made... (more)
Do you like to stay up late? Are you one of those people, like myself, who thinks two a.m. is a nice time to start the unwinding process? If you are, then you know about the never-ending showcase of infomercials available to us bug eyed bats on virtually every channel from midnight on. We are bombarded with a plethora of get rich schemes that boldly offer a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Each â€œcircus barkerâ€ offers up their proven secrets to instantaneous wealth for some paltry sum. Just follow the simple directions, read the book, watch the CD, and you will wake up the next day... (more)
I had this amazing thought one day. It just came to me out of the blue. "Hey", I said to myself, "I'll bet there is a ton of free shit available out there on the internet." Wealth just waiting for the miners pick, huge golden nuggets shimmering under 3 inches of water, a virtual pirates treasure just waiting for someone to claim it. I couldn't wait to begin the adventure. With sweating palms, I Googled "FREE", and instantly the mother lode of all freebies was laid open before my eyes. Over two billion separate sites. In which, each would promise... no, wait... would guarantee... that all the... (more)
In 1982, we brought $500,000 in hard currency, dollars, greenbacks, to Czechoslovakia. Instead of a barn, the Czechs had a castle and we were going to make a movie. The concept was, I give them the half million and they give me about $2,000,000 in services. They supply a crew, sets, equipment, food, studio and all kinds of other stuff. They get the almighty dollars, and they pay everyone they hire or buy things from in the local currency, Kronas. This is money that is worthless to anyone that doesn't live there and not worth much to those that do.
The commies didn't trust us and Regan... (more)
I have visited little tiny pieces of the Peoples Republic of China but actually when I was there, I am not sure you could call these places China. Hong Kong was China but the Brits were running the joint. Macao was China but the Portuguese were the pit bosses in that little gambling mecca, and Taiwan used to be China before Chang Kai-Shek was sent to his room by Chairman Mao. The British left their mark, they still drive on the left side of the road in Hong Kong, but a scant few leagues away on the island of Macao we go it American style. I don't know what they do in Taiwan, they might drive... (more)