Everything You Ever Wondered About LA

If you’ve been in Los Angeles for more than a week or three, you start to notice things, and you may begin to wonder about them. Like why is there a Hollywood sign, and why did it used to say Hollywoodland, as seen in The Rocketeer? Why are LA’s so-called rivers just ugly concrete trenches? What’s with all the palm trees? And why is this place so spread out?

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Win a Date with Angelyne: Regret Having Been so Flippant with the Term “Garbage Person” in the Past

There is a supposed “Ancient Chinese Curse”, which of course is neither ancient nor Chinese: May you lead an interesting life. May you attract the attention of famous people. May you get what you want. This has never been so clearly seen in effect as the time I won a date, well, technically a ride, …

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Workforce Reduction

Exactly how it feels.

It’s a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. and I have finished my coffee, caught up on Facebook, and skimmed my personal emails. Now what? I was laid off four days ago while I sat at my desk wearing a t-shirt embroidered with the logo of my former employer. That was on Friday. Although I have …

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The Comprehensive Disney Timeline

Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (1926), as illustrated by Claire "Shoomlah" Hummel.

While discussing the Frozen-Tarzan connection theory with the other contributors at GeekDad, I came up with the notion of pinning down when each Disney movie may have taken place. The result is the Ultimate Disney Timeline.

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Original New York Seltzer

One of the many Penguin's Frozen Yogurt shops we decorated for Christmas.

I’m not nostalgic for much about the ’80s; the graphic design and fashion trends were hideous, the music was largely disposable, the movies often forgettable, but there were some great things about the ’80s. One of those was Original New York Seltzer, a delicious and refreshing beverage that seemed to suddenly vanish from the market sometime in the early ’90s.

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Take the Cannoli Dip


There were two cannolis in the fridge. Every time I opened the refrigerator, I saw them in the clear plastic takeout package that our tenants brought home two weeks ago. Taunting me. And for two weeks I have craved cannolis.

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Explore the California Missions

Visiting a mission with your children provides an opportunity to step back in time and experience the history of California. Most of the missions display art and historical artifacts, and many have living history and other special events.

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Chocolate Mint Protein Bars

So, I have another great recipe for you which comes from Portland-based blogger and awesome daughter, Ashley MacQuarrie. When my children were small, they frequently were told that “chocolate is not a breakfast food” in response to their requests for chocolatey cereals from the grocery store. I’m so glad Ashley found a way to make chocolate a reasonable choice for breakfast, or any meal, and this series would be incomplete without it.

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The Best Movies You Never Heard Of – Part 2

Last week we took a look at eight forgotten movies that we like and wanted to share with you. This week we have eight more.

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Meatloaf with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce

I think a good meatloaf is not too dry, not too soft and most importantly, does not have bell peppers. I tried to make this in my slow cooker a while back, but the results were too soft, I couldn’t make a decent cold meatloaf sandwich with the leftovers. And cold meatloaf sandwich is surely one of life’s small pleasures.

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