Saturday, August 12, 2017

Elysian Park

Since I only work out in nature, I like to explore new parks and beaches.

A few days ago I ventured out to Elysian Park.


The park just happens to be the home of Dodger Stadium.


And it's also the home of The Los Angeles Police Academy.

Of course, I recall the old entrance to the Academy because of a '70s TV show I loved so dearly.




The peaks of Elysian Park have one helluva view of downtown L.A!

I haven't found pull-up bars in the park yet, but if they're there, I'll find 'em!

I sure will! :)

Two Words


Two words describe these babies:

ABSOLUTELY!

ADORABLE!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's A Fire


This is the second time I've seen a wildfire behind Costco. What the Smokey the Bear is going on in Burbank???

I sure wish California could go at least ONE summer without any wildfires.

At least ONE!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Scott Betta Sing!!


Two Saturdays ago, I had the pleasure of attending a sensational concert!

Who was the singer, you ask???

SCOTT A. PEOPLE!!!

I've been listening to Scott sing since February 2000.  In fact, I had only lived here in Los Angeles for a month before I went to a Hollywood bar on karaoke night and heard a man sing his face off!

That man would be Scott!

On that night, he was wearing shorts, a t-shirt and a floppy hat.

I was wearing overalls, no shirt, and had my toenails painted 'Fire Engine' red!  That's a whole other story!  Haaa!

Anyway, after hearing him sing karaoke that night, I instantly knew I had to follow this dude's career.  And, since then, I have.

I've watched and/or listened to Scott sing on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, the late Ed McMahon's Next Big Star tv show, a couple of Vegas showcases, weddings, etc.  Truth be told, I simply love the way he sings.


On this concert night, he was in excellent voice!  His breath control was superb and his high and low notes were smashed to smithereens!

At one point, during the song he sings as a staple, Donnie McClurkin's Stand, he walked among the audience and randomly chose folks to sing a verse or two.  The guy sitting at my table, film producer, Re'Shaun Frear, whispered to me, "He better not stop here."  Lol!  No worries.  Scott knows that CAM Jr loves LISTENING to singers.  Not actually singing himself!  :)

Scott is 43 and earning his living as a singer/actor.  Bravo to him!  I wish him the most success any one person can handle!

'Cause he's one helluva talent!!!!

Scott, you betta SING!!!


For years and years to come!!!! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Manhattan Beach Getaway


Last Monday I decided to take a drive over to Manhattan Beach to work out instead of going to my usual parks.  A change of scenery is always a good thing in my book.



Anyway, I first stopped at Polliwog Park because I read online that the park had outdoor gym equipment.  Well, when I arrived, I parked right next to that equipment.  However, it wasn't the equipment I wanted most.  See, I like pull-up bars.  This park had everything EXCEPT pull-up bars!  I did some push-ups against a picnic table, then took my butt to the pier.

Oh, one other thing: four years ago, I read online that a decomposing corpse of a 21-year-old man was found in that park.  It was wrapped in plastic and discovered by park workers.  Luckily for me, no such "discovery" took place during my visit.


When I arrived on the Pier, everybody down on the beach looked like they were having the time of their lives!  I tell ya, peaceful living has that effect on folks!

I then walked The Strand, looking at the beautiful homes that line the beach.  While walking, I met a guy who is a few years older than I.  Damn, I wish I could recall his name.  Anyway, he actually began walking with me, and talking a mile a minute.  He told me he had just come from a cancer treatment.  Turns out he is dealing with throat cancer, I believe.  He told me he got it from performing cunnilingus.  Yep!  Eating too much p*ssy.  Or, the WRONG p*ssy!  The moment he told me that, I told him, "Oh, that's what Michael Douglas has."  He knew the story.  The dude and I talked about everything under the sun. 

 
We eventually walked upon a workout area that made my dang day!  'Cause unlike Polliwog Park, this area had my pull-up bars.  Heck, it had several, different bars of varying heights.


 Swinging on those bars within an inch of his life was a 22-year-old named, Cole.  The young fella was really doing all sorts of tricks on the bars.  So, of course, I had to introduce myself and jump right up on 'em my dang self.  He showed me an exercise or two and I proceeded to execute 'em just as he showed me.  The one exercise he did that I just couldn't was muscle-ups.  I have often wanted to do them, but I reckon not so pressingly that I actually practice them.  Maybe one day I will.  Maybe not.  All I know is that the young chap sure has been raised well.


The next time I hit up Manhattan Beach, I hope I run into Cole again.  He's now one of my new Park bros!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Disney's D23 2017



This past weekend was a HOOT!



I worked at Disney's biannual D23 Expo and truly enjoyed seeing all the Disney fanatics having the time of their lives!




Folks were dressed up as their favorite, Disney characters!  I love all their creativity and their commitment to detail.






I was blown away by the "Barista Art (Baristart)" of artist, Michael Breach.  I mean, the man actually paints Disney/Pixar/Marvel characters on a latte canvas.  I stood next to him for a lot of the day, talking to onlookers and otherwise just promoting him and his terrific talent!


I also got a kick out of the drone presentation by Andy Taylor (left) and Jeff Flowers of Propel.  Both young gentlemen live in Utah.  The next time they make it back to Southern Cali, I'm gonna have to take 'em out!  They truly were a great addition to D23.


If I'm asked back in two years, I'm gonna have to be an MC on one of the stages, 'cause I'm made of the necessary stuff to do just that!  And because I wanna sit down and jaw jack with interview folks like LADY "O!"  :)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Goin' Back To Indiana


After a delightful 10-day visit, my INCREDIBLE brother and EQUALLY INCREDIBLE sister-in-law have returned home to Indiana.

Honestly, having them visit is always a true joy for me.  Noooo, not because he pays for all most of the meals.

But because being around them is simply an AWESOME experience!

While here, we ate at a number of terrific restaurants:

Kincaid's in Redondo Beach.

Cafe del Rey  and The Warehouse in Marina Del Rey.

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill at The Grove.

The dinner at Wood Ranch was really special because Tyshawn and Stacey joined us, along with my sister-in-law's daughter, Tiffany, and Tiffany's friend, Megan.

Our 'last supper' was at The Warehouse.  And afterwards, we walked around Lake Balboa.  Okay, we actually walked to a bench at the lake and sat down.  Didn't quite make it around the lake.  Haaa!


Before they left, they presented me with a brand, spankin' new pair of shoes: Nike Sock Dart in Medium Grey.

Yes, I'm wearing them in the pic of us at the top of this blog post!!

The next time I see everybody will be Christmas in Indiana.

Family...

Don't believe me?

Just watch!  LOL  :) :) :) :) :) 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Everything Old...


Yesterday, I parked in my usual lot whenever I'm in WeHo, and lo' and behold, I saw a light blue vision from the past.

From the distant past!

Honestly, people who restore old cars are heroes in my eyes, 'cause they take something old and and make it new again.


I once had the pleasure of being inside Jay Leno's Garage.

Jay was more than happy to answer any questions about his collection.  Each car was more beautiful than the next.

I'm not a huge car enthusiast, but I am a fan of seeing the amazing handiwork of those who restore old cars.

Everything old is new again.  :)

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Lil Indiana


Today I was blessed to visit with my dear friend, Shelley, and her beautiful family.


Her son, Quinn, is living here in L.A.  He's been here nearly a year.  He sure seems to be enjoying himself.

Her daughter, Lauren, is living in NYC these days and loves every moment of it.  But she is also enjoying her time here on the BEST coast!  Haaa!

As for Kevin, the hubby, I think he'd be just fine kickin' back in a cool room with a beer on tap!  And I can't blame him.  It's a hundred dang degrees out here in these L.A. streets!

Truth be told, every time I'm in Shelley's presence I feel sooooo THANKFUL for being alive.

The woman is a GODSEND.

Her KINDNESS, COMPASSION and LOYALTY are unparalleled.

I ADORE her.

ALWAYS.

AND.

FOREVER.

I'm tellin' you: it's ALWAYS nice to have a lil Indiana in my life!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 2017


To MY FATHER, Mr. Charles A. Montgomery Sr., I wish a GLORIOUS FATHER'S DAY in HEAVEN!


And to my BROTHER, Mr. Dwayne A. Montgomery, I wish a GLORIOUS FATHER'S DAY on EARTH!

Kravetz with an "E"


In Ancient Roman religion, Sol, is a solar deity.

God of the sun.

In Hebrew, it means Peace.

The man, SOL KRAVETZ, whom I grew to admire and appreciate, transitioned from this world on June 8th, 2017.

At peace.

He was 92 years BLESSED.

So, his name fit him just fine.


I met Sol at Sunrise Senior Living.

I have been a volunteer at the residence since 2010.  As a result, I've seen many, many residents come and go.

Some pack up and go on to another similar residence.

And even more go on to another dimension.

My interaction with Sol was a little different than what I experience with most residents.

It was more personal.

During each of my twice monthly visits, I'd sit and enjoy a spirit-filled lunch hour with him.  We'd talk about whatever came to his mind.  I could always count on at least one topic of conversation every, single time: Angela Lansbury.

Sol worked many years as a teacher and eventually a Principal.  He told me a million times often that Angela's son, David, attended his school.  He recounted a story of walking the boy out to Angela's car one day, and being surprised that she never acknowledged him for doing so.  But that "snub" didn't stop him from being an avid viewer of Murder She Wrote reruns!

He talked to me about living in Brooklyn as a boy.

About moving to California.

About his brilliant, older brother, Nathan.

About joining the military and being stationed in France for a bit.  He even learned some French back then, too!

And traded cigarettes for candy!

He told me about meeting his late wife, Joan, on a beach.

And that his greatest regret was not treating her as well as he should have.

He told me about his intelligent, goal-driven daughter, Lauren.

And about his daughter, Harriet, who caused him much worry during her youth.

As fate would have it, both of his daughters proved themselves to be faithful daughters who made sure he was comfortable.

He often told me that "Harriet does everything for me.  I don't even know how much I pay to live here."

I'd tell him, "You don't need to know how much you pay.  You don't need to think about much of anything any longer, except enjoying every, single day."

He'd voice his bewilderment regarding his grandson, Tyler's, lack of interest in learning to drive.  The young man eventually got his driver's license.

He'd talk about his older grandson, Austin, being quiet around him.

He'd talk about the boys' father.  And I'll leave it at that. :)

One of my fondest memories with him was searching the internet for a new wedding band.  He told me he wanted one to let everybody know he was a married man and in love with his wife.  I suppose he was adamant about telling me that because I often teased him about hookin' up with one of the ladies in the residence.  Lol

On his birthday, Harriet gifted him with a gold band, and he wore it every day afterward.  Proudly, might I add.

Last Sunday, June 11th, I attended Sol's burial.

Being there was a privilege.  Being asked to be a pallbearer was even more so.

I even was allowed to shovel dirt over his casket.  I had never seen such an act done by mourners at a funeral.  But then again, that was the first Jewish funeral I had attended.

After the funeral ceremony, I joined the family at a restaurant reception.


Honestly, the atmosphere at the restaurant was truly a celebration of his life.  Both the collages pictured above were on display.  It was great to see a young Sol since I had only known him as a man in his 90s.

In the photos, he appears:

Young.

Vital.

Happy.

I was asked to stand up and share with the guests how Sol and I came to know one another.  And I did.

Happily.

Resolutely.

Proudly.

Well, I want the world to know I'm hella happy to have met Mr. Sol Kravetz.

And that's Kravetz with an "e."  :)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Seriously, What?????


It's 1:36 AM and I've got a slice of apple pie, compliments of Costo, in the oven, heating up.

Why am I eating dessert at this ungodly hour, you ask?

Because I want to!

No, seriously, I'm awake asking myself what I deem the million dollar question:


Honestly, in my day-to-day life I observe people breaking their backs (some literally, but most, figuratively) working to earn as much money as they can.

But for what?

This house?



This car?



This school?



This purse?



This exclusive club?


Really, once a person obtains any or all these things, is he/she automatically happy?

Well, we know the answer to that question.

Yet, folks damn near kill themselves to get their hands on these things.

Well, for me, I simply pursue a life of spontaneity, nature, food, friends, family, and just enough money so that I never have to worry think about it!

That's what "it all" a.k.a. life means to me. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

22 Days Away


Twenty-two days from now marks the PREMIERE of BIG BROTHER!!!

We're getting prepared for Season 19!  Season 19!

I climbed aboard the BB train back in Season 14!  Tons of folks have come and gone since then, but I still find that meeting new houseguests is a hoot!

Heck, being reacquainted with old houseguests ain't too bad, either! :)

"The Ball Smashers"

The summer of 2017 is about to get HELLA HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)