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.


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.  :)