Category Archives: Popular Culture


It’s the bottom of the eighth, and the Tigers are about to get swept by the White Sox unless they can pick up at least three runs in the ninth. That would put Chicago only five and a half games back, with plenty of time to keep moving up. I hope this isn’t the beginning of a collapse.

[A couple minutes later]

Dang, Chicago picked up another run before the end of the inning. Now Detroit needs four in the ninth to just stay alive. The way they’ve been batting lately, it doesn’t look good.

[A few minutes later]

Whoa! One out and two men on from consecutive singles, with the tying run on deck. Can they pull it out? Probably not, but it’s frustrating when they get your hopes up like this.


Dang, two outs now, with two on first and second.

And there’s the third out.

They’re going to have to play better ball than that if they want to hang on to the division (and major league) lead.

Tell Me

I hate that stupid commercial for the oil and natural gas industry, in which a bunch of people say “Tell me about this, tell me about that, tell me the truth.” It makes them sound like idiots. It also makes whoever came up with the ad sound like idiots. I don’t expect an industry to tell me things–I expect an industry to provide me with what I need at an affordable price.

What is the point?

Death Of A Burger Matriarch

I’ve never been a big fan of In’n’Out Burgers, but perhaps some of my readers are. And more importantly, Patricia is. She makes a point to go there whenever we go “home” to LA.

My major memory of them is all the corporate bumper stickers I used to see when I first move to LA, when many had removed the “B” and the “rs” from the name.

Anyway, one of the co-founders of the chain has died.

Finally, Gender Equality

DeBeers won’t be happy to hear about this:

Diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend, according to a new U.S. study that found three of four women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond necklace.

Works for me–I think that diamonds have been one of the biggest scams ever foisted on mankind. But how about an LCD?

Make Them Suffer

They say that artists suffer for their art.

What deranged notions would possess American actors to take part in a film like this one? What’s next? A film version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, starring Barbra Streisand?

Maybe there’s a good reason that these particular “artists” should suffer for their art. Help them along, and fulfill their destiny, by refusing to pay money to see it.

Fight To The Finish

My webmaster, Bill Simon, is coach of a Chinese dragon-boat team, based in Long Beach, CA. He sends link to a video of a close race in Vancouver last month:

Here is the 500M race for the medals in the Comp C division of the 2006 Vancouver (ALCAN) Dragon Boat festival that was held on June 18, 2006. Now you can actually see how close this race was.

LARD (Los Angeles Racing Dragons, our local rivals) came in first (in the lane 4th from the top). We, the Los Angeles Killer Guppies, (in the 3rd lane from the top) came in about 3/4 boat behind them–and that put us in 9th place! We were separated by less than 2.5 second! Our time was 2:09.

I know how intense this was for us on the boat. But now I know what the crowd experienced. This is the closest Dragon Boat race I’ve ever seen. Awesome! Congrats to LARD! But just wait till next year…

This is my kind of multiculturalism.