Friday, July 3, 2020

Our Neighborhood's Show of Support for Black Lives Matter

Every evening we walk through our neighborhood, and over the past few weeks it's been heartening to see so many signs of support for Black Lives Matter and making the country a better place. Just some of the signs:

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Spin: A Complete List of My Weekly Vinyl Listens




Last year I began chronicling my #sundayspin listens via Instagram... but it soon dawned on my that I had lost track of what I had already posted. To avoid any repeats, here's the list of what I've logged, with much more to come!

June 1, "Labrador" single, Velocity Girl (1994)
June 16, "If You're Feeling Sinister," Belle and Sebastian (1996)
June 23, "Quiet is the New Loud," Kings of Convenience (2001)
August 18, "Lockjaw," Dance Hall Crashers (1995)
August 25, "Some Great Reward," Depeche Mode
September 8, "The Story of The Clash," The Clash (1988)
September 15, "Best of Sade," Sade (1994)
September 29: "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (maxi-single), Depeche Mode (1987)
October 13: "The Muffs," The Muffs (1993)
October 27: "Copacetic," Velocity Girl (1993)
November 3: "The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death," The Housemartins (1987)
November 10: "Ciao! Best of Lush," Lush (2001)
November 17: "Violator," Depeche Mode (1990)
December 1: "Moon Safari," Air (1998)
December 8: "Give Up," The Postal Service (2003)
December 15: "Substance 1987," New Order (1987)
December 22: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" soundtrack, Vince Guaraldi Trio (1965)
December 29: "1999," Prince (1982)

January 5: "Solid Gold Hits," Beastie Boys (2005)
January 12: "I Learned the Hard Way," Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (2010)
January 26: "xx," The xx (2009)
February 2: "Unknown Mortal Orchestra," Unknown Mortal Orchestra (2011)
February 9: "Low Life," New Order (1985)
February 16: "This Land," Gary Clark Jr. (2019)
February 23: "Stankonia," Outkast (2000)
March 1: "Violet Street," Local Natives (2019)
March 8: "Rosé," Bran Van 3000 (2007)
March 15: "Good Thing," Leon Bridges (2018)
March 22: "Eponymous," R.E.M. (1988)
March 29: "Dummy," Portishead (1994)
April 5: "Kalapana," Kalapana (1975)
April 12: "Vide Noir," Lord Huron (2018)
April 19: "Love is Dead," Chvrches (2018)
April 28: "Circus," Erasure (1987)
May 10: "Electronic," Electronic (1991)
May 17: "Simpatico," Velocity Girl (1994)
May 24: "Pretty in Pink" soundtrack (1986)
June 14: "American Top 40" (June 1, 1985)
June 21: "The Best of Earth Wind & Fire," Earth Wind & Fire (1978)
June 28: "Around the World in a Day," Prince and the Revolution (1985)
July 5: "Standing on a Beach," The Cure (1986)

Social Distance Road Trip: An Escape to the Beach in Malibu

The hope this year was a return visit to Hawai'i, and we probably would have been heading there this weekend. But then, alas, COVID got in the way. So instead, we drove to Malibu and found a less crowded part of the beach to enjoy the outdoors. The water was cold, alas, so it's definitely not Hawai'i. But the Blogger Kid 2.0 and I still waded in it for quite a while. And both kids (above and below) had fun chasing the waves and making various sand creations.

The big highlight, however, was the dolphins. We saw an entire school of them, and they put on a show for us — leaping out of the water, swimming through waves, going back and forth. Definitely made the $15 parking worth the price of admission. It was hard to capture the dolphins in photos, but you may see a few in the ones below.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

HiFi Kitchen Bake Sale Supports the Black Lives Matter Movement

We headed to the HiFi Kitchen in Historic Filipinotown yesterday to grab some baked goodies for a good cause: Proceeds from the treats went to the Black Lives Matter movement. By the time we got there, alas, almost everything was sold out, so alas, no ube dessert for us. We still bought a few donuts. Next time we'll get there early! Below, you'll see Jacks also joined us to show some support.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

End of an Era: Weatherman Fritz Coleman Retiring From KNBC

Local TV regularly goes through changes, but there are a handful of constants in Los Angeles — KNBC/Channel 4's Fritz Coleman being one of them. But after nearly 40 years as KNBC's weatherman, Coleman is retiring on June 26. Here's what I wrote in Variety:

“After a year of planning his retirement, Coleman has decided to spend more time with his family, appreciate his good health, and dedicate more time to his comedy,” the station said in a statement. His last day on-air will be Friday, June 26.

Coleman is one of the longest-running news personalities in Los Angeles, most recently as part of the KNBC anchor team of Colleen Williams and Chuck Henry, along with sports anchor Fred Roggin.

Coleman joined KNBC in 1982, memorable early on for his trademark blue-framed glasses (which he later traded in for smaller specs). He also appeared in several promo campaigns for the station over the years, including one with Roggin (“Fritz and Fred”) and another that highlighted his forecasting skills (“Fritz said it would be like this”).

“This career has been a gift,” Coleman said. “To work in the greatest news operation in Southern California has been the greatest experience of my life. I have also had the opportunity of raising my children, while working with a wonderful team. I have made lifelong friends at NBC4 and in the community it serves. I’m so very thankful.”

Above, a retrospective of Coleman's time at Channel 4, as produced by KNBC. And below, a particularly trippy Fritz Coleman promo from 1986:

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