Saturday, May 24, 2008

And Many More...

Bob Dylan turns 67 years old today. Happy birthday, old man. Keep it coming.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mahalo Avoids a Spoiler

I can't believe they blew it!

Want to find out which one won?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mozza The Time

Went to Pizzeria Mozza tonight. Very hip Italian pizza place at Highland and Melrose.
First, the good things: The food tastes great. I had the Prosciutto di Parma pizza and my friend had a mushroom and fontina cheese pizza. Very creative dishes and presentation. For appetizers, we had the bruschetta and the meatballs. The taste was good and definitely made me forget that I was paying seven dollars for a chunk of garlic bread and eight dollars for three meatballs.
Now, the stuff I get to make fun of: Pizzeria Mozza is about the size of my bathroom with tables wedged into every possible corner. It's one of those situations where you're sitting about three inches to the left and the right of total strangers, which really makes it difficult to break up with someone, confess an indiscretion or attempt to talk someone into an abortion. Pizzeria Mozza wants you to feel part of a real Italian family, which you apparently experience by smelling the deodorant of the patron next to you.
I made my feelings known on a Mozza comment card.

The cramped quarters didn't seem to bother most of the other diners, so I suppose it may be my own insecurities and not a problem with the layout of the restaurant. Plus, there is plenty of street parking, which is a blessing in Los Angeles. Just be careful how long you leave your car there.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

No-Lane Blacktop

So, as I wrote in my previous post, my car was recently engaged in a minor complete shit-tastrophe. It was parked on the street overnight and the next morning I went out to get coffee and my car suddenly resembled the Orca at the end of Jaws. The gas tank was crushed, an axle was bent beyond repair and the suspension channel was demolished. So it goes.

I'm waiting for a phone call from my insurance company telling me how much money they're giving me. The Kelley Blue Book says my car in good condition was worth 7,500-8,000 dollars. AAA, however, says they don't use the Blue Book. They have their own independent method of comparing existing cars and giving me a price. Sounds like there's a good chance I could get mildly screwed.

I've never bought a car before, and this is one of those situations that makes me feel like I'm a total five-year-old. Honestly, I would believe it if the insurance company told me that they had to tear up my license and force me, legally, to ride a Schwinn to work for the next six months. I'd believe it if they told me I had to slap a bunch of stamps on my forehead and have the post office deliver me via rickshaw.

The description that everyone has given me about car salesmen is that they are, in general, bloodsucking razorbacks. One must treat the car salesman as if he is Gollum from Lord of the Rings. You must maintain the upper hand at all times and keep them firmly tied up with Elven rope or they'll send you right into the bosom of a giant dwarf-eating spider.

I'll keep my loyal readers posted as to my car search. I'm going to have to solve this problem soon, as I think my roommate is getting a bit tired of driving to work every day.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

How to Get a Car Loan

Someone crashed into my car while it was parked on the street the other day. It's completely destroyed and unfixable, which means I have to buy a new car.

How apropos, then, that Mahalo has a wonderfully helpful article on How to Get a Car Loan. Now all I need my co-workers to write it How to Build a Parking Garage under your Apartment Complex.

Friday, May 9, 2008

He's The One They Call Dr. Goldfoot

Here's a movie called Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. I have never heard of this movie before. But, it's on Hulu and it's free. Apparently, this Dr. Goldfoot chap plans world domination by sending hot female robots after rich people. Haven't watched it. Don't vouch for it. Enjoy:

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