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Ant Population Explosion

Ant problem is much worse this year. I've been trying a little of everything. Mrs. Meyers lavendar countertop spray for quick zapping, though I'm told Windex also works well for this; those little bait discs; Raid. I like the Chinese chalk, but it's hard to find because it's hazardous (duh) for kids and pets. Porn and drugs? Available anywhere. Chinese ant chalk? Have to go to a certain store and the guy slips it to you from behind the counter.
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Whenever news of the Westboro Baptist Church pops up, I consider organizing a counter-demonstration: a big crowd of gay, straight, and genderqueer folks carrying signs that say, "Read the whole Book!"
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Greetings, Earthlings!

I've been away for such an embarrassingly long time, I thought something special was required as a comeback. Ganked from my friend Muffin (that's her real name), a clip of a performance by the Pagagnini Quartet. There is a brief introduction in French. Blink a few times and it will be over.

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Warning: unabashedly countrified acoustic blues! Haters stand clear!

Okay, all you honky-tonk angels! Here's a song for everybody who likes bars with sawdust on the floor. Click over here and give a listen to my friend Joe Gorfinkle's tune "Bedtime Story."

It's up for an award at indie radio site hosstheboss.com, so if you like it, please consider voting for it. Whether you vote or not, I hope you enjoy it. "Heart Attack," a lively upbeat dance number, is good, too.
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Talking With The Band (or how to influence others without making friends)

Band advice to club patrons
by Alec Fraser

TALKING WITH THE BAND
The best time to discuss anything with the band in any meaningful way
is at the middle of a song when all members are singing at the same
time [such as a multi harmony part]. Our hearing is so advanced that
we can pick out your tiny voice from the megawatt wall of sound
blasting all around us, musicians are expert lip readers too.
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Phil's Diner Saved!

Long before the Red Line subway, before the hipsters, before the $1700 per month, 800 square foot lofts, North Hollywood had Phil's Diner, an actual old rail car serving coffee and sandwiches to people who worked in the industrial strip along Chandler Blvd.

As the NoHo Arts District developed and the neighborhood started to change, the fate of Phil's was uncertain. There was a "Save Phil's Diner" jam at the NoHo arts festival featuring Rob Zucca (proprietor of Hallenbeck's), gvdub, and other locals. Construction began on the subway site, the diner was moved - nobody knew where - and all we had after that were rumors. It was somewhere on the lot where the lofts were going up. Some entrepreneur was going to buy it and open a commuter's coffee stand. It was already in the landfill. Meanwhile more and more chain eateries were opening in the area.

Now comes news that Phil's will re-open soon.

"Your old neighborhood greasy spoon is also bringing back the old way of doing business,using fresh ingredients and buying locally"