Just Stop It

"Really LADWP, you gotta be kidding with this BS?"

The town is abuzz about the 1921 water main in Westwood that ruptured yesterday afternoon, creating a a 30-foot geyser and then a 15-foot sinkhole in Sunset Boulevard and flooding parts of nearby UCLA. LADWP couldn’t turn the main off until about four hours after it first ruptured and there are “at least” two sections that are still leaking near the break, which over the afternoon let loose something like eight to ten million gallons of water. (The whole thing is reminiscent of the summer of 2009, when the city’s aging pipes, unable to handle variations in water pressure due to water rationing, started bursting all over the place.)

Meanwhile, UCLA’s still a mess—as of this morning, more than 700 cars are still at least partially under water, a section of Sunset is still closed, and the cleanup effort will probably take days, says KPCC. (How many days? No one’s saying yet.) The deluge would be unbelievable, were it not for camera phones and Twitter. We’ve collected several of the most stunning flood photos after the jump.

I posted the story above for the uninformed among you. But the DWP has got some extreme balls to tell us we can only water our yards 3 days a week for 8 minutes on each sprinkler station. Damn every winter i drive by a park that’s got pre-set rainbirds going during a thunderstorm. And now they drop 10 million gallons of prime H20 all over the UCLA campus. It’s time the city and DWP get off their butts and start a maintenance program before L.A. turns back into a desert.

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Let the games begin………………………………………..



We all know what happens when a huge political story is about to break. Along comes Paris Hilton, Britiney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, and whatever the Kardashian flavor of the month is. The general public is then so distracted they completely forget about or just don’t care about the other story. This is the way I felt when the Lakers front office  announced they were bringing back D’Antoni for next year. I was outraged, and thought Laker fans all over the southland would be too. But right at the same moment up pops Lindsey Lohan in the form of an 80 year old racist billionaire. Yes Good old Donald Sterling took all the heat off the Lakers continuing blunder. The story was non-existent, could not be read about it, or hear it talked about because of the feeding frenzie Sterling created. 



Then the most unlikely of scenarios took place, Mike D’Antoni up and resigned. He saved the Laker brain trust of all further embarrassment. Although we still must remember, they WERE going to bring him back. Now this brings me to the crazy shit going on all over sports these days. Yay the Dodgers got paid 8.5 billion dollars by Time Warner Cable to broadcast all their games, and voila 75% of the Dodgers audience now are unable to see even one game. Maybe it’s Vince Scully’s last year, who knows? Hey the Yankees have their won station, but New Yorkers can actually watch the Bronx Bombers everyday if they want to. 



This madness has reached down to NCAA Division 1 sports, as the new super conferences, are sporting their own networks too. Oh Yeah but just try to find a cable venue that carries, the new PAC 12 network. Again it’s the dreaded Time Warner Cable only!! 



So our sports have come down to clueless coaches, corrupt NCAA officials, cheating NBA referees, and a commissioner who not only let them do it, but encouraged it. He did nothing for 33 years while Donald Sterling played the race card even though he owned a team in a league that is 75% African American. The NFL news looks more like a police blotter, and minor league baseball has taken to biting ears off!!



Am I gonna stop caring about  it? Not hardly, but it’s getting harder to actually see even my own three teams, that I want to watch The Lakers, the Dodgers, and the Trojans. Maybe we can get the Rams back now that Georgia has passed on? Let’s hope so.



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Let the games begin………………………………………..

We all know what happens when a huge political story is about to break. Along comes Paris Hilton, Britiney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, and whatever the Kardashian flavor of the month is. The general public is then so distracted they completely forget about or just don’t care about the other story. This is the way I felt when the Lakers front office  announced they were bringing back D’Antoni for next year. I was outraged, and thought Laker fans all over the southland would be too. But right at the same moment up pops Lindsey Lohan in the form of an 80 year old racist billionaire. Yes Good old Donald Sterling took all the heat off the Lakers continuing blunder. The story was non-existent, could not be read about it, or hear it talked about because of the feeding frenzie Sterling created.

Then the most unlikely of scenarios took place, Mike D’Antoni up and resigned. He saved the Laker brain trust of all further embarrassment. Although we still must remember, they WERE going to bring him back. Now this brings me to the crazy shit going on all over sports these days. Yay the Dodgers got paid 8.5 billion dollars by Time Warner Cable to broadcast all their games, and voila 75% of the Dodgers audience now are unable to see even one game. Maybe it’s Vince Scully’s last year, who knows? Hey the Yankees have their won station, but New Yorkers can actually watch the Bronx Bombers everyday if they want to.

This madness has reached down to NCAA Division 1 sports, as the new super conferences, are sporting their own networks too. Oh Yeah but just try to find a cable venue that carries, the new PAC 12 network. Again it’s the dreaded Time Warner Cable only!!

So our sports have come down to clueless coaches, corrupt NCAA officials, cheating NBA referees, and a commissioner who not only let them do it, but encouraged it. He did nothing for 33 years while Donald Sterling played the race card even though he owned a team in a league that is 75% African American. The NFL news looks more like a police blotter, and minor league baseball has taken to biting ears off!!

Am I gonna stop caring about  it? Not hardly, but it’s getting harder to actually see even my own three teams, that I want to watch The Lakers, the Dodgers, and the Trojans. Maybe we can get the Rams back now that Georgia has passed on? Let’s hope so.

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The 1989 California State Fair asked for the Hollywood Studios to help put together a special effects exhibit in an 8000 sq. ft. building. They all declined except my boss at MGM, David Gerber. I organized a stunt show, an interactive blue screen show, a robotics exhibit, an interactive effects make-up exhibit, and a foley exhibit. This is the video I created to play on the  6 foot monitor at the entrance. Hard to believe it was 25 years ago now……………….enjoy.

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FANCY FREE, AND PITCHY TOO……………………….WTF?

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THE STAR SPANGLED BANGER……………………OOOPS. 
more corn wars.
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THE STAR SPANGLED BANGER……………………OOOPS.

more corn wars.

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Wait what about “Rolling Stone Soup”, “Dennis the Menace 2 Society”, “Rihanna & Charlie Brown”, “Baby Blues Suede Shoes”, and “Dagwood & Debra Harry”?

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Wait what about “Rolling Stone Soup”, “Dennis the Menace 2 Society”, “Rihanna & Charlie Brown”, “Baby Blues Suede Shoes”, and “Dagwood & Debra Harry”?

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"TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE?, THAT IS THE QUESTION"

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"TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE?, THAT IS THE QUESTION"

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I can’t watch this without my knees getting all shaky, can you? It’s an old one but worth another look. Enjoy

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Why beating the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden was a bad thing?

The real problem with the Lakers hanging in there to pull out a victory in Portland the other night is it gives D’Antoni reason [as delusional as it is] to believe his small ball run and gun system is a winner. Offensively on the rare nights that the 3’s are falling he appears to be right. But at the defensive side of the floor this approach can abandon you faster than the Road Runner sprints past Wylie Coyotte!! 

So if you watched the Lakers stumble around the next evening at Staples Center against a New Orleans team that had just lost eight in a row. Then you could see what I am talking about. Wesley Johnson as a stretch 4 may spread the floor to D’Antoni’s liking, but trying to guard actual real power forwards in this league, is like Billy Barty trying to block the plate against Dave Parker.

While coach D is slobbering all over himself thinking Johnson is the next coming of Shawne Marion, the Lakers hardest worker on the floor [Jordan Hill] is buried on the bench. Maybe he could’ve slowed Anthony Davis down just a little bit? As is proved out year after year during the playoffs, this small ball approach is not conducive to winning a trophy, and neither is Coach D. 

His bench is a proverbial bone yard for Bigs in this league. He just doesn’t respect the position or low post back to the basket kind of play whatsoever. Once again I say Laker history tells us, we win Championships with dominating big men. As great as Magic Johnson was, he never won a ring without Kareem. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich didn’t without Wilt Chamberlain. Kobe without Shaq, or Pau. I may not be Perry Mason, but I rest my case!!

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Why beating the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden was a bad thing?

The real problem with the Lakers hanging in there to pull out a victory in Portland the other night is it gives D’Antoni reason [as delusional as it is] to believe his small ball run and gun system is a winner. Offensively on the rare nights that the 3’s are falling he appears to be right. But at the defensive side of the floor this approach can abandon you faster than the Road Runner sprints past Wylie Coyotte!!

So if you watched the Lakers stumble around the next evening at Staples Center against a New Orleans team that had just lost eight in a row. Then you could see what I am talking about. Wesley Johnson as a stretch 4 may spread the floor to D’Antoni’s liking, but trying to guard actual real power forwards in this league, is like Billy Barty trying to block the plate against Dave Parker.

While coach D is slobbering all over himself thinking Johnson is the next coming of Shawne Marion, the Lakers hardest worker on the floor [Jordan Hill] is buried on the bench. Maybe he could’ve slowed Anthony Davis down just a little bit? As is proved out year after year during the playoffs, this small ball approach is not conducive to winning a trophy, and neither is Coach D.

His bench is a proverbial bone yard for Bigs in this league. He just doesn’t respect the position or low post back to the basket kind of play whatsoever. Once again I say Laker history tells us, we win Championships with dominating big men. As great as Magic Johnson was, he never won a ring without Kareem. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich didn’t without Wilt Chamberlain. Kobe without Shaq, or Pau. I may not be Perry Mason, but I rest my case!!

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It’s another 3 dog night, and Jeremiah was once again in rare form.

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It’s another 3 dog night, and Jeremiah was once again in rare form.

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