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Always nice stuff. You sure eat out a lot. ; )
Yes, and the food on them plates always looks pretty damn good.
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And yes, we like to eat out. It's a bad habit.
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Friday, 12.31.2021.


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New Year's Eve meal in Thai Town.

Hardcore Thai restaurant; this is an offering to the house spirit.

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Papaya salad.

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Koon krub and prik khing.

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Thai iced coffee.

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Saturday, 1.1.2022.

Oshogatsu お正月 Japanese New Year in Little Tokyo (and a little bit in the Arts District), Saturday, 1.1.2022.


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Namahage.

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Shinto prayers.

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Sake.

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Gyoza.

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Fried tofu.

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A 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

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First week of 2022...


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To Sir With Love.

Sidney Poitier, 2/20/1927-1/6/2022

Hollywood, Saturday, 1.8.2022.


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R.I.P. Sidney Poitier, very interesting thread sopas ej.
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More very random photos, taken over the last 2 days.


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I see you went to the Astro Diner! Love that place
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I see you went to the Astro Diner! Love that place
Oh yes, it's great. In the two-thousand aughts, since it's open 24-hours, it was my and my partner's go-to after-clubbing/drinking restaurant when we were going to MJ's in Silverlake; it's basically on our way home to South Pas from MJ's (which has since closed, of course).

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1.14.2022

This is a new business that opened up near my work. I asked my Taiwanese friend what the Chinese characters say, and she told me it says "exquisite goods." When I read the word "kaka," I don't think of exquisite goods.

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Dinner at that restaurant with the boob tree...

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Pinot grigio.

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Salmon salad.

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Bread pudding with ice cream.

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Gewürztraminer...

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...to go with my Flammkuchen.

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1.15.2022.


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Beaches closed today because of a tsunami advisory. We were curious to see the sea level. Went to Point Vicente. It looked normal. Cloudy and rainy, but the view to Catalina Island was clear.

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Having grilled halumi...

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...while watching a pink SoCal winter sunset.

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Cool, cloudy and rainy yesterday...

But today was dry and sunny, with temps in the 70s.

A few random pics, Sunday, 1.16.2022. Lunch and tea.

Strip mall parking lot, palm trees, and freeway. How SoCal! As a teen, my second job was at this strip mall (I worked for a staffing agency that pimped me out to various places).

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Shrimp mofongo.

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Arroz con leche.

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Later in the day, matcha. It's so nice to find a coffee/tea place that does just plain hot matcha, instead of matcha latte or matcha milk boba or whatever the hell.

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All of the seafood looks delightful, like a nice work of art. With that said I can’t stand the taste and flavor of seafood, I honestly wish I did because most of it is healthy. Thanks for sharing.
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All of the seafood looks delightful, like a nice work of art. With that said I can’t stand the taste and flavor of seafood, I honestly wish I did because most of it is healthy. Thanks for sharing.
Not even shrimp? How about sushi? Or fish and chips?

As a kid, I wasn't into fish (the exception was fish and chips), but I liked shrimp. And clam chowder. I used to not like calamari. I didn't start getting into seafood until I was well into my 20s, and since my mid or late 40s, I've been eating seafood often. I love it.
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Not even shrimp? How about sushi? Or fish and chips?.
One shrimp, definitely not sushi.

My grandparents loved fish, and enjoyed going to the lakes (I believe Lake Henshaw was one of them) and they would come home with what seem like hundreds of fish and they would have these fish cleaning events in the backyard and I remember how much I hated it, and seeing the guts and the smell just grossed me out.

There is a taste I can always detect in all seafood that also is a turn-off. Even the texture doesn’t appeal to me, I know I’m weird about it. My wife said she cannot comprehend the fact I don’t like any type of seafood. I will at least will take one shrimp, or a very small piece of lobster off her plate only because she won’t shut up until I do. I did try squid once had a Thai restaurant but to me it didn’t taste like anything you were just kind of rubbery or chewy but that’s about as far as I’ll go. Oh I almost forgot I tried halibut once down in San Pedro. It was only a platter with corn tortillas, to make fish tacos. I did like it because it had a lot of seasoning but again in my mind it was still seafood and I could only tolerate one taco.
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I totally understand. I know a few other people who don't like the taste of seafood. And, I also know some people who don't like the taste of beef. And chocolate.

So, not everything is for everyone.


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Tag along with my partner and me for dinner and a walk afterwards!


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Caesar salad.

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Pizza with tomato sauce, anchovies, garlic, and oregano.

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All gone.

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Burnt (Basque-style) cheesecake with passion fruit.

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Amaro.

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Photos taken over the weekend (Saturday, 1.22.2022-Sunday, 1.23.2022).

Yup, this is the way I like to see snow---from a distance!

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Aftermath of strong Santa Ana winds, Saturday morning, 1.22.2022.

No too much damage in South Pasadena from strong Santa Ana winds we had the night before. Other SGV cities had damaged homes and no electricity due to trees falling onto houses and downed power lines. These pictures I took while walking around my immediate neighborhood.

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Everyone loves palm trees... until their dead fronds fall onto sidewalks and streets.

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Fallen palm fronds can be a nuisance. They also have very sharp barbs. You can get a flat tire driving over them if the barbs are facing up.

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I was hoping to get pictures of the street littered with palm fronds down the middle but it looks like people had already moved the fronds aside.

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I don't really give my home town (Cerritos) much love, and by that I don't seem to really take any pictures of it. I never thought it was really interesting to look at--bland, boring, full of 1970s (and later) tract homes and shopping centers. It was a nice place to grow up, but honestly, as soon as I got my driver's license when I was 16, I used every opportunity to drive out of it and explore and hang out at other places. Anyway, I took the time on Saturday morning to take some pictures of the Cerritos Civic Center, which has evolved over time from when I was a little kid to me being a middle-aged man now. Or am I officially old? Anyway, this picture is of the exterior of Cerritos Library, of which the current iteration opened in 2002. When I was a kid, it was a much smaller building. But I hung out here a lot as a kid and when I was in my teens.

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The Cerritos Library is supposedly the first building in the US with a titanium exterior.

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The Cerritos City Hall opened in 1978. It was the first city hall in the US to have solar-powered water heating, or something. It's a very functional building; there's nothing I find "monumental" about it. The street side is rather bland and fortress-like. My guess is that that is by design. Maybe it's supposed to blend in unobtrusively with its bland surroundings. The only redeeming quality of it is the landscaping around it. I don't think it's totally ugly, it's just kind of... blah.

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I realize there are no interior hallways. The glassy area to the right are the city offices, and the city council chambers are in the background, accessed from the outside.

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Peeking into the glass front doors, I realize they don't make buildings like this anymore. We are so far removed from the 1970s already, that there's almost a certain charm to it.

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This is the parking lot and civic center plaza side of the city hall. I guess this is the more interesting side of the building, and I'm very sure that the architect figured that this is where most people would be accessing the building. It's from this side that you can see it's actually a tri-level building, and you don't enter it at ground level. You have to actually walk 2 flights of stairs to go up to the entrance and city council chambers which are on the 2nd level.

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Even in the late 1970s, the architect already thought of people in wheelchairs.

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Cerritos' own transit bus.

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I realize the Cerritos library and city hall are both very unsymmetrical (asymmetrical?) buildings. They literally both look very different at all sides, which is kind of interesting, because the 3rd building in the Cerritos Civic Center, the Sheriff's Station, is actually pretty close to symmetrical, and is the most boring building of the 3. That's why I didn't bother taking any pictures of it.

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The civic center also includes the Cerritos Sculpture Garden.

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I was 16 when this incident happened. It totally freaked me out at the time. I didn't know anyone who died. I remember our phone at home kept ringing and my parents kept having to answer and talk to friends and relatives saying that we were OK, and the plane crashed into another neighborhood miles from us.

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I guess I did take a picture of the Cerritos Sheriff's Station, kind of. I was actually taking a picture of that very old fallen tree that's still alive; I think the tree has been around since at least the very early 1900s or something. The Sheriff's station opened in 1997.

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A neighborhood near my parents'. Typical 1970s-era Cerritos tract housing, although many of the houses have been remodeled over the years. This is actually in my parents' census tract. This is the kind of boring housing I grew up in. We moved to Cerritos when I was 7. Prior to that, we lived in LA proper---we lived in Koreatown before it was officially designated as Koreatown, and then we moved to the Miracle Mile District, and then Cerritos (*sigh*). Well into the 1980s and 90s, Cerritos had a significant Korean population... so it's kind of funny how we left one Koreatown and settled into sort of another. But I think many Koreans started moving on to other areas. Cerritos has a very high percentage of Asian residents, which started becoming more Asian after the 1990 census, when it was actually pretty racially diverse. My parents still live there, in the same house I grew up in. I went there this day to visit them and take them out to lunch.

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It's funny how after I moved out of Cerritos, the restaurants seemed to have gotten much better. Yeah, they still have some of the national chains, but the ethnic food has gotten more varied and better, and there are some good mom-and-pops.

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Lunch with my parents. I had a chicken salad. Yum!! My parents had fish.

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Sunday morning errand... Car wash! Come on y'all and sing it with me car wash yeah!

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I always go to a hand wash place. No abrasive mechanical brushes. As you can see, I don't drive a fancy car.

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Nice and clean. Just waiting for the guy to use the air hoses, dry it off, do the interior, and clean the windows.

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They usually do a good job here. The guys work so hard, I'm always sure to tip.

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It was such a beautiful day for a car wash.

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Speaking of cars...

Later in the day, I saw this 1959 Edsel...

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And this 1952 Studebaker. I thought it was beautiful. The gentleman sitting inside gave me the OK to take a picture. I'm sure many people do take pictures of his car.

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A 1961 Chevy Impala lowrider.

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And then later in the evening, we saw this somewhere on Rosemead Boulevard.

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A few random photos taken yesterday evening... (Wednesday, 1.26.2022)

The excitement has long faded.

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Random photos...

Friday, 1.28.2022.

Something was going down in Pasadena; this on my way to meet my partner, who went into the office that day (has been WFH since mid-2020).

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Dinner later...

My man had meatballs.

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We shared empanadas.

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I had blood sausage (morcilla).

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Cocktails our bartender/waiter concocted; not sure what he called it.

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And then more emergency vehicles. What was going on that day? Made for red flashing lights at dinner for a bit.

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Then we each had a caipirinha.

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Saturday, 1.29.2022.


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Decided to try this place. Our first time eating here.

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My partner's salad

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I hadn't been here in almost 2 years because of the pandemic. I used to go quite often. How I've missed it.

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I'm gonna check this book out.

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An early dinner.

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Retsina.

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Various meze.

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Visitor, or transplant?

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The Malibu Pier is somehow magical at sunset.

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Nice to her I see in the last couple photos of you were in my neck of the woods (Fat Sals, Cadillac, Louisiana Fried Chicken). I love your photos of the downtown Central Library. I used to spend hours at this library and I’m so glad the preservationists fought to keep it from being torn down, and even expand it as well. To think some crooks even tried to burn it down,, I can’t even imagine not being able to enjoy the quiet outside sitting spaces, many times I would even sit on the benches and relax and enjoy a bite to eat.

How was DTLA Joey’s?
We have one around the corner from us at The Village in Woodland Hills, my wife has hinted she wanted to try it out one day. I on the other hand didn’t see much on the menu I would be interested in trying. I read it was a Canadian establishment and these are the only two in the USA.

Also I love those beautiful sunset beach photos, thanks for sharing, keep them coming.

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Thanks!

I definitely love that library. Prior to the pandemic, I was going there often, like every Saturday or Sunday, or at least every other weekend. It's one of my favorite buildings in LA.

We only had the salads at the Joey restaurant, and we thought they were good. Yeah, the menu is all over the place, my partner and I thought they were trying to go for a "west coast" type of menu. Looking at the Woodland Hills menu, the prices seem to be a few bucks cheaper than their downtown LA location. Maybe you and your wife can check out their happy hour menu just to try different little bites, and enjoy a cocktail or something. That was our first time there, and we probably would eat there again, but not in the near future. We mainly went there because it's near the library and has patio dining, and we wanted to eat before going to the library.

And yeah, after having a walk on the pier in Malibu, we took a leisurely drive home to South Pasadena by way of the Valley---from Malibu, we took Topanga Canyon north and made a right on Ventura Boulevard, and then when we got to Coldwater Canyon, we hopped on the 101 and took the freeway the rest of the way home, but not before stopping at Philz in Studio City for tea and coffee.
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