He, She, They, We

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Guys, I love Long Beach! Diversity in culture, diversity in activities, diversity in climate, diversity in beliefs. What makes us like this? The diversity in our people. I really feel like there is an openness not for tolerance, but for respect. That’s what Pride Weekend is all about. It’s truly a community celebration. Everyone’s probably aware that the parade and festival take place on Sunday. The pre-parade starts at 9:30, and step-off starts at 10:30. But the weekend actually kicks off this evening at 4:00 (at Rainbow Lagoon Park) with a Teen Pride Wonderland. And the festival not only takes place on Sunday, but it takes place Saturday too. There is definitely something for everyone with a Family Fun Zone, Senior Fun Zone, music, dancing, games, food, and adult beverages! Male, female, gay, straight, and everything in between, this weekend is all positive vibes that you surely don’t want to miss. This is a celebration of inclusion, and I am proud to be a part of that celebration. See you there…

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Soundtrack

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Do you like going to the movies? I don’t (HAHA.) But, Mr. and I both enjoy watching movies (well, he actually digs going, too.) I enjoy movies that kind of transport you, help you get your mind off of everything. One of the ways that happens is by virtue of the music throughout the movie; probably something you barely even recognize, let alone think about. But really, take this into consideration: what would Jaws have been like without that ominous bass-line? Or imagine zooming through the skies of Star Wars to silence. The Breakfast Club without “Don’t You Forget About Me?” Say Anything: WHAT would Lloyd Dobler have done to win back Diane?!?! OK, I’m showing my age. Without movie music, LA LA Land would not have even existed. (mic drop.)

So, how would you like to enjoy a FREE concert on Sunday featuring The Southern California Brass Consortium performing a number of movie-themed tunes? You can! This Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Bay Shore Church right here in BS. The band will present music from such great classic films as Star Trek, Hook, Pirates of the Caribbean, Exodus, Mask of Zorro, To Kill A Mockingbird, and many others. Dr. Roger Hickman, author of “Reel Music: Exploring 100 Years of Film Music,” will be the guest narrator, providing interesting insights about the music from each film. You’re probably wondering how this concert can be free. The concert is a gift to our community because of all the runners/walkers in the annual Long Beach Turkey Trot. That run/walk is hosted by Justin Rudd’s nonprofit C.A.T. In lieu of an admission charge, Justin Rudd is asking attendees to bring school supplies (i.e. packs of pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, filler paper, etc.) that will then be passed out at area schools to students in need. This is a free event, but all are required to register here. So, this Sunday, instead of Netflixing and Chilling, enjoy this band, and let your imagination take you away…

 

 

Tidbits

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Do you have a snack drawer at work? Or a little “safe place” where you can keep some items that may satiate you throughout the day? I normally don’t eat breakfast, so it’s pretty much essential that I have some kind of sustenance at work before I get home. I try to keep something that will provide some protein. Almonds, turkey jerky, some clean grain clusters, whatevs. I recently discovered at Ralph’s (I think,) these individual 8 oz. servings of organic bone broth. IDK if you have heard, but bone broth has some great benefits: it promotes immunity and fights inflammation, it builds muscle and promotes weight loss, it can improve hydration, and actually even improves your mood. Anyhoo, this grey weather has reminded me that I have this in my desk drawer at work, and maybe I should remind you about it. It’s prefect because it doesn’t need refrigeration; throw it in a drawer (or your purse or satchel or whatever,) and just keep it there until you want to pour it in a mug, microwave it, and sip it. I’ve only tried the turkey/rosemary/thyme, but I think some of the other chicken ones would be delicious. I’m always concerned about sodium, and whole ingredients, but I feel like this is OK with 17% sodium, and almost all organic, clean ingredients. You can check them out on Amazon, or, as I mentioned, some varieties can be found in local stores. Oh, BTW you guys, this is totally not endorsed. This is not an ad. I’m not sponsored. I don’t have sponsors, hell, I barely even have any friends! So, if you wanna’ check out something that’s tasty, satisfying, and good for you, try these. Or, grab a snack bag of Cheetos; I won’t judge…

 

 

 

 

Knot It!

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Today may have started out a little bit rainy, but it has turned into the perfect day for sailing, which is great news because The Congressional Cup is taking place right here in BS! The Congressional Cup is recognized as the ‘granddaddy’ of modern world-class match racing: the premier and longest running event of its kind in North America. Founded by Long Beach Yacht Club in 1965, the Congressional Cup set the standard for top-level match racing worldwide, and pioneered the concept of on-the-water umpiring. Every year, sailors from around the world gather to compete in this regatta. FREE viewing from Belmont Pier starts daily around 11:30, and Sunday will be the last day. I’m always looking for a reason to hang out in the sun by the water, now you have one too…

 

 

Inn is Out

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One of my earliest posts was about one of my favorite places to drink beer in BS. A laid-back spot with chill people, picnic tables, great people-watching, and lots of sunshine. It was one of the first bars that Mr. and I hung out at when we initially started dating. It was a place where you could stay for an hour or all day, and feel welcome. It was a place where you would invariably run into someone you knew. So, I was saddened to hear that Acapulco Inn has gone out of business. I won’t get into the politics or rumors that I’ve heard. I just hope that you took my advice a few years ago and had a chance to enjoy it..

Hop To It!

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Remember when you were little and the Easter Bunny came to visit? The anticipation of not knowing what would be in your basket. The excitement of finding it, filled with goodies. And the glee of stuffing your face with chocolate! Oh wait, maybe not that last part. Anyhoo, would you be surprised to know that there are thousands of children in Long Beach who aren’t able to experience that joy? Well, the Community Action Team (CAT) is able to help them! Operation Easter Basket began in 2005, and seeks to bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations right here in Long Beach through gift-filled Easter baskets. These baskets not only contain Easter candy, but also small toys, school supplies (i.e. note pad, pens, pencils,) art supplies (i.e. crayons, markers,) hygiene products (i.e. toothbrushes, sull-size toothpaste, shampoo and body wash, acne face wash,) and essential clothing items (i.e. socks, underwear, ballcap, hair ties.) Additionally, this endeavor provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on project. Starting this evening at Bay Shore Church, volunteers are rallying to help assemble the almost-3000 baskets that will be distributed this year. Volunteer times are also on Thursday from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, and Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. So why not grab some friends, and hop on the bunny trail to help out?! Think of all of the delight one child will get to experience just because of you…

The Great Race

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I’m sure you are well aware (if you felt anything like I did yesterday,) that Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day. While we didn’t make the usual day-long circuitous route, Mr. and I did go out earlier during the day. We *only* went to two bars, but I have to say, we probably would have gone to more others, if they were available. Dogz and Quinn’s are two of our favorite places. Both places have been closed since forever for renovations. Dogz had an unfortunate accident, and was flooded back in 2017. Quinn’s has been expanding/renovating since early summer, and they were supposed to be done by last fall. So, Drinking Buddy and I have a little bet going on which one will open soonest. Dogz says mid-month, but we never see any updates. Quinn’s has been posting semi-regular updates, and says mid-April. (BTW, both places are now hiring!) I wonder which one we’ll be able to re-visit sooner? until then, it’s a race to the finish line…

 

Wet

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Ugh! It’s cold & rainy this weekend. We were hoping to get out to brunch somewhere, and getting in some walking. Instead, we’ve got some movies & catching up on Netflix shows. It’s kinda’ nice to be snuggled up under the covers all weekend. But, I was really looking forward to getting out and about. So, now I’m already looking forward to Thursday. Tavern on 2 is having a fundraiser for Live Love Animal Rescue. It’s March 15 from 5:00 – 11:00; there will be food and drink specials, a silent auction, fun dog contests, and 20% of your bill goes directly to the rescue. BTW, this cutie in the photo’s name is Puma, he is currently available for adoption. Look at that smile! aaaargh! So cute! Anyhoo, plan on enjoying some delicious food and beverages while doing something positive for our friends who are looking for a furever home…

 

 

Tariff

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I really have nothing to say today. Well, at least nothing clever or witty. Nothing useful or informative. I’m just going to talk about the weather. Don’t worry, I’ll make it short. It’s been cold here. Really frigid. And, I know, it’s been bitter here before. I’ve lived here long enough to know it’s not all sunshine and palm trees (except it usually is.) But I feel like it’s been too cold for too long. Like, a few days of coldness, I can deal with. But I don’t even have enough clothes to keep in my rotation lately. I have like 3 sweaters. Today, I wore a sweater under a sweater. Someone expressed my thoughts almost perfectly today. He said (and I’m paraphrasing,) “Prices are high in California. Things are expensive. We pay enough that there should be a limit on the duration of days it can be cold. Or, the temperature range.” I agree. I’ll be patiently awaiting my refund…