Give It Up

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Time to get out the give. #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back. It’s a global movement for individuals, charities, businesses, etc. to unite for one common good, to be generous, and to give. And, it’s tomorrow!

Giving is easy. It’s free. Everyone can do it! Donate a toy for an underprivileged child. Donate your time. Donate items to a food pantry. Get your children involved in holding a bake sale or lemonade stand. Then discuss some charitable organizations with them, and decide who to contribute the profits to. Open the door for someone. Help someone load their groceries into their car. Buy someone a cup of coffee.

Be sure to post your #UNselfie on Twitter or Instagram, and it might be seen across the world! The best part? You can do this again and again and again. It’s doesn’t just have to be one day out of the year…

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Feelin’ Groovy

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Have we talked about Murphy’s Pub yet? It’s a regular stop when we are out for adult beverages. They have a vast selection of beers, plus yummy salads and sammies. The best part is that they are on the 2nd floor, and have a fab balcony overlooking 2nd Street.

Check this out. They’re one of the businesses where you can drop off toys for the LB Fire Department Spark of Love toy drive. Spark of Love provides gifts to children in LB who would otherwise go without. That’s awesome, right? It always feels good to be charitable. But wait, there’s more!

The day you bring in your new, unwrapped toy (worth at least $10,) you’ll receive dollar off drafts for the entirety of your stay. So you’ll feel good, and – well – feel good…

The Little Things

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Everyone knows today is Black Friday. Waiting in line all night to get into that Big Box store at the crack of dawn to save hundreds of dollars on all of your Christmas presents. Fighting the crowds, throwing elbows, standing in mile-long lines. It’s exciting and exhilarating, right? No. If that’s your thing, cool. But, I prefer more of a Small Business Saturday experience.

Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 by American Express. It’s celebrated annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Shoppers are encouraged to patronize small, local, brick and mortar stores. You know, mom-n-pop shops. I personally try to support local businesses all through the year from everything to retail stores to restaurants to salons. I really feel that small businesses help shape the culture of the community we live in. You can get personalized service, better quality, and the feeling of knowing you are helping someone achieve their dream and be able to support their family.

The Belmont Shore Business Association is encouraging our neighbors to partake in this day by offering free 2-hour parking on Saturday! So whether you’re shopping for gifts, or just want to pick up a little something for yourself, stay local, and stay small. It’s a great excuse to go shopping…

 

 

 

Thankful

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I am extremely blessed; I have so much to be thankful for. At Thanksgiving (and many days throughout the year,) I think about those less fortunate than me. Not everyone is surrounded by family or friends. People may be mourning a loved one lost or never known. Not everyone has warm food, warm clothes or a warm home (if any of these at all.) People are dealing with mental and physical illnesses. And so much more. Please keep everyone in your prayers as you give Thanks this holiday. Especially when you are complaining about how your family always argues, or how your plane is delayed, or there is too much traffic, or, or.

I hope you are enjoying this day in whatever way makes you happiest. Be thankful…

 

T Minus 2

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T minus two days until Thanksgiving. Are you ready? I (hope) I am. I went grocery shopping today. I wasn’t really planning on waiting this long to go, but I have been under the weather. I didn’t feel like exerting myself any more than I had to. And, TBH, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to cook a traditional dinner.

The best part? I left my grocery list on my desk at work. And I wasn’t just shopping for T-Day, I was shopping for the whole weekend. I love being able to park my car on Friday after work (yeah, I gotta’ work on Friday,) and not have to get in it until Monday morning. I think I got everything we need. At least if I find out that I forgot something, I can walk a couple of short blocks to the market.

It was pretty busy, but not as bad as I thought. And the store seemed thoroughly stocked. So, if you haven’t gotten out yet, you better get moving…

 

 

Turkey Trot

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Ah, Thanksgiving will be here any day now! Roasted turkey slathered in gravy, gobs of buttery mashed potatoes, that gooey green bean casserole with crunchy onions, bubbly sweet potatoes topped with gooey toasted marshmallows, and pumpkin pie piled mile high with whipped cream. Wait. What? You don’t want to gorge yourself on Thanksgiving? Or you secretly do, and don’t want to feel guilty about it. You don’t want to “gobble till you wobble?” You prefer a healthy, active lifestyle?

How about running or walking in a 5K or 10K Thursday morning? Would that make you feel better? It’s not too late to register for the Long Beach Turkey Trot! You can register now, up to, and even on race day. There’s also a half-mile kids’ Wingding for the young Trotters. 100% of the proceeds go to the Community Action Team which hosts annual projects, events, and contests focused on animal, environmental and youth welfare.

Be thankful for what you have, and be generous to those less fortunate. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items (canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit, etc.) to be donated to a local food bank. You can enjoy a beautiful run or walk along the scenic beach with your family or friends and do something good to help others. Then, maybe splurge on a bit of pie…

Chili Time!

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mmmm! I love chili. With beef. With beans. Vegetarian chili. White turkey chili. All of the variations. So many options. And, the spicier, the better! Tomorrow, Simmzy’s  is hosting a Chili Cook Off. It’s from 11 – 3, right on the corner of LaVerne and 2nd Street. Along with Simmzy’s, Acapulco Inn, The Attic, The Stache Bar, and others will be offering delicious chili.

It only costs 5 bucks, and all of the proceeds will benefit The Movember Foundation. The Movember Foundation is a global charity that seeks to raise awareness and promote men’s health education. Not only do you get to chow down on some good food but it’s for a great cause.

It’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow to wander 2nd Street and enjoy some tasty grub. Maybe even have a couple of adult beverages along the way…

 

Cash for Your ‘Stache!

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I think guys are lucky with their facial hair options. Full on Grizzly Adams beard and mustache. Handlebar. Pencil thin. Soul patch. Goatee. Mutton chops. And so many other options. Shave it off, switch it up on a weekly basis. Not that I would ever wear facial hair. I guess I just kinda’ like it. And tomorrow (Saturday,) they can enter the SoCal Beard and Mustache Contest and win some cash for it!

There are different categories (including for fake ones, and most pathetic,) so all ages and genders are encouraged to participate. The Community Action Team is sponsoring this contest. It’s free to enter, but you must assist in the 30-minute beach clean-up first. The clean-ups occur on the 3rd Saturday of every month at Granada Beach. All supplies are provided.

Even if you don’t want to compete, get out there and help clean up our beach, and (hopefully) see some interesting hair expressions…

 

#TBT

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Check out this awesome building that used to be in BS! It’s the Tee Pee Barbecue Company that was opened sometime in the 1920s. It was located on 2nd and Covina. Why a Tee Pee? I have no idea. Maybe it was on trend in the 20’s. I honestly couldn’t find a lot of information on this restaurant, but I just wanted to share these awesome photos with you.

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Can you imagine walking down 2nd Street and seeing a Tee Pee? “Hey dude, let’s go get some grub in the Tee Pee!”  That would be so fun!

There’s a Starbucks there now. sigh

Is It Still Fall? (or: A Rant)

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Last week as I was driving to work, I was flipping through the radio stations and I heard a Christmas carol. A. Christmas. Carol. Not even the middle of November yet! People on Facebook are posting photos of the Christmas lights on their house, or their Christmas trees all lit up and sparkling with ornaments. WTF?! What about Fall? What about Thanksgiving?! Halloween is over and we just jump ahead two months? Two months! What about all those days in between?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Grinch. Yes, I am. I kinda’ like a quiet evening in front of a glowing tree. Or walking down the street and seeing a row of luminous houses. But, can you imagine if we started celebrating Valentines Day the day after Christmas? Or, started running around in costumes the day after Labor Day?

Let’s wait until the beginning of December to start Christmas. Time moves too quickly as it is. We don’t need to skip over any days (or months…)