California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Long Beach, The International City

LONG BEACH Long Beach is the largest city in The Harbor region and the second largest in LA County. Its old nicknames, “Iowa by the Sea” and “Iowa under Palm Trees” came from the large numbers of white middlewesterners who moved there in the middle of the 20th century. Depending on opinions, it’s also nicknamed “Wrong … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Long Beach, The International City

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ), Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this entry is about the Long Beach neighborhood of Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ). Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Cambodia Town   Cambodia Town is a neighborhood in Long Beach’s East Side centered on Anaheim Street betweenAtlantic and Junipero. To the north is the neighborhood of Signal Hill. To the south … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ), Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh

California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

INTRODUCTION I finally got around to exploring Newport Beach. I say “finally” because that particular coastal city in South Orange County has held the top spot in the California Fool’s Gold poll for more than a year. You’d be wrong if you assumed that my procrastination has anything to do with unfortunate (but typical) Angeleño bias against Orange … Continue reading California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. ***** Although spring has officially just begun, thanks to our chaparral climate even Los Angeles winters have more than their fair share of warm days, perfect for taking trips … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. The city of West Hollywood recently launched a new nighttime shuttle service: the WeHo PickUp Line. Although the branding makes it clear that it’s meant to be thought of … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laguna Beach

A WEARY ROVER’S DREAM INTRODUCTION  Laguna Beach is a quirky, affluent community in South Orange County. The city is the third oldest in Orange County, after San Juan Capistrano and Anaheim. It is widely known for its vibrant arts scene and environmental treasures. It’s long seemed to me that dated and inaccurate stereotypes of Los Angeles … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laguna Beach

Italo sensation Den Harrow returns (sort of) for New Wave 80’s Memorial Weekend in Huntington Beach

    Den Harrow, the Italo disco star famous for such timeless ’80s classics as “Bad boy,” “Charleston,” “Future brain,” “Mad desire” is coming to perform for his first time ever in California… sort of. Actually, Den Harrow was an invented character but the sources of the voice and music behind him, Tom Hooker and Miki Chieregato, … Continue reading Italo sensation Den Harrow returns (sort of) for New Wave 80’s Memorial Weekend in Huntington Beach

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Huntington Beach

SHOOTING THE PIER — HUNTINGTON BEACH This blog entry is about Huntington Beach, a beach city in North Orange County. To Huntington Beach’s southwestern edge is the Pacific Ocean. To its north are Seal Beach and Westminster. To the east isFountain Valley. North and east is the Little Saigon area. To the southeast are the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Huntington Beach

𝕷𝖔𝖘 𝕬𝖓𝖌𝖊𝖑𝖊𝖘 𝕲𝖔𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖈, 𝖆 𝕳𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖔𝖜𝖊𝖊𝖓 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝕯í𝖆 𝖉𝖊 𝖑𝖔𝖘 𝕸𝖚𝖊𝖗𝖙𝖔𝖘 𝕱𝖆𝖓𝖙𝖆𝖘𝖎𝖆

It’s almost Halloween. Surely one of the greatest holidays, Halloween is up there, in my estimation, with Burns Supper, Nowruz, Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving II. I keep reading and hearing, though, that Halloween is cancelled this year, thanks to the mismanagement at nearly every level of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surely you can’t cancel a holiday, though, … Continue reading 𝕷𝖔𝖘 𝕬𝖓𝖌𝖊𝖑𝖊𝖘 𝕲𝖔𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖈, 𝖆 𝕳𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖔𝖜𝖊𝖊𝖓 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝕯í𝖆 𝖉𝖊 𝖑𝖔𝖘 𝕸𝖚𝖊𝖗𝖙𝖔𝖘 𝕱𝖆𝖓𝖙𝖆𝖘𝖎𝖆

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Thai Los Angeles

Los Angeles is widely recognized for its ethnic diversity. There are several communities — including those of Armenians, Guatemalans, Mexicans, and Salvadorans — which are larger in Los Angeles than in anywhere else outside of their respective homelands. The same is true of numerous Asian peoples, including Cambodians, Filipinos, Koreans, Persians, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese which … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Thai Los Angeles