Category ENTERTAINMENT BITS

The Bit About (or The One With) a Fountain

Hey, Happy Almost 4th of July! I expect lots of us in the US are heading out this long weekend to enjoy life, be at liberty from work, and happily pursue some deep Independence Day discounts! There will be picnicking and barbecuing, parades and band concerts, and whether it’s an orchestrated extravaganza or an unsanctioned […]

Cahuenga Pass: The Ways and Delays Bit

Heads up to any fellow Angelenos! There’s road work on Barham Blvd. near the Cahuenga Pass (til June…) and it’s really tying things up! For the curious outside of LA, the Pass is a busy cut through a low point in the Santa Monica Mountains that connects the San Fernando Valley side with the Hollywood/Downtown […]

The Mandalorian: The Kid in the Fourth Row Bit

  So a drawback of having more time on my hands is it’s been harder to put off household chores…  I’ve addressed this though by retreating to a galaxy far, far away and catching up with The Mandalorian – which turned out to be an incredibly moving trip! (SPOILERS ahead for The Mandalorian and Star […]

The Boldly Staying Put Bit

Greetings, all!  Hope this finds you healthy and hanging in there! As these necessary distancing days wear on, I’ve settled into a routine of alternately exercising, apartment cleaning (kind of a new experience!), continuing to bond with the squirrel quaranteammates outside and, of course – binge watching stuff.   I’ve been sampling current fare (yes, […]

The Journeys with Shakespeare Bit

Good morrow to ye!   I’m still feeling slightly Elizabethan-y after a pleasant rendezvous last weekend with a couple friends – and with my all time favorite playwright! On a warm evening in Griffith Park, we took in the Independent Shakespeare Company’s charming outdoor production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre – and while there are questions surrounding […]

The Poppies in My Lapel Bit

I slumbered while we cruised the Dardanelles… I can’t believe it’s already (nearly) November! And within this eleventh month is the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day” – a time and date set aside to mark the end of World War I.  As the distance between us and that moment nears a century and several […]

Canada: The 17 in ’17 Bit (Part 1)

So 2017 looks like quite the year for landmark anniversaries!  My LA Kings turn 50.  It’s the 100th anniversary of the NHL and of independent Finland – a country from which half my ancestors and plenty of great NHLers hail.  It’s also Canada’s 150 birthday! To celebrate “The True North’s” sesquicentennial, I’m doin’ a list! […]

THE REVISIT BIT (OF TRAVEL, “TREK” AND PUCK)

Well, shoot.  After only a month, my post on the geese that took over Mum’s yard is already out of date – the birds moved on!  (Everyone’s a critic…)  It got me wondering what other of my posts could use refreshing.  And since it’s the time of year for reflection, here are a few new […]

THE LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION BIT (PART 2)

My last post covered trips to locations where two of my favorite TV shows were shot.  This time, I’m going to the movies!  And where I had planned to hit the towns of Roslyn and Portmeirion because of their “industry” connections, finding both history and Hollywood in Salzburg, Austria and Arrow Rock, Missouri was a pleasant surprise – and […]

THE LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION BIT (PART 1)

Okay, FYI?  My apartment is pretty near this hill – and right on the other side of it (by the media tower) is the famous Hollywood sign!  So it’s kind of fair to say I moved to LA over 20 years ago to seek my Tinseltown fortune and have ended up living just on the backside of the dream… I hope […]