when I started at the LAT

One of the people I was dying to meet was Bob Pool

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They say be careful meeting your heroes cuz they’re bound to let you down

But Bob exceeded my expectations

Telling me takes of a pre 9/11 LATimes

That had no security

So politicians and business leaders

Would storm into the building to track down a journo

To yell or attempt to influence them

With booze or blondes or brawn.

He said it never worked.

I’m glad he doesn’t have the twitter

He has way more followers in print.

totally drank with your boy jason ross last night

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i had about three margaritas and a beer and a taco and im just now mostly recovered

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took the subway and saw a guy get a ticket for not buying a ticket. twas sad.

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i asked Jason where you wanna drink? he said, take me somewhere you love. we went to La Cita and he loved it too.

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after a few there we walked over to seven grand and saw a guy walk from outside to inside and puke. twas gross.973756_10151618133193057_1444231123_n

not even the artwork wanted to see the literal yuppie scum

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it was nice hanging out with the former nexus editor & chief and walking around DTLA with him

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when i got home i saw this note on the ground and im still trying to figure out how it was used

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decided i need to make some new art

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and maybe get a band formed, as ben suggested

crazy thing about Jason, he looks exactly the same as he did a zillion years ago

and is just as funny.

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makes you wanna puke.

jk

how Marvin Gaye’s “Hitch Hike” turned into an R.E.M. cover of the Velvet Underground

during the Cubs / Sox crosstown interleague massacre (go Cubs!)

WGN, on several occasions played the classic Stones tune “Hitch Hike”

which to any Velvet Underground fans contains a very familiar opening riff

but the Stones didn’t write the song, which was pretty normal for the time.

In fact of the dozen tunes on “Out of our Heads” the Glimmer Twins only wrote three songs

Gotta Get Away, I’m Free, and Heart of Stone.

Marvin Gaye wrote Hitch Hike, and performed it fabulously on the T.A.M.I. Show

where it even had it’s own dance move, apparently

hugely influential songwriter guitarist and singer Lou Reed took that opening riff

and made it his own in the Velvet Underground hit “Here She Comes Again”

off the 1967 masterpiece “The Velvet Underground and Nico” produced by Andy Warhol

the Velvets tune was covered by lots of people including R.E.M. who had it in their set

as early as 1980, but eventually recorded it and it wound up on 1987’s Dead Letter Office

along with two other Lou Reed-penned covers “Pale Blue Eyes” and “Femme Fatale”

but probably the most interesting progression of the Gaye riff

from Motown the UK to NY back to the UK

was when Johnny Marr appropriated it a few times in “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

from the 1992 Smiths classic The Queen Is Dead.

love how that little baby riff hitch hiked its away around the globe

in into some of the best albums in rock.

today is tony stark’s birthday, he’s 43

tony stark birthday

we’re almost exactly alike. except he likes my little pony more than i do, oh well

This is a song about a superhero named Tony
It’s called Tony’s Theme

He’s got the oil on his chain, for a ride in the rain
No baloney
Ride around on my bicycle like a pony
I’m waving hi, hi, hi, hi, hi
Gu-gu-gu-Gimme a scream
Give me, give me the theme
Of Tony

To-ny, To-ny, To-ny, To-ny, To-ny

I am Tony, super bicycle Tony, I’m racing
Spitfire turn and pop a wheelie, burn and evil chasing
I’m waving bye, bye, bye, bye, bye
I got a card in my spokes
I’m practicing my joke, I’m learning

To-ny, To-ny, To-ny, To-ny, To-ny

This is a song about a superhero named Tony
It’s called Tony’s Theme

I can look at the sun if you give me some bad sun glasses
I’m back on the road, I cut my grass like I’m told
AFTER CLASSES!

To-ny, To-ny, To-ny, To-ny, To-ny
To-ny, To-ny, To-ny, To-ny, To-ny
To-ny

Romero’s Rotisserie Chicken n Donuts

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Hello and welcome to the first installment The Quest For the Best Damn Chicken in LA

Today I went to Romero’s Rotisserie Chicken n Donuts.
it’s at 611 N Virgil Ave in “Silver Lake”
but it’s really Wilshire Center right near the 101 next to Royal Laundramat.

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Look for the super bright yellow building with the picture of a chicken holding a pink donut

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They’ve got a wood-fired chicken thing going on. Mesquite. You can see the wood by the laundramat.

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And because we live in America, theres donuts, pastries, croisants and danishes sitting right there for ya.

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Romero’s supports Hollywood High, which is nice but weird, since there’s about 5 schools closer to them

Including the super freaky looking Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in the middle of the road

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they have two tvs including a big screen in the back. they serve Coke and Pepsi. (nearby KFC only serves pepsi.)

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on Tuesdays tacos are just a buck so you could literally pay in change.

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you can sit out front where the action is or in the back and watch the aforementioned big screen.

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i had the half chicken, spanish rice and potato salad.

the salsa was mild and flavorful and the chicken was moist

but the skin was the best. tasty, almost crispy somehow.

the potato salad was also very good. the dude said it was his wifes recipe.

isnt that what you want, people

it’s what i want.

very happy to start the ball rolling with Romero’s Rotisserie Chicken n Donuts

i did not eat a donut because im watching my weight

people do some dumbass things in the name of love

fly like a beagle

and in the name of god or country or work.

they do things that they know aren’t nice or right or visionary or kosher.

but they do em anyway and they try to get it out of their head and they go to bed.

and in the morning is a new day.

and hopefully they do something good that day.

i love chicken. some may say eating meat is murder and they actually do have a point.

but i am a black man. and next to my momma and grape soda, i love chicken the most.

i also find myself currently with a lot of time on my hands while living dead center in the middle of one of the coolest cities in the whole wide world: if not the coolest.

especially for chicken.

for, you see, we have black folk, mexican folk, asian folk, armenian folk, and white folk all making delicious chicken dishes every day in this crazy metropolis

for sale.

in order to honor the chickens who gave their lives for our nourishment, im thinking i should probably go to a different joint about 3-4 times each week to eat, document, and ultimately rate the establishments so as to determine

the best chicken in all of LA

and i might have to start it today.

if you know of any places i shouldn’t miss feel free to tell me somehow.