it would have been an honor just to just be nominated


but on Wednesday i start at The Oscars as their new Community Manager

naturally i’d like to thank the Academy, getting an offer letter with that iconic statue on it is unreal.

i pride myself on being someone who isn’t easily shocked but mama mia.

id also like to thank Veronique de Turenne who emailed me the job description and i applied right then

life eventsVeronique and I started together on the same day at the LA Times way back when.

(I hope history remembers that Veronique of Here In Malibu

and Jesus Martinez of The Eastsider LA were the first two bloggers of the mighty LA Now)

it was very sweet of her to send me several job listings from time to time during my stretch as a man of leisure.

I can easily say I would not have this job today if it wasn’t for her, so thank you Veronique.

and finally i’d like to thank my references.

i’ve been very lucky to work with such lovely and loveable people. i hope that streak continues.

a long time ago a wise man said dont blog about work.

i’m pretty sure it will be impossible for me not to blog about work

as long as i dont blog about work.

so if this blog slowly turns into a hollywood movie thing plus tacos, thats why.

i very much look forward to working for Josh Spector, a fellow midwesterner, an LAist and busblog reader

and someone who i believe i spotted sporting pumas in his spectacular view office.

thank you for the opportunity!

i feel deeply blessed and i thank you all for your kind wishes and good vibes these last few months.

it was deeply appreciated. thank God for all of you!

today is alyson’s birthday, shes 24


one of the biggest problems with not having a flying car (yet)

is that there are literally hundreds of busblog readers who i would totally be friends with IRL

if only they lived anywheres near me.

at the top of the list is todays birthday girl, alyson shane, of winnipeg, manitoba, canada

alyson is an oldschool blogger who still blogs on

and she does so beautifully and regularly, and with soul.

every now and then she will send me a little email asking how i am whats going on and am i hanging in there

i totally super appreciate that.

we have done some “interviews” that i want to do with other bloggers after i saw how honest she was with her answers, so if i ever have a blogger book, you can thank alyson for being a great test subject.

i dont know too much aboot manitoba other than, as she says, its lovely and beautiful and filled with great people

apparently you can walk on rivers of ice as the moon is in the sky like a big apple pie

and the hockey players commute by holding on to the tails of the wild moose that roam the streets.

so happy birthday alyson. im sure you’ll have a fine time on the big town tonight!