i had no motivation today

there are things that come easy to me

some i gotta work on

and some i gotta toil over and try so hard not to suck at

this damn website has been a struggle

and thank heaven for Mark Johnson because he has been so patient

and has helped me so much

and the other day he got COVID while in NYC visiting his boys.

jordan has helped so much, mark has helped so much, and weirdly everyone who has been even the slightest bit positive

and especially those who have put up with my unending promotion

have made all this happen.

today i realized this has never been done before in the history of LA:

  • interview at least 5 people per 250+ LA neighborhoods
  • put the majority of the interview online in audio
  • make a real blog post for each resident

i gotta get motivated tomorrow.

do you know how good i feel today

yesterday we produced our 50th episode.

50 episodes in 10 months.

do you know how crazy that is?

and we took two months off when COVID was raging.

and neither of us got paid for any of this.

labor of love.

planting the seeds.

figuring shit out.

i wanted this 50th episode to be special and spectacular

and like a Sports Illustrated double issue swimsuit edition

and look at how it doubled the views of a normal day:

before we publish a podcast i like to take a walk and listen to it in earphones

earbuds, earpods, whatever you wanna call it.

i want to hear it the way someone might if they were hiking.

most of our shows are an hour and that allows me to get like 7,500 steps in

but yesterday’s was a two hour bonus edition

so i walked and walked and ended up at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

and lo, i saw the xbi has already gotten me a giant tombstone next to a beautiful palm tree.

so nice of them. but no, i am not returning!

even though i only live a few miles away from hollywood forever, ive never just strolled over there because it really would take about 2 hours to go there and back and I HAVE THINGS TO DO

I AM A VERY BUSY ADULT MAN

which is crazy because Johnny Ramone wants to play for us.

we should listen.

and we should mourn the death of Grass.

while walking around i laughed outloud, i smiled, i beamed. it was a great episode.

just listening to it i knew it would take off.

which is something i say about all of them, but this one i just knew

it was just so controversial and wild and hyper local and interesting.

i am so indebted to jordan for getting me off my ass to do this thing

and now we only have 1,450 left to go!

now to make some videos

listen to it by clicking here

do you know we did well this month

8 episodes in 4 weeks

The worlds smartest Uber driver lives in Granada Hills

Atwater Village‘s Audrey Wu is here for you

Is this Granada Hills neighborhood the most idyllic in the Valley?

Money Mark fixed a gate in Atwater Village owned by the Beastie Boys, and his life changed.

22 annoying questions for a Larchmont Village realtor

Photographers should love this Carthay Circle man

This songwriter scored ounces of pure coke in the ’70s from a doctor in Carthay Circle

She’s leaving Sherman Oaks after 25 years to sail on a boat forever with her man

proud of myself bc i fixed this blog

even though ive been blogging over 20 years now i dont know how to fix anything.

id always ask friends for help.

one of the nice things about Blogger was you could put in a support ticket and ask them for help and they would and they were always so nice about it.

then the other day either on tiktok or youtube this programmer said

psssst we’re not really all that smart, we just know how to Google better than you and use Stack Overflow

so there was this error on the top of my blog and i googled it

then i clicked the Stack Overflow result

and it said turn off each of your plugins one by one.

this would have been scary for me but after the Cubs won the world series i just stopped giving a fuck.

my blog does not look as pretty as when Gregg designed it, but it is nice to be able to play around with it. i hope to do more of that on HearInLA.com

i have so much to do for that thing. voice overs, editing, and working on the website.

young natasha the other day fully insulted so much of hear in LA, mostly the social media

and i wanted to say girl we’re blasting out two episodes a week do you think thats easy?

im also downloading a proper audio editing program so i can wack out most of the obvious cruddiness before i send it to jordan

that way he can get through the edits faster and we can more easily pump out two a week.

control is an illusion, true

but having more ability to make the blogs cooler

and the podcast more beautiful

then i can focus on the hard stuff

making the video commercials

california love

i couldnt be more happy with the podcast 

and blog post for todays episide of Hear in LA

it’s with a guy i used to work with at E! 20 years ago who is a photographer and curator who helps shine a light on other photographers

it’s crazy to think i would not have ever seen any of these pictures if it hadn’t been for Michael, and yet here they are and they’re beautiful and im so happy to help him help others

michael also happened to tell me about his neighbor who is a character and you will be hearing about him very shortly too

if i had my way

id release 5 episodes of hear in LA next week

we have more than that many in the can and i just listened to one of them today

and it is soooooooo goooood

is this why i dont have children?

i would have just loved the newest one and forgotten about the rest?

the one coming out today is with alex dionne who i went to ucsb with

who is a real estate person now in a very fancy part of LA

so she has sold a house that cost over $5 million.

you get $100k commission for that

her answers were so good but because im an idiot i didnt know how to mic the convo

therefore theres echos every where in the thing

like so much it sounds like we are in a church inside a cave inside my skull

i wonder if people will ignore it

im such a weirdo about sound quality now

im terrified people will stop listening due to technical issues

anyways shes great and, heres the people off the top of my head coming up next

sass, a dude who the cops targeted, a woman who used to work for shonda, a dude who the sheriff of LA hates the most, a great photographer, a woman who knows everything about transportation, and a guy who played bass in bob dylans band

i want them all out right now

the world needs to hear all of this it’s so good – but i only do 2 a week

that means half of that you wont hear until next month

i may have to convince jordan that we need to do a menage a trois weekend and bust with three on the same week… or even three in the same day omg omg

i like secret weapons

money mark and mario c were the secret weapons of the Beastie Boys post Pauls Boutique

the boys (and their lawyers) didnt want to pay out the exorbitant fees required when using samples

so they had to pick up their own instruments and play.

the boys were good, but could use help

mario c was a great producer and percussionist and he knew money mark who played keyboards

the other day i interviewed Mark and he was so cool, so chill, so open to talking about anything

it was a delight

then i had him sign one of my Beastie Boys posters and he was gracious about that too.

i wish i could tell you how happy i am

we are so ahead of schedule on hear in LA

it is the perfect time to update the website.

and

the interviews ive done that are in the can

the ones ive done that havent been edited yet

and the ones ive got lined up

are sooooooooo goooooooood

today and yesterday i did two hour interviews

i told jordan, just turn them into MP3s and i’ll time code the easy cuts out of there

but theres 90 minutes each of quality content so the rest will be hard

solid people. all of them. LA is the best.

which is to say, it’s as good as your favorite place.

super full day

the day started when i uploaded the newest episode of Hear in LA

today is Season 5: Atwater Village

Sabrina See was so funny, so real, can’t wait to do the webpage this weekend

then I got interviewed on a podcast about race, hosted by a half vietnamese dude

it was on Zoom which i dont like but i liked the topic

fun

then i sped to Larchmont Village to interview a real estate agent who i went to college with

she brought sandwiches i brought water we podcasted in her offices training room

it was 100x better than i expected hopefully that will come out in a month

there was this weed thing i was invited to. i wasnt sure if i wanted to go

but i was pumped from the two interviews and i had a mini baguette of a sandwich i hadnt eaten yet

i was relatively close to the grove so i said lets see what movie is there to kill 2 hours

because the weed thing was in santa monica and didnt start for 2 hours

turned out the apple store moved to a place with higher ceilings

because why?

saw the new sandra bullock rom com

it was cringe in parts and a little cheesy

but also a little good.

shes amazing

then said fuckit and went to the weed thing

ran into adam from the LA Times who we *just* were on twitter trying to arrange a time

he could be on the podcast and there he was

with his boss

and the weed company is actually a vape company

so they gave us a vape

and six boxes of weed things you put on the vape

interesting finger foods

free drinks

and free valet.

drove adam home

got home and tried the vape and we’ll see if i cough in the morning

because each puff made me cough

but i gotta say, the stuff works

and hasn’t kept me from being productive.

speaking of heres what ive got tomorrow

chinatown interview / doctors appt / phone interview / atwater village interview

then i have a lunch on saturday

for the record i do not really like to be doing This Much over three days

but if this vape works, it may be tolerable