License plate spotted in front of me on the 405/Sunset offramp.
Don't know what it means; don't want to know what it means.
Don't know what it means; don't want to know what it means.
|Interesting choice — trying to recruit soldiers using the fashion angle.|
|More sartorial propagnda. I'm not sure why long sleeves were so dangerous. Maybe the Allies were rationing fabric?|
|Hm... they knew to avoid those deadly carbs even back then.|
|That's good advice even in peacetime.|
|Cinnamon Crunch is the generic version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The mascot of the name-brand cereal is a kindly old baker named Wendell. But Safeway has chosen a space alien to represent their cereal. Is there some connection between extra terrestrials and cinnamon that I don't know about?|
|Well, obviously Cocoa Nuggets is the generic of Cocoa Krispies. Now, if the cereal were banana flavored, the monkey mascot would make sense. And maybe I could get on board this mascot if he were a brown monkey. You know — brown like cocoa. But inexplicably, he's a green monkey! |
(By the way, there are green monkeys. Known as Sabaeus monkeys, they spread the deadly Marburg Virus in the '60s.)
|Okay, this one's on the nose. But hey — Apple Orbits makes more sense than Apple Jacks, right? |
Are you noticing the pattern with these mascots? They all have scarily protracted tongues. And crazy eyes.
|Safeway's version of Froot Loops employs an amphibian instead of Toucan Sam. Well, at least the absurdly elongated tongue makes sense on a frog.|
|It took me a while to figure out what Crackles was the generic for — it's Cap'n Crunch. Once you understand that, the Crackles mascot makes sense; as a sea creature, he's even more nautical than Horatio Magellan Crunch. But he's not just an octopus — he's a pirate octopus! (which I suppose makes the proposition of "walking the plank" far less treacherous)|
|The rabbit mascot of Marshmallow Magic (literally the poor man's Lucky Charms) is the most unnerving. His tongue is thankfully not as tumescent, but I haven't seen such haunting eyes since the final frame of Roman Polanski's Repulsion.|
|I last went to Seattle in 2008. It's a great place to go whenever I feel like I've had enough of the Priuses and Whole Foodses of Southern California... and want to visit the Prisues and Whole Foodses of the Pacific Northwest.|
|Once again, I flew Virgin America. The Miami Vice lighting really helps assuage the anger of paying $25 to check a bag.|
|My new favorite sign: The Fish Ladder at the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks|
Though strictly speaking, this is a fish climbing stairs, not a ladder.
|We watched baby steelheads struggle to work their way up the fish ladder... and then later enjoyed a salmon dinner at Salty's on Alki Beach|
|This is Paul Sorey's sculpture entitled Salmon Waves.|
|There's nothing I enjoy more than a factory tour, so I made sure to hit the one at the Theo Chocolate Factory.|
|Did You Know: Chocolate bars are made up of 40% stone. Mostly pumice.|
At just after 1:00 a.m. the day of the Gold Medal Men's Basketball Game, tons of tickets suddenly became available online. If I had the time to figure out how to scalp them (illegal in London), I could have paid for the whole trip — plus squared away things with my student loan officer.
Instead I bought four tickets, and thanks to a misunderstanding of the dollar-to-pound exchange rate, I practically gave two of them away to these very enthusiastic Spaniards who had a pair and needed a pair. It's a shame about that one guy's hand deformity.
The color (sorry, colour) pink was all over London at the Olympic Games.
|With Kobe on the outside, LeBron goes for the easy 2.|
For the duration of the Games, the Olympic rings hung from the Tower Bridge — except for when boats would pass under it. When I got there, the rings were retracted, and they didn't reemerge for what seemed like hours. (whatever that is in metric)
|Here's a pile of those creepy one-eyed Wenlocks. |
("One-eyed Wenlocks" now replaces "Destinee Hooker"
as my favourite London Olympics euphemism.)
I spotted this moving van near Hyde Park. I'd pay any amount of money for movers who wear top hats and tails.
From the flight from London back to LA — a passenger removed his shoes and his socks… then did some yoga stretches… then walked barefoot into the bathroom stall. Welcome back to the States.
|Day 2 began with a trip to the Churchill War Rooms, the actual underground bunker where the British Bulldog and his wartime cabinet lived and worked during the Blitz.|
|One of the most bizarre celebrity sightings ever: legendary NFL coach Tony Dungy.|
|Okay, it's Big.|
|The Moment of Truth: Is this scalped Gold Medal Volleyball Finals ticket authentic?|
|It is! Here's the seat on TV. For half the match, I got a great view of Destiny Hooker. |
(That sounds terribly euphemistic.)
|Awkward: Captain America and Captain Brazil got seated together.|
|The U.S. Women's Volleyball Team lost the gold... and my heart.|
|Day One began with a mad dash throughout London. From Heathrow... to the single Olympic will call pickup location in Paddington... and then all the way back to O2. The signage on The Tube is truly delightful. (and alightful)|
|Prior to departing the US, I wanted to buy tickets for Basketball Semi Finals knowing that the USA would certainly be in it. The only problem was — which Semi Final game: 1 or 2? The Olympic website gave no indication as to which bracket would be playing in which Semi. I guessed. I guessed wrong. We saw Spain vs. Russia. I'm not saying the Russians intentionally threw the game, but later they were awarded the gold medal in Synchronized Take-A-Dive-ing.|
|Wenlock, the cycloptic metallic mascot isn't the worst in Olympic history, but he might be the most frightening. I swear the eye follows you around the room.|
|Continuing my series of incomprehensible concert photos: Steve Winwood|
|When it's not going to be a sellout, The Greek covers seats in fake ivy.|
|Bathroom stall cup holders. Ain't that America?|