Thursday, January 22, 2009


There was a robbery at A & A Garage Doors on Sepulveda Blvd. It's located next door to our insurance agent, and in the same mall as our favorite pizza place. A little too close for comfort, but it won't deter us from doing business at either place.

Unfortunately, two people were shot, and one has died, according to Larry Altman of the Breeze.

Being I live not too far from there, I had to walk my dog over to see what was going on. I had heard police helicopters circling earlier, but it wasn't until I read Altman's blog, that I felt compelled to sniff around. I know. I'm a looky-loo. Aside from a large area taped off by the police, several police cars, a City of Torrance trailer, and a few looky-loos like myself, there wasn't much evidence of a crime.

It appeared the preschool two doors down was closed.

I hope they catch the perpetrators soon.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Taste of Torrance - Fred's Barber Shop

I took my dad to the barber shop yesterday.

Located on Western Ave., on the border of Gardena and Torrance near 182nd, in a plain-jane strip mall behind a 99¢ Store, tucked next to a Ted's Liquor Store (where I bought penny candy as a kid) and a computer repair store was a modest little shop, manned by a rather nice looking (ahem) young happa guy.

I walked in. My eyes bugged out.

It was like stepping back into the 1960s. Except for the little electric fireplace in the corner, the tidy little room looked like it hadn't changed in 40 or 50 years. Everything from the counters and cabinets, venetian blinds, the barber chairs, seating and posters were in brilliant mid-century condition, original to an era where real men adorned themselves in Brylcreme and aftershave, used straight razors and applied lather in mugs. The only things missing were the haze of cigarette smoke and old issues of Playboy and Popular Mechanics.

The posters looked to be original - bright illustrations of perfectly groomed men, glossy hair parted sharply to one side, looking like they stepped out of a movie with Paula Prentiss. Other posters had black and white illustrations of various 'official' hair styles.

I fell in love with this place. Not to mention, the young man really did a nice job on my dad.

I wouldn't recommend this place if you're a hippy or the Jonas brothers. For everyone else, visit and get the full treatment (shave and a haircut). I think you'll never go back to a salon again.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I am not a number!

One of my favorite actors from one of my favorite british television shows has died. When I first watched "The Prisoner" back when I was around 12 years old, I immediately fell in love with the quirky/bizarre show and the intense Patrick McGoohan.

Rest in peace Number 6.

Moneymoneymoneymoney - Money!

My New Years Resolution for this year: earn money. That's it. No longer can I depend on that thing we call home to generate big chunks of virtual income, no siree. The first step - I got a real job, albeit a part-time one. Yeah, one resolution that I actually fulfilled. I'm so proud. The biggest reason for this was the latest economic mess. I figure if someone is willing to give me a job, I should take them up on it.

My criteria for the perfect job was 1) part time, 2) local, 3) paid reasonably well, 4) flexible hours that allow me to pick up my kid from school, and take my parents to doctor appointments, 5) continue to babysit on Tuesday, and 5) I didn't have to buy a new wardrobe.

I found it. If all goes well (I'm not on any wanted posters and they don't change their minds) I start in a week.

Another reason for financial concern is everything, except maybe gas, is more expensive. Heck, even our asthma meds are going up. Speaking of which, how is a little asthma inhaler going to affect the ozone layer one way or the other? It just goes to show that our elected officials aren't as interested in the environment as they are in appearing that they are 'taking action', even if it means killing off a few low income asthma sufferers who can't afford a 400% increase in the price of their fast acting asthma medication.

By the way, here is a site that is a must read, especially if you're sick of politicians referencing marginally accurate newspaper articles or a hysterical-case-study-of-the-moment to formulate public policy.

So, after more than a decade, I'm about to re-enter the rat race with at least one toe (or one very small rodent...). I'm actually kind of excited about bringing home a regular paycheck, even one considerably smaller than 12 years ago.