Three Awesome Stair Workouts… and TWO Were at Theme Parks!

September 12, 2018

My new puppy JJ is a now a stair climber!

Climbing stairs with JJ is one of the three workouts I’m covering in this post. I’m going to start with my workout at Universal Studios Hollywood, which may seem like déjà vu if you’ve been a long-time reader. Read the rest of this entry »


A New Workout in an Old Location. No, Wait, Make That TWO Old Locations!

May 24, 2017

I can’t believe it took me 15 years of living in Los Angeles before I checked out Ferndell. Shameful! Ferndell is a lovely 1/2-mile trail in Griffith Park that follows a meandering stream through a lush and green forest that seems downright out-of-place in a desert city like Los Angeles.

I’ve known that Ferndell was there. I even knew where it was. The trailhead is off a major street, Los Feliz Boulevard, that I’ve Read the rest of this entry »


Two Hikes: One Historical, One Completely Illegal

January 16, 2017

I love a historical hike. I’ve blogged about hikes to a Cold War missile defense facility, the ruins of a Nazi compound, and to the site of a hotel that overlooked the city (until it burned down 117 years ago). My most recent hike adventure was… to an abandoned zoo!

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The Griffith Park Zoo was the main zoo in Los Angeles from Read the rest of this entry »


I Ran a 5k Race in a Tutu to Honor Richard Simmons

June 5, 2016

If you happened to be in Griffith Park this morning, you may have seen a guy running by in a neon green tutu. That guy was me! I competed in the Pride Run 5k, and the costume was in honor of my friend Richard Simmons.

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Richard was in the news again this weekend, reportedly hospitalized on Friday night. It was a Read the rest of this entry »


It Sure Is Nice To Hike This Time of Year!

December 4, 2015

Look! I’m above the Hollywood Sign!

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When I was in Colorado at Thanksgiving, it was full-on winter weather. It snowed the first couple days I was there, and temperatures hovered in the low 20s the whole time. I even Read the rest of this entry »


A Hike to an Illegal Teahouse High in the Mountains

July 29, 2015

I’ve gone on some pretty fun hikes with my pal Jeff. We’ve crossed the Bridge to Nowhere, ascended to Inspiration Point, and walked the very same road Charlie Chaplin once famously walked. A few days ago, we went on another fun hike, to find a beautiful piece of art high up on a mountain. And we got awesome (and smoggy) views along the way!

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Our goal was to find a little Read the rest of this entry »


A Shameful, Embarrassing Admission

February 10, 2014

I’ll warn you now: the title of this post is a complete exaggeration. But it stems from a truthful place – a little nugget of shame that actually exists within me. And that little nugget is this:

In the nearly 12 years that I’ve lived in Los Angeles, I’ve never been to the Griffith Observatory.

Shocker, right?! The Griffith Observatory is Read the rest of this entry »


99 Cent Store Produce Challenge!

September 28, 2010

Based partly on your comments to a post from a few days ago, I’ve decided to try buying produce from the new 99 Cent Store just down the street from my place.  There was a decent selection, and I ended up with a bag of 5 oranges, a bag of 6 peaches, a bag of 5 bosc pears, and a bag of mini sweet peppers:

I weighed it, and it ended up being close to 7 pounds of produce, for 4 bucks.   Very good deal!  Haven’t tried any of it yet, though, and not exactly sure what I’m going to do with it all.  I have a hunch all the pears and peaches will turn ripe at exactly the same moment – so maybe I’ll stash half of each in the fridge and slow their down their ripening.  Not too worried about the oranges – I can always just juice them if I want to.  And the peppers can go in one of the big salads I make about every other day.  Oh – I also liked that everything I bought, except for the peppers, was grown in the US (the peppers were Mexican).  I’ve been trying in the past few months to not buy produce from South America or New Zealand, especially since I live in California, which has a year-round growing climate and produces nearly half of entire country’s fruit, nut, and vegetable supply.

Will definitely keep you blog readers posted.

This morning I met up with a friend, Dave, for a hike.  We used to work together but I haven’t seen him in maybe three years or so.  We parked at the Griffith Park Observatory and took a trail neither of us had been on before, that winded up and around Griffith park, giving us views from the ocean to downtown and around to Glendale and Burbank.  It was a nice 90 minute or so excursion that had a pretty constant slight incline or decline, and it was really nice catching up with Dave.  I snapped a couple photos:

That’s the Observatory with the domed roof, and downtown LA in the back left.  For all you non-LA-readers, the yellowish-brown layer just above the horizon line is smog.  And this was on a reasonably clear day!

In the very back is the Pacific Ocean, with the skyscrapers in the back right being Century City, and the tall buildings just beyond the park being Hollywood.  And, of course, smog layer.

I love this photo because you very rarely see the Observatory with the city in the background, usually it’s the mountain that I’m standing on.  It’s nice to see a city landmark from a new perspective, no?  Looking at this photo makes me want to watch Rebel Without a Cause again (a lot of which was filmed at the Observatory).

Lastly, Dave took this photo of me and the Hollywood sign:

Does it look familiar?  It’s because I cropped it and made it black and white and stuck it up as the new header for my blog.  I’m not sure if I love it and will keep it forever, but it’s definitely more exciting than the default blue background that used to be up there.  What do you think, readers?  Do you like?

Breakfast today, pre-hike, was a nectarine and a pluot, and post-hike I had some cantaloupe, about 1/2 cup of great northern beans and some raw broccoli.

Keep it up, David!