Monday, July 23, 2018



BSC, CA – Coming off a surprising late week news rush, see next story, I had no time to research and write it up before my next assignment hit, return to NoHo [North Hollywood for any new readers] for the last showing of the 2009 filmed documentary about Jack Herer, named after his best selling, eye-opening magnum opus, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. The film was produced and co-directed by Melissa Balin, seen below.

As I said, coming off the news in the next story and my smooth Friday the 13th trip through NoHo the week before gave this visit a different verve. Because you have to remember, LA is a strange town, an international town. So it can be as enchanting as a faerie [fairy] circle. Feelings like this don't smack you in the face, they linger like a scent. And no one can say this NoHo gathering for the last showing isn't a curious lot, starting with Melissa, whose aunt was a show biz professional.

The Crocodile Dundee-looking individual standing next to Melissa in the shell band hat did have an accent. His family had a direct tie-in to Lech Wałęsa, the labor activist who helped form and led (1980–90) communist Poland’s first independent trade union, Solidarity. Sebastian Nanya, as it turned out, is a reader and is holding a signed copy of Memoirs of Mr. Pete & Mary Jane Green. I had brought two copies with me like a Bible salesman.

Monday, July 9, 2018


DO THE MATH, #8, #4, AND #1 -

BSC, CA – If you are anywhere in southern California, you are indoors. It's hot, hot, hot and I don't mean that in an eye candy way. Here in Riverside after a pleasant spring into the first week of the season, it went from the 90s straight into the triple digits. LA was even worse because they had humidity with the heat. [How bad was it? People were driving around in air conditioned cars handing out cold water to anyone outside walking. I know, I was one of those walking.]

One of the tastiest ways to cool off even at the beach is with ice cream, as in a malt or a shake. And when it comes to great shakes, not the DQ ones but the ones that get ranked as great shakes, Palm Springs lays claim to the Number 1 in the land, aptly named what else, Great Shakes. But what's this? I was in Riverside. Another tasty mystery for this 'Lois Lane' to solve.

And the ranking: #1 in California, #4 in America, #8 Worldwide. Not too shabby. In the Riverside Plaza restaurant row, at least three other spots offer shakes and malts, so I was curious as to what makes this shake so great? Make the jump to find the answer.