Monthly Archives: January 2012

Creating a Public Nuisance at The Hollywood Way

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Hi de ho!.. to all you wonderful folks out there! It’s been another fun-filled week and I actually have something new to report. Yes, I have strayed beyond the confines of the 1 mile jaunt between home and work. I escaped the grid! I stepped across the line and sallied forth to meet a friend of mine at “The Hollywood Way BBQ Bar and Grill” in Burbank, Ca, located on, you guessed it, Hollywood Way near Burbank Blvd. Is it a bar with a restaurant or a restaurant with a bar? I ask this because I’m not sure what this establishment’s owners had in mind. Unfortunately my visit to this relatively new business was less than enjoyable and here’s how it went.

I had just finished reading the draft for a novel a friend had written. I had decided that while it was still fresh in my mind that I would have him meet me at the afore-mentioned establishment to discuss my ideas and sample the fare. I had actually eaten there once before but it was right after their grand opening, about a year and a half ago, so I thought I’d give it another try. Holly Crap! I knew once I had stepped in the door that I had made a wrong choice for a meeting place. It was ringing, as were my ears, with the sound of voices. I don’t mean that the place was packed, far from it. It was as if the whole place was wired with amplifiers. Terrible acoustics! I could hear every conversation in the place as if they were sitting right next to me. Now, some people may like this but I don’t care to listen to the intimate details of my fellow patrons personal lives particularly while I’m eating. I could hardly carry on a conversation with my friend without screaming. The poor guy had to strain to hear what I was saying. Glad I had left him with my notes. And that leads me to another point.

Good Lord, people! Don’t bring your misbehaved, ill-mannered, brats into a restaurant unless it’s Chuck E Cheese or Shakeys. You are ruining it for every other patron in the place.

I have got to tell you about this kid. She was with a group two tables down from me. She would not stop screaming and climbing all over the place. I wouldn’t make eye contact with her though I had the child in my peripheral. Honest to God, she was almost in my face trying to get my attention. Her parents should have been cited for creating a public nuisance.

And let me state for the record, that I raised two boys on my own and I never allowed them to behave like that in a restaurant that didn’t have a seven-foot mouse greeting me at the door.

Whew! I feel much better for having gotten that off my chest.

Putting aside the annoying child, I was really disappointed with the menu. They looked to have a lot to offer but it was all crammed on one page in plain black text, written small enough to fit on the front and back. I’ve seen dive bars with appetizer menus that were better formatted than theirs. I couldn’t discern what was a house specialty. No featured items. Did they offer sides? Any deserts? Where was the BBQ? If you’re emphasising food in your title, wouldn’t you want to feature your food? And the wait staff was not forthcoming with any recommendations or help of any kind. I finally got frustrated and ordered a house salad with chicken. I got a big bowl of iceberg lettuce, shredded cheese, a couple little pieces of this and that and a quarter of a very small chicken breast. It was ok but I could have gotten the same thing with more variety at Jack’n the Box for less than half the price.

I will say this in all fairness, that I do have some friends and acquaintances that enjoy spending Monday nights there watching football.  But from me? The Hollywood Way failed to establish any dominance on the field, their kicker missed the goal, incompleted pass. No touchdown!

Until next week! Read the label when you shop. Buy USA!

~ K.L. Parry ~

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Midnight In Paris to a PSA

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Hello Folks. Why does January always get me down? It’s probably post-Christmas Blues and my reflecting on what I didn’t accomplish last year. I’m not usually one who wants to rush through anything but I’ll be happy when February arrives. Also my survival job has had me putting in more hours that usual so I’ve been lacking that “me time” to work on my personal projects.

Ok, enough of my whining and on to the task at hand.

As I said, I’ve not done much this week other than work, but I had a few hours to spare last Monday as I lay on the couch suffering from a reaction to a food allergy. (You can’t always trust the local deli’s labeling. OUCH!) Since I was confined to my apartment that day and the convenient location of my bathroom, I took advantage of the  “On Demand” option on my remote. I rented a couple of movies, one being “Contagion”.

My first thought when I saw the previews to this movie was, PSA (public service announcement), and for the most part I was right. This movie takes you through the process, right from the point of first human contact, of the rise of a super virus and its subsequent growth to pandemic proportions. Aside from the obvious deaths of millions, it really gave the feel of what could happen and how this situation might be dealt with by governments and the population at large. Though I found the movie very interesting and informative, I failed to develop any emotional attachments to the characters despite the all-star cast. I would however recommend this PSA type film as an educational tool, perhaps omitting the gruesome removal of Gwyneth Paltrow’s skull during an autopisy…I had to close my eyes during that.

The next movie I watched was “Midnight In Paris”. I know, huh?, the title sounds familiar. No, folks. Not a remake. It was a popular perfume from the 60’s. I remember the little cobalt blue bottle that use to sit on my mother’s dresser. Well, quite a contrast to Contagion, Midnight In Paris is a delightful comedy about a “30 something” guy who find himself suffering through some sort of life crisis while on a visit to Pari with his fiance. I don’t want to divulge too much because I really think this one is worth watching but I’ll give you this. Owen Wilson’s character finds himself mystically transported, at the stroke of midnight, into 1920’s Paris where he makes the acquaintance of people such a Salvador Dali and Ernest Hemingway

There is no mistaking Woody Allen’s hands all over this film which he wrote and directed. This actually had me worried at first because I hadn’t enjoyed the last film of his that I saw. But, YEAH!, I really enjoyed this one!

Well folks, it’s back to the daily grind for me. I can tell by the clock that I’ll be rushing to make it to work on time. Until next week.

If you have the choice, buy USA! -K.L. Parry

McDreamy McDeere

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Well folks, I’ve got nothing. Truly the most exciting thing that I’ve done this week was to make the 1 mile walk to the Electric Company to pay this month’s bill. However, I am in the planning stage of a Gold Panning Adventure. So, if you have any great ideas please post them here or email me at pinkmurex@yahoo.com. I’d love your input.

I did have the opportunity to watch the pilot for a new series. “The Firm”.

(Omgoodness! My ding dang ancient iMac can hardly bring up a page that contains anything more than just text..sheesh! Yes, I am trying to view NBC’s web site. It’s givin’ the old green apple a pretty good work over with all the graphics.)

Bringing stars of the big screen to television is really becoming a popular thing. So glad to see Josh Lucas and Juliette Lewis in this “made for TV” adaptation of the John Grisham novel. The show picks up the story of lawyer, Mitchell McDeere, and his family who have just emerged from witness protection to begin their new life after the mobster Mc Deere had caused to go to prison, dies. Just as they are settling in, word comes that the mobster’s son may be seeking revenge for his father. But that’s not the only trouble lurking in the shadows for the McDreamy McDeere.

I’ve got to say that I was really drawn into the story line. I liked the exciting flash backs filling you in on what had happened in the past. The acting is top quality, the characters are believable. Though this type of crime drama is not usually my cup of tea, I will be tuning in next week and probably the next. The Firm will be airing on Thursdays at 10/9c.

Unlike the reality show “Mobbed”. Howie, how could you? What a spectacle of embarrassing craziness. Yea, it’s cool all that goes into putting on a production with 500 flash mobbers, which is what most of the show is about. But it really pushes the word EXTREME television to the limit. That is to say, to my limit and NO! I will not be tuning into another episode. If you haven’t seen the show yet which I think is in its second season, (For God’s Sake, people what are you thinking?), it takes someone with a secret they want to reveal and makes a huge theatrical production of it. Interesting to watch…,ONCE. And that’s all I gotta say about Mobbed.

Well folks, that’s it for this week. Make it a great one and remember if you have the choice, buy USA and give industry a reason to return to the states. Only you can bring jobs back to America.

Keep it strong ~ K.L. Parry

 

Red Carpet, VIP Experience!

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Happy New Year and welcome back to my blog. I do hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday. Mine was a bit of a roller coaster ride of emotions with the joy from time spent in the company of family, a grueling work week and the passing of my beloved Auntie. But it has re affirmed in me the importance of making the best of every day. To never let slip the opportunity to do something kind for someone and to relish the moments shared with those I love.

So, a couple of weeks ago I made mention of some of my plans for family fun during the Holidays. The first was Universal Studios and I was not disappointed. They had the whole place decked out in full Christmas regalia complete with the biggest Christmas Tree I’d ever seen. The theme was taken from the Dr Seuss book, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas

I may be 50 something, but inside I’m still the kid that rides the roller coaster and gets her picture taken with Grinch and Max.

Although they do have a few thrill rides, like Revenge of The Mummy and The Simpson’s Ride,  Universal Studios emphasis is on stage shows and visual entertainment.  I did ride the Mummy, with my eyes closed and laughed all the way through the Simpson Ride while my oldest son found it made him a little queazy. We were all impressed by Terminator 2 in 3D and the King Kong 360 – 3D (that was part of the Studio Back Lot Tour). That being said, I was disappointed that the back lot was so poorly lit for the evening tours. We could not see a lot of the out door sets. One would think, with the expense of a park ticket, that they could afford to light the whole place. Despite that, I will stamp my recommendation on the tour with this criteria; be sure you’ve got at least a couple of hours of daylight left before you board the tram. All in all, Universal Studios was great fun and I would absolutely recommend it for pre-teens and up.

Our next adventure I almost want to keep to myself. Because, I don’t want to share! It was The Gold Class Cinema in Pasadena. This theater is one of a small chain of  6 theaters scattered around the States owned by iPic Theaters. Wow! Talk about a literal Red Carpet, VIP experience! Once you’ve checked in at the front desk, mirrored escalators transport you down into a low ceiling lounge where you are greeted by a well dressed and friendly staff. Although they don’t have any formal dinning space set up, the comfortable lounge seating is quite conducive to dinning and conversation. Their menu offers a variety of eats from “Lamb Pops” at $19.00 to Street Tacos and Sweet Potato Fries. The dishes are appetizer portions but I found that the 3 lamp pops, served with a mound of mashed potatoes, was enough to satisfy me and quite delicious. They also have a full service bar, which I did not take advantage but my son’s did, ( I didn’t want to feel groggy during my movie experience.) The lounge also offers several specialty drinks unique to that establishment.

But we are here to watch a movie and what a glee full surprise it was to enter into a 40 seat theater equipped with fully reclining chairs, blankets and pillows upon request along with a wait staff to provide you with beverages or any food item off their menue. That’s right Sally, you can enjoy a cocktail or two from the comfort of your recliner, wow! You can go on line and actually choose your seats ahead of time! But, I must say,  all the seats in this intimate setting are good. No obstructed views, no crying children, why you don’t even notice the waiter delivering drinks to your neighbor.

I and my family were so impressed by this place that despite the $24.00 ticket price, (after I’d signed up for the free membership), plan on making it a regular part of our theater going experience. Beside, it almost cost that much at any regular theater when you throw in a bag of popcorn, which, I might add, is complementary at Gold Class Cinema. AMC, Phooey! I give Gold Class Cinema the highest of recommendations!

Gold Class Cinemas

One Colorado Pasadena42 Miller Alley

Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: 626-639-2260

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you how the movie was! Great! We saw Sherlock Holms Game of Shadows. Love, love, love Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in these roles. Spectacular scenes and plenty of action. Witty dialogue and an engaging story line all rolled into a big hit in my book. Thanks guys for bringing us another awesome flick.

See ya next week. Until then, Buy MADE IN USA !

~ K. L. Parry  ~