Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Indiana Highschooler survives 2nd plane crash!

(This exert is taken from an article by Jeff Karoub of the Associated Press)

DETROIT (AP)A standout Indiana high school basketball player with the promise of playing at the University of Michigan is fighting for his life after surviving the second plane crash of his young life.

Austin Hatch, 16, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was in critical condition Saturday in a northern Michigan hospital after the Friday evening crash that killed his father, Dr. Stephen Hatch, and his stepmother, Kim. Austin and his pilot father had survived a 2003 crash that killed Austin's mother and two siblings.

The teen was "the apple of his dad's eye," and Stephen Hatch took great delight and pride in his son's athletic accomplishments, Dr. G. David Bojrab, a colleague and close friend of the father's, told The Associated Press.

Austin, a junior at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind., committed earlier this month to play basketball at Michigan, where his father and mother went to school.

He told the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne for a story published last week that he talked to Michigan coach John Beilein by phone and accepted a full-ride scholarship. It was the first day that NCAA coaches could call recruits for the 2013 class, the newspaper said.


Bojrab said the Hatches were flying to their summer home on Walloon Lake in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula, where Stephen Hatch and his brothers all owned property, when his single-engine plane flew into a garage near the Charlevoix Municipal Airport. It was the same home Stephen Hatch and the family were returning from nearly eight years ago when they crashed in Indiana.

"He was such a strong proponent of flying and teaching people to fly. ... I think he felt compelled to continue his passion," said Bojrab, a partner with Hatch in Pain Management Associates in Fort Wayne.

"He felt compelled to show people that accidents do happen. He didn't want people to look in the other direction."

A 2005 federal report on the September 2003 crash found inaccurate preflight planning resulted in the plane not having enough fuel. The National Transportation Safety Board determined a utility pole the airplane hit during its forced landing, a low ceiling and dark night also contributed to the crash.

Bojrab said his friend disputed the report's findings, believing equipment failure caused the crash.

"When he crashed, it was an inferno, which makes you wonder how he could have been out of gas," Bojrab said.

Hatch saved Austin, but his other children -- Lindsay, 11, and Ian, 5 -- died along with his wife, Julie, 38.

"His wife and two children were in flames and he was never able to reach them," Bojrab said. "Steve reached over to his son who was sitting in front with him and tossed him out the window to save his life."

(Read the whole article HERE.)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Straight + Straight = Gaybies

OMG!! This is one of the best signs I've seen lately! Love. It.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Too many animal photos?

I should probably slow my roll on animal photos but I think this toyger is perfect. I want a little jungle cat!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crashing the Spiderman wrap party!

Saturday night was the last Hollywood hurrah for my friend, Diana. At least for the summer. She is moving to New York City to test the east coast waters. She had a whole night planned but that quickly was scrapped when we happened into the new Spiderman wrap party at the Roosevelt Hotel pool patio! We were actually looking for Beacher's Madhouse. Which is a room in the Roosevelt where you enter through a hidden door behind a bookcase. Little people operate a "midget bar" and rumor has it there are also burlesque dancers, live animals & fire-breathers.

Needless to say Beacher's was not yet open for the night so we wondered out to the patio where 3 of us made it past the guest list into the private party. It was such an awesome time! TONS & TONS & TONS of yummy food, open bars, cigars, hookahs, photo booths, live music, dancing (mostly just by us 3). Met a few fun people and all in all I don't think we could have thrown Diana a better going away party!

Here is our proof. (I was ready for a casual night out so I have no idea why they didn't stop me at the door)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sage Vegan Organic Bistro

This weekend I went to brunch at a cafe called Sage Vegan Organic Bistro.
1700 west sunset blvd
los angeles, ca 90026
I have to say after looking at the breakfast menu I didn't know if I was going to be sold on the food. I decided on the Sweet Potato Pancakes served with what I believe to be a strawberry compote, maple syrup and soy butter. It was fantastic. The coffee was also excellent. Apparently, they are kinda stingy with the bread, probably cause its some expensive herb bread. So, if you really want some toast or bread beware. The atmosphere was nice. I didn't feel too closed in by other tables which is usually why I don't like restaurants. The check process took kind of too long but I feel like most restaurants have that problem (which I tried really hard not too do when I was a server.) Overall, I would recommend this place to others. Next time I may try the Smoked Macaroni and Cheese topped with sesame breadcrumbs served with biscuit and gravy and walnut sausage.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gorgeous Interiors

Just a few interiors I came across today. Both visually compelling in their own way. Love it.

Laura Ziskin

Today the light of the Stand Up 2 Cancer initiative is a little dim in our Entertainment Industry Foundation office. Laura Ziskin passed away Sunday at the age of 61 after a 7 year battle with breast cancer. I know most people may have already heard or read about this on the news or trades but I felt compelled to at least touch on this since she was such a force in both the entertainment industry and leading cancer research. Even though I never had the pleasure to meet Laura Ziskin I felt a need to spread a little info about her life & career. Before I came to work at EIF I knew Laura Ziskin as a name in Hollywood as a producer. Little did I know I would be working at a company that developed an amazing cancer research initiative with her involved.

In the words of a co-worker: While our hearts are broken, this loss strengthens the determination of the entire Stand Up To Cancer family to make Laura’s fervent wish one day become a reality: to make it possible for everyone diagnosed with cancer to become long term survivors.

Hollywood Reporter - Laura Ziskin, Producer of 'Spider-Man,' 'Pretty Woman,' Dies at 61

In lieu of flowers or those wishing to honor Laura Ziskin, the family requests donations be made to Stand Up to Cancer through the organization's website at www.standup2cancer.org.
Please remember to add “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” Laura Ziskin” to the donation request.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Artists to know about: Bertha Lum, Kofie, Craola

I was feeling in a rather creative mood so I thought I would do a post on 3 of my favorite artist of the moment. These are all one's I discovered at Pasadena ArtNight.

Bertha Lum

Mother West Wind (One of my favorites)

An American artist active from the 1900's through the 1930's. Bertha Lum was born Bertha Boynton Bull in Tipton, Iowa to parents who were amateur artists. Although her family was not well-off, she was able to study for a year at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1895, and apparently worked as an artist during her youth. Around this time there were several important exhibitions which helped to popularize Japanese art and culture in America, including the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.

In 1903, Bertha married Bert Lum, a corporate lawyer, and persuaded him to travel to Japan on their honeymoon. Lum was expecting to find many artists working as printmakers, but during this time, Japanese printmaking was in serious decline. It would be several years before the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo revitalized traditional Japanese printmaking with the shin hanga movement. Fortunately, on one of her last days in Yokohama, Lum happened across an old printmaking shop. She was able to learn a little about the printmaking technique and buy the necessary tools to get started.

It would be four years before Lum was able to return to Japan for further study. In the meantime, she made several noteworthy woodblock prints.

In 1907, Lum made her second trip to Japan, primarily to learn more about Japanese printmaking. Through a letter of introduction, Lum was able to study carving in the workshop of Bonkotsu Igami, a master carver. Lum worked there every day for two months, being taught mainly by Igami's two 12 year-old apprentices. After Igami was satisfied with her level of competency at carving, he introduced her to a master printer. Lum learned by watching printers work from her own blocks, and later practiced their techniques of subtle gradients and layered colors. During her early years, Lum insis

After Lum's third visit to Tokyo in 1911, her prints were featured in the 1912 Tenth Annual Art Exhibit in Ueno Park. She was the only Western artist in the show, and her prints were remarkably modern compared to her Japanese contemporaries. Based on the enthusiastic response to her work, Lum soon had print exhibitions at galleries in Chicago and New York. Lum's work was increasingly influenced by the stories of Lafcadio Hearn, a Westerner who translated Japanese legends and fairy tales into popular books.
(biography from www.berth-lum.org)


An amazing street artist out of Los Angeles. Augustine “Kofie” has made a huge contribution to the graffiti/street art scene with his unique “drafting” style. Kofie’s artwork has been featured in numerous commercials, music videos, and art galleries. His work is inspirational to me.

This is a video about him, his work, his process. Interesting.

Last but definitely not least. My favorite right now. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a piece of his artwork!

Greg Simkins is from Torrance California. He grew up with a menagerie of animals including a number of rabbits, which often emerge in his paintings. He began drawing at the early age of three and was inspired by various cartoons and books. Some standout books that still find their way into his art are Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

Simkins’ art continued to progress to the age of 18, when he started doing graffiti under the name “CRAOLA”. Graffiti art became his impetus for creating and gave him the confidence to paint large works. In addition it taught him perspective, color theory and further developed artistic skills, which later translated into his work with acrylics.

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach in 1999, Simkins worked as an Illustrator for various clothing companies.

In 2005, Simkins pursued his desire to paint as a full time artist. Since then, he has been featured in numerous group exhibitions has had successfully sold out solo exhibitions. His art is seen in a wide variety of industries from clothing to video games and has also come to life in the form of toys.
Click here for a link to his blog & gallery.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pasadena ArtNight

Last month I went to Pasadena Art Night. It was a great time. I met up with a friend who I hadn't seen in awhile and there were 12 museums & galleries throughout Pasadena that you could view for free for one night. With only 4 hours I knew I would not get through all of them (and some of the food trucks.) Some places were a bust but some I highly enjoyed. Here are those parts.
Pacific Asia Museum

When you walked inside you entered into a beautiful Asian garden. They had a musician playing where you could sit and listen or head inside. The exhibit that was running that I liked the most was "Visions of the Orient: Western Women Artists in Asia 1900-1940. It featured the work of Helen Hyde, Bertha Lum (my favorite), Elizabeth Keith & Lilian Miller.
When I was done and slightly overwhelmed by everything this museum had to offer I went outside and the food truck I wanted to try the most happened to be outside, The Dumpling Station. I had the steamed chicken & veggie dumplings. They were delicious!

My second favorite gallery was the Pasadena Museum of California Art. They had 3 special exhibits going.
1.) Clayton Brothers: Inside Out. This was very unique & very interesting. It wasn't necessarily my taste but you could really see the depth and layers to their work. I was also interviewed for a college paper while I toured this exhibit. Lucky me.
2.) Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas. I was very interested in this one and it deeply caught my interest. I had just watched Exit Through The Gift Shop so that helped perk my interest. My favorite artist in this bunch was Craola and his "Just Can't Let Go" piece. Craola's work was so awesome to me. Check his stuff out!
3.) Getting Upper: Graphic Designers and Artists Reconsider the Alphabet. I understand the time and art in this exhibit but it wasn't holding my interest.

Those were just my top 2 favorites but there was so much more I enjoyed. The whole thing was well worth my time and I would definitely do it again despite a couple of the galleries being less than impressive (or should I just say not my style.) I had been to old Pasadena before but this part of Pasadena was just lovely. I love Union St and the downtown area. Their city hall is gorgeous and as I snapped some photos I noticed it's what they use as the exterior of city hall in Parks & Rec. I also, took the metro gold line train out there. It's above ground and it was a really nice metro train with beautiful scenery.

I highly suggest you check it out next time it rolls around.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Honey & Garlic Meatballs!

Here is a tasty recipe I made. I cut everything in this recipe in half because I was only cooking for 2 people and it still made a bit extra. Enjoy.

Honey Garlic Meatballs
Makes 48 meatballs
*2 lbs ground beef
*1 cup dry bread crumbs (I used Italian seasoning crumbs)
*2 eggs
*1 tsp salt
*6 cloves garlic, minced
*3/4 c ketchup
*1/2 c honey
*1/4 c soy sauce (I used reduced sodium)

1) Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
2)Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs & salt. Mix well. Shape into 48 balls, about 1-1/2". Place in a single layer glass pan.
3)Bake for 12-15 minutes, turning a couple times. Drain grease or transfer meatballs to dish.
4) Melt butter in a large skillet. Add garlic & saute until tender.
5)Combine ketchup, honey and soy sauce. Add to skillet. Bring to a boil.
6)Reduce heat & simmer, covered, about 5 minutes.
7) Add meatballs. Simmer, uncovered, until sauce thickens and the meatballs are lightly glazed.
8) Serve over rice or potatoes. (I did potatoes)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Books fall open you fall in

This bed looks heavenly...

Photographer Yusuke Suzuki created a book bed that folds up during the day which then unfolds into an over-sized book at night!

DIY Lamp rewire

When my great grandmother passed away last year I was home going through her infamous tea pot collection when two very 60s lamps caught my attention. Everyone had abandoned these lamps that were still in good condition. So, I captured them for myself. I didn't know if they would survive shipment to Los Angeles from Iowa but I took my chances. One got kind bent out of shape and wasn't salvageable. The one that I wanted the most made it but the top was misshapen and it needed a new lampshade and it had a short in it. How could I afford this? Well, little did my mind know until my mom brought me into the light that you could buy rewiring kits at the hardware store and do it yourself. "Well, lets see how hard this is." I told myself. I felt very accomplished when I was done. A few things took some thinking about but it was easy. Just don't forget to unplug the lamp if you need to make adjustments to the wiring after testing. I got a shock but I'm alive. In the back of a lamp store on the clearance rack I found this great lamp shade. In the words of Brick Tamland in Anchorman... I love lamp.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vista Hermosa Park

A couple weeks ago I volunteered to help clean up a park near downtown LA, Vista Hermosa Park. With budget cuts they can't keep their full maintenance & upkeep staff. It seemed like it was close to work but I had never seen or heard of it. When I got there is was a small but beautiful park! It's like a hidden oasis with dirt paths, a little pond with a waterfall, and this gorgeous view of the skyline.

We helped out weeding some of the areas in the park. I met some really cool people and I would definitely recommend volunteering there on the third Saturday of every month. It was only 3 hours so you can enjoy the rest of your day.

Thinkin out loud...

I've always been hesitant about people putting everything out there for the world to read on the internet but today I realized that when I want to find someone who feels the same way I sometimes read blogs for solace. This way I don't have to weigh down the people in my life with my small venting problems. Now, I'm not saying to put your whole life out there. There is a limit in my mind but today I'm putting a little something out there in case there is someone who wants relief that someone else is feeling the same way. However, this problem has gotten so bad that I have vented to the people in my life about this... and it needs a changin!

I woke up this morning and just laid in bed starring at the wall. This time every morning I usually have to run through a list of reason in my head of how my job isn't that bad and it could be worse. But today I looked at the wall and just couldn't do it.

I live a privileged life compared to a lot of people and I feel guilty disliking most of my everyday life. I have a college education. I have loves & interest outside of work that I am grateful for. I have goals that I work hard to reach. But one's job makes up most of their day and I feel I have a duty to find a job I love regardless of it's the job I want. For example the job I would love is to work in an art department but that doesn't mean I wouldn't be happy somewhere else. (Some may cringe when I say this but...) Take my server position at Texas Roadhouse. I have had quite a few serving jobs and I hate them but my time at this restaurant was different. There was more about the job I enjoyed (mainly my co-workers) than what I hated about serving (I worked LOTS of overtime.) I guess I can't really explain it but there were more things working that made it a plus and it overshadowed the bad.

Now, I have a steady, decent paying, good benefits job for my low raking position (even though I barely pay my bills.) I've worked at worse jobs and the people at my current post are nice (even if it does feel like high school sometimes.) But here's the thing, going there everyday is something I DREAD. I don't want to dread going to work and struggle to get through a day. I want to wake up and be okay with going to work regardless of the stresses that may fall on me. I just don't feel it where I am now and everyday it seems to get worse no matter how much I try to tell myself it's not that bad. It makes me want to close people off and hibernate. I don't want to be the closed off, depressed one in the office but that's what I feel like inside even though I have to be happy & social on the outside. Maybe I just get depressed because I've felt what it's like to enjoy going to work and I want to feel that again. Nothing against where I am now, it's just not working for me.

Now, the real question is how I pull myself out so I don't have to pretend anymore. I have been taking steps for quite sometime but now it needs to happen more than ever. I just have to take that leap.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Just keepin cool...

Grilled Cheese Invitational

This post is really late mostly because I forgot about it but I feel I need to tell people that it is not really worth your time or money. This was way back in April. I was really excited to go to the Grilled Cheese Invitational. I LOVE grilled cheese & mac n cheese. It was on the LA Center Studios Lot where I work so I would have free parking since you have to pay $12 to get into this thing and to park.

First, they have a grilled cheese competition where people can pay extra to enter their grilled cheese in the competition. I think this should have been the feature and you should be able to sample without paying extra. It's on the furthest part of the event and to sample 4 sandwiches as a judge you pay extra on top of the admission fee. Boo. Then, they have some food trucks all around where you have to pay extra just to get a sandwich from them. Most of them did not have any original or exceptional grilled cheeses. It was like $5-$8 a sandwich and nothing stood about about them. They only sandwich I thought was exceptional was The French Onion Soup Melt from the Mendocino Farms booth. They had smaller sandwiches (smart!) which were only $3. I highly enjoyed that.

French Onion Soup Melt - Smoked Gouda Fondue & Cave Aged Gruyere With Caramelized Onions On Panini Grilled Dolce Forno Pretzel Roll

Of coarse there were some free samples from different sponsors but all together this event is highly not worth it. I wish it was more about the competition of different amateur sandwiches and not the trucks just trying to take your money. Your entry fee should cover these samplings because there looked to be a lot of great sandwiches involved. It covers nothing. (I was told there would be free samplings. I never found them) I was really excited too so it was a let down. I think next year I will host my own Grilled Cheese Invitational.


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