Category: Blog Posts About Me

Hollywood

Sunday was Laura’s wedding so we decided to head down early and have some well deserved fun.  The drive down from the Bay Area on Friday was long and we ran into Friday LA traffic but it wasn’t too bad.  Friday night we ate at Javier’s Cantina & Grill at The Spectrum in Irvine, CA which was probably the nicest Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to.  After dinner we saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in IMAX 3D which I would recommend but just know it isn’t Pixar quality but was still fun.

On Saturday we went to Hollywood to play tourist which was a ton of fun!  Since it was going to be really hot we decided we would hike up to the Hollywood sign in the morning.  The drive up to the sign turned out to be half the battle because you wind up through multi-million dollar homes via one lane streets and it feels like you are going straight up the hill.  I finally opted to park and it turned out to be a block or two from the top of where the street ends which was great.

After the pavement ends the road turns into a gated dirt road but we found out you can get past the gates warning you that hiking to the Hollywood sign is illegal (I think that is what it said) because there were some guys who showed us another entrance to get up to the sign.  Turns out the hike is a few miles and most of it was a switchback straight up the hill and it was pretty hot out so the water we bought after filling up for gas came in very handy (my co-hiker was a trooper).  The trail splits so you can decide to go to the observatory or the Hollywood sign and we obviously opted to go up to the sign.  The awesome thing about the hike is it takes you behind the sign itself so as you can see we not only were able to get some nice shots from behind the sign but also above it.  After the hike we went to downtown Hollywood and I’ll fill you in on those details in my next post.

Traffic Spike

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My site went from a daily average of 60 visits to a sudden spike of over 8,000 yesterday.  At one point 385 people were on the site so I am happy my web server was able to keep up with the demand (thank you WordPress and WP Super Cache).  The 400 pound snake story caused tons of people to visit yesterday from bing.com.  I was ranked third on Bing and as of today I am now first (if you don’t count the Bing news article served up before it).  Even though I was thrilled to see so many people visiting, it looks like most came to the site and left after 30 seconds.  The good news is some of you stayed and some even subscribed to my RSS feed.  I say anyone who knows how to subscribe to an RSS feed is a friend of mine and most likely someone who will enjoy the articles on this site.  Thanks to everyone who visited and a big thanks to those of you who have came back or subscribed to my site.

Some Fox Pics

Tyler, Wilbur, and I went for our regular walk this evening.  The nice thing about where I live is you can walk out in what some may call a “semi-country” area.  I usually try and bring my camera with me and today I was really happy I did, not to mention it was my new camera.  Usually I see some cows or some birds but today I was walking back by some vineyards and there were three foxes that crossed our path maybe 30-40 yards away.   They aren’t great shots but thanks to the great new zoom on my new camera I was able to zoom in pretty close where before you would have barely been able to see much.  On Wednesday night I saw what I thought was a raccoon in the church parking lot but it ended up being a fox and ironically on my walk this evening I was thinking I wish I had my camera with me that night and 10 minutes later I saw three foxes which was awesome.  I never realized how small foxes are, they aren’t much bigger than a chihuahua.