I WANT A HOT DOG FROM PINKS!
Reasons I deserve a Free Vacation, Always wanted To visit L.A., Family and Friends
This was the worst summer I’ve ever had, the only time I went to Summerfest was for a post funeral event. I squeezed the Balloon Stress Ball one too many times and it broke open and got sand all over the house. The sandy feeling on my feet gave me an idea since I already had the sandy beach in my house why not start California Dreamin. I ended up spending about 30 dollars at Wal-mart on a kiddie pool and an inflatable raft that fit in it like a cork just to “float” and tan my back. (See above picture) Not exactly Venice Beach but it did get me thinking about long boarding and how I always wanted to long board Venice Beach sidewalks on a board longer than me maybe bump into the blu-blocker guy if he is still around these days… but I was happy just digging out the old skateboard and riding to the corner store instead. After skating for the first time in 100 years this summer it made me feel like one of my legs was 6 inches longer than the other for about a week. Originally I was just sitting on a lawn chair and drinking listening to the slow jams and that just got me a real bad one sided sunburn the type people probably had in Hiroshima. My hair actually fell out from it and everything else. I also bought 3 Ocean Pacific beach towels from Wal-mart, you know the ones that look like the 80’s swatches or hyper-color shirts… very California. I made some cheap Malibu rum drinks with blue colored sports drinks and turned on the radio and I think the Beach Boys came on God Only Knows. I remember looking at the metal TV dinner stand with speakers and Ipod I had set up next to the pool connected to an orange extension chord running to the outdoor outlet and thinking what would happen if the "radio" fell in so I moved it a safer distance away. I was depressed but not that depressed! Songs like “I’m in L.A. Bitch” by LMFAO would come on and I would make remixes and dubs using my Echo Park FX pedal. I was here in Milwaukee but my mind was definitely somewhere else.
My friend had moved to L.A.came back and then died this summer. I had followed his journey on a blog and in conversations so I learned a lot about L.A., Hollywood, K-town, Compton, Venice, Skid Row and everywhere else I even studied the streets on google earth and map. L.A. was a frontier that my friend had left to pioneer and I stayed back home and worried and feared but also was curious about the beauty and the angels of the city he enjoyed despite the demons I was aware of. I think I’ve obsessed about L.A. more than any other city besides home, even more than Amsterdam. I wish I would have been able to afford to visit. Without having been there I think I have the same love/hate feeling towards L.A. as Milwaukee. I never been to either NY or LA I want to see how bad the bad is and how good the good is and finally SEE how Milwaukee compares to the city I always compare it to. I want to be enlightened and put things to rest at the same time. I want to see the city that has entertained me with music, movies and all the arts my entire life. I want to see the center of world. I have the original Milwaukee Supplies and Feeds the World picture framed on my wall, The Milwaukee Then and Now picture book on my coffee table, the Milwaukee Scene Board Game on the card table a place mat map of Hawaii on my fridge and a ukulele and Hawaiian drum on the mantle… is California worthy of such honors as Milwaukee and Hawaii? Would I want to bring back something from California and put it on my wall? Is it the type of place I will dream of returning to like Hawaii? Or will it be the place I look down at in pity as I fly over it to Hawaii? Would it be like on WEEDS with cheap and easy marijuana distribution everywhere or would I as an outsider have just as hard of a time getting good weed cheap as it is here? Will I finally get some sun for more than 10 seconds at a time? Is it true what they say about California weather? Will I have any paparazzi moments I can sell to TMZ or just blog to OMC? Will I still be able to catch a wave and surf good waves again or have to settle for Lake Michigan or Noah’s Ark either way I’m stoked. I’ve seen the Globe Trekkers, Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, Adam Richman, Zane, and everyone else go to L.A.and show me where to eat and drink now its my time now its my turn! Is Carl Jr. really the same as Hardees? Maybe I can put my curiosity of Jack in the Box back in the box. I want to eat in kitchen’s in California but not California Kitchens. I want to step in feces and see tent cities... if I have to. I want to get into clubs. I want to go to secret clubs behind mysterious doors in alleys. I want to feel let down and settle for Universal Studios... if I have to. I want to have kim-chi and bee bim bop from somewhere besides Seoul Restaurant or whoever that woman is who makes the stuff I get in the jar at Pick n’ Save. I want to see if the L.A. sushi is better than the stuff I get at Whole Foods or Outpost. I want to eat a food challenge and get my picture on a wall!
I want to take my Dad with so I can make up for ruining his retirement vacation. Maybe he can get us into the clubs. My first real time in Mexico I did all the things you are/aren’t suppose to do the first time… I even flooded water from our 15thfloor balcony Jacuzzi down on all the other guests for like an hour because I forgot to turn off the water. Gringos. He didn’t think I ruined it but I felt bad for partying like a frat boy even though he is very cool and Old School. Don’t get me wrong we can travel we saw everything in and around P.V. in just 7 days we took the city buses and walked thru the locals only areas mingled with the expats in gringo gulch, drank raicilla (local moonshine better than tequilla)on the street corners mixed with coconut juice in the shell…for free mind you… just smiling knowing very little Spanish... we had impromptu lunches with families in their houses…while everyone else from the states or Canada never left their resorts out of the much feared drug war….we took ATV and hikes into the mountains… we ate at a place in the jungle called Noglitos (this is the meal where we think I ended up getting swine flu and bringing it back to the states since it was just a month before it was first documented) which we later called Don’t Eat Those instead of Noglitos (kind of like Jaliscos)… on the ATVS we saw a guy who had been tailgating us the whole way go over a cliff after one too many stunts…he was okay… I think…. I even took a boat to Yelapa with my Papa and had food in a Palapa. I’ve never had ceviche like that before. It turns out the parasail guy can get you high TWO different ways at the same time. Everyone kept asking me if I wanted something for my nose…? Never before had I had French food like Red Deer in its own juice on a Mediterranean style roof top restaurant that we discovered by asking an art gallery owner where HE liked to eat. It was a great trip but far from perfect and he deserves a perfect trip and I want to give him that. I don't want to be sloppy or selfish I want my next trip to be bigger than myself. He taught me to love food all food and be adventurous about food and that’s what we do and share together and we do it well. Talk about kids in a candy shop I hear L.A. has a lot of good food and the variety of ethnic food is found nowhere else on earth. I want to eat it all from street food to the famous places to the fancy places I'd imagine there would be a lot of latin american and asian dishes I've never even had before. Geisha House or something else I don't know but I'm making a list and its already a mile long Roscoes Chicken & Waffles, Birrieria for goat, Acosta Tacos, or Phillipe's for french dip? There are just too many japanese, thai, korean, mexican places to choose from and nobody agrees which is best so I'll just have to see for myself!
Just like sex though you can only have so much food but you can always watch other people do it in porn or in this case food porn. No Reservations, Bizarre Foods, Three Sheets, Man Vs. Food, Challenge, Throw Down, Iron Chef Japan and America, Unwrapped and other travel and food shows make up 90% of what I watch on TV. I’d love to have another chance to travel and enjoy a new place through experiences that revolve around food. I’m not afraid to have my camera hang around my neck all day and take pictures of anything and everything and be brutally honest. If only I could afford to eat everywhere I want to and start a blog called Foodie Foodsta! With the economy and everyone being so poor its hard to do the travel and food thing anymore. I can’t afford to pay 100 dollars for a mediocre meal like the last time I went to Roots I can see why they stopped doing lunch…that’s a dark cloud for Roots if not Milwaukee Cuisine in general... usually a sign that the end is near. There really isn’t a place I’m overly excited to eat at here in Milwaukee right now I think I need to explore new feeding holes. Maybe then I won’t have this anxiety that everything sucks here more than the big cities.
It’s bizarre that my whole life I have been experiencing L.A. through movies and television without having actually ever been there. I must have been still taking baths in sinks when I became a big fan of the movie Sunset Boulevard! Movies like Repo man, Beverly Hills Cop, The Karate Kid, Night Of The Comet, Fletch, To Live and Die in LA, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Born in East LA, Less Than Zero, The Informers, Boyz N’ the Hood, Bill and Ted’s, Point Break, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Boogie Nights, Mullholand Falls, L.A. Confidential and Escape from LA and so many other movies mix together in my imagination to create a world almost larger than life and almost even more real just around the corner but seemingly on the moon and I have yet to visit.
OH YEAH THE MUSIC! Amoeba Music? Spaceland? The Echo? I wanted to go to these places for a long time now! I definitely want to see a great rock show in L.A. I remember the first time I saw the Oliver Stone film The Door’s and the way it glamorized California and Rock n’ Roll in a way for me that still hasn’t worn off. Will seeing Whisky or the Viper or these places be at all exciting? Will there be a certain air everywhere that will let me know I am somewhere different or will it be a lot like any city on any hot day? I want to see the the heart attack and vine Tom Waits would sing about. I want to see that Comptons isnt ghetto anymore I want to see progress. I want to see the truth behind all the hype hysteria and negativity. I don’t want a simple vacation I want an adventure with a mission and purpose to learn and then teach what I have learned. I want a reason to play that Phantom Planet song again! CALIFORNIA CALORNIA HERE WEEE COME!! I want to find a celebrity on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that has my first name as their last name and cover up their first name with my foot so its just my first name and the star and take a picture of it and put it on myspace and facebook just like my best friend taught me to! I want healing, redemption, enlightenment and a #@$!ing hot dog from Pinks!