Saturday, March 04, 2017

Franklin Avenue Turns 14!

Hard to believe that so much time has passed, but Franklin Avenue hits its 14th blogiversary today! Of course, a lot has changed in those years, both for us and in the real world. (Remember when we lived in a democracy, for example? Oh, the good old days!) When Franklin Avenue launched, we still lived on Franklin Avenue... had been married just a few months... and kids were still just an idea. "Blogging," of course, has changed a lot, and in many ways has been replaced by social media. (My @franklinavenue Twitter handle is much more immediate and active than this blog these days, which is why I still appreciate every one who drops by to see our restaurant reviews, musings about life in LA, etc.) Now, in just two more years, this blog can drive!

Friday, March 03, 2017

Neon Retro Arcade: Revisit Pac-Man, Galaga, Frogger and More Favorites in Pasadena

Pasadena's Neon Retro Arcade is one of several nostalgia arcades that have popped up around Los Angeles recently – and although the $10/hour fee is a little too steep to do regularly, it's a real treat every once in awhile. Not only does it bring me back to my 1980s childhood (playing Pac-Man, QBert, Donkey Kong, Galaga, etc.), but it's quite fun to share that heritage with the Blogger Boys – and they get a kick out of the old stuff as well.

For $10, you get unlimited access to the video games and pinball machines for an hour – and most of the classic games are all here. (Depending on the crowd, you may have to wait for a turn at some of the more popular games, but there are enough games to go around.) On the weekend, birthday parties make things a bit crowded. It's funny to think that going to an arcade is a welcome respite from watching your zombie kids on their screens at home, but at least you're getting out of the house!

The Neon Retro Arcade is open late as well. Some pics:

Neon Retro Arcade
28 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Orange Juice Encounter: My Moment with Pikotaro

There was plenty to enjoy at this year's Grammy Awards, including Adele (and her infamous George Michael do-over), Beyonce, A Tribe Called Quest, Katy Perry and more. James Corden was a deft host, and the show hummed. (Read my recap here.)

But for me, the best moment at Staples Center happened in the hallway, when I happened upon Japanese comedian – and Internet sensation – Pikotaro. You know, the guy behind "PPAP" and "I Like Orange Juice":

Pikotaro was stopped by a few people (no surprise, his videos have been seen by millions), but his manager asked me how I knew who he was. "YouTube, of course!"

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

FREE L.A.: "David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters" at the Forest Lawn Museum

Forest Lawn's free museum in Glendale seems to always be showcasing some interesting exhibits, from Lego creations to stylized motorcycles to Tiki culture.

Most recently, there's a reason why Blogger Kid 2.0 has been suddenly asking me about David Bowie, and requesting that I play some Bowie tunes in the car. We visited the opening party a few weeks ago for "David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters," a display of photos, taken by Fernando Aceves, during Bowie’s only visit to Mexico City 20 years ago.

"David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters" continues until June 15. It's a nice tribute to Bowie, who died last year, and a good reason to make the trip to the top of the Forest Lawn hill in Glendale. Great views of the city also awaits. Some pics from the exhibit launch:

Forest Lawn Museum - Glendale
Open every day except Mondays
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission and parking are free

Monday, February 20, 2017

Found Coffee Gets Hit By Thieves, But Finds Solace in Community

Eagle Rock's Found Coffee reports that on Sunday, at around 4 a.m. burglars broke in and stole the coffee shop's registers, plus broke a glass door at Craft Beer Cellar.

But Found Coffee's management is undeterred. Their response to the act is inspiring:
I am so thankful for our regulars Rory, Jordan, and Elliot Scovel who called 911 and called me on my cell phone. Thank you to the countless people who posted on NextDoor & the Eagle Rock Facebook Neighborhood Group Page. Thank you to my team who helped clean up the mess and got us back up and running in no time. Thank you to Jay, especially, for sticking it out the entire day with me. A TREMENDOUS SHOUTOUT goes out to my neighbor at CBC, Corissa, who helped us board up our broken door right away. And of course, thank you to everyone who showed up in support yesterday.

If anything, this break-in demonstrated to me the loving, supporting, and truly caring community we've built in and around this little coffee shop in the short two years we've been here. These mean burglars won't steal our spirits!

You lose, burglars. We win.

From Found Coffee, pics of what happened:

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