Saturday, June 23, 2018



BSC, CA – Ever since the day I stumbled across Trattoria Toscana, the Italian restaurant owned by chef Pietro Cinus, and wrote my review of the place, there was an element missing that my Lois Lane nose could sniff. This past summer solstice, Pietro opened a connecting deli, an addition that finally added up to what I was missing. At the end of this review, the solution will be given though clues to the puzzle are sprinkled along the way, Batman Comics style.

The very first clue is revealed in our solstice-styled lead in photo above.

Sunday, June 17, 2018



BSC, CA – I was all set to write my Fathers Day comments about the small group of mementos that I have as remembrances of my three sons and the kids I consider my blended fam. It wasn't a self-pity piece but I do lament the lack of time spent around them. But just when you cry about not having shoes, someone comes along with no feet. My phone rang and a dear old friend, read brother, called to say his daughter had died of a drug overdose.

As I sat there getting the circumstances leading up to the tragedy and the back story, I pushed the sadness back as best I could. I have known this person since she was a baby. An acquired opiate use had morphed into a heroin habit, a story told many times in today's news stories. Unlike the young woman in the story, Hillbilly Heroin, this wasn't a party foul. My friend's daughter had started a methadone program.

However, a recent stint in county for two weeks had pushed her into the clean category. Getting out and returning home, she told her boyfriend that she had an errand to run. He said 'fine' as he was going to bed to sleep for his third shift job. When he got up at 11 pm, he found her, a victim of some additive used in today's China white.

Thursday, June 7, 2018



BSC, CA – Well, shiver me timbers! The current state of disapproval for Disney's version of the Star Wars saga is still erupting like the big island in Hawaii. As one who spent some time in the cosplay world I can vouch for the sentiment of escape by putting on a costume and dancing the night away with others in a comic book world orgy [clothes on]. These folks do not want to hear anything about real world or SJ politics.They don't have to.

This appeal is the psychology behind the popularity to the original Captain Marvel whose alter ego was a kid named Billy Batson. Star Wars sparked the same kind of revelry and fun from the beginning – until The Last Jedi. The latest film about the franchise, Solo, is tanking at the movies and Star Wars fatigue has been blamed by the studio/media. That rebuff and the coming subtitle explained in a fans' online comment is reprinted below.

“If there was a theater guy offering tickets to see infinity war part 2 at the door as you just finished watching part 1.. I bet 80% or more would probably be like "hell yeah!" and pay the money and be excited to see what happens. ---- now, at the end of TLJ, when you were walking out of the theater, would you take up that same offer to see #9? not me. I went into that movie excited and came out feeling like I was just forced to watch amateur porn starring my parents."

Friday, June 1, 2018



BSC, CA – Several things are trending at the moment and I don't know whether any are getting real play in the Establishment canned news. The most recent is the squashed opening of Solo: A Star Wars Story. As a person who lost interest in the series after The Force Awakens but gave a look at Rogue One as a needed piece of the original trilogy, I wasn't around to see what the fallout from The Last Jedi was based on.

TLJ divided the fan base along the cultural divide of long time fans and those familiar with the brand. As it was, about half the movie goers liked it and the other half hated it. This half hated the movie's direction, plot holes, missed opportunities, and disregard for the original hero leads, Hans, Luke, and Leia Poppins. Along with absurd ploys as a given, old loose ends were paved over to make a new story road rather than continue as before, replacing beloved characters with newbies that fizzled for one reason or another.

All avenues for this fan disappointment, and there were many, led back to top exec Kathleen Kennedy, the woman who took over the Star Wars reigns after Disney bought the franchise from George Lucas for 4 extra-large; billion with a 'B'. But both TFA and TLJ made money so plans were on to produce SOLO, a stand alone back story. Based off the few SOLO previews I saw at other films, it didn't seem to pop for me. Turns out my Spidey sense was correcto-mundo.