Celebrate in Los Angeles

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Passover begins this evening, Friday, April 3 and it will end in the evening of Saturday, April 11. Tomorrow, Saturday, April 4 is a full moon, the Wind Moon. If you’re a pagan, it gives you an excuse to dance naked under that very moon. Easter is this Sunday, April 5. And it’s also Spring Break. Yeah, it’s a big weekend for people who celebrate things (almost anything). I don’t know what the Satan worshipers and witches do today? Maybe what they do every day, sacrifice a chicken in Austin or burn a black candle in San Francisco? Closer to home, they tend to congregate in Hollywood, Pacific Palisades and Santa Barbara (CA). I don’t move in those circles I think that they all are Obama supporters who are looking forward to a Hillary Clinton presidency. It would make sense.

This is a bad weekend to go to the desert outside of Los Angeles and go shooting because EVERYONE ELSE is out there, celebrating (and shooting). Out of all cultures who celebrate and shoot, the Arabs seem to do it with the most joy because they just shoot in the air, oblivious that whatever goes up, must come down. Usually people who travel to the desert on this festive weekend and shoot, aim (or make a pretense of aiming) at something. All too often they’ve had one too many nips of Oh Be Joyful/Popskull and they morph into Arabs. Some of them even speak Arabic when they’re in their cups though they never had a language lesson.

It’s also a bad weekend in the Los Angeles basin in general because traffic is unusually heavy. I realize that if you live in or near LA, your cynical nature will suggest that the traffic sux every single day (and of course it does). The crush  of people leaving the worker’s paradise on vacation can mean that you spend your first day of vacation on the freeway/parking lot, waiting for cars to move.

Newport Beach (CA) Pier at sunset

The beaches will be packed, but it’s not a bad day to bask poolside with the BBQ burning your favorite cut of steak. (some people prefer the ribeye, I like the t-bone). After church, the kids are coming over on Easter for an egg hunt (plastic eggs filled with coins) and a Mexican food fiesta. Why Mexican food? Why not? This is SoCal, it’s laid back, it’s warm and I will have had a steak the day before. Mexican food can be served on PAPER PLATES and it’s much easier to clean up than a full blown traditional banquet.  BBQ chicken tacos, BBQ shrimp skewers, BBQ corn, and some killer beans, rice and enchiladas. The kids seem to enjoy it just as much as a banquet and they can splash in the pool, make and devour a taco, and a soda and then go back into the pool (and stay there in order to get some relief from global warming).

My amphibious nature prefers the ocean and sand. But all of the sand will be occupied by people today. Such is the nature of a concrete jungle that people look for an excuse to escape it. When I had my 30′ Sea Ray, I used to cruise on this date. Alas, I’m not a captain anymore.

27 thoughts on “Celebrate in Los Angeles

  1. That dinner sounds great. My favorite used to be the T-bone, but Ive gravitated toward the Ribeye. A steak is steak is steak, and on the barbie I'll take any cut medium rare please. Enjoy your Easter.

  2. I wore my bunny ears to my morning work-out. Comments were from "Cool" to
    "You've lost it." Perhaps it's a bit of both.

  3. I used to be a Rib Eye and T-Bone guy, but lately have become a real fan of Hanger Steak. Alas, it was also called butcher's steak because the butchers would hold it back from sale for themselves, family and friends. It ain't cheap because there isn't much of it on any given animal.

  4. Ham and scalloped potatoes for us on Easter. It's finally getting warmer here (almost 60 today) so those grass fed steaks in the freezer will be on the barbie soon. Everyone, have a Happy Easter.

  5. It's a bit strange, but Mexicans and Arabs seem to have learned the principles of marksmanship from the same school. I don't know about Satanists, but I get the feeling that the powerful ones hire underlings to do their shooting for them, while convincing their lesser colleagues that "guns are evil."

  6. I go with "cool" unless you're also wearing "feety pajamas" along with the bunny ears with the trap door in the back in the open position. Then – not cool. Unless you're in San Francisco – they you're cool and are bound to make friends.

  7. You've broken the code…scary. You're supposed to be a shy and retiring parson. And if you were going with the flow you'd have an eye on turning your church into a mosque…bishop material.

  8. So rabbit ears — commando style? Free-balling? No wonder people were saying, "Cool"…and I hope that it didn't fall from a perception of 'shrinkage' due to cold weather.

  9. I have wondered why you're so incredibly valued in Alabama. Now I know. Makes perfect sense.

    Well played.

  10. Sounds bloody fabulous! I on the other hand will be surrounded by overpriced, pathetic Easter eggs, grey skies, rain and a chicken dinner. Roll out the laughs. I hate Easter.

  11. The reason people move to where I live is for the weather. And at the risk of incurring your everlasting wrath, and having lived where you do for a few years in my youth, "nobody can ruin a good meal the way that the British can". The French have a far better take on dinner.

  12. Enjoy your Easter! Sounds delicious and fun!

    (and I don't see why dancing naked under full moons has to be reserved for pagans?)

  13. Jenny is having a party. There's no denying that. I must content myself with a less expressive solution to the Easter holiday. The pool is warm, the windows are washed, the BBQ can be turned on with the flick of a wrist, the sodas are pre-iced, etc.

  14. They will all be present along with relatives who are coming along for a free (legendary) meal. I think that the head count is just over 20 adults and roughly half that many chillins.

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