Wednesday, August 3, 2011

R.I.P. Hightower

Former NFL player, actor, and all around good guy Bubba Smith was pronounced dead today (and on my birthday of all days!) when authorities were called to his home in Los Angeles. He was at the relatively young age of 66.

As a child of the 80's, I will always know Bubba best for his recurring role as Moses Hightower in the Police Academy movies. I also recall as a kid that my uncle said he had been friends with Bubba long before. I thought it was when they were in high school, but Wikipedia says he was born in Texas and went to school in Michigan, so maybe it was when Bubba played for the Baltimore Colts (my uncle lives just outside of Baltimore)? Anyway, though he had not been in the spotlight for a while now, I will always have good memories of Mr. Smith and he will be missed.

Let us bow our heads, not in silence, but in Bedulah. And say "Yamma yamma yamma yamma YA-mma!"
Stylin in the 80's.

Stay off the drugs, kids.

Sweetchuck's wet dream come true.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Awesome Events: Goonies 25th Anniversary in Astoria!

Goonies fans will unite this summer in Astoria, OR to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film's release. Astoria, for those not indoctrinated into all-things-Goonies, is where the movie is set, much of it was filmed there, and the town might as well be considered the Motherland for Goonies fans worldwide.

The celebration will run from Friday, June 4 - Monday, June 7. Jeff Cohen (Chunk), Corey Feldman (Mouth), and Joey Pants (Francis Fratelli) are schedule to attend, as well as others.Check out the official website for a list of events that span the whole long weekend. It's kind of a bummer that most of the events cost upwards of $20 each, but let's face it, this once-in-a-lifetime event is for hardcore fans only. In addition to "Meet and Greets" with the cast throughout the weekend and the film showing on Friday night, there's also bus tours aroudn Astoria highlighting the filming locations, an 80's Night Out on Saturday, and a Goonies Fan Film Festival.

In the meantime, get your Goon on over at

Hey You Guys!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Awesome Events: Donut Summit 2010

"On June 13th, donut lovers will get a chance to sample what the donut shops of L.A. have to offer at the 2010 LA Donut Summit," announces LA Weekly blogger Naomi Iwamoto.
Yes, friends, this is exactly what it sounds like: a gathering of donuts and donut aficionadoas from across the Southland. Admission is one dozen donuts from your favorite shop. And then you get to mingle and nosh with other donut fans, trying out the donut fare offered around LA. What's not to like (calories aside)?!

Still not convinced? Does this change anything:

Come on, you've got all summer to burn off those calories!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Goonies 'R GREAT Enough

Damn straight. . .

"Hey You Guys!"

All you Goonies fans out there, "we have the money to save the Goondocks!"

Well, to buy it, anyway. 2010 has started off as quite a famine for new posts. Sorry. But, I'm proud to say that my first post of 2010 is the about a long-sought after movie score: The Goonies.

Yes, Varese Sarabande has done it again, folks. On the 25th anniversary of this 80's cult classic exec produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Dick Donner, the music label has released a nearly full score for the Goonies. Be warned, though. It is limited to a 5,000 copy run. Once this is sold out, it's gone for good (Ebay and Amazon marketplace aside.)

I wish I had the time to do a full review like I have in the past with Temple of Doom and Gremlins. The Varese website has all the details and a track listing. You can even listen to snippets of a few cues. This long-awaited score will wisk you back to Astoria with the Goonie gang- Mickey, brand, Data, Mouth, Chunk, Andie, Steph, AND Sloth. Not to mention those no-goodnicks, the Fratellis.

Get your truffle shuffle on and pick up your own copy of the Goonies score here!

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Return of Lil Mac!

I think this commercial promoting the release of Punch-Out for the Wii has been around, but it's totally worth another watch if you've already seen it.

The guy who plays Lil Mac is spot-on, but what I love most if the nonchalant way "Doc Louis" eats that chocolate bar.

BONUS: Enjoy the styling sounds of the Minibosses covering the Punch-Out theme.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Madness and Murder

My friend and co-worker, Jenny Hilborne just recently got the exciting news that she first novel, a murder mystery called Madness and Murder is getting e-published in 2010.

As an aspiring writer myself, I'm very excited for her and offer her a very BIG congrats! Jenny Hilborne's book will be released in the 3rd Quarter of 2010 by Eschelon Publishing, who discovered her earlier this year at the Southern California Writer's Conference in San Diego. The story follows Inspector Mac Jackson through the city fo San Francisco as he traces a killer. I haven't actually read it yet, but I look forward to checkign it out next year.

Jenny Hilborne's site has a litte more info on the book and the method to her own writing "madness". Check it out:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


UPDATE: Response Received From the City
I just received a response from Jerry Hill, Public Services Operations Manager for the City of Mission Viejo. He says:

"We can absolutely help by once again turning off the recycled irrigation on city owned landscapes.
We will begin turning of our systems today and will keep the recycled irrigation water off until Sunday night / Monday morning.
We have been in communications with SMWD and will continue to encourage resolution of the Oso Reservoir anaerobic situation as soon as possible."

Mr. Hill, thank you for helping to ease the suffering from symptoms of this "anaerobic situation". Now, let's keep the pressure on SMWD to get the CAUSE fixed once and for all.

I just sent the letter below via email to Mayor Ury, the City Council, and the Public Works department. Feel free to copy, paste, and send it to them, too.
Mayor Ury -
City Council -
Public Works -
Dear Mayor Ury, et al:

On behalf of your constituents in northern Mission Viejo, I am asking for your help in easing our suffering from the incredibly pungent sulphur smell coming from the Upper Oso Reservoir. I am urging you to take whatever action necessary to recommend suspension of the irrigation again for as long as possible. Although the SMWD and other specialists are working to correct the problem, hundreds of Mission Viejo residents are forced to endure the malodorous side effects because the Reservoir feeds the irrigation lines that water public and median areas in northern Mission Viejo.

After last week's City Council meeting, Mission Viejo agreed to stop irrigation of the public spaces for three days in order to help ease the terrible smell that lingers throughout the northern Mission Viejo neighborhoods and it seemed to make a noticeable difference. Then the irrigation began over the weekend and the foul smell of rotten eggs and feces returned. This stench stays all night, penetrating our homes and in the morning, the smell is still there, just as pungent.

One of the aspects that I and so many of your other constituents love about living in Mission Viejo, one of the safest cities in the United States, is that we can enjoy our neighborhoods and the mild climate we are so fortunate to have here. Families can leave windows and screen doors open in the evenings for fresh breezes and overnight instead of eating up electricity with A/C units running all night. People could enjoy walking and jogging through their neighborhoods in the mornings or the evenings. But with this terrible rotten egg smell not only lingering outside, but suffocating us in our homes, we cannot enjoy any of these cherished aspects of Mission Viejo life.

If you are in doubt about just how acrid this smell is or simply have not had the opportunity to personally experience what whole neighborhoods must suffer through every night and every morning for the past two+ weeks, I strongly encourage you to drive through the Pinecrest area (Marguerite and Santa Margarita Pkwy) between 10pm and 9am. You only need to drive through with your windows down to get a sense for what many neighborhoods full of people are living with inside their own homes because of this issue.

Feel free to also visit my blog post about this issue and read the 160+ comments left by Mission Viejo residents who are dealing with this issue on a daily basis. The blog post URL is

Again, I urge you to PLEASE help your fellow Mission Viejo residents by whatever means necessary while SMWD continues to resolve the algae issue. Any further pressure you can apply to SMWD to continue making the resolution of this issue a priority is also greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and assistance.

Best Regards,

Ryan Fink
Concerned Mission Viejo Resident