Thursday, November 30, 2006

Coast-to-Coast Turkeys

Okay, folks, the Rocket Fever Turkey Project is now operational. Check it out at the Flickr site. I have to say that, while I love you guys, I'm disappointed in some of you. I think this year lots of us forgot the true meaning of Thanksgiving: photographing the food. Otherwise, how can we be thankful for it?

But, thankfully (get it?), the wonder of Flickr allows me to add photos at any time. So send 'em on!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Not Shabby

VC 11
Originally uploaded by cbg_rocketfever.
I tell ya, California can make anyone look like a good photographer.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Auditory L.A.

I suspect there's a sound specific to L.A. and maybe a few other places in this country: That of a car running over a downed palm frond.

Monday, November 27, 2006


C'mon, people. Don't let Rocket Fever down. Send me those Turkey pix. A fuller report will follow, but: the Glarums are the greatest ... my cousin is nutty as always ... I'm sorry I missed Joey beat the Lions ... I'm excited about the upcoming Ep. 6 of H&G (recorded last night) ... I like the Teddybears, and it's all because of that new Cadillac commercial ...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Partial List of Foods That Could Be Used in Naughty Euphemisms

Hot dogs
Sloppy Joes
Hot chocolate

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

H&G ... Dumplings ... Lansing Makes It Happen ... Gaines Goes TJ's

Episode 5 of Hudson & Gaines is hot and online!


Sunday night was spent at the Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Arcadia with Hud, the Muzios, Robbie Baldwin of, and their friends from Tehachapi, Mike and John. It was good meeting those dudes, although it was sort of hard to have a sustained conversation in light of the eating circumstances. I swear you need a three-hour course in eating those damn dumplings. And using only chop sticks didn't make matters easier. Lucky for me they were the best freaking dumplings I've ever had.


Saturday was just as good: Recorded Ep. 5, got car's hood latch fixed by Micah (thanks, dude), then watched some classic MST3K at the Muzios' while macking on some snatchos. Check out the Flickr page for visuals, but trust me when I say snatchos make men thankful for being alive. If you're not excited by Velveeta, Cheez Whiz, salsa, and ground beef, then just get back on the boat. Rad!


Fred Woodhams passes along why life in Lansing is great.


I think I made a strategic shopping decision today: I'm weaning myself from the Albertson's monkey and getting on the Trader Joe's train. I drove the extra mile to TJ's today because I wanted to stock up on the store's excellent frozen foods. Before I knew it, I was loading up on cereal, OJ, snacks, ground turkey ... and it was pretty dern cheap too. And, TJ's has my Morningstar fake bacon! I couldn't find that stuff anywhere!


Hope y'all are excited for Thanksgiving. It's by far my favorite holiday. I'll be spending it with Hud and the Glarums up in the Valley. My cousin from Arizona will also be in town, so it promises to be a helluva weekend.

Send photos of your turkey! Let's have an RF turkey post!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Capital City DNA

Everything you wanted to know about Michigan and Lansing can be found in this story envisioning the melting hellscape that the state will become in the next 50 years. (By the way, this story seals it: I'm never moving back to the Mitten. It's going to be Hades without the charm in no time!)

Brilliant to include quotes from some kid working at Modern Skate so high up in the story. Right after the lede, I was thinking, "Well, what does Modern have to say about this?" And, bam, there it was.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Guess Who Was in Town Way Back When?

Katie Rexrode, that's who! K.R. was in L.A. a few weekends ago on a business trip for her closing-in-on-world-famous moving company. The gang was lucky enough to knock back a few brewskis with her while she was here. Katie finally got to see the legend that is Ye Rustic, and I think she approved.

It was also super cool to meet Katie's co-worker Shirley, another fine product of the Lansing School District.

Come on back anytime, Rexy. And maybe lug your boys along with ya next time.


By the way, Michigan State basketball is seriously awesome.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

One day late, but not a moment too soon: Happy birthday, Beth Maier!


A belated post about a visit from a certain special someone will be coming shortly.

(*Update!) Round Two

There's been a call for more pics, so here's just a few...
"That's a balk! That's a balk! You, third base. You, second base. Batter, return to the box!"

Two AA Umps watch the Saturday action. One of these pitchers hit the backstop twice with an 80+ mph heater before settling in. Not my inning, very fortch for meez.

"That's why I don't (ufffk) with the big Four-Oh" -- The Hill

"Hudson, what's the only better thing than a Forty?...Two Forties." -- Flynn, Greenville High School.

Picture of a picture of Huddy with Randy Marsh (crew chief) and Alfonso Marquez, both from the 2006 World Series crew.

That's right...Bud Selig signed my isht.

The whole flippin gaggle. In the second row you can see left-to-right Brian Gorman (who I think was Ump of the Year), Jerry Layne, Kerwin Danley (LA's own), Randy Marsh and Ted Barrett.
This is from the WS Game 1, thought I'd throw it in. It's the skip with a former Ump named Steve Palermo, who is now an umpire supervisor. He was disabled in 1991 after being shot in the back while coming to the aid of a robbery victim in Dallas. He had 13 years in the Majors under his belt at the time.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Mike Hudson's Punch Out

COMPTON, Calif. -- For the sake of all things awesome, 15 MLB umps took the time this off-season to spread the good word of baseball to 33 aspiring umpires.

One of these 33 had zero experience to go along with his lack of talent or good looks. And he is now happy to provide a brief insight into his time at MLB Umpire Camp.

-- Earl Weaver is missed greatly by all umpires. One guy personally ran him 13 times.
-- MLB Umps are some of the most cool-headed and professional folks you'll ever meet.
-- Umpiring is in many ways more difficult than playing. Especially in the two-man system.
-- MLB umps tend to be decent bowlers and have a million stories.
-- Tim McCarver would be welcomed with open arms into any umpire's home or extended-family.
-- One of these statements is a lie.
-- There are (literally) 2.6 million potential outcomes when a pitcher take the mound in baseball game.
-- Pro umps don't like being called "Blue."
-- When they turn to sneer at you after being called "blue" they really don't like you saying, "Game's out there, Blue!"
-- They even let me develop a third-strike call. (Happy to demonstrate anytime, anywhere.)
-- Yelling "Play Ball" to start an actual game is a top five experience.

Pics for your make pleasure to benefit:

UCLA legend Bill Miller and "Alabama" take in Saturday's scout team game at the Urban Academy "Show Field."

Our hero: Cadet Hudson, aka #40, gets ready to toss the next m'fer he sees.

Coming soon to the Big Leagues: Yuta, aka "The Machine" from Japan (right).

Coming soon to his bosses' offices to explain himself for some dammmm fool thing or another: Mike from Los Feliz (left).

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Where to Begin?

First, fresh news: Episode 4 of Hudson & Gaines is now online!


Now, first up in the recaps department: Mom and Joe and I had a great time during their visit last week. My insistence on continually visiting the Westside meant we got to spend lots of quality time sitting on the 101 and 110, but they were good sports about it. I think they'd agree the highlights were dinner at Culver City's Ford's Filling Station, where I laid waste to a pair of Kobe beef cheeks that sat on a bed of rad corn risotto, and a visit to Huntington Garden in San Marino. You've never seen more damn cacti in your life. Really amazing joint. Thanks for a great visit, 'rents!


As I alluded to earlier, the Weekly canned seven people in the editorial department recently. It's been awful to sit and watch it all play out. These are good, talented people. The company had various reasons for getting rid of them, none of which really satisfied anyone. Not only are we losing staff capacity (most of these were position eliminations), but we're losing lots of brain power. In the case of the news editor, it denotes some sort of change in philosophy for that department. I'm holding my breath on that one, because News is my favorite section to edit. The new editor could very well be a great hire, so I'll keep an open mind. But the guy they canned was my favorite editor in the joint.

As a student of the field, it's been highly instructive to work in this sort of merger environment during the past year. I hope it's the only time I experience something like it, but print media ain't looking to ramp up its payroll anytime soon. Look alive, y'all.


In more L.A. media news, the Times has fired its editor, Dean Baquet, after he refused to make the deep newsroom cuts the paper's Chicago-based owner, Tribune, has been seeking. This has quickly become a mess and, frankly, an embarrassment for the city. Actually, Chicago should be the one that's embarrassed. The Times could be improved, but paring its already trimmed staff to cover an incredibly large and complex cityscape like SoCal isn't the way to do it.

Newspapers just aren't good public-company properties. When the Times is running a 20 percent margin and it's still not good enough for its corporate owners, there's something fundamentally wrong with the situation. There are a handful of L.A. billionaires looking to buy either the paper or Tribune as a whole. I'm not so sure that's the panacea many Angelenos think it is, but getting that great paper out of the hands of bungling Tribune is at least a step in the right direction.


How 'bout them elections, huh? The two foreign-born statehouse rock stars, Arnie and Granholm, staged a pretty spectacular 12-month turnaround to score impressive wins. Everyone knew the House was going Dem, but the Senate majority now makes things really interesting.

Of course, no one should expect a liberal renaissance, seeing as

  • Most of the Dems who won did so as moderates or downright conservatives (Jim Webb's going to give his party fits, but thank goodness he won)
  • This talk of bipartisanship coming from Bush should end just about ... now
  • We only have two years till the next prez election, so expect lots of posturing and not much accomplishment
  • The Democrats will screw it up in a hot second if they overreach from their majority position, although there are signs Pelosi is going to put a lid on the party going subpoena crazy

The way this election went made me just all the more wistful for good old Mark Warner. His profile fits what this electorate wanted to a molecular level. Maybe the mood will change in two years, but a pol with executive (running a state and successful company) experience, Southern pedigree (based in Midwestern common sense!), and balls to challenge both parties simultaneously would likely have these voters eating out of his hand. Really, a huge lost opportunity for the party and country.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Ignore What It Says on My MySpace Page About Halloween Costumes

Because this one by Kate Cosgrove rocks the house.


Full report on the parental visit to follow. Fulfilling and meaningful times experienced by all!


The gents and I had a smashing recording session for Episode 4 of Hudson & Gaines. And we've introduced our first guest caller! (Who's a freaking hero for doing the call. Details to follow.)

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Parents Are in Town ...

... so please, L.A., no swearing or bad behavior.


All hell is breaking loose at the Weekly.


This might be the greatest TV news Web site headline ever.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Do Immigrants Park Poorly?

Sunday started ominously for me and my car. I have no clue what the above note is referring to. I wasn't blocking a driveway, nor was I in any way preventing the car in front of me from moving. I was parked pretty close to that car, but c'mon. Parking is at a premium in Los Feliz, and if you can't take big-city life, move to Rancho. Plus, how do immigrants park? Is this some stereotype I'm not aware of? I've asked a few friends out here, and none of them understood the note.

But I just laughed it off and set off for Elysian Park, near Dodger Stadium. It was a nice day and I had some open time, so a good walk seemed in order. And a good walk it was, for the most part. From the photos at my Flickr page, you can see Elysian is a grand city park, replete with rough urban edges. Just the way I like it.

Things slightly soured near the end of the walk, though, when a couple kids started throwing rocks at me. None of them hit me, but I wondered about the appropriate course of action if one of them had. It's not generally a good idea to run blindly into some bushes on the Eastside of L.A. You never know what'll be waiting for you. But if I just kept walking, I'd label myself a puss in a hot second. Luckily, my master dodging skillz allowed me to avoid the situation altogether.

But then things really started to suck when I got back to my car to find ... my battery was dead. Looong story short, the Muzios came to my rescue, which entailed pushing the Focus down Stadium in an attempt to push-start the car (oh, yeah, we couldn't get the hood opened either). When that didn't work, this guy named Art appeared and helped us push some more. No good. Art finally got the hood open, but the car wouldn't jump. Art, truly a cool guy, then called AAA for me, who jumped the car in no time. I made it back home, where Micah helpfully installed a new battery in the Focus.

And then we went out for Mexican. Art, I hope those Omaha Steaks get to you, man. You deserve them.