Posts filed under “Weekend”

Take It Easy: So Long, Summer 2014

The sun is out, the surf is up and it’s a beautiful Southern California day.

That’s right, we might be plagued by earthquakes and gridlock, but when the elements align, which is nearly every day, when you get behind the wheel and crank up the radio, you feel like a million bucks.

So I just went for an MRI at Kerlan-Jobe, for a hip injury that occurred skiing the ice two and a half years ago, I’m wondering what is causing the pain at this late date, and after lying in the tube for forty five minutes running every sexual fantasy possible through my brain to avoid concentrating on the fact that my ankles were Velcroed and my knee hurt I emerged into the sunlight to “Take It Easy” on the satellite.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the last week of August. Used to be school was taboo. That week was taken up with recovering from summer exploits, before classes resumed after Labor Day. I’d come home from New Hampshire or Europe and immediately drive to Korvette’s to buy the latest albums, to catch up on what I missed when I was away.

And that’s where and when I bought the Eagles’ debut.

But it wasn’t only that, but Sly & the Family Stone’s “Fresh,” and a bunch of other records that I’d spin incessantly my first few weeks back at college in Vermont, where before you knew it, you were in the doldrums of November.

But it’s different out here. The doldrums never appear. It rarely rains on your parade. And with no one asking where you went to college, never mind what you scored on your SATs, you’re free. And that’s what I love so much about SoCal, the right to be me, to live with a lawn and a car in a city where you may be unable to park, but at least you don’t feel closed in.

So the world is blowing up, people’s rights are being challenged, opportunity is rare, yet when you emerge from your house into the SoCal sunniness you can’t help but smile and be optimistic.

Never underestimate the weather.

Yes, it’s weird how the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. It’s like we’re beginning a four month run to Christmas, soon we’ll all be in front of the fire sipping hot cocoa.

But not me!

It’s the time of year when the Doors’ “Summer’s Almost Gone” goes through my brain.

It’s the time of year when the boys of summer make their last pilgrimage to Malibu, before everybody hunkers down and gets serious.

And it’s the time of year when “Maggie May” no longer resonates. Yup, for decades I was haunted by Rod Stewart’s refrain that it was late September and I really should be back in school. But no more!

You see I’ve broken free. I am who I am, the story cannot be rewritten. And whether I’m happy with what’s inscribed in the book of life or not there’s nothing I can do about it other than put on my sunglasses, slide back the sunroof and turn up the radio.

So, so long summer 2014. It was hotter than usual in my house without air conditioning but I won’t be worrying about it for long.

So long hot summer nights where I could bask in sunlight ’til nearly nine.

And so long to the pressure to find a song of the summer, to make the most of the few months off.

Because in the modern world you’re never off, you’re on all the time, tethered to your devices, working to stay ahead of the man.

But the truth is I’m on an endless vacation. I listened to Jan & Dean, I got the memo, I came out west to live the Beach Boys’ lifestyle and found out…



Category: Think Tank, Weekend

St. Vincent starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy

St. Vincent

Category: Film, Weekend

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

From the Wall Street Journal: Base price: $99,000 Price, as tested: $104,975 Powertrain: Front-mounted supercharged 5.0-liter, DOHC 32-valve, direct-injection V8 with variable cam phasing and active exhaust; eight-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive with electronic limited-slip differential. Horsepower/torque: 550 hp at 6,500 rpm/502 pound-feet at 2,500-5,500 rpm Length/weight: 176.0 inches/3,638 pounds Wheelbase: 103.2 inches 0-60 mph: <4 seconds EPA fuel economy: 16/23/18 mpg, city/highway/combined…Read More

Category: Weekend

Top 10 Improvised Scenes in Movie History

THE LIST Bridesmaids (2011) A lot of this movie was the talented comedic actresses in the cast going off book, but Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s “Air Marshall” exchange takes the cake. Apocalypse Now (1979) Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

Why Things Don’t Last

1. Channel Overload Used to be there were 5,000 albums a year and only a few got on the radio and if you didn’t get airplay or press, you were doomed. Now there are a zillion products, all easily promoted online, and unless your friend verifies quality and interest or a track becomes a phenomenon,…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank, Weekend

For the first time in recent history, a post-War car has won the coveted ‘Best of Show’ at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was also the first time in the 64-year history of the event that a Ferrari was named ‘Best In Show.’

The winning Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti belongs to collector former Microsoft President (and current board member) Jon Shirley. He has previously won at Pebble Beach with ahis Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Touring Coupé in 2008.

The 375 MM is one of only five of its kind still on the road, despite having been raced in competitions. The original Spyder built by Pininfarina was in a severe accident. Carrozzeria Scaglietti constructed the form seen below some years ago on the original frame.

Spectacular automobile:

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Category: Weekend

Auction: $38 Million Ferrari 250 GTO

A Ferrari 250 GTO becomes the most expensive car ever sold at an auction at a sale in Pebble Beach, California. Aug. 14, 2014

Category: Investing, Weekend

Hitchcock’s Cameos. All of them.

From each of the following: The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Blackmail (1929), Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca (1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941), Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943),…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

Porsche Museum & Its Secret Prototype Warehouse

Join CAR magazine on a tour inside Porsche’s secret prototype warehouse in Germany. It’s a treasure trove of secret prototypes, weird mules and mutated Porsche testbeds.

Category: Weekend

RIP Robin Williams – Weapons of Self Destruction

Weapons of Self Destruction was the name of his last HBO special. So brilliant, funny . . . and sad.   Robin Williams stand up comedy live from Washington   HBO: Robin Williams – comedian, writer and Academy Award-winning actor – returned to HBO for his first solo TV concert since 2002. The show was…Read More

Category: Humor, Weekend