Drive-In Movie Nostalgia

Today I walked past the old Starlite Drive-in movie theatre site in South El Monte, California which is now a weekend swap meet of all things. The Starlite opened in 1950 and had an 860 car capacity but by 1997 the screen was torn down and its movie days were over. It got me thinking about…

2014: From a Music Drought to a Rocking Year

Happy New Year! Reflecting back on 2014, it was a rare year for me. Despite travelling a fair bit I never actually left the United States (I re-explored a number of states and got as far as Alaska to tick off all 50 US states). It has been many years since I stayed in only one country for…

Lizzy Borden – 30 Years of American Metal Tour 2013

I got to go back in time somewhat this week. The setting could have been 1985. On Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California hanging out in the famed bars and clubs of the strip such as The Rainbow Bar & Grill (alas no Lemmy) and Whisky a Go Go. These were the epicentre of LA metal back in the…

Space Shuttle Endeavour – California Science Centre

I arrived back in Los Angeles yesterday for the first time since September 2012 and just had to head back out to the California Science Centre to see the new and impressive addition to their air and space exhibits –  Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle OV-105). Endeavour was first launched in 1992 and completed her last space flight in May 2011. Interestingly…

Santa Monica – Get your kicks at the end of Route 66

Depending on your perspective, the historic Route 66 across America either stops or starts at the edge of the classic and expansive golden beach in Santa Monica, California. This is my favourite place to stay whenever I am in Los Angeles as it is not only a nice place where you can enjoy the sun and…

Tyrannosaurus Rex the “Tyrant Lizard King”

The Tyrannosaurus Rex ruled the forested valleys of North America around 65-70 million years ago (until the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction which coincided with the impact of the Chicxulub asteroid which left a 180 kilometre / 111 mile wide crater that was discovered beneath the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico during the 1970’s). In Greek Tyrannosaurus means “Tyrant Lizard” and Rex means “King“. Although…

California Science Centre – From the Sea to the Skies

The California Science Centre is a great place to visit when in Los Angeles and admission is free (except for special exhibitions). You can see exhibits on scientific achievements from inventions to air and space technology); discover the world of life and how people, animals and plants survive; then delve into the ecosystems of the world. The latter is…

Seattle, Washington….my new home

Epic Journey When I left Orlando, Florida on May 11th, 2011 the flight with transfers was meant to take about 8 hours to cross the country and arrive in Seattle, Washington…..mother nature had other ideas! The United States has been hit by crazy weather this year – never ending snowstorms in some parts, fires and flooding…