Monday, January 29, 2018

Grammys 2018 recap

Great show, a little something for everyone. 

I really liked Kendrick Lamar performance, Elton John and Miley Cyrus were great. Not sure why Ed Sheeran won, that is bs, and I even like some of his stuff. LogicKhalid and Alessia Cara were fantastic. I thought Kesha and group did a good job. SAM SMITH was awful, but I don't care for his voice at all. I hope that Cardi B goes away soon, not a fan; that said Bruno Mars did a great job doing the 'Bruno Mars throwback jam' that is the thing at the moment. 

P!nk was ok, I usually like her performances more. Patti Lupone was fantastic. Lady Gaga was solid. Sting and Shaggy was just bleh, and I feel nice by saying that. I like that Little Big Town song, but the performance was off somehow. U2 was ok for a few frozen guys on a barge in the hudson. They looked like 4 guys wishing they were performing in LA on sunset instead. DJ Khaled seriously needs to STFU and let the singers/rappers do their thing. 

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee did a good job with a song everyone has already heard too many times, I'm glad Justin Bieber wasn't there. Childish Gambino did a good job. SZA was good, I'm not fully on board with her yet, some of her songs are 'eh' IMHO. Chris Stapleton is bad-ass. Jon Batiste & Gary Clark Jr were good, but a bit subtle for me. Unfortunately my recording glitched and I missed Brothers OsborneMaren Morris & Eric Church live. Just watched it, Brothers and Maren are great.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cremains of the Day - A Book Review


After divorcing her high society husband, Tallulah Graver turned her party invites into cleaning invoices.  Forced to live in the apartment above her parents’ mortuary and struggling to make ends meet after years of living the high life, Tallie thought her life had hit rock bottom.  That is until she finds her ex-husband in the alley after taking some volts to his nether region for which she is now the prime subject.  Add to that a dead former frenemy and current house cleaning client, Tallie is in some serious hot water. 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Riverside County California Calendar of Events

Festival of Lights   Through Jan. 6
A free, six-week-long holiday extravaganza featuring one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections. 200 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers; appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, elf tuck-ins, freshly fallen snow, elaborately decorated Christmas trees; and delectable holiday confections at the famous Casey’s Cupcakes, among other festive offerings. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
Contact: www.riversideca.gov/fol

Garth Guy (Garth Brooks Tribute)   Jan. 4
Stemming from an admiration of Garth Brooks’ immense talent and love of his music, Dean Simmons creates an electrifying concert experience paying tribute to this beloved modern country music icon. Endorsed by Garth Brooks himself, he will have you doing a double take as you witness the remarkable resemblance.
Time/Place: 8-10pm / Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Contact: 866-653-8696 / www.temeculatheater.org

The Dustbowl Revival   Jan. 5
Based in Venice, California, The Dustbowl Revival merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war, blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely blends Dixieland jazz, Delta blues, New Orleans swing, and East Coast bluegrass.
Time/Place: 8-10pm / Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Contact: 866-653-8696 / www.temeculatheater.org

YESplace Murder Mystery Dinner   Jan. 5
The YESplace (Young Entrepreneur Success place) is a non-profit organization in Murrieta that helps youth aged 12-25 start businesses through seminars, mentoring, and radio and television shows. In order to promote our organization and have the chance to highlight local businesses we will be hosting a monthly Murder Mystery Dinner!
Time/Place: 7-10pm / Murrieta Innovation Center (YESplace): 26442 Beckman Court
Contact: 951-265-4295 / www.murdermysterymeal.com

Rat Pack: 102 Years of Sinatra   Jan. 7
The swinging, sultry sounds of Sinatra are back with this ultimate Frank Sinatra Birthday Roast and Rat Pack Tribute Show starring Nick D’Egidio as Frank Sinatra, Alfredo Miller as Sammy Davis Jr., and Johnny Edwards as your host Dean Martin. Get ready for the best in flashback entertainment as the All Star Big Band teams up with the Dry Martini Orchestra to bring you this classic Rat Pack event.
Time/Place: 2-4pm / Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Contact: 866-653-8696 / www.temeculatheater.org

Menifee Fire Station #7 Grand Opening   Jan. 10
Menifee’s first City-owned and built fire station. The City of Menifee, Riverside County and CalFire officials will make a brief presentation to commemorate the new Station 7.
Time/Place: 11:30am / Corner of Cerry Hills Blvd. and Bradley Rd.
Contact: 951-672-6777 / www.cityofmenifee.us

Little Women   Jan. 11-21
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott and featuring score by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein, this timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Contact: 866-653-8696 / www.temeculatheater.org

Meet and Greet Wine & Cheese Membership   Jan. 17
Ever wondered what happens at the Riverside Woman’s Club? How does your passion fit into the club’s programs? Want to know how you can be involved? Please join us and learn more about all the activities and projects that are going on at our club. Come check us out, enjoy free refreshments and meet our members.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / Riverside Woman’s Club: 4092 Tenth Street
Contact: 951-237-8347 / www.riversidewomansclub.com

Murrieta Mega Mixer   Jan. 18
SAVE THE DATE for one of the BIGGEST Networking Events in our area!
Time/Place: 3:30-7:30pm / Murrieta Spectrum: 25125 Madison Ave, #105
Contact: 951-672-1991 / www.menifeevalleychamber.com

Moreno Valley Chamber Installation and Awards Banquet   Jan. 19
Join us as we install our 2018 Board of Directors, honor our 2018 Citizen of the Year and announce the winners of the Business and Organization of the Year awards.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / March Field Air Museum
Contact: 951-697-4404 / www.movalchamber.org

Golden Dragon VIP Gala   Jan. 20
The Asian Pacific Cultural Association, invites you to our Seventh Annual Lunar Fest Golden Dragon VIP Gala and Fundraiser. We will transport you to a setting of the ancient orient, with a Traditional 12 Course Wedding Style Banquet, complete with Eclectic International Flavors and Live Entertainment representing some of our Sister Cities in Asia. Special Guest Speaker, APCA’s Prestigious International Humanitarian Award Recipient, Live and Silent Auctions, Wine Auctions, Cultural Entertainment and more. Come partake in this evening of Cultural Traditions, Asian Cuisine, Fashion, and Fun.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / The Showcase: 3635 Market Street, Riverside
Contact: 951-453-3548 / www.APCAsocal.org

Snow Day in Perris   Jan. 20
Come and enjoy the coolest event in town where kids can play in the snow, make a snow man, and go sledding. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. Please dress warmly so you can enjoy the festivity.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Foss Field Park: 138 N. Perris Blvd.
Contact: 951-943-6100 / www.cityofperris.org

Writer’s Expo   Jan. 20
Author readings, books for sale and book signings. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Moreno Valley Public Library
Contact: 951-413-3880 / www.moval.org

Ranch Trail Clinic & Cowboy Dressage   Jan. 20
Cowboy Way Cafe will be serving breakfast and lunch. Mane Attraction Drill Team will perform during the lunch break at noon.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / The Ranch @ SilverLakes: 5555 Hamner Ave., Norco
Contact: 951-258-9711 / www.silverlakespark.com/ranch

Riverside County Homeless Count   Jan. 23
500 volunteers are needed to count and survey homeless persons living on the streets within their communities. Volunteers must attend a training session where they will receive instructions on conducting the count and on important safety guidelines. Information collected from the count and survey is required to continue receiving federal funding for homeless programs, to develop strategies to end homelessness, and to help homeless children and families who are in need.
Time/Place: 5:30-9:30am / Streets of Riverside
Contact: 951-358-3844 / www.RiversideHomelessCounts.com

Rock the Oaks 2018   Jan. 26
A Benefit for the Arts & Autism Programs. Rock the Oaks is a LIVE upbeat music show sprinkled with today’s pop, country, classic rock, gospel and Broadway performances by some of the Valley’s hottest talent!
Time/Place: 7-9pm / The Bridge Church: 38801 Calistoga Drive Murrieta
Contact: 951-677-5599 / www.oakgrovecenter.org

APCA Lunar Fest of SoCal   Jan. 27
Visitors to Downtown Riverside will be transported to the beauty of the magnificent Ancient Orient, beginning with a Spectacular Parade of Nations at 10 am, Opening ceremonies at 10:45 am, then Traditional Asian Music, Taiko Drums, Dance Performances, Art Exhibits and Day-Long Demonstration of Martial Arts, Anime Cosplayers and a range of Asian Cultural displays of various kinds conducted by community and professional groups alike on our three separate stages throughout the day.
Time/Place: 10am-9pm / Downtown Riverside
Contact: 951-453-3548 / www.APCAsocal.org

Amateur MMA Tryouts   Jan. 27
Our top MMA stars and the elite coaches who train them will be hosting an open tryout to spot new talent.  Bring your A game and be ready to show off your striking, grappling, overall fitness, and heart to withstand trial.  Please bring your gloves, shin pads, mouth guard, and friends.  We will have current MMA stars in attendance to meet and take photos with. There will also be a photographer and vendors. 
Time/Place: 1pm / Dan Henderson’s Athletic Fitness Center: 27901 Jefferson Ave., Temecula
Contact: 951-506-7776 / https://dhathleticfitcenter.com

Temecula Valley Annual Barrel Tasting Event   Jan. 27-28
Enjoy unfinished barrel and tank wine samples, as well as finished and newly released wines, at this once-a-year barrel tasting event. Wineries will perfectly pair delectable food samplings with their wines. Choose a single-day ticket to experience visits up to 18 wineries or double your fun with a two-day ticket and enjoy up to 36 wineries! Your ticket includes a one-time visit at each winery and wine and food samplings. You choose which wineries to visit at your own leisurely pace.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Temecula Valley Wineries
Contact: 951-699-3626 / www.temeculawines.org

Taste of the Valley and Business Expo   Jan. 29
Sample food from local restaurants, entertainment and business displays. No admission fee.
Time/Place: 3-6:30pm / Golden Village Palms RV Resort: 3600 West Florida Avenue, Hemet
Contact: 951-658-3211 / www.hsjvc.com

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear San Jacinto City Council - legalize it!

This is a copy of the letter I sent to the city manager and council members about this issue.
-Bill

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Dear San Jacinto Mayor Miller and esteemed City Council members,

I write to you today in support of San Jacinto allowing for expanded marijuana stores and testing facilities. As you are likely aware, tens of thousands of city residents and guests already use marijuana. None of that will change at all by dis-allowing stores and testing facilities in San Jacinto. In fact, much of the police resources that are spent on marijuana related issues and enforcement would then be better used against the gangs and other criminal elements in the city. Voting to allow dispensaries and testing facilities will not only align the city with what the states' voters have already passed, but it will allow San Jacinto to become a city looking toward a future - instead of reacting to the past. 

Aside for the obvious money that will come in to the city via sales taxes from stores and testing facilities, you allowing these places to have proper legal standing will undoubtedly increase home values. San Jacinto will become a popular place, very quickly. This will also help many families who are still slightly 'under water' with mortgages they signed in the mid-2000's. 

Additionally, I know there are many people in San Jacinto who wish to keep the rural aspect of the valley. I believe that not only will housing values go up - but the land will also become more valuable as raw farming land due to San Jacinto having a great climate for growing. By the farming land becoming valuable as actual farm land as opposed to most valuable as developed into housing tracts, this could very well help preserve the farming heritage that local residents have enjoyed for over 100 years. 

I thank you for your time,

William 'Bill' Gould
Resident, SW Riverside County
Local Business Owner