Thursday, February 26, 2009

This summer we will be going to Zion

And it is going to be sweet! I cant wait to hike the trails and enjoy the beauty of the area. We will have a day or two when we are there, until then here is a nice picture from our last visit in November of 2008.

Many cool photos to come

Here is a pic of my wife and daughter at the 'Big Well' in Greensburg Kansas. You can see that tornadoes are no joke! The destruction was amazing, ill be posting more pics and videos soon.

Veggie Stir Fried Rice - quick and tasty! Vegetarian | Vegan

Veggie / Vegan Stir Fried Rice

2 C cooked rice (cooked with ¼ C soy sauce)
2 eggs worth of egg veggie replacer
2 Tbsp green peas
1/2 C smoked tofu, diced small
1 Tbsp green onions, chopped
1 tsp salt
4 Tbsp cooking oil

1. Heat wok and add 4 Tbsp oil. Pour fake eggs in and stir fry until well scrambled.

2. Put rice in, lower the temperature and stir until well cooked. Add tofu, green peas, green onion and salt to the rice. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed before placing the rice on a platter and serving.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Temecula Murder: Elizabeth 'Bipsy' Amirian killed, Mickey Wagstaff arrested for homicide

Temecula, California - According to police, on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at about 1:08 pm, a sergeant from the Temecula Police Department was on patrol at the Promenade Mall. The sergeant observed a Toyota mini van parked in the 3rd level of the East Parking Structure. He observed an assault within the mini van where a male adult was stabbing a female. 

The officer called for back up and immediately ordered the suspect out of the vehicle. The suspect did not comply with the orders. A back-up patrol car arrived and the assisting officer began to break out the rear window to the mini van. The suspect did not comply with the commands given. Officers deployed their taser and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. 

The officers rendered first aid and called for medical assistance from the fire department. The female, later identified as 27 year old Elizabeth ‘Bipsy’ Amirian of Temecula, died at the scene. The suspect in this homicide has been identified as Mickey David Beauchamp Wagstaff, a White male adult, 25 years of Pala, California. Mr Wagstaff was taken to a local hospital after his arrest for unspecified injuries. 

Investigators from the Temecula Police Department and Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit arrived and assumed the crime scene. ABC 7 reported from the scene live and according to CBS 2, the suspect was transported to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta. Investigators believe this incident is domestic violence related. 

Bipsy was known by many in the local Temecula Valley Music and Arts Scene, and had performed at many popular events like the City of Temecula’s Harveston music series in August and the Temecula Music Fest in May. She played many times at the old Java Joz Open Mic Night, joining in on jam sessions with her trademark ‘mouth trumpet’ and amazing vocals. She also worked there at Java Joz many late nights making mochas. 

Bipsy was in the process of working on a CD, having spoke to her recently at a coffee shop, she had told me that she looked forward to performing again. She was an enormous talent as seen in the videos above. As we get more information about this crime and her services, we will post updates. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3300.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Awesome Rainbow shines thru the rain on Hwy 60 in Ontario California

Please enjoy this beautiful rainbow I saw on Friday February 6 2009 while traveling west towards LA.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Politics and Food: Murrieta Republicans dine in Temecula and spit rocks at Quarry Opponents

Temecula, California - This email report was sent over from Nick Biddle, who is an SOS member and very clearly against the proposed Liberty Quarry. Below is his report from a meeting of the Murrieta Republicans that was held at Pat and Oscars in Temecula. I know that is weird, why not eat in Murrieta - right? Well, based on Nick's account, this was a spicy meal; read on:
"1.***Be sure to read today's two quarry articles in today's Californian, pg. D5.
Fred Bartz's stunning revelation about the relationship between Granite's Karie Reuther and Sen. Denis Hollingsworth is a bombshell.
The other is a Granite-planted stooge who says the five wealthy absentee landowners at the quarry site, who stand to make millions from Liberty Quarry's rent to them, take precedence over the 250,000 local residents of Temecula, Fallbrook, and Murrieta.

2. I'm being urged to write up the Friday Pat & Oscar's Murrieta Republican dinner to all the newspapers. I probably will, but first, here's a "heads up":
Friday night was pleasant until the very end.
Then it got very ugly.

.good food
.good company (packed room)
.young men, one only 17 years old, who are staunch Republicans, like me, (I'm a Charter-Sustaining Member of the RNC since 1972), made me very optimistic for the future of the Republican party. The 17 year old gave an excellent, impassioned speech about why he's a Republican.

Very ugly:
I politely tried to ask Sen. Denis Hollingsworth, the speaker, a question at the end. I was dressed in an expensive sport jacket, and tassle loafers, classic Republican stuff, not bright orange as many of my fellow SOS people, who I hang out with, wore. Yet he ignored me, and scurried quickly out the back door even as I asked him more loudly if I might ask one question. I then quietly asked the people running the meeting with the mikes if I might briefly address my fellow Republicans. A large, burly guy then ordered me off the premises (the restaurant's, not his) and and another even burlier guy followed me out to the parking lot to announce he was calling a "black and white car" (cops) for disturbing the peace, which he in fact was doing by shouting.
I believe Murrieta Republican Party's Adele Harrison who took my dinner reservation on 1/29, gave them a "heads up" about me and all the SOS people who also came, but who politely never spoke, by the way. She had suspiciously asked me then why I wanted to come. I replied because I was a faithful RNC member since '72, even voting for Richard Nixon in '68, and also wanted to ask Sen. Hollingsworth about his support for Granite. She then went ballistic on learning I was for Temecula annexating the quarry site, and loudly called me an elitist snob nutcase, shouting me down.

3. There's a "back story" here, as they say in Washington:
What is it with this local embarrassing, rogue Republican bozo Murrieta group that they have so totally swallowed the Granite Koolaid? They are ferocious bordering on violent, to any dissent from Granite's agenda. Someone needs to do some forensic investigating. What's the money trail, for openers? We know Granite is VERY rich ($3bil. sales). Not good.
The 2d burly thug followed me outside to the parking lot, stood 2" from my face screaming that he's a cop and might now arrest me. I mockingly put my hands up over my head, but at 68 years old I'm not easily intimidated, so I shouted even louder that I am more Conservative than he is, and that he should be ashamed of himself for advocating selling our beautiful Temecula down the river for Granite's profit.

I then drove home.

Stay tuned.
The plot seems to be thickening, a bit, no?

Nick Biddle,

Monday, February 2, 2009

Recipes from your travels to have at home

California Pizza Kitchen Broccoli and Sun−Dried Tomato Fusilli

1 pound dry fusilli pasta
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
About 12 oil−packed sun−dried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
1 quart blanched broccoli florets, drained (bite−size pieces)
1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese (reserve 1/4 cup for garnish)

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until
al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large non−stick frying pan over high heat.
Add salt and garlic; when the garlic just begins to brown, add
thyme and sun−dried tomatoes. Toss and add broccoli. When broccoli
is heated through, add drained pasta (if pan is not large enough,
combine in a large mixing bowl while ingredients are hot).

Add 1 cup Parmesan cheese to all, sprinkling and stirring to mix.
Serve in warm bowls with a fresh dusting of Parmesan cheese.