Thursday, August 31, 2017

Suicidal Threats Prompts Lockdown at Rail Ranch Elementary

Murrieta CA - At 1:32 p.m. Murrieta Police Officers responded to a call of suicidal threats involving a male with a handgun near Busman Road and Hunter Road. At 1:39 p.m. officers went on scene and placed Rail Ranch Elementary on lock down. Rail Ranch Elementary’s proximity to the call prompted this immediate lock down decision. Officers responded to the school as a pre-caution and remained with students and staff for the duration of the incident.

The call detailed that a despondent male adult in the area was likely armed with a handgun. Officers arrived in the area of Busman Road and Hunter Road within minutes, however, the male had left his residence on foot prior to officer arrival. A very large containment was established. Officers searched the Los Alamos Sports Park, surrounding streets, Saint Martha’s church and several canyons. Officers did not locate the subject during that search.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017



BSC, CA – Well Sports Fans, I was gonna title this story The Red Bag of Courage because that's what I'm packing, supplies for the weekend starting on Friday with my usual activist group and a Greasy Spoons show again at Ruby's. This is so fresh that I don't need to put a link for you. The Greasy Spoons are still trending. One listen and you'll know why.

And if you haven't guessed it, the Gem Faire is back at the Costa Mesa [OC] Fairgrounds which means it's time to catch up with the other activist cause leaders. Also the Gem Faire runs the weekend so that's why I'm packing my red travel bag. Calling the bag 'Courage' is a story for another time, as things unfold in the present. Details about the Gem Faire will follow after the jump.

But before we jump, please to remember that the Gem Faire weekend pass $7 per, allows you access to whatever event also being presented, a double-header, as it were. This time again it's the Flying Miz Daisy Vintage Market that's being held this weekend. Details of this fascinating collection of vintage vendors and food booths [products and eateries] concerning those hours are also after the jump.

Everyone should remember the Gem Faire.

August 25-27, 2017, OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa. Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Admission $7 weekend pass. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing while you shop. Free hourly door prizes. For more info, visit or call (503) 252-8300 or email


Flying Miz Daisy Vintage Market hours:

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday; 

          9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 

Greasy Spoons, Dreadful Bad, Ruby's [lounge], Orange Metrolink Train Depot, Friday, 6:30 doors, Free.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The R in Fire is Riverside

Smokey T. Bear Must Live Here -

BSC, CA – In the short time that I've lived in Riverside, I've been around more wildfires than my whole 23 years around Temecula. Here is a picture of the latest one from just a week ago.

By now it may have a name, if it was reported via mainstream media, including local mainstream media. Since I work outside those bonds of infotainment [Thank you, Homer Simpson] I can't say.

However, given the clues that I see around me, the only conclusion I can draw is – Smokey The Bear must live in R-Side. Make the jump as I state my case.

The fire a week ago was fairly close when I first observed it before hearing a slew of sirens.

The fire then galloped up the hill as I noticed something.

I didn't smell smoke. Then I recalled the other fires I have seen since arriving in Riverside.

A fire in April

The above pictures are of the Pedley fire, an area just outside Riverside to the north, when I traveled through the area after the fire. See this story for that coverage.

And now this fire of a week ago. Though people were out in front of their houses viewing the fire's progress and knockdown, the real blessing is the natural breeze flow through Riverside. Blowing in from the west, it blows any fire in our hills to the east, away from populated areas and neighborhoods.

So I got to thinking. If I were Smokey T. Bear, where would I want to live? Someplace close to the action but where I wouldn't expect to wake and find my cave ablaze, right?

But remember, if medical,

Monday, August 14, 2017



BSC, CA – It isn't often that you get to start a music show revue that sounds like a health inspection from Hugo of Bob's Burgers but everything happens for a reason, so by the end of my story you will know why if things weren't dreadful, there would be no greasy spoons, and that would be a shame for mandolin lovers.

You see, Sports Fans, of the five musicians playing this evening, four of them play together as the Dreadful Bad. The two elder band members, frontman Joel Morse [banjo] and Dave Ellner [guitar] were responsible for Greasy Spoons members Brian and Sean getting hooked on the Americana genre in the first place.

Somehow it seemed like you were transported back by an era or two, listening to a style of music that is all acoustic when talent, not feedback, was king. All this and being surrounded by old railroad photos in a station built when rail was king, made for the perfect setting to see/hear traditional music descended from Ireland.

In the city so named, a single ripe fruit grouping signaled freshness awaited us.

My train pulled in from the beach. It was time to work, hah.

 Ruby's is set inside a grand old structure whose interior features a full service restaurant on one side,

And a full service lounge with a back area for more seating, on the other. The lounge was the venue.

In a perfect corner, the Dreadful Bad pitched their musical tent, as it were, and I garnered a front row seat [witness the Stella at 3 o'clock].

After a sound check by Kyle, the third Greasy Spoon, and the Streamliner Lounge filling in with friends, fams, and fans, the Dreadful Bad opened.

Then out came the sweatband to cheers from the crowd and the Bad got badder. Between songs, Joel gave a little exposition about the song next up.

Then after a short break, Kyle Riley, below middle guitar, joined Sean Pullin, above stand-up bass, and Brian King, singer/songwriter, above mandolin, below guitar, to start and I got treated to a wonderful moment in a band's life. But first, the Greasy Spoons rocked it.

Brian and Sean playing with their mentors just seemed warmed up. Joined by Kyle, the Greasy Spoons took the stage area and owned it. Sean treats his bass like a ballet partner, a lot different from a Ska or rockabilly player.

You can't say enough about the versatility of having two different vocal leads and a backup.

But the bottom line is always the musicianship on the instruments. If the fingers of the Greasy Spoons look blurry, it isn't because my camera is cheap [although it is], it is because these guys put in the time and effort [with their talent] to become masters at their craft; a tribute to singers and lovers of beauty everywhere.

For me I got to hear some of my faves off Stealin' The Show, like Lazy Days, Hangman, and Dancin' With a Stranger, see two generations perform together, plus witness a young woman's eyes sparkle as she watched her boyfriend play mandolin on his toes, and I got to hear something I call a transition.

When the Greasy Spoons walked into Ruby's I am sure they considered themselves to be strictly Americana in genre, but within the new material that I heard [possibly from the new album], I feel the band is moving to its own 'sweet spot' of unique identity past genre. Awesome!

The boys are back, both generations, same Bat time, same Bat place [Ruby's], August 24th.