When I arrived at work today and walked into our offices, my senses were overcome with a fragrance. "What is that smell?" I thought. As it
turned out, it was carpet freshener. At least, I think that's what it was. It smelled like an after bath body powder that my mother wore back in
the 1970's. Remember that strong fragrance? It was somewhere between okay and overpowering perfume.
I thought my brain had recovered a little while ago. But, just now, I took another quick walk in the halls and it smells like apples. Not just any apples, but those lovely apples that smell like a really bad bathroom deodorizer. It's not quite
as bad as the Wild Cherry deodorizers that leave a cloud hanging over the restrooms at Costco. It's actually a notch better than that!
Don't get me wrong. I love many fragrances. But, as Doctor Laura once said (never thought I would be quoting her so often) "There's a time and a place for perfumes." Well, this isn't the place! Several of us who work the weekend shift are walking around the offices today starry eyed or with a headache. Why do certain smells have to be overwhelming to the senses?
I love the right fragrance. I once used a men's shaving cream that smelled so amazing. I thought if they bottled the fragrance alone, they could make millions of dollars from that. But, they didn't. Maybe, I should have bought the company.
Does anyone remember how Mandalay Bay smelled when they first opened the hotel in Las Vegas? It was amazing, but they took it away. Maybe, it was illegal. Maybe that fragrance made you gamble more money than you should. Still, I loved it and it was worth the sniff.
So, what is your favorite fragrance? A co-worker was wearing something the other day that I
enjoyed. So, I had to ask. "What's the name of your fragrance?" I asked. It's called "Love" was her quick reply. The rest of our ride in the elevator was silence with a smile. Make that two smiles.
It's the anniversary of the original Woodstock concert, which raises an interesting question. Have you ever gone to an event mainly becuase it was the inagugural event (1st time ever) for that happening?
I'll admit, I've done it. Although very young, I was in attendance at the first IndyCar race at the Ontario Motor Speedway. Hey, big deal. The place is completely gone now! But, the cars were fast.
I was also at in the stands ar Camden Yards during the first season for the Baltimore Orioles. Now, that was pretty cool.
Woodstock would have been fun, but my parents rarely let me leave California in those days. I took a bus trip once to Salinas and even that was a big deal.
Sporting events, rock concerts, Award Ceremonies, Red Carpet events and what other FIRSTS come to mind? If you were there, tell us about it on the KOST Facebook page that promoted this blog (or just make your comment below). Hey, everybody is allowed to brag once-in-a-while. Go for it!
My wife and I had dinner out last night. We went to a very well-known chain that specializes in large portions. So, when it came time for dessert, we were stuffed. We asked the waiter if we could take home the second-half of our meals. "Sure! Let me box those up for you," was his reply. He grabbed our two plates and headed somewhere. Soon, he was back with our food completely sealed and in a grocery bag. Nice job, except ...
One of our friends told us something interesting. She says it's against the law for restaurants to remove the food from your table and return with it prepared for home. Never heard that before. Does anyone know if that's true? At the same time, I've heard complaints about boxing it up at the table. One diner said, "They often treat my meal like it's trash, scrapping it into the box like it's garbage!" Well, I guess you can't please everyone.
Do you take leftovers home from a restaurant? Which take-home method do you prefer? And, isn't it nice when they throw in some extra bread or rolls as a bonus?
Farmers Markets are back and more popular than ever. Local growers sell fresh fruits and vegetables and, in many cases, other artists and craftsmen sell their items as well. Thanks to our KOST listeners, here's a short list of where they suggest that you shop:
All locations are subject to changes or closure without notice.
Mondays - Bellflower at Oak & Clark (9am-1pm).
Tuesdays - Huntington Beach (March-May 5-8pm), Wilson Park in Torrance (8am-1pm), Brea (Brea & Birch 4-8:30pm), Irvine (9a-1pm), Norwalk at Alondra & Pioneer (9am-1pm).
Wednesdays - Fullerton downtown (8am-1:30pm), Santa Monica at Arizona & 2nd (8:30am-1pm), San Juan Capistrano at El Camino & Yorba (3-7pm), Tustin at El Camino & 3rd (9am-1pm).
Thursdays - Fullerton downtown, Santa Fe Springs Towne Center, Anaheim at Center Street Promenade & Lemon (9am-1:30pm), OC Fairgrounds (9am-1pm), Orange American Legion Hall (2-6pm), Bellflower at Oak & Bellflower (6-9pm), Glendale on N. Brand (7:30am-1:30pm).
Fridays - Monrovia downtown (night), Long Beach, Covina downtown, Huntington Beach Pier (1-5pm), Ladera Ranch on Sienna Pwy. (8am-noon), Laguna Hills Mall (9am-1pm)
Saturdays - OC Fair Grounds, Sears parking lot at Buena Park Mall (9am-2pm), Old Town Yorba Linda (9am-1pm), Downey, The Americana Mall on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, 183rd Street in Cerritos (morning), Wilson Park in Torrance, Corona Del Mar (9am-1pm), Irvine Marketplace (9am-noon), Laguna Beach at Forest & Ocean (8am-noon), Dana Point at PCH and Golden Lantern (9am-1pm).
Sundays - OC Fairgrounds, Ojai downtown, Studio City, Mar Vista (morning), Garden Grove at Main & Garden Grove (10am-3pm), Laguna Niguel at Plaza de la Paz Shopping (9am-1pm).
We also have reports of markets in Whittier, La Verne and Rancho Cucamonga but no specifics were given. While there are additional locations, these are the ones most recommended by our listeners. If you know of other great locations in the L.A. and Orange County areas, let me know via the button for responses and comments. All locations are subject to changes or closure without notice.
Many of us grew up watching popular TV shows like "Highway to Heaven" or "Touched By an Angel" that may have prepared us for the inevitable. Now, comes this wild story in the news today.
"I think we've just witnessed an Angel" said one observer who worked for the New London Fire Department. The man and others had responded to a terrible head-on car crash on Route 19 near Center, Mo., reportedly caused by a drunk driver. A young 19 year-old girl was injured and her vital signs were dropping quickly until a man appeared out of nowhere (looking like a priest). He prayed for the girl and annointed her. He also made a statement to the firemen, "Now, your tools will work properly." Before the mysterious man showed up on the scene, the first responders could not make their tools work properly to extract the girl from the vehicle.
Before the human hero (or Angel) could be thanked, he disappeared. It's the strangest thing! Police had closed off a large area from the public and traffic. However, the man somehow made it past the yellow tape, the police and fireman and any other observers. Just as quickly, he was gone.
The girl is recovering in a local hospital, but one has to wonder. Human hero or Angel? We would like to think it was the latter, wouldn't we?
We were celebrating this morning with another new grand opening of a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor in northern California. That brings the total to seven or eight in our state and Hawaii. It wasn't that long ago that Farrell's totally disappeared, closing their doors to business and saying goodbye to ice cream fans. I know that my kids loved Farrell's in Orange and I received my orientation at the Farrell's in Portland, Oregon.
It got me to thinking. I'm glad that Farrell's is back again. Not only will it bring back memories, but it will give us a great place to celebrate family birthdays and other special occasions.
I wonder how many landmarks you remember from your past - places that you miss today. Remember Montgomery Wards? That's where I bought my first tape recorder. Now, cassettes are becoming a thing of the past. They say CDs is close behind. And, what about Tower Records, where many of us would hang out with friends and listen to music? It was also one of the few places to buy concert tickets before everyone bought them online.
Time marches on, but wouldn't it be fun to have a time machine and return to a favorite place or time in the past? I'd return to yesterday afternoon and buy a Powerball ticket with the winning numbers. How about you?
Can you recognize the difference between a fad and a trend? A fad is defined as any short-term event that quickly disappears. Meanwhile, a trend could become something that lasts and becomes even more popular into the future.
Unlike trends, a fad can come to a screeching halt without explanation. The use of a healthy juicer machine may be a fad, but the thought of eating more fruits and vegetables with each and every meal would be a trend. Yogurt makers and bread making machines were a fad, unless you still have (and constantly use) one.
It could be argued that fads last short periods of time. But, some fads hang on for months or even years before the big decline. The people who created Reality TV must have known that it would become a trend. Many of us continue to hope that it's only a fad. Time will tell.
Can you think of any fad from the past that you still miss? Don't be shy. If you have an answer, you can comment here (below) or list your idea on our Facebook page. And, if we do this right, it could become a trend!
There's big news this afternoon that Amazon is branching out. The web site devoted to music, movies, books, shoes and more is getting into the business of art. Amazon is planning to offer masterpieces that include works from artists like Claude Monet and others. Maybe, it's a sign the economy is turning around. But, what's next? Houses? I may be sorry that I mentioned that.
Do you think that pre-teen contestants on TV's Jeopardy should be required to spell their answers correctly? A recent contestant thinks he was cheated out of prize money for spelling a word incorrectly.
Eighth-grader Thomas Hurley III had the answer correct during last week's competition - The Emancipation Proclamation (the document in which Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery), but on his slate he spelled the word Emancipation wrong. So, the judges disqualified him.
"That's unfortunate," host Alex Trebek said. Meanwhile, hundreds of complaints have flooded into the game show office. Perhaps, we will see young Thomas on an upcoming show. Until then, he will spend hours repeating reliving the correct spelling of the word.