Category Archives: LA 2018

LA Trip 2018: Mission Bar & Grill at SFO

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During my brief LA trip on August 20 and 21, I had a brief stop at San Francisco International Airport.

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Feeling hungry, I stopped by Mission Bar & Grill inside the airport to have a late lunch before boarding my next flight home to Vancouver.

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I decided to have their Fried Calamari along with an orange juice. It was 2:30 pm at the time, and fairly busy – but I didn’t have to wait long for the food to arrive. (In fact, based on the time stamps on the photos I took, the calamari took less than 10 minutes to come to my table.)

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The calamari came with some excellent dipping sauce. I enjoyed it – it was awesome.

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The staff was friendly and professional – exactly what you would expect in an establishment at a busy international airport. Not a fancy meal, but I would say everything was great. Awesome experience.

Chatting 1988 Dodgers book on AM590 The Answer with GabeRealSports

I had the opportunity recently to speak with GabeRealSports on his weekly show, The Sports Corner, on AM590 The Answer (radio home of the LA Rams).

Something to be very proud of…

I’ve had several people tell me that I did a fantastic job writing The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season. They tell me I should be proud of myself.

And I should be.

There were a lot of odds against me, but I persevered and “hit a home run,” just to use a baseball expression.

First of all, I am based in Vancouver, Canada, and I had full-time commitments to my teaching jobs. I conducted just one interview in person, and that was only because the ex-player (Franklin Stubbs) just happened to be in town as a coach for a series against Vancouver’s Single-A baseball team.

Second, there were so many negative people around me. I succeeded in blocking them out. With people whom I know, I tend to be friendly with them. Yet, quite a few get hostile if they disagree with the direction I’m taking in my own life. That’s life, I suppose. But having so much negativity around you can suck the energy out of you. I chose to block them out. Believe me, it’s hard. There were some who said “So what?” (ie. who the hell cares?) when I explained that I was writing this book because it was the 30th anniversary of the last Dodgers championship. There were others who scoffed, saying in a condescending manner, “How much money can you make from this?” All sorts of negativity…

Third, there’s also timing. With my full-time teaching life – and no vacation at all during that time – I had very little time to commit to writing. But I made it work. I also had a short time frame because I wanted to have this book published by 2018 – meaning I had to scramble for potential publishers, write up proposals to be sent out, and make sure that ultimately the finished product would be done by October 2017 just to have it ready to be published by 2018! There was also scrambling to get photos for the book, and so on.

Overall, I’m proud to have this book out. I hope that members of the 1988 Dodgers are proud too.

Chatting ’88 Dodgers on TSN1040

I had the opportunity to talk about my 1988 Dodgers book, The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season, on TSN1040 back on August 23rd. Here’s the link to it.

LA Trip 2018: Day 1 (August 20th)

LA Trip 2018: Day 1 of a two-day trip to Los Angeles, California, to be a guest at the Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic, an event to raise money for cancer research for City of Hope.

Okay, here’s the beginning of my trip.

We can call this “Sleepless at YVR”… Lots of other people were at the Vancouver International Airport overnight, like myself, for their early flights on Monday morning, August 20th.

But while most of them were able to nap peacefully, I was unable to fall asleep. So, Sleepless at YVR it is…

Vancouver International Airport (YVR), around 3:30 a.m. Sleepless…

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My flight was for 6 a.m., and going through the line for your bags to be inspected was a pain in the ass. Those people were rude (more so than the ones I encountered in LA). Plain rude. But it is what it is. I guess those people were just annoying. Fortunately, that was a very small part of the journey and did not define it.

7:05 a.m. Instead of watching a movie during the three-hour flight, I decided to have the following on my screen during the entire time:

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8:19 a.m. In flight… less than an hour before the plane was to land!

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The 9:00 a.m. hour in Los Angeles, California. While the “estimated arrival time” shown on the screen said 8:30-ish, the plane was actually scheduled to land in Los Angeles at 9:05 a.m. … and it did. Unfortunately, according to the announcement by the pilot, there was plane congestion because of other planes not moving out of the way. That meant we were stuck on that plane for nearly an extra hour before we could get off. Surprisingly, nobody made a fuss.

10:05 a.m. Ahhhh… it was 10 a.m. and I was outside LAX. The best part about travelling (for me, anyway, on this particular trip) is you’re not in any rush to get anywhere. Sure, you have to get to the airport early to ensure you don’t miss your flight, etc., but it’s a Monday, a workday, a workday morning, everyone’s rushing to go someplace… but not me.

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I did want to arrive at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, CA, as early as I could… but I mean, it was only 10 a.m. and I was in no rush. Even if I arrived at noon, it would be okay. I mean, I could get used to this type of leisurely schedule!

The 10:00 a.m. hour. Getting from LAX to my hotel in Glendale… now, going from the airport to the hotel was a long trip, but at least the place I was staying at was minutes away from the country club. Yes, I know I could have taken a flight to the Bob Hope Airport, but none of those flights worked out for me time-wise.

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Anyway, getting to Glendale meant riding through downtown LA, and on the way I saw Staples Center, the LA Coliseum, the convention center, etc. Plus, what looked like the ABC-TV building, neat-looking buildings, and some other views…

Since I was in LA for only two days – there’s something called “work” that I had to get back to by Wednesday, as I wasn’t allowed to take more days off – it wasn’t a sight-seeing visit. So, there weren’t a lot of photos for sight-seeing or views.

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11:43 a.m. After checking into the hotel (Days Inn Glendale), I took a shower, etc., and then headed out to the country club. It took nearly an hour by car.

Reception gave me the directions to find the participants for the Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic, and within minutes I was out there watching the golfers do their thing to help raise money for cancer research for the City of Hope.

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12:00 p.m. LA TV/radio personality Fred Roggin and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete on location (along with their producer and staff) to get set up for – and ready to begin – their 12-2pm show on AM570…

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12:45 p.m. DodgersNation, along with West Coast Multimedia, was on hand too for the event…

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A banner showing Fred Claire and Tommy Lasorda with their World Series trophy…

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To be continued…