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Reflecting back on Korea Trip 2018 – Cafe 7gram…

This post is also found on one of my other websites, “Let’s Grab A Burger.”

Cafe 7gram at 71-5 Jongno 2(1)-ga, Jongno-gu in Seoul is close to the hotel I stayed at during my Korea trip in September 2018.


I hung out there a few times during my second week of stay in Korea, including a couple of daytime visits when people were actually there to discuss business. It was great for me, just chilling while others were busy working. I recall being there one evening too – when it was nice and relaxing.

The few times I was there, I had some dessert items and beverages while working on the editing for my John Cangelosi baseball book (as I had tentatively reached an agreement with an American publisher during the first week I was in Korea) and writing my book on the 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens.

One time, the second floor was completely empty – other than me – and I texted my tour guide (whom I had befriended that week) to joke that I had the whole cafe rented. (The ground floor had only a table and some window seats, unlike the spacious second floor.)

Overall, Cafe 7gram served my purpose when I was in Korea. I was able to get some “work” (ie. writing) done yet also enjoy a, more or less, peaceful environment at the same time. After all, I had spent four days on a trip around Eastern Korea the previous week – doing sightseeing, obviously – and didn’t really have time to touch the laptop.


LA Trip 2018: Day 1 (Continued)

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

1:00 p.m. Mid-day at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, California… A gorgeous day to be outdoors… Ahhhh… did I say it was a Monday?


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1:30 p.m. Dodger great Orel Hershiser chats with DodgersNation about what he’s been up to (including his friendship with Fred Claire and his current broadcasting career), with some of my books on display… I learned a lot, actually, being in the room listening in on Hershiser’s interview.


4:00 p.m. It’s DodgersNation chatting with the one and only Tommy Lasorda, the long-time former manager of the Dodgers!

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Jerry Reuss and Mickey Hatcher were also at the event to help raise money for Mr. Claire’s cause.







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Here’s the great knuckleballer Charlie Hough, who’s holding two of my books. I had a chance to speak with him briefly – he loves to talk knuckleballs!

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6:00 p.m. Dinner began, and then a silent auction and speeches.







in terms of the speeches, there were some inspirational words spoken by Mr. Claire himself, a couple of doctors, and Tommy Lasorda.

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All in all, an enjoyable and inspirational evening…

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.

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…


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!


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.


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.


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…


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



To be continued…