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Saturday, June 10, 2006

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I call this one: The End of Print Media.












I call this one: The End of Print Media Where I Actually Get Over the Fence and Partly Ruin My New Asics.







These were both taken from the bike path on the Orange Line you've heard so much about here. Being someone who's obsessed with breakfast diner's, I also enjoy reading a good newspaper at a good breakfast diner. Yet being someone who is 25 years old and does computers for a living, I get 95% of my news from the web and can no longer do this for the next month lest I prematurely catch the score of a game I'm taping. But the pickins for papers are slim in LA for someone like me who has a bent for good reporting. The two most widely available newspapers in LA are the LA Times which 9 times out of 10 has a story about a poor Mexican family in the slums of Guadalajara being supported by an illegal immigrant working in LA , or La Opinion, the Mexican version of the LA Times which has the same story, except the La Opinion reporter is the one the LA Times wrote their story about. The NYT is better, but not by much.

Although I've got the recording of the games on our computer down to an artform, American coverage of the World Cup has been as regrettable as expected. As a small consolation there are two announcers for ESPN2 that have British accents, but overuse of British colloquialisms by one of them in an attempt to keep American viewers entertained gets a bit much after 90 minutes. I can only take "puts it in the back of the ol' onion bag" so many times. And this is what
American announcers sound like at times:

Commentator 1: "Here's Viera. He plays for Paris St. Germain in Paris."
Commentator 2: " Paris. Now it says here that's in France."

There's also the obligatory explaining of rules throughout the game. Today on ABC someone actually said "Now he doesn't want to get a second yellow, because that means he will get a red and is kicked out of the game." Ugh. I miss Graham Leggit. I seem to remember TSN in Canada getting the real European coverage, not this tripe.

So how about the overtly PC and truly Canadian handling of those dudes in Toronto. Mmmmm, sharia. The other thing Canada needs to get ready for is the
breakfast diner Dayna and I and an unidentified Korean-Canadian girl are going to open. The special: The Peotry Slam. That's two eggs bacon, and a side of lesbian angst. Yes! But seriously, we want to open a breakfast diner. Peace out.

15 Comments:

  • mmmm lesbian. the coverage on the tourney has been great so far. Graham leggat, tremendous. how about trinidad & tobago, a country with a population the size of manitoba, yet they consistently beat canada year after year after year after year. you get the point. So you cheering for your african buddies from angola?

    By Anonymous clitke, at June 10, 2006  

  • There was actually an editorial in yesterday's paper (Winnipeg Free Press, not LA Times) about how world cup brings out the football (soccer not NFL) haters in America. It also brings the rest of the world a special, temporary reason to hate America.

    Apparently, some Senator a few years ago compared "European Socialist Soccer" to "Democratic and Capitalistic American Football and Baseball" during some parlimentary session or something (I don't know exactly how the govn't system works down there).

    Whew, this is a long one.

    By Anonymous chris, at June 11, 2006  

  • If your diner steals the recipe for baked eggs from Stella's, then I will eat there everyday. As long as there is no wait, which is very unlike Stella's. And also if it's cheaper, and two blocks from my house, and you get the servers from Hooter's, and if I can bring in outside booze. That's all you have to do. And also baked eggs must be served on an old garbage can lid.

    By Blogger blade, at June 11, 2006  

  • Chris next time we should just try and put the Winkler Storm up against T & T. Hmmm, actually seeing as nobody from Winkler has ever seen a black person it might throw them off so lets not. Blade me thinks there's no for any of those things to be possible. Unless you steal the recipe from Stella's by wearing a fake mustache-nose-glasses and doing that thing where you put your knees in your shoes then walk on your knees so you're the height of normal people. But it will be so cheap that my brother would go. If he won the lottery. And even that's pushing it.

    By Blogger Gareth, at June 11, 2006  

  • maybe me you and jer could play T&T, give em a run for their money. Did you see the germany game? holy crap,look out. I went to see jeff the wrestler get inducted into the PCW hall of fame at the lid on thursday. I was surrounded by wrestling fans, drunk co-workers and fat-hump wrestlers molesting each other. I did see the mecca give a dude the love gun, that was good for business.

    By Anonymous clitke, at June 12, 2006  

  • Sucks for you, I watch the soccer in espanol, great commentating.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 12, 2006  

  • I tried to watch en espanol, I just can't do it. I hope Mexico goes does well and I can watch it in a bar with some espanol guys from work who can yell and scream and spill beer all over me.

    Chris, shhhhh. You had me at "I went to see jeff the wrestler...".

    By Blogger Gareth, at June 12, 2006  

  • If I have a choice between ad nauseum "puts it in the back of the old onion bag" and that latin american moron interminably exhaling "gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaal", I'll take the former. Gawd, it's awful. And if you want a real newspaper in LA try the Wall Street Journal. At least you won't look like a dullard.

    By Anonymous Stewie, at June 12, 2006  

  • What, no love for your local paper in the Valley, The Woodland Hills Daily News?

    Okay, it actually calls itself the Los Angeles Daily News, but I refer to it as the Woodland Hills Daily News to make it seem less important than it thinks it is, and because, well, its offices are in, guess where, Woodland Hills.

    Okay, actually Woodland Hills is not a separate city. It is part of the City of Los Angeles, just like Van Nuys is. So they are techincally correct in naming their newspaper.

    I have long disdain for the smelly rag since they're always ragging on anything being built in Los Angeles that's not in the San Fernando Valley (transit especially), but that's a long story for another time.

    But seriously, don't read that paper either. Very unimpressive. You might try some of the local freebie papers like Valley Beat or L.A. Weekly. Only local news there though, and only once a week. The New York Times and Washington Post might be available to you.

    By Blogger Scott, at June 13, 2006  

  • Wow, that was an incredibly descriptive comment on newspapapers in LA.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 13, 2006  

  • Yes, I have been known to pick a Washington Post now and again and it's pretty good. WSJ is really good too, especially their website. The Daily News is actually quite close to my work. I didn't know it was the main office. Although I've never read it, it reminds me of USA Today. Big fonts, lots of colors, etc. It's like the Winnipeg Sun without a Sunshine Girl on page 31.

    I used to like the NYT, but now I find them constantly resorting to obstructionism and that's base. Quite base indeed. The Globe and Mail, now c'est une papier!

    By Blogger Gareth, at June 13, 2006  

  • Well this mexican will be watching the footy at Hollywood Billiards. Great sports bar. Join us, that is, if you're feeling brave.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 13, 2006  

  • Yikes, it has been a while since you read an issue of the Winnipeg Sun. Now the Sunshine Girl is on the cover. Every day. And also on pages 5 - 23. And 31. And on the back cover.

    By Anonymous chris, at June 13, 2006  

  • Ol onion bag, how about getting the ball in the groin and the announcers referring to you as getting hit in the michael ballacks? that's good for business.

    By Anonymous clitke, at June 16, 2006  

  • Calblog: "Mr. Harper, have you got any comment on the reported mistreatment of the 17 suspected terrorists?"

    S H: "Well, you know, the Don jail is a tough place being populated with murderers, bikers, and other rogues working off their eight week sentences. So it's hard to determine the source of injuries to other detainees."

    Calblog: "Any plan of action to resolve the issue."

    S H: "We are contemplating a transfer to a more appropriate institutional setting. Gitmo is an option. So is a trip to Romania on the CIA express."

    Calblog: "Mmmmm. Sharia."

    By Anonymous WSJ, at June 16, 2006  

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