Guilty Pleasures


1042 A perfect evening: drinking a Black & Tan at Steamers while listening to drummer Steve Di Stanislav bang the skins. 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-8800.

1043 Steamers boss Terence Loveis as straight-ahead as the jazz for which his club has become justly famous. He's a no-bullshit guy who attracts some of the top international names in jazz to our little corner of the music universe.

1044Staffers at Bookmanactually read and look more or less like people who couldn't give a damn about much else. The store survives because of the staff's passion for finding books not in stock-including out-of-print and rare editions. The hiring process must include the Photographic Memory for Customers' Bibliographic Idiosyncrasies test. 840 N. Tustin Ave., Orange, (714) 538-0166.

1045 Verbal catfights between septuagenerian sex kittens and former B-movie stars Mamie Van Doren and Jeanne Carmen.

1046 Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha spent a few months in OC before leaving for Harvard, thus allowing us to add Rage to the list of phenomenally successful, nominally local bands.

1047 Reg editorial writer Alan Bock, whose libertarian philosophy is big enough to include not merely a free market but also a citizenry freed from zealous moral monitoring. Bock's principled support of the medical-marijuana initiative surprised no one who recalls his early criticism of government attacks on religious and political whackos at Ruby Ridge and Waco. Catch Bock too infrequently in the Opinion section of The Register.

1048 Santa Monica Seafood actually sells its shellfish still alive, which is how you're supposed to do it. They're supposed to die horribly in boiling water and haunt your dreams forever. 154 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 574-8862.

1049 Parking meters outside the Santora Arts Complex: 25 cents per hour!

1050 Jan Mittermeier's balls.

1051 The fact that at a recent protest of commie paintings outside Bowers Art Museum, most of the Vietnamese-Americans we spoke to actually had favorite painters.

1052 Most of the Euro-Americans knew dick about art, save for whale-painting Wyland.

1053 Whaleboynow has three Laguna Beach galleries.

1054 The very funny and very scary Take the Test CD, recorded by Coto de Caza resident and recording engineer Dave Kirkey, which accurately duplicates the noise people will hear from the proposed El Toro International Airport. For a free copy of the CD, write to Project 99, P.O. Box 252, Irvine, CA 92650.

1055 The parrot man of Newport Beach.

1056 The golden, warm-as-sunshine buttermilkpancakes at the Omelette Parlor. 170 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 645-0740.

1057 The mostly nakedpeople at Club Forbidden at the Boogie. 1721 S. Manchester, Anaheim, (714) 956-1410.

1058 Except the girls pretending to be lesbianson the dance floor just to turn on the guys. Since when is being a lesbian about getting a man?

1059 The lesbians who really are lesbians at Captain Creem and pretend they aren't, or at least pretend to be bisexual.

1060 The OC Register's Mobile News Station, which is actually frightfully fascinating if, like us, you're the sort of person who drools over really nifty computer equipment that costs more than you make in three months. My God! Have you seen their scanner!?!?!

1061 It's hard to get a swelled head when your local baseball team is the Angels.

1062 Barry Diamond, the kung-fu fightin' singer of Tex Twil.

1063 The Nixon mini-museum, an abandoned railroad car.

1064 Sid'sRestaurant in Newport Beach, the best-kept secret everyone knows about-and the greatest meatloaf for under $6. 445 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 650-7437.

1065 OC's 2.5 all-ages clubs: Koo's, Chain Reaction and Backalley (one night a week).

1066 The Battle of Hastings: go, William, go!

1067 Goldenwest FleaMarket. Best place to find Atari games for a buck.

1068 The weekend traffic on PCH between Huntington Beach and Huntington Harbour is so thick it makes cruising mandatory.

1069 42, the first full-length CD by Costa Mesa indie rock band Dr. Awkward, featuring such rarities as a male lead singer who can actually sing and a drummer who can do more than 4/4 time.

1070 Irvine Mayor Christina Shea's mouth.

1071 Yaohan, Orange County's largest Asian supermarket, where you can play "guess the flavor"with ramen packets devoid of any English language writing whatsoever. 665 Paularino, Costa Mesa, (714) 557-6699.

1072 Obliteration of natural predators has resulted in opossums, opossums, opossums!

1073 The statue of "the Duke"at John WayneAirport. Is that a Boeing in his pocket or is he just happy to be waiting for a plane?

1074 Doing your part for today's youth by being caught shoplifting at Disneyland, taken "downstairs to talk to the mouse," pointed out as an example to the small children who have also been caught shoplifting, then released without charges being pressed. Hey, man, it's all about the kids.

1075 The misaligned fountain in front of the Laguna Beach City Hall, which splatters water on the statue's base and the sidewalk.

1076 The "thank you for conserving water" sign across the street from the statue at the Laguna Beach Water District.

1077 The Pacific Symphony Orchestra playing the "Cantina Band Song" from Star Wars at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.

1078 John Easdale, late of Dramarama, playing Kermit the Frog's "The Rainbow Connection" at Chain Reaction.

1079 Reconsidering Wayne Peterson. Our memories of 1996 are hazy, but we're certain the Laguna Beach councilman and Log Cabin Club member must have done some pretty nifty stuff back then to be named "best citizen"-you, our wise and enlightened readers, wouldn't steer us wrong. Nonetheless, in recent years, Peterson has shown himself to be ill-tempered and combative, particularly when faced with protests over the highly controversial "Treasure Island" development in South Laguna. At one City Council meeting, when citizens voiced concerns about the city-subsidized development, Peterson claimed he "would remember the people" who spoke out against the project. Is this "Best Citizen" material? We think not.

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