Guilty Pleasures


480 The Offspring front man Dexter Holland.

481 The nice, friendly folks at the Orange County Gay & LesbianCommunity Services Center. Calm down, straight people; they won't bite. 12832 Garden Grove Blvd., Ste. A, Garden Grove, (714) 534-0862.

482 All the sexy people sunning their nekkid buns at San Onofre State Beach, the closest clothing-optional locale to OC.

483 All the "collectible" CDs you can buy the fourth Sunday of every month at the Greater Orange County Record Show. Sequoia Athletic Club, 7530 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, (714) 739-4141.

484 The hordes of not-very-hygienic record collectors who wander the floor of the Greater Orange County Record Show. Christ, it's like heroin to these people!

485 Register reporter Robin Hinch, whose beat is the dead, over whom she generally offers a gentle, if Hallmarkian, parting benediction -except in the case of her former colleague, Celia Mandy: "On the one hand, [Mandy] had her work at the Register as an editorial paste-up artist," Hinch wrote upon Mandy's death in 1998 at age 47. "On the other hand, she had singer Steve Perry-former lead singer of the group Journey. Perry left the group in 1985 and 10 years later created a solo act. She knew everything about him down to the length of his fingernails." Mandy lived with her mother, "never dated, never talked of a desire to marry," but "she periodically arranged bits of type to join her name to [Perry's]." "She didn't like cleaning house," and "she corresponded regularly with some Steve Perry Fan Club members." In closing, Hinch recalled that one of Mandy's "most treasured possessions was a photo of her standing next to [well, who do you think?] Steve Perry. . . . For a long time, it hung at Celia's work station. Today, it will be propped up on her casket." Catch Hinch in the Local News section of the Register.

486 Doing chickenright.

487 The sights and scents of Little Saigon's Asian Garden Mall. 9200 Bolsa Ave., Westminster.

488 Different Drummer, the coolest-and only-lesbian/ bi/gay bookstore in OC. 1294C S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (714) 497-6699.

489 The Sea Breeze Pet Cemetery, which, disturbingly, is next door to a Carl's Jr. 19542 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 962-7111.

490 Newport Beach to Balboa Island boardwalk: best place to go in-line skating on legal psychotropics.

491 The apartments above El Don Liquor: an ocean view and the Huntington Beach pier across the street. Slated for-therefore doomed to-redevelopment. It's hard to conceive of a better location for $425 per month since they're located above a liquor store. 416 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.

492 Every all-ages show that has ever been or ever will be at Koo's Art Cafe, Chain Reaction and the Backalley.

493 The incredibly succulent Montego Bay coconut-shrimpappetizers at the Blue Agave restaurant. 18601 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, (714) 970-5095.

494 All the good, bad and ugly public art that's part of Brea's Art in Public Places program. People have actually stolen several sculptures because they were so great. Then again, maybe they were stolen because they were so wretched to look at.

495 Certain girls.

496 Huntington Beach/Seal Beach oceanside bike path: best place to race against the wind.

497 Caspers Park, where Addy Souza found a previously unknown species of mushroom. What else did we miss in the rush to develop?

498 The Fireants. When the Fountain Valley music scene breaks big, this band will lead the revolution.

499 Fireants singer Skie Bender's rapturous, mind-melting performances.

500 Smear: not merely the greatest band ever to emerge from Brea, but also the one band that can do songs about poo and make it feel so right.

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