"We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." ~ Charles Bukowski
Johnny recently bought Sunset Garage on Bacon Street in O.B. from Woody who had been my mechanic for a long time (10 years) and I’m very glad he did. Well, Woody was actually the shop owner/manager and he had different mechanics working for him, some good some not so good. But he recently retired and sold the shop to Johnny and Chandra. One of my vehicles, a 1993 GMC Safari mini Reviewervan, had a leaky transmission with noisey issues that got steadily worse until finally last month it wouldn’t shift into gear. I had asked different mechanics about it and everyone thought it needed a new transmission.
The quotes were from between $1500 to around $3000. Then I had Johnny look at it and he expertly diagnosed it as a flywheel bolt problem and like a magic wizard personally fixed it for under $400. I could not be happier. Oh, and my other work van, a 1995 Dodge 1500, was riding too low in back so he added a two-inch rear axel lift and helper leafs so the tow hitch doesn’t bump when towing. This also increased the van’s performance and overall handling, and it was all done for a fair price.
Some places will pass on a job if it’s a repair that takes a lot of training to get right, and the real crooked ones will “fix” things that didn’t need fixing because they want the billable hours. With so many shady shops out there it’s good to know of one where honesty and skill are still prevalent. I intend to return because I hope they remain in business.
Translated, “deliciae vitae” means “luxury life” in English.
Deliciae Vitae was an annually published fashion magazine printed on thick ultra-bookstock glossy paper for three years in the spring from early 2001 until 2003.
Critically lauded it was hailed as a high water mark in fashion editorial and had among its contributing photographers David Lachapelle, Ellen von Unwerth, Marc Hom, Max Vadukul, Rankin, Vincent Peters, Harri Peccinotti, phil poynter, Matthias Vriens, Bettina Rheims, Luis Sanchis, Albert Watson, and Alexei Hay.
I’ve recently uncovered all three of these issues in my library and they’re in brand-new-like condition, immaculate, and am putting them up for sale for a good collector of art-fashion photography. Issue one even has its original cover/wrapper bag, opened but intact as purchased. Interested parties should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s the editor’s statement, assumably from editor Kinder Aggugini — often going by simply “Kinder” — from inside one issue (possibly the initial issue, I can check, I don’t handle them much but did notice it last night), copied from artjobs:
‘Deliciae Vitae: for men of the world In 1983, aged 18, I approached one of Europe’s leading publishers of adult material with my idea for a stylishly superior men’s publication. I knew there was a market for an international magazine that was classy, luxurious and sexy but which was fundamentally not about porn. I mean if that’s all you want you can get it anywhere, right? They laughed me out of the building…
‘Another 18 years on, the culture of photography and publishing has come a very long way. Having worked as a fashion designer for much of the intervening period I’ve been struck how much fashion, and particularly fashion photographers have embraced sex and sexuality in advertising and editorial fashion shoots for men and women.
‘Ultimately, as the fashion industry knows very well, it’s the image – the way someone (or something) is photographed – that makes them desirable. The medium – as they say – is the message. Which explains why certain fashion photographers have become as famous as film directors.
‘Deliciae Vitae is an independent bi-annual publication, of deliberate, unashamedly luxurious excess. Autonomous and unconstrained in a world of ever more increasing conglomerate fashion.
‘In this, its first issue, beautiful women from across the globe are photographed by the very best fashion and art photographers to give pleasure to the most sophisticated of palates. But such sophistication is indulged just as much by fine writing. So look out for features on the eternal sexual chemistry of champagne, the elitist joys of supersonic travel or the return of the ultimate pop playboy Bryan Ferry. Deliciae Vitae is not meant to appeal to everyone. But then, you’re not everyone, are you?’
The Independent Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman has had enough of this shutdown
The City That Fun Built is Hard Hit by Coronavirus
by Reviewer Rob
Today we see the current mayor of Las Vegas is impatient. People are concerned, very concerned. They’re losing money there. This pandemic shutdown is affecting profits in a big way, and it’ll get worse. As a nation we’ll have to come to grips with the math soon. This thing is worth how much, exactly? Do we give our all, our total financial futures, for the lives of the vulnerable? Or do we accept the inevitable and push ahead, hoping for the virus to run its course and only take those who were the weakest, had the most comorbidity? This is the grim choice every governor must eventually face.
Current Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman clearly thinks her city should reopen. There’s money to be made and her town needs to get back to making it.
Her husband, also former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, I’m guessing would agree. He was a mafia lawyer before he ran for public office there, represented numerous crime figures (alleged) in the Las Vegas mob, among them ‘Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein, Phil Leonetti, former Stardust Casino boss Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal, and Jamiel “Jimmy” Chagra, a 1970s drug trafficker who was acquitted of ordering the murder of Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. … reputed Chicago mobster Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro’ (from Wikipedia).
Few would know better the trade-offs, the pros and cons, of public safety vs. profits than such a gallery.
“Assume everyone is a carrier,” Mayor Carolyn Goodman
This MSNBC interview, ‘A debate is erupting over when to reopen Las Vegas. Independent Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman joins Katy Tur to discuss’, is good and looks to be the first one in which a major public official makes the statement that there is the assumption everyone is assumed to be either asymptomatic or recovered, and that the public should spend less time worrying about the spread of Covid-19 because of that:
That part at the end about a modern day “survival of the fittest”…
Here’s a link as well to the CNN video interview on CNN from the Twitter account of Anderson Cooper where he controls her direction a but more forcefully.
What say you, dear reader? Should America take a page out of the mafia playbook and roll the dice on this one. There’s money to be made!
Someone did something pretty gangster during the Covid-19 pandemic-shutdown and monthlong county-wide surfing ban today.
Here’s the feel-good story of the month so far. This set of photos, from the page of Randy Dible, who for a long time has been San Diego’s premier local surf photographer ‘is everything’. I so hope someone caught this epic event of social distancing on video. ~Editor
“Man paddles into pumping Windansea…..catches a couple waves….as cars stop and honk horns…crowd gathers to watch and cheer him on before authorities close in on him….he makes it to his truck and makes clean getaway” ~ Randy Dible.
[When surfing is outlawed only outlaws will surf! Totally gangster. ~Ed]
If there is anything good about this pandemic shut down of 2020 it’s this: to-go craft beer take out. I had noticed that a few select specialty beer bars were still open, like the Tap Room on Garnet Avenue in Pacific beach. It has a sun canopy set up now on the sidewalk in front of the front door so you don’t have to walk inside (they wont let you) and they have some bar table set up between you, when you walk up, and whoever works the window there, so you don’t have too get too close and you can order a “growler” filled up to take home. A growler is a jug. This is new… I think this is totally new in the whole state of California. Being able to fill up your own bottle or jug or whatever in a bar and take it outside used to be totally illegal. I know that for a fact. I remember 20 years ago being scolded about it, about even considering asking if I could take a drink outside. According to the guy at the Tap Room on Garnet all this changed in California when the pandemic shut down came into effect. The laws and regulations changed BAM! so you can now get an order of some fine to-go beer, craft beer, like this Pliny The Elder 8% heavenly concoction that I have in my thermos, all citrusy and pine. Mmmm. Yeah. So maybe something good will come out of this pandemic after all…