Sunday, June 23, 2013


Now SAXOMAN and the wife were over by McArthur Park the other day at Langer's (see previous blog post) After the filling meal we decided to walk around to help settle our full bellies. Now I can honestly say that I felt like I was in Central America (not that there's anything wrong with that) as I saw Pupusarias, religious zealots, signs offering exorcisms, lady's cooking from a shopping cart and many more interesting sights. One of the signs that caught my eye was the one here that I took a photo of. Now I've known people that have waited for years to get a green card but this sign here advertised a green card in just one minute! What? Yep, I kid you not. Now I remember a while back watching 20/20 or 60 Minutes or one of those shows and this area around McArthur Park was to place to go for a fake ID (Drivers License, Social Security Card, etc...) Now I happened to see this actually go down while I was there. Yep, I saw someone getting a brand new social Security card. My oh my....... Now I guess If I ever need to go underground and change my identity this will be the place to go. I'll just have to come up with some interesting new name to go by. Hmmmm......what should this be? haha!


The other day SAXOMAN and the wife decided to try Langer's Deli for the very first time. Now I know it's hard to believe that this was the first time I had gone to Langers since it has been there for over 60 years! What? Yep, I kid you not. I think the exact figure is something like 67 years. Now I have heard about Langer's for a while and their world famous No. 19 pastrami sandwich. There is always a line outside but it moves pretty quick. Once inside the wife and I each ordered the No. 19. I saw they also had their own Creme Soda too and it had been years since I've had a creme soda so lemme have one of those too! The pastrami arrived and without a doubt, the best pastrami sandwich I had ever eaten in my life. Nice lean pastrami on rye bread with cole slaw (in the sandwich) and Russian dressing! My oh my! Delicious! Oh yeah, it also comes with a dill pickle wedge on the side. Anyway, the No. 19 is everything advertised. SAXOMAN recommended! Check it out!

Sunday, June 16, 2013


This weeks long overdue Jazz CD Pick of the Week is titled Ballads By Four and refers to four great sax players playing some smooth, sexy ballads. I had seen this cd before and passed on it thinking it may have been a compilation from other releases but I was wrong. So I recently scooped this up for only $5 and what a treat. Featuring four ballads by four great sax players this is a must have for jazz lovers. This cd features Art Pepper, John Klemmer, Johnny Griffin & Joe Henderson. Classics such as Over The Rainbow, God Bless The Child, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Good Morning Heartache. My oh my.....Now I was trying to find an audio clip to share but no such luck. Anyway, all i can say is check it out!


I know it's been a little while since my last DVD pick but a recent visit to Chinatown (what? again?) had me walking away with 5 of the latest in Asian cinema. Now one dvd that I was looking for was The Grandmaster starring my man Tony Leung. Now if you've seen IP Man then you are sure to enjoy this film. Now this was directed by Wong Kar Wai so it may not be everyone's cup of tea since it's a little artsy to some. I personally like the way the slow motion of the rain drops during a fight scene or the snow slowly falling. A little slow in some spots but overall a movie that is SAXOMAN recommended and deserving of my coveted DVD Pick of the Week. Check it out!

Thursday, June 6, 2013


I was listening to my iPod while driving home and the song Papa Was a Rolling Stone came on. I hadn't heard this in a while and after it was done I played it again. Now this isn't the version you may be thinking about by the Temptations. This version is by the group Was Not Was. I was a fan of this short lived group that put out two cd's. Now I remember sitting in a pub in Amsterdam drinking a beer and someone put this song on. I thought to myself "Hmmm, they're pretty hip over here". Anyway, check it out and enjoy!

Monday, June 3, 2013


Now the wife and I have two completely different perspectives when it comes to parking. The wife believes in parking as close to our destination as possible. Me? I park away as far as possible to avoid peoples cars and/or shopping carts. The wife believes in waiting for someone to pull out of a parking spot while we hold up traffic just to snag that elusive parking spot. Me? I guess I'm too considerate to make others wait although I must admit it doesn't seem to bother other people who do this. The wife believes in squeezing into a parking spot telling me there's room when the issue of room isn't the problem. It's people who don't care when they open their doors. Now I must admit that I rarely drive my car on the weekends and instead keep it tucked safely in the garage. At work I park at the very last row of a large parking lot and at an angle as well. Gotta keep the car looking good without any dents or dings right? Now I know you may think SAXOMAN is a little odd by doing this but I can tell you that people nowadays just don't seem to have any consideration and won't hesitate to park a shopping cart right near your car or bang your door without any care. Parking? As far away as possible.... HAHA!