January 17, 2008

Tom Petty's Los Angeles

The L.A. Weekly has a cover story on Tom Petty's Los Angeles, complete with a map of several important Pettyania locations. Interesting, but I always complained that Petty, who moved here from Florida in 1974, was somewhat mistaken about the geography of his adoptive home. Exhibit A is the following line from the hit "Free Fallin':"

It's a long day living in Reseda,
There's a freeway runnin through the yard.
Um no, that's inaccurate. There's no freeway in Reseda. Check Google maps; the closest freeway is US 101, which goes through Tarzana, but not Reseda.

Next I'll take on geographical inaccuracies in the screenplay for The Karate Kid.

Posted by: annika at 10:39 AM | Comments (31) | Add Comment
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1 I'll alert the media.

Posted by: Casca at January 17, 2008 02:19 PM (NmR1a)

2 BTW, I just saw Bronco Bomber in closeup, and I swear the mutherfucker is from outer space. Have you seen those ears? Those aren't real!

Posted by: Casca at January 17, 2008 03:22 PM (MQ9LJ)

3 ya mean the song's not called "Free Ballin'", cause that's the way I sing it.

Posted by: RichJ at January 17, 2008 09:52 PM (D0sPb)

4 Good work. By the way, I just saw Petty on Soundstage. He looked a tad hammered, but who can tell? Sounded great, except Stevie Nicks, who appeared with him, butchered "American Girl". Oh, and welcome back.

Posted by: Pursuit at January 18, 2008 04:58 PM (N155d)

5 Was it Petty who said "I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy"? Cas, relax. The Clinton slander and libel machine is hard at work as we speak. Obama will be lucky to get out of this campaign alive, let alone with his senate seat.

Posted by: shelly at January 18, 2008 05:50 PM (wearR)

6 How can I relax? We're on track to put an unelectable candidate at the top of the ticket. Alas, none of these turkeys can go the distance, except maybe Fred, and he needs to fire whomever told him to stay out until late.

Posted by: Casca at January 19, 2008 08:47 PM (MQ9LJ)

7 It's easy. Hillary can beat no one. Huckleberry is gone, but so is Fred. Next week, we find out if Flori-Duh wants to keep Rudy alive, but right now it is John or Mitt, with Rudy on life support. Any one of the three will beat Hillary. Go to sleep on this one; OSU is not playing Hillary in the BCS Championships.

Posted by: shelly at January 20, 2008 06:19 AM (wearR)

8 Yes, and six months ago you were prognosticating USC's march to Nawlins. I'm hoping for a brokered convention with Fred as the consensus candidate. I don't believe that Mitt & Mc can mobilize the base. They don't do a thing for me, and that's a problem. Hillary will have the union thugs out stealing votes, and that will make her formidable.

Posted by: Casca at January 20, 2008 09:23 AM (MQ9LJ)

9 Despite the fact that computer simulations indicated the Chargers had a 90% chance of losing to the Patriots (and some say it was 99.999%), I had hope... I don't think B.O. can get elected this time around and I simply can't conceive of a world where H.C. is leader of our nation. That's all I feel certain about at this point. I'm not sure Tom Petty is fully conscious during his performances but he sounds great.

Posted by: Joules at January 20, 2008 07:48 PM (28NFV)

10 It's OK, Joules; some of my best times have been with women who were not fully conscious. It shouldn't impair your enjoyment of the performance.

Posted by: shelly at January 21, 2008 01:44 AM (wearR)

11 C'mon Shelly, we can't both pick on her. Someone has to be the good cop. The Chargers? First you get a QB. Frankly, I think Volik could have carried the day.

Posted by: Casca at January 21, 2008 03:52 PM (MQ9LJ)

12 I don't remember saying I didn't like Tom Petty's music or performances and, to recap, he looks partly conscious.

Posted by: Joules at January 21, 2008 06:07 PM (28NFV)

13 OH! I can't believe I missed this opportunity yesterday! Shelly, it's okay that women have to be in an altered state of consciousness to have a good time with you. You're not alone.

Posted by: Joules at January 22, 2008 08:55 AM (28NFV)

14 We won't lose because all repukes worship the adam's apple of MAN Coulter!!!!! Tranny Manny Coulter, the face of the republican party, will be dead someday! *screaming laughter, applause, and whistling* I will be screaming at her relatives: They’re using her death for their own benefit! They’re nothing but a bunch of fags! I’m glad some of them have cancer and despite the cancer, I will continue to attack them! They’re using her death to promote their book on Ann’s life for financial reasons and they don’t really care about Ann at all! I’m glad she’s dead and so is the country, but they can’t defend their position on this no matter what! When MAN Coulter dies (I don’t care if it’s a horrific death or from cancer or from falling down the stairs because her Adam’s Apple got too heavy), her family won’t be able to get a word in edgewise because my joyful screaming will drown them out! The reich wingers hate peace and love Ann. She is the face of the republican party for sure! She represents them well. Nothing but a bunch of Neanderthal knuckle draggers! Hey reich wingers, how many strokes went to MAN Coulter with the left hand, while the right middle digit probed your prostate? Laura Bush ran over her ex-boyfriend and killed him at Shrub's command! She served no time in prison for it either. She was dating Bush at the time, so that very nice father of his got her off from the charge. How many people have died at the hands of the Bush Family Mafia? If Georgie’s Daddy had done the right thing and pull his shriveled dick out of the grizzled old beast sometime in Oct 1945 and spewed that waste of semen on the rug the entire planet would have been MUCH BETTER OFF the last 7 years!!!!!! BUSH LIED PEOPLE DIED!!!!!!

Posted by: KayInMaine at January 22, 2008 12:12 PM (csq2r)

15 Wow... the reality based crowd just loves to epitomize irony, don't they?... -------- Anyway, back to our regular program. Hey, Cas! I'm in mourning. Fred withdrew (what's with the inability to post links??). Bloody hell... I knew he was a longshot, but still...

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Posted by: ElMondoHummus at January 22, 2008 01:13 PM (xHyDY)

17 I've been listening to waaaaay too much Dennis Miller. Like Claude Rains sez in Lawrence of Arabia, "Life is a veil of tears."

Posted by: Casca at January 22, 2008 01:18 PM (IrbU4)

18 Kay is Mainelining something...I don't know what. I love Dennis Miller!

Posted by: Joules at January 22, 2008 01:49 PM (28NFV)

19 Sorry, JOUles, i didn't say they had to be, I said thatsome of my best times were under those conditions. There are some women who find it difficult to stop talking, even during sensitive moments. Those women do better when they are semi-conscious. Others, on the other hand, like the lights on and can enjoy it all with no artificial aids. I like both kinds, make that, all kinds.

Posted by: shelly at January 22, 2008 03:34 PM (AiJXe)

20 There are some women who find it difficult to stop talking, even during sensitive moments. Say no to drugs, I have an alternate method. Gotta be careful though, or they choke.

Posted by: Casca at January 22, 2008 09:11 PM (MQ9LJ)

21 Did you guys see this announcement? 2008 Summer Olympics President Felipe Calderón of Mexico has announced Mexico will not participate in the next Summer Olympics. He stated, "Casi cada uno que puede fun cionar, saltar, o la nadada ha salido ya del país." Translation: "Pretty much everyone who can run, jump, or swim has already left the country."

Posted by: shelly at January 23, 2008 12:25 AM (wearR)

22 I had no idea we were in the presence of two Zen Masters of human sexuality; although, you may be under a police investigation soon, Casca. Wise words. RE: Olympics HA! And they're training in my neighborhood. I see them coming out of the hills first thing in the morning, riding their bikes down the road.

Posted by: Joules at January 23, 2008 09:23 AM (28NFV)

23 J, as John Wayne used to say, "Every real American has spent at least one night in jail." Now that we live in an age where you can get locked up for hurting a woman's feelings, it's just a lot easier. I hope you didn't buy down there. Everything South of the 94 is headed into the shitter. When that happens, polish up your hispanol. You might want to buy a couple of guns too. On the upside, nobody will complain when you're firing them in your backyard.

Posted by: Casca at January 23, 2008 05:25 PM (MQ9LJ)

24 Hey, they'll come by for the birthday cake. That is, unless it is Cinco de Mayo, in which case you best wear your steel pot as the bullets coming back down usually claim a few victims each year. I figure Coronado Island is ready to be renamed any time, huh? Wait, they already named it, along with San Diego and Los Angeles.

Posted by: shelly at January 23, 2008 10:16 PM (wearR)

25 I have friends down by the 94. I've heard about how it is down there--mostly via Roger Hedgecock's program. The majority of Mexican people in my neighborhood are already established in homes--probably second and third generation--but there are more day laborers every year. The ones in homes are fine neighbors. Our worst neighbors are the 20-something white boys whose dad bought them a house and then left the scene. It's monster truck heaven and an 18-hour auto shop/bar across the street. But that Jesus Nava approached my daughter while she was out running several months ago--just a few hours before the police used the heat-seeking helicopter to get him for molesting a 13-year-old boy who, I heard, was also part of the established Mexican community and had already been acquainted with Nava. He's in jail but who's next?

Posted by: Joules at January 24, 2008 11:04 AM (28NFV)

26 Sheesh J, you missed the point. Home values will plummet South of the 94. Ever been to Lemon Grove? That's what Bonita will look like in ten years.

Posted by: Casca at January 24, 2008 12:51 PM (NmR1a)

27 Back in the late 70s when Tom was trying to bed my mother he had us over for supper. I was 15 back then and was in awe that we were going to be eating at a famous person's house. We were all sitting there and this tall lanky guy named Lazlo brings out a big metal bowl filled with creamed corn. He put it in the middle of the table and put wooden spoons in front of my mother and I as well as the older couple that were there eating with us. We looked at each other weirdly and started eating it. It tasted nothing like creamed corn, but we didn't want to piss him off, so we kept eating it. I took little bites though. Afterwards, when Tom, my mom and the older couple went to "play" upstairs, I had the worst gas I ever had in my life! I thought for sure Lazlo would leave the couch next to me but he stayed right there.

Posted by: Adam at January 24, 2008 03:54 PM (p4fx5)

28 Tom pounded your mom? Damn, that could'a been one ugly kid.

Posted by: Casca at January 25, 2008 03:22 PM (IrbU4)

29 Yeah, you're right--I was thinking about something other than property values. My dad's a retired Navy chaplain and I grew up trying to understand people and be compassionate. I'm really poor at understanding the practical/business side of it. I'm not trying to be sarcastic or holier than thou about this--just honest.

Posted by: Joules at January 25, 2008 07:51 PM (28NFV)

30 Not to pick a fight with you here, Annika, but the 101 does clip part of Reseda. In fact what would be considered "downtown" Reseda is only about 4 blocks away from the 101... I think Petty's larger inaccuracy is the claim of a "freeway running through the yard"...the Reseda Blvd. exit off the 101 does not take you into a residential neighborhood for several blocks. The "residential" section I believe is actually at least a mile north of the 101... I haven't traveled that stretch of the 101 for at least 4 months, so I'll give you a complete report on my next foray into the valley...

Posted by: Nigel at January 29, 2008 08:52 AM (uD0hp)

31 LOL Adam! What was that stuff?

Posted by: annika at January 31, 2008 08:02 AM (0ORZa)

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