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coachellavalleyweekly.com • September 16 to September 22, 2021 Vol.10 No.27

Derek Jordan Gregg

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BY CRYSTAL HARRELL Coachella Valley Weekly (760) 501-6228

publisher@coachellavalleyweekly.com coachellavalleyweekly.com facebook.com/cvweekly twitter.com/cvweekly1 Publisher & Editor Tracy Dietlin Art Director Robert Chance Sales Team Kirby, Raymond Bill Club Crawler Nightlife Editor Phil Lacombe Head Music Writer Esther Sanchez Head Feature Writer Crystal Harrell Feature Writers Lisa Morgan, Rich Henrich, Heidi Simmons, Noe Gutierrez, Tricia Witkower Writers/Contributors: Robin Simmons, Rick Riozza, Eleni P. Austin, Craig Michaels, Janet McAfee, Bronwyn Ison, Haddon Libby, Sam DiGiovanna, Dale Gribow, Denise Ortuno Neil, Rob Brezny, Dr. Peter Kadile, Dee Jae Cox, Angela Romeo, Aaron Ramson, Lynne Tucker, Aimee Mosco, Michelle Anne Rizzio, Ruth Hill, Madeline Zuckerman Photographers Robert Chance, Laura Hunt Little, Chris Miller, Esther Sanchez Videographer Kurt Schawacker Website Editor Bobby Taffolla Distribution Phil Lacombe, William Westley

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"Good Noise" Compilation Album from Palm Canyon Roadhouse ................. 3-5 Solanos Bar & Grill.................................... 4 Derek Jordan Gregg ................................. 5 tHE iLL eAGLES ......................................... 6 Consider This - David Crosby................... 8 Club Crawler Nightlife ............................. 9 Screeners................................................ 10 Cyber Corner ........................................... 11 Safety Tips ............................................... 11 The Vino Voice ......................................... 12

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he Palm Canyon Roadhouse has been a famous venue in Palm Springs showcasing the Coachella Valley’s unique spectrum of talent. Musicians of all genres and ages have performed onstage to share their favorite original songs to bustling crowds, and now the Palm Canyon Roadhouse will be releasing a compilation album of the artists who have graced its stage called Good Noise. The CD was recorded from Melrose Music Studios in Palm Springs and mixed by David Williams. Good Noise features original tracks from the desert’s hottest artists, such as Derek Jordan Gregg, Jason Nutter & Jesika von Rabbit, and The Grady James Band. The tracklist for Good Noise is as follows: Derek Jordan Gregg – “House of Cocaine”; The Refills –“One Good Friend”; Richard “Zack” Lindsay – “Footsteps”; The Brad Mercer Band –“Just Wanna Hear My Songs on The Radio”; Braun Fraulein – “You Know Who I Am”; The Grady James Band – “Born Again Country”; Jason Nutter & Jesika von Rabbit – “Joshua Tree”; Mikole Kaar – “Dynamic Dynamo”; Peter “Lucky” Johansen –“Palm Springs Blues”; Joss “Jb” Burrell – “Moon Motel”. A release party for the Good Noise album will be held at the Palm Canyon Roadhouse on September 22, starting at 8 p.m. Predicted to be one of the biggest nights in entertainment in the desert empire, several bands featured on the compilation CD will be performing and physical copies of Good Noise will be available for purchase. “Musicians have become our personal charity. Many are true artists with incredible talent but some don’t have two nickels to rub together. However, we get to know them like a second family. We hire them regularly. I know when they're down on their luck and they never leave hungry or broke. Some have regular jobs too. Some in their teens, some in their 70’s. But they’re all fun. We never miss a chance to let them showcase their original material. Every now and then, you hear one tune and think, ‘Holy cow! This is a great piece of music! It should be on the radio so more people can hear it.’ I guess it's been happening for so long we’d just become complacent,” explained Palm Canyon Roadhouse owner Greg Rivers. Rivers got the idea to produce the compilation album a few months ago when Derek Jordan Gregg was performing at the Roadhouse. One of the bartenders praised an original song and expressed that they’d download it if they could. That was when Greg has the idea of recording tracks from different artists who performed at the venue. He told his wife Eleanor and talked with Steve Johns,

the Roadhouse’s entertainment director. They both agreed it was a good idea and the timing was excellent. One of the big pluses was that David Williams, who owns Melrose Music Studios in Hollywood, had just opened a branch studio in Palm Springs about a year ago and had become, not only a regular patron, but a good friend of Greg’s as well.   “I called him, told him our idea, and he jumped all over it. The trouble was narrowing it down to just ten artists for the project. We wanted to represent every genre that plays here so we needed rock, country, easy listening, blues and jazz. We contacted a bunch of prospective candidates right away, said we were going to produce, pay for studio time, cover the artwork, liner notes, post production, sales and advertising. They were staggered. People are funny. The experienced guys jumped on instantly. We had our ten committed in 48 hours. None of this would have come to fruition without the expert guidance of Dave Williams and the crew at Melrose Music. I am truly looking forward to working with him on future projects. Of course, the unsung hero in all of this is my wife Eleanor, with her endless patience for my nitpicking and begging for her help with artwork, computer skills, and opinions. She should have dumped me ages ago,” stated Rivers. The first step when putting the compilation album together was contacting each band and choosing the song they wanted included. Greg made the final decision on which songs would be used. The next step was to see if each band had a recorded version of the song or if a recording session was needed. Once all of the final mixes for each band were delivered, David Williams then mastered them as a new compilation. Since David did not record and mix all of the songs, they had to be mastered together so they had similar tonality and volume levels, meeting industry standards for all possible commercial audio situations. “When Greg approached me about doing the Roadhouse compilation, I saw this as an exciting and challenging opportunity. Each of these bands brought something different and compelling to the project. The groups who had music recorded and ready to go delivered very high quality mixes ready for mastering. I recorded those who needed songs but had no previous recordings at Melrose Recording Studios in Palm Springs as well as at The Roadhouse with a mobile recording rig. Finally, everything was mastered at Melrose Mastering in Los Angeles. It was great to meet and work with all of the area’s musicians. I lived in LA for many years and still have a studio in

Hollywood. I have been blown away many times by the huge talent in the desert areas! Making Palm Springs my home for the last five years has been the most memorable part of my musical journey so far. With so many great artists who have performed at the Roadhouse, it was tricky deciding who would be included on the first album so we proceeded knowing more volumes would follow,” said Williams. Rivers has already listened to the Palm Canyon Roadhouse CD a thousand times at home, in his car, at the bar, and when asked which is his favorite track, he realized each one has been in its own time depending on his mood. He believes every single song is a winner, and provides his own thanks and commentary for each featured track here: Derek Jordan Gregg – “House of Cocaine”: “Derek started playing here as a teenager ten years ago. He plays this throw-away riff at the bar one night, makes up these stupid lyrics, we all laugh, next time he comes in we ask him to do it again. It evolves, suddenly it's a real song. His vocals, live, are absolutely searing. Dave Williams, who’s produced a billion songs, was very impressed with this offering. “High praise indeed!” Derek won Best Song at the 2020 CV Music Awards this past January for “House of Cocaine”. The Refills –“One Good Friend”: “The Refills are one of our very regular Friday night bands. Four really nice guys and they play 80’s dance music, which all the girls love. It’s like having continue to page 5

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MTV live on stage. One night they play this kind of Duran Duran sounding 80’s tune and I just can't place it. Eleanor comes over and asks me who does that song and I'm stumped, so I ask Woody. He says ‘It’s ours! An original!’ Now it’s Eleanor's favorite and we couldn't have done the CD without these guys.  A fun danceable tune by four genuinely nice guys.” Richard “Zack” Lindsay – “Footsteps”: “Zack (my personal in-house Beatle) is retired U.S. Navy intelligence. He speaks a bunch of languages, plays a badass guitar, writes incredible lyrics, and drinks at our place almost every weekend. We go to his place each year for Christmas dinner. He makes the best Yorkshire pudding in the world! He plays mostly original music, but does incredible covers when he wants. One of my favorite guys, he had to be on this record. His voice is eerily similar to John Lennon’s voice. I’ve had more than one person come in the bar when Zack’s song is playing on the house system and ask, ‘Is this a John Lennon song that I just haven't heard before?’ When I tell this to Zack he just grins and shrugs it off.  Cool as a cucumber.” The Brad Mercer Band –“Just Wanna Hear My Songs on The Radio”: “Brad Mercer has been a local radio DJ and musician here in Palm Springs since the late 70’s. A true professional. One day he’s playing our place and does ‘Just Wanna Hear My Songs on the Radio’ and I loved it immediately. He said he’d written it years ago, but it’s a timeless piece and is the perfect opener to the album. The finest moment?  The slide guitar right after the breakdown by my good friend Pete Sutter (but don't tell Brad that).” Braun Fraulein – “You Know Who I Am”: “Jimi Heil, Mark Fry, and Eric Mouness formed this power trio Braun Fraulein several years ago.  Jimi is another guy that can write like a poet laureate, backs it up with intricate musical

compositions and rounds it all out with the most unique voice to ever grace our stage. This band has every gift that Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd has, except exposure. They were the first band I ever felt was way too good to playing a little venue like our place. They were destined for bigger and better things. They really should be playing Wembley Stadium. I’m in the sound booth and Jimi asks me for some feedback on a couple things, we talk, incredibly, he takes my tiny idea and incorporates it into his tune!  Now when he plays it he tells people ‘Greg helped us write this tune.’ Not true, but very flattering of him to say. Jimi is a very true and close friend as well. In the words of Nigel Tufnel, ‘This one needs to be played at eleven!’” The Grady James Band – “Born Again Country”: “Grady James, we absolutely love him!   He played his first gig at our place several years ago.  A young, shy, talented country music kid.  We knew right away we had to keep our eye on this one!  He possesses every single gift a performer really needs to succeed.  He’s all- American good looking, has a great stage presence, smiles all the time, no drugs, no booze (well, very little), believes in God and country and doesn’t mind telling you so, his mom's his biggest fan, and he treats her like a queen. He has that old fashioned ‘look you in the eye and shake your hand, Yes sir’ attitude about him. He moved to Nashville to follow his dream and it’s happening. Then he wrote this song ‘Born Again Country’, calls, and asks if he can shoot the video for it in our bar. We’re like, ‘Are you kidding?!?! Of course you can!’ Dale, our daytime bartender, even has a spot in it. To give you an idea where Grady’s head is at, when we were putting this album together and all the artists were vying for studio time and album placement, all excited like little kids of course, Grady’s first words to me were, ‘Gee, I can't wait to hear all the other great musicians on this album.’  A sincerely nice statement and

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right from the heart. I want him to be the guy that makes it so big that people eventually say, ‘No way he played your bar!’” Jason Nutter & Jesika von Rabbit – “Joshua Tree”: “Jason and Jesika are both great performers in their own right. They got together for this tune and it turned out perfect. Jesika lives up the hill in Joshua Tree, and has a terrific following. A very talented girl and I always enjoy her much too infrequent visits. Jason is a paradox.  A big gruff looking guy covered in tattoos who you’d think would look more comfortable on a Harley than on stage, but when he picks up that guitar and you hear his mellifluous voice, you’ll do a double take just like everyone else does the first time they hear him. He has his fingers in many pots. He owns a record shop just up the street from our place, holds many fundraisers for underprivileged children, and we use him as an opener for many of our tribute shows. He’ll definitely be on Volume 2.” Mikole Kaar – “Dynamic Dynamo”: “Mike Kaar, my little buddy with the big sax sound. Kind of quiet, almost subdued but with a great sense of humor and a ready smile.  He’s been coming in and out of the Roadhouse for as long as we’ve been here. A true jazz master in the whole sense of the term. Mike runs our early Sunday Jazz jam, which he convinced me to let him try.  Turned it into a raging success immediately. He’s usually a daytime dude, but occasionally he drops in on a Saturday night and sits in as a welcome guest with any band playing. Nothing enhances a rock band like a little brass. When I asked him to be part of the record, he was very happy to oblige. I said I wanted an upbeat jazz song and he said, ‘I've got just the thing for you!’ and gave us ‘Dynamic Dynamo’.  I listen to this tune and it instantly transports me to Pacific Coast Highway in 1961, speeding along in a full-sized convertible. Mike is an absolute pro.”

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erek Jordan Gregg is one of the most hard-working musicians in the whole Inland Empire area. Regardless of his daily challenges, Derek grinds out some of the most creative musical developments that contributes to the sound of the Coachella Valley’s spirit. His work is finally paying off when venues and talent bookers invite Derek to be featured in some of their exciting events and musical endeavors. Derek, yet again, established a new musical concept that now the whole Coachella local musician community can take part in: The Killer B Sides. On Saturday, September 11th, Derek debuted his new band at The World-Famous Palm Canyon Roadhouse, located in Palm Springs, CA. The Roadhouse is known for hosting enticing live acts from all over California including major tribute acts from Vegas. This Palm Springs landmark is also the home of many new aspiring musicians who gradually become talented professional artists such as Derek. For the band’s debut, Derek featured original Hive Minds bassist and local cover band (Avenida) musician, Samuel Gonzales, along with the talented hotshot Nashvillian drummer, Josh Mighell. Together, they armed themselves with their versions of cover songs from recognized artists, along with Derek’s songs from his earlier work (The Hive Minds and Cocaine Nose Job). The Killer B Side’s first night at The Palm Canyon Roadhouse was a hit. Well-known accomplished local musicians such as Jimi Heil (Braun Fraulein) and Mikole E. Kaar (Mikole Kaar Jazz Club) also joined in and

speculated the variations of cover songs, sung by Derek in his rocking recognizable vocals. If interested in becoming affiliated with Derek’s project, here is what you need to know and how you can participate: What is ‘The Killer B Sides’, and Who are The Killer Bees? Inspired by Wu-Tang Clan’s affiliate musical group, Keller beez, Derek constructed a similar model by having core members of Derek’s original project, The Hive Minds, that branched off to The Killer B Sides with interchangeable musicians covering renditions of popular favorite hit songs from mainstream artists, as well as some original work from his previous productions. “It’s not really a jam project, but it’s an opportunity to feature other talented musicians to perform and showoff their skill sets. The Killer B Sides offers different flavors to our audience.” Derek explained. “This concept will give everyone a chance to connect and work with one another while building a bigger, and tighter network. Like a beehive.” Killer Bees is a nickname to all those support the foundation of The Killer B Sides. How this group’s concept differs from a standard jam band, is that jam sessions/bands typically, but not limited to, tend to offer a show with a temporary identity without any specialized requirements, while The Killer B Sides provides a more identifiable image with a solid foundation despite of its alternating band members. Additionally, you do not necessarily need to be a musician OR a performer to be

part of the project. Anyone can join and be a Killer Bee by simply showing the band support by being an overall fan. How Does a Musician Become a Killer Bee? Derek wants to give anyone an opportunity to perform live along with him and his Hive Mind members. “This is a fun project for me, just me and my buds having a great time playing music.” Derek added. “If someone would like to be a performing Killer Bee, they are more than welcome to try out either on Thursday nights at the Four-Twenty Bank Dispensary, or Jam Session night at Palm Canyon Roadhouse on Sunday nights. Anyone can be a Killer Bee and when they are, they are part of a family.” What Will Become of The Hive Minds? The Hive Minds will always remain a key part of Derek’s enterprise. Although, The Hive Minds took a 3-year long hiatus (and an unfortunate delay due to Covid), Derek still

Peter “Lucky” Johansen –“Palm Springs Blues”: “Lucky is one cool cat. A real live beatnik style half a century later, keeping it all alive. This tune, ‘Palm Springs Blues’ is so Palm Springs! I don’t think I can pay this song the homage it is due as a tribute to one of the finest eras in music history. But I knew I loved this song the first time I heard him sing the opening line. It’s got everything, everything a tune needs to be a hit. And it is absolutely magnificent in its simplicity. I find myself singing this song out loud when I’m driving my car, having a coffee, working in the garage. It fits anywhere, any time for anyone. A real personal favorite. It makes me want to wear a tux and smoke a guilt-free cigarette while holding a chilled martini.” Joss “Jb” Burrell – “Moon Motel”: “For the album closer, we had to use one of my closest friends, Joss Burrell and his ‘Moon Motel’.  Quick and easy, right? Except for, ‘no wait, we can’t do that one,’ he says the vocals are off, guitar needs changing. Okay, let’s go with ‘Look Away’. Okay yes, that will work. Oh no, he’s not happy with that cut. Harmonies are wrong… and so it went. Every song is in the can, but this one closer and it’s really dragging.  I can't seem to light a fire under Joss to finish. He finally comes clean with me that, as good as he is (and he is good), he just ain’t feelin’ it in the studio. His music is spontaneous, it’s live and written to be performed live. I finally understand his frustration, that his creation is a living thing and he needs the raw jungle feel of a live room for him to make it work. Dave Williams takes it all in stride and says he has it under control and can record him at the Roadhouse. So we record ‘Moon Motel’ live at the Roadhouse in the same fashion as Johnny Rivers at the Whiskey-Go-Go in the early 1960’s and all watch as JB hits the mark with the first take. And then finally, I recognize the predator, confident in his own hunting ground.”

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pushes through, utilizing every opportunity to come out ahead while appeasing his fanbase. Derek insures that The Hive Minds are planning to reappear with new songs alongside with past favorite originals. You can catch Derek Jordan Gregg on Wednesday, Sept. 22nd for the CD release of “Good Noise”, located and produced by The Palm Canyon Roadhouse, or follow him on Facebook/Instagram to keep updated on more of his music such as his solo project Gemini. To be part of The Killer B Sides’ Killer Bees family, be sure to attend his open mic sessions at The Four-Twenty Bank Dispensary and Lounge on Thursdays, or Sundays during The Palm Canyon Roadhouse Jam Sessions. Join in and keep the buzz goin’, you may be vibin’ with Derek on the next Killer B Sides show. Derek will also be performing at CV Weekly’s Publisher Tracy Dietlin’s birthday party at Big Rock Pub on Saturday, September 25.

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he last 2 ½ years since the Covid lockdown, inevitably has been a relentless challenge for artists worldwide. Lack of band rehearsals and zero social interaction, deeply alters motives of artists, reevaluating or repurposing their music projects. As the world continues to conquer the viral battle, music begins to thrive again with freshest sounds from musicians and artists who have been taking advantage of the time to create, construct, and reinvent themselves through new musical projects. Brian Parnell, owner of Audiowild Studios, happens to acknowledge this shift, and decided it was time to present California’s newest emerging reggae band – tHE iLL eAGLES. Audiowild organized a special debut and EP Release party Friday, September 10th. Concert attendees gathered around the intimate studio located in the heart of the peaceful mountainous downtown Idyllwild area. The weather was just perfect with the right amount of chill and close friends who have attended Audiowild’s previous events. As the audience gathered around the colorful led-lit stage, Chris Tracy, a local roots reggae acoustic performer, awed his listeners with his original songs from his EP list, setting the relaxing mood. In between sets, Brian Parnell shows off a bit of his talent with his identifiable smoky-grunge vocals to acoustic covers of his band, Throw the Goat, along with other popular hit cover songs. After Parnell’s set and with some witty, light engagement with his viewers, he proudly introduced his close friends and highlighted band – tHE iLL eAGLES. The audience cheered as the trio arrived on stage, anticipating the unique reggae sound the band members teased about during their

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announcement of their reggae project. tHE iLL eAGLES astonished their listeners, amazed them by their haunting vocals and poetic lyrics. The music crafted by them formed an energetic connection with their audience, offering them such a sensational and vibrate performance. The viewers listen intently, following with dancing with the skillful, yet colorful trio. This was the night that tHE iLL eAGLES were successfully claimed its place among Idyllwild’s and Coachella Valley’s music scene. The eAGLES make way for their take off (a chat with the trio) tHE iLL eAGLES were formed in Coachella Valley by singer/guitarist Brad Burton, bassist Spade Ferrer, and drummer/percussionist Ryan Diaz. The band has been together for about a year now as a trio, combining their unique musical abilities crafting their sound. Backed by years of talented experiences with other bands, the trio strongly believes tHE iLL

eAGLES is the sound California craves. On Your EP, which song would you say reflects the identity of tHE iLL eAGLES? Brad: “I think ‘Turn It Down’ would be the song. I personally feel like it’s the best song I ever performed (as iLL eAGLES) in the studio. As far as feeling and emotion. *chuckles* My wife actually kinda wrote it! I was writing songs and peeled my head in the window, and she was talking to the kids, telling them to ‘turn it down’- meaning the T.V.” Spencer: “If anyone wants to hear just one song from us, that would be it. During the process of writing ‘Turn It Down’, it became so natural between us three, that it was one of the easiest songs to write because it just flowed.” Ryan: “It just clicked, and that’s when we

BY KAYLA ROSE knew it would be a great song.” How did you guys come up with the band’s name? Brad: “I was going to do a side project with a friend of mine who happens to be a rapper, and that was the name that I came up with. I just thought it sounded cool! The project never panned out, so I started the band with the name.” What makes tHE iLL eAGLES unique among other desert reggae rock sounds? Spencer: “What makes us standout is Brad’s vocals. When you listen to a lot of reggae music, you don’t hear those types of vocals at all. And I think this will draw people in. Ryan: “Besides, Brad’s songwriting is incredible. And is different from other reggae groups that talk a lot about smoking weed and politics. We sing about real positivity like family, love, and skateboarding. We want to spread the love. The band later expressed their ambitions of furthering their distinctive music project with high intentions of someday, opening up for other well-known groups such as Pepper, and 311. tHE iLL eAGLES have made its desired impression, gaining new fans. To experience tHE iLL eAGLES, follow them on Instagram or Facebook for upcoming shows such as followed: October 2nd - Characters, Pomona, CA October 23rd – ‘Oktoberfest’ at Coachella Valley Brewing Co., Thousand Palms CA November 13th – Synergy Festival, Coachella, CA


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avid Crosby is kind of a dickhead. He’ll be the first person to agree with that assessment. Most of his lifelong friends aren’t speaking to him these days. Ex-Byrds bandmates have labelled him “insufferable” or insisted that he suffered from a “superiority complex.” He’s a walking contradiction, anti-war but pro-gun, he’s disarmingly blunt and unapologetically unfiltered. But man, can this guy sing, and that remains his saving grace. David Van Cortlandt Crosby was born to Hollywood royalty, his dad, Floyd Crosby, was an award-winning cinematographer. Thanks to his mom, he and older brother Ethan grew up surrounded by music mostly Classical, show tunes and Folk. Later, Ethan taught him how to play guitar and introduced him to the West Coast Jazz of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan and the Hard-Bop of Miles and Coltrane. With little interest in academics, he was kicked out of more schools than he could count. But David realized rather quickly that he could sing and harmonize with anyone. After high school he toyed with becoming an actor, but figured it was easier to attract girls by saying he was a musician. In the early ‘60s, he headed for New York City, epicenter of the thriving Folk music scene. He made some friends and some connections, but this California kid could not get used to the cold. Back on the West Coast, Los Angeles was experiencing its own musical renaissance. David fell in with like-minded musicians like Roger (ne’ Jim) McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke. First known as the Beefeaters then The Jet Set, they finally settled on The Byrds. Making a name for themselves playing clubs on the Sunset Strip, they signed a record deal and scored a #1 hit with their Folk-Rock rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Tambourine Man.” Somewhere along the way David earned the nickname “Croz.” The band kind of invented Folk Rock, (motivating Dylan to follow suit and go electric). They consistently topped the the charts with songs like “Eight Miles High” and “So You Want To Be A Rock N’ Roll Star.” But five raging healthy egos made it difficult to to peacefully coexist. Croz didn’t help matters by airing his Kennedy conspiracy theories on stage, during gigs, or insisting the Byrds record “Triad,” his enthusiastic ode threesomes. (Jefferson Airplane later covered it). By late 1967, Roger and Chris had ousted him from the band. He promptly borrowed $25,000 from Peter Tork and purchased a sailboat. Sailing around the Florida Keys he happened upon a club in Cocoa Beach and kindasorta discovered Joni Mitchell. Returning to L.A. with her, he not only did he secure a record deal for her, but he also produced her self-titled debut. (Actually, he retained a producer credit, but he essentially stayed out of her way and let Joni call the shots). Croz had been jamming with Stephen Stills, who was at loose ends following the dissolution of his band, Buffalo Springfield. Not long after, Mama Cass (the doyenne of Laurel Canyon), introduced him to Graham Nash. Graham had gained some fame as part of the British Invasion group, The Hollies, but he was looking for new challenges. When the trio sang together, their vocal chemistry was

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electric. Graham tendered his resignation to The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash was born. Their eponymous debut arrived in 1969, delivering an irresistible combination of ethereal harmonies, adroit musicianship, winsome melodies and socially conscious lyrics. It was an immediate hit, winning over skeptical critics and topping the charts. The following year, Stephen Stills’ ex-Buffalo bandmate/frenemy, Neil Young joined their ranks and the trio became a quartet. The four-piece began recording Déjà Vu. As the album neared completion, Croz’ girlfriend was killed in a car wreck. Once it was released, the record was another smash hit, but it was a pyrrhic victory for him... Devastated by Christine’s death, what had been recreational drug use became a fullblown addiction, as a means to assuage the pain. Trying to stay busy, he enlisted famous friends like Jerry Garcia, Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash and recorded his solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name. For the next several years he toggled between writing, recording and touring in different configurations: Crosby-Nash, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The results were hit-and-miss, as drug procurement and consumption became his true vocation. He functioned, after a fashion, but his Lost Weekend lasted nearly 15 years. By 1985, strung-out from freebasing, he was on the run from the law, facing myriad drug and weapon charges. He ended up turning himself in and served nine months in a Texas prison. He finally got clean and sober during his incarceration, he was even allowed to start a band, but he was forced to say adios to his long hair and trademark Walrus moustache.

Since his release from prison, he has endured triumph and tribulation with his typical leonine equanimity. In 1989, even though he was on probation, a sympathetic judge allowed him to marry his longtime girlfriend, Jan Dance. In 1994, their house was destroyed by the Northridge earthquake and he underwent a successful liver transplant. But at the same time, he connected with a biological son, James Raymond, who had, unknown to him, been given up for adoption at birth. (He already had two grown daughters, Erica and Donovan Anne from previous relationships). Already a working musician, James and Croz built their father-son relationship from that shared interest. After undergoing fertility treatments, Jan gave birth to their son, Django. Around the same time, it was also revealed that Croz was the sperm donor/bio dad to his pal Melissa Etheridge and then-wife Julie Cypher’s two children, Bailey and Beckett. Although his years of addiction left him dealing with Hepatitis C, Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, he has continued to make music with CSN and CSN&Y. When those guys weren’t available, he teamed with his son James and bassist Jeff Pevar, hitting the road as CPR. All told, they’ve released two studio albums and two live recordings. For decades, he has thrived in group settings, only sporadically releasing solo efforts like 1988’s Yes I Can and 1993’s Thousand Roads. That changed in 2014, with the arrival of his fourth solo endeavor, Croz. It was embraced by fans and hailed by critics as his most assured solo album to date. What followed was a late-life creative renaissance that has produced a series of solo records, Lighthouse, Sky Trails and Here If You Listen, respectively, released between

2016 and 2018. Critical acclaim was swift and effusive. But offstage, Croz being Croz couldn’t keep his opinions to himself. Twitter proved the perfect platform, allowing him to shoot his mouth off in real time. In the process, he’s managed to alienate bandmates like Graham Nash and Neil Young (who now refuse to work with him), as well as stalwart compadres like Jackson Browne. At this point, reconciliation seems like a pipe dream, even though he seemed truly remorseful and repentant in the Cameron Crowe- produced documentary, David Crosby: Remember My Name, For several years, his primary source of income was derived from touring. Croz spent much of his seventh decade on the road. But the Covid pandemic put the kibosh on that revenue stream. Faced with losing his house, he wound up selling his publishing rights. That has given him a measure of financial security. Last year delivered a second blow when Beckett, his biological son with Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher died at age 21 as a result of an opioid addiction. Although they didn’t share a traditional father-son relationship, they were in each other’s lives. Facing the fact that his touring days may be behind him, Croz and James Raymond spent their pandemic days coming up with his eighth solo release, For Free. Arriving just ahead of his 80th birthday, the album boasts a delicate watercolor portrait the curmudgeonly artist in his winter years. Despite his weathered visage, the music contained herein, is as fresh and mindblowing as the stuff he created more than 50 years ago. The record opens with the one-two punch of “River Rise” and “I Think I.” On the former, the plangent piano notes reinforce David’s remarkably elastic tenor on the opening couplet, is quickly augmented by stealthy percussion sparkly guitars shivery bass and incandescent harmonies, courtesy ex-Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald. Cheerful lyrics like “The golden light surrounding a sea of humanity and the wind has its own language, spoken by the trees/Diamonds shine forever, underneath a twilight sky, as the day grows dim, I start to be always one more try,” celebrate the now (which is probably a good policy for an octogenarian). Buoyed by a crisp and concentric arrangement, Croz unleashes a stratospheric note guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand at full attention. Lush and percolating guitars dart in and out of the mix, unspooling ricocheting riffs as the song winds down. Both tracks are written by Croz and the latter feels wildly optimistic for Rock & Roll’s most churlish cherub. Meandering pedal steel, lowing bass and sun-dappled acoustic notes are bookended by a ticktock beat. Straight off, he impishly insists, “I think I, I think I found my way.” Life-lessons are plentiful, but not in an unctuous, Stuart Smalley way, as lyrics concede “And they don’t tell you when you’re right, all the things you need to stay alive, there’s no


www.coachellavalleyweekly.com instructions and no map, no secret way past the trap, it’s so confusing we keep losing our way.” Fleet and filigreed fretwork dominates on the break. Luckily, Croz has formed one of his most consistent and long-lasting musical partnerships with his son. Not only has James acted as music director for several years, he’s also included a few of his own compositions on For Free, that feel tailor-made for his dad. Take “Boxes,” which is powered by rippling acoustic guitars, lithe electric riffs, spidery bass lines, pulsating keys and a thunky beat. The opening couplet offers a truculent caveat; “This time I got nothing to say about it, I’m about as still as water could be, I won’t fuck with anyone’s arrangement, let’s open these boxes and see.” But digging deeper, he seems to acknowledge his foibles; “Last time the kettle was boiling over, we made a mess of it, I made a mess..” and he’s attempting a course correction; “I tried so often to summon my better angels, but they’re over the horizon once again..” A stinging guitar solo on the break adds a mischievous note to this late-life mea culpa. On “The Other Side Of Midnight,” cascading guitars partner with a wash of keys, wily bass lines and a snapback rhythm. Dreamy lyrics speak to spirituality, pain and regret, but the spotlight shines brightest on gossamer harmonies and the intricate and iridescent guitar work on the break. Both instrumentation and arrangement echo the crystalline sound that Crosby, Stills & Nash achieved on their undervalued 1977 gem, “CSN.”

The album’s best tracks stack back-toback, dead center. There’s a Jazzy, Steely Dan sleekness to “Rodriguez For A Night” which feels wholly apropos since the song was co-written by Crosby, James Raymond and half of the Dan, Donald Fagen. In fact, Croz recently admitted “we Steely Dan’d it right into the fucking ground!” Funkified bass lines pivot between muted keys, glassy guitar riffs and a heartbreak beat. Ascending horns bob and weave between verses as lyrics pine for a former love, currently entangled with an alluring outlaw; “I confess he had some qualities that might attract a foolish girl, an effortless charisma and a clever way with the world/Now I’m just a drugstore cowboy, you know I’ll never be Mr. Right, still, I would sell my soul if I could only be Rodriguez for just one night.” A keening guitar solo cuts like a knife (but not in an icky, Bryan Adams way) on the break, bolstered by the syncopated horn section. There’s an autumnal ache to “Secret Dancer,” which opens tentatively as quiescent acoustic arpeggios lattice over feathery keys and a hi-hat kick. Crosby’s mien is wistful, even as he concocts a fantastical tale about a sentient robot who decides it’s female and likes to dance; “The creation started dancing, silently, gracefully, beautifully, slowly, in the dark, in the dark.” Willowy trumpet and lissome piano appear on the break, to enact a blissful pas de deux. Finally, “Ships In The Dark” is another in a long line of nautically-themed gems like “Wooden Ships,” and “Shadow Captain.” Peppery drums, liquid acoustic riffs, slinky

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bass lines and a handclap rhythm lock into a mid-tempo groove. It’s part technological rant, part philosophical harangue; “I am awake as the world sleeps, I can’t seem to touch this world, I’d sleep while the world weeps, my ship’s still, my sails furled, my sails furled.” In between the verses, Waspish riffs and Bluesy guitar licks tangle with tart electric piano notes, underscoring Croz’ peckish vibe. Other interesting songs include a painterly duet with Americana singer Sarah Jarosz on the title track, a Joni Mitchell deep cut that he has been noodling with for years. Then there’s “Shot At Me, a song that evolved from a conversation Croz had with an Afghanistan War vet tormented by PTSD and haunted by one of his kills. The album closes with its most potent track, “I Won’t Stay For Long.” By turns tender and tough, poignant and pragmatic, it reminds the listener that at 80, David Crosby has, to paraphrase Shakespeare, reached the winter of his discontent. Sylph-like guitars partner with lanky bass lines, hushed keys and a supple backbeat. The first verse finds Croz putting his cards on the table; “I’m standing on the porch, like it’s the edge of a cliff, beyond the grass and gravel lies a certain abyss and I don’t think I will try it today/I’m facing a squall like a thousand-year storm, I don’t know if I’m dying or about to be born, but I’d like to be with you today, yes, I’d like to be with you today.” Fluttery flugelhorn notes act as a wordless Greek chorus, quietly underscoring the song’s inherent fragility. Written by James Raymond, it manages to

put Croz’s vulnerability on full display. The final verse seems directed at his wife Jan; “And I won’t stay for long, I’ve got a place of my own… An abandoned song, it echoes through this well I’ve fallen in, if I could just hold on to the smell of your skin, I could live, I could breathe, I could breathe.” A clear-eyed meditation on mortality, it’s an evocative end to a stellar record. Co-produced by Croz and James Raymond, the album features the talents of Steve DiStanislao, Abe Laboriel, Jr. and Gary Novak on drums, Andrew Ford and Eli Thomson on bass, Dean Parks, Steve Postell and Shawn Tubbs on guitar. Walt Fowler played trumpet and flugelhorn, Steve Taviglione blew saxophone. Gracie Raymond, Bella Stevens and Michelle Willis handled backing vocals. The legendary Greg Liesz added some lonesome pedal steel. Not only did he add harmonies to “River Rise,” he also wrote the song’s second verse, on the spot. However, MVP status belongs to James Raymond who contributed drum programming, Fender Rhodes, percussion, keys, synthesizer, guitar, synthesizer bass, backing vocals, Wurlitzer and horn arrangements (phew). As David Crosby edges toward the Exit sign, he has managed to create the most uncompromising, vital and heartfelt music of his life. Hopefully, the work will speak for itself, eclipsing the um, extracurricular activity that defined the first part of his career. There’s an elegance and a majesty to this record that transcends his past transgressions, and that’s enough for now.

The Nest – Jojo Malagar – 7pm The Slice – Sergio Villegas – 5-8pm The Village – Rapmarz - 10pm Wildest – TBA – 6-9pm

Thursday, September 16

Coachella Valley Brewery – Open Mic – 7pm Cunard’s – Bill Baker – 6pm Jazzville@Agua Caliente P.S. – Stardust Revue – 7pm Kitchen 86 – Jojo Malagar – 7pm La Quinta Brewery – Josh Heinz – 7-9pm Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Just Dave Band – 7pm Melvyn’s – Mikael Healey – 5pm O’Caine’s – Midlife O’Crisis – 6pm The Nest – Bryan Magsayo – 6pm The Slice – Leanna Rogers – 5-8pm The Village – Rob & JB – 5:30-8:30pm, Rapmarz – 10pm, DJ LF – 10pm

Friday, September 17

Bart Lounge – DJ Manny – 8pm Casuelas Café – The Myx – 7:15pm Cunard’s – Bill Baker – 6pm Four Twenty Bank – Hotwyre – 6pm Lit @ Fantasy Springs – The Reel Band – 9pm Melvyn’s – Mikael Healey – 5pm

O’Caine’s – Midlife O’Crisis – 6pm Rockyard@Fantasy Springs – The Ghost Notes (Grateful Dead Tribute) and Steel Rod – 7pm The Hood – Drag Queen Bingo – 8pm The Nest – Jojo Malagar – 6pm The Slice – Marc Antonelli – 5:30-8:30pm The Village – Rob & JB – 5:30-8:30pm, Rapmarz – 10pm, DJ LF – 10pm, DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm Twelve @ Fantasy Springs – Mark Gregg and Co. – 7-10pm Wildest – Derek Jordan Gregg – 6-9pm

Saturday, September 18

Ace Hotel – DJ – noon – poolside Bart Lounge – DJ Hymn – 8pm Casuelas Café – The Myx – 7:15pm Coachella Valley Brewery – “Laughs and Drafts” Comedy – 7:30pm Cunard’s – Bill Baker – 6pm Four Twenty Bank – Ramsey Street – 6pm Hotel Zoso – Flamingo Pool Party w/ DJ Dxsko – noon-6pm Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Just Dave Band – 9pm

Melvyn’s – Mikael Healey – 5pm Palm Canyon Roadhouse – The Toyz – 9pm Rockyard@Fantasy Springs – 1,000 HP (Godsmack Tribute) and 212 Band – 7pm The Hood - Comedy Night – 9pm The Nest – Nikki Dickinson – 6pm The Slice – Leanna Rogers – 5:30-8:30pm The Village – Rob & JB – 1-4pm, Rapmarz – 10pm, DJ LF – 10pm, DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm Twelve @ Fantasy Springs – Mark Gregg and Co. – 7-10pm Wildest – TBA – 6-9pm

Sunday, September 19

Bart Lounge – Latina Night w/ DJ LF – 8pm Coachella Valley Brewery – Acoustic Afternoon w/ Nick Hales, Wes Gainey and Courtney Chambers – 3pm Hotel Zoso – Flamingo Pool Party w/ DJ Tyler Caiden – noon-6pm Kitchen 86 – Jojo Malagar – 7pm Melvyn’s – Mikael Healey – 5pm Palm Canyon Roadhouse – Mikole Kaar Jazz Event – 2-5pm, Sunday Night Jam – 6-11pm

Monday, September 20

The Nest – The Trebles – 6:30-9:30pm The Village – DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm

Tuesday, September 21

Cunard’s – Bill Baker – 6pm Four Twenty Bank – Mikole Kaar and the Kaar Club – 4:20-7:20pm Lit @ Fantasy Springs – Brad’s Pad – 7-10pm The Nest – The Trebles – 6:30-9:30pm The Slice – Sergio Villegas – 5-8pm The Village – DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm

Wednesday, September 22

Casuelas Café – Lisa Lynn and the Broken Hallelujahs – 7:15pm Cunard’s – Bill Baker – 6pm Melvyn’s – Mikael Healey – 5pm The Cantina – T- Bone Karaoke – 7pm The Nest – The Trebles – 6:30-9:30pm The Slice – Marc Antonelli – 5-8pm The Village – DJ Gio the Ace – 9pm, Banda Revolucion – 10pm

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THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE (1933) Pre-code does not refer to a genre, like film noir, although many people confuse the two labels. Pre-code films were made starting around 1929 at the end of the silent era and continued through 1930-’34. Their content was looser and more risqué and reflected the wilder times of the era. When studios adopted the “code” around 1930, it was mainly to avoid government and federal censorship. The fear was generated by the self-appointed public guardians of moral decency and to protect women, children and the “lower class” and all those who see the films. Will Hays, who was president of the Motion Picture Association of America, enforced the

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code by getting studios to sign on the to the restrictions that prohibited anything that would lower the standards of those who see the films. One of the main issues was to make sure movies never ridicule attitudes toward the law or generate sympathy to its violators. It soon became known as the “Hays Code” which evolved or mutated into the Catholic Legion of Decency. For his moral service, Will Hays was paid $100,000 yearly (that’s $1,555,000 today!). “The Story of Temple Drake” was adapted from William Faulkner’s sensational and provocative novel Sanctuary and directed by Stephen Roberts. Oliver H. P. Garrett wrote the screenplay. The eye-popping atmospheric

BY ROBIN E. SIMMONS extraordinary tour de force lead performance from a sizzling Miriam Hopkins who passes through the states of terror, trauma and redemption. Great featurettes inform this film’s origin, craftsmanship and issues with the production code. Especially noteworthy is the conversation with film scholar/critic Imogen Sara Smith on the complexity of the film and the central performance by Miriam Hopkins. Blu-ray. Criterion. robin@cochellavalleyweekly.com

cinematography steeped in southern gothic shadows was by the great Karl Struss and shows the strong influence of German expressionism. The film departs from Faulkner’s novel in many ways, but most memorqably in its jolting depiction of a brutal rape scene. Temple Drake is the promiscuous granddaughter of a respected small-town judge. When a drunken date abandons her at a bootlegger’s hide out, she is subjected to “an act of nightmarish sexual violence and trapped in a criminal underworld that threatens to swallow her up. The movies has been called a harrowing vision of sin and salvation that boast an

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treaming high-quality videos online require a fast internet connection as well as a server capable of handling the data traffic. Users rarely encounter video playback problems on Netflix since the platform is well designed for watching highresolution movies and TV shows. This is not to say that Netflix is immune to occasional errors and issues. For example, you've probably seen a spinning wheel on Netflix while watching your favorite show. Most of the time, this means that your internet connection is slow and that the app is having difficulty loading the content. It is also likely that the issue is due to a defective system or a problem with Netflix's server. According to Netflix's official support page, the first thing you can do if you're experiencing constant buffering is to check your basic settings. First of all, check your internet connection. If you're using a wireless connection, ensure that the signal is strong and that other users aren't hogging your bandwidth. To access any Netflix content, a minimum constant download speed of 0.5 megabits per second (Mbps) is required. If the connection seems to be working properly, turn it off and then restart your machine or video game console. There may be different solutions for different types of devices, that are: Blu-ray player, Computer, Game console, Mobile phone or tablet, Set-top box, Smart TV and Streaming media player. In case if you’re Streaming on your Desktop, turn off any unwanted background applications or games that might be hogging resources. Make sure a patch or other downloadable content (DLC) isn't downloading if you're watching a movie on a console. If your buffering issues continue, try resetting your home network and then using a free Internet speed test to check your download speed. Finally, rather than relying

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know I’m dating myself when I post this song called “Get Ready” by Rare Earth (https://lnkd.in/g9EsbvWc). We certainly are living in rare times on this earth, so why not get ready? September is National Preparedness Month, and in California, we certainly have no shortage of disasters to plan for — wildfires, pandemic, earthquakes, heat waves, poweroutages, flash floods, active shooters. Whether natural or human-caused, disasters always challenge us. Having a plane and being prepared can make things just a little bit easier. Following are some things to consider when you are preparing you, your family and place of work. As I write this (9/11/2021) a brush fire burned 400 acres along both sides of I – 5 fwy closing both north and southbound lanes. Many of our freeways and highways run through our hillsides and mountains. Would you have food, water and supplies in your car if you were stuck during a wildfire, earthquake, flood or?

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on wireless, link your devices directly to a modem or router to reduce the chances of service interruption. 5 ways to determine if it's time to upgrade your equipment With entertainment technology and equipment continually changing, it can be difficult to know when to update your gear. It can also be very tempting to buy the best and newest equipment when you do not need to. This would also be rather impractical, given how often new equipment is released these days and how costly it would be. Experts recommend that you upgrade your equipment at least every five years. If you use a lot of smart home devices or have a habit of purchasing new laptops, tablets, and other primary Wi-Fi devices, make it every two to three years. That means there are potentially a lot of us who can benefit from upgrading to new equipment. Here's how to make sense of it all and make the right update at the right moment. Something is too slow to be useful: If your workstation continues crashing and you are unable to stream movies properly as a result, it may be time to replace your equipment.

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER Do you know how your fire department pushes out information in the event of a disaster? Decide how you are going to stay informed and communicate, then determine whether you need to spread the word to gain more followers. You can also sign up for Twitter and text alerts from FEMA and other trusted government agencies. Are you prepared to evacuate your pets? Increasingly, our dogs, cats, birds — even pigs and chickens — are considered members of the family. Too many people have ignored evacuation orders because they do not know how to get their pets to safety, and they are not willing to leave them behind. You can argue all day long against this mindset — or you can work ahead of time to prepare. Encourage them to practice getting pets quickly into carriers. Provide lists of supplies they should stock with their personal disaster kit, such as a collapsible water bowl, pet food and extra medicine if their pets require it. Community members who own or house large animals, such as horses, should keep addresses of common evacuation sites (such as campgrounds and fairgrounds) and should be educated about the necessity of

Not necessarily the entire machine, but replacing components can sometimes solve the problem. Even simple things like ensuring sure your desktop isn't cluttered with files and closing applications you're not using can help your computer run faster. Incompatibility: As time passes and technology advances, the methods through which we connect our equipment to computers evolve as well. Another issue with compatibility is that if your equipment is relatively old, it may not always operate with newer hardware and software. If Something Isn't Working Right: Consider some factors if an item in your video streaming equipment inventory isn't performing as it should. Is it worth repairing or should it be upgraded? It's usually best to try to get it fixed if it's a very nice piece of antique equipment that gives you a great video or effect that's difficult to replicate on a current version. It's possible that all it needs is a new piece, which would be a reasonably simple fix. It might be wiser to replace or upgrade to a newer model or version if it's an easily replaceable and relatively low-cost piece of equipment.

Upgrading to the next generation of technology: Computer technology and security are continually evolving, and with the release of the latest generations, we've witnessed some huge leaps in the last few years. Generational advancements like this leave yesterday's equipment in the dust, therefore it's worth updating to new equipment that supports them as soon as it makes sense, even if the one you're using now is still doing the job. Is the manufacturer still supporting the device: This is very important. If the device is no longer supported by software updates or has reached its End of Life (EoL) date, it's time to upgrade to something newer. Dealing with outdated equipment that isn’t working at its best wastes time. While this list isn't exhaustive, it should provide you with lots of ideas for when to upgrade your smart home technology. When you’re ready to consider an upgrade, our Eggsperts are here to help with designing a custom solution that’s just right for you. The most fundamental thing to remember is that you should not only buy for the present but also potential technological developments in the next five years.

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evacuating them very early (if possible) due to the logistics involved. Do you know where to go to get up-todate information on fire danger or weatherrelated hazards? The USGS has collected a lot of great resources on their National Preparedness Month page. You can view past, current and forecasted hazards along the coasts; the Fire Danger Forecast, which is a dynamic map updated daily; and the latest earthquake activity. Are you properly protecting and preparing

your financial documents? Having to evacuate or losing one is home due to water or fire damage is traumatic, but it can be even more damaging for those who have not taken steps to safeguard important documents such as financial and medical documentation. The Department of Homeland Security offers resources to help community members and provides advice on how to properly store them so they can be retrieved if originals or hard copies are destroyed. Do you see a theme here? Being resilient in the face of disaster requires thoughtful planning and preparedness. While it is ultimately each citizen's responsibility to prepare, we have access to resources and information to help get started. And when you're prepared, disaster response is much more effective. For more resources, including weekly themes, graphics, videos and sample PSAs, visit www.ready.gov/september.

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t’s time to have some fun again with Bordeaux wine. A few years ago I wrote, “Once upon a time, Bordeaux was a fairly serious topic. Major wine producing history kept it well respected and all business-like—sometimes, even winesnobbery crept in (imagine that). But things are a little more balanced, now that our wine community continues to enjoy a younger crowd. And—once upon a time, every wine drinker in town had a strong opinion on Bordeaux. You either loved it! or, you decided not to get into it—being happy with California or Burgundy wine. Again, a broader base of wine enthusiasts, continue to erode the need to be locked into this group or that. The new wave of vino lovers simply see Bordeaux as yet another area of interest to taste and enjoy. They certainly wince and are amazed that so much high-end Bordeaux can sell for 500 bucks a bottle or more, but they’re not afraid of trying an inexpensive Bordeaux.” And speaking of “inexpensive”, back in the day, there were a slew of us baby boomers who joined in the Bordeaux Brotherhood and enjoyed a fanciful Mouton wine at the table. For a good everyday pour, it’s hard to beat the Mouton Cadet wines. The brand grew out of the famous Mouton Rothschild estate, known throughout the world for great first growth Bordeaux wines. Mouton Rothschild is one of the world’s most expensive wines. In 2006 at an auction organized by Christie’s in Beverly Hills, a lot of 12 bottles of Mouton Rothschild 1945 sold for $290,000, and a lot of six magnums of the same vintage for $345,000. Besides being a First Growth Bordeaux, Mouton-Rothschild is known for its labels. Each year since 1945, the label for each vintage has been illustrated with the reproduction of an original artwork specially created for Mouton by a contemporary artist of the time, such as Picasso to Basquiat. But knowing the market, the famed vintner Baron Philippe de Rothschild wanted to deliver a wine that brought the richness of a great Bordeaux to a mass audience—at affordable prices; so he created Mouton Cadet in 1930. Obviously the grapes for these wines don’t come from the legendary Rothschild estate, but they come from nearby: the north of the Blaye region and the Entre-Deux-Mers. Enter now, some new vintage Cadets on the Bordeaux block: Mouton Cadet Blanc 2020 and Mouton Cadet Rosé 2020 both bottles sell for around $13. Freshly delivered to US

shores from the renowned Rothschild family vineyards, these wines call Bordeaux home and offer an accessible (and affordable!) sip to the world famous wine region. With a unique sourcing from 453 partner winegrowers in the best terroirs of Bordeaux, these bottles are a stellar expression of French terroir and history. Mouton Cadet Blanc 2020 is a Sauvignon Blanc dominant blend with a bit of Semillion and sprinkle of Muscadelle. Its pale buttercup yellow hue looks great on the beach and in backyards alike. The citrus and ripe peach aromas tease flavours of lime, nectarine and kumquat. The finish, escorted by a tingle of acidity, is long and pairs well with summer seafood, like oysters and scallops. Another wine review states: “The Bordeaux Blanc is equally refreshing, full of fruity aromas and flavors. It is a pretty pale yellow in the glass, citrus fruit aromas with hints of peach. On the palate you get lime and peach flavors with notes of apricot. The finish is pleasant and lingering. It is a balanced and rounded wine.” The blend is 76 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 22 percent Semillon and 2 percent Muscadelle. This wine should be served well chilled. Mouton Cadet Rosé 2020 is Merlot based with Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon blended in for refinement and structure. The lychee-like deep pink colour perfectly matches the intense berry and grapefruit nose. The palette is punchy with a full red berry flavor that refines into an elegant lingering finish. Top summer pairings include charcuterie or sushi. The Rosé is a beautiful peach color in the glass, with aromas of red fruit. The first sip opens with red fruit flavors such as raspberry, strawberry and cherry. The finish is round and pleasant. Another wine reviewer has said, “The Rosé tasted like a Bordeaux, not a generic wine you sometimes get in this price range. It was fresh and uncomplicated, yet true to the region. The vines grow in diverse soils, which include clay, limestone and gravel, revealing different aspects of the grape varieties used to compose the Mouton Cadet Rosé.” The blend is 77 percent Merlot, 16 percent Cabernet Franc and 7 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a wine you can share with friends on a warm fall evening or take in a picnic basket on family outings, or even a tailgate party. It should be served chilled. Cheers! Rick is your somm-about town and is looking forward to tasting & reviewing wines you or your company may be marketing & pouring. Contact him at winespectrum@aol.com.

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was springtime in Michigan during my high school senior year, and a number of us would head downtown to Sandy’s Pub because a.) Sandy’s daughter Wendy, two years older than us, was hotter than a firecracker, and b.) Spring meant the release of Stroh’s Bock…a dark, beautiful pitcher of liquid refreshment. During inevitable marathon dart games, I would patiently explain that ‘Bock’ beer was the result of the brewery cleaning the ruddy, foreboding brew from the bottoms of their tanks at the end of the year…and I couldn’t have been more incorrect. Fast-forward a few decades and here I am in the desert where Coachella Valley

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boasts some of the savviest food and beverage consumers in the nation. They are quick to point out that boasting of “Natural Ingredients” on a package doesn’t mean it’s healthier and adding the Fat Free symbol to a box won’t guarantee weight loss. But when it comes to beer, denizens of our lowland have been heard to utter many a discouraging word about beer. It seems we all have had something in common at one point or another. Beer, especially the Craft segment, is rife with falsehoods and misunderstandings and I totally understand the confusion and refuse to even try to hold anyone or anything wholly responsible. It is, however,

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time to clear the air of some of the bigger falsehoods plaguing the beer industry, so here we go. Myth 1: Dark beers are stronger than lighter colored beers Believe it or not, that jet-black glass of Guinness has the same alcohol content (4.2% ABV) as Bud Light, Coors Light, or ULTRA. The color of a beer is determined by the different types and amounts of roasted malt selected by the brewer and has absolutely no bearing on the actual alcohol content. There is a very exciting category known as Belgian Golden Ale, and how could that title not sound just like fizzy yellow fun? The beers are yellow to medium gold in color and contain copious amounts of carbonation making them spritzy and delightful…so what could possibly go wrong? Well, despite their innocent looks, they are actually quite high in alcohol, beginning at 7.0% and going as high as double digits. Don’t worry though, the Belgian brewers have their own way of warning you about these wolves in sheep’s clothing as most are aptly given names such as Duvel (Devil), Lucifer, Delirium Tremons, and Horny Devil are a few that come to mind. Myth 2: Letting beer bottles get cold, warm, and cold again makes them skunky Beer does get skunked, and few things are worse than removing the cap from a bottle in anticipation of some thirstquenching suds only to be greeted by the beery equivalent of Pepé Le Pew. Skunked beer is not hard to identify, but it’s a very bitter pill to attempt to swallow. In truth, the musky aroma is caused by a chemical reaction when hop compounds in beer react with ultraviolet light. Without nerding out too much, this chemical reaction produces 3-MBT, the same compound as our friend Pepé. As it turns out, people are remarkably sensitive to this as well; only four parts-per-trillion will make it noticeable and 12 parts will render your beverage virtually undrinkable. Want to avoid this smelly issue altogether? Simply choose to drink draft beer or beer from cans as both packages eliminate the chance of sunlight turning your beer into a light-struck mess. Should you insist on still remaining a bottle-baby, select beer packaged in brown glass only, as brown glass reduces ultraviolet penetration by 80-90%. Green glass has about 50% protection and clear provides absolutely none. Therefore, thing of brown bottles as sunscreen for your beer. This begs the question, “Why would a brewer choose green or clear glass?” and the simplified answer is tradition. During the 1800’s it was discovered that glass containers were the best material for keeping beer fresh for longer periods. Over time, brewers also discovered that clear glass left in the sun soured the beer and began experimenting with differing hues. During World War II, there was a critical shortage of brown glass so brewers returned to clear bottles with some brands opting for a more expensive green glass for additional light protection. During the 1950’s most returned to the auburn bottles, with some brands clinging to green in an effort to retain the elite status held during the war. (I’m

BY BREWMASTER ED HEETHUIS looking at you, Heineken) Myth 3: Beer should be served ice cold Ooof. Who hasn’t seen the Coors Light Silver Bullet hero-train streaking across the TV while magically turning a vapid desert scene into a snow-filled Rocky Mountain amusement park? Who else would have specialty cans and bottles where the Rocky Mountains on the label turn blue to indicate when your beer has reached optimal drinking temperature? (The mountains turn blue at roughly 43° Fahrenheit in case you are interested). The irony of this myth is rooted to the surface of your tongue. The colder the liquid, the less you taste…its as if your freezing little taste buds all put on teenytiny parkas, scarves, and mittens. Think of it this way; we have all had leftover pizza out of the refrigerator, and in that moment of morning desperation…it tasted, well, just ok. But if you take the next slice and ‘wave it for 25 seconds, suddenly the peperoni pops, the cheese is cheesier, and the pineapple brings its sweetness for all it is worth. (Please don’t go judging my topping selections…I’ve seen what you do to your pies) Truth is, taste is a very subjective matter and we all experience the same beer in different ways. A good general rule of thumb is this: Lagers are generally best experienced in the 38-48° range while Ales tend to excel from 45° all the way up to room temperature (for some styles such as Barleywine and Russian Imperial Stouts). This doesn’t mean you need to carry a thermometer with you everywhere you go like a geeky brewer/ writer I know, but really, why wouldn’t you? In all seriousness, we can all tell when our beer is too warm and that is just a crying shame when it happens. Much of this comes back to the science defining the two major categories. Lagers are fermented at a cooler temperature and mature over a longer period of time. The resulting beer is well-rounded, crisp, and clean. Since most brews taste best closest to their inherent fermentation temperature, Lagers taste better when colder. Like their White wine counterparts, Lager beers are considered to be on the refreshing side of the taste experience and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Ales, on the other hand, mimic their Red wine brethren as they tend to fall into the ‘sip and savor’ category. Refreshment isn’t totally removed from the equation, but the myriad of flavors transmitted by Ales grow and change as the brew gradually warms. What I wouldn’t give to stroll downtown to Sandy’s for a Stroh’s Bock in an effort to make reparations for the disinformation pushed by a young, naïve, budding brewer. (When Ed Heethuis isn’t brewing at Spotlight 29 Casino for 29 Brews, you will find the Certified Cicerone® / Brewmaster out on his road bike, handicapping Canadian Football, or talking beer with the patrons at Taproom 29. He may be reached at: heethuis.ed@gmail.com or wherever beer may be found in the wild.)

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nited States Marine, Corporal Hunter Lopez, the son of Riverside County Sheriff’s Captain Herman Lopez and Deputy Alicia Lopez, will finally be flown home and reunited with his family to be honored and laid to rest. Corporal Hunter Lopez Biography Hunter Lopez was killed in action on August 26, 2021 while serving as a member of the Unites States Marine Corps in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Born on January 15, 1999 in Palm Springs, CA., Hunter is survived by his parents, Herman and Alicia, brother Owen and sister Trinity. Hunter dedicated his life to service and took pride in being part of organizations with a rich tradition. Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Hunter was a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Scout from 2014-2017 for Post 507, where he obtained the rank of Captain. Hunter served in the Marine Corps for four years; His first three years as part of the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company A, 5th Platoon and most recently as a member of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Golf Company, 1st Platoon, 3rd squad. Hunter was devoted to serving others and perfecting himself in order to be the best Explorer and Marine possible. Whether at work or at home, Hunter strived for perfection, seeking knowledge and

experience from those he respected and admired. When on leave, Hunter enjoyed being around family and friends and sharing his experiences with everyone. He lived life to the fullest and was often the reason why family and friends would bend over backwards to get together when he was around. Hunter was a history buff and had many aspirations to pursue after completing his service to the country, among those was being part of a shooting and firearms company with several friends which is already underway and becoming a Deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Always a fan of everything and anything Star Wars related, Hunter convinced countless friends, family and Marines to binge watch movies and would often quiz them on Star Wars trivia. As a child, Hunter shied away from photographs and it was a challenge to get him to smile in most photographs. As an Explorer Scout and especially as a Marine Hunter seemed to flourish and developed an infectious smile and amazing personality. Hunter lived a full life in a short amount of time, he impacted so many lives and has left a lasting impression on family, friends, and his brothers and sisters in arms. The procession and Funeral Services for Corporal Hunter Lopez are as follows: Thursday, September 16, 2021 Approximately 5:30 PM – Procession

begins from Forest Lawn: 69855 E Ramon Road, Cathedral City. The procession will travel past Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station (73705 Gerald Ford Drive, Palm Desert), where members of the public are welcomed to line the streets in support and will end at St. Francis of Assisi (47225 Washington Street, La Quinta). Friday, September 17, 2021 Approximately 9:00 AM – A procession will begin from St. Francis of Assisi and travel past the following schools, which Corporal Hunter Lopez attended: 1. Amelia Earhart Elementary School:

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45250 Dune Palms Road, Indio 2. John Glenn Middle School: 79655 Miles Avenue, Indio 3. La Quinta High School: 79255 Blackhawk Way, La Quinta Once the procession is completed, Corporal Hunter Lopez will return to St. Francis of Assisi, where the public will be able to attend a viewing which will be held from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00 AM – A memorial service will be held at Palm Springs Convention Center: 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs. The Oasis room in the convention center will be open to the public to watch the ceremony on media screens in accordance with Covid regulations and occupancy requirements. Public parking is located on Avenida Caballeros. Maximum capacity of 1,000 public members will be allowed. Masks will be required inside the convention center. At the conclusion of the service, a procession will travel to Riverside National Cemetery, (22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside) where Corporal Hunter Lopez will be laid to rest. We encourage those who wish to pay tribute be advised of these procession plans and routes. We ask that the public remain on sidewalks and out of the roadways for the safety of themselves and the procession. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of allied agencies, will block/ divert traffic at all intersections and high traffic areas. Please use alternate routes for any regular travel during these three days and time frames.

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he Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)—the official destination marketing organization for the Coachella Valley—has announced that effective September 9, 2021, the organization will begin operating under a new name and will be known as Visit Greater Palm Springs. Along with this change, a newly designed logo will be used. "The Greater Palm Springs region continues to evolve," said Scott White, President & CEO for Visit Greater Palm Springs. “The name ‘Visit Greater Palm Springs’ is direct and easy to understand, represents a call to action, reinforces the organization's marketing efforts, is more industry-familiar with meeting planners, and reduces confusion about the organization’s purpose for potential visitors seeking information.” The new name also better reflects the organization’s longer-term vision of not only showcasing the Coachella Valley’s nine cities as a premiere leisure and meetings destination but also growing the tourism economy in the region. Tourism remains the top industry in Greater Palm Springs with one out of every five jobs supported by tourism. In 2019, 14.1 million people visited Greater Palm Springs for a total economic impact of $7.5 billion. Begun in 1989

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as the official tourism marketing organization of the region, in 2016 the organization released a Destination Development Plan outlining a strategy to reach 16 million visitors by 2026, a strategy that went beyond marketing to include increasing air service, promoting regional collaboration, broadening and improving the visitor experience, assisting in developing the local workforce, and more. Since then, the organization has continued to expand its role locally as a Destination Management Organization (DMO). As the Coachella Valley emerges from the deepest impact of the pandemic, the organization is committed to tourism development to support not only the local economy but also the residents, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for the community while providing an enhanced visitor experience. These efforts include the building of a well-trained workforce to welcome visitors and provide them with a high level of service, continuing focus on ease of access to the destination for both visitors and residents through air service development as well as forward-focused vision on improving access by rail and car and mobility within the region, such walk-ability, bike-ability and public transportation and providing peace of mind

that our destination is keeping both residents and visitors safer with the organization’s Safer Together Greater Together Pledge. To accompany the name change, Visit Greater Palm Springs is also rolling out a new identity, one that embodies everything learned about why travelers find the destination to be their special place to relax, unwind, create and live healthier. “Unlike other desert destinations, we are an oasis,” said Chief Creative Officer Jeff Miraglia. “We’ve been communicating that brand promise through our tagline, ‘Find your oasis.’ Now, we have added a pop of green to our logo mark to represent the thousands of swaying palms visitors see in all directions in our destination.” The “Find Your Oasis” tagline was created in 2014 to represent the many reasons visitors come to the destination. The phrase both

encourages and invites them to find their own personal oasis during a visit, from adventure, art, golf and recreation to relaxation, selfdiscovery and rejuvenation. Visit Greater Palm Springs is the official destination management agency for the ninecity Southern California oasis of Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. Founded in 1989 with a mission to positively affect the destination’s $7.5 billion tourism economy. The organization supports over 50,000 jobs and serves more than 3,000 business partners, providing sales, marketing and PR targeted to potential leisure travelers and event, meeting, and convention group markets. For more information on Visit Greater Palm Springs visit visitgreaterpalmsprings.com and follow on social media: @visitgreaterps.


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ak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries, today announced the appointment of three executives at Coachella Valley Arena. Joining OVG is JoAnn Armstrong as vice president of programming, Joyce Szudzik as vice president of marketing, Ruth Hill as vice president of finance. All will be based in Palm Desert and report to John Bolton, senior vice president of entertainment - facilities (OVG) & general manager, Coachella Valley Arena. “As we continue to build a world-class arena in the Coachella Valley, we’re committed to hiring the best industry professionals to lead us forward,” said Bolton. “I am very pleased to officially welcome each of them to our team.” As vice president of programming for Coachella Valley Arena, Armstrong, a lead industry veteran, will be responsible for strategic content programming of all concerts, family shows, and special events, as well as facilitating the AHL hockey schedules. “I'm thrilled to join the inaugural OVG team for the Coachella Valley Arena under the guidance of SVP, GM John Bolton, working together to elevate the artist and fan experience for the Coachella Valley,” said Armstrong. “This already top destination will have an amazing new home for our touring artists around the world, as well as home to the AHL team of the Seattle Kraken, among the other diverse programming planned.” Armstrong makes the move to OVG from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California after 28 years. During her tenure in Anaheim, she oversaw all programming for the arena bringing some of the biggest artists to the fans of Orange County as well as scheduling for the NHL home team Anaheim Ducks. Previously, Armstrong served as part of the management team at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA, and Laff Stop Comedy Nite Club in Santa Ana, California. Szudzik joins OVG as vice president of marketing for Coachella Valley Arena from AEG Worldwide where she will oversee the planning and implementation of the arena marketing strategy including brand, ticket sales, media buying, partnership marketing, social and digital media. Additionally, she will act as a liaison and work in collaboration with OVG Los Angeles and other arena stakeholders to ensure brand alignment. A music industry veteran with more than two decades of leadership experience in harnessing and leveraging data to build longlasting relationships with customers, Szudzik is a digital native and social media strategist with extensive experience in marketing, on both the promoter side and the venue side. “The opportunity to build an Arena in a pristine market, and with Oak View Group, so rarely happens, I knew it would align with my

sustainability mindset,” said Szudzik. “Coupled with the chance to work with John Bolton and with my dream to build the entire martech stack and marketing strategies from the ground up for an Arena, I knew it was the next challenge I wanted to take in my music career.” Szudzik started her career in PACE (Live Nation Entertainment) amphitheaters and quickly worked her way to national tour marketing at AEG Live, leading the marketing campaigns for award-winning artists including Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Carrie Underwood, and dozens more before building the digital marketing team. A two-time Billboard Digital Power Player, Szudzik most recently led AEG’s social media listening and strategy, consumer data governance programs. With more than 20 years of entertainment and hospitality industry experience, Hill joins OVG as vice president of finance. She will be responsible for establishing the financial infrastructure and compliance, develop budgets and monthly forecasts, assist with projecting event deals and P&L while overseeing the daily operations of all accounting and finance functions. Hill commented, “I'm thrilled for the opportunity to work for a company as successful as Oak View Group and specifically under the proven leadership of John Bolton. The Coachella Valley Arena is going to be a game-changer for quality entertainment and a positive impact for the surrounding Palm Springs area.” Prior to joining OVG, Hill worked for NBA teams such as the Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, and San Antonio Spurs; the NHL’s Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars; and most recently the full-service marketing agency Mod Op. She also taught accounting at the University of San Francisco Masters Sports Program. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting followed by an MBA from the University of Utah. The three appointments come on the heels of OVG’s announcement earlier this month of Steve Fraser being named president of Coachella Valley Arena and it’s to be named AHL expansion team. Additional new hires include Frank Torres, formerly of the San Antonio Spurs, as director of sales and services; Samantha “Sam” Wright, formerly of Audacy (previously Entercom Communications) as Intergraded Account Manager; and Annika Heine as sales/preview center coordinator. Located on 43.35 acres of land at I-10 and Cook Street, in Riverside County on land owned by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, the arena will be more than 300,000 square feet and feature 11,000-plus seats, and include modern suites and premium hospitality clubs. It will be the home of the Seattle Kraken’s American Hockey League (AHL) team and willv

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include an adjoining facility that will serve as a year-round community gathering space and the training center for the AHL team. The arena is projected to open in the last quarter of 2022. About Oak View Group (OVG) Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG is focused on being a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports and live entertainment industry and currently has eight divisions across four global offices (Los Angeles, New York, London, and Philadelphia). OVG is leading the redevelopment and operations of Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center as well as leading arena development projects for UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY; Moody Center in Austin, TX; New Arena in Coachella Valley, CA; and Co-op Live in Manchester, UK. OVG

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Global Partnerships, a division of OVG, is the sales and marketing arm responsible for selling across all OVG arena development projects. OVG Facilities, a division of OVG, is the facility management, booking, security, and sanitization services arm that performs services for both OVG’s arena development projects and clients on a 3rd party basis. OVG Media & Conferences, a division of OVG, publishes Pollstar and VenuesNow, in addition to hosting live entertainment-centric conferences around the world. OVG’s Arena Alliance, a division of OVG, is a collection of the top 32 venues in North America that provides a platform for booking, content, and sponsorship sales opportunities. Learn more at OakViewGroup. com, and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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common question asked by most everyone considering Keto is, “How long will it take Keto to work for me?” Typically, they have read all kinds of miracle weight loss stories and come into the Keto diet with very high expectations. By the time someone is ready to try the keto diet they may have exhausted every other diet out there and ready to jump in quickly. And they may be a bit impatient. They have researched Keto and read testimonials about how you can have crazy weight loss in a short time on Keto. Sometimes, they have in the back of their mind that, “If I don’t get noticeable results quickly, I could cave easily and go back to bagels, bread, chips, desserts and pasta.” That’s where, as a keto expert and coach, I step in to help them manage their expectations and challenge them to give it their best and see what happens. Everyone is different but I can guarantee that Keto works amazingly fast when done properly and with customization nuanced to support your body, health, and lifestyle. Another factor to consider when starting Keto is how aggressive do you want to be in your weight loss. I have some clients who want to go fast and others who prefer to go slow and steady. Either way Keto works and will get you to your goal! Is Keto Worth It? In my own personal experience, it took me about a week to realize keto worked and was worth it. In my first week of easing into

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Keto and cutting carbs and sugars, I dropped 7 pounds without any exercise. And, while that may seem like a lot, many people lose up to 10 pounds in their first week on Keto. To be honest, it’s not the weight loss that convinced me this was more of a lifestyle than a diet. It was actually “living” these benefits that won me over and I felt more energetic than I had in a very long time. I no longer thought about food ALL the time. My cravings for sweets were diminished and manageable. I stopped feeling grumpy, uncomfortable, and bloated. I had a lot more energy and motivation. And, not just with food but every area of my life. My face looked thinner in the mirror, my eyes were brighter, and my skin looked amazing. My clothes felt looser around my stomach and weren’t tight anymore. I felt confident and optimistic that “this” way of eating was right for me. My body was loving Keto foods…and it showed! Fast forward – It’s been over 3 l/2 years and I continue to experience these benefits. In addition, I feel happier, healthier and it’s been easy to maintain my goal weight. I love having one size of clothes in my closet and am no longer yo-yo dieting. It’s no wonder I’m still doing keto to this day…heling wome realize their dreams and goals for weight and

health and loving every moment of it. Don’t Wing It What advice would I give anyone looking to do the same? Don’t “wing it”, because figuring out what to eat on your own, figuring out macros and making the lifestyle adjustments takes time and can be confusing when using “Google Coach”. There is a lot of misinformation online about Keto. It isn’t a one-size-fits all diet and it requires customization. Instead of gutting it out on your own, and to greatly increase your chances of success, reach out to a trained coach, like myself, to help you jumpstart your keto success. If I were coaching you, we’d review Keto food lists, eating plans, basic do’s and don’ts, personal goals, common mistakes, proven diet hacks, etc. Then we’d start by customizing a program just for you based on foods you crave, what foods you can’t live without, your expectations, goals, health, sociability, etc. Why? You can have the perfect Keto food plan mapped out, use an app to track your food and macros but without the right mindset and comprehensive customization you are setting yourself up for failure. When all these important factors are considered, and perfected, you’ll end up with a workable action plan to help you past any barriers you might have. Combine that with expert guidance, accountability, and support…the true magic of Keto happens! Set up a free 30-minute consultation with

BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK me at ketoiseasycoach.com and let’s talk all about Keto and what you are looking for and if this is a solution for you. Keto jut might be the answer you are seeking. About Michelle Borthwick: Michelle is a Keto customization expert and coach. Keto weight loss results can be greatly improved with Coaching, Customization, Accountability, and a trusted partner to guide you every step of the way. Michelle offers private sessions, proven Keto diet hacks, goal setting, ongoing support and more. If you are interested in a Keto lifestyle designed to get you lasting results, book a 30-minute complimentary private coaching session online at KetoIsEasyCoach.com.


SWAG FOR THESOUL “What if we were able to harness a greater portion of our mind’s potential by directing more of the activity that goes on in the brain? What if we could consciously program our subconscious to carry out an intricate list of thoughtful directives on a daily basis to inspire our actions?” Daily Agreements, Guidelines & Intentions, by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson, page 1. here are many things in life that you cannot control, but your thoughts are something that belong to you and you alone on the deepest level if you choose to claim ownership. You have complete control over your thoughts even if it doesn’t always feel that way. When you are paying full attention to your thoughts, or otherwise providing conscious oversight for the thoughts you generate, you are inadvertently, but actively resisting influences that hold the potential to steal your power. When you manage your thoughts with intention, you gain the opportunity to program or direct subconscious brain activity that motivates you to act. If you allow unmanaged subconscious thoughts to dominate, you open yourself to influence from outside forces. If you are really not paying attention, these influences hold the power to steer your emotions. These emotions fuel motivation and your actions are born of a response to energy that may not belong to you! This is the same as giving your power away. Taking responsibility for your thoughts and actions is one of the most empowering things you can do. Many of us recall from childhood experiences that being told to take responsibility for ourselves was a reprimand and often came on the heels of punishment. The truth is that when you embrace the idea that you are the sole guardian and creator of your thoughts,

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and then follow the journey which unfolds from your thoughts, it begins to hit home that you are MOST powerful when you take responsibility. It isn’t a punishment at all. It’s actually the greatest reward. To claim full guardianship that is rightfully yours, take some time each day to really pay attention to your thoughts. Plant some seeds with your subconscious by stating a few well thought out affirmations that come from within you. Have the intent for your subconscious to recirculate the energy of these affirmations throughout your day to help override influences that do not serve the true you. Add a new affirmation each day. Let this daily practice serve as training for you to claim your absolute power in full. In my pursuit to help human beings reflect their true, divine nature, I invite you to join Facebook group Evolve through Love hosted by Elizabeth Scarcella and me. Go to facebook.com/groups/evolvethroughlove and share with us. Aimee Mosco is an Author, Intuitive Channel, Spiritual Teacher and Co-Founder of Intentional Healing Systems, LLC. Aimee’s desire to help others inspired her first book “Gratitude + Forgiveness x (LOVE) = Happiness”. Aimee serves as Vice Chair to the World Game Changers Board of Directors, a charitable CIC based in the UK. Find Aimee at www.ihsunity.com.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Books are mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you,” wrote author Carlos Zafòn Ruiz. Let’s take that a step further: “Other people are mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you.” And even further. “The whole world is a mirror: You only see in it what you already have inside you.” Have fun playing with these meditations, Aries. The coming weeks will be a fertile time to explore how thoroughly your experiences reflect the activity transpiring in your own brain. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Some spiritual teachers say things like “I am not my body” or “This body is not me.” I don’t understand that. It’s an insult and disparagement. It’s dismissive of our bodies’ sublime beauty and our bodies’ inspired role in educating our souls. I agree that we are not ONLY our bodies. I agree that a part of us is eternal, not confined to flesh and blood. But hell yes, I am my body. You are your body. It’s a glorious aspect of who we are. It’s a miraculous creation that has taken millions of years to evolve into the masterpiece it is. So yes, you are your body, and yes, this body is you. I hope you love your body. Are in awe of it. Are pleased to be inside it. If anything is lacking in this department, now is an excellent time to make corrections. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I know someone who kisses the way a flower opens,” wrote poet Mary Oliver. I’d love for you Geminis to have that experience. The astrological omens suggest it’s more likely than usual to occur sometime soon. Other experiences with a better-than-average chance of unfolding in the coming days: allies who speak of intimate subjects in ways that resemble a flower opening; partners who co-create with you in ways that resemble a flower opening; spiritual helpers who offer guidance and help in ways that resemble a flower opening. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “I lie to myself all the time, but I never believe me,” writes Cancerian author S. E. Hinton. Ha! As a Cancerian myself, I confess to the same crime. But I am looking forward to a shift in the coming weeks. I suspect we Crabs will be inspired to cut way back on the fibs we try to get away with. You know what that means, right? We’ll be more inclined to trust ourselves, since we’ll be more likely to tell ourselves the truth. Our decisions will be shrewd, and our self-care will be rigorous. Hallelujah! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): My object in this horoscope is to stimulate your imagination in ways nobody else in your life will. You need an influence like me, from outside your inner circle, to administer friendly, playful shocks to jolt you out of habitual ways of thinking. Here we go. 1. If you were to stow seven parts of your soul in seven objects, what objects would they be? 2. If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be? 3. If you were a character in a fairy tale or a movie, who would you be? 4. If you could travel to a place that would teach you what you most need to know, where would it be? 5. If you had a magical animal as your special ally, what animal would it be? 6. If you could sing a song with uncanny healing power for someone you care about, what song would it be? 7. If you could improve your relationship with some part of your body, what would it be? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over,” writes Virgo author Gail Carson Levine. Adding to that encouragement, I offer you the following authorizations: There’s nothing wrong with seeking a pleasure you love over and over; or doing a necessary task you love over and over; or performing an energizing ritual you love over and over; or expressing key truths you love over and over. And these permissions will be especially crucial for you to exult in during the coming weeks, dear Virgo: because it’s a time when mindful repetition will be one of your strengths and a key to stimulating the deepening experiences you need.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “If I’m a bitch and a fake. Is there nobody who will love a bitch and a fake?” Libra author Graham Greene wrote that in his novel The End of the Affair. Here’s my extrapolation: I believe that every one of us, including me, is a bitch and a fake now and then. We all go through periods when we are not at our best, when we fail to live up to our own high standards. Is it possible that you have recently flirted with such a phase? If so, the cosmos has authorized me to absolve you. You are free you to reclaim your full exquisite beauty. And if you haven’t been a bitch and a fake, congratulations. It means you have weathered a gnarly storm. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Poet Yves Olade writes, “I’ve started thinking of people as wounds that don’t heal.” To me, that idea is idiotically cynical. Moreover, I think it’s wrong for most of us. The truth is, humans have a natural instinct for healing. They are predisposed to attract experiences that might aid their recovery from difficulties—that might teach them the healing lessons they need. I believe this will be especially true for you in the coming weeks. (PS: Dr. Andrew Weil writes, “Any level of biological organization that we examine, from DNA up to the most complex body systems, shows the capacity for self-diagnosis, for removal of damaged structure, and for regeneration of new structure.”) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Research suggests that most people think everyone else has more fun than they do. But I’m guessing that only a small percentage of Sagittarians feel that way. You tend to be extra alert for fun, and you have intuitive skill at tracking down fun. In addition, you often take the initiative to precipitate fun. You understand you have a responsibility to generate fun, and you have a talent for generating it. All these capacities will serve you well in the coming weeks. I recommend you raise your mastery of the art and science of having fun to a new level. Be the Champion of Fun and Games for your entire circle. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I’m not engaging in empty flattery when I say that you are unlike anyone else who has ever lived in the history of the world. Your absolute uniqueness is a fundamental fact. Maybe you don’t reflect on this truth very often. Perhaps you feel that it’s not helpful to think about or that it’s irrelevant to your daily decision-making. But I propose that in the next three weeks, you give it a central place in your understanding of your destiny. Allow it to influence everything you do. Make it a major factor in your decision-making. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Welcome back from the underworld, Aquarius. I hope your time wandering through the maze-like twilight brought you as many fascinating mysteries as confusing questions. I trust you took advantage of the smoky riddles and arresting dilemmas to fortify your soul’s wisdom. I suspect that although your travels may have at times seemed hard to fathom, they have provided you with a superb education that will serve you well in the immediate future. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the lead character says to a friend, “You filled me with a wild desire to know everything about life.” Is there a person who might inspire you like that, Pisces? Maybe a person from your past with whom you’ve fallen out of touch? Or is there a person hovering on the outskirts of your life who could stimulate you to have such feelings? Now is a favorable time to seek these influences. I advise you to be bold in your quest to associate with allies who will stimulate your lust for life and teach you crucial lessons. (PS: For extra credit, make abundant use of another theme from Wilde’s book: “The search for beauty is the real secret of life.”) Homework. Tell me why you HAD to do the thing that some people question or misunderstand. Newsletter@FreeWillAstrology ---------------------------------------Rob Brezsny - Free Will Astrology freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com

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eople who never cared for feline creatures may end up meeting their life partner who owns two purring cats. Then something they never expected happens. These independent intelligent cats work their magic, and next thing you know they fall in love with the cats! David Kirk was an ardent dog lover who never owned a cat when he met his future wife Leigh and her cat Poodie. David ended up falling in love with both of them. The Kirks learned about the plight of cats in public shelters and formed www.ForeverMeow. org. The group’s foster homes help socialize and rehome homeless cats that otherwise might be euthanized. Other folks begin their love affair with cats by feeding groups of stray cats. They eventually discover trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs which prevent a few strays in their backyard them from turning into hundreds. Next thing you know, they join volunteers who set cat traps and bring them into clinics for sterilization, vaccines, and other needed

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medical services. They begin to love the feral cats, and become determined to do more things to enrich and improve the lives of these once overlooked animals. As parts of our nation experience torrential floods, community cat lovers worry about how their feline friends fare when their feeding stations are destroyed. Recently, some volunteers pled their case to state troopers to enter off limit areas after the flood water subsided. Cats with nine survive natural disasters more often than not. One volunteer explains, “During a recent hurricane, someone saw the colony matriarch of the colony leading all the cats up the street to safety as the flood waters were rising. These cats bond and really care about each other. When we resumed getting the cats fixed and returning them, the colony matriarch walked right up and rubbed against my leg as if to say ‘Thank you for helping these guys’. This work is a labor of love.” Christine Gross never owned a cat.

When her husband suddenly passed away, a neighbor suggested a cat would make a great companion. At first Christine balked, explaining, “I never liked cats at all! Growing up in England, my mother never liked them and told us stories about how her missing cat returned home hissing and snarling. After John died, I dreaded the first night I would be on my own with the stillness and quiet in the house. I ended up in a place I never expected, the Seal Beach shelter adopting a beautiful Snowshoe cat. That first night, Verity sensed I needed comfort and slept next to me. She does such funny and unique things. She’ll toss things around the floor and then run up on her perch to look down on them. She’ll sit happily on my lap, but then turn her back when she gets mad.” What are some special things you can do for your own cat to repay them for the happiness they bring? A previous column discussed the dangers of letting a domestic cat roam outside. Predators, theft, disease, and neighbors’ complaints are just a few of the reasons to keep kitty safely indoors. Some home owners have constructed indoor/outdoor cat habitats known as catios that allow them to have the best of both worlds. Carpeted cat trees provide exercise for indoor cats that otherwise would climb trees outdoors. Cats love simple toys such as a cardboard box where they play ‘house’ for hours. For seniors and apartment dwellers, cats are the ideal pet. They don’t require tedious walks in Coachella Valley hot summers. You don’t have to hire a pet sitter when you go out of town overnight. Landlords are more likely to permit cat ownership before canine occupancy. Sadly, cats are often overlooked for adoption in favor of dogs, and tragically more likely to be euthanized at public shelters. Local animal welfare organizations work hard to help curb the cat overpopulation crisis. Looking to adopt? Make an appointment to visit dozens of vetted and friendly felines at Kittyland in Desert Hot Springs, the largest private cat rescue in our region. The Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the county Coachella Valley Animal Campus shelter have lots of kittens and cats needing homes. Pretty Good Cat in La Quinta is a foster based charity that provides good feedback about the personality of their available animals.

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This lovely 3-yr-old mixed German Shepherd girl waits patiently for a home at the Humane Society of the Coachella Valley in N. Palm Springs. Sweet & loyal Chrissy had a long wait at the San Bernardino County shelter at Devore when abandoned, then her adopted human pass away from cancer. Chrissy will do best with a dog experienced family. Call (760) 329-0203 for an appointment to meet Chrissy.

Sweet black and while 4-moold male kitten waits for a home at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms. Open for visitors 10am-4pm Mon through Sat. This tiny 2.5 lb boy is cat ID#A1635657. www.rcdas. org, (760) 343-3644.

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BY JANET McAFEE Petco and PetSmart usually have areas where you can view felines needing homes. In need of low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services for your cat? Contact Animal Action League at (760) 366-1100, a wonderful nonprofit group with a mobile vet clinic that travels throughout our Valley. A great resource is the book THE NEW NATURAL CAT, A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR FINICKLY OWERS. Written by Anitra Frazier, this book contains wonderful articles about cat behavior, cat health and disease prevention, and a wonderful section on happily introducing a second cat. It’s the Bible for cat owners. Anyone can become a cat lover, a club with open membership and many rewards! Janetmcafee8@gmail.com ---------------------------------------------------Here is a partial list of Inland Empire shelters and rescue groups where you can adopt a wonderful dog or cat. COACHELLA VALLEY ANIMAL CAMPUS – This county shelter is now open for walk in visitors 10am-4pm Mon through Sat.  You can view the animals at all four Riverside county shelters at www.rcdas.org, and get the ID number, 72050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, (760) 343-3644. (Public) PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER – This shelter is open every day except Tuesday.  View their animals online at www. psanimalsshelter.org, 4575 E. Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs, (760) 416-5718. (Public)  DESERT HOT SPRINGS ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL  - Open daily 9:30-4:30.  View their animals at www.cityofdhs.org/animal-carecontrol.com, 65810 Hacienda Ave, Desert Hot Springs, (760) 329-6411 ext. 450.    ANIMAL SAMARITANS – Call for an appointment to adopt.  View their animals at www.animalsamaritans.org.  Email  acorrow@animalsamaritans.org to foster.  Located at 72307 Ramon Rd, Thousand Palms, (760) 601-3918.  (Private) CALIFORNIA PAWS RESCUE  - Call for an appointment to adopt. Located at 73650 Dinah Shore, Palm Desert.  View their animals at www.californiapawsrescue.com, (760) 656-8833.  (Private)


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HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY – Call for an appointment to adopt a dog or cat.  This shelter has lots of big dogs and some cats. View some of their animals at  www.orphanpet.com. Located at 17825 N. Indian Canyon, Palm Springs, (760) 3290203.  (Private) KITTYLAND – The shelter is closed so call for an appointment to visit and adopt a cat.  Located at 67600 18th Avenue, Desert Hot Springs, www.kittylandrescue.org, (760) 251-2700.  (Private) FOREVER MEOW – Foster based  rescue for cats located in Rancho Mirage.  Contact them at www.ForeverMeow.org, (760) 3356767. (Private) PRETTY GOOD CAT – Foster based rescue for cats located in La Quinta.  Contact them at www.prettygoodcat.com, (760) 660-3414 (Private) BFF4pets – Foster based rescue for dogs and cats located in La Quinta.  Email them at  rescues@bff4pets.com, (310) 431-7818 (Private) LOVING ALL ANIMALS – Call for appointment to visit and adopt dogs. Located

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at 83496 Avenue 51, Coachella, www. lovingallanimals.org, (760) 834-7000. (Private) ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER OF CALIFORNIA (ARC), Foster based rescue for dogs and cats in Indio. www.thearc-ca.org, (760) 877-7077 (Private)   LIVING FREE ANIMAL SANCTUARY – Large outdoor shelter for dogs and cats up Hwy 74, Mountain Center, view animals at  www.living-free.org, and call (951) 6594687. (Private) MORONGO BASIN HUMANE SOCIETY – Located at 4646 Sun View Rd, Joshua Tree,  www.mbhumanesociety.com, call between 11am-2pm (760) 366-3786 (Private) CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO ANIMAL SHELTER – The shelter is now open for Walk in visitors 12 – 3pm Tuesday through Saturday. Google “City of San Bernardino Animal Shelter” for website to view animals and get the ID number of the animal you want to meet.  Located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, (909) 384-1304 or (909) 384-7272. (Public) SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER AT DEVORE – Shelter is now open for walk ins 7 days a week. Call (909) 3869280.  View animals at www.sbcounty.gov/ acc and get the ID number of animal you are interested in adopting, 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino (Public).  DREAM TEAM ANGELS RESCUE - Foster based rescue located in Grand Terrace/San Bernardino area.  Contact them through website www.DreamTeamangelsrescue. com, (360) 688-8884. (Private)

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THE BOOB TUBE

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hen television first emerged 80 years ago, the typical television has a ten-inch to fourteen-inch screen that projected blurry images captured by a wire antenna above your house. Back then, the cost of a television for the average family was six weeks of income. Fifty years later in the 1990s, televisions had more than doubled in size 25% of homes having a television larger than 30 inches. Paul Gagnon, senior research director of Omdia states that a 65-inch television is now the most popular model for consumers. The 65” set supplants the 55” television that had been the most popular until this year. With a price tag that can be as low at $500, the cost of a television today is 90% less than when the television debuted. Using today’s median household income, those early televisions sold for the equivalent of $8,000 in 2021 dollars. As televisions have growth larger, clearer and cheaper, the way we receive content has gone through massive changes as well. Following decades of over-the-air content, cable television came to prominence 40 years ago. At its peak in 2010, cable television had 105 million households subscribed. Today, only 56% of Americans households receive cable television. Of existing cable TV households, nearly 30% plan on cutting the cord soon. The largest providers of cable TV are AT&T, Comcast and Charter as these companies represent more than 2/3rds of all subscribers. For comparison, two-thirds of all Americans subscribed to at least one streaming service. Ten years ago, 40% of television viewers had tried a streaming service. The four large streaming services

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with more than 100 million subscribers each include Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu and Disney+. According to Nielsen, viewership of traditional live/DVR TV amongst 12–34 year-olds is right around 1 hour daily. For comparison, this age range spends about 1:20 each day on TV-connected devices. TVconnected devices are DVDs, game consoles and streaming media players. Over the last three years, 12-17 year-olds have cut television viewing by 37% while 18-34 yearolds cut viewing by 21%. Adults between 35-49 watch nearly 3 hours of TV daily with 1:20 on TV-connected devices. Viewership has declined by 13% over the last three years. People in this demographic group spend as much time on their smartphones as they do in front of the

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television. Adults between 50-64 spend 5 hours a day on television and another hour on connected devices. This means that more than 50% of the time, Americans in this age group are either sleeping or in front of the boob tube. he 65+ crowd seems to live in front of the television with 6:40 on television with 40 minutes on connected devices. Given that this age group has a higher percentage of retired folks, spending the equivalent of a full-time job in front of the television appears to be what retirees do most. Seniors view approximately an additional ten minutes of television daily, the only demographic group to watch more TV today that a few years ago. Looking at ethnic groups, Black Americans watch 5 hours daily, Hispanic Americans 2:30 hours and Asian Americans 2 hours daily.

According to research by the Universities of California and San Francisco, too much television impairs your mental ability. Seniors, Fox News fans and those believing in conspiracies are those most likely to see IQ points frittered away. What does the future hold? Cable television providers will continue to have a place, albeit on much reduced basis as people bundle internet access with live television. While internet service is currently delivered by the same companies that provide cable television, this is about to change. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is readying to over high-speed internet from space. As SpaceX builds out its mesh of satellites serving the world with internet service, this will provide businesses and consumers with an option to the geographic monopolies many cable/internet providers currently have. Haddon Libby is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Winslow Drake Investment Management. For more information on their award-winning services, please visit www.WinslowDrake.com.

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MCDONALD’S SPILLED COFFEE CASE SPAWNS AWARDS FOR STUPIDITY

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e all know that 81 year old Stella Liebeck spilled McDonalds hot coffee on herself while holding the cup between her legs. After she successfully sued McDonalds for her burns, the world thought it couldn’t get worse. From this, the Stella Awards were birthed for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the USA. However, a hidden fact is that McDonalds had received many complaints about their coffee being to hot. During the trial it came out that McDonalds had learned that coffee brewed at a higher temperature would yield more cups per bag of coffee. The result was a very large Jury award. Few people realize the judge cut the verdict drastically. Some would argue, the also facetious and fictitious Darwin awards were the “yang” to Stella’s “ying”. It is thought that they were given to dummy’s who successfully removed their genes from the human gene pool. Some would argue that the winner was when a holdup man’s gun did not discharge and the dummy looked down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked and he was not around to be arrested. As a young Public Defender, I was representing a young guy on a Possession of

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Drugs charge and got the case “dismissed” on a technicality, as I often did. When the Judge rendered his verdict, my client yelled out “Judge, can I get my shit back”. I wanted to submit him for the Stella and Darwin awards but there were more deserving dummies. Some of the honorable mentions were when the Chef at a Swiss Hotel lost a finger in a meat grinder and the insurance man who came out tried it and also lost a finger. Needless to say they paid the claim. There was also the case of the guy who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago, and when he returned with his car a woman had taken his space. Understandably, he shot her. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar in another country, a bus driver found that his 20 mental patients had disappeared. He drove to the nearest bus stop and offered everyone a free ride. He then delivered these “sane” passengers to the mental facility explaining they were all agitated and making up stories. A hold-up dummy went into a 7-11 and put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. The dummy pulled a gun and took

all the money and left the $20. He got a total of $15. A female shopper was robbed of her purse while exiting a store. The man was caught and the cops took him back to the store. The dummy was told to stand for a positive ID and when the lady showed up, he yelled out, yes, “that’s the lady” from whom I took the purse. Then, there was the guy who walked into a Burger King and demanded cash. The clerk explained he could not open the drawer without a food order. The man then ordered fries and the clerk said they were not available for breakfast. The frustrated man walked away. When a man attempted to siphon gas from a motor home, he got much more than he bargained for. The man was very sick as he had plugged his siphon hose into the motor homes sewage tank by mistake. When the police arrived he was “very” sick and the owner told the police he learned his lesson and didn’t have to be arrested. Everyone loves Beer, and when a guy wanted some so badly, he threw a cinder block through a liquor store window. He planned to grab and run with the booze. The block bounced and hit him on the

head, knocking him out. He later learned the window was made of plexiglass and the whole event was recorded on camera. Remember... They walk among us, they vote, and they breed!! And some even wear masks! SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE ARTICLE? CONTACT DALE GRIBOW 760-837-7500/ dale@dalegribowlaw.com DALE GRIBOW REPRESENTING THE INJURED AND CRIMINALLY ACCUSED “TOP LAWYER” - California’s Prestige Magazine, Palm Springs Life (PI/DUI) 201121 “TOP LAWYER” - Inland Empire Magazine 2016- 2019 PERFECT: 10.0 AVVO Peer Rating AND “AV” Martindale Hubbell Rating Legal Columnist in LA & CV Papers/Guest Society Columnist Desert Sun / Legal Talk Show Host "ACCIDENTALLY YOURS" “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE OR TEXT AND GET A DUI OR ACCIDENT. CALL A TAXI, LYFT OR UBER. THEY ARE A LOT CHEAPER THAN CALLING ME”. SO DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER.


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