Monthly Archives: January 2011
Jan 31 2011
Santa Anita Food Truck Festival Pictures and Review
 

Enjoy some pictures from the 2011 First Annual Food Truck Festival held at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, CA

The Food Truck Festival was held January 29, 2011, from 11am-4:30pm.
There was a beer garden and several dozen food trucks.

Cons:
Long lines
Long waits
Disorganized
Food ran out of many trucks
Too many people and tickets sold(way too many), estimated 1o,000, probably more with all the people from the track that didn’t know about it and wanted to get in.
The majority of people would probably not go back again, unless there was some sort of credit.

Pros:
Nice day
First festival, so we can expect better organization for the second, with all the feedback we provide.

Everyone is going to be keeping an eye on the Union Station Food Truck Festival TruckItFest, to see how it goes.

Recommendations: Limit offerings of each truck to speciality items that can be prepared quickly.
perhaps implement food tickets, i.e. worth $2 each for purchasing food truck items, those tickets can then be redeemed by the food trucks for purchases made at their trucks.
even with 100 people in line a food truck should be able to deliver all the food to those people within 1 hour.

The art of food truck festivals is something that is developing, there is no perfect science, and we will see them develop if they are to continue, people will always be attracted to food trucks as the trend has been escalating in popularity in past years.
Upcoming events like the Union Station festival taking place in March, we hope will learn to optimize from what we are seeing at other events, organizers are looking to make money, but at what cost? Will people go back or complain loudly if they have a bad time? I would say that limiting the # to something reasonable so that you never have more than 20-30 people in any one line is key, once you hit 100+ people in a line you have a serious problem and that needs to be dealt with quickly, because someone or many people will be disappointed.

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One of the quotes:

“Ticket sales are unbelievable. Every six hours we’re selling 500 hundred tickets,” Quinn said enthusiastically.

Apparently they didn’t have a limit?

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If you want to reach one of the organizers of the event:

I sent off a scathing email to the Santa Anita Racetrack regarding the food truck festival and I encourage you to offer feedback to Chris.Quinn@santaanita.com.

Chris Quinn Chris.Quinn@santaanita.com Director of Sales – Santa Anita Park  Phone: 626.574.6403 – Mobile: 310.505.2287 – Fax: 626.821.1555

Chris Quinn is Director of Sales with Santa Anita and one of the organizers along with Josh Hiller co-owns Road Stove, a company that owns and leases many of the food trucks participating.

Josh Hiller email@roadstoves.com 310-TruckMe  (310-878-2563)

Jan 31 2011
Chase Bank Online Banking Mortgage Customer Experience
 
Here’s the latest response this morning from Chase regarding my online payment problems, where a payment had been scheduled and it was reset and disappeared. Isn’t the automatic payments supposed to be set and forget except to watch it once a month. Now with Chase I have to manually make each payment and make sure it went through because now auto payments don’t work, and manual payment settings could be lost or reset. The crazy story continues. I hope someone exposes Chase for their bug laden online system.  I’m tired of hear their excuses.
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Dear Victor:

I am writing in response to your Internet inquiry to Chase
about your home mortgage loan.

On xxxx, we received and appliedxxx as
your January 2011 payment, effective xxx.

Your mortgage payments are due on the first of the month,
and are considered late on the second. However, you have
15 days from the due date to make your payment without
paying a penalty. If we receive your payment by the 16th
of the month, we will not assess a late charge.

If the 16th falls on a Sunday or a holiday, the late
charge date moves to the next business day, and late
charges are applied after cash processing on that day.

We offer the following payment options:

1. FastPay (Check-by-Phone)
2. Western Union Quick Collect
3. Chase Branch
4. Autocharge (Automatic Debit)
5. Chase Online Banking
6. Check or Money Order

If you want additional information about any of the
payment methods listed above, please e-mail us again with
your request.

We have forwarded your inquiry to Chase Online, however,
if you require immediate assistance, please call Chase
Online Banking directly at 1-877-242-7372. Our
representatives are available to assist you 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.

If Chase does not receive your mortgage payment by the due
date, your loan will eventually become active in the
Collections Department’s system. The Collections
Department will try to contact you, either by an
auto-dialer or a collector, to bring the loan current
early in the month or to make payment arrangements.

Although you may have a payment scheduled through Chase
Online, the account is still considered past due until
those funds are received and applied by Chase. If you
want Chase to stop collection calls, you must send a
written request (also called a Cease and Desist letter),
including the following:

– Loan number
– Property address
– Mailing address
– Phone number (s) they want Chase not to call
– Your signature

Please mail the Cease and Desist letter to the Collections
Department at:

Chase
Attn: Collections Department
Mail Code: OH4-7356
3415 Vision Drive
Columbus, OH 43219-6009
Fax: 1-614-422-7912

Chase’s goal is to provide the highest level of quality
service. If you have questions about your mortgage,
please contact Customer Care at 1-800-848-9136.

We appreciate your business and value our relationship
with you.

Thank you,

Larry Thode
Vice President
Customer Care

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You still don’t get it. Your system failed, and you continue to deny there’s a problem with your systems. Not only has customer service failed miserably but your online system is defective and does not work as I was promised by representatives from your company.
Please provide me with the name and number of the President of Customer Services and Operations so I can take this up with someone who perhaps cares about fixing a bad customer experience with Chase.

You still don’t get it. Your system failed, and you continue to deny there’s a problem with your systems. Not only has customer service failed miserably but your online system is defective and does not work as I was promised by representatives from your company.Please provide me with the name and number of the President of Customer Services and Operations so I can take this up with someone who perhaps cares about fixing a bad customer experience with Chase.

Jan 30 2011
CleanTech Career Night February 1, 2011
 

CleanTech Career Night

CleanTech Career Night. Cleantech LA. Cleantech Career Night is a collaboration between Caltech, UCLA, USC, and CleanTech LA with the goal of connecting LA´s brightest business and engineering students with leading clean technology companies. Following a hosted reception and short welcoming remarks, each presenting employer will provide a two-minute introduction about their company, their available positions and what they look for in good candidates. Students will then have an opportunity to move between company representatives´ tables to learn more about specific companies and their opportunities.

Date: February 1, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Davidson Conference Center

3415 S Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA,

more info:


Jan 30 2011
Visa Gift Cards Problems Tips, stores not accepting?
 

Visa has been experiencing many complaints from people with gift cards from Visa that cannot use the remaining balance on cards.

The company also has setup a special toll-free number which will connect customers having problems directly with a live person. That number is 877-770-6406.

Sources:
Credit Union Nation
Dr. Manning

Jan 30 2011
Rehearsal Studio Directory
 

Are you looking for your next place to rehearse?

There are two comprehensive directories on the internet that are updated and list studios around the country.

The first one is available at Hothouse Studios,  Hothouse Rehearsal Studio Directory

The second is available at Music Nomand Open Studio Directory

We would would love to hear from you regarding which directory you have used and which one you prefer.

Jan 30 2011
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Jan 30 2011
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Jan 30 2011
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Jan 30 2011
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Jan 29 2011
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Jan 29 2011
Pita Jungle Pasadena Opening March 2011 Old Town Pasadena Dining
 

There’s a new restaurant coming to Old Town Pasadena.

If you enjoy pitas, composed salads, seafood, pastas, wood-fired pizzas, boutique wines, and much more.

Pita Jungle is slated to open in March 2011.
The location is at
43 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91104
samashek@gmail.com

!!!COMING SOON!!!
PASADENA – CA
43 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
contact us
> Google Maps

Jan 29 2011
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Jan 29 2011
Rolling Hills Estate Mystery Ooze
 

Rolling Hills Estate is experiencing an ooze from a well.

Andy Cheng is a resident and states that it has been a problem for 30 years and has worsened with rains.
needs to to be investigated.

Joan Davidson
Bacteria
off the scale from landfill,
rust color ooze
Nat
The wells need to be cleaned and monitored, nobody is taking responsibility.

Jan 29 2011
America’s Next Top Model cycle 17 is now casting nationwide
 

Top Model Auditions – Cycle 17 ANTM Tryouts

America’s Next Top Model cycle 17 is now casting nationwide. 2011 has started and with it comes new seasons of the CW hit show America’s Next Top Model.

Tyra Bank’s hit show is coming to dozens of cities and small towns all across America. Unlike most reality TV productions that only visit large cities, the Tyra banks show is stopping in small towns coast to coast.

So, attn. ladies living in places such as Bakersfield and Pensacola, you will not be left out of the competition. Tyra Banks and the ANTM casting crew is actually coming to you!

The ANTM casting calls will go on all through February 2011. ANTM tryouts will begin 2/7/2011 and continue until 2/20/2011.

Top Model hopefuls only have a few weeks left to prepare so strap on the heels, grab a cool book to rest on your head and start practicing for your catwalk stroll.

Here is the Full casting call schedule:

ANTM Cycle 17 is casting now!

Albuquerque
Monday, February 7
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

University of New Mexico’s Student Union
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Thursday, February 10
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Shoppes at Montage
2275 Shoppes Boulevard

Moosic, PA 18507
(570) 344-3757

Myrtle Beach, SC
Saturday, February 12
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Grand 14 Cinema
@ Market Common
4002 Deville Street

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Monroe/El Dorado
Saturday, February 12
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The King of Hearts & Bridal Shop
1707 Hudson Lane
Monroe, LA 71201

Columbus, GA
Saturday, February 12
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Village Mall
1627 Opelika Rd
Auburn, AL 36830

Cheyenne
Saturday, February 12

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Frontier Mall
1400 Dell Range Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, February 12
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Atlantic City Outlets/The Walk
1931 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Omaha, NE
Saturday, February 12
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Nebraska Furniture Mart
7312 Jones St

Omaha, NE

Charlotte, NC
Saturday, February 12
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jimmy Jazz at Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
Charlotte, NC 28216

Providence, RI

Saturday February 12
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Swansea Mall
262 Swansea Mall Drive
Swansea, MA 02777

Alexandria, LA
Saturday, February 12
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Alexandria Mall
2201 Memorial Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301

Boise, ID
Saturday, February 12
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Internet Auto Rent and Sales
10175 W. Fairview Ave
Boise, ID 83704

Midland/Odessa, TX
Saturday, February 12
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Music City Mall
4101 E 42nd Street
Odessa, TX

Grand Junction, CO
Saturday, February 12
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trendz
455 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Baton Rouge
Saturday, February 12
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cortana Mall
9401 Cortana Place
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Laredo
Saturday, February 12
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mall Del Norte
5300 San Dario Ave
Laredo, TX 78041

Wichita/Hutchinson
Sunday, February 13
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Eric Fisher Salon Academy
6727 West Central Avenue
Wichita, KS 67212

Tampa Bay
Wednesday, February 16
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
T. Pepin Hospitality Center
4121 N. 50th Street

Tampa, Florida 33610

Binghamton, NY
Wednesday, February 16
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Plato’s Closet
1708 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850

Richmond/Petersburg
Thursday, February 17
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Shops at Willow Lawn
1601 Willow Lawn Dr.
Richmond, VA 23230

Mobile/Pensacola
Thursday, February 17

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bob Tyler Toyota & Suzuki
7201 Pensacola Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32505

Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville
Thursday, February 17
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Whitley Furniture Galleries
101 West Vance St.
Zebulon, NC 27597

Huntington/Charleston/Portsmouth
Friday, February 18
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Vern Riffe Centre for the Arts
Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio

940 2nd Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Houston
Friday, February 18
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
PlazAmericas
7500 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX

77036

San Diego, CA
Friday, February 18
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
NTC Promenade at Liberty Station
2875 Dewey Road
San Diego, CA
92106

Washington, DC
Friday, February 18
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lake Forest Mall
701 Russell Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Montgomery
Friday, February 18

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Shoppes at Eastchase
7274 Eastchase Lane
Montgomery, AL 36117

Lake Charles, LA
Saturday, February 19
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Prien Lake Mall

496 W. Prien Lake Rd.
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
Saturday, February 19
7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nova Southeastern University
The Arena at the Don Taft University Center
3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33314

Bakersfield
Saturday, February 19
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Milan Institute
2822 F. Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Twin Falls
Saturday, February 19
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Magic Valley Mall
1485 East Pole Line Road
Twin Falls, ID 83301

Billings
Saturday, February 19
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meridian Boutique (West End)
805 24th St.
Billings, MT 59102

Washington, DC
Saturday, February 19
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fashion Center @ Pentagon City
1100 South Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202

San Francisco
Saturday, February 19
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

BlackHawk Plaza
3600 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, CA 94506

South Bend
Saturday, February 19
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Michiana Beauty College
6323 University Commons
South Bend, IN 46535

Boise, ID
Saturday, February 19
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Allante Family Medical
909 S. Allante Pl.
Boise, ID 83709

Savannah, GA
Saturday, February 19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Oglethorpe Mall
7804 Abercorn Extension
Savannah, GA 31406

Portland, OR
Saturday, February 19
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cosmetology Careers Unlimited
2030 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97213-1305

Davenport, IA
Saturday, February 19
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Capri College
2540 53rd St
Davenport, IA

St Joseph, MO
Saturday, February 19
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

East Hills Shopping Center
3702 Frederick Avenue
St Joseph, MO 64506

Wichita Falls, TX
Saturday, February 19
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sikes Senter Mall
3111 Midwestern Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX

Toledo, OH
Saturday, February 19
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy
3034 Wilford Drive
Toledo, OH 43615-1731

Dallas, TX
Sunday, February 20

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Aveda Institute
8188 Park Lane, Suite # C-150
Dallas, TX

Schenectady/Albany/Troy
Sunday, February 20
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Vapor Night Club
at Saratoga Gaming
342 Jefferson St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Jan 29 2011
A bird’s eye view
 

A bird lover is dedicated to knowing every kind of species and its habits and once it is satisfied you come back for more. At birdfeeders.com the thirst to know more about birds becomes a hobby and the website is dedicated to such. You’ve got a library full of information about the different kinds of birds and most especially the different kinds of bird feeders available. This bird feeders are a sure fire way to attract and see your most loved specimen right in front of your eyes. If you are into a varied group of bird species like Hummingbirds and Wild Birds then you can get a whole lot of information at birdfeeders.com. Apart from the information they are tied up with the best brands recognized in the wild bird feeding category. Names such as Garden Song, Avant Garden, Birdscapes and Perky Pet which have a stamp of approval from bird aficionados. The website offers budget friendly prices on quality bird feeding products and to give you an example of their offers; they have a 20 percent off on Sip and Seed Feeders by using the coupon code WBSS2 you can avail of the discount. Have a look at birdfeeders .com and see the world of birds and all bird related products.

Are you a bird lover then check this out

Jan 29 2011
The Valley Performing Arts Center
 

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA, 91330-8448

The Valley Performing Arts Center offers a vibrant and diverse performance program to the university community every season, as well as serving as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley.

www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

Jan 29 2011
Santa Anita Food Truck Festival
 

Event Title: Santa Anita Food Truck Festival
Date: 2011-01-29
Time: 11am – 4:30p
Age Requirements: All Ages

Location: 285 W Huntington Dr , Arcadia , CA 91007

Important Print@Home Information:

Please click the links above to access and print your tickets. For important
instructions on printing and use of your Print@Home tickets, please visit
http://beticketing.com/printathome

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A Note from Santa Anita Park:

Thank you for purchasing your tickets for the Food Truck Festival at Santa
Anita Park for Sunshine Millions Day Saturday, January 29. Reminder to enter
Gate 6 off of Colorado Place and proceed to the Online Ticket Sales
redemption center outside the admission gates to scan your tickets and and
enter the infield.

Your ticket purchase includes general admission to Santa Anita Park, parking
at Gate 6 with pass, a race program, entrance to the Food Truck Festival and
an 18 pack cooler bag while supplies last.

During the course of the day we will offer 10 live thoroughbred races, a
live performance by the Spazmatics, wagering on all races, a gastropub and
each of the food trucks to purchase food. Their prices will range from $4 to
$11 per menu item. First race is at 12pm and last race is at about 4:45pm.
Our gates open at 10am and enjoy Santa Anita Park. For more info please
visit www.santaanita.com

Jan 28 2011
Chase Bank Horrible Customer Service
 

Here’s a response I received from Chase regarding my ongoing complaint against them for failure of the automated systems. Basically at this point I cannot use there recurring automated payment system. I have to pay each month manually.  Never in the years I have been paying my payments has this happened. And nobody at Chase has an answer. You can read my previous post on this situation, but this response from the Vice President of Customer Service has even more interesting information you should all be aware of regarding what personal information the bank has and can use to contact you. Including contact you at your work! You will want to opt out quickly. Banks have way too much power and need to be stopped.

The thing that Larry Thode with Chase fails to acknowledge is that I have a past communication record with other reps. He apparently did not take the time to read what the real problem is. They act like the online is something not related to them. I remember when I first brought this up, it was like, that’s an external development team, and they had me send an email to a non-chase email address. I’m like is this for real?

I sure hope someone from Chase is paying attention, because they sure have a problem on their hands with customer relations and service that needs to be dealt with quickly.

I am writing in response to your Internet inquiry to Chase
about your home mortgage loan.

We have removed half of the late charge for $27.94
assessed on January 19, 2011, because we received your
January 2011 payment on January 24, 2011. You may receive
a monthly statement prior to these changes. Please allow
up to 30 days to receive a statement showing any changes
that occurred on your account.

If Chase does not receive your mortgage payment by the due
date, your loan will eventually become active in the
Collections Department’s system. The Collections
Department will try to contact you, either by an
auto-dialer or a collector, to bring the loan current
early in the month or to make payment arrangements.

Although you may have a payment scheduled through Chase
Online, the account is still considered past due until
those funds are received and applied by Chase. If you
want Chase to stop collection calls, you must send a
written request (also called a Cease and Desist letter),
including the following:

– Loan number
– Property address
– Mailing address
– Phone number (s) they want Chase not to call
– Your signature

Please mail the Cease and Desist letter to the Collections
Department at:

Chase
Attn: Collections Department
Mail Code: OH4-7356
3415 Vision Drive
Columbus, OH 43219-6009

Fax: 1-614-422-7912

Chase’s goal is to provide the highest level of quality
service. If you have questions about your mortgage,
please contact Customer Care at 1-800-848-9136.

We appreciate your business and value our relationship
with you.

Thank you,

Larry Thode
Vice President
Customer Care

Jan 28 2011
HP Laserjet Cartridge Override 1600
 

Are you tired of your HP LaserJet counting color pages when no color is being printed?

Cartridge Out Override can only be enabled from the printer’s control panel menu.

1. From the main menu, press (Right arrow) to System setup and press (Select).
2. Press (Right arrow) to Print quality and press (Select).
3. Press (Right arrow) to Replace Supplies and press (Select).
4. Press (Right arrow) to Override out and press (Select).
5. Press (Select).

If Stop at out is selected, the printer will stop printing when a cartridge reaches the recommended
replacement point.

If Override out is selected, the printer will continue printing when a cartridge
reaches the recommended replacement point.

The factory default setting is Stop at out

To refill you need to creat a hole in the cartridge, empty the old toner, refill and seal.

You can buy the refill toner and instructions here:

http://www.zinetic.co.uk/Hewlett_Packard-list.aspx

Refill instructions can be found at:

www.uni-kit.com/pdf/tonerrefillinstructions.pdf

Page 69 has refill instructions for HP2600 (same as for HP1600)

Jan 28 2011
Charlie Sheen into Rehab
 

After being rushed to the emergency room yesterday morning, actor Charlie Sheen has now checked into rehab.
Charlie Sheen has voluntarily entered an undisclosed rehabilitation center today. ….
The show Two and a Half Men is currently on hiatus

more info to follow

We wish Charlie the best in his recovery.

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