The One About The Subway to the Sea

I’m back.  I know I should do this more regularly rather than in fits and starts, but with a relatively new job (more about this in later posts) two small kids, things fall by the wayside sometimes.

Anyway, I took my kids on the new Metro Expo Line extension (also referred to as the Subway to the Sea) to Santa Monica on May 21, the first Saturday it was in operation.  I’m glad it exists, but it definitely has some kinks to work out. Here they are:

It’s Not a Subway

It is above ground light rail, with certain segments right at street- level.  These street-level segments are particularly slow, because there are people and cars in close proximity to the train.  The “Subway to the Sea” was originally supposed to be the Metro Purple Line, but there are no actual plans to extend the Purple Line to Santa Monica.  At this point, only the Expo goes there.

Parking

This is ironic.  We almost couldn’t use public transportation because there was no PARKING at the Culver City station.  And I heard that the parking situation there is only going to get worse because a hotel is going to be built where the parking lot is now.  Luckily, I don’t have any confirmation of that at this point.

Will post again soon.

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Immigration Legal Assistance Project Offers Citizenship Guidance

A graduate of Tulane Law School, Alan Randall Steinberg also possesses a bachelor’s degree in government from Franklin Marshall College. In addition to the duties he performed as a principal at The Valence Group, Inc., Alan Randall Steinberg also has volunteered at the Immigration Legal Assistance Project.

Providing assistance to low-income Los Angeles citizens, the Immigration Legal Assistance Project is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The organization serves approximately 7,500 individuals each year and offers legal guidance as well as translation and notary services. For its most recent event, dubbed Law Day, the Project hosted an immigration fair that reached an estimated 100 individuals. Local residents seeking information on US citizenship had access to volunteers trained in immigration legal consultation.

Open to the public, the Project staffs qualified volunteers who commit a day of service weekly for 12-week cycles. Accepting volunteers ranging from law students to attorneys, the Immigration Legal Assistance Project provides educational training in US citizenship and immigration law. Additionally, volunteers learn the proper procedures for executing work permits, green card applications, and travel permits, among other applicable immigration documents.

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How Come Jerry Smith Isn’t In the Hall of Fame?

Good question.  He had 60 receiving touchdowns, a record that stood for 27 years until Shannon Sharpe broke it in 2004.  According to Fox Sports, Smith also had 421 catches for 5,496 yards – more receptions than three of the eight tight ends already in the Hall of Fame.  He also has more receiving yards than three Hall of Famers at that position.

Could it be because he was gay?  According to the Fox article, if it wasn’t due to direct discrimination, his sexual orientation still had an impact. After all, he played in era when homosexuality was much less accepted than it is now, and lived in constant fear of being discovered.  As a result, he assiduously shied away from publicity, and perhaps was not on the minds of many of those on the Selection Committee.  I’m not sure I buy that, but the amount of publicity a great player receives should not matter.  His stats speak for themselves.  

Click here to watch a trailer for NFL Network’s A Football Life – Jerry Smith.  Be warned – it is sad.  If a three-minute trailer is tear-jerking, just imagine watching it for an hour.       

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So Much to Write About, So Little Time…

It’s been a while since I have written, which is unfortunate, because there has been a lot of jiucy stuff to blog about.  I’ll try to give you the condensed version.  

1.  2012 Redskin-Seahawk Wildcard Playoff Game:  That was on you, Mike Shanahan.  As a 60+ year old Super Bowl winning coach, you don’t take direction from a 23-year-old.  I don’t care who the 23-year-old is.

2. I wasn’t sure if Mike should have been fired until the last 3 games of the season.  He’s not a terrible coach, but at 3-13, something has to give.  Although Jay Gruden only has 3 years of NFL coaching experience, he has significantly upgraded the Bengals’ offense.  According to Bleacher Report, quoting Pro Football Focus, Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton was the second-least pressured quarterback in the league, behind Peyton Manning.  If Gruden can keep that up in DC, it will come as a welcome change.  In addition, don’t let the “3 years” fool you.  He has been coaching on a professional level for 17 years.  Yes, the Arena League counts as professional football.

3. Redskins Name Change: Nothing is going to happen unless Daniel Snyder gives the go-ahead.  That’s not going to happen anytime soon, if ever.  If, on the off-chance it does happen at some point, here’s a simple suggestion.  Change the name to the Washington Braves and keep the logo.  The Washington Redskins were originally the Boston Braves, so the Braves name is in keeping with the team’s tradition, but not nearly as offensive to Native Americans as the name Redskins.  

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Pathetic No More

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I haven’t followed pro basketball in a long, long time.  Why?  Because just like my favorite football team, my favorite basketball team – the Philadelphia 76ers – have been horrible for a long, long time.  That changed this year, when they made it to the second round of the playoffs, eventually losing to Boston at the Garden.  Does this mean that there is hope for my Redskins?

Anyway, it doesn’t matter that the Sixers lost, I’m still proud of them.  Truth is, whoever ended up winning that series is going to lose to Miami.  Would I have liked to see the Sixers beat Boston on Boston’s home turf?  Hell yeah!  The Sixers-Celtics rivalry has gone on almost as long as the Redskins-Cowboys, and I remember suffering through many losses to the Celtics in the 70s and 80s (I stopped paying attention in the 90s and 2000s).

And, when I say…

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I’m Not a Broncos or Jets Fan – I’m A Tim Tebow Fan

Bill Plaschke of the the Los Angeles Times couldn’t have said it any better.  “Five months after he captured a nation’s imagination by pulling out five last-gasp victories and throwing a bomb that gave the Broncos an overtime playoff win…Tim Tebow has seemingly lost everything.”

This reminds me of what former Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan said about prolific receiver Cris Carter after he let him go: “All he does is catch touchdowns.”  Well, all Tim Tebow did was win games, leading the Broncos to their first AFC West title in six years.

I really don’t care if Tebow isn’t accurate – he’s a leader and a WINNER.  And I’d much rather have a winner at QB than someone with much better stats who can’t win games.  Jeff George, one of Dan Snyder’s many ridiculous decisions, is an example of that.  He was great passer, but a loser nonetheless.  And, to top it off, he was a toxic locker room presence who couldn’t lead anybody anywhere.

And I don’t care that Tim Tebow wears his Christianity on his sleeve.  If that’s what inspires him, good for him.  We all need some kind of inspiration to get through the day.  If Tebow thought that G-d cared about football games, that would be one thing.  But he doesn’t, and he said as much.  Tebow simply uses his faith to motivate himself.

While other NFL players get in legal trouble for things ranging from killing people to organizing dogfighting rings, Tebow does charitable work and, is generally a good influence.  So, my humble advice is to LEAVE THE KID ALONE.

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