Photo galleries of places I have been

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Kiss a Gay Day at Chick-fil-A, Torrance

What if they threw a protest and nobody came? Well, apparently that is what happened with Kiss a Gay Day that was supposed to be happening at Chick-fil-A locations around the country. I went back to the Torrance location that had literally thousands of supporters on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day that was held on Wednesday, and the only sign of anything gay was some vandalism done by a coward in the night.

As I mentioned the other day, I walk past the Hawthorne and 182nd Street location daily. This morning, when I was walking the dogs, I noticed that there were several cars in the parking lot and several more in the drive-thru, which was two or three times more than I noticed on Wednesday. What really caught my attention though was that there were several news vans, a helicopter and even a cop or two. I figured that Kiss a Gay Day must have gotten off to a good start and I looked forward to getting home and returning with my camera.

When I got back, the news vans and customers were still there, but I saw no indication of any kind of counter-protest or any same sex kissing, so I was a little confused as to why all the reporters. Did they know something I did not? I approached the KNX Newsradio truck and spoke with the reporter, John Brooks. I asked why there were so many reporters there today, when no one was around on Wednesday when there were huge crowds. Was something coming up? It was then that he showed me a photo of some vandalism that had been to the Chick-fil-A building. That is the first photo in the gallery, and yes, Mr. Brooks gave me permission to publish the photo. Continue reading

Business N Beer at Strand Brewing Co, Torrance

These photos were taken at our latest Business N Beer get-together that we had last night at Strand Brewing Company in Torrance. As yesterday was International IPA Day, it was fitting that we met at a micro brewery that provides such nice ales, and in particular, a couple very nice IPA’s. The group was a little smaller than last week, but several people that were at Strand Brewing anyway worked their way over to our group to find out more about Business N Beer. Our host even mentioned how he had noticed people coming over to check us out; and some of our attendees mingled with the other patrons. People networking over a beer.

The common question I am asked by the curious is, “what is Business N Beer?” In a nutshell, Business N Beer is a bunch of small business owners (and craft beer enthusiasts) that get together on Thursday evenings to network. Most own their own business, or their job requires that they network with others. We have real estate and insurance agents, IT guys, Internet marketers, an inventor, people seeking work. It really covers the spectrum. There are networking groups out there that meet before work at a Denny’s or at Sizzler for lunch; with mandatory attendance and dues. We meet after work, no dues and no mandatory meetings. We are local business owners supporting local businesses, local brewers and craft beer. Just come socialize and maybe do some business. If nothing else, you will find some amazing beers and most likely we will go somewhere you have yet to visit. Every week we go somewhere different, you will enjoy. Continue reading

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brings long lines to Torrance location

These photos were taken Wednesday over the course of the day, which was designated Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, at the Chick-fil-A located at 182nd and Hawthorne. I am going to guess that if you are reading my blog you probably heard about the controversy, and you have your own feelings on the subject. It really has no affect on my life as I don’t eat there anyway. They don’t show up on my fast food radar. Anyhow, I do have some observations as the most unbiased reporter you know.

I walk by the place at least once every day that I am home; at some point, the dogs and I are going by it. I do not do fast food, but if I am, I want good for you food, and the El Pollo Loco they replaced did that. I miss them; I am never going to do a deep fried chicken sandwich. That being said, they always have business, whenever I go by there there are cars in the drive-thru. This morning, at 9:00 AM there was no one. I thought that was pretty odd. After I walked the dogs I got my camera and came back. The first photos were at 10:00 AM and I thought it was pretty slow. I figured it was Torrance, not some Bible Belt town in MO or something.

At noon I decided to walk back and see what was up. I could tell that there was a line of cars to get in the parking lot. As I walked down the street I saw a guy in his truck eating his lunch, with a Chick-fil-A cup on his dashboard. I went up and talked to him. He said he waited about 40 minutes in the drive-thru. His photo is the beginning of the noon photos. You can see the crowd grew. Continue reading

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