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Sleepy Hollow and the Legend of Candy Cane Lane

These photos were taken last night at the Sleepy Hollow area of Torrance, which is known as Candy Cane Lane during the Christmas season; a look at the photos makes it easy to figure out why they call it that. On December 1, Tanya and I went there to take some photos like I have for the past couple of years. There were definitely a lot of lights that went up between then and now. Homes that we thought were decorated on December 1 had even more decorations on December 18. Even though it was cold and windy, there were a lot more cars and pedestrians out enjoying the view.

After the first night of photos I submitted a report to CNN’s iReport, and was subsequently vetted by them for use on CNN. In the vetting process I was asked things like why they called it Sleepy Hollow and how long has the mass decorating been going on. My dad had told me that he thought the decorating had been going on for 40 years; so I passed that along as fact. The Sleepy Hollow thing I could not answer because I did not recall it ever being called that when I was a kid. One of my Facebook and Business & Beer friends, Dan Thomas, sent me a message that he knew who the “father” of the Candy Cane Lane phenomena was and he put me in touch with him, a Mr. Bob Solomon. Here is his story: Continue reading

Santa Claus comes to North Torrance

Santa Claus made a visit to several neighborhoods in North Torrance Tuesday evening, and judging by the turnout and smiles at just one stop; he was a huge hit. Sponsored by the Torrance Police Officers Association (TPOA), Santa’s Sleigh has been going up and down the streets of Torrance since at least 1992. To be honest, they have never gone down our street so I have only caught glimpses of the sleigh as it passed around a corner. Tonight I walked over to another neighborhood to check it out up close. The sleigh stops at either end of long blocks and gives the kids and families opportunities to get their photo taken with Santa and candy canes are given out. It was a lot of fun with lots of smiles. Big props and thanks to the TPOA.

Santa will be hitting the streets through Sunday. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 12th – Artesia/405 Freeway, Prairie to Crenshaw (Begin on 177th St. End off 183rd St.)

Thursday, December 13th – Redondo Beach Blvd. to Artesia, West of Crenshaw to Hawthorne (Begin on Amie, End on Ainsworth.)

Friday, December 14th – Redondo Beach Blvd. to Artesia, Crenshaw to Western (Begin on 166th, End on 170th St.)

Saturday, December 15th – Artesia to 405 Freeway, 405 Freeway to Western (Begin on 177th, End off 186th and Haas.)

They start at 5:00 PM every night except Sunday the 16th when it will start at 4:00 PM. You can see maps of the routes at the TPOA website. Continue reading

Cheesy Christmas Sweaters

When I think about it, the concept of cheesy Christmas sweaters always seemed to be set against the backdrop of a 60’s or 70’s sitcom; or perhaps a Family Circle cartoon in the Sunday funnies, I did not really give any thought to the fact that this might be a real thing. Well, I have had my eyes opened. Saturday, Tanya and I joined some friends at their 3rd Annual Cheesy Christmas Sweater Party. Since I do not think I have really noticed a cheesy sweater before, I was not entirely sure what to expect in the way of cheesy Christmas sweaters. I will not have that problem anymore, the guests that attended and participated by wearing cheesy Christmas sweaters have burnt “cheesy” into my memory for life.

In addition to the cheesy sweaters there was fun people, good food and really good beer. Our host mixed up a batch of some amazing eggnog, so all of our bases were covered for a very fun Christmas party. Thank you to our hosts and congrats to the winner of the cheesiest Christmas sweater contest. Merry Christmas. Continue reading

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