Spoils from the Farmers’ Market

05.10.2009

A regular Sunday activity for me is a trip to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market on Ivar between Sunset and Hollywood.

Today I coordinated my trip with Pierce, which meant having a ride rather than taking the bus or metro. Plus being able to hang out a bit with him before he took off for Sunday Fun-day brunching was nice.

I spent $20 on the following items:
6 ears of sweet corn
1 basket of juicy gigantic strawberries
4 portabello mushroom caps
1 bunch of large beets
1 chicken and cheese pupusa with all the fixings

The best part about the beets was acquiring extra beet greens for free. I noticed people asking the workers to chop the “tops” off for them, which were then tossed into a box. I asked what they intended on doing with the beet greens and was informed that they return them to the soil as composting material. I voiced both my approval of their practice of composting and my shock that people were missing out on the deliciousness of the greens themselves. He then offered me a large bundle of greens for free. Score!

Beet greens are absolutely delicious and incredibly healthy for you. Saute them briefly with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, and salt and they’re a perfect side dish (or even just a snack!)

Movie night at LoftSEVEN

05.07.2009

Tonight was a double feature night on the rooftop of the Haas Building, which I’m moving into next Friday. The penthouse suite is operated as LoftSEVEN, a private space used to host events for the downtown community.

This was the first installment of the first Wednesday movie nights during the summer, and I think it was a success even if the turnout was lower than I’d anticipated. I took the 704 from Jared’s in Silver Lake and picked up some pad thai chicken from Thai Me Up Cafe on Hill Street on my way to the Haas Building. I brought along two bottles of Bulls’ Blood from Trader Joe’s to share, which was perfect since it was a communal wine bar.

First was “The Lost Boys,” which I swear I’d seen before, but managed to forget every minute of it. Second was “The Goonies,” which to date is still my favorite movie from the 80’s. I still trip out on the super long video for the title track:

Jared showed up early during the first movie, and brought along some delicious spaghetti salad to enjoy. Dustin, Seth, Paul, and Neil arrived just as “The Goonies” started. I’m looking forward to sharing the roof with my friends throughout the summer as more 80s movies will be shown including Legend and Labyrinth.

I miss Ike!

05.05.2009

One week down, seven to go.

Encouraging alternative means of transportation at GCP

05.04.2009

From: xxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 3:46 PM
To: Michael Muniz
Subject: RE: Bike to Work Day & Bicycle Commuter Act

Michael,

Thanks for bringing this up to my attention. Let me look further into this and bring it up to xxx. We are definitely committed to being a more “green” company.

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From: Michael Muniz
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 3:33 PM
To: xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Bike to Work Day & Bicycle Commuter Act

Hey there!

Two things to bounce off of you.

1) May 14 is “Bike to Work” Day. I think it would be great for the company to endorse such a movement by encouraging those that have the means to reasonably commute to work that day to do so. Given Ken’s encouragement of “greener” living (twice via email to the team since I arrived), I can’t imagine why not right? 😉
http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/bikeway_planning/biketowork/default.htm

2) When I was interviewing for the Ops position, Dan mentioned the company had been considering a commuter reimbursement benefit. Upon doing some research, I’ve learned about the Bicycle Commuter Act that went into effect in January. This bill allows employers to reimburse up to $20 a month (tax-free to both parties) of expenses via voucher to qualified commuting employees as an incentive to use alternate means of transportation.
http://www.bikeleague.org/news/100708faq.php

I’d be happy to discuss both/either of the above with you at length. I think if GCP is open to the idea of offering “qualified transportation benefits” to the team, Bike to Work day (May 14) sure would be an awesome date for such an announcement 😉

I know I’m new here and hope this doesn’t sound too self-serving, because it isn’t meant to be. I endeavor to encourage everyone I know to utilize alternative forms of transportation whenever feasible. As I mentioned earlier, I’m hardly one of those militant bicyclists…I simply like to lead by example 😉

Michael

It’s official

05.02.2009

I paid my deposit on Friday evening for the new loft in the Haas Building. Moving back to Los Angeles seemed like nothing more than a distant dream back in January, but now it has become a reality.

Not only have I found a well-paying IT job that is transit/bicycle convenient, but I also found an incredible loft in downtown.

I can start planning for the future again. Re-evaluate my goals and aspirations based on this modified trajectory.