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March 5, 2011

News of the odd

It’s March, month of Spring, basketball madness and weather that is either lion- or lamb-like (and a predictor of future precipitation). The month is only a few days in but so far it’s been pretty mild weather-wise — like a lamb — so according to the old saying we should have a wilder ride by month’s end (though I hope not, since that’s close to when the garden tour takes place). Anyway, in this first week of March some interesting items have captured my attention and I thought I’d share them …

Aguas de fruta!

The March issue of Sunset magazine has chosen Riverside as its ‘Southern California Weekend’ item and all of our favorite local spots are mentioned, including the new Culver Center for the Arts, the historic Mission Inn, the renovated Fox Theater, Back To the Grind’s eclectic coffee house/performance space (ukelele circle this Sunday!) and Division 9 Gallery (where I’ve shown paintings in the past) … so what’s so odd? Well, local landmark Mexican restaurant/outsider art installation, Tios Tacos, is mentioned but the only picture shown is of colorful fruit waters. Working in newspaper design I understand the limitations of space on a page, but I’m disappointed there was no shot of an amazing junk sculpture or one of the awesome found object-encrusted buildings. Still, I hope the piece brings attention to Riverside’s always-improving, historic downtown arts district. For my Tios Tacos post, click here.


How odd: The Huffington Post ran the results of a Foursquare survey which named the rudest cities, and Riverside came in at number 5 out of 20! And, the US had the most rude cities of all!! According to Foursquare’s Engineering Blog, rude citizens used curse words in their “check-in tips”, or recommendations from Foursquare users who have visited a location then posted advice for other users. In my experience Riverside is no ruder than any other place, and in fact, Paul and I have found most people who live here to be very nice … The number 1 rudest city? Manchester, England … Read all about it here.

Head or tail?

With an odd bod (is that a head or a tail?), this prehistoric “walking cactus” hails from China. According to the fossil record, 520 million years ago, creatures like this — lobopodians or ‘walking worms — minus eyes and heads but with spines and assorted legs, traipsed around doing, er, what …? NPR’s ‘sciencey’ blog, Krulwich Wonders, has the post; read it here.

That's odd

Oddest of all, the official first day of Spring 2011 is just over 2 weeks away and already the mohawks are in bloom! Spotted enjoying a bagel at Union Station on the first morning of March, this shrinking violet was reluctant to have his photo taken as I passed through on my way to work … shy, this one.

I can’t wait to see what else, odd or otherwise, March holds. Daylight savings time jumps our clocks forward on the 13th and on the 20th Spring sashays in, hopefully bringing with it mild temps and garden tour-conducive growth spurts!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Donita Smith permalink
    March 5, 2011 7:09 am

    Sunset also mentioned Back to the Grind AND our ukulele circle. We’ll be meeting this Sunday in the basement at BttG. You can be sure our one-sentence blurb will be proudly passed around and savored.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 5, 2011 3:20 pm

      Donita, thanks for the tip on the ukelele circle this Sunday, I’ve got to come by! I’ve added you guys to the post…

      • Donita Smith permalink
        March 7, 2011 6:07 am

        Coolness! You also might want to drop by on Tuesday nights. We’ve been having a kick-ass open mike there for several weeks now. It’s from 7 to 9.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        March 7, 2011 6:25 am

        Sounds great but ‘school night’ outings are frowned-upon at the Rancho… I have to be up by 5 am!

  2. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    March 5, 2011 10:47 pm

    Back to the Grind used to be my SPOT back in the day. How weird to see it in print like that.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 5, 2011 11:18 pm

      Really? I didn’t know you were a Riverside habitué at one time… I can totally see you at the Grind!

      • Mrs. Monstera permalink
        March 6, 2011 8:19 pm

        Yep! Right out of high school I went to RCC for a few semesters and I’d spend a lot of time at BttG, and later on, we’d go to the Grind for a few hours, until the Menagerie opened at five, I think. The Menagerie had the cheapest drinks around a lot of the time so we spent a lot of time there, too.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        March 7, 2011 12:06 am

        Fun story! Weirdly, I’ve lived in Riverside almost 5 years now and still haven’t been to the Menagerie … next time you’re in town let’s have a drink …

      • Mrs. Monstera permalink
        March 15, 2011 9:13 am

        Yep, karaoke night!

  3. Hollyhock Jen permalink
    March 25, 2011 1:08 am

    I saw the same guy with the pink mohawk and yellow jacket reading a book while waiting for the bus in Pasadena a few weeks ago! Love your blog btw! So much inspiration. 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 25, 2011 1:12 am

      He’s a real stand-out… And so shy! Thanks for the compliment; I hope you’ll continue to enjoy RR! Reuben

  4. June 9, 2011 2:47 am

    I’m wondering if the reviews for Tios have the word ‘bitchin’ in them. A curse that has transmogrified into a complement….

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 9, 2011 3:04 am

      I’m sure ‘bitchin’ has been invoked… along with any other adjective that conveys wonder, astonishment and/or delight!

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