Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What has happened and what will happen for What's To Eat LA

This weekend has been pretty insane. So insane was this weekend that my month is officially even more insane, and will be sucking until an issue has been resolved.

On Friday morning, my wife and I awoke to a loud sound that came from outside our window downstairs. We look outside and see a car on our sidewalk and debris behind OUR car, which just so happened to be the only car parked on pretty much the entire block. We then watch as the car backs up off the sidewalk and peels off. We're like "we should go check and see what happened down there." We hop on down to see that the car not only destroyed our car, but also took out part of our building. A guy who just so happened to be heading to the bus stop saw it all happen and let us know everything he saw as well as his info and then headed off to the bus cause he had to get to work. I go over to where the car hit our building and find that the "hit-and-runner" left their bumper right there... and with that, left their license plate. As I noticed the bumper, another neighbor came home and offered to glance around the corner from where the original guy reported the car went to. We call the cops, and maybe 5 minutes later my neighbor says he found the car with the matching license right around the corner with the woman there holding her head. The Cops get there and apprehend the driver who of course denied that they were the one driving. Which, when you think about how she (the driver) could have denied it, is funny, especially since she was the only one found by the car.

The breakdown is that the the woman was illegal to the core. No insurance. No registration. The license she DID have said that she was going to be born in a couple of days!

So what happens? Being that I only had liability on my vehicle and not full coverage, I and my wife are out of a car. Totally.

Being without a car and trying to save as much as possible were the 2 things that initially consumed me on Saturday as I have gigs that I still need to get to, and day jobs are still an issue. Getting out and reporting on places to write about has naturally had to be put on the back burner while saving to get a car is in my face.

Now prior to all of this, I had started to let the Christmas season consume me a little with all the consumerism. I hate that I get in to the mode of having to get gifts for everyone. I love many people in my life, but I don't have to give them gifts to let them know this. Still, you feel almost obligated, like in this weird form of mass peer pressure, to buy the best possible gifts for them.

This new situation had made me come back to the real reason that we have Christmas. I have no money to spend on anyone, let alone myself, and so all I have is back to all I ever needed in the first place. We all love how we get to have Christmas time off and yet many people just consider this a time to get together and exchange gifts. In my most humble opinion, many people would love it more to have Hanukkah (BTW...Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends!) off just so they could have more days off, which is so sad.

I figure I can write this right now and not suffer any recourse since I don't have any advertisers or anything like that saying they don't like me talking about who I am on this kind of level. I'm thankful for why we really have Christmas. That it's a time to celebrate that Jesus was born and that through Him being born, dying and coming back to life we can all get out of this sad world. It's amazing how shopping and giving gifts somehow overshadows that so much more.

This Christmas will mean a little bit more to me. I won't have hardly any gifts to give except anything I got for my wife before all the drama. We'll wake up and maybe read a little bit of the Bible and have breakfast while we celebrate what God did for us.

In the end, I'm thankful that no one including the driver was really hurt. Thankful that she DID in fact hit our car, because if she hadn't she would have been in our neighbors bedroom and someone would have certainly died. Thankful that though I'm out of a car for the time being, many of our friends have literally let us borrow the use of their cars till at least the end of the month thus far! Thankful that, when all is said and done, this is only a minor detour from our current financial situation. And mostly thankful because God sent His Son to die for me and my wretchedness. I'm still going to make many mistakes but I'm forgiven just because I believe on Him and have a desire to not be a perpetual sinner. It's pretty good times.

That being said, I'd like to give some people who I've never met yet accept via online, a gift. Free advertising!

LAfoodblogging - A site we get to know in this foodblogging world thanks to his sharing and desiring to be real about the LA eating experience and desiring to give readers what they want...more options to read. Anyone who comes here should totally have Jonah and his crew from LAfoodlogging bookmarked.

Eater LA - You will continue to be the TMZ of the food world giving us all the food gossip we could ever want and even sometimes not want. I read you incessantly (even if I'm not on your blogroll).

The Knife - You always have an opinion and often its not what everyone wants to hear...but this is why we LOVE you.

All Kinds of Yum - Tannaz writes stuff that I always want to hear about but just didn't know it. This may not apply to all of you but if you like LA and food period, she has a page to check in with.

Triplecreme - Bree is ALWAYS on top of it especially when it comes to the food mecca that is Culver City. ALWAYS.

Eating LA - Pat does a great job...in my opinion one of the best jobs on giving tons of info on the food scene without rambling (as I often do here).

LA and OC foodventures - Consistent...finally. I was bummed cause I read his page for while then he stopped...for a while. But not he's back and he's one of my favorite reads. I think I share similar tastes with him so it always a pleasure.

Doehle Bread - A person who I consider a friend who also enjoys food. Her page, while not always about food, conveys a lot of humanity in just living in LA and being a recent transplant.

There will be a couple more posts for this month...maybe. For sure at least one featuring my "Best of" so stayed tuned, and if you hear of a 2007 Honda Fit with automatic transmission for about 12,000 or so from a dealer, let me know PLEASE!

I love you all and thank you for checking in ;)

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Blogger Jessica said...

Oh my GOSH. Aubrey! I just... I don't know what to say-- I'm so sorry! What a crazy, sucky, weird thing to have happen! Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you and Celeste...

December 12, 2007 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

P.S. Thanks for the plug. :-)

December 12, 2007 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

I will and sure thing ;)

December 12, 2007 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger H. C. said...

What a bummer thing to happen, but I'm amazed by how well you're handling the situation. Hope all goes well for you in procuring a car and maybe you can start a sideblog "What's to Eat Walking Distance from My Place in LA?" ;)

And of course, thanks for the shoutout!

December 12, 2007 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Haha, walking distance in LA is such a debatable statement.

December 12, 2007 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Matthew K. said...

wow...thanks for sharing...it's good know there are other Christian bloggers out there. I'll pray for you and your wife, I'm sure God will provide something for you.

December 12, 2007 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Thanks Matthew! I can use all the prayer I can.

December 12, 2007 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger tannaz said...

oh aubrey, that's terrible news! what a bummer, and completely out of left field. it's nice to see that you're seeing a silver lining in all of this, but i'm sorry it had to happen at all! anyway, thanks very much for the shout-out (and the hanukkah wishes =), and what a great reminder to look past all the consumerist clutter to what's really important to us.

December 13, 2007 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Precisely! All will be well and this is just a season ;)

December 13, 2007 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger foodette said...

Aubrey, I was so sorry to read this - being in LA without a car is no easy feat! It sounds like you are handling this well, and soon you will have a car again. I am glad to hear so many people are helping you and your wife. I seriously cannot imagine how frustrated you must feel right now, but it will all be better soon. There are so many cars in this city, I am sure you will find your Honda Fit in no time. Take care, and Merry Christmas! Oh, and please keep us updated :)

December 13, 2007 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Douglas Cress said...

Damn, that stinks!! Good blog links btw.

December 13, 2007 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Jonah said...

Aubrey- Sorry to hear about your mishap, sounds like you are concentrating on the positive stuff, good for you! Our best wishes for a quick turn around in getting the car situation settled.


December 14, 2007 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger kirby! said...

What a shame... at least no one in your building was hurt. Car, shmar-- the world is about to run out of gas, anyway.

and maybe now you can do a special "Cheap delivery food: L.A. Style" series!

December 15, 2007 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

As much as I would love to do a "Cheap Delivery Edition" of What's to Eat LA it seems that we won't have the immediate need to. We'll most likely be getting a car this weekend or next thanks to blessings left and right (in the total form of a little over $3000 from various avenues...we weren't even searching for it). Soooo this may be the quickest loss of a car I may ever have to deal with!

And yes...the gas of the world is almost gone but I still need some of those last few drops ;) haha!

December 17, 2007 at 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Craig said...

Best Food Blog of 2007 = Yours! I just got back from J & J's BBQ thanks to your recommendation. Mind blowing. Thanks for making my 07 eating experiences great

December 18, 2007 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Awww thanks Craig. That really means a lot to me that you took the time to post that. Now if only there was a way you could put me on a ballot of some sort to nominate me for best new food blog for the LA area ;) None the less that is so nice to hear that I've steered you in the right way.

December 18, 2007 at 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Craig said...

Haha I'll do what I can! Hey you know what would kick ass... I just read a bunch of your reviews and found myself google mapping each one... if you could just put the nearest cross street by the address that would save a lot of time. I guess most people dont read your entire blog in one sitting like I did haha but just a thought :)

January 7, 2008 at 2:37 AM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

I think I'm lazy in that aspect...I figure that if I give all that info already that someone else should be able to map it but I'll consider it. Thanks for the idea :)

January 14, 2008 at 2:24 PM  

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