Matt Welch:

What’s the best way to commemorate your longtime friend on the other coast turning 41 years young?

Gage: 1. How will I know if he really loves me? 2. Who made who? 3. Are you gonna go my way?

1. he’ll let you vacation in hollywood, no strings attached. 2. robert johnson, johnnie johnson 3. if your way is hawaii or vegas, then hell yes.

BobD: What Would Ivan DeJesus Do?

probably ground out to third. BUT HE’D RUN IT OUT!

zona: I have a dilemma. I seem to have lost my wallet. The last time I recall seeing it was near the Thai restaurant where we had dinner. If you could possibly find a girl named Baby who is wearing cutoff jeans and pink stilettos. There’s no money left in my account and the credit cards are max’d out. I can get my driver’s license and govt credentials replaced. I can get new pictures of the wife and kids but what I REALLY need out of my wallet is a piece of paper on which a stripper in Vegas wrote her home phone number. I think she really digs me. Can you be a real pal and see if you can track Baby down and get that piece of paper for me? Thanks bro. I’ll owe you big time.

sorry, what gets pickpocketed in Hollywood, stays in Hollywood. moose out front shoulda told you so. ps. (323) 467-4466

Alyson: Is it true that girls who drive standard are hotter than girls who don’t?

i like girls who dont. i like girls who sit in the passenger side and navigate and propagate and fill me in on everything ive been missing out on.

Steven Allen Adams: Happy birthday Matt! What is the worst break-up you’ve had?

all the breakups ive had have been pretty devastating, if not totally devistating. which is probably one reason i havent rushed into any serious relationships in quite a while.

rl: I’ll be driving down the coast in August, any suggestions on places to stop/see/things to do? Thank you!

everyone should visit Compton, Beverly Hills, and Skid Row when they come to LA. if anything to realize how close they are while being worlds apart.

john wayne maioriello: 1. i know you’re a super loyalist and all that… but have you considered giving the busblog a testdrive within the wordpress platform? 2. what’s with the times and the register merging or teaming up… How does that work? 3. what’s buzznet’s deal lately? 4.will you upload a drawing you made? i wanna see your art skillz. my rules are it has to be a portrait of someone and it has to be in ball point pen.

1. for a brief but wonderful time i was blogging with Matt Good and Theron Parlin on ThoughtMechanics, which is a wordpress blog. also the LAT travel blog, the daily deal, is a wordpress blog. i really like that platform and it has a lot of features that you dont have on blogger. but im a super loyal person and ive always wanted to prove that to be a successful blogger you dont need incredible design, lots of bells and whistles, or a blogging platform that cost money. so ive always stayed with blogger for the busblog.

2. the ocregister says they’ll save at least a million dollars a year by paying us to deliver their paper. and we’re stoked to have some more cashflow, so its one of those rare win-wins.

3. as long as theyve got breesays and panasonicyouth then im good.

4. i’ll hook you up later this week cuz i have to buy a mattress. in the meantime heres something i drew when i was a lad, then xeroxed, then added some color because it was the 80s.

Liana: In your opinion, what came first, the chicken or the egg? Please know that your answer will reveal alot about your beliefs. Also, I need to hire a Taco Truck in Palm Springs! How does one go about findings those things in advance? They don’t have websites!

as a born again Christian i believe that the animals were created and then adam and God named em all, and then the eggs came out. it was all pre-Eve which is probably why animals have crazy names. like chicken. as for taco trucks in palm springs – i bet you are having problems finding such things because after they chased off wild teen spring breaks in the desert they pretty much sent the message to any and all that things like taco trucks were probably not going to be welcomed either. so i agree with this three year old chowhound recommendation that asks almost the identical question, whose answer is to get a nice truck from the IE to drive out there instead of one from say Echo Park.

timmay!!!!!: canseco says a current hall of famer was using assteroids … who do you think it was?

Bowie Kuhn. obvs.

jackassjimmy: Take a part or full time job in addition to the full time I have, while I finish school… or be dirt ass broke and possibly miss out on the woman of my dreams? Cheers, JJ

money is overrated, so is a college education, and working two jobs. women will break yr heart, bankrupt you, and lead you to bad decisions, but the stories you can tell afterwards are forever.

g/d: painting sculpture scripture =

First King’s 5 – the way the bible describes the artistry of Solomon’s various architectural masterpieces is more flowery and awe-inspired than any description of the creation of anything else. an excerpt:

23 Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference. 24 Under its brim were gourds, for ten cubits, compassing the sea all around. The gourds were in two rows, cast with it when it was cast. 25 It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The sea was set on them, and all their rear parts were inward. 26 Its thickness was a handbreadth, and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily. It held two thousand baths.

katherine: 1. what’s your favorite pick-up line? 2. Who’s sweating most bullets at prospect of all 103 steroid names being made public by MLB?

1. i love your photo essays. 2. nike.

top photo by Jim Lowney. Happy birthday Matthew Lee!