today was a struggle but it worked out

the biggest struggle i have in my life is the blog post for my podcast

they can take forever.

the problem is i put all this pressure on myself because im the only Blog Editor the LA Times ever had and so my blog posts of my baby, Hurrrr in LA can’t suck

meanwhile no one cares about blogs and Medium puts up this fake paywall pop up that i despise bc i bet it turns people away

i cant wait to move to Substack, i just have one question i need answered. maybe i should do that tomorrow.

IN ORDER to make these blog posts not suck, i feel like i should have lots of pictures and tweets and for it to go on and on

no one cares about that either. people stop scrolling after a while.

diminishing returns.

but in my head i know what nugget they said in this segment and in that one and that one and i wanna highlight all of them, but at some point you have to stop.

today i stopped earlier than i would have but when i did i was able to do all the other things to publish an episode and it didnt go out until like 830pm

best of all when Maebe saw it she liked it.

not everyone agreed

sometimes guests tell me if they liked it, sometimes theyre shy to hear their own voice and never tell me. sometimes i have to write back and ask are you ok with everything? and they say yeah! sorry!!

in other news a beautiful woman said she had a sex dream about me


and also we are now a week from the cats not shitting on something in the house.

not sure if the extra love or rainy weather has kept them in check but if they go another week i may open up some more doors in the house for them to explore.

it must be so weird never to go outside.

i finished the blog post from hell

there is somethign wrong with me

i cant concentrate with squat

it took me a month between the last episode and this one

yeah i had a lot going on in my life but i wasnt writing for setlist much

i had free time for once and i squandered it

i dont know if pills are the answer

what i think might be the answer is getting a stop clock and always be aware of time somehow

it flies by

i miss going to the movies

i miss a lot of things.


this episode, #115 was so good. im so lucky to have this podcast.


its crazy what happened with my mind last night

i just hit a solid rock. i could not work to save my life. i would have been better off ubering all night.

finally i reached out to pure, above, and told her

whats great about her is she does not gaf so she could either ignore it or commiserate or anything

i said, after this episode i think i need a break,

she never takes breaks. and i hate breaks. i know im alone in this marathon but i wanna set records. records that will never be broken by one person.

which is an insane goal because everything gets broken.

and with tech, its gonna be way easier for the youngsters.

i hadnt done any face tweaks in a while bc i was so busy so tonight after i finished what i wanted i told the computer to give me marilyn monroe in front of the berlin wall then i told it to swap faces with pure’s and other than some slight adjustments with her teeth holy moly

by the end of the year theres no way its not doing video.


the episode is up on youtube.

dude was great. he’s a freemason.


this is why i made Hear in LA

Today my favorite newspaper, the LA Times, put out their 27 favorite movie theaters list (left) which covers the same old familiar ground their 101 favorite restaurants encompassed.
This is the major reason I started Hear in LA. The media in LA is either too lazy, too uninterested, or too uncurious about both The Valley and South Central to give it the same love and attention as the well-worn path of Santa Monica to DTLA from the 10 to Griffith Park.

There are both delicious places to eat and delightful movie theaters in the Valley and South LA. Shocking, I know.

The Valley has just as many people in it as San Diego. Imagine having a San Diego right next to you and pretending there’s no good movie theaters there.

What’s telling is, one of the 27 movie theaters on today’s list made it on the tally simply because one of the staffers grew up watching films there.

“This theater holds in abundance something no other theater in the country (much less on this list) can ever replicate: my childhood movie memories,” the writer, Tracy Brown, who grew up in Long Beach explained. “It’s where my dad once whispered to me that you can make a streak of color shoot across the screen if you threw a Jujube just right (I’ve never dared to try).”
Now, crazy thought, imagine a staff that included Native Angelenos from both the Valley and South Central and the personal relationships they would be able to share about their neighborhood cinemas – if that’s suddenly a valid reason to be on a list?
Or crazier thought – what if the LAT intentionally decided in 2024 to cover *anywhere other than* this same old beaten path where clearly most of their staff lives?

what a crazy day today was

its 420 and imma write this get high and go to sleep.

9am construction guys are coming thru.

gonna suck.

but today was great. finished my first hear in LA episode i did all alone

edited the audio and everything. crazy. had to learn about automation so i could adjust the volume within the thing. i also had to find music and insert that in.

was easier than i thought.

but half way through the day i saw a guy snooping around the courtyard. turned out he was an interview i was supposed to have.

embarrassed i put everything together and we did it and it was one of the best ones ever. he was such an interesting wine and booze expert with a fascinating story.

then a beautiful red head called me. then i was cooking and me and a’magine were texting so i just called her and that ended up long. so the episode’s blog post didnt go up till 10pm. then i had to work for setlist.

i had already done some of the research over the weekend bc i knew id be slammed today but i didnt finish till 4am because i never know when to stop on those things. and there was still more i coulda added.

some guy wrote in to tell me i was wrong about something and thankfully it went to bree who proved to him i was right. of course im right i love seeing whats true.

todays episode is very good.

we talk about antifa

and why he went from catholic to muslim to catholic again

and local politics which no one really cares about but they should. imma talk about it every time i can.

so glad this blog is working again.

i did a lot today

transcribed the first 1/3 of wednesdays podcast, which i rarely do this early in the week

did most of the dishes

did laundry, watched most of church will watch the rest now

and i called out the head of the la times bc his staff weirdly missed the lede of this story

that purports the way to get from woodland hills to eagle rock is the 110

when it’s actually the 101 to the 134.

i told him the reason Hear in LA is so vital is because

even the very smart people at the award winning paper

couldnt possibly know all the inner workings of the neighborhoods

which is where my podcast comes in.

he probably wont take it the right way but sometimes you gotta shoot yr shot

ok now back to church

yes its been about a month since ive last posted

the site was broke. it took poor mark a while to figure it out but thankfully he identified it.

we had some cooperation with Canada and bing bang boom we are back on the air.


my name is tony. i am a podcaster.

i support the podcast by driving Uber.

over the last month or so i have been driving full time. it’s been pretty fascinating bc i wake up as early as i can in the morning and do as many rides as i can before rush hour.

once traffic gets bad i try to hide out in neighborhoods where i wont have to go to busy intersections or get on freeways.

once everyones at work i try to find places where people are bopping around doing errands or buying diamonds or something.

ive been getting a lot of students (as young as 12!), teachers assistants, nurses aides, and of course tourists. i try not to drive in the dark but now that daylight savings time is over thats gonna be harder to do.

i dont like the dark because its hard to see addresses on buildings and i worry about accidents and weird things. the other night i was working on finishing up a bonus and there i was in the nighttime in Hollywood and i was all, i need to get home. i got home. got the bonus. alls well, but i may have to start waking up even earlier, like 4am, so i can be done by 2 or 3.

the problem is 3pm-5pm is a great time to drive because none of the part time drivers are on the road then. they’re all at their real job, so surge prices kick in and i have my pick of whatever trips i want. but i also dont wanna be driving for 10-12 hours because its not good for my hands, arms, and back, all of which have been cooperating bc God is good and loves me.


today i have two interviews for Hear In LA. When im done i need to get the blog post started for Wednesday’s episode which is a wonderful woman who is about to come out with a book on Cults.

Monday and Tuesdays are my days off from driving but i need to do podcast things on those days. so i really dont have any days off. which is fine bc LA Taco is stealing, LAist is sorta stealing, and who knows who else will crawl out from under a rock to see if they can challenge what Jordan and I are doing.

But here’s the thing: they cannot really compete, even though they have way more money and people. They can’t compete bc its a job for them. something they do for money. im doing this out of love. Also i created this whole thing and they know they’re copycats.

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band may have had a hit ripping off Springsteen but it was just ONE hit and Bruce went on to make many many more.

don’t be a Beaver Brown Band. life is too short. be original. do what you truly love. and no one can touch you.

did a lot of things today

best of all was publishing episode #69 of Hear in LA

where a fantastic actor and podcaster told me about burning man, ketamine, and boofing 

then as soon as i did that i needed to hurry to write a recap of the six hour LA taylor hawkins tribute show

bree asked me last minute, but early in the morning i saw Joey Maloney had taken some 

beautiful photos outside

and inside the forum

so i texted him to see if he had shot it for anyone

(no, he shot it on his $2k point n shoot)

so he said as long as i link to his IG we could have it

so then i only had an hour to write it and i hurried and time pretty much gave me a break and i was able to whip it out right on time.

i asked for 15 extra minutes to upload joeys pics and do some touch ups

but there it was!

then i drove one trip for Uber

i didnt wanna do too much, just pay for my lunch

because Tomorrow uber changes everything

and they will allow us to see everything about the ride

and let us decline as many as we want

you know, like as if they werent our bosses

which technically they are not.

today i removed the Hear in LA paywall

for a year i forgot i hate paywalls – in part because it was a soft one

you could go to 5 articles a month for free

and on social i always included a Friend link that wouldn’t subtract from your 5

but the interesting thing with having a 79 year old mom is

if i can make things foolproof for her, then i know they’ll be foolproof for anyone

and she was always getting stuck at the paywall.

thats not good.

behind the scenes i am trying to work on a proper website for the thing instead of having it hosted on Medium

but the problem is it’s a lot of work and weirdly i dont have a lot of time and i have even less money to throw at it

speaking of money, the only reason i was having Hear in LA be behind a paywall is in hopes that if something took off, Medium would pay me a handsome sum.

i did have a few things take off, but i was paid a fugly sum.

worse: any time i wrote something non-Hear In LA related, something topical and slightly click baity i would have pretty big traffic numbers and still only make $5-$10.

is it worth $10 to have my pride and joy behind a wall that even my dear mother can’t get to easily? of course not.

so now it’s down and hopefully that will bring more people

and then all will be well

even though i am not doing this for huge traffic

im doing it because it’s the right thing for me to do right now.