3rd Annual SEO BBQ and BlueGlassLA 2012

blueglass-2012-speaking-badgeI can’t begin to tell you how excited I am that BlueGlass is coming back to Los Angeles on April 23rd and 24th at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. BlueGlass does events differently, as only 125 tickets will be sold. When their events are sold out, that’s it. (BlueGlassLA is SOLD OUT) I tweet and talk so much about BlueGlass and their events, primarily because of the world-class individuals that make up the team. I have been grateful to make many friends in the SEO/Internet Marketing world, and a number of them are at BlueGlass.

Since I typically work independently, spending time with like-minded individuals is extremely valuable to me. The SEO BBQ began as a way to share my appreciation for friends I’ve made in the world of search. It’s a casual experience, held at my home in Venice Beach California, and I’m looking forward to seeing friends again, as well as meeting new friends that are going to join us this year.

Things may not be as casual as in the past, since approximately 60 people have RSVP’d, but that’s spread throughout the day, and there is plenty to see in the Venice Canals neighborhood.

The past two years, the SEO BBQ was held during Memorial Day weekend. We had been blessed with terrific weather both times. Weather in Venice Beach should be mid 70s for the end of April, and we will be outdoors for most of the day, dress for beach weather and bring a hoodie or something similar.

SEO BBQ – April 22, 2012 – 2 PM to 9 PM
Location: 2509 Ocean Ave., Venice, CA 90291

Quite a few of those planning to attend are not locals to Los Angeles, as they are in town for the conference on Monday. We are located about 7 miles from LAX airport (less than $30 cab ride) and about 16 miles from the Downtown Los Angeles Standard Hotel. Parking in the area is limited so arriving by taxi may be a good choice. For those staying at the Standard, I am arranging for a limousine (7 passengers max per trip) to make trips back to the hotel Sunday evening. That way guests can enjoy themselves and not have concerns about driving.

Do I need to RSVP? Yes, I want to make sure we have enough food and beverages for those attending. Contact me via e-mail at planetc1 {at} gmail.com and also let me know if you’re bringing anyone along. You can also message me or DM on twitter @chiropractic.

What should I bring? As far as food and drinks go, do not feel obligated to bring anything, we should be pretty well stocked. There will be a margarita machine blending both regular and pomegranate margaritas most of the day, plenty of red and white wines, and an assortment of ice cold beer and sodas. In the past guests have brought tequila, beer, deserts, and meat for the barbecue. If you have a particular preference for food or beverage, bring it along with you, or message me with your requests.

What’s to eat? We will be serving traditional barbecue foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers. There will be chips and salsa, guacamole, and other things to snack on as well. Again, if you want something specific to put on the barbecue, either bring it along or make a request.

A 7 hour barbecue, what time should I really arrive? If you show up before 2pm, you can help us set up. Come and go as you please. There will be something to eat/drink at all times between 2 and 9 PM. Were going to call it an early night since it’s a Sunday, and I imagine most of you will be checking in (or already checked in) at the hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Any activities besides eating and drinking? Yes, we live in world-famous Venice Beach (The Most Beautiful Beach in Southern California) and I’m planning an evening group walk through the Venice Canals, followed by a sunset walk near the Venice Pier.

Sunset Venice PierIt’s a short and picturesque walk along the canals, to the beach, and back. If you’re not going to be hanging out at the house all day, it’s a terrific neighborhood to explore. You’re welcome to use my house as your home base, and enjoy a day visiting Venice Beach, and Ocean Front Walk. It’s one of the most visited tourist attractions (2nd only to Disneyland) in Southern California.

Can I bring my kids? Yes, bring your kids if you’d like, but don’t expect me to babysit them or you for that matter. I’ll be preoccupied operating the margarita machine. If you have BBQ skills, don’t hesitate to toss something on the grill and prepare it for yourself, your family, or guests. Our home is casual and the plan for Sunday is to chill out and have a great time with great friends.

What about the SEO? Being that it’s a Sunday and there’s going to be 2 intensive days discussing SEO/Search and Internet Marketing at the BlueGlass conference, don’t feel obligated to talk SEO while at my house. But if you get bored or can’t resist, there’s a huge whiteboard in the house, featuring a number of sites/projects I’ll take feedback on.

Seriously, I am hiring, and so is BlueGlass, so speak up if you’re looking to work.

If I think of anything else or there are unanswered questions I’ll update this post as necessary and make mentions on twitter.

Update: A bunch of people are getting into LAX midday Sunday afternoon. I’d suggest coordinating with friends and sharing a cab to my house. Cab fare should be less than $30 from LAX cab line. We have a guest room where you can keep your things until it’s time to head to the hotel.

I’ll open up WiFi for those of you that may need it, forgot some are international travelers and don’t have service in the states.

Sponsors: People have been asking how much it costs to get into the BBQ. You are a guest in my home, there’s no admission fees, there’s no sponsors, only good times with good people. Technically, the event is being funded by Planet Chiropractic, don’t forget to check in via Foursquare when you get to the house.

Hashtags: The official hashtag for BlueGlassLA is #BlueGlassLA and the hashtag for the BBQ is #SEOBBQ.

Keep an eye on this post as I’ll update again on Saturday!

Costco Closed on the Following Holidays

Costco is closed for seven major holidays in the United States. Those holidays are New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

This may be the most useful post I’ve made so far this year. At least for me, since nearly every week I shop at Costco for my office supplies and other items. I was at Costco Wholesale today in Marina del Rey and noticed a new sign at the front entrance. I thought I’d snap a pic and share it.

Costco closed the following holidaysCostco closed the following holidays

For 2012, the only holiday that has passed so far is New Year’s Day. My first question when looking at the sign was when is Easter Sunday? A quick search online and I found this year Easter Sunday is on Sunday, April 8, 2012 (in the USA).

Here’s a bullet list of all the Costco holiday closures along with dates for 2012.

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2012
  • Easter – Sunday, April 8, 2012
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, 2012
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2012 (a.k.a. Fourth of July)
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 3, 2012
  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 22, 2012
  • Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Memorial Day holiday and the Labor Day holiday are always on Mondays, and in the US, Thanksgiving Day is always on a Thursday. This year Independence Day (4th of July) is on a Wednesday, and hopefully I’ll remember to avoid the crowds at Costco on the days before the Fourth of July.

Christmas is on a Tuesday in 2012, so you can only imagine that all Costco Wholesale warehouses open worldwide, are going to be as busy as ever on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Christmas. Having shopped at Costco nearly 2 decades now, I’ve discovered it’s part science and part luck, to avoid crowds while shopping.

While I’m at it, here’s the list of Costco Wholesale 2013 closed holiday dates.

  • New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  • Easter – Sunday, March 31, 2013
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2013
  • Independence Day – Thursday, July 4, 2013
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 2, 2013
  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 28, 2013
  • Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hope you found this helpful, have a great day!

1873 Los Angeles City Saloon Advertisement

Recently while doing business listing research on the city of Los Angeles, I got the opportunity to view and photograph a rare advertisement from the 1873 Los Angeles City and County Directory. The ad is for a saloon owned by historical Los Angeles figure Henry Dockweiler (aka Heinrich Dockweiler).

The 1915 Los Angeles City Directory (and the 1916 directory) had advertisements for locally brewed and bottled beer by the Los Angeles Brewing Company, but I don’t recall any advertisements for local saloons. Check out this advertisement for Henry Dockweiler’s Mammoth Lager Beer Saloon, which was located under Temple Bank, in downtown Los Angeles.

Henry Dockweilers Saloon Los AngelesNo Killing at 300 yards here.

The above 1873 saloon advertisement was 42 years prior to the ads I saw for beer in Los Angeles in 1915. Dockweiler’s saloon served cool lager, wines, liquors and cigars. The word to the wise is most interesting. There would be no killing at 300 yards from the saloon’s central downtown location on the corner of Spring Street and Main Street in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Brewing Company Bottled Beer

I discovered this bottled beer advertisement in a 1916 Los Angeles City Directory (similar to the 1915 Los Angeles City Directory I recently acquired) and thought it was too cool not to share. The advertisement reads…

Best By Every Test
Eastside Bottled Beer
Stands Supreme
Los Angeles Brewing Co.
For Sale Everywhere

Best By Every Test - Los Angeles Brewing CompanyBest By Every Test – Los Angeles Brewing Company

This is the first advertisement I’ve seen for locally bottled beer in Los Angeles. Eastside (also known as East Los Angeles) is typically referred to as the part of LA that lies east of downtown. The Los Angeles Brewing Co. also ran advertisements in the 1915 version of the same directory I saw this ad in, and it is nearly identical to the one shown here.

Nearly 100 years later, the brewing and bottling of beer in Los Angeles is becoming popular again, with several microbreweries recently having been opened in the downtown Los Angeles and surrounding areas. If I stay on pace I should have plenty of pics for this year’s beer drinking photo review.