Archive for March, 2011

A *huge* thank you to Group3 Aviation!

Sometimes we get bogged down with a lot on our plate, and sometimes we have technical issues. Recently we’ve experienced both… and it stood in the way of our being able to thank a group of wonderful people we really needed to thank in a much timelier manner. :(

The submissions for our Papa Cristo photo contest were so amazing, we wanted to hand out more prizes and as we’ve mentioned a few times before we were SO excited when the fabulous people at Group 3 Aviation in Van Nuys agreed to take three random contest participants on an awesome helicopter flight around Los Angeles! So, about three weeks ago Marya Villarin, Jonathan Santos and John Wie (none of whom had ever been in a helicopter before) took off to see a unique sunset view of the City of Angels. Photo gallery below.

Again, sincerest thanks to Group 3 Aviation for making the experience happen for them! :)

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FLASHBACK – Yep: It’s Keith Olberman 22 Years Ago!

YOU Sir, are *rockin’* the porn ’stache!!! :{)

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UPDATE – Here’s That Hint You Were Promised!

We’re going to make this crazy hunt much easier now.

Are you ready!???

We’ve been slowly trickling images onto Facebook all week (see thumbnails below). Now watch the (surprisingly awesome!) video after the jump. If you *still* can’t find the location using a few simple key words that are being handed to ya on a silver platter… well, I’m sorry but you just don’t deserve to win a darn thing! We’re not gonna chauffeur ya there!!! :)

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RIP – Film Aficionado Eddie Brandt, 90

Full L.A. Times obituary here.

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Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee 5006 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood

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QUIZ – What Lies Beneath (Melody Land)

Wow. You guys are gooood! Full answer’s after the jump! :)

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Today’s little quiz takes us to Northridge. No hints this time… can you figure out what’s unique about this property?

Just to remind you, here’s how this little game goes… we’ll show you a spot on a google map (see below). We’re thinking of something notable that once happened or existed a stone’s throw from the point on that map. Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but as always, we’re going to give you a fair amount of time to guess what we’re referring to first. We encourage you not to cheat by googling the address and if you know the answer right away please try not to announce it too quickly and ruin the game for the people who don’t.


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FLASHBACK – The Helms Bakery Truck

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If you’d like to see a Helms Bakery truck for yourself, the photo below was taken in the Petersen Automotive Museum yesterday. :) (more…)

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CONTEST – Another Photo Scavenger Hunt!!! Wheeee!

***Please don’t submit existing photos. That’s just lazy cheating, people… NOT COOL!***

Since our Papa Cristo scavenger hunt in December was *so* much fun for everyone involved and the response was so incredible… we’ve decided to do another one! Woo hoo! We’ll give you more days to search this time… two whole weeks to complete this task. We are still compiling prizes (and taking donations) but one thing is for sure… the big winner may, just like last time, get a helicopter ride! And as before, we will start out with one photo but no hints… and although the contest isn’t time sensitive, people who find the location with no hints DO earn extra points. We’ll release hints gradually over time, but if you know the answer we request that you please DON’T blab it out. Part of the fun is making people look for it! (Thus the word “hunt.”) :D

Below is an image which references a landmark that is located *somewhere* in Los Angeles County. You need to go to the place it leads you to and take a staged photo (**without being destructive or disruptive in any way**). We will choose the best one… with points for creativity and humor, of course. Oh, and let’s keep ‘em PG rated please.

E-mail a digital jpeg of said image to contest@hiddenLA.com by noon on Sunday March 20th. :)

Okay, quit reading this already and get moving, people!

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GIVEAWAY – Two Descanso Gardens Family Passes!

*PASS MUST BE USED BY MARCH 13*

Spend a day enjoying nature with The Fam! We’ll be taking entries until 5pm tonight… winners can even use their pass tomorrow. :)

Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. In 1953, Descanso founder E. Manchester Boddy preserved these 150 acres of gardens, woodlands and chaparral for future generations to experience the natural heritage and beauty of Southern California. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Descanso Gardens welcomes thousands of visitors annually, from local members to international travelers.

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