I Want to Tell You A Story About Galpin Motors


Galpin Motors is known by all in Los Angeles as the region’s largest Ford Dealer. There are things you may not know about Galpin Motors.

When a celebrity is interested in a car their publicist reaches out to Detroit and they are given celebrity pricing and sent to Galpin Ford.

The cars are all delivered through Galpin. It’s important for the Ford brand that celebrities drive their vehicles so they are heavily discounted and it is assumed that Galpin is the right place for them. In a moment you’ll see why this is relevant.


The Galpin Group of Dealerships have made a lot of money off of the Hollywood elite and sports stars both current and retired. Their customizations are often featured on TV and they get all the of the celebrities, so you’d think they’d be grateful. I assume the staff are but the vice president and general counsel of one of the world’s largest automobile sales and service businesses is certainly not.

Alan Skobin “liked” this post on Facebook today:

Alan Skobin Galpin VP loves anti Hollywood facebook screed

In case you can’t see the text it says:

Good morning cupcakes and Hollywood assholes. I sound just like my friend Terence Turner, who I’ve listened to ranting since just before the election, for good reason. I need to get this off my chest. I never used to say anything on here except to “like” something what was being said about once a month. NOW, it’s almost 8 time s a day hassling with people that seem to HATE America, our freedoms and our Democracy. So here it is, all in 2 sentences. First, I can’t believe what I see on ALL news channels, promoting HATE for our cops, our military & troops, our system, our democracy, our flag, our security, others feeling, our property, our President, our FLOTUS, 10 year old children related to our POTUS. Second them promoting LOVE for socialistic systems, terrorists rights, criminals in & out of prison, the love for foreign leaders like Cuba & Syria, any country but USA, illegals, teacher & professors teaching hate, friends wanting to battle friends since they don’t think like you, abortions on women @ 8.5 months or more, rights of illegals (on the law books as felons) and the opposite of anything the establishment wants to help keep American the way the founding fathers created it, over paid athletes that hate the flag, Hollywood talking about blowing up the White house and comparing our president to Hilter by replacing the mustache with a toupee. Something is seriously wrong the way some people are wired. But don’t try to change my wiring, it ain’t gonna happen. So I sure hope this next 4 years get this country the HELL back on track again and it seems to be off to a great start. Thank you President Trump for doing what you promised and trying your hardest. God bless you and your family.

He was also one of two people who liked when Fran Piazza wrote:

Fran Piazza Reseda Neighborhood Council writes a facebook post about libtards

Jeff…. Well said!!! The problem here is….At the end of four years, when the economy is better, there are jobs, we are safer, respect has been brought back… It still won’t be good enough for the libtards. It won’t be a socialist safe room…So they will still be out there protesting.

Why is Fran Piazza relevant? Well, Fran Piazza is the Reseda Neighborhood Council Chair. Here is their calendar. I recommend showing up on February 9th for the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. It would be important for his peers to see and hear his words as Fran Piazza allegedly represents you who live or do business North of Victory, South of Roscoe, West of White Oak, and East of Corbin.

If you can’t show up in person you can contact Fran Piazza’s colleagues and ask them if Fran is the right man to work for the good people of Reseda. Here is the executive board.

Phone Number: (818) 832-7540


President Fran Piazza fpiazza@resedacouncil.org
Vice President David Garner dgarner@resedacouncil.org
Secretary Charles “Duke” Fleming dfleming@resedacouncil.org
Treasurer Rebecca Armenta barmenta@resedacouncil.org
Parliamentarian C. R. Cochrane crcochrane@resedacouncil.org
Seargant-At-Arms Robert Vogel rvogel@resedacouncil.org


Alan Skobin is a reserve deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County and past police commissioner. Do you want that man with a badge a gun “helping” people in disenfranchised neighborhoods? I’m also not saying that he hates black people but you can draw your own conclusions.

Alan Skobin Galpin Motors Partner Blue Lives Matter


Let’s face it, Galpin Motors loves the Trump Administration. Bert Boeckmann (the owner of Galpin Motors) co hosted a fundraiser for Trump asking for $449,400 per person. I think it’s safe to say that Boeckmann has enough money and it won’t hurt him if people like me go elsewhere for our vehicles.

So, now you know a little something about Galpin Motors. Would you like a referral to another dealership? I bought my last car at Sunrise Ford and it was a lovely experience. In fact their service department is extraordinarily accommodating and efficient.

I’m shocked that Detroit would trust Galpin Motors with their prized celebrities.

Goldberg and Gottlieb: Not a Law Firm


If Uncle Louie ever utters the phrase, “I’ve got an idea.” You’ll probably end up in the middle of a fantastic project, with your head spinning a little bit.

If you read today’s Sachem Patch, you’ll know that I’m having a car built by Demented Customs. Not just any car though, a Mom Car.

My regular readers are well aware of my love affair with the automobile, which competes only with my love affair with technology. It’s time that I take these two passions of mine and bundle them.

I’m currently trying to locate a Ford Country Squire from the mid 7o’s, a Chevy Impala (1973 is my favorite year) or a Buick Estate wagon. If it’s a Ford it would preferably a year where there is a third row pop up back seat. I’d prefer to find one from 1975-1978 as I’m a fan of the hidden headlights. I’m open to other models as well, but the point is to locate a mid-70 station wagon that’s in decent condition.

Ford Country Squire

Here’s where it gets fun, take a look at some of the work Demented Customs is doing.

In addition to making a Chevelle beautiful (every car is beautiful in it’s own way) they put in a new engine and blower, bringing the car to 650 hp. I’m not even sure that’s legal.

In order to understand what 650 hp looks like take a look at the Porsche 997 GT2, it has 523 hp at 6500 rpm, and a top speed of 204. Demented built a beast.

In any event, the boys at Demented are willing to take my station wagon fantasies to this same crazy level. In addition to making my wagon fast and beautiful, they are committed to adding the kind of technology that every family needs. We are currently discussion how to add:

  • tablet computers for the rear seat passengers
  • a wifi hotspot
  • a vacuum (this is actually non negotiable, I need one)
  • food and drink compartments that aren’t quite cupholders (I’m only looking at 70’s cars)
  • airbags and other safety items

I’m pinching myself that everyone’s willing to go along with this wacky idea. What’s most amazing is the we’ll have the support of Goldberg (yes the Bill Goldberg of Garage Mahal), and my Mommy Mobile will ultimately make it’s way to the Barrett-Jackson auto auction to raise money for charity.

But I’m totally driving it first.

I’m getting really excited about this, and I hope to locate a car in the next few weeks so we can get the ball rolling. Up until now, we’ve been trying to find a way to make it all happen.

Look for lots of video about the making of my first custom car. I can’t wait to share this adventure with you guys.

October in Los Angeles


The folks at Ford just dropped this off for a week long drive. You can be pretty sure it’ll be top down for the duration.

The pool is heated to 86 degrees so the kids can take a swim when they get home from school.

I cannot imagine living anywhere but here.

Things That Need Mentioning but Aren’t Quite a Post


My friend Jennifer is one of the finalists for Mamvation. In case you’re unaware, Leah Sedgie takes a Mom for a seven week lifestyle makeover. Mamavation picks one mom who needs to lose weight and gives them nutrition counseling, exercise counseling, medical advice and accountability.

Jenny sent me an email that included: “I’m done being fat and I’m doing something about it. I want the nutritionist AND the social media microscope to make sure I don’t fuck this up.” She continued with, “All people have to do is go to www.mamavation.com and click @jennydecki under the earth footwear ad once a day between now and July 12th.”

Weight loss is extraordinarily difficult (I just spent two horrible weeks on Freshology), and I’m proud of Jenny for being willing to do this publicly, but I’m mostly delighted for her, and her new life affirming attitude towards food and exercise. I’ll be voting for her each day, and I hope you will too.

I haven’t really talked about Ford, and my trip to their headquarters in Dearborn. Ford has some incredible safety innovations that they’re just announcing, and they really do appear to be geared toward young families like my own. I’m unclear on a few things, so I want to get all my information straight and share it with you shortly.

I can tell you one thing, blogger trips are strange. I was surrounded by perfectly lovely women, but I was alternately longing for more time alone, or that my family would have been with me. Scott took us on a fabulous tour of the The Rouge, and I have to tell you it was amazing. From a historical perspective it is a treasure. After you’re standing there for a few minutes you have the facepalm moment of The Rouge, yes, we touched on this in high school, and then studied it like crazy in Econ 101. Supply Chain – d’oh!

I have cars to tell you about. I recently drove the Acura TL, and my husband and I both agree that if we were better people we would own that car instead of the Jaguar. I’ve also GOT to tell you about the Cadillac CTS-V, and how I have no reason to know but I suspect it might possibly get up to 135mph very very quickly when you’re getting on the 101 freeway late at night.  This week I’m driving the Lexus LX 570, which we would also be driving… only we’d be rich with a bigger family. These cars are all absolutely spectacular for very different reasons.

Also, our summer vacation plans have changed. Mr. G. had some unexpected things surrounding work, so we won’t be taking the most fabulous family vacation ever. I am very sad to say that this year my family will not be glamping with the kind folks from Ocean Futures Society at Catalina Island Camps.

There isn’t much good news for me, as it relates to Catalina, but there is good news for you. For the past few years my favorite family vacation of all time (yes, better than skiing) has been five days in Catalina every August. I’ve written about it before, but I’ve been deliberately vague. Why? Well, as happy as I am to review cars and technology, I’m not looking to show up at my favorite vacation in the world and talk about blogging.

Everyone knows that what sucks for the blogger is typically wonderful for the reader. If you’re looking for an amazing vacation check out Family Camp at Catalina Island Camps. The Horners run the camp all summer long, and they are amazing hosts. Jean Michel, Murph, and Holly bring passion and academia to camp. Travis makes everyone fall in love first with his food, then with the garden and it’s magnificent compost.

The camp is as active or as relaxed as you’d like it to be. My family prefers a very active vacation, but plenty of folks show up with a stack of books, and loosely supervise kids at play. The snorkeling is world class, and do NOT miss the night dives. They are amazing. As of this writing there are still cabins available, and since you can fit 12 in a cabin, it can be a very affordable trip if you have a family you love to travel with. I will be insanely jealous, but nevertheless delighted for you, should you take this wonderful trip.

Why We Love Our Cars


I am bleary eyed. Yesterday morning I was in Dearborn with a few other moms and the team from Ford.

Ford is introducing a new safety feature on their SUVs and crossovers called Curve Control. I promise you a Curve Control post at some point after a nap. The short story is that it aids drivers immensely in keeping control of the car during a high speed turn. The long story (pending) will include telling you about the crash test dummies, and the drive we took in a top secret car that was covered in velcro, and how it can slow a car down by 10 mph in just one second.

As I was standing in Dearborn at The Rouge, I was missing my family. The Rouge Factory Tour is a marvel for everyone at every age. I know my son would have loved to see some of the classic cars, just as I know that my daughter would have been thrilled to know about the green technology that the plant is using. My husband, like I, would have just been slackjawed and thinking, “how did one man do this?” And then I remembered why I love cars so much.

Every time I look at a car I think I know who will love that. They’re like puppies to me. I don’t necessarily want a puppy, but I recognize that they are adorable, and a perfect fit for someone. Every few years we get new cars, similarly families tend to get a pet every decade or so.

So when I got to drive a Fiesta a few months back, all I could think of was how adorable the car is, how sporty and responsive and nicely priced. I don’t see myself in a Fiesta, but I can visualize my teenage cousins in one, or even my 20 something friends. If I was 20 something again I’d be plunking down cash for a bright green car. It’s impossible to look at it and not smile.

Which is not the point, but really it is the point. Yesterday we got to drive in a partly finished 2011 Ford Explorer that was equipped with Curve Control. I’ve owned a Ford Explorer, one of my first cars was a Bronco 2, the small SUV is part of my life, but it’s not part of my life right now. Which is fine. You see the Explorer is like that bigger puppy, I know people who want big puppies, even though I’m looking for the little one.

I can mark my milestones with my cars. We brought Jane home from the hospital in a Honda Accord, and Alexander in an Explorer. I was married while driving a Mercury Capri, and practically danced for joy when I got a Chevy Tahoe that would carry both my children and my aging grandmother.

So as I prepare to tell you about Ford, I’m trying to think of why I cannot possibly be objective. It’s because I just love cars. When I see this:

It gives me the same cuddly feeling as this:

Photo via wikipedia