February 28, 2010




Andrew 'Benji' Veniamin was born to Greek Cypriot immigrant parents. He was an altar boy at the local Greek Orthodox Church in Sunshine, Melbourne. He fathered a daughter as the result of a casual affair; she was born shortly before his own death.

Benji was one of the most dangerous men connected to Melbourne's crime scene, and by the time of his death in 2004 (shot by associate Mick Gatto - who was later acquitted with a plea of self defence) had been connected with several of Melbourne's underworld murders.


The Hot Dog

It was a nice day at the farmers market at Longfellow Elementary in Long Beach. About noon on a Sunday, so I wanted to eat something good.
There's always something good to eat at a farmers market. And according to the sign, this place claimed to have a good hot dog. I love hot dogs. I love them from carts, from stands, off my grill, I just really dig hot dogs.
I went in to investigate.
Bacon wrapped, regular or sausage dog.
I asked her to give me what she thought was the best one. Bacon wrapped hot dog on a tortilla was the lady's suggestion.
Of course I had it with everything on it. Onions, peppers, mayo, mustard, cheese.
It was good. Not sure if it was really the best hot dog in all of downtown L.A, but it sure was good. Maybe on a bun next time.