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Saving a Pigeon

by Cindy Robinson
Neither of these pigeons are the one in the story. These are photos I took previously which are entitled "Stumpy & his girlfriend"

Neither of these pigeons are the one in the story. These are photos I took before which are entitled “Stumpy & his girlfriend”

Neither of these pigeons are the one in the story. These are photos I took previously which are entitled "Stumpy & his girlfriend"

Neither of these pigeons are the one in the story. These are photos I took before which are entitled “Stumpy & his girlfriend”

I think I inadvertently saved a pigeon’s life over the weekend, or at least saved it from being maimed and minimized its trauma. Let me rewind a little bit first though.

My daughter and I had plans over the weekend which kept morphing and changing into different plans. Our first set of plans for Saturday didn’t work out the way we’d hoped but later in the day we did indeed have some good fun. Kudos to singers Troye Sivan and Nick Jonas for being awesome young men! We love you guys.

As our plans evolved we found ourselves in a different part of Los Angeles that we don’t normally frequent and in an area I normally consider a pretty nice area. We were hungry and opted for a quick stop to escape the traffic and avoid the long search for a new place to eat. We saw a Costco so decided “Yes, quick & easy.”

It was the craziest damn Costco we’ve ever been to! I won’t name the location because I probably know people who frequent this as their regular Costco. It was like all those bizarre people you see in the bad Wal-Mart photos and videos had escaped to Costco over the weekend!

It was a fest for people watching! There was what I assume, a homeless couple enjoying a pizza with their shopping cart of haphazardly packed belongings next to them. They seemed normal enough, until the man got up to go get something and proceeded to make this bizarre series of noises as he walked between the tables and again as he returned to his seat. But then he just engaged in normal conversation with his lady companion and the table next to him while he was seated.

At the  table next to us was a big guy with a hearty laugh, ear buds in, enjoying some show on his phone, who enjoyed burping – repeatedly, loudly, and without excusing himself, like he was at home on the sofa in his underwear watching TV.

A couple of tables away my daughter is certain she spied a popular Youtuber who had his hair up in a ridiculous man-bun with a woman’s little claw hair clip. I so wish I had scissors handy but my daughter thought it looked good!

At the table in front of us was an older man with grey hair and a boy or young man who appeared to be an older teenager with perhaps some sort of mental disability. At first the boy was sitting at the table with the man eating their pizza. Then the boy sat on the ground and began feeding his pizza crust to the pigeons which of course made them flock to him. At one point, the man got up and left the table to go get something. Then suddenly the boy had a pigeon in his hands! He’d caught one and it looked like we he was grabbing the wing with force like he had intent to do damage. I just automatically yelled out “What the hell are you doing?” And he released the bird while several large and small feathers remained in the boy’s hand. Everything seemed to go silent for a few seconds and then the normal chatter of people eating lunch returned. The man came back to the table and the boy showed him the feathers he’d gotten. I was just sitting there a bit stunned. The man didn’t acknowledge that he’d seen anything go awry but they left a few minutes later. Then it dawned on me that I’d actually said that out loud and I asked my daughter if I had been loud. She said I was and that people stopped to look for a moment but it got him to release the bird.

Some readers may think “it was just a bird” or “pigeons are totally annoying at Costco” or “well, the kid has a disability”. Just because it was one of millions of pigeons doesn’t mean it’s OK to harass and torture it. Just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean they get to skip knowing right from wrong if they are able to process that information. If pigeons are a pest at Costco it’s only because you, the patrons of Costco have taught them to be that way by feeding them and teaching them to seek food from humans instead of finding it as they should. I’m super guilty of this because I like birds, I like it when they are curious and come near me and I sure as hell wasn’t going to sit there and let some kid torture a bird or anything else for that matter.

As for the kid, he did seem to have some disability but did seem functional enough to know right from wrong if he had been taught that. I guess that was the scary part for me. The older man – father, caregiver or whatever he was didn’t even address the kid sitting on the ground trying to catch the pigeon, didn’t clarify to him anything about right or wrong so if the boy can’t grasp that it’s wrong to harm a small bird maybe some other time he won’t understand it’s not right to harm something or someone else.

We sat there kind of shocked for a few minutes and then we figured the poor bird probably flew off to a tree to shit himself crazy with fear after his little ordeal. I couldn’t help but wonder if other people would say something in a situation like this? I wish I’d said something to the man but they left before I came out of my shocked state. But that is me, if I see something strange happening, I will likely say something about it, whether it embarrasses the people I’m with or not.

I didn’t even intend to write about it, and it doesn’t really fit with most of the things we write about at Life On The Scene, but after a few days it’s still sitting in my thoughts going “damn, that was kind of crazy!” so here it is. I just hope the pigeon is OK.

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Wrap Up From The iHeart Radio Music Festival

By Cindy Robinson

Last weekend the iHeart Radio Music Festival once again took over the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Two nights & a day of live music.It was an amazing weekend filled with such a variety of music that there had to be something there for everyone! Young artists like Sam Smith and Demi Lovato took the stage inbetween veteran acts like Coldplay, the Killers and Duran Duran. Jason Derulo glistened under the spotlight after losing his shirt and revealing his six pack abs. Lil Wayne even had the grannies in the audience hopping around. Newer acts like James Bay, Shawn Mendes, George Ezra and Walk the Moon made it worth a day outside in the Las Vegas heat. There was a country crooner each night for those who like that sort of music (or might enjoy a bathroom or beverage break).

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iHeart Radio Festival 2015 Adds Jennifer Lopez

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This week after legendary rockers The Who cancelled their North American tour dates due to Roger Daltery falling ill, including their appearance at the 2015 iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas September 18th and 19th, 2015 organizers added Jennifer Lopez to the stellar lineup which already includes Sam Smith, Duran Duran, Coldplay, Nick Jonas, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato, hometown boys The Killers, Janet Jackson a nd many more. The Daytime Village includes appearances from Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato along with rising star Shawn Mendes, Walk The Moon, Tove Lo, George Ezra and Echo Smith.

Stop by Ticketmaster to see what tickets might be left for the Friday & Saturday concerts at the MGM Grand or the Daytime Village at the iHeart Radio Festival on Saturday afternoon. There are also chances to win everywhere! Do a quick online search or tune into any iHeart radio station across the United States to win your chance to attend this one of a kind music festival in Las Vegas!

Images courtesy of iHeart Media

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Jonas Brothers Release Pom Poms and Announce Summer Tour

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 The Jonas Brothers are back in full swing in the United States after a hugely successful tour of South America. Today, the trio consisting of brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick stopped by 102.7 KIIS FM, in Burbank, CA to world premiere their new single “Pom Poms” with Ryan Seacrest. The band spoke about their new single, unleashed a host of summer tour dates and performed a few acoustic songs live on the radio including a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You”.

Tickets for the Jonas Brothers tour, which kicks off on July 10th in Chicago, are available for the Fan Club Pre-Sale on April 9th and public on-sale April 13th!  For a complete list of dates see below and for ticket information head over to the Jonas Brothers fan club by clicking here! Don’t wait, get those tickets the instant they go on sale because it won’t take long for these shows to sell out.

The new single “Pom Poms” is available now on iTunes! What are you waiting for? Go grab it! The video will premiere tonight on E! with a behind the scenes look at the making of the video.

Did you buy the single today? What did you think of it? How about the video with all the cheerleaders and the amazing horn section? Let us know what you think of the latest release from the Jonas Brothers in the comments section below.

Check in with the guys on Twitter for the latest links to watch the full video tonight. You can follow Kevin, Joe and Nick for all the latest Jonas Brothers news! #POMPOMS #JONASBROTHERS

JONAS BROTHERS LIVE TOUR DATES

10 JUL 2013 – Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL, US
12 JUL 2013 – Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, IN, US
13 JUL 2013 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI, US
14 JUL 2013 – PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH, US
16 JUL 2013 – Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH, US
18 JUL 2013 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON, CA
19 JUL 2013 – Darien Lake PAC, Darien Lakes, NY, US

20 JUL 2013 – Nikon @ Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY, US

22 JUL 2013 – Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA, US

23 JUL 2013 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT, US
25 JUL 2013 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ, US
26 JUL 2013 – Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ, US

27 JUL 2013 – Mix Tape Festival, Hershey, PA, US

29 JUL 2013 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA, US

30 JUL 2013 – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, US
31 JUL 2013 – Red Hat Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC, US
02 AUG 2013 – Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL, US
03 AUG 2013 – Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL, US
04 AUG 2013 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA, US
06 AUG 2013 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX, US
07 AUG 2013 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX, US
09 AUG 2013 – Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, US

10 AUG 2013 – Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV, US

13 AUG 2013 – America’s Cup Pavilion, San Francisco, CA, US

14 AUG 2013 – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, US
16 AUG 2013 – Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, Los Angeles, CA, US

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The Jonas Brothers Announce South American Tour Dates

I feel remiss in the fact that I never completed my review of the Jonas Brothers concerts that took place at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre just after Thanksgiving. However, anytime seems like a good time to discuss the former Disney darlings doesn’t it? Before I pontificate on the merits and possibly demerits of the Jonas Brothers, let me disclose that one of the many, many hats I wear in life is that of a parent to a nearly twelve-year-old daughter who adores the Jonas Brothers.  So while I have covered their events in the past as a member of the media, I am pretty much always looking at them from a dual perspective – photographing and/or reviewing their live performances or latest CD while simultaneously watching the experience through the eyes of my daughter.

Let’s get down to business then, the Jonas Brothers are back! It’s been more than three years since their last studio album, 2009’s Lines, Vines and Trying Times. The Brothers have been hard at work in the studio on their as yet untitled fifth studio album scheduled for release in early 2013. Individually the brothers have been busy during the past 3 years with Nick releasing his solo effort, Who I Am as Nick Jonas and the Administration, testing out the waters in the theater world with performances in Les Misérables, Hairspray and Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Joe Jonas  released his solo effort, Fastlife. Both brothers did some touring with their solo releases while older brother Kevin got married to longtime girlfriend Danielle Deleasa and enjoyed life with his new bride. Eventually they brought their newlywed adventures to a TV screen near you in E!’s reality show Married to Jonas which has just been picked up for a 2nd season.

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The boys that ruled the Disney airwaves grew into young men, and parted ways with Disney during their hiatus from being a band while Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and One Direction took over the world of teen angst in their place.  2012 saw the Jonas Brothers return to the touring world, offering fans just a smattering of tour dates around the globe including places like Moscow, Russia, New York City, the Philippines and finally a stretch of sold out shows at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA along with an appearance at KIIS FM‘s annual Jingle Ball.

The question that comes to mind – do the Jonas Brothers still have what it takes? Fickle teen hearts moved on to worship Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber and One Direction. Would they return to the fold to see what Kevin, Joe and Nick have to offer now? Will they still dance to those “old” songs? Will they embrace the news songs debuted at these live shows – “Wedding Bells”, an ode to ex-flame Miley Cyrus penned by the younger Jonas, Nick. A track called “First Time” which Joe joked was about “the first time, you, uh, eat food” at the Pantages show. The answer so far is yes, for the most part, the fans have flocked back to the trio of brothers and the shrieks still threaten to break the sound barrier as the screen goes up to start their show.

The thought that has bounced around in my head though is the age-old game teenagers play with their peers. Why is it that teenagers must “hate” on each others musical tastes? Does it stem from the lack of confidence, struggle to fit in, the need to be popular or some sort of jealousy? I have friends who grew up in the 1960’s and described to me how it was either the Beatles or the Stones, you were an oddball if you liked both. I experienced it as a teenager in the 1980’s when the kids at school teased you for loving Duran Duran or Depeche Mode because those bands sucked in their opinion. How long does it take for one to mature enough to simply respect their friend’s choice in music? Personally, I’m happy that so far my daughter doesn’t change her mind on which bands she likes to listen to with the day of the week. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this teenage phenomenon in the comments below.

In conclusion, for those that do enjoy seeing the Jonas Brothers live in concert (which we certainly do), they have just announced the first of their 2013 tour dates – a trek through Latin America that kicks off in February. Fan club tickets and VIP packages are available now via the Jonas Brothers website with public on sales to follow through Ticketmaster. Here are the dates:

February 24, 2013: Simon Bolivar University USB, Caracas, VE
February 26, 2013: Vina Del Mar Festival, Vina Del Mar, CL
February 28, 2013: Movistar Arena, Santiago, CL
March 2, 2013: Carlos Paz Summer Event, Cordoba, AR (free concert!)
March 3, 2013: Estadio Ferrocarri Oeste/Atlanta, Buenos Aires, AR
March 5, 2013: Estadio Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, BO
March 10, 2013: Credicard Hall, Sao Paulo, BR
March 12, 2013: Citibank Hall, Rio De Janeiro, BR
March 14, 2013: Pepsi on Stage, Porto Alegre, BR
March 17, 2013: Yacht Club Del Paraguay, Asuncion, PY
March 19, 2013: Velodrome, Montevideo, UY
March 21, 2013: Paseo Cayala, Guatemala City, GT

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The Jonas Brothers Close Out The Road Dogs Season With A Win!

Photos & story by Cindy Robinson
 
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LONG BEACH – The stands were filled with cheering tweens & teenage girls as the Jonas Brothers each went up to bat in the final Road Dogs game of the season in Blair Field on Sunday (the game was moved from Irvine).

 During the game, a couple thousand fans joined the brothers in pledging not to text while driving or by designating someone to answer the phone while the car is in motion by adding their thumbprint to a banner promoting “X The Text” sponsored by Allstate insurance.

The brothers said they chose to support the campaign to help raise awareness of this killer on the rise. Recent statistics show that:

‐ Teens
crash
four
times
more
often
than
any
other
age
group


‐ Car
crashes
are
the
No.
1
killer
of
teens

‐ Texting
and
driving
can
increase
your
risk
of
crashing
by
23
times


‐ Reaching
for
a
phone
while
driving
increases
your
risk
of
a
crash
by  nine times

‐ Texting
takes
our
eyes
off
the
road
for
an
average
of
5
seconds.
At
55
mph, that’s
driving
the
length
of
a      football
field
–
completely
blind.


‐ Behind
the
wheel,
one
text
while
driving
equals
four
beers


The Road Dogs won 15-7 against the Marquis Jet Flyers on Sunday, pulling in the win for the season and delighting their fans. Fans cheered on from the stands as the Jonas brothers were presented with the trophy for the winning season.

The  Jonas Brothers also wrapped up their summer tour, Camp Rock Live! featuring Demi Lovato in Irvine, CA on Sunday night.  Camp Rock 2 is out on Disney DVD and Blu-Ray now.
 
 

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