My preferred vendors and services

Auto maintenance

Northridge Service

Light duty towing and recovery- 24 hours/day
20962 Itasca St
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818 349 2212

I have been using them for years. They service my 1999 VW beetle and 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Their service is always perfect. I have recommended them to many people, and everybody's been very happy with them. Talk to Dave, tell them I sent you.

Food

Weinie Bakery

9250 Reseda Blvd #10
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 886-7331

Yumi will not buy cakes for birthday parties, weddings, etc. from anywhere else. They do an outstanding job and are courteous, prompt, and make delicious cakes. I am French and Yumi is Japanese, and we say they are delicious. Also, get their an-pan when you're in there. Great snacks. We've been using them for more than 10 years. Never had a bad experience. Not once.

Ramen Nippon

6900 Reseda Blvd #D
Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 345-5946

I call it the Noodle Place, and I go there as often as I can. Yumi used to work there many many years ago. I've taken my dad, mom, sisters, friends.

I've been going there since 1995. I think I've eaten negi ramen more than 200 times. I recommend gomoku yakisoba (with white vinegar and mustard).

They even tolerate Viggo! Sugoi!

Kabuki Sushi

On Reseda between Lassen and Halsted. We've been going there for years. We traditionally go there for special events. Better than going over the hill, paying for valet, and getting worse food.

Internet Stuff

rapidvps.com

At rapidvps.comAbsolutely great VPS hosting.

DNS Made Easy

All my DNS stuff goes to dnsmadeeasy. Very fast. Very easy to use. They have a lame policy that one email account can only be attached to one account. Did I say lame? Yes I did.

Google

Gmail, google docs, google reader, google voice, google for domains, youtube.

But lately I ask myself whether perhaps linux would not be a better choice for all that.