Scott Cox

  • A danger to feet and a delight to children, Legos are here to stay in Scott Cox's house.

    SCOTT COX: The plastic that pays off? Legos

    The good news is I think I have my retirement fund all worked out. The bad news is that my plan assumes that Legos maintain 95 percent to 100 percent of their original value. It also assumes that my grandson, Oliver, leaves them all at my house. I don't know when it happened, but I've

  • The Frankenstein's monster of turntables — a Rega RP-1 hi-fi from Ventura with pins from Florida, a Linn tonearm from England and a Groovetracer acrylic stock platter.

    SCOTT COX: Don't needle me about my turntable

    This week I shall try to explain something called an upgrade path, and how I was unwittingly put upon one by a cast of characters that includes Dave Alvin. Now, an upgrade path can be applied to a house, a car or anything else that you improve one piece at a time. But those are projects that

  • The great Marty Stuart is returning to town but if you got cable — and RFD-TV — you can tune into "The Marty Stuart Show" on Sunday nights.

    SCOTT COX: Got cable? Then you've got Marty

    I saw an ad in the paper that the great Marty Stuart is coming to town. Very cool. You should go. He's a brilliant guitarist and all-around entertainer. But it occurs to me that maybe some of you are as yet unfamiliar with his show on RFD-TV. If you've got cable, you've got RFD-TV.

  • COURTESY OF SCOTT COX J&M's tri-tip salad was a little dry on the night we tried it.

    SCOTT COX: Love rootsy, authentic music? Give banjo a go

    I come to you this week with excellent news. The banjo is back! Yes, the once-ubiquitous hillbilly instrument is making a huge comeback, and I couldn't be happier about it. A brief history: Back in the early 1800s, African musicians were crafting crude banjos from gourds and whatnot. Then

  • Watching a movie like "Avatar" on a 3-D TV is worth it, but not every film warrants the special treatment.

    SCOTT COX: 3-D cool at movies, but meh at home

    After grappling with the decision to see the standard or 3-D showing of a movie at the theater, I now find that discussion permeating my home entertainment choices as well. We recently upgraded our TV to a 3-D model, and while I'll opt for that third dimension in action films at the cinema,

  • Musician Jack White has it right when he says people need to keep their phones in their purses or pockets during shows, writes Scott Cox.

    SCOTT COX: Jack White gives 'em hell over cell

    It finally happened. A major music artist has spoken out about the noxious practice of cellphone use at concerts, and it's about time. The problem was addressed by no less an authority than Jack White, one of my favorites. He said in a recent interview what a whole bunch of performers

  • The history in The Troubadour is palpable, Scott Cox writes of the famed West Hollywood music venue.

    SCOTT COX: LA's Troubadour still rocks

    For my birthday, I went to a concert in L.A. I'm generally not a big fan of the music scene down there, but two of my all-time favorite artists, Bob Schneider and Hayes Carll, were playing. I'd make the trip to see either of those guys, so the twin bill was a huge bonus. The third star

  • Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert appear in a scene from the 1939 film "Drums Along the Mohawk."

    SCOTT COX: Go forth on 4th? We stay in

    Since idiots with massive supplies of illegal fireworks have made it impossible for my family (or any family with pets) to enjoy Independence Day, I took it upon myself to write a guide for shut-ins on the 4th. Actually, I'm just telling you what we do at my house, so feel free to alter it as

  • German shepherd Gretchen joined the Cox family when Katie was 7 years old. The beloved family dog just passed away at age 15.

    SCOTT COX: This German shepherd was the cat's meow

    If you're like me, you've had some dogs. We always had at least one growing up, and I've had as many as four at a time. I assume that when we're all old, we'll sit back and think about all the dogs we've had over the years, and that there will be one who stands out as the

  • Michael Hopper, of First Look with Scott Cox, will join the show's host for the inaugural bowling night Thursday at Westchester Lanes.

    SCOTT COX: Time to spare? Let's go bowling

    It's time to go bowling! Tonight we begin our unofficial Californian bowling league, and I couldn't be more excited. After my glorious return to competitive tennis ended abruptly with a knee injury, I figured I needed a way to keep moving around, and we've been talking about bowling

  • Slug: Scott Cox column Credit: Photo by Scott Cox Caption: The soup and salad set-up at Wool Growers is a great deal at $8.50.

    SCOTT COX: Even if you're in over your head, get a pool

    When I was growing up, I knew exactly one kid who had a pool. And not an above-ground pool, either -- a real, honest-to-goodness built-in swimming pool. The rest of us hoodlum east Bakersfield boys would ride by his house on our bikes, hoping he'd see us and invite us for a swim, but it never

  • Whether you choose the Caesar, seen here, or the mesquite salad, it's all about the smoked chicken at Coconut Joe's.

    SCOTT COX: Never too late (or old) to get into this racquet

    I think I was 16 or 17 the first time I picked up a tennis racket, so I never played junior tennis. And I was in my early 30s before it ever occurred to me to play the game competitively at all. Then I took a decade or so off. So imagine my surprise to be reporting that I've entered a senior

  • The Alamo Drafthouse in New Braunfels, Texas, lives up to all the hype, according to Scott Cox.

    SCOTT COX: Dinner and a movie? Yeah, in Texas

    I just got back from my latest trip to Texas. I did all the usual barbecue and live music stuff, but this time I decided to finally break down and visit an Alamo Drafthouse cinema. I'd heard all the stories about the top-notch food and legendary lack of tolerance for cellphones, so I figured I

  • Scott Cox is proud to be a T-ball grandparent for Oliver.

    SCOTT COX: Getting teed off at T-ball isn't fair to kids

    My newest adventure in life involves being a T-ball grandparent. Oliver is only in the training stage, so I'm going to have to wait a few weeks for the hyper-competitive part of the game to kick in. Actually, that might not even be true; I've already caught myself wondering why they

  • Billy Bob Thornton plays bad guy Lorne Malvo in the FX's new series "Fargo," to which Scott Cox has taken a shine.

    SCOTT COX: 'Fargo' TV series is must-see stuff

    When I heard they made a TV series out of the Coen Brothers' classic 1996 film, "Fargo," I greeted the news like I greet most news -- with an attitude. It just seemed to me that "Fargo" was pretty much perfect as it was. But, skepticism fully loaded, I tuned in to the

  • Scott Cox feels like the lone bowling fan and wants to return the sport to its former glory.

    SCOTT COX: Time to spare? Go bowling

    I've decided to bring back bowling, which is weird because I only recently found out it was gone in the first place. Many, many years ago my wife and I used to bowl in a league. Then we decided to take a couple of decades off. Well, this weekend we went to a fundraiser for autism awareness at -

  • Like everything at Happy Jack's Pie N Burger, the salad is totally simple: plain old iceberg lettuce with some chopped green onions, cheese, and a bunch of cubed ham. But the meat is really good and the addition of burger sauce (thousand island) and crumbled crackers on top bring it to another level.

    SCOTT COX: A happy Scott at Happy Jack's

    This week's salad was eaten at the request of not one but two nice folks who wrote me about it. And it was at Happy Jack's Pie 'N Burger, so it's not like anyone had to twist my arm. Did you know Happy Jack's has salad? Neither did I. But it turns out they do, and the one I

  • Feta cheese and dried cherries up the ante of the watermelon salad at Wiki's Wine Dive

    SCOTT COX: Rude guests are going to cost us some shows

    I am fully aware that as I get older, the list of things that make me all crotchety is getting longer. But I've decided that I'm ready to cut a deal with the world: I promise to not care if you take your toddlers to the movies and let them run around during the film. I'll even ignore