that glam and glitz comes in all different shapes and colors in L.A. That Los Angeles is a desert city right next to a vast ocean.
This was what was left of an 18-ft. recently deceased oar fish that was towed from deep in the ocean two Tuesdays ago by marine science instructor Jasmine Santana after she spotted it while snorkeling in Toyon Bay (Which I'm assuming is a off Catalina Island. I've never been there though I can see Catalina everytime I take off from LAX.)
How often in the course of your day do you think about something like this wandering around the same ponds that you swim in? Moi? Well practically NEVER!
* Postscript: how worried should we be that another of these fish has washed up dead this week, further along the coast here in California. They usually hang hundreds, if not thousands of feet under the sea. Why are they here? What is killing them? Are they a sign of something that we should be concerned about? I'll let you know what I find out!
Some of these things, or at least, samplings of Ben's cheery chic are available in his shop online and on Rugby Street in this lovely neighborhood. Have I mentioned that he is also an Architect, Master Planner and (you guessed it already) Interior Designer. A busy guy!
O.K. little neighborhood....no wait, I'm sorry, not so little really, are you?
Just because you are named after a jewel-like park tucked into a little hollow a little over from downtown L.A.,
does not mean that you aren't sprawling, rolling hills...and raw, rollicking, rusting streetscapes that stretch out along Sunset Boulevard for well, miles. You are full of surprises and history, one of the oldest neighborhoods in L.A., just up the hill from Chinatown and Olvera St. where the Pueblo began...and right next door to Chavez Ravine where the Dodgers are struggling as I write this, and where I'm reminded that the more things change....the more they stay the same.....
(the Rolling Stones' last Spring inaugurated their Summer tour in that building to the right, now known as the Echoplex.)
......you can trace your ancestors back to beyond the "beginning" of what we now call that great left coast conurbation, Los Angeles.
You are famous in L.A. for your gangs, your local police precinct that has sometimes conducted itself no better than a gang, as an incubator for generation after generation of artists, writers, musicians and actors and lately, for your restaurants, for Maria the goose
.....for me to relate all the ins-and-outs and developments......and honestly, I've so surprised myself!
(not sure - probs from someone's Pinterest page but you can see the House Beautiful watermark)
Anyway, some bursts of blue for the week's end for you. Somehow, living in California makes me love this color more and more.
Oh and also, great cause for celebration this week: Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature!!!!!! I adore this writer, so happy about this in so many ways. Here's a link to a summary of LATimes reviews of her short stories (she only has published short stories) that couldn't describe her better.
It's a different place from the old Kings Cross which was a little depressing, industrially hulking. Before "industrial" was cool.
Now it looks cheery and light-hearted and a little like Legoland. It's a neighborhood that is going places! (If I told you what this neighborhood was like before this, you would NEVER believe me.) It will be soooo interesting and probs very expensive when it's all done.
What recession, Kings Cross? That was then......THIS is NOW!
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