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Jun 28st, 2016 – Rounded Fountained

Rounded Fountained

Rounded Fountained

Snapshot of one of the many interesting fountains around Los Angeles.

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Jun 21st, 2016 – Sunset of Icarus

Sunset of Icarus

Sunset of Icarus

Photo of the statue in The Grove, facing the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market, of the flyers from Greek Mythology who went too close to the sun, taken during a rather nice sunset.

Jun 14th, 2016 – Watts Towers of Rodia

Watts Towers of Rodia

Watts Towers of Rodia

This photo is one in a series taken during a recent trip to the Watts Towers, located in Watts (a region of Los Angeles, famous for the riots in the 1960s). The towers are magnificent- doubly so as they were hand crafted by one man.

The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo (“our town”) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park in the Watts community of Los Angeles. The tallest of the towers reaches a height of over 99 feet (30 m). The towers and walls were designed and built by Sabato (“Simon”) Rodia (1879-1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of outsider art and Italian-American naïve art.

The Watts Towers are located near the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Los Angeles Metro station of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail Blue Line, and off the I-105 Century Freeway. They were designated a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark in 1990. They are also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for the info)

Jun 7th, 2016 – Perchance to the Death of a Dream

I’ll admit it; I did feel a bit of the Bern. However, it was tempered by the balm of knowing that party insiders were going to vote for their annointed candidate regardless… regardless of the lower chances in the general election, of the beholden nature of lobbying groups and corporations instead of the people, and regardless of how we did fight a rebellion to get away from dynastic families.

That said, as we witness the end of the dream of Bernie Sander’s campaign, I thought I’d share one of those data points of the passion he did bring out. One of the staples of my neighborhood has been Johnnie’s Coffee shop- which I have never seen open, but has always been available for filming. Roughly two weeks ago, it was suddenly a hive of activity, as a Sanders supporter rented it out to use as a campaign location. Horns honked- a lot of them- and people were coming in and out when it was opened.

(The interior photos are of the night it was first opened, and still setting up; the exterior shots are from early Saturday morning (May 28th))

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The dream passes- fight on for what is right in the light of day.

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