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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

L.Á.resource: The CSUN Oviatt Library's San Fernando Valley History Digital Library



Covering the region's Natural Resources, Social Life and Customs, Transportation, Industries, Politics and Labor...perhaps the Valley is different from the rest of us. What a diff'rence a chain of mountains makes...

For the main page of Cal State University, at Northridge's Oviatt Library San Fernando Valley History Digital Library (whew...), CLICK HERE

L.A.architecture: Wells Fargo Tower downtown





Bunker Hill's Wells Fargo Tower at the Wells Fargo Center (330 S. Grand Avenue) faces Grand Avenue with all the stereotypes one would apply to a symbolic L.A. building: anorexic, thin on substance, seemingly artificial facade... It stands tall on Grand but appears paper thin as if there were no offices behind its tall exterior...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

L.Á.event: 'When The Saints' screening at Fais Do Do

2 years to the day when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Robert Greenwald's documentary was screened to a non-typically FRIENDLY L.A. crowd--but then we were at Fais Do Do and not The Viper Room.

L.A.moment: Singing on the Red Line

Sunday, August 26, 2007

L.A.moment: Dead Elmo in Boyle Heights


An after midnight roadside taco stand stop leads to the grisly vacant lot discovery of a dead Elmo. (Photo taken and sent via mobile phone)...

L.A.location: Charlie O's


Remodeling is not gonna' stop Charlie O's from servin' liquor or stop DJ Mirko from spinnin' at this up and coming Alexandria Hotel hotspot (photo taken and sent via mobile phone).

Friday, August 24, 2007

L.A.history: The Flag of the City of Los Ángeles


Almost rastafarian in appearance, L.A.'s flag (a.k.a. the "Fiesta Flag"), was designed for the city's 1931 Sesqui-Centenial (150th Anniversary). Designed by Roy E. Silent and E.S. Jones, the red represents the city's vineyards of the time, the yellow representing the orange groves (again, of the time) and the green represents the olive trees (unbeknownst to this rider that there were olive trees)...allegedly these colors are also purposefully meant to resemble the flag colors of both Spain and Mexíco.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

L.A.event: V's Treintañera at the Alexandria Hotel's Ballroom


"She missed her Quinceañera and her prom..."; so what better way to resurrect the past than to complete this trinity of celebration with a 30th Birthday at the Alexandria Hotel's Ballroom. V (of Bar 107 fame) lived any closeted princesses' dream fantasy: her big frilly dress that seemed potentially hazardous for dancing, accompaniment by 6 gents in white tuxes, all of whom adored and showcased her and her feminine prowess in a choregraphed dance. ¡Felíz Cumplaños V! (Photo taken and sent via mobile phone)...

L.A.event: V's Treintañera


(photo taken and sent via mobile phone)...

L.A.roadtrip: Wilshire Blvd.: 10 steps a photo, downtown to Santa Monica

I love obsessive approaches to simple ideas: "tobiaswac" walked all the way from Wilshire Blvd.'s beginning in downtown Los Angeles to its end at the Pacifc Ocean, a mere 16 miles away...and took a photo every 10 steps...

Saturday, August 18, 2007

L.A.moment: Downtown

Downtown, bright and hot, with my camera phone barely able to handle the light and heat...(photo taken and sent via mobile phone)...

Friday, August 10, 2007

L.A.roadtrip: Train to San Bernardino Mountains













Train trip from Union Station to San Bernardino's old train station for a visit to Lake Arrowhead and Crestline. For some reason, lately, my mobile phone's camera is freaking out when there is bright light present. That's why the train station looks all Resident Evil and Lake Gregory looks post-nuclear...(photos taken and sent via mobile phone)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

L.A.news: Beckham's contribution to American Soccer via The Onion

The Onion

Beckham An Inspiration To Children Who Never Get Put In Game

LOS ANGELES—Whether intently watching the on-field action or waving to his family in the stands, David Beckham's impressive display of...



Posh's contribution to American Motherhood's identity to be studied and explained in next week's issue...

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

L.A.trivia: Sister City Spotlight: Tehran


One of Los Ángeles' Sister Cities is Iran's Tehran. In the photo above, a young woman in the north of Tehran wears a nose bandage after plastic surgery. The bandages are a status symbol for the city's young elite. (Photo: Aslon Arfa)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

L.A.event: Thai Food at the North Hollywood Thai Buddhist Temple

Saturdays and Sundays with everything you'd want and more...our group's faves: mango and sticky rice and Kanom Krok! (Photo taken and sent via mobile phone).