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Old Posted Feb 6, 2022, 6:03 AM
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More random photos, taken today (Sunday, 2.6.2022).


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Lunch time.


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Old Cuban.

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Quattro Stagioni pizza (my partner's).

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Fig pizza (mine).

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Torta della Nonna and espresso.

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Back in the 1990s, "Jeopardy!" taped here. I don't know if it still does. Back then I tried out for it but didn't make it. I tried out for College Jeopardy! some years before that when they taped at what is now called Sunset Bronson Studios, and I didn't make it then either.

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"Nakatomi Plaza" from "Die Hard."

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A few randoms... Taken Sunday, 2.27.2022.


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Random photos...

Tuesday, 3.1.2022.

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Dinner. Trout amandine.

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Sunset.

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After-dinner cocktail.

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Drizzly Friday. 3.4.2022.

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Kahlúa and coffee on a drizzly Friday.

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Rainy Saturday. 3.5.2022.

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Sunny Sunday. 3.6.2022.

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Wednesday evening, 3.9.2022.

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We love this store. Who doesn't love wagashi?

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I ended up getting this.

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Yum!

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Photos taken over the weekend... Life is pretty much getting back to normal, after (during the tail end of?) COVID...

Saturday, 3.19.2022. An excursion into Hollywood, all by public transportation, which I haven't taken in LA since before the whole COVID mess.

"Our" Metro station in South Pasadena.

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The hills are still green.

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Union Station, among my favorite buildings in Los Angeles.

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I often think of this song as I walk through Union Station...
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Love this place. Great architecture.

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This has to be one of the best dining/drinking spaces in LA. And it's at a train station, hehe.

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Beer.

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I like the parrots.

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Eating Cobb salad and drinking beer at Union Station.

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More parrots.

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As you can tell, I really love this space.

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They were setting up for some kind of event or something. Usually this is a nice courtyard to walk through.

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Onward on our journey...

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Midwestern tourists. We could tell by their accents, though we weren't sure which state. They also pronounced "Wilshire" funny---we in LA say "Wil-shurr." They were saying "Wil-shire," the 2nd syllable rhyming with "tire."

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They got off at the stop before ours.

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We decided to have cocktails at a rooftop bar, so we were put on the waiting list, and waited in the lobby...

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"Empty chairs at empty tables..."

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What was supposed to be a 20-25 minute wait ended up being about 40 minutes, but we didn't mind. Then, it was up the elevator to the roof.

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We sat at a corner of the bar and ended up getting... kinda drunk. But it was ok. And, the people-watching was kind of fun. And funny. Some interesting people. As more people started arriving, they got more plasticky-looking.

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My first sangria.

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I was trying to get a pic of the Hollywood sign from where I was sitting, but I was getting kinda buzzed, so I just said "fuck it" and took the picture anyway.

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This one took a number of selfies of herself.

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My 2nd caipirinha.

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The clouds started rolling in, and it started getting slightly chilly and breezy...

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Is 2004 back with the aviators?

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We figured we'd walk off our drunkenness for a bit. This is where we went, Mama Shelter. The staff are all very nice.

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This particular parking lot usually has trailers, satellite and microwave trucks, when it's that time of year...

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...Yup, it's the Oscars again. They are setting up for the Academy Awards, which will be held on March 27th.

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This is the limo drop-off point for the Oscars. It's not all snazzed up yet of course.

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We thought we'd have dinner here, a restaurant we hadn't been too in a long time...

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We sat outside, though.

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Salami, olives, and cheese for an appetizer.

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White sangria.

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Clam and garlic pizza.

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Back on the Metro.

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Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. Now the walk back home.

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Sunday, 3.20.2022.

Went to UCLA for...

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...the Nowruz/Persian New Year Festival. Happy Nowruz!

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A Haft-sin. Here's a Wikipedia article about it: Haft-sin

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Time to eat. We decided to continue the Persian New Year theme. Being that UCLA is near Little Tehran, that's where we decided to eat...

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Kookoo sabzi.

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Kashk bademjan.

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Dolmeh with masto' khiar.

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Persian ice cream. I had Arabica coffee on top with saffron pistachio underneath.

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The ice cream shop had its own Haft-sin.

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The restaurant we went to.

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Happy Nowruz!

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Interestingly enough, on our drive home, we saw this spare tire cover that reminded us of that evil eye thingy.

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Old Posted Mar 21, 2022, 4:26 AM
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Very nice, Union Station is looking very good. You really have a good eye and I love seeing what you captured on your trips around LA. This city has so many faces and so much to offer, if a person can’t find something that appeal to them they are not looking hard enough. It’s definitely a city with many personalities.
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^ it sure is -- and its nice to see more of the station amenities opened up since i was there last summer during the pandemic.
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Very nice, Union Station is looking very good. You really have a good eye and I love seeing what you captured on your trips around LA. This city has so many faces and so much to offer, if a person can’t find something that appeal to them they are not looking hard enough. It’s definitely a city with many personalities.
Chris hope you are well. Yes it seems to fill in the blanks for a lot of different people.
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Thanks for the comments!

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Random photos taken on the way to dinner today (Hump Day Dinner!), Wednesday, 3.23.2022.


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Pinot grigio.

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Grilled octopus salad.

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Halloumi.

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Always wonderful stuff. I enjoyed seeing the Hollywood pics, especially. I lived there for 15 years and miss my neighborhood.
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Thanks! I've always loved Hollywood. I worked there fresh out of college, for 9 years, from 1994 to 2003. I saw it all evolve, and it's still evolving.

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A few very random photos, all taken this week, from Monday, 4.4.2022 to today, Thursday, 4.7.2022.


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Sandwich lunch break from work---veggie banh mi.

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Cocktail time.

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My partner's Hemingway Daiquiri on the left, and my Grasshopper on the right. Delicious.

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We got another round, although my partner got a Grasshopper, and I got this Brandy Alexander. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

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More photos taken from 4.8.2022 to 4.10.2022.


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Pre-birthday wine.

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Pre-birthday cake. Olive oil cake.

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Pulled chicken sandwich and coleslaw.

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Stiegel Radlers.

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Würste, sauerkraut, and Brussels sprouts.

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Wow, you get all over the city and enjoy the hell out of it! Such a motivational thread. How do you decide which part of the city you want to go to on any given day where you are out and about? Are there any corners you haven't been to yet that you want to check out?
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Wow, you get all over the city and enjoy the hell out of it! Such a motivational thread. How do you decide which part of the city you want to go to on any given day where you are out and about? Are there any corners you haven't been to yet that you want to check out?
I totally enjoy the hell out of LA.

We hadn't been to the Brentwood Country Mart in a long time, so we decided to go over the weekend. My partner ended up buying a book at that bookstore there.

I guess there are some corners of LA we haven't been to yet, but I think we've seen most of LA. There are areas that we haven't been to in a long time, and sometimes visiting those areas can be like visiting them for the first time, because they've changed, and/or because, well, we haven't been there in a long time. And food being a great motivator for us, we're willing to drive to all different kinds of neighborhoods around LA County (and beyond) just to check out the restaurants.
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Random photos taken while out and about today, Saturday, 4.16.2022.

Lunch at a Mexican restaurant.

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Chips and salsa.

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Tamarind mezcalito.

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Ceviche.

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Tacos.

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Lollipop.

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Cocktail time. This is Santa Monica's oldest still existing restaurant and bar.

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I had the Knotty Ginger on the left, and my partner had the Lost At Sea on the right.

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A British tourist asked a waitress what was on the floor; she explained that it was sawdust. I guess they don't do that in the really old school restaurants in Britain?

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I love Frank Gehry's buildings. This is one of his earlier ones, from 1991, I think.

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Random photos, taken Sunday, 4.17.2022.

A trip to the Getty Villa Museum, and dinner by the beach.

"LA is a great big freeway..." so the old song goes. PCH on a spring weekend is back to normal. Are these transplants, or visitors? Oregon on the left, Alabama straight ahead.

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PCH is a long way to drive to from DC.

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There's the main Getty Center, and then there's the Getty Villa, which houses the antiquities.

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I liked the look of this glass bowl; it looks modern. But it's like from 100 BCE or something.

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The architecture of the Getty Villa was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, which got buried when Mt. Vesuvius exploded in 79 CE.

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Dinner on the beach---well, we sat inside. At one of our favorite restaurants. They have really nice cocktails. We had made a reservation but got there much earlier than we thought we would. They accommodated us, though. Only had to wait about 10 minutes before I got texted.

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I thought the little Spanish-style number on the hill was kinda cute. I could totally live there if I had to.

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I wouldn't mind this one either.

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I guess if you wanna live in an office building on the beach, whatever tickles your pickle.

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Santa Monica in the distance.

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Cocktail #1.

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Cobb salad.

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Cocktail #2. Or was it #3?

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Yours truly.

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Cocktail #4. Or was it #3?

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"You're turning red," my partner says. "No I'm not," I said. I guess I kinda was.

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Don't worry, we recovered. We walked around a bit.

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Now where's the car? Just kidding, we knew where it was. It wasn't in this section.

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Just a few pics I took this evening, Wednesday, 4.20.2022.

Fast food for dinner. Manti and cheese booreg. OK, I've also said this about momos, but why isn't manti a thing?? Yummy.

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If anyone's ever wondered what the hill on the other side of the HOLLYWOOD sign looks like, well, here you go.

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I'm sure many of you know that these yellow signs with black letters indicate an active film production. I wonder what movie or TV series this is...

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These are supposed to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg dolls, but they made her look like a young Woody Allen.

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You made it out to Playa del Rey! I was wondering when the last time you were out in my part of town was. Have you been down to El Segundo recently? If not, you could check out either Jame Enoteco (Jackson Kalb, head chef, is competing on Top Chef right now and doing really well!) for Italian, or Sausal for "California Rancho" cuisine. Hope you had a good time.
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It seems it's been a while since we went to Playa del Rey. It's very laid back, and we had a nice walk.

We have not been to El Segundo for a while, thanks for mentioning those restaurants! We must check them out some time.
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It seems it's been a while since we went to Playa del Rey. It's very laid back, and we had a nice walk.

We have not been to El Segundo for a while, thanks for mentioning those restaurants! We must check them out some time.
Next time you're in Playa, if you want a really locals experience, grab a well drink at the Harbor Room. I believe it has the honor of being the smallest bar in LA County. Throw some music on the jukebox as well... nothing more recent than 1980s on there... but there's some good stuff
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