Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Citizen journalism

Reader Chad passed on this news:

I live at Santa Fe and I enjoy your blog. Last week there was a guy who climbed up on our buildings AC pipes about 15 feet up off of the ground. This was during one of those rainy cold days that we had.

After a big the police showed up, then the firetrucks. He got down via a ladder the firemen placed.

With bonus cool pics!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Channeling Carter's Blog

It's 74 degrees, going up to 83, and I just saw a woman in Starbucks wearing a wool coat with a fur collar, tights and boots. WTF, Angelenos.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Inventing LA (and downtown)

MB and I watched a great documentary last night: Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Lives. It's about the family who founded the LA Times and owned it until it was sold to the Tribune Company in 2000. The Chandlers didn't just run a newspaper--they also played a huge role in the land acquisitions and water rights shenanigans that shaped modern LA. (John Huston's character in Chinatown was based on Harry Chandler). As a downtowner, it was very cool to see photos and footage of downtown from the late 19th Century to today. Downtown LA was amazingly crowded and vital all the way into the 50s. It's kind of sad to see the old photos and films and compare it to downtown today. Even though the neighborhood is taking off, the streets are really empty in comparison.

You can watch the documentary online here. Also check out the great photo galleries with pics of downtown and Hollywood.

ETA: The segment covering the 1910 bombing of the LA Times building on 1st and Broadway.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Anyone want an old TV?

We just bought a new TV and are looking to get rid of our old one. It's old and bulky and has a non-working VCR attached, but the TV part works and comes with a digital converter box. We can cart it down to Goodwill but I figured I'd ask if anyone is interested taking it off our hands--maybe one of the residential hotels or shelters could use it? Let me know. If I don't hear from anyone, it's going to Goodwill this weekend.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Offer I refused on 6th Street

"I'll tell you funny stories about black people if you give me a dollar."