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As I've said before, city reddits are great for seeing what's happening, bad or good. They comment on things the news wont.
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Random photos I took yesterday, Saturday morning and Saturday night, 9.19.2020.


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The mansion where music producer Phil Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson, located on a knoll. Not far from where I live. I drive by this neighborhood often, and when the murder occurred and I found out where Phil Spector lived, I was like 'wow, so all this time, I was driving near Phil Spector's house.'

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The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, currently home of the L.A. Opera, and before the Walt Disney Concert Hall was built, was also the home of the L.A. Philharmonic. It's also used for other musical and dance performances. This was the venue for the Academy Awards ceremonies from 1969-1987, 1990, 1992-1994, 1996, and 1999. They also used to hold US Citizenship swearing-in ceremonies here---my parents took their oath of US Citizenship at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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Random photos of my day, taken Sunday, 9.20.2020.

Getting my car washed Sunday morning. This place consistently does a good job.

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Lunch at one of our go-to Spanish restaurants.

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Olives.

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Spanish cider.

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Fig and serrano ham salad, and meatballs.

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Churros con chocolate.

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Our go-to German restaurant again. We like to people-watch here. And the food is good. As are the libations. This is a German cider.

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Sausage platter.

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This group of 3 guys were walking towards us and approached our table. One of them asked us if we were Jewish---I thought it was obvious that we weren't, but we said "No, we're not." My partner asked "Why do you ask?" And the guy said "Well it's the new year, and we wanted to wish you a Happy New Year." My partner and I said "Well, Happy New Year." They all smiled and said thank you, and wished us a Happy New Year again. We realized it was Rosh Hashanah.

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The same 3 guys asked a few other tables, and I guessed they found someone who was Jewish, because they then stood around and one of them started playing his horn.

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We saw a robot on the sidewalk... we assume it was making some kind of delivery.

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Just another day in Los Angeles.
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Photo taken yesterday at dinner, Wednesday, 9.23.2020.

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The Bobcat Fire is now at 50% containment. Woo hoo!
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Photo taken yesterday at dinner, Wednesday, 9.23.2020.

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The Bobcat Fire is now at 50% containment. Woo hoo!


The sky has been pretty good for a week now.
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The sky has been pretty good for a week now.
I think the Bobcat Fire is now up to 60-something % containment.



More very random photos, taken over the last couple of days---Friday, 9.25.2020 to this morning, Sunday, 9.27.2020.

A very foggy morning, on my drive to work.

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Same day, beautiful clear sunset at dinner.

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A very good Pineapple Margarita con Tajín.

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Soju at night.

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Random photos I took the last few days and this evening... errands at a farmers market, some drinks, meals, and then remembering that I had to buy gas.


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Sparkling dry cider.

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Salad with chicken.

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It was the end of Hump Day. We hadn't been to this meadery since March, when the whole pandemic thingy started. How we missed this place.

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1st mead.

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2nd mead.

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Dinnertime this evening, Thursday, 10.1.2020.

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Smoked salmon with veggies and quinoa (which was underneath all of that).

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Sun is setting... time to go home.

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Shit, I have to buy gas. There's a Mobil station near home with decent gas prices...

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^That salmon dish looks so good...
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Reviewing the thread, you really got to tell yourself that street art is an amazing thing.
Like how to make a bland blank wall look pretty, interesting and inspiring. It's just fabulous.
Making an extensive use of it seems very smart to me.
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^That salmon dish looks so good...
It was indeed. Very delicious.


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Reviewing the thread, you really got to tell yourself that street art is an amazing thing.
Like how to make a bland blank wall look pretty, interesting and inspiring. It's just fabulous.
Making an extensive use of it seems very smart to me.
Street art definitely adds a splash of color to a place. And it can trigger different people differently, can even be polarizing---and I think that's what I like about it; it brings out people's opinions of how a place should supposedly look. And I really love subversive art, in all forms.


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Love the freeway/bridge photos, it looks weird to see the roads with very little traffic. Although traffic in some parts of the city seems like it’s back to normal.

Also love the shots you captured of the metro trains, I do look forward to riding the metro again.
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I look forward to riding the metro again too. I haven't ridden it since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Eddie Van Halen died on 10.6.20. His childhood home in Pasadena has sprouted a memorial to him. Photos taken Thursday afternoon, 10.8.20.


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Very random photos taken yesterday, Saturday, 10.10.2020.

Long Beach's newest tallest building nearly topped out.

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The new Gerald Desmond Bridge (I assume it'll be given another official name later, being that it replaces the old Gerald Desmond Bridge) opened to traffic on Monday (10.5.20). I just had to drive it. The bicycle-pedestrian path is not open yet.

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The Vincent Thomas Bridge in the background there.

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Port of Long Beach, second busiest shipping port in the US, second only to...

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...the adjoining Port of Los Angeles, busiest shipping port in the US.

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Fast-forward several hours...

Petersen Automotive Museum.

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, almost done with construction. They've repurposed an old Streamline Moderne May Company department store building that was completed in 1939 (and that my family used to shop at---I remember going there as a child and shopping there well into my teens; it closed in 1992) and built an addition. The museum was supposed to open at the end of this year, but will open some time next year.

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Libation time.

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More random photos, taken today, Sunday, 10.18.2020.

This is within Los Angeles city limits. But yes, near the outskirts of the city.

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And now some photos that are definitely well within LA city limits...


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Photos taken Sunday, 10.25.2020.

Random shots, and ofrendas...


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That time of year again... time to remember our loved ones. A few months ago it was the various Obon Festivals in Little Tokyo, and now, El Día de Muertos is coming up.

For a number of years now, around this time of year, in public spaces in Los Angeles, people have been encouraged to create ofrendas (altars) in memory of their loved ones. I have taken pictures of them over the years; some of them are quite moving, and have even made me tear up, these tributes to loved ones who have died.

This year, because of the pandemic, the ofrendas in downtown LA's Grand Park are kind of sparse. But I took pictures of them nonetheless.


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Lunch time. Pollo en mole. VERY DELICIOUS.

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More random photos, taken today, Sunday, 11.1.2020.


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1967 Cadillac.

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I don't blame this person for tossing this on the ground---I hate candy corn too. I'm surprised it's still made.

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New 6th Street Viaduct under construction.

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Daruma.

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I love Nina Simone.

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Neko.

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Wishing tree.

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Lunch time. A simple lunch---tempura over rice.

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I haven't been to this restaurant in a while---since the pandemic, they've only been open for takeout, and they have reduced hours. I was afraid they were closed for good, but so far, they're still in business. I've been going to this place over the years since I was a teen back in the 1980s. They were always open really late, and it was fun going there after clubbing; there'd often be a long wait, but it was still fun hanging out with young people of all kinds back then---post-punks, Goths, rocker-types, young Japanese people... It's a traditional Japanese diner, with Japanese comfort food.

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Wednesday evening, 11.4.2020.


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Great photos of an incredible city!
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This morning (Saturday 11.7.2020) I woke up to the news that Trump had lost reelection. Woo hoo!!!

A walk down my street.

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I felt so good about Trump losing that I went and bought pastries and coffee.

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My town is so elated, it's like the end of World War II or something. I can hear the honking and cheering from my apartment.

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This is within Los Angeles city limits. But yes, near the outskirts of the city.

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Great photos!

Where is this? Love the guardrail and old lamp post with the greenery and mountains as backdrop.
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