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Month: August 2008

radiohead live

radiohead live

I don’t know if anybody will catch this in time – but radiohead is webcasting their concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl here.

This is about as close as I’ll ever get to seeing them live I guess – since the LA tickets sell out before my browser can even “search” ticketmaster for tickets when they go on sale and scalped tickets go for thousands.

what is important

what is important

yawwwn, can we talk about how great Michael Phelps is some more, please?

ps- I’m being sarcastic.

You’d think it would be pretty big news that the last two elections were carried out with machines that are now being admitted by the manufacturer to have eliminated votes. No biggie though – the bigwigs (who are also donors to the last Bush campaign) at the company aren’t concerned with it being an issue in the next election. Look the other way everybody, everything is okay! What, are the olympics still on? Oh, no, even better, a new season of American Idol!

Downtown on a Saturday night

Downtown on a Saturday night

Saturday morning after leaving the gym I passed the Canoga Park camera supply store on my way to the bank. For a long time now I’ve secretly wanted a Gorillapod, and whined to myself in every situation where I wish I had one (which is basically any night-time photo taking opportunity). So, I dipped into the store and picked one up. I didn’t really have plans for the night (although I would later turn down invitations to go to a comedy club and a showing of Rear Window at the Hollywood Cemetary) so I made up my mind to make Saturday the night that I take the subway to downtown Los Angeles with my camera and shoot as many night shots as possible.

I ended up starting on the purple line – which for some reason features human figures hanging from the ceiling. I heard they used to have skateboards until the Metro decided that was the wrong message to send (boards aren’t allowed in the terminals).

I got off at Civic Center to an empty terminal, which let me take this cool shot of the exit.

Before the sun set I saw a BMW tester car with body cladding on Wilshire Boulevard. The 2010 5 series?

I headed up to Disney Hall and then walked west until I stumbled upon another KCRW “grand” concert series. Saturday’s action was the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra.

I walked all the way around California plaza while an orchestra played Gin & Juice and other early 90s rap “favorites.”

I ambled towards Bunker Hill.

Then I walked northwest up to my old office on the corner of Beaudry and Wilshire to take some overhead shots of the 110 freeway.

It was then that I realized I’d forgotten to take shots of the Westin Bonaventure, so I doubled back along Figueroa. I went into the Bonaventure and went up to the lounge at the top, but pursued window shots on guest floors because the lounge was packed (it was about 10:30 by then) and getting decent shots (not to mention not looking weird) would have been tough. I quickly discovered that due to the design of the towers there really weren’t any good shots on the guest floors without being in an actual room. I abandoned the Bonaventure and headed west again towards staples center.

Walking along Flower past the library I noticed that the courtyard had been rented out for what must have been a quinceanera (where else do you see a hundred 15 year old hispanic girls in dresses dancing to Selena?). Who knew you could rent out the library courtyard?

I found the perfect parking garage on Flower to shoot the 777 Tower. However, when I walked in I was quickly stopped by a valet driver and told I couldn’t enter the garage. He referred me to his “boss” who was sitting down the block. When I talked to the “boss” he said he was just another valet driver and that the whole garage was valet and I wouldn’t be allowed inside. This was quite disappointing.

By now it was past midnight so I decided my adventure was over and started my long subway ride back to the valley.

At the Wilshire and Western stop I decided to get off (I had a day pass) and see if the Wiltern looked good. It was too late and the lights were turned off. However, I did get some shots of a curious fellow dancing about in the shadows of the Wiltern (while waiting for the bus?).

far from the pier

far from the pier

that circle on the far left is the new Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel.

I went to the beach at night last August and it was very cold and windy. Last night it was actually much more pleasant.

Goslow

Goslow

This photo is funny for two reasons.

#1 it looks like Paul Gosol is actually helping the Celtics win

#2 Gosol is losing a championship again (playing for Spain) in the olympics… and I won’t even touch his involvement in this mess because we all know that the Lakers have zero asian fans.

My high school classmates will decide the election

My high school classmates will decide the election

oh dear…

Yesterday on a CNN election special the host brought up a map of the US and zoomed in on “small towns in SouthEast Ohio.” He drew a 50 mile circumference circle around what was basically the area I was raised in and said “this area, made up of predominantly middle-class to lower class working people, – mostly white – will determine the next election.”

It was obvious to center in on a “heartland of America” type of place, but there is was – “the election will be decided in YOUR hometown, Andrew!”

metro killer

metro killer

by the way, Aaron, this was the metro crash I was describing for you guys as we drove down the 5 freeway a week ago. I originally blogged about it that day here.

I would later date a girl whose sister worked at the Costco right there set up as an emergency triage station when it happened. A little while after that I dated a girl who was actually a member of Alvarez’s court appointed defense team and gave me some interesting (and gruesome) inside information (that I’m probably not allowed to share).