One Good Life in Los Angeles

Roslyn's observations about places and events around Southern California


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Feline Friday – #60 – we got our deck back, finally…

Freddie and Frankie

Since last summer construction has been going on next door. Bang bang. Whomp whomp. Shudder shudder. Was that an earthquake?

And not our taste in music either. Waaa waaaa doo dah.

Yes it’s been a tough few months. And just as the noisy construction was tapering off (after numerous false promises that it was the last week and the last day…) we were deluged with rain.

Freddie, Frankie and I are happy for our neighbors after converting their two-bed condo into a three-bed with a much better use of their space.

But we’re even happier that a week ago we were able to reclaim our roof deck for an early evening glass of wine. (Well, one of us drank the wine, the other two did not indulge.)

Aaaahhhhh, peace! And the rains are tapering off too. So nice to see the sun. Life is good.

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Culver City’s Screenland 100th birthday 5K, The Race of the Century

screenland 5KCulver City was incorporated on September 20, 1917 so our little town of approximately 40,000 people has been celebrating our 100th birthday since last year.

One of the celebratory events was the “Screenland 5K, The Race of the Century,” in which I participated. Lori Escalara headed a team to help support the restoration of public murals in Culver City so I figured that was a good reason to plonk down the entrance fee, not to mention the T-shirt and medal that came with it!

Screenland 5K 100thCulver City birthdayUnfortunately it turned out to be a rather grungy day weather-wise with no sun. At one point I had to walk with my camera inside my jacket. But it could have been worse.

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We were entertained by bands along the way.

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I was ten minutes late getting to the start line and by the time I had walked a few yards, many of the serious runners had already completed the first third of the 5K (3.1-mile) course and had turned around.

The race was scheduled for the morning of February 26 to coincide with the date of the 89th Academy Awards later in the day.

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Culver City is dubbed “The Heart of Screenland” because of the numerous movies filmed at studios such as MGM, Columbia, Sony, RKO, Desilu, Selznick and many, many more.

The Heart of Screenland

Perhaps the most famous movies are “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz.” But I also have to mention “Singing in the Rain.” Some of the 5K participants dressed up as their favorite movie characters. I was just ME!!!!

The Heart of Screenland

Sony and Culver Studios opened their lots to the 5K participants.


I was looking forward to getting some close-ups of the Rainbow sculpture inside the gates… too bad the sky was so grey.

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But I was happy to get a good shot of the artwork for my all time favorite movie “Lawrence of Arabia” which I have watched numerous times. I love everything about it from Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif to the spectacular photography and the glorious music. I realize the story isn’t that close to being accurate but that doesn’t stop my appreciation of the film.

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A peek into a “window” to see a gathering of classic movie stars.

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I walk or drive by Sony Studios several times a week on my way somewhere but it was nice to see inside. I have actually taken visitors from out of town on the studio tour a couple of times. And, of course, the exterior is on my Culver City walking tours.

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My final time was something in the range of 1 hour, 20 minutes so obviously I wasn’t going for any prizes! I was having more fun taking photos.

Click on any image for the slide show:

After I completed the 5K I felt like I could have kept going. So in a couple of weeks some friends and I will be walking the 6-mile CicLAvia route from Culver City to Venice Beach.

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Feline Friday – #59 – a fine farm feline

Heifer International

I met this fine feline living on the farm at Heifer International on my recent trip to Little Rock, Arkansas.

You can read the full post on my One Good Life Travels blog by clicking here.

I was given a private, one-on-one tour of the facility.

As you may know, Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. You may have seen their catalog in your mail at the end of the year.

I was very impressed with the organization and happy that I was able to visit the headquarters.

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Feline Friday – #58 – the welcome home!

freddie, frankie, pharoah

Returned home last night from a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas. I’ll get to that story in another post once I am unpacked and somewhat back to normal.

The photo above was taken a couple of years ago but it’s one of the few of the trio all in one image.

Needless to say, I missed the boys while I was away and wondered what my welcome home would be. Cats don’t like it when the head feline abandons them, even for a short period of time.

As soon as I got out of the taxi I heard squeaking…. yes it was Freddie up on the roof welcoming me home. He seems to know when the taxi turns into the driveway that it is me. Sometimes even if I just go out to dinner, I’ll hear his squeak a few houses away as I am walking back home.

Frankie was mad at me and refused to speak to me… when I tried to pick him up to give him a hug, he ran and hid under the furniture so I couldn’t get to him. This happened several times so I gave up.

Pharoah immediately ran into the kitchen and stood expectantly in front of the refrigerator. He was well fed while I was away. I guess he sees me and thinks “FOOD!” Thanks Pharoah… nice to know I was missed… I think.

Update: Before going to bed I sent emails to various people to let them know I was safely home. Frankie jumped on the keyboard and sniffed my nose. I think that meant he forgave me!

So all is well in the household. Until next time.

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Feline Friday – #57 – curling cats

frankie and freddie

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I decided to have a contest to see who could make the best curl on the top of the cat condo. Frankie and Freddie were the two finalists.

I think it’s a tie.

Frankie (top photo) fits very snugly into the space with a perfect back-paws-staggered position. 10 points overall.

Freddie slops over the edges but still maintains a good balance with a flawless front-paw-crossed-over-back-paw position which is very hard to maintain. 10 points overall.

Good work boys!

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I came across this National Geographic article about small wild cats. Who knew there were so many?  Of the world’s 38 wildcat species, 31 are considered small cats. This is a very thorough article but if you don’t have time to read the whole thing, you will definitely enjoy looking at all the photos… just keep scrolling down. I kept going back and trying to pick my favorite but I love them all…. however, if I had to pick just one…. maybe the Fishing Cat. Oh, I don’t know!

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/02/photo-ark-little-cats/

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Eating in the rain

 La Grande Orange Cafe

 

Some friends and I had planned to meet for lunch at La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena. Because of the flooding in my building I wasn’t sure if I could make it. Fortunately that was squared away in the morning and I was able to catch the Expo Line train to the Red Line and join some of the others at Union Station. From there we took the Gold Line to the Del Mar station where we met up with another friend.

I just love how we can all come from different areas in Greater Los Angeles and travel by train to our destination!

The cafe is part of the Del Mar station so we only had to walk a few footsteps in the rain once we debarked the train.

I asked G jokingly if we were going to ask for an outside table. The rain was really coming down at that point. The joke was on me. The restaurant was so crowded inside they seated us in the outdoor patio. I told the waitress the table had better be right under a heat lamp. It was. The waitress had to wipe the rain off our chairs before we could be seated!

La Grande Orange Cafe

Our table was sandwiched between the fireplace protected by a glass screen (photo above) and a heat lamp.  You can see one of the heat lamps in the photo at top.

The patio is under canopies but the precipitation managed to sneak through and every once in a while the rain spat on us… but in a very friendly way!

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My Bloody Mary and Huevos Rancheros more than made up for any bad weather. They were both excellent.

I am always happy when I decide to go out and do something as opposed to staying curled up on the sofa, which I easily could have done!

Back in Culver City the rain was coming down in Velociraptors and Tyrannosauruses as I left the train station. I thought about waiting for the bus but decided to take a chance on walking. I did a lot of puddle hopping but as the bus never passed me in the entire walk home I obviously made the right decision not to get soaked standing at the bus stop. Better to get soaked walking. And I did. Get soaked.

We have at least another day of rain. But by Wednesday the sun should be back and we’ll have a few dry days. I hope this isn’t the end of the wet stuff but it will be nice to have a chance to dry out.

Oh, and our flood… it was still a flood when I got home but the pump is doing a pretty good job… so we may get lucky and it won’t seep into the garages this time. Fingers crossed.

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Feline Friday – #56 – what me worry?

frankie

We asked for rain in drought ridden Southern California… and we got it!

Our sump pump quit working… the plumbing company really screwed up… so we’re looking for a more reliable plumbing company licensed to work in Culver City.

In the meantime our garages were flooded… water came in ten feet past the garage door… I managed to move most of my stuff to the back of the garage out of harms way.

One of the neighbors bought a pump and no thanks to the plumbing company who were supposed to fix this problem last Tuesday, the water level is going down.

We are expecting more rain tonight. Then a break on Saturday. More rain on Sunday. If this doesn’t get us out of the drought, nothing ever will.

I have been worried silly about the garage flooding. But Frankie’s attitude is “What flood? I’m warm and dry, thank you. That’s all that matters.”

It’s a cat’s life.

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Culver City photo walk

sony studios

Yesterday was the inaugural walk of my photography Meetup group, Walk & Talk Photography. It was a good group and an interesting experience.

Although I’ve taken photos of most of these places before, every time I look through the lens I see something new and different.

Following are some of the photos I took on the walk. Click on a photo for the slide show.

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Feline Friday – #55 – feline fan

Feline Fan

Okay, the cat’s out of the bag… it’s my secret no longer. I’m a feline fan.

Thanks, Frankie, for forcing me out of the closet.

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Feline Friday – #54 – it’s raining cats and dogs

Frankie in the rain

It’s raining in Los Angeles! Everybody’s freaking out! Not just the humans…

Hey, Frankie, it isn’t raining in the bedroom… but Frankie is taking no chances. After all, it’s raining cats and dogs out there.

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So I was wondering what is the origin of the phrase “it’s raining cats and dogs?”

According to Everyday Mysteries, Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/rainingcats.html

The first recorded use of a phrase similar to “raining cats and dogs” was in the 1651 collection of poems Olor Iscanus. British poet Henry Vaughan referred to a roof that was secure against “dogs and cats rained in shower.” One year later, Richard Brome, an English playwright, wrote in his comedy City Witt, “It shall rain dogs and polecats.” (Polecats are related to the weasel and were common in Great Britain through the end of the nineteenth century.)

In 1738, Jonathan Swift published his “Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation,” a satire on the conversations of the upper classes. One of his characters fears that it will “rain cats and dogs.”  Whether Swift coined the phrase or was using a cliché, his satire was likely the beginning of the phrase’s popularity.  Other British writers have employed less popular phrases, such as “it’s raining pitchforks” or “it’s raining stair-rods,” to describe the shaft-like appearance of heavy rains. But Swift’s phrase may have been memorable enough to stick in the mind of the public.

Swift also wrote a poem, “City Shower” (1710), that described floods that occurred after heavy rains.  The floods left dead animals in the streets, and  may have led locals to describe the weather as “raining cats and dogs.”

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