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My Los Angeles 75 – Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park via Instagram

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

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My Los Angeles 75 - Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park via Instagram

My Los Angeles 75 – Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park

Looking east towards City Hall in Downtown LA with Grand Park in the foreground. 

Taken from the top floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse while on jury duty today. I always make a point of taking photos from this rather unique perspective when I am here. 

City Hall has always been a striking building and was once the tallest building in Los Angeles. I have been at the top of the tower once — where the tall pillars are — and also above that on the observation deck just above. It still offers some great views of LA if you ever get the chance. 

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Tiffany and Company, Beverly Hills, California via Instagram

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

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Tiffany and Company, Beverly Hills, California via Instagram

Tiffany and Company, Beverly Hills, California

An historical name in retail, but not someplace I shop regularly. 

That said, nearly 21 yeas ago, when our son was born, he received a couple of blue Tiffany boxes. These were the first that I had ever seen up close. It was quite a shock. 

One gift was the proverbial “silver spoon” and I must say I never expect my son to be born with a “silver spoon in his mouth.” I always consider us to be a fairly typical midwestern family, but there have been times in our lives when we have skirted the world of money and power. 

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My Los Angeles 74 – Downtown Los Angeles via Instagram

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

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My Los Angeles 74 - Downtown Los Angeles via Instagram

My Los Angeles 74 – Downtown Los Angeles

A view up Grand Avenue with the Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad in the foreground. 

Taken from the top floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse while on jury duty today. I always make a point of taking photos from this rather unique perspective when I am here. The Music Center is nearby too but the entire plaza is closed off for new construction. 

I tend to stay in for lunch in order to avoid another trip through security and at least the views are nice. 

Not my favorite way to spend a day or 2, but it is a civic duty we should all do. You would want someone to do the same for you should you ever need it. 

It is also important to see the “real world” of jurisprudence and not only the distorted view that television shows us. 

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Send a letter! Send a postcard! Beverly Wilshire Hotel via Instagram

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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Send a letter! Send a postcard! Beverly Wilshire Hotel via Instagram

Send a letter! Send a postcard!

Wandering Rodeo Drive with family a few weeks ago and we HAD to go into the Lobby of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. After all, this was the hotel portrayed in Pretty Woman and countless other films and tv shows.

For me, though, it wasn’t about the fancy shops or exceedingly rich or famous guests. I was more interested in the design and architecture of the hotel, first built in 1928. 

This gleaming mail chute shines brightly in the elevator lobby and I stopped to take a photo despite the odd looks I received from staff and guests. What can I say? I love things that are well-designed in a style that isn’t seen much anymore. I am sure I have countless other photos like this in my photo collection. 

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Going Metro Today! via Instagram

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

Do you ride public transit? Why or Why Not?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Going Metro Today! via Instagram

Going Metro Today!

While I am riding the bus today out of necessity — the car is in the shop — after using public transit to get around cities like London and Milan, I know there are unique advantages.

Since you don’t have to focus on driving, you notice more along your way — even when traveling in your own neighborhood. Perhaps you spot a new restaurant you want to try or a new shop.

You also get to know your fellow citizens more. The conversations I have on the bus vary widely, but they give you a better and deeper understanding of those who share this time and place with you.

If you have visitors in town, it helps to know how the metro system works so you can give them advice. It might prevent you from having to take them everywhere by car and all the complications of traffic and parking.

Finally, and most importantly for me, I get a little more exercise than I might otherwise. Since I typically have to walk from my house to the bus stop and then from my final stop to my destination traveling by bus provides a little, forced exercise. It is never too much, but just enough to get me moving and helping to fill the activity rings on my iPhone. 😀

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Jellyfish at the California Science Center – A Minute in Los Angeles 16 [Video]

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Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills via Instagram

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Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills via Instagram

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Departing Ventura Harbor Time Lapse – December 26, 2018

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Does the kerning feel off to you? via Instagram

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