JD (my 3 year old) and I took a walk through our neighborhood this morning, and the flowers were exquisite. I love springtime!! Slideshow below the jump.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The platform on top of the tower commands panoramic views of the entire region. This installation feels like an old wartime relic - well it is - but it's a bit weird for someone like me who remembers the Cold War. I was four at the time the station was decommissioned, but my memories of the threat posed by the USSR stretch back to a very early time, down to the elementary school nuclear attack drills....
Here's a few pictures, and of course the now requisite slideshow beyond the jump.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The boys and I decided to take a mini road-trip today, starting from the Balboa/Victory Orange Line stop, eastbound to the Red Line, all the way to Union Station and back (note I had some pictures of the kids up but then realized I probably shouldn't do that on a blog). My initial observations are that the Orange Line is a pretty good piece of public transit - bright, timely, speedy & comfortable. For those of you who don't know, the Orange Line is nothing more than a dedicated busline that cuts east/west through the Valley. It looks and feels like a light rail line, except that it's a big bus. It's a great idea that should be expanded elsewhere. As for the Red Line, I've taken it before and it is efficient and quick - between both lines I'd say it took an hour max to get from start to Union Station. The Red Line is a bit more depressing, maybe that's the nature of a subway. Some excerpts from the trip are after the jump (the first two items are videos, the rest are photos):
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The very next morning, Easter Sunday, a little boy walking on his way to church saw a bunny on the sidewalk and chased it back to its warren - and to his shock and delight, he found a brightly painted egg, bursting with colors. It was on that day the tradition of the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg hunt was born.
The above image is from the corner of Balboa and Burbank - by the golf course and bike path
From the jogging path along Burbank Blvd., in between Balboa and Hayvenhurst
I thought this was weird - a bus stop with no sidewalks or paths leading to it. It is right by the Golf building, but you have to tramp through some small bushes to get to it.
This picturesque scene is actually of the eastbound 101 on-ramp at Magnolia and Hayvenhurst. Next image gives a better sense of perspective.
Mmmm - Henry's...
The above building is the Studio City Rec Center admin building, I spent a lot of time at this park
Most of the play areas were redone, but this turtle is the same one I played on decades ago. There used to be a three level giant robot jungle gym, with the arms functioning as tunnel slides. They removed it many years ago, the legend is some kid climbed up the side and either got killed or seriously injured.
Walter Reed Jr. High School - my alma mater
Go Go Go, Go You Mighty Huskies!! (Kind of a creepy sign, but they are memorializing someone who just passed away).
The Star Lite - pretty sure I never stepped foot in there.
101 overpass at Hayvenhurst & Magnolia. The SFV is big sky country (at least for L.A.)