Of Mad Men & English Dogs

I suppose it’s been hotter, but even temperature records weren’t broken today I don’t think there are many who’d find appealing the idea of cycling 13 miles under the blazing midday sun around the city then sitting down to a plate full of pastrami at Langer’s Deli before pedaling another couple/three more back home.

Count me in and my friend Stephen. Our fellow IAAL•MAF’er Manny would’ve been there too (as he was the one who gave me the idea for the ride to the landmark eatery in the first place), but he got a last-minute opportunity to work on a really amazing gig and understandably had to bow out.

Yes it was hot. Yes pretty much the last thing I wanted to do after the No. 44 on the vaunted deli’s menu was ride, but as this is pretty much the last week for me to go out in the middle of the day and do something so crazy I was happy to do so and glad I did.

Plus we got to see stuff like the Westlake Theatre sign on Alvarado next to MacArthur Park backgrounded by tall thunderheads building up beyond the San Gabriels out over the high desert (click to quadruplify):


It’s the little things that make it all worthwhile.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."