Archive for May, 2011

Rainy Day Ride Redux

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

After Bike Week LA’s wet Blessing of the Bikes event on Tuesday, Wednesday morning was equally soggy. A late start prevented me from getting to Union Station in time for the scheduled downtown group bike ride, so I ended up doing my own down to Staples Center and back and heading to Lincoln Park and then stretching the distance all the way out to the San Gabriel Mission before coming back home. A total of 33 miles and all of it caught on my handlebar mounted bikecam:

Walking The Dawg

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Timelapse: Rainy Day Ride

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

On the second day of Bike Week Los Angeles, the weather proved noncooperative. But the precipitation was faaaar from enough to keep me from attending the annual Blessing of the Bikes at Good Samaritan Hospital and then afterward meandering exploratorally back up to my neighborhood, where I then took the time to document a large mural near my house before visiting my polling place and voting in the school board and community college trustee elections.

Those Were The Daze

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

What a carefree world it once was, when you could lay the flailing baby in a basinet placed unsecured in the back of the family station wagon and ensure its complete and total highway turnpike safety simple by making the right tire choice (click it for the bigger picture):

Saturday Review, July 29, 1961

Vote Early, Vote Often!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

So when I heard that the Active Arts program people with the Music Center were seeking “a day in the life” type photo submissions for an exhibit that was to be part of its “Celebrate The Pulse of LA” event this coming weekend, I chose a subset of the massive number of photographs I took during the second CicLAvia last month and submitted them to be considered for inclusion. Last week the Music Center notified me that they were in. Yay!

The Music Center also informed me that it would be holding a contest, with the six top vote-getting photographers winning a camera bag, a $300 Samy’s Camera gift card, and coverage in an ensemble feature to run in the LA Times’ Brand X magazine.

The reason I’m telling you all that is because in addition to in-person voting at the Music Center this Saturday and Sunday, there’s the option of voting via text message, which started today coinciding with the opening of the online photo gallery (my set is here), and I would be totally thrilled if you’d vote for me by texting 2410017 to 22333.

If you’re extra enthusiastic and supportive, up to 10 texts are allowed per cellphone number, and I’ve been assured the texter’s digits are kept completely private and no spam will result from it.

Thank you!


August 21, 1944

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

So my cousin Margaret is coming out to visit my mom later this month and to prepare I helped my mom clear out some boxes of stuff she’s been storing in the unused spare bedroom of her apartment. One such box happened to contain, a veritable treasure trove… at least to me.

Consisting of issues of Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, Look, Life and other magazines from the 1920s through the 1970s, the box holds an amazing array of periodicals (remarkably well-preserved) that my late stepfather William R. Cox collected — topped off with issues from the Herald Examiner and the Los Angeles Times from none other than November 22, and 23, 1963, respectively.

In the days since I’ve leafed through issues at random, totally blown away by the documents that I was holding in my hands. And while many of the events and stories chronicled are familiar from an historical perspective, what’s really been drawing my eye are the advertisements, awesome works of art and many of which I’d never seen before.

As a sample I’ve taken rough snapshots of six gorgeous full-pagers appearing in the August 21, 1994 1944 issue of Life, galleried below (click the thumbnails to supersize the images):

I’m seriously thinking of opening up a new blog devoted strictly to posting and sharing these incredible ads.

These Old Darts

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

A set of darts, given to me when I was 12 years old by the dart-loving father of childhood dart-loving friends Casey and Brady Riggs, has sat unthrown for almost 35 years, until today when I finally hung a dart board outside the backdoor that I bought a few months ago and decided to commemorate their first throws in more than a third-of-a-century.

Man, I’m old.