Not sure how I managed to walk past this cute little alley & never noticed it all the years I worked Downtown. It’s called St. Vincent Court and there’s some legal crap going on between the cafe owners & the rich-as-fuck Los Angeles Theater owner. Basically the theater owner doesn’t want the cafe owners to put cute little tables & chairs in the alley for us to be able to sit outside because it makes it difficult for his trucks to get to the theater loading dock. How about scheduling your deliveries after hours?
Anyway, I was there before the cafes opened so I don’t know where things currently stand.
How cute is it????
As I had mentioned in this post, I wanted to see the Disney legend, Eyvind Earle exhibit at the Forest Lawn Museum this Spring. Well, it’s Spring and I just happened to be down the street at the Bauer Pottery showroom yesterday so I decided to pop in.
I’d never been to this particular Forest Lawn before. It’s the one where Michael Jackson, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Humphrey Bogart and, fittingly, Walt Disney are buried, along with a quarter million other people.
Even if you have no interest in visiting any of the graves, you might want to just cruise through in your car. The place is massive and very pretty. Their are no gothic tombstones or those horrid modern ones with people’s photos on them do what you see is grass, trees, flowers, statues, and amazing art & architecture.
There is a ginormous painted panorama inside but you have to catch the presentation at the top of the hour. I didn’t want to wait 40 minutes for the next one so I’ll catch it next time.
Following are photos of the views (imagine it on a sunny clear day!) and Eyvind Earle exhibit. I like his winter / Christmas card designs a lot better than the ones displayed at this exhibit.
I wanted some new Bauer Pottery mugs and this weekend just happened to be a beverageware sale at their Glendale showroom. Sweet!
“So children will know that black people have done great things.” – Mayme Clayton (1923-2006)
Mayme’s son, Lloyd Clayton, was our tour guide and for nearly 2 1/2 hours he took us on an amazing journey through a series of locked rooms in a former late 1950s-era court building in Culver City.
Each room and hallway held contents of the world’s largest collection of history & culture of Americans of African descent.
The collection was single-handedly amassed by Mayme A. Clayton over a period of 40 years and was housed in her garage untl 2010 when it was moved to the court building and opened to the public.
This event, hosted by Rick of the OSS Meetup Group, was one of his always interesting Huell Howser adventures.
This cute French cafe is across the street. Make sure whatever you order includes the au gratin potatoes. Get there before 3pm.
Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum
4130 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230
One thing we did see was the San Gabriel Mission so I get to check another one off my list. Yay! And after our delicious lunch, Lori and I toured the Ramona museum.
Now, as for Main Street Alhambra, that just made me mad! So many historic buildings demolished to build ugly mixed use monstrosities. Kind of a half-assed attempt at being like South Pasadena.
Some famous people have lived in Alhambra, like Hillary Clinton’s mother, Dorothy, who lived at 320 E. Park Street, fashion model Cheryl Tiegs, musician Kenny Loggins, and I’m not sure if James said Cheryl Tiegs or Chrissy Teigen.
Lori & I want to see a show at the beautiful San Gabriel Playhouse and I still need to get my ice cream from Fosselmans so we will be back!
Chicken ravioli with wild mushroom cream sauce was delicious. Definitely check this place out if you go there. Pizza Place, CA
On September 21, 2014, my friend Lori & I went on an architecture tour of UCLA with the OSS Meetup Group. This wasn’t a guided tour. It was basically just a brisk walk around the 419 acres (1.7 km²) campus, snapping pictures.
After the hike, I stashed Lori in the Diddy Riese cookie line while I ran over to Stan‘s to get a couple of Huell Howser peanut-butter filled donuts before hustling back to Diddy Riese where Lori got an ice cream cookie sandwich for only $1.75(!) and I got a lime shaved ice for $1.00. Both places are open til the wee hours of the morning, even on Sunday! Sweet!
Here’s my original Bruin statue photo and my artsy Photoshopped photo.
And finally, cute bird’s nest.
100 Hikes in the San Gabriels: Burkhart Trail – Buckhorn Campground to Cooper Canyon Falls and Little Rock Creek
Recently, me and one of my hiking buddies decided we were bored with the Santa Monica Mountains so we’ve started doing hikes from one of her many hiking books, Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels by John W. Robinson.
#62/#62-1 Burkhart Trail: Buckhorn Campground to Cooper Canyon Falls and Little Rock Creek
Shoutout to President Obama for giving the amazing San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Status! A million thank yous!
Wow! These hikes just keep getting better and better! With this one on Burkhart Trail, we found ourselves constantly exclaiming how we really felt like we were in the forest and how beautiful it was. We even found real, running water!
My friend is an Earth Science teacher so I learn a lot about the various plants and rocks we encounter on these hikes. The white streaks of what I thought was remnants of some tagger’s paint on rocks is actually some kind of mineral deposit. I guess that’s proof right there that I’m a city kid.
If you need more proof, you should’ve been there to witness the scene I made when I was being stalked by a huge bee. I did everything I know I’m not supposed to do. I ran, I screamed, I took off my hat and swatted at it. God really does look after children and fools…
After the hike we made our third visit to Newcomb’s for the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten in my life and have been craving ever since.
But yeah! Do this hike! It’s amazing!