Last Week on the Equestrian Trail.


Last week, before the heat hit, late on a mellow Monday afternoon, I went with Andreas for a walk around the old stables, trails and grounds where horses are equal to humans, near Griffith Park, along Riverside Drive. I hadn’t seen or entered these old places before, places where the noble creatures go trotting, riding…

Burbank: Last Friday Night of Every Month.


The Grilled Cheese Truck


The Grilled Cheese Truck, a photo by Here in Van Nuys on Flickr.Unknown to me, until last night, there is a street party on Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank on the final Friday of every month. Scores of food trucks park, people pour onto the boulevard, shops stay open late, and the whole community comes out…

Anti-Family Planning.


On the corner of Van Nuys and Burbank Boulevards, two large commercial buildings are going up simultaneously. Chipolte (2011 net income was $214.9 million, an increase of 20.1%) is erecting a restaurant on the NE side, with the requisite peel-on bricks and pointy top roof, but commendably, its building comes right up to the sidewalk…

The Puppy, The Lobster and The Mad Woman


Last week, mid-week, it rained. A storm started the way storms do in Southern California, by announcing its front three days before arrival. It came down slowly, from the north, and the skies darkened, ever so perceptibly, on Sunday, and by Tuesday the rains poured. When the storm blew out, on Wednesday, the air was…

Friday Night Chrome.


The chrome, metal, motor and wheels crowd gathered at Bob's Big Boy, as they do every Friday night, to partake of a parking lot full of old restored cars. One old man had an old crank shaft Model T and was showing a crowd how to turn the engine on. There was a very long…