El Crappo


Sepulveda Bl. Van Nuys, CA. Running along the west side of Sepulveda Boulevard, from Haynes to Lemay Streets, is a traffic median, allegedly planted with trees, but mostly serving as a local dump for household refuse, a refuge for old couches, toys, luggage, mattresses, beer bottles, etc. Nearby are new, gleaming, white paneled developments, including…

Between the Rains


It was a perfect day to stay in, a rainy Sunday, windy and wet. Chicken Cacciatore with mashed potatoes would come later in the day, but sometime in the middle of the afternoon, I went outside, between the rains, and walked around the neighborhood. Gutterless Columbus streamed slow, dark rivers, past neglected houses and errant…