West Side of Sepulveda Between Haynes and Lemay, Van Nuys, CA.


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The Streets Were Spotless


On Sunday I went to Burbank to take photos of a 25-year-old actor.  We met at Chili John’s, a “World Famous” landmark, now out-of-business, a spot of streamline slickness with a neon sign, all of its recent Covid signs still intact. Somewhere I had read that preservationists were fighting developers on this site but could…

In Singapore.


In Singapore, which I just visited for four days, I do not remember seeing any decorative streetlights, but I might have been looking, instead, at spotless plazas, copiously planted parks with enormous trees and bright flowers; or perhaps I was riding the air-conditioned MRT, easily navigating between scrupulously clean stations, labeled in easy-to-read signs, navigable by…

The Fire Last Time


March 30, 2007 ______________________________________________________________________________ On March 30, 2007 there was a fire burning in Griffith Park. And I was walking in Studio City when a red-haired woman drove up and parked on Ventura Bl. in an odd little purple car, a Nash Rambler. Her license plate read "Kissmet." I'm sure she is someone, or was…

MacLeod Ale and Points East.


Yesterday, late afternoon, there were clouds in the sky and the temperature was notably cooler. On Calvert Street, outside MacLeod Ale, I was waiting outside for a friend when it began to rain. A few drops fell and then it moved on. My friend arrived and parked in one of the few spots reserved in…

Today’s Uber Ride.


Today’s Uber ride starred Anthony, formerly of Spanish Harlem, who picked me up at a neighbor’s house in his gray Toyota Prius on Hamlin St. for the 35-minute pool ride to Studio City. A friendly, chatty, 40-year-old New Yorker in dreadlocks, he started off by ignoring an incoming phone call from “my best friend” who…