Monday, January 28, 2008

Home for Sale

Fixer-upper for sale in our area. Two story house with attached water tank. Nice long unpaved driveway. Right next to the tracks for easy access to the trains. Two rooms are furnished. One with a lazy boy. The other room comes with a couch. Could use some repainting if you don't like the designer graff.

Will throw in the blue sleeping bag and the water jug. Open house everyday.

On a serious note, this would be a great place if you are living on the streets. Can't imagine what the homeless go through on days and nights of cold and rain like we have had here for the past week.

The Cramps "Drug Train"
Bob Dylan "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

Friday, January 18, 2008

Lime Ice Cream

Rad. Rad. Rad old lime green ice cream truck. She looks in real good shape too.

Located over here on the "better" side of Montecito Heights. Where we don't have to deal with living on busy Montecito Drive. Where we can live directly next to Deb's Park and the beautiful Audubon Center. Although we did have a stolen car set on fire and explode the other day on Elderbank. Just another day in Los Angeles. It could be worse.

Remember all of those ahead of you who believed in peace. Wish Martin Luther King could be here today to continue that fight.

And remember to always stop and buy from your local ice cream truck.

Tom Waits "Ice Cream Man"
Run DMC "Down With the King"

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Anatomy 101

Been reading about this uproar over the city sanctioned and backed mural down in the Los Angeles River. Gloria Molina, the County Supervisor, is all in an uproar and leading the charge to whitewash all the beautiful murals down in the river.

I couldn't find the area of the murals until I came to the bridge at Figueroa and was blown away by the bright colors and huge murals. Supposedly, Molina believes that the murals are obscene, mostly because of a topless woman. A green pair of breasts. Now, have the people who are against this art seen the surrounding area? THAT is obscene.

I recently went up to the new beautiful Griffith Observatory. And noticed something. Thousands of people walk into the front doors and if they happen to look up...the horror! Topless women! And they ain't green. Cover your kids eyes! Just another cool piece of sponsored art. Obscene too, Molina?

C'mon you County Supervisors, are you really telling me a cool mural down in a concrete river is more wrong than a mural up on the inside dome of the Observatory? Who knows, maybe Gloria was cool when she was just starting out. Now she is all jaded and bitter and wasting her time on things that do nothing to improve anything.

Just one thing I noticed traveling around recently. Read more about it here.

Neil Young "L.A."
Ry Cooder "A Meeting By the River"

Sunday, January 06, 2008

A New Year

Not even a week into 2008 and we have two dead. Makes no sense. C'mon!

From the always informative, The Homicide Report:

Lincoln Heights: A Latino man was shot multiple times at the intersection of Daly and Mozart Streets at about 12:30 p.m., Saturday Jan. 5. Two other Latino men were injured; one was treated and the other was taken to a local hospital. A male suspect, Latino, is at large. He is wearing a hooded sweater, a black bandana and is driving an older Honda model car, according to Officer April Harding.

Highland Park: A Latino man was shot multiple times in the 900 block of Milwaukee Ave. at about 8:10 p.m, Thursday, Jan.3. A suspect drove up to the victim and shot him several times in the chest, said Officer April Harding, noting that the shooting is gang related. More to come.

UPDATE: January 20th: "Christopher O'Leary, 34, a white man, was fatally shot near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Avenue 46 in Highland Park Sunday, Jan. 20. O'Leary was on his way to the store when a man or youth approached him and shot him. A passerby discovered the body and reported it to police. The motive is still unclear, said Homicide Detective Lewis Lenchuk of the Northeast Division. O'Leary was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where he was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m.

O'Leary was an employee at the Department of Public Health in the Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Program. Having a doctorate in Anthropology, O'Leary assisted in launching two STD prevention campaigns, according to Harlan Ortabalatt, a colleague. The first, "Check Yourself," which aimed at preventing the spread of syphilis among gay men. The second, "I Know," a campaign that aimed at preventing the spread of chlamydia and gonorrhea among colored women. He was scheduled to give a presentation about the campaigns at the National STD Prevention Conference in Chicago and the International AIDS Prevention Conference in Mexico City later this year. Anyone with information about the incident can call (213) 847-4261"

Sounds kinda sketchy! Sadly another senseless death in our lovely area.

Willie Colon "La Murga"
Biggie Smalls "Dead Wrong"