Showing posts from March 25, 2007


Buddha's Belly was bustling on Beverly Boulevard tonight. Of course, most restaurants and boutiques on Beverly bustle.
It was a perfect evening tonight, so I took my walk about 7:00 p.m. and traversed the Beverly-Fairfax area. The neighborhood is so wonderful if you stay contained within the main streets that contain it--Beverly Blvd. and Melrose Ave. (going East-West); and Fairfax Ave. and La Brea Avenue (going North and South). Without cars, this is an ideal neighborhood. Everything is within walking distance and the residential streets are tree-lined and gorgeous. It reminds me of early East Coast brownstones. Two-story apartments with high ceilings, crown moulding, distinctive architechture...and oh so hip. The residents are either very old or rather young. The closer you get to Fairfax, the younger and more hip. The area heading towards La Brea is filled with Jewish families and several Jewish community centers and schools. The families were out walking tonight. Me…

All hail San Diego!

The recent 30 + m.p.h.winds and the hail is pretty interesting for San Diego.
Yet, here in Los Angeles, it is quite warm and skies are clear.

There is no sound quite like that of a marching band's drum. Today, while walking to see my mother at her new skilled nursing home (happily, it is within walking distance of her apartment) I walked past Fairfax High, my alma mater. Two drummers were practicing and that unique sound (maybe it is the same for college bands, too) loud, distinct and unmistakable, the sound evokes not only nostalgia but a sense of Americana like none other. It is very effective and I wish I could think of a way to use it in my life.

My L.A. travels continue to fascinate me. While walking home, I passed 436 Fairfax Blvd. which used to house Nortie's Records when I went to school. It was THE only place to purchase the latest music. I would save my allowance and buy all my 45's there. And with birthday money, I would go there and buy the latest Broadway soun…