Category Beauty in Strange Places

Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a holiday viewed in many different ways by Americans.  A quick perusing through social media this morning shows this.  A day off work.  Extra time on the couch to watch football and the parade.  Enjoying a decadent meal.  Black Friday discounts.  Dreaded time with family that doesn’t share the same political beliefs. For […]

Riding Through Country Club Park

One of my favorite feelings in the world is when I bike through a part of the city that’s new to me, and I discover something beautiful that I’ve never seen before. About two weeks ago, I rode south on Norton, a great street for biking and with beautiful scenery.  I approached a hill, the […]

Car Free Day, totally eating it on the escalator, and other Monday night musings

Thanks to Katya Duft at the Tales from the Bus blog, I’m learning that today was Car-Free Day.  Boy, am I a little late to the game! Of course, I celebrated without even realizing the occasion, but every day is a car-free day for me.  I wonder if word got around, and if others got […]

Army of Smells

I’ve been getting migraine headaches for over 20 years, and man do they suck.  For me, strong scents will trigger and exacerbate them.  I felt one beginning to creep up this afternoon.  I cut out of work early to seal myself in a dark room with some medicine. Before today, I never noticed each individual […]

All Aboard! The Choo-Choo Zoo is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

How easy is it to get to the Los Angeles County Fair without driving?  These super adorable farm animals show us just how easy it is! Farmers brought two sheep and a chicken for a ride on the Metrolink from Union Station to the LA County Fairgrounds off the San Bernardino Line to show commuters […]

Something is About to Go Down

I was wondering what that rumbling noise was as I was getting ready for work. Turns out, it’s several helicopters holding position over the Koreatown sky. What is going on? Or should I say, what is about to go down? Anyone in the K-Town area, let me know if you see anything strange throughout the […]

Peace

There is a new mural at the Line Hotel that can be seen from Normandie at Wilshire. So glad that anti-mural ordinance was lifted in LA. The streets are better when they’re filled with art. Edit: I just learned that the artist behind this mural is iconic street artist Shepard Fairey.  Check out Shepard’s blog […]

The Los Angeles Explorers Club: Bicycle Journeys into LA’s Forgotten Times – This Sunday in DTLA

There are few things in this world that give me joy so great as bike ride to the hidden corners of the city. And beer. Beer gives me great joy too. This Sunday, the Los Angeles Explorers Club has partnered with New Belgium Brewery and bike advocacy nonprofit C.I.C.L.E. for their inaugural bike ride through […]

The Return of Echo Park’s Lotus Festival

This weekend saw the return of one of Echo Park’s most treasured traditions: the Lotus Festival. July 12th and July 13th saw the first Lotus Festival in three years due to the clean-up of Echo Park Lake. I took a bus trip there on Sunday to check it out. The Lotus Festival is a two-part […]

No More Butts

There are several good reasons why people shouldn’t smoke cigarettes.  They are bad for your health, they smell gross, and they cause premature aging.  We all know this.  But what about environmental impact? Every year, billions of trees are cut down in order to manufacture cigarettes.  To bring awareness to this surprising fact, artist Cristo […]