Tuesday, July 26, 2011

BETTER LATE: PART 7

Made the Late Show Top Ten Contest again. #1 this time. This is my seventh time on the list.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

PORTO'S

¡Porto's Cuban sandwich con plantain chips es muy guapa!
6/25/2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I AM LEGEND: DRIVING THE DESERTED 405

Here are a few shots of the empty 405 from the Sunset Blvd overpass.


Here's the 405 from the penthouse of the Hotel Angelino:


The shadow is the Hotel Angelino.

The freeway was opened up from Sunset going south, so here are some shots from the 405 itself:





It wasn't totally apparent that it was OK to get on the freeway at this point, so hardly anyone was on it. Though we did see one kid stop his car and get out. He touched the freeway with his hands, danced a jig and then quickly got back in his car and sped off.
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CARMAGEDDON EVE

Merry Carmageddon Eve!

At midnight I drove Sepulveda Blvd. north from Sunset Blvd. all the way past the Skirball Center. There was an unusually high number of cars on Sepulveda Blvd. at that hour, but we were all moving pretty briskly. It's the calm before the storm.

An ABC News van had staked out a place just past the tunnel.

Coming back home, I saw about two dozen police officers on motorcycles who were waiting around Mountain Gate.

I pulled over once I got back to Sunset and walked to the overpass where I took this photo:


That's the Hotel Angelino on the left and a completely empty 405 Freeway on the right. There was something both eerie and beautiful about it.

There were about a half dozen photographers there (most with professional equipment, but a few amateurs like me).

On my walk back to the car, I snapped this shot of the sign recommending motorists take the Ventura onramp (about seven miles away).



While I was taking the photo, a confused driver in a pickup truck pulled over to ask me "So... how do I get back to Sepulveda from here?"
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

TREE PEOPLE: SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

The Keebler Elves may be on to something — 
this tree has more square footage than my apartment.
Damn tree huggers
Roots
The majesty of Moro Rock (elevation: 6725 ft)
And the even more majestic me at the top (elevation: 6730.6 ft)
Yeah… if I see any bears, I'm gonna speed up, thank you very much.
The art of perfecting the camera timer