Just got back from a great trip to California. This page includes photos from Google maps, some of my photos, and photos from my friend Sallie who had a car crash into her art studio in 2010 about a month after I visited her. The art studio is now rebuilt, and she shared the photos with me when I stayed with her this year. Good times!
This is a Google Maps picture of Brit's building she has owned and cared for since 1977.
This is a Google Maps picture of 6900 Santa Monica Boulevard. My father owned it and worked there from 1961 to 1988. My brother and I owned from 1989 to 1999. It is now a studio called Super 78. See more photos of the building (at this site) click here.
The building is on old Historic Route 66, and the street now bears these markers up and down this area.
This is a composite photo I took of the building from the alley. Parking has always been crazy in the alley and it looks like that trend continues. Before we sold it in 1999, my brother and I painted one door red and the other doors blue; now two doors are red and the blue doors are faded.
Three photos from Coldwater Canyon Park:
During my stay, I had time to stop at Coldwater Canyon Park, home of Tree People. They plant trees all over Los Angeles and maintain this visitor-friendly hillside park with miles of hiking trails.
On April 1, Brit and I drove out to Lake Matthews for some r&r. This Google Map shows where we were: the middle of nowhere just east of Corona. They did not even have cell phone coverage out there. Following the Google Map are my photos of the area.
Sunset over the San Fernando Valley:
This is taken from the patio of a house where my family lived from 1961 to 1970. Sallie, who has lived there since 1971, always invites me to stay with her when I visit L.A.
Last year, Sallie had a Block Watch party where one of her neighbors crashed into her house. The driver gunned her car thinking it was in reverse, but it was in drive. The car ended up in Sallie's art studio but nobody was hurt.
The photo below shows one of Sallie's art pieces trying to run away, and her model looking resigned.
It is all fixed up now and looks as good as new.
Visit California soon, but don't gun your car in the wrong gear. I think that says it all! I love you California!!