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today started like any other. i woke up, saw the sky through the lattice in our atrium and hoped for the best..

chuckie and i went on a long over due date. my favorite kind, in case you're wondering..one involving light preparation, minimal fiscal exchange, and full of uncertainty, hopes and wonderment.

we first landed at clifton's cafeteria in middle downtown los angeles, a restaurant full of history, good food, and eye candy. i had my fill of palm sized portions of beets, mushroom medley salad, peas with butter, mashed potatoes with brown gravy and pineapple. probably my last meal of choice on death row, for the record.

afterward, we ventured toward our car, meandering through shop fronts and taking in the sights and sounds of urban life. we stopped at the bradbury building, one of chuck's fav's,..to soak up some buttery architectural detail, and then i held chuck's camera case like mittens as he took digital pix of anthony quinn muralled on a nearby high rise.

finally, we headed to the geffen contemporary to take in the latest show, entitled 'ecstasy', an exhibition about altered states...when all of a sudden i felt a gurgle. not a hunger gurgle. let's just say i was suffering from a severe case of the......o.k. it rhymes with...'the hurts' (and most aptly so)

imagine my discomfort as i rushed to all those wearing black and electornics..

'excuse me...where is the nearest restroom?'

'go through the glass doorways, make a left, go through the loooooooooooong narrow hallway, go through ANOTHER glass doorway, then make another left.......and then you're there,' they repeated back, with robotic accuracy.

i was THiS close to leaving behind my own artwork on the floor, entitled, 'acidic aftermath,' mixed media and digested objects, 2006.

i'm glad to report i'm feeling much better now, and still recommend clifton's as a culinary destination, as i think my problem stemmed from an order out pizza last night. let's just say this place rhymes with 'vamanos'...again, a most appropriate description, as my innards exited in a most expeditious way (30 minutes or less, or your pizza's free)


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Jan. 16th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
my grandfather worked at clifton's when i was a kid. i have fond memories of that place :)

and, it never caused the "stomach upset" that it did you, THANK GODS!
Jan. 16th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
oh geez, that place is like a museum!!!! i so wanna go back there..
for the history AND the food.

what did your grandfather do? maybe he's in one of the many photos there?
Jan. 16th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
he was a cook. the sad part of the story is, he and my grandmother owned a seafood restaurant in atlantic city and then they lost everything. they separated for SEVENTEEN YEARS. she moved out here to be with my mom. then he followed. he couldn't find any work but cliftons. he worked there for YEARS.
Jan. 16th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
bittersweet, maybe, but not sad..your grandfolks are the backbone of that place.
character, courage, and perseverance - it's oooooozing from every crevice..
Jan. 16th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
what a nice thing to say!

my grandmother was the nutritionist at UCLA medical center during that time period. .they were cool. :)
Jan. 16th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Bladerunner 5463
The Bradbury Bldg. is my favorite building in L.A.
The architect originally hired to do it was a blowhard and eventually fired and replaced by his $5 per hour draftsman, who designed it. I love the exposed iron elevators and the skylight roof.
Jan. 16th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
Re: Bladerunner 5463
i must admit, i've been in there 3-4 times maybe? and when chuck said, 'oh, let's just poke our heads in for a second.....' my eyes rolled. but, when i stepped in, it was like dorothy walking into the multi-colored OZ for the first time. so many textures, so many details, soooooooo well done. it's a masterpiece, to be sure..
Jan. 18th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: Bladerunner 5463
Oops I forgot to log in so it showed up as anonymous.

But yes, it's a bldg. you can walk by for years and not think that there is anything interesting inside. The first time I went there was before Bladrunner came out, and it has been restored quite a bit since. But it was kind of run down at the time and it still looked very cool.
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: Bladerunner 5463
aaaaah. i kinda guessed it was you. you're my only official 'architect' friend. go figuh.
are there any other L.A. buildings you would recommend? i'm always in the mood to poke around..
Jan. 16th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
i must say.......going through the glass doors is a lot less painful than going down the yellow brick road....(our other route)

this took contemplation. i swear.
Jan. 16th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
oooo, i'm sure you could've revealedl the back alleys, underbellys, and hidden passage ways of MOCA. i'm afraid i wouldn't have made it yesterday, though. :P i was seeing colors, and it WASN'T the art!!!
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