I used to love driving into Los Angeles. I had my usual haunts – Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Getty Center, LA Library with its five underground floors, and so many more.
But that was before I had my little one. Since then – and that’s five years – I’ve basically been staying local. Driving with a baby in the car was nerve-wracking and these days, driving with a little boy with endless questions in the car while you’re trying to keep your cool during LA rush hour is just as nerve-wracking.
So yesterday was one of those days where I should have consulted the Philippine Consulate website and read the fine print that they’d moved location – and looked much closer about the times they were open, and most of all, that of the REAL time that their notarization department remained open which was apparently not 8 – 5 like their website said, but according to the security guard at the front who pointed to the plastic covered 8 x 10 sign on his desk, “our times have changed since last week. They now close at 3. Come back tomorrow.”
And so we took a drive to one of my old favorite places – Griffith Observatory even though the observatory itself was closed on Monday. Still, one can walk around the premises and soak in the view of smog-covered Los Angeles.
We’re going to make another foray into the city on Thursday and this time we’ll stay the whole day till the documents are notarized. This time I’ll take him to the park right below the Hollywood sign, and probably back to the observatory and this time with quarters so he can use those telescopes.
And maybe, just maybe, I’ll make the drive into the city more often from now on and make it a little-guy-and-me weekly road trip . After all, just because I used to do things doesn’t mean I no longer can’t.
Imagine that tomorrow, all of your duties and obligations evaporate for the day. You get the day all to yourself, to do anything you please. What types of fun activities would make your day?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us FUN.
Coffee on Melrose and people watch
Reading the paper in the sun
Then a quick trip for dimsum
before noon, Chinatown
Then to the L.A.
Museum of Art,
to reflect life,
*A nonet is a nine line poem. The first line containing nine syllables, the next line has eight syllables, the next line has seven syllables. That continues until the last line (the ninth line) which has one syllable. Nonets can be written about any subject. Rhyming is optional.
My friend Pam introduced me to Hilltop Hill in the city of Signal Hill years ago where we sat on one of the cement benches and looked out on the cities of Long Beach to the south and Los Angeles to the north. I had just left the South Bay after more than 10 years of being a beach girl and two years in to my life as a Long Beach resident, I still hadn’t gotten around to getting used to my new digs, and still did my groceries and shopping in the South Bay on my way home from my office.
Signal Hill is located within the city of Long Beach, and is one of the cities referenced in There Will Be Blood, the movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It used to be called Porcupine Hill because of all the oil derricks that peppered the area in the 1920’s that from the distance, it looked like porcupine quills. It was also the perfect place for a real estate boom at that time.
These days, Signal Hill, though no longer looking like Porcupine Hill, still has a few derricks, sometimes right in one’s backyard, with beautiful houses everywhere and a quaint supportive community in the middle of a much bigger city. But there’s a beautiful park on top of the hill and my memories of this hill will always be tied to Pam. The hill is appropriately called Hilltop Hill.
So this morning, I headed over to the Hilltop Park to take a few minutes to myself and just enjoy the view. At the entrance of the park is this walkway with a beautiful saying.
And having discovered that my iPhone does have the panorama feature, I took this beautiful shot of the city of Los Angeles.
There’s a major movie premiere happening tonight right in the middle of that shot – which is Hollywood, I think, with downtown Los Angeles to the right on the horizon and Century City and West Los Angeles on the left of the horizon. The ocean and the port of Long Beach would be to the left of the shot itself