Avenue of the Stars
The funny, rolling street known as Santa Monica Boulevard playfully stretches between the Pacific Ocean, and my destination, Century City. Century City, Avenue of the Stars. It sounds like a place in a Love and Rockets comic book, but this time around it's where Greg took the California Bar Exam.
|Where Greg went every day.|
The test was held over 3 days, so we both went and I had the pleasure of driving him to and from the Plaza Hotel each day. It really was a pleasure! The rental car was smooth and new, the road in the morning was deserted except for seagulls and palmtrees (and that ONE guy with the plastic bags wrapped around his bike and his head!) We stopped in Westwood for a coffee and a bagel before anyone else was up, and walked around amongst the huge jade plants and silent shops. It was postiively serene!
|The Bayside hotel|
Now...for the coolest part! We visited our dear brother-in-law and master sculptor Chris Slatoff and his very handsome and sweet son James. Chris kindly showed us his ULTRA RAD art studio in Silverlake. It was filled with welders, spray painters, screen printers, model makers, carpenters, you name it. All working on amazing projects. Some for Disney, some for the Cartoon Network, many for movie sets, or videos. We saw props everywhere that had appeared in this or that spot or movie. It was a real treat to climb to the roof and admire the murals up there, and look at the california sage brush and palm trees filling the surrounding neighborhood. And once again, amidst the smell of spray paint and glue, there was that pervasive smell of a california canyon. Heat, eucalyptus, enormous prehistoric succulent plants. Incredible!
I love LA if you can't tell already. Coming back to Portland is always a relief with its beautiful, welcoming Mt. Hood and green trees. It's like drinking clean water getting out of the airport and breathing that air. But I still crave a little desert deep down. Desert by the sea. With spray paint.
|Outside our little hotel|
|Local Chicken Shack (we didn't eat there, but it's cute)|
|Me and my darling 93 year-old grandma|
|Front of La Fonderie studio in Silverlake|
|La Fonderie from the roof|
|Cute man on the roof|
|Gee, this is cool!|
|Dean Styer's rooftop mural|
|Roof top mural at La Fonderie|
|Chris in his studio working on a Christ figure|
|Chris and James|
|Greg is finished with the bar!!!|