Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Take a seat


Make yourself comfortable. Show us what you've got.

45 comments:

  1. What's interesting about those two buildings, City Hall and the Federal Courts building just to the north of it, is that when you come in on the Gold Line you see that, viewed from the north, they line up perfectly so that one seems to disappear into the other. It's almost as if it was planned that way, but not sure that it was.

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  2. Looks like a perfect room for a job interview.

    D.

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  4. Did you get the job? :0)

    Mr Earl, now I have an incentive to use the Metro Gold line. Do I sit on the left side or the right?

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  5. More like the "make yourself uncomfortable" room.

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  6. reminds me of an interview I had years ago. inane questions from a parade of people, that had nothing to do with my abilities to do the job advertised---and it took all, flippin, day.

    Mr E---seems that the bldgs may have been set in a defensive line, in terms of quakes...seeming to remember something about the expected lines of shaking and "best" layout. of course, that was many, many, many years ago

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  7. I've spent WAY too much time in rooms like this. So much so I drempt all about it last night.

    I love the gold line, Earl & Bellis. The whole trip. A lot of it is a trip through old LA. And Trish, if that's true -- how fascinating. Many of the old buildings are not retrofitted, so in the event of the big one, they as downtown will be knee deep in plaster, stone, and glass.

    WV:hopinion. In their hopinion.

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  8. As gorgeous as that view is, I recognize these kind of spaces as the home of the dog and pony show. Makes me feel a need to go into my happy place.

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  9. Wunder if much business is done in that dark bldg anymore. Is that bldg you used 2 b in For Sale? Or, is it just an old teardown??

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  10. How thoughtful of you to arrange an interview for us!!

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  11. I know you know similar rooms, PA. But I think you're quicker on your feet. When someone would say, "Given what you say is true, how does this fit with that?" And I'd stare and stare at the mountain, thinking "I really have no idea."

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  12. You forgot to bring the coffee. I'll go get it.

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  13. Sit on the right side, Bellis.

    Nice to see one of the most beautiful buildings in the US - the Los Angeles City Hall. The City spent about $350 million retrofitting it about 10 years ago. They could have torn it down and rebuilt it for less money. This was an example where it was well worth spending the extra money. It's beautiful inside and out, and an iconic symbol of Los Angeles. I worked on the 26th floor about 25 years ago. I had a view to Catalina on a clear day through a window that actually opened to fresh air!

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  14. It's so nice to meet you. As a matter of fact, I AM used to working for almost nothing. Indeed, often nothing. Why?

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  15. I don't think I'd stay in this room for long...it's not very welcoming or friendly. Hmmm....am I in trouble?

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  16. Nope......to high up for this flatlander.

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  17. It's a great shot. Somehow I thought this was about someone dancing in tables---

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  18. Might be a good room to work on writing.

    Whatever you're up to down there, good luck with it. Hope we'll hear about it.

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  19. Sit on the right side, southbound Bellis. The phenomenon I'm describing occurs as you're making the final big turn after Chinatown into Union Station. I didn't notice it for a long time. what's unique about it is that the buildings perfectly line up, and are exactly the same width at some point so it looks like they were planned to look as one when viewed from a distance. This just may be a coincidence. They are on the same block, and the lot sizes are the same because of the parallel streets, so maybe it's logical that they would line up, but what seems uncanny is the part that's the exact same width. The architects had no idea that people would see the buildings from an elevated Gold Line track a few hundred yards away.

    Also, as the Gold Line turns down into Union Station, look down on the right side and you will see a small train yard the holds several old passenger cars from the 40s and 50s. These are privately owned rail cars that are used for charters or are just used by their owners. The little yard is known among the train people as "The Garden" and privately owned railcars are known as "private varnish."

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  20. Speaking of dreams last night, I dreamed that the 49ers had been in the Superbowl this year and I'd gone shopping and didn't watch the game. I turned it on in the final moments to see the Niners lose by a field goal, spoiling their perfect 5-0 Superbowl record. I thought, damn, maybe if I'd watched it... This was one of those dreams where when you wake up it takes awhile to realize that it didn't really happen. Really strange.

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  21. All the buildings are not retrofitted? I thought that was required years ago.

    WV:diesc (especially for Dan)

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  22. If they've not all been retrofitted, will the city look like Christchurch after a 6.3? Scarey. I'm keeping out of downtown.

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  23. That's really cold, Mr. E. And isn't winning the World Series enough for one year?

    All buildings over a certain height in Los Angeles have been retrofitted. I'm not sure the number of floors, but all the high rises are code compliant. The biggest danger will be falling glass. In a major earthquake striking downtown, there could be lot of falling glass.

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  24. Oh, DB, I hate it when we argue. But many of the old buildings are not. And some that are, not completely. At least that's what I got on reputable authority three years ago.

    Now, how about some sherry.

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  25. Make that a Jameson's and he might just forgive you Hiker!!!

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  26. I could happily sit in this room and read and stare out the window if I pulled a chair up to the window in the slice of sunshine. Sure beat the view from my cubicle.

    wv: eutoo (I saw them live in 1984 and even met Bono!)

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  27. I know, Hiker, that when I worked in a City building during the 1994 earthquake, a City engineer inspected the building and reported no damage. There was a crack in my office wall that I could nearly see into the next office, desk drawers would not stay closed that did before the quake, and some chairs on wheels would roll across the linoleum floor. There was a pillar with tile holding up one end of the building and there was a crack so large you could see the rebar in the pillar. The City literally wrapped duct tape around the tile until they could replace it. I didn't have a lot of confidence in the City engineers after that.

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  28. Katie, windows lack something when they don't open. I'm extremely impressed DB had one that wasn't sealed shut. Gosh, that must have been lovely, up in the iconic City Hall with the window open.

    There's a relatively new building downtown with a breathing skin. As I understand it, membranes open to let in fresh air in accordance with temperature and so forth. Will investigate further with photos.

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  29. I did some time at the New LA CItihall - Citihall East while attending school. It was good xcept for the food down there, and another thing: having to share the elevator & food lines with politicians. I was young & impressionable.

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  30. Karin - Please tell me which buildings to avoid! Don't want to be crushed to death out of ignorance.

    I think the building that breathes may be the new CalTrans Building at 1st and Main across from the new Police building. Of course, we in South Pasadena, don't have a lot of affection for CalTrans and its building.

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  31. This photo is too, too fabulous. It's like looking out a window from the early 21st century to a sunlit painting of the early 20th.

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  32. except for the casual chairs, makes me feel like I am back at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Ahem..

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  33. This photo reminds me of the trial. They gave us a really great view in the jury room as a backdrop to deliberating first-degree murder. I remember being at eye level with the red-tail hawks.

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  34. the company has shut down. Your last duty is to clean the table, smash the windows, and pee on the floor. No severance obviously.

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  35. Good lord, Kenny Mac, was your last one so bad? Mine wasn't, actually. I just sometimes felt I was wearing two left shoes.

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  36. Windows that open to fresh(?) air is always preferable but that is a fantastic view.

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  37. THis doesn't resemble the school rooms I enjoyed for so many years. I'm sure the folks that pulled up to this table made a whole lot more than I could have ever hoped for. C'est la vie.
    V

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  38. Linda: your experience rattles me. Now that it includes a view, more so then ever.

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  39. Above, I thought you'd never get here.

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