Sunday, November 25, 2012

On the street where I live

Well, strictly speaking, I don't live here. It's five blocks south, on Altadena's main drag.


"I can always tell when your writing hits a speed bump."
"Oh, really, how?"
"When your blog is picture, picture, picture."


D is a triple-threat. She can write, and cook,


and count. (By the way, I think the visual instructions on this sign are an accident waiting to happen.)

34 comments:

  1. It took me weeks to get this song out of my head after hearing it on "Mad Men" earlier this year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOVswTV9uCg

    And now, as of two minutes ago, it's back.

    ReplyDelete
  2. She did NOT say that? I like the way you balance out writing and photo essays. It adds to the lovely variety that is your excellent blog.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I would feel very productive if I managed to do a post with picture, picture, picture. And I agree with Margaret. Your blog has a lovely cadence to it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, poor D. I probably said those words and she just nodded and passed me some peanuts.

    K, that version is like being trapped in the worst Italian restaurant ever. I hate musicals, but for some reason I like this tenor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtbFwWkB4b8

    ReplyDelete
  5. Karin, if you hadn't posted that link I'd have gone looking for it. I adore it. (Yes, adore.) So I watched it, and loved it, and went to IMDB to look up who the actor was because he didn't look familiar. It's Jeremy Brett!

    ReplyDelete
  6. The lighting's wonderful. Lake looks so romantic when bathed in it. And you're right, that sign throws kids right under the wheels. When the sun's bright and shining right into my eyes, I can't really see the crossing or anyone on it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sometimes it's soothing to just see a picture, picture and picture.

    ReplyDelete
  8. And here is Allen Sherman's version, written for a take off on My Fair Lady for which he could never get the music rights. He's trying to teach an American flower girl outside the Yiddish theaters in NY, about how to improve her sales by acting more Jewish:

    We have often walked

    West End Avenue

    And you'll find us on a Parkway known as Mosholu

    Living gaily there

    Like Israeli there.

    Oh it's grand on the streets where we live.

    We've got Scarsdale men,

    We've got Great Neck men,

    And just lately we've been sneaking into Darien.

    Strange new noses there.

    Friends of Moses there,

    Near the goys on the streets where they live.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I agree with Margaret, love the way you balance out writing really good text and photos!

    I think that this sign transmit a contradictory messages...

    I have been in a laziness (preguiƧa) period to write a text bilingual... so I have been post picture, pictures and pictures... Lol!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Earl-- "Friends of Moses there," I like it! Did he do the entire musical?

    P, ok, so I had to look up Jeremy Brett. Ah, now I remember. Sherlock.

    Bellis, it's actually Altadena Drive just a block east of Lake. So the sign says through yourself under the bus and do it backwards?

    Shell, sometimes it's soothing to post picture, picture, picture. Right Sonia?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Maybe the sign planners are anti-pedestrian. Trying to free up the street for cars.

    Lovely picture, picture, picture. And now I am singing along.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I keep waiting for a clever riposte from someone with the initial "D"

    ReplyDelete
  13. guess I live at dual speed bump intersections!

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's asking children to cross the street walking backwards. Not all that different from walking forward while texting. They're screwed either way.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love your pose of picture, picture, picture. (The light in the photos is so striking!)

    Looks like pedestrians are out of luck crossing this street -- it's "dodge ball" all the way.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great photos. The top one is especially stunning! So the sign doesn't mean beware of pickpockets in the area?

    ReplyDelete
  17. Just not with Vic Damone, Jean.

    Oh D has no time for ripostes, she's too busy with her turkey tetrazzini.

    Kenny Mac, I know that place; it's just around the corner.

    PA and Ms M, I think Katie nailed it. Curb your pickpocket.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I was going to say, Don't walk while texting. You will fall into a fountain or onto subway tracks. Saying that would've been clever, and those events have happened. But PA spoiled everything.

    ReplyDelete
  19. KB: He didn't do the whole musical, but several songs. The plan was make a Broadway musical. As he said, "I was thinking, what if all the great musicals had been written by Jews... which they were anyway." Lerner and Lowe would never grant the rights. I told this story to a friend who told me that in 1977, his mother wrote and produce a takeoff on MFL for her synagogue sisterhood in Providence, RI. It was to run several weekends. After the first week, it was written up in a local newspaper. A few days later they received a "cease and desist" letter from a lawyer for the estate of Lerner or Lowe and had to shut it down.

    My favorite line from Sherman's version of the song is "And just lately we've been sneaking into Darien."

    ReplyDelete
  20. Good eye, good eye, good eye! Ever read "The Artist's Way" by Cameron? It's for blocked heads.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Ah, love the capture of that light, the golden hour of dawn or sunset. Judging from the angle, you were not up at 6AM for the first of the light, but rather chose the latter time.

    My initial is D, I can cook and I can write, but I'll pass on being the designated D. No turkey tetrazzini. Lacking a kitchen, this year, first time in about 50 years, instead of cooking for, I was cooked for. O heaven!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Pedestrians are where again? Is there a high pedestrian mortality rate in Altadena?

    ReplyDelete
  23. Thanks, KB, I love My Fair Lady. Petrea, so glad he didn't Sherlock that scene.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I can't find "Sherlock" as a verb in any online slang dictionary! Dang. Clue me in, please.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?....
    Norwegians learn Norwegian, the Greeks have learned their Greek...........

    ReplyDelete
  26. Ah shucks Hiker...you're awesome!!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. And the lighting in these shots is spectacular!!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. As nice as your writing is, these pics are really something!
    Is this Altadena Dr, or Altadena Pkway. Always get em confused.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Petrea, Jeremy Brett was Sherlock on the BBC in the 80's and it was a VERY intense characterization. By contrast, he's a pup in MFL. I was veddy bemused when you pointed him out, who would have thunk it, especially the warbling voice? I love British actors.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Oh, the sky, the sky, the glorious sky. I love the colors. The light in the window beckons.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Duh! I'm a J. Brett fan, I just thought you were using "Sherlock" as a verb in some way that I should have heard it before!

    ReplyDelete
  32. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Earl, I had to look up Darien. Now I get it.

    Pierre, ok, I'll try the Morning Pages.

    Hi Doris. Right you are, it was evening. And they're still working on that kitchen? Hasn't it been months?

    Roberta, I think this is the only time of year we get that soft soft light.

    Marjie, no, but cyclists get hit on a weekly basis.

    P & P: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX6a--uu6QM

    Aw Chieftess. Thanks.

    CP, Drive.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Maybe you can get there from here:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=437423312972398&set=a.181867198528012.40626.118473861534013&type=1&permPage=1

    ReplyDelete