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Some hometown shots

Having spent a hair shy of the last two weeks in LA and Culver City, I was hoping to have a bunch of hometown pics to post. The one I really wanted to get was the boat and the green-screen set erected in a parking lot a block from my parents' house, because that kind of thing is fairly emblematic of my old neighborhood.

But I did manage to snap off a few random shots.

Here's Flynn's Arcade in downtown Culver City, or at least the building used for the exterior shots in Tron. Actually, it's a restaurant. It's been a string of restaurants for a long time, and before that it was a bank. For most of the time I lived in Culver City, downtown was kind of sad and seedy, with a couple of rundown theaters, some bars, some nasty hotels, a liquor store, that kind of thing. Now it's bustling and trendy and I don't even mind all the hipsters so much.

From Hometown

Helm's Bakery, now home to cutting-edge furniture and interior design shops and a few good casual restaurants. There also used to be a fencing school there. Before that, of course, it was a bakery.

From Hometown

UCLA's Royce Hall. I took my first Shakespeare class in there, and also saw Ian McKellen perform in Richard III. Notice the asymmetry of the tower windows. That's because only God is perfect. Sir Ian's performance, however, was perfect. My Shakespeare prof was pretty good too.

From Hometown

Also at UCLA, Kerckhoff Coffee House. This is where I cultivated my addiction to caffeine.

From Hometown

From Hometown

And back to Culver City, this was taken a couple of blocks from my parents' house on the street where my aunt and uncle used to live. This crazy house used to be a wall, I think, where I sometimes bounced a tennis ball. I don't think the house is quite nailing the effect it's going for, but I can't blame a person for aspiring to whimsy.

From Hometown


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 8th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
Ah, a walk down memory lane. Nice pics!
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Cousin Ellen
Nice pics. Not sure I've ever been to your parents' house in CC. I do recall a Venice house. Front and back house?
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: Cousin Ellen
Yep, 644 and 646 Palms. We were in the front, and my mom's parents were in the back.
Nov. 8th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Hell, half the neighborhoods in LA aspire to whimsy, at least those of A Certain Age. Wait til that one gets older and starts to sag; it will improve matters mightily.

Were the warehouses down the street from your parents actually used as such during your tenure? I dunno if you wandered that way, but it's all high-end creative suites these days.
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
They were actually built during my tenure, preceded by studio property, including the remains of the Hogan's Heroes sets.
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
re: Hogan's Heroes
The porn sets?

My UCLA alumni mug has a tiny third window drawn in the east tower; someone saw the image and thought "OMG! There's not enough windows!" and proceeded to "fix" it.

Nice pics, they look eerily familiar.
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Not the porn sets, I don't think, but the real fake Stalag 13.
Nov. 8th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Like the pictures.
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
YOU SAW Ian McKellen perform in Richard III!!! *falls down in fit of jealousy*
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, though at the time I don't think I appreciated what a privilege it was. I mean, this was long before he was Gandalf and Magneto.

(Also around that time I saw Patrick Stewart read A Christmas Carol, but he was already Picard by then so I knew it was a privilege.)
Nov. 9th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Way cool on both counts. I bet McKellen did an amazing Richard III.
Nov. 9th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Those are cool pics. And I love asymmetrical buildings.
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