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Changing Views [Jun. 18th, 2018|10:30 pm]
I just squandered a couple of hours doing a Google street view tour of the Crown Hill area west of downtown Los Angeles, starting at the Mary Andrews Clark Home on Loma Drive and fetching up at Tommy's hamburger stand at Beverly and Rampart. It looks much the same as when i first saw it fifty-some years ago (I forgot how to embed an image from teh Internets in a journal entry, and the FAQs are no help anymore): https://goo.gl/maps/ZJXGo9sC1s32

And tonight is trash night, so I really ought to be getting those wheelie bins out. I'm a bit muddled today from having been wakened pretty early by a crew removing two large pines from the yard two door supt he block. They had one of those enormous crane-like devices, and the chain saws were going quite a while. They didn't finish up until after noon. They haven't ground the stumps out yet, so I suppose someone will be there doing that sometime in the future.

One of the backyard feral cats remained in hiding all day, and the other took refuge in the shed in the back back yard, until even that became too stressful for him and he yowled at me when I went out, and ran up onto the back porch and tried to crawl through a hole in one of the cupboards that leads to the cupboard under the sink.

He used to be able to get through that hole, and when he was a kitten his mom kept him and his littermates in that cupboard, but he's long been much too big to squeeze through. So I opened the door to the under-sink cupboard, and he went in and stayed there well into the afternoon. I left the door only slightly ajar, so he wouldn't feel exposed. Poor kitty was terrified, but he appears to have recovered now, and the other cat finally showed up to eat, so it's pretty much all back to normal.

Except that two more pine trees are missing from the block. That's well over half the trees that were here when I first saw the place that are gone now. The trees were getting very brown due to the insect infestation that hits pines in times of drought, so they had to come down, unfortunately. There are a few more pines on the block that are also getting sick, so the kitties have more trauma ahead. It's only a matter of time.

But I must deal with those wheelie bins. I can't put them out in my sleep, and I'm just about to pass out from exhaustion. I wish I had a chili burger from Tommy's for dinner.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2018-06-19 09:57 pm (UTC)
Love the hamburger stand view! I've spent a lot of time "walking around" this town or that via Google.

How sad about the trees! I'm sorry it's terrorizing the ferals and discommoding you. Before I moved from my house in Maryland, county crews were going around the entire development, murdering the beautiful Bradford pear trees, leaving stumps and then razing them flat. They had to come down, as they were getting fragile and had already almost killed a woman by falling on her as she walked by. But it was painful. It'll take years for the new trees they planted to replace them. It helped me leave the neighborhood without much regret.

Edited at 2018-06-19 09:57 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2018-06-20 01:47 am (UTC)
There is also a nocturnal view which I stumbled on the other night, but it turns out to be very difficult to find deliberately. This is how I saw it most frequently, after a night hanging out at coffee houses in Hollywood or going to a movie at one of the art houses. But I don't know at what hour Google took this picture, as I've never seen Tommy's this empty at any hour. https://goo.gl/maps/UKSZBmWEh5H2
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2018-06-20 01:54 am (UTC)
And of course Google also has a street view of The Hat, the hamburger joint in my user pic. Tommy's hamburgers were better, but The Hat was much closer to home so I went there more often. https://goo.gl/maps/tcYFuyHJXby
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2018-06-20 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh, those are walk-ups! Now I want a hamburger, or some pastrami!
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