Month: September 2013

LA landing

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And here’s the same stuff at the other end. In between was lots of paperwork and almost a doubling of fees. But having unpacked it all, it feels like having my things makes the whole life changing aspect of this move more real. I get to drink my tea from mugs that have been with me in several apartments in about three different cities. And I have boots now, but I’m holding back on wearing them until the temperature drops below 65•F.

Hey I just heard Imelda May singing ‘Mayhem’ as part of the soundtrack to my dinner in Chili’s.
A couple of weeks ago, I heard Villagers ‘Nothing Arrived’, while I was in a changing room in an Eddie Bauer Outlet Store!
And in between, probably one U2 song along the way. That’s the new reality for me.

Although we’re always being told The Script are huge in L.A., I’ve yet to hear any of their songs on the radio! I’ll keep you posted.


This is the newsstand in Los Feliz neighborhood and there are others like it around the city and, probably, the whole country. I’ve seen stands like this in New York and Europe but not so much in Ireland, maybe because of the weather, maybe because we’re all guilty of trying to get a free read along the shelves? I still like to see racks of books and magazines even though plenty of people carry the equivalent of a newsstand around with them on their mobile device. I think we still read, we just do it differently. Unfortunately, how we read will probably affect the neighborhood newsstands, so we better enjoy them while we can.


View from the Observatory


Went to Griffith Park Observatory on Saturday. Griffith Park is a landmark in L.A.. The Park is nestled in between downtown and the Hollywood Hills, with views of the famous sign from around the Observatory.
Griffith Park Observatory has starred in many films including: ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, hence the James Dean statue outside. The Observatory is perched above a huge city park, which houses the LA Zoo, the Gene Autry Museum and horse and hiker trails throughout the park. (It’s the Phoenix Park of Los Angeles!)
Anyway, I’ve always wanted to go there… Inside are some great displays of space images and a 40 foot swinging pendulum just to prove the earth is round!
We went to one of the shows in the screening room, which makes you feel like you’re out in the open on a clear, starry night and then transports you to feel like you’re under a giant telescope. Now we can see out to what we think is the edge of the Universe, but there could be much, much more. During the show and the exhibits, we are reminded that a great number of conditions had to be met in order for us humans, to be here on this earth. And we are all actually stardust from after the Big Bang. It’s quite an awe-inspiring concept.

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