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Thursday, October 11, 2007 – Seeing the Future

The essential question in preparing for the future – at least out here –

"Got Neon?" in the window of Hollywood Neon, Melrose Avenue

There is no avoiding the future. It simply "is" – as you can see.

"The Future Is" - shop window, Melrose Avenue

Will the 21st century be the Chinese Century? You can get a jump on that by having lunch at Mao's Kitchen on Melrose Avenue – and they do have neon.

Mao's Kitchen on Melrose Avenue

Will the 21st century be another American Century?  The stork brings what it will.

Stork dropping bombs poster on wooden billboard, Melrose Avenue

Will the old truths prevail? The idea that it is "almost" better to give than to receive is clearly fading, and for some reason Joan Crawford has supplanted Marilyn Monroe.

"It is almost better to give than to receive" wall on Melrose Avenue - this iteration, Thursday, October 11, 2007

"Angels and ministers of grace defend us!" That's a bit unlikely. They look pretty useless.

Cherubs on façade at London Boots, Melrose Avenue

A more modern cherub, a post-modern cherub –

Roller door with sticker, Melrose Avenue

It may be best to retreat to the concrete and immediate – and just enjoy the pleasant, colorful and utterly meaningless present.

Green brick wall - Melrose Avenue
Green stucco, red tile, Hollywood billboard, Melrose Avenue
"Got Neon?" in the window of Hollywood Neon, Melrose Avenue

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 - Alan M. Pavlik