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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Trapped in Hollywood

After three days in El Paso, hanging around Fort Bliss and now and then staring out at dusty Juarez across river, it was back to Hollywood cloudless, mind-numbing July sun, feeling a bit trapped.

It is hot.

: Pigeon on hotel sign - Mark Twain Hotel (for transients) on Wilcox, Hollywood

In the shadow of CNN's west coast bureau on Sunset Boulevard, the trapped liar with the big nose

In the shadow of CNN's west coast headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, the trapped liar with the big nose
In the shadow of CNN's west coast headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, the trapped liar with the big nose
In the shadow of CNN's west coast headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, the trapped liar with the big nose

Someone else is feeling trapped

Billboard for the remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth, across the street from CNN's west coast headquarters on Sunset Boulevard

A fake owl in the hot sun on the roof of Hollywood Sound, Selma Avenue

A fake owl in the hot sun on the roof of Hollywood Sound, Selma Avenue -  Hollywood
Hollywood Sound, Selma Avenue -  Hollywood

Just a note the place is famous think Jackson Browne, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Ringo Starr, T Bone Burnett, Bette Midler, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, Neil Diamond, Cher, Los Lobos, Kiss, Kenny Rogers, Beck, Brian Wilson, The Jackson 5, Red Hot Chili Peppers and so on. It's not for tourists.  It's obscure. But that stuff on your radio or iPod had to be recorded somewhere.

Around the corner, on Cahuenga, the usual stickers

Sticker on green wall, North Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood
Sticker on green wall, North Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood

At the Hollywood Studio Building, Hollywood Boulevard at Wilcox, an eye above it all

Hollywood Studio Building, Hollywood Boulevard at Wilcox

And a red chain

Hollywood Studio Building, Hollywood Boulevard at Wilcox

A new billboard on the Sunset Strip no words, so it must be clever marketing and it's across the street from the strip mall where the old Garden of Allah apartment complex once stood, where many of the stars from the twenties and thirties lived for a time. When she lived up the hill in Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell wrote a song about the new strip mall Big Yellow Taxi, with the line about how they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Maybe she'd write about the chains now.

A new billboard on the Sunset Strip - no words, so it must be clever marketing - and it's across the street from the strip mall where the old Garden of Allah apartment complex once stood, where many of the stars from the twenties and thirties lived for a time.  When she lived up the hill in Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell wrote a song about the new strip mall - Big Yellow Taxi, with the line about how they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.  Maybe she'd write about the chains now.
A new billboard on the Sunset Strip - no words, so it must be clever marketing - and it's across the street from the strip mall where the old Garden of Allah apartment complex once stood, where many of the stars from the twenties and thirties lived for a time.  When she lived up the hill in Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell wrote a song about the new strip mall - Big Yellow Taxi, with the line about how they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.  Maybe she'd write about the chains now.
A new billboard on the Sunset Strip - no words, so it must be clever marketing - and it's across the street from the strip mall where the old Garden of Allah apartment complex once stood, where many of the stars from the twenties and thirties lived for a time.  When she lived up the hill in Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell wrote a song about the new strip mall - Big Yellow Taxi, with the line about how they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.  Maybe she'd write about the chains now.

And that's the news from Hollywood

Hollywood News Building, Wilcox Avenue, Hollywood

If you wish to use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me. And should you choose to download any of these images and use them invoking the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, please provide credit, and, on the web, a link back this site. 

Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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