1…The People:  Good Friends

Having spent my entire adult life in Los Angeles I’ve managed to collect a smattering of good friends.  I won’t name the all for fear of forgetting someone.  They are all unique and truly make Los Angeles my home.

12…The Urban Wildlife

When you hear the term “Urban Wildlife” you might think of pigeons, rats and a few fluffy squirrels.  But it turns out that there is a vast collection wildlife lurking around the myriad of apartment complexes and store fronts.   Los Angeles is nestled at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains, the beautiful San Gabriels,…

13…The “Industry”

There’s something to be said for tribal language of Los Angeles and when someone says they work in the “Industry”, they mean making movies.  This could of course mean they do voice overs, editing, or even construction. Almost everyone you meet in Los Angeles has had a brush with the “Industry” – either they have…

29…The View: Driving Down Sunset Blvd

I know this sounds weird, but taking a drive down Sunset Blvd on Thursday afternoon at three, or on Sunday morning might sound like an odd thing to do.   It is a nice way to spend an hour or so. Instead of watching another re-run sitcom on tv – my daughter and I might just…

30…The People: Jax

My bar, yes…despite all the other customers and all the wonderful folks who have worked at Jax, I have always and still do consider Jax MY bar.  It is gone now.  According to the local news it will re-open someday as a full-service restaurant for the hotel upstairs.   Will there be live music? Will the…

33…The People: All of them

Being one of the most diverse cities in the country, you meet people from all over the world in Los Angeles.  Many people work in “the industry” – or are at least giving it a try.  Los Angeles is where anything is possible and everyone is doing their own thing. And even though I believe…

35…Steve and Susan AND Dodger Elvis

Steve, Susan, Dave, Gary and Bill….who doesn’t love this group?  It is more than music, it is a party.  Steve puts on a great show.  Everything from Neil Diamond to Johnny Cash and the Ramones!   And then Susan picks up the mic and you are mesmerized, she has an amazing voice – it can be…

37…The Music: Papa Lee

Papa Lee and his crew started playing at Jax sometime in 2008, they soon became a Wednesday night regular.   Oh what fun they were!  William, Scooter, Steve and others.   Most nights the music at Jax was very traditional jazz or blues groups, but Papa Lee was a bit of everything.  The night would start out…

40…The Music:  Jack Sheldon

I don’t remember the when I first heard Jack Sheldon play.  I started going to Jax in 1996.  I wasn’t a huge jazz fan then, I just liked the old-school, east coast feel of the little place.  It was nicely tucked away on Brand Blvd., just a few blocks from Disney’s corporate offices in Glendale.   …

50…The Music: of Jax

Today marks 50 days until I leave southern California….continuing my count of 101 Things I Love about Los Angeles…..here’s #50!! I started going to Jax over 15-years ago – and yes, it was for the music!   It all started with Jack Sheldon! This wasn’t filmed at Jax, but it is my all-time favorite song.  You’ll…

56…The People: Of Saturday Mornings

In 2011, I started a little Meetup groups called; Crawl, Walk, Run – with the goal of finding a running partner or two.   Sometime in 2012, we started running on Saturday mornings at Griffith Park – meeting at the Los Feliz Café for breakfast afterwards. Over the last 5 years I’ve managed to meet some…

63…The Art: Everywhere

Los Angeles is the center of “the Industry” – and there is more art here than you can shake a stick at…. You will find some odd things…like… painting the Bate’s Hotel a pristine white…just for fun. or an interactive experience like, Petal Drop LA You might happen upon something like the Griffith Park Tea…

68…The Art: City’s Graffiti

Art is everywhere in Los Angeles.  Some is professionally done, but mostly I love the work that just shows up along the under passes or on the short-term fences.  It makes LA colorful and interesting.

74…The View: from Forest Lawn

Back when I was running with my friend Bill, he located the perfect place to run without the burden of traffic and pedestrians – the cemetery.    The Glendale Forest Lawn is home to several celebrities including Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.   It is a beautiful and serene place to walk or run, with some “killer”…

77…The View: The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is like a beacon.  It is one of the many ways to orientate yourself when you are traveling in Los Angeles.  You can tell where you are by your proximity to the Hollywood sign. There are also these moments when you think you are just driving or walking along…and you look up….and…

78…The View: The Landscape

One of the things that struck me in the first weeks and months after I moved to Los Angeles was the sweeping landscape.  I would be driving along the 10 freeway, and as I would reach to top of a hill and could see a span of the landscape in front of me I would…

80…The View: Top of Silver Lake Hills

The views in Los Angeles are always stunning.  I only lived on the Glendale Blvd hill for a little over a year, but I was always stunned by the view in both directions. South on Glendale Boulevard faces downtown….and North faces our former home town, Glendale.   Both are worth a second look as I head…

84…The Art: Thursday’s Art Walk

I went to one of the first Art Walks back in 2004.  That first time was a bit daunting…as the event was very sparse and few locations participated and few folks attended.  Ten years later it is a colorful and well attended event, with over 50 galleries, 25,000 monthly guests. I had the opportunity to…

92… The Skyline

The landscape in Los Angeles is so diverse.  There are hills, valleys, mountains, canyons, cliffs, beaches, rivers and lakes – all in Los Angeles city proper.   With the mixture of landscape to add dimension and the creative nature of the community you would expect the Los Angeles skyline to be a collection of shapes.  But…

96… The View:  From the Americana

I’m not a big fan of The Americana or The Grove, but given that I have spent a ton of time in Glendale; including a number of years – walking distance from the Americana, I have been there more times that I can count.  Typically, we were there to catch a movie at the Pacific…