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Blog series by Mark Wilson updated 08-07-2017 10:58 PM 10 parts 8824 reads 62 comments total

Part 1: Clifton's Cafeteria

11-06-2015 06:10 AM by Mark Wilson | 0 comments »

This is a series Introduction. It’s come to my attention of late that, sometimes, a Buddy will share photos from adventures/travel/vacation, etc. I can do that. So, why are you just sitting there? Go back to sleep. Can’t you see I’m busy doing something here? I titled this, the first of what will, over time I’m sure, become a series, “Capers”. This first one, however is not strictly a Caper. It was “Lunch”. A caper is an event whe...

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Part 2: Clifton's Photos

11-06-2015 07:15 AM by Mark Wilson | 1 comment »

I’ll begin with the furniture. Stump Stools Two tables (the other was occupied by diners) that remind me a little bit of Lois XVi A Mantle Clock in a sort of a built-in alcove. Carving on said alcove. All this stuff is, clearly, handmade. The view out the second story window at 7th and Broadway. (This joint was jumping, in the day. Search, if you’re interested in such things, You Tube, for footage of Downtown L...

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Part 3: Clifton's Third Floor

11-06-2015 07:31 AM by Mark Wilson | 3 comments »

The furnishings, continued. More “Louis XVi” (?). I don’t know what this thing is. But the wood is drop-dead gorgeous. Walnut Burl, I’m thinking. The view out the Third Floor window at 7th and Broadway. A handmade silver chandelier. That’s all for the furnishings. Next stop: The dioramas and the ambiance. If you’ve stuck with me thus far, I applaud your fortitude.

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Part 4: The Dioramas and the Ambiance

11-06-2015 07:48 AM by Mark Wilson | 2 comments »

Some of the taxidermy was here before. Some was added in the recent renovation. None of the actual dioramas were here before. A Raccoon. A big White Tail (?) Buck. A HUGE Bison, mebees, 6’, at the withers. A Black Bear. Not to be mistaken for a Brown Bear. These animals still live in reasonable plentitude in our local mountains. They’re as docile as kittens. I’ve been told by rangers that they walk right up to them, and ask to be petted. Or, mebees, f...

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Part 5: The Walk to the Parking Lot

11-06-2015 09:14 AM by Mark Wilson | 4 comments »

Every tale must have an end. I like to stretch mine, somewhat. I love L.A. And, this is the heart of the City. Having given the camera back to my Really Big Thithter, she turned it on me, unawares. I’d gotten gregarious with the young woman at the bakery counter. The sidewalk at the entrance, which RBS photographed (I hadn’t thought of it.) This is original. From @1935. Now, for just a taste of L.A. at street level. This is the facade of Clifton’s. Before th...

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Part 6: Addendum

11-06-2015 09:18 AM by Mark Wilson | 6 comments »

I think I’m a damn good wordsmith, IMHO. Any ideas how I can put that talent to some lucrative use?

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Part 7: OR- A Piece of Furniture I Came Across Today

08-01-2016 07:33 AM by Mark Wilson | 12 comments »

So, I’m driving up Hill St., just south of where Hill St. runs into Downtown L.A. (hereinafter, DTLA), when I see this chair, sitting in a parking lot. I’d never noticed this, before. I was out on my daily journies throughout the Southland (L.A. Basin), schlepping people about, in my capacity as an Uber Goober. Every day, regardless of the fact that I’ve driven and walked all over the area, looking at stuff and taking pictures, for decades – growing to love the city an...

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Part 8: Things I Never Noticed

04-21-2017 08:48 AM by Mark Wilson | 11 comments »

I’ve been exploring the Southland for as long as I can remember. Walking around, driving around. Always observant. I’ve worn out cameras, in my lifetime. Yet, on a fairly regular basis, I come across things that make me scratch my head in wonder. How, on God’s Green Earth, have I not noticed this? Here’s one of those things. I came across it, yesterday, about four miles from home, in Uptown Whittier, while cooling my heels. I’m leaning against my car, looki...

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Part 9: The Getty Center

07-31-2017 07:34 AM by Mark Wilson | 9 comments »

So, RBS has been lurking around here for a couple weeks. I’ve been so busy trying to earn a living that we haven’t had any “quality time” with to speak of. Then, this morning, I wake up thinking, I will take today off and take RBS on a caper, this being her last day before leaving. I gets out of bed, track the woman down and say, “You. Me. Caper. Today.” She says, “Okay. I’m ready to go. Where are we going?” I said, “The Getty Cente...

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Part 10: Public Art

08-07-2017 10:58 PM by Mark Wilson | 14 comments »

This, I have seen, many times, driving by on the road, but I’ve never gotten close to it. Always thought it was steel. Turns out, it’s bent two by fours.

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