Coos Bay, Oregon. May 2015 (15 photos).

In Coos Bay, Hwy. 101 becomes Broadway Ave.
In downtown Coos Bay, Hwy. 101 becomes Broadway Ave.
Wine & Wi-Fi.
Wine & Wi-Fi.
The landmark Tioga Hotel building.
The landmark Tioga Hotel building (with the Blue Heron in front).
Another view of the Tioga Hotel.
Backstage view of the Tioga Hotel.
Coos Bay, Hwy 101.
Sidewalk dining on hwy 101. Coos Bay.
Backstage at the Hall Bldg.
Backstage at the Hall Bldg.
19th Century-ish rooming house with a midcentury strip mall add on.
19th Centuryish rooming house with midcentury stripmall add on.

 

A time progression of interstate travel (rear to front): waterway, railway, highway.
A time lapse of interstate modes of travel: waterway, railway, highway.
Coos Bay. Other side of the tracks.
Coos Bay. Other side of the tracks.

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Riverport infrastructure.
Riverport infrastructure.
Moribund ice machines.
Moribund ice machines.
8 pm.
8 pm.

Window Seat Pics OAK to LAX, Thanksgiving Day 2014 (12 Photos)

Taking off from Oakland on Thanksgiving day. Ships in the Bay.
Taking off from Oakland on Thanksgiving day. Ships in the Bay.
The Gateway to the Peninsula.
The Gateway Isthmus to the Peninsula.

There is a lot going on in this picture. In the foreground is San Bruno Mountain, which separates San Francisco from the rest of the Peninsula. The flat expanse just beyond contains the cities of South San Francisco, San Bruno, and Daly City, known as “Gateway to the Peninsula.”

What this picture reveals, however, is that this flat little expanse between San Francisco and the rest of the Peninsula beyond is actually an isthmus. What’s more, we are looking at two separate tectonic plates. Do you see that thin blue line of water coming in diagonally at the top-middle left hand side of the picture? That is the San Andreas Fault which divides the Pacific Plate from the North American Plate. It continues in a straight line right out to sea and then hits land again in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.

The thin blue line of water is actually two narrow lakes, formed when runoff collects in the narrow gorge between the two plates. The lake closest to us in the center of the picture is called San Andreas Lake. The fault was named after the lake and not the other way around.

Slightly different view of the Peninsula's narrow waist and the fault lakes.
Slightly different view of the Peninsula’s narrow waist and the fault lakes.

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The island city of Alameda, with Mt. Diablo in the background.
The island city of Alameda, with Mt. Diablo in the background.

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The approach to Los Angeles
The approach to Los Angeles.
UCLA. San Fernando Valley in background.
UCLA. San Fernando Valley in background.
As of Thanksgiving 2014, drought conditions still prevailed in L.A. It is very apparent from this altitude that people are refraining from watering their lawns and that the public green areas such as boulevard median strips are now public brown areas. Of course, in the days after taking this photo LA received its first big rainfall of the season.
As of Thanksgiving 2014, drought conditions still prevailed in L.A. It is very apparent from this altitude that people are refraining from watering their lawns and that the public green areas such as boulevard median strips have become public brown areas. Of course, in the days after this photo was taken LA received its first big rainfall of the season.
Iconic shot of Northeast L.A. featuring downtown (lower right), MacArthur Park (lower left), Chavez Ravine (right side, below wing), Echo Park (blue lake, middle of picture), and Silver Lake (upper center).
Iconic shot of Northeast L.A. featuring downtown (lower right), MacArthur Park (mid-left), Chavez Ravine (far right, below wing), Echo Park (small blue lake, middle of picture), and Silver Lake (upper center).

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L.A.’S TWO STREET GRIDS

Los Angeles began as a city that belonged to the king of Spain. Its street grid, based on a traditional Spanish plan, was a three mile square centered on the Los Angeles River, whose streets were at a 45 degree angle to the cardinal points.This city plan served Los Angeles for its first hundred years, even for its first several decades under U.S. dominion. By the 1880s, Anglo-Americans from the Midwest began arriving and settling in Los Angeles in droves, and they wanted a city laid out with the standard U.S. grid aligned to the cardinal points, N,S,E,W. In the two photos below, you can see this dividing line where the original Spanish city ends and the American city begins, and the two street grids collide.

L.A.'s two street grids.
L.A.’s two street grids meet at sharp angles.
los angeles grids
A wider view of the two street grids.
hollywood park
Hollywood Park, condemned and awaiting demolition.
Holiday traffic on the 405
Holiday traffic on the 405

Coming Into Los Angeles (12 photos)

 

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LAX, Marina Del Rey, Venice
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Harbor Freeway, one of the arteries that feed the city.
Harbor Freeway northbound, one of the arteries that feed the city.
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Harbor Freeway heading south. Note the L.A. Coliseum in the right foreground and the Palos Verdes Peninsula on the horizon.
Los Angeles Coliseum, Exposition Park.
Los Angeles Coliseum, Exposition Park.
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“This is the city: Los Angeles, California.”
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Crenshaw Christian Center parking lot and the Faith Dome.
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That faint diagonal slash running from LAX to bottom left corner is the appropriately named La Tijera Blvd. Note the sandy La Cienega oil fields, bottom right quadrant.
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Closeup of the oil fields.
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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Culver City. Interred here are Ray Bolger and Jack Haley (The Scarecrow and the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz), Daws Butler (the voice of Huckleberry Hound and countless other cartoon characters), John Candy, Jackie Coogan, Darby Crash, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, John Ford, Mary Frann (I didn’t realize she had died!), Rita Hayworth, Chick Hearn, Conrad Hilton Jr., Spike Jones, Bela Lugosi, Fred MacMurray, Audrey Meadows, Ricardo Montalban, the great sportswriter Jim Murray, Evelyn Nesbit (for anyone who read the novel or saw the film “Ragtime” she was not a fictional character), Walter O’Malley, Chris Penn and his father Leo Penn, Hayden Rorke aka Dr. Bellows, Mack Sennett (the man who built the first L.A. movie studio), Sharon Tate as well as her sister and mother, and Lawrence Welk

 

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Nearby is the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, a Jewish graveyard housing the earthly remains of Army Archerd, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, musician Mike Bloomfield, Sorrell Booke aka Boss Hogg, superagent Bernie Brillstein, Nell Carter, Percy Faith, Friz Freling, Eydie Gorme, baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, Lorne Greene, Barbie Doll inventor Ruth Handler, Alpha Stooge Moe Howard, Al Jolson whose mausoleum is visible from the 405 Freeway, Michael Landon, Vic Morrow, Jan Murray, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston, Jerry Rubin, Sherwood Schwartz, Aaron Spelling, and Shelley Winters.

 

Crossing Sepulveda
Crossing Sepulveda


Peninsula, Holiday Week 2013-2014 (8 images).

Interstate 280 just south of San Francisco. When you're doing the Peninsula route, you take your food where you can get it. I used to hit this place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner
Interstate 280 just south of San Francisco. When you’re doing the Peninsula route, you take your food where you can get it. I used to hit this place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Hearst house, Santa Inez St. When Patricia Hearst was kidnapped, news reporters set up a media camp here outside the gate.
The Hearst house, Santa Inez St. When Patricia Hearst was kidnapped, news reporters set up a media camp here outside the gate. Some say it was the first in television history.
Church of All Russian Saints. Burlingame.
Church of All Russian Saints. Burlingame.
The city of San Mateo up by the 280 is perhaps the best Eichler House neighborhood in the world. But I think this fortress-like Eichler is down around Sunnyvale.
The city of San Mateo up by the 280 is perhaps the best neighborhood for Eichler Houses in the world. But I think this fortress-like Eichler is down around Sunnyvale.
El Camino Real. Running for 25 miles across the entire length of the Peninsula and hitting over a dozen cities , the stretch of El Camino Real known as Route 82 is more reminiscent of L.A. than any other Bay Area road, and by L.A. I mean 1970s Glendale.
El Camino Real. Running for 25 miles across the entire length of the Peninsula and hitting over a dozen cities , the stretch of El Camino Real known as Route 82 is more reminiscent of L.A. than any other Bay Area road, and by L.A. I mean 1970s Glendale.
El Camino Real restaurant sign.
El Camino Real restaurant sign.
El Camino Real Apartment Buildings
El Camino Real apartments

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Corner house. San Mateo, near 280.
Corner house. San Mateo, near 280.

 

 

 

 

 

Oakland Idyll, Dec. 23, 2013 (4 Photos).

FAIL
Out of order parking meter reads "FAIL." Looking forward to seeing one that says "pwned."
Out of order parking meter reads “FAIL.” Looking forward to seeing one that says “pwned” next time.

 

The Buena Vista Social Club Pays a Visit

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If you're going to park on the front lawn, always try to block the walkway.
If you’re going to park on the front lawn, always try to block the walkway.

 

A SCANNER DARKLY.

Philip K. Dick, longtime Oakland resident, would understand.
Philip K. Dick, longtime Oakland resident, would understand all too well.

Look closely below the right tail-light. You’re starting to see these new square bar codes everywhere. Their design makes them easier to capture with a portable scanner, such as a smart phone. It only makes sense that they would now show up on vehicles.

Think about how old-school it is for cops to have to pull up close enough to read off a license plate into the radio Adam-12 style: “Alpha Charlie Diamond, One, Four, Six. Tags are current. Copy?” when instead they could convey all the information with a quick scan of the bar code.

Expect to see these on vehicles everywhere, sooner than you think.