The Olvera Street Merchants were the first group to launch Dia de los Muertos celebrations this year on October 6th. And the women of Los Angeles definitely got into the spirit of this ancient and now very popular holiday.
It is almost a month until Dia de los Muertos or All Saints Day, as it is also known, on November 1st, the day after Halloween. These two holidays have run together here in Los Angeles into one huge party.
So here is what I saw:
According to one vendor there are 20 other Day of the Dead events in Los Angeles this year. The two big ones I intend to go to are at Grand Park in downtown L.A. where the large colorful altars will be unveiled on October 27th and 28th. Then on November 2nd – 4th, there will be altars in stores and Halloween events inOld Town Pasadena.
If you take the studio tour at the Warner Bros. lot you will find yourself riding on a open-sided shuttle and passing through sun-filled streets of Chicago, New York, and Big-City-and-Small-Town Anywhere, U.S.A. All fictional, of course.
Thanks to binge-watching on the internet, the demand for TV series and movies is seemingly endless and on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour you will also see street after street of huge sound stages–all busier than they have been in years. The production of entertainment is a thriving big business in Los Angeles these days.
Here is some of what you see on the Studio Tour:
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I was over at Warner Studios having lunch with two friends when the one who works there suggested we go to the Warner movie museum. We did and it was fun.
But, you can’t just wander onto the Warner lot in Burbank to visit the museum. You have to take the Studio Tour (unless you are a guest of a Studio employee which we were.) Entrance to the museum is the next to the last stop on the Warner Studio Tourthat costs $65.
So to save you money here are some highlights of the movie museum. In my next post I will show you the Warner Studio lot with outdoor scenes/sets you will recognize from your favorite TV shows and movies.
Okay. Here are highlights from the Museum:
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The notice from the DMV about renewing my Driver’s License stated that I had to actually show up at a DMV office this year. The notice also stated that I could pre-register online so I did and found out info about the new ‘Real ID’ licenses. ‘I might as well get one of those’, I thought, so I dug out the appropriate documents for “Real ID’ and showed up at the DMV on Rosemead at 7:50 on Tuesday morning.
Not only was I armed with a certified birth certificate, my real SSN card, and a bill from So. Cal Gas to prove that I was an American who lived in Pasadena I brought along my Kindle Paperwhite so I could read while waiting. After reading all the horror stories about the lines at the DMV I thought I’d be waiting a half a day or longer.
Didn’t happen that way at all. Here is what really occurred.
Imagine this challenge: convert a train ticketing hall with 40 foot high ceilings into one of those dark digital game arcades from way back when. Or convert the same space into a dark glittery discos from that same era.
Well, it wasn’t quite as dark or as glittery as in the ’70s and ’80s, but the Retrocade Experience at Union Station was fun and free during this last weekend. The music from that era was loud and the players focused on the games including some that were warming up for a Pac Man contest.
I’m not going to explain any more; just show you some photos.
Dodgers fans lined up outside of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles waiting for the bus that would take them to nearby Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are playing the Padres and it looks as if the Dodgers may be playing in the post season. But until they are officially in the post-season, this is the last home game for 2018. Follow up: Dodgers won.
Meanwhile next to the Dodgers fans line, a group of football fans were getting ready to go to the Ram/Chargers game, a crosstown rivalry by the two new Los Angeles football teams. Follow-up: the Rams won.
I watched the last U. S. government Delta rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB on the central California coast this morning. It is carrying a satellite that will survey the ice in Antarctica.
From now on SpaceX and other private companies will be used to send satellites into space. I took this photo from my balcony and the distance to that red dot which is the rocket is over 100 miles. It quickly disappeared behind the palm tree on the left.
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