Red Bull has sponsored 19 soap box races around the world in recent years, but this was the first in Los Angeles I think.
In addition to the requirement that all the vehicles in the amateur category be handmade, each ‘racing team’ had to perform a dance at the starting line and they were judged on the quality of the performance. For those of us at the finish line, the silly and hilarious dances were shown on a huge jumbotron.
After the brief performances came the timed runs down the narrow winding street where almost every one of the handmade racers suffered damage. Pieces of the cars fell off along the way or the race car driver ran into the straw bale barriers lining the route or crashed into the bales at the finish line. Fastest time was under one minute.
Last evening I saw ‘Blade Runner’ on TV and, once again, realized how the Bradbury Bldg. in downtown Los Angeles was almost a character in that movie. In real life the building is very interesting architecturally, but not quite like the one portrayed in the film.
There are no huge columns on the front. No ornate obstacles at the roof for Roy Batty and Decker to climb over.
Visitors can come into the building, which is filled with offices, but only on the first floor.
Yes! There really is an alley called ‘Big Bang Theory’ in Pasadena and on Saturday it was filled with temporary art installations as part of a promotion called “Bold Pas” for Old Town Pasadena.
Or, more accurately, the art work was installed as an attempt to get more people into the retail stores in Old Town which has seen the same sag in traffic as retail stores, large and small, across the nation.
The art was mostly whimsical which I really enjoy. The world is very serious now so light-hearted art was perfect for a very very hot Saturday afternoon.
Yesterday (Saturday July 15) the annual Train Festival was held at Union Station. When I arrived about 15 minutes before the Festival was scheduled to open, the lines were huge! Easily over 300 people plus their children were lined up for the train tours. Another 100 lined up to see the model trains. And those lines were growing longer by the minute.
I decided to forego the Train Festival and took photos of the artwork newly installed in the triptych light boxes that line the passage between the station and the trains.
Inspired by Yoko Ono, a ‘wish tree’ garden is in the heart of the beautiful Arlington Garden in Pasadena. Two Crape Myrtle trees in full mid-summer bloom are ladened with wishes from people of all ages. Seeing the wishes I was reminded of the wishes tucked in gravestones in Europe. I was told it was an Italian custom.
The South Pasadena annual July 4th parade is called the ‘Festival of Balloons’ and this year the theme was something about honoring Route 66 which ran right through South Pas.
The morning began with that All-American classic: the pancake breakfast at the local firehouse.
And while it was definitely a small town event, there wasn’t even a queen or a princess or a Statue of Liberty riding on a float, although I saw one ‘Uncle Sam’ walking by.
Instead it was dozens upon dozens of Boy and Girl Scout troops and a lot of politicians riding in antique cars. Only one mounted group of riders were in the parade. From the nearby Arroyo Seco stables, they brought up the end.
I’ve heard it said that there are more people who call themselves “Armenians” in Glendale, than in the country of Armenia. While that is actually not accurate (Armenia’s population is 3 million. Glendale about 200,000) it is true that people of Armenian ancestry are a dominant force in the city.
In honor of those who died in the Armenian genocide in 1915, a memorial has been erected in the Central Paseo Park in Glendale. Here are a few photos of it.