You end up coming across scenes like this one above captured in digital ink by Mrs. Weekndr, who manned the camera as I navigated the family wagon through the congested space that stands between the 101 and LA’s Original Farmer’s Market on Fairfax Ave. Graffiti Jack Nicholson played the lead in this photo, but the Oscar goes to the little winking character in the lower right corner of the rear-view mirror.
A burst of orange Metro rolls down Highland ahead of us with the Kodak Theater towering in the background. I like how the official website spins this architectural monstrosity:
Built at a cost of $94 million, Kodak Theatre was designed by the internationally-renowned Rockwell Group to be as glamorous as its onstage artists and celebrity guests, yet capable of serving the enormous technical needs of a live worldwide television broadcast on Oscar® night.
Okay. So the Lakers won. But that’s no excuse for the dog outfit in the lower left of this photo.
The Gates. A larger-than life art installation in Central Park, New York City. February 2005
Our first trip to New York City with a baby was a cold and leafless day in February 2005 to see the Gates, a 23-mile-long art installation created by the husband and wife team Christo and Jeanne-Claude, known for similarly massive art adventures around the world.
This week, Jeanne-Claude passed away at the age of 74, according to nytimes.com. To pay tribute, I dug up some photos from our walking tour, which was cut short when we had to return to the car because there’s no place to change a baby’s diaper in Central Park when it’s 30 degrees outside.
More saffron-color Gates near the south entrance of Central Park
– 7,500 gates lined up across 23 miles of footpaths weaving through Central Park.
– Each Gate measured between 5 ft. wide to 18 ft. wide and 16 ft. tall.
– Saffron-colored fabric panels were suspended from the top of each gate and hung down to 7 ft. above the ground.
– The project was funded entirely by the artists and provide employment for hundreds of New York City residents, hired to assemble, install, maintain and remove the installation.
– After The Gates was disassembled, most of the materials were recycled.
1. Eat a #3 at In-N-Out Burger
2. Play the maximum bet on the Wheel of Fortune Slot machine
3. Stay at a Casino on the strip
4. Swim in the hotel pool
5. Eat a greasy egg and bacon breakfast
6. People watch
7. Pay $5 for a venti drip coffee at the hotel Starbucks
8. Splurge for valet parking