This blog entry signifies the opening of this blog for public viewing. I currently only have posted a handful of entries at this point, but will be adding new entries from time to time, so come back periodically to see what’s new.
This blog is not only about places that I remember, but about objects/things, shows, music and more, that I use to come in contact with. Anything that is still captured in my memories is fair game for this blog.
I hope you will take the time to add comments about any of the entries that I have posted, as well as share some of your own memories too.
Culver City, California was the home of the Helm’s Bakery. I have vivid memories of the Helm’s trucks stopping in front of our house and me and my sisters running to the truck to see all the fresh donuts tucked away in the many oak drawers. Our elementary school took a field trip to the bakery and as a souvenir of our tour, they gave each student a miniature loaf of bread, very cool (hey, I was a kid, that was way cool). The Helm’s Bakery building has been preserved as a historical landmark, but is now a facade for furniture stores, art galleries, restaurants and more.
Located near the intersection of Melrose Ave. and N. La Brea Ave, in Hollywood, sits an unassuming little building which is home to the Pink’s Hot Dog. Having lived in the area, I remember seeing this stand back in the ’70s whenever I went to the electronics store that sat across the street from it. Up until 2009, I had never stopped to try one of their dogs. Now that I’m no longer living in town, I finally went (go figure) to get a Pink’s hot dog and it was pretty good. Getting one takes some time, because it seems like no matter what time of day or night you go, there’s a line. Enjoy!
Back when I was in school, I had often heard about the Bradbury Building in Downtown Los Angeles and during Labor Day of 2008 me and some friends drove down to take a look at it (and other historic Los Angeles landmarks). My first impression was it looked just like the photographs that I’ve seen and it was an architectural treasure. The wood and wrought iron detailing were beautiful. You can’t go much further into the building than the street level because the other floors are offices, but it was nice to finally see and take photographs of the interior detailing that has made the building so famous. By famous, I mean this building has been in featured numerous ’70s, ’80s and ’90s movies and TV shows such as Blade Runner, Disclosure, Lethal Weapon, to name a few. If you’d like more information, you can visit go to Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_Building
Back in 1901, Los Angeles was the home of a unique incline railway called the Angel’s Flight. The railway closed down in 1969 after years of service. Well, Angel’s Flight is back again and gives us a glimpse back to the past. Deemed as the shortest railway in the world it connects Hill Street and California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles, California. I have a vague remembrance of my father driving to downtown and on our way home (I presume), he would stop on the side of the street so I could watch the Angel’s Flight cars go up and down. To this day, I have not had the opportunity to ride the railway, but since it just reopened in March of 2010, chances are good that that day will come in the near future. More info at wikipedia.com: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_Flight
I’ve asked so many of my friends if they remember the Flying Saucers ride at Disneyland in California and they give me this puzzled look on their faces. I can’t believe that nobody remembers this ride, it use to be one of my favorites when I was a kid. The flying saucer ride was around from 1961 to 1966. The best way to describe it, is like one of those air hockey tables on steroids. The saucers ride on a cushion of air and you steer them by leaning side to side or forward and backward. At the end of the ride, a huge mechanical arm sweeps all of the saucers back to their starting point so you could exit the ride. It was a short ride, but was great fun! Here’s more from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Saucers_(attraction)