This isn’t necessarily “super LA” but we found these rad Crystal Growing Saguaro Cactuses. How neat! They’re very affordable little gifts for any local desert lover. Perhaps this is the new Incense Of The West?
On the fifth day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me… Haskell’s Daze fireplace.
Runyon Canyon has been having some issues lately and it looks like things are getting settled: the city is trying to buy the area that is under dispute—but that house at the top of the hill is occupied. More details to come but there has been a set of stairs built so you can still hike in that area.
On the second day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me… Chaparral Studio’s Terrarium Ornaments.
Locals know that if you are in a hurry and you need to get to LAX and you are too scared to get on the highways for fear of being fucked over by traffic that you should take La Cienega South until it hits the 405, an exit or two before you arrive at LAX. It’s an invaluable passage to know about! You’ll also find some pretty wild scenery too. You’ll pass through the West Hollywood design district and into that weird Beverly Hills adjacent restaurant row. There are a few nice parks that you may never noticed and—if you take the alternate Fairfax connector—you may even be able to breeze through the Culver City gallery district to see some public art displays. At a certain point near Baldwin Hills, you pass Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area and wonder how nice it would to stop at the park one day. Maybe one weekend you’ll take a trip out there?
You’ll also notice a few oil pumpjacks cycling away into the ground. There are pumpjacks in Los Angeles?! Yes, there are. You’ve likely seen them before and didn’t realize it and, if you’ve taken this La Cienega pass, you’ve most certainly seen these guys working away. They are a reminder of the city’s many lush oil fields that once defined the city. It’s remarkable that they still exist! Fascinated by this, artist and photographer Stella Kalinina set out into the Signal Hill, North of Long Beach, where there are still many pumpjacks actively working. She spoke with locals about their thoughts on the machines and used them to make a beautiful, fascinating documentary called Madness.