Saturday, January 31, 2015

swap meet

On Alvarado Street, on the way to the Provost's/Faculty Senate day long retreat - an event in which, at 4.50, I rose, eventually, to my feet, to say What About The Humanities?  I suspect that the Swap Meet would have been a good deal less uninspiriting than a day of The Corporate University.  If I heard any more rhetoric about the necessity for branding - university branding; faculty branding - I thought that I'd just go off and work on a cattle ranch.

Friday, January 30, 2015

palm tree and evening sky

Long day; long week - but very much sustained by a stormy evening sky and great silhouettes on the drive home ...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

knit your own cat?

Now that we're back from New Mexico, I've been able to groom Bitzi properly - that orange fluffy one, persecuted by the others, but now back on solitary in my study.  She no longer looks like Brody, in Homeland, in his cell.   Here's the first long handful of matted and loose fur to be extracted.  I'm sure it ought to have some kind of use - probably I'll put it in the yard, in case some birds would like it as nesting material ...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


By a Roski School of Fine Arts student, in a display case outside Moreton Fig, our on-campus restaurant - and presumably screaming because we're already half way through the third week of the semester and more meetings than one can possibly count are all trying to happen at once.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

fire wreckage

So this was, until mid-December, going to be the DaVinci apartments (cue for joke about them not being up to code, but I'll resist it).  And then an arsonist or two, and a whole lot of accelerant, and presumably a match or lighter or piece of string or more complex timing mechanism, sent the whole lot - a block-long complex - ablaze.  But I didn't see the wreckage until today - at ground level, all that's visible is a tall temporary fence and an incident-room truck.  And some yellow tape.  But from the freeway - it's startling.  I hasten to add that Alice was driving back from USC, so for a rare once I was in the passenger seat.  Some view.

Monday, January 26, 2015

waiting for the rain

Of course, I know that a whole lot of you are waiting to see how much it snows in the night (and I miss that excitement) - here in Los Angeles, it's a question of how much it will rain ... I tried to beat the rain home, since it's something that sends local drivers into this frenetic state of forgetting how to drive, but the first spots were falling as I walked past this more-or-less leafless tree on the way to the car park ...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

fish in the ice

Here in the miniature moat / lake at La Posada, this large blue carp smiles up from a thin layer of ice this morning.  I halted my crazed progress momentarily to take this (I was pushing a luggage cart containing four cats in carriers and several overnight bags at  the time): the last frost I'll see for a bit (big shout-out to all friends in the north-east anticipating a huge snowfall ...).