Friday, September 02, 2016

#DTLA #BROAD ***HOWLIN RAY'S


Dateline: Thursday, September 1, 2016... an afternoon road trip to the already famous BROAD Museum in Downtown Los Angeles (aka, #dtla)... it was so hot we stopped for an iced Americano at the coffee bar next door at the Disney Concert Hall, followed by a late lunch at Ray's Hot Chicken in nearby Chinatown for their famed Hot Nashville Fried Chicken...

The photos...

An Iced Americano at the Disney Concert Hall Outdoor Coffee Bar...



a bit of milk...


both...
 



in the lobby...


Excerpts from the Cindy Sherman exhibit below...





... and then we went upstairs to the third floor via the escalator (which is, believe it or not, a special treat in itself) is the permanent exhibit...

Andy Warhol's famed Elvis...


Jasper Johns famed American Flag below...



Jean-Michel Basquiat, below...





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There's a lot to do in #DTLA. Park in Chinatown for Five Bucks, walk over to the Courthouse along Broadeway and through the Great Park, up the stairs to the Music Center, turn left and walk past the Disney Concert Hall... stop for an iced beverage and less than one block further is the #BROAD Museum.  Admission is free. Grab your ticket online in advance with your preferred time of visit hopefully.  I also saw their first special exhibition for $12 (Twelve Bucks), namely, "Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life" and it was well worth seeing.  After seeing the Sherman exhibit and then walking through the permanent exhibit on the third floor, we returned to Chinatown and chose Howlin Ray's Hot Nashville Chicken as our destination for a late lunch... and there are many new small eateries that have established themselves in Chinatown as well... including another favorite, CHEGO.


Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire
www.TrademarkEsq.com

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2016. No claim to Copyright for the above-referenced artist artwork shown here for fair use/academic purposes only.)

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Mighty Disappointing...

Dateline: Monday morning, August 29, 2016 from 8:45 a.m. to approx. 10 a.m., along Santa Monica South between Lifeguard Towers 16 - 22... I picked up trash along the beach between the high tide line and the berm in front of the lifeguard towers and the amount of trash collected was absolutely staggering!  It is obvious that the City of Santa Monica does not hand pick the trash in this area of the beach.  To my knowledge, no one from the City walks the beach on a regular basis and picks up trash.

We begin at Lifeguard Tower #16 just south of the Santa Monica Pier and head in a southerly direction toward Ocean Park...


This Coke Bottle must have been too difficult to see to pick up.....  x-ref: Trademarks As Trash...







A couple of discarded GATORADE bottles below...


A broken surf board that was discarded yesterday...  maybe the City just couldn't see it...


Bottle, etc. underneath Lifeguard Tower #17.  Why does the City not pick this up?




Below, is the plastic bag full of trash that I collected just between Tower 16 and 17!!!



Continuing on toward Tower 22, there was more trash to be collected so that by the time I arrived at the blue recycling container behind Tower 22, the large plastic bag I was carrying was overflowing and a smaller plastic bag contained the 6 bottles of Corona beer left in the sand along the berm near Tower 22...



Below, plastic water bottles in the foreground and a handful of Corona bottles mid frame...


Turns out that there were six (6) Corona bottles discarded in the sand overnight with one buried but found when I picked them up and drove them into the sand by their necks for this photo and then collected them for disposal...


Below is the trash collected from Tower 16 - 22.  The plastic and glass was placed inside the blue recycling container and the balance of trash was tossed in a nearby garbage container...


Does anyone think that the City of Santa Monica actually hand picks the trash between the water line and the berm?  The failure to clean up this section of the beach on a regular basis is, to say the least, "Mighty Disappointing."

x-ref:  http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Trash-Talk/45915

Excerpt:

“We have tractors that are out there daily lining up the trash before another machine comes to collect and dump the trash off site,” Constance Farrell, Public Information Coordinator for Santa Monica City told The Mirror. “We also have a small but mighty team of City employees who work on the beach seven days a week. Community service crews also help keep the beach clean.”  Also, per Constance Farrell, "Our team hand picks trash near the water’s edge, but it’s constant work."

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Comment:  Obviously, the small but mighty team of City employees are NOT walking the beach and hand picking up the trash on a regular basis and certainly not on a daily basis.

Below, are the recyclables we placed inside the blue recycle container shown above.


Compared to Venice Beach, the beaches in Santa Monica are filthy and full of trash along the water line to the berm.  It is reprehensible that the City of Santa Monica shirks its responsibility in this regard.

It is hoped that the City of Santa Monica will actually start hand picking up the trash along the water line to the berm.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2016.)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Trademarks And Trash... on the beach

Dateline: Tuesday morning, August 16, 2016, along the beach in Santa Monica, Calif...

Where, unfortunately, trademarks become trash on a regular basis and do not get cleaned up by the City of Santa Monica...  For instance, just south of the world famous Santa Monica Pier between the first two lifeguard towers ( Tower #16 and #17), there is typically a staggering amount of trash left behind by beachgoers that does not get picked up by the City of Santa Monica as it should.



Medium plastic bag filled with trash collected in less than 100 yards of beach!...



Four bottles of Heineken beer left behind and not picked up by the City of Santa Monica...


With so many Heineken bottles all together, I figured maybe Heineken would win the coveted award of the day's most prevalent discarded beer brand... but the day was young.....


Shortly thereafter I found the Modelo bottle above followed by a single can of same... and yet Modelo finished strong with four more cans further down the beach, thus reclaiming its title as the beer brand most likely to be found as discarded trash on the beach in Santa Monica...


A crushed BUD LIGHT can makes an appearance...


An open 40oz can of BUD LIGHT gets some love, however, from one local surfer, at 10:30 a.m. too!  :-) 


Unfortunately, the proliferation of well known trademarked goods being left behind on the beach as trash will undoubtedly continue as some people are unconcerned about littering.  Nevertheless, it is hoped that the City of Santa Monica will do a better job of cleaning up its beaches that it advertises and promotes so heavily and for which it charges a boatload of hotel taxes to the visitors who come here from all over the world to enjoy its beaches.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2016.)

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