Both are stylish, and either (or both) can be yours from the same seller at eBay (neither photo is an original). Each measures 8.5″ x 11″, and each sells for $6.99 (as of this writing, two of each are available). For the first photo, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CANDID-PHOTO-ON-THE-SET-Hollywood-1930s-Movie-Star-Actress-/121344344995?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c40afc3a3. For the second, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CANDID-PHOTO-OnTheSet-Hollywood-1930s-Movie-Star-Actress-/380907056985?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58afd46f59.
A move of this magnitude marks a major change in anyone’s life, but I have faith I am doing the right thing — not just as a fan of classic Hollywood who enjoys researching the Golden Age in general and Lombard in particular, but someone who’s comfortable with LA as the American city of the 21st century, blending elements of the Pacific Rim and Latin America with traditional U.S. society. True, at times the city can be as exasperating as it is exciting, but that’s part of the process.
My last full night in SoCal for now was spent not in Los Angeles but in Orange County, watching the Angels take on Tampa Bay. It was my first time in the ballpark since the home finale in 1996 — the last game there before the football seating was taken out. Now, Angel Stadium has a classic ballpark feel to it…and in the distance you can see the Honda Center, where the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks were meeting Friday in a deciding game 7.
Neither home team had much to celebrate. The Angels’ offense was meek in a 3-0 loss, and on the ice LA stormed to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back in a 6-2 triumph over their arch-rivals.
More games in Anaheim may be in my future; we will see. For now, I’m…
While I doubt everything will be resolved before I leave Los Angeles, I have faith I’ve done all I can to satisfy whom I hope will be my future potential landlord. If everything is finalized, I then can begin plans for a move west — probably in two stages, sending some of the essential items west, then coming back east after a few weeks to clear out my old place and store some things in LA. It will be nerve-wracking at times…but it goes with the territory.
For now, I’ll just relax for a bit once my laundry is done and play tourist for a few hours. But no, I don’t plan to visit Paramount Pictures; on that tour, you never know whom you may run into (literally).
I cleared another hurdle today as far as documents were concerned, and need only one or two more things taken care of before I should have an apartment lease approved. Will I be able to get them done tomorrow, my final full day in LA before heading east? We will see…but at this time, I feel in good shape.
Privacy reasons make me reluctant to give more details on where this potential domicile is located, but I will say it’s a bus ride away from the fabulous Farmers Market — which I visited for the first time today. It’s a quintessential LA experience. Imagine an open-air equivalent of such standout city markets as Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia or Lexington Market in Baltimore, then add some California and Hollywood flair to the equation.
That’s Ben Affleck and his daughters shopping there some months ago. I didn’t see them today (or any other celebs, for that matter), but I did have some tasty New England clam chowder along with a Pecific favorite, fish tacos, at Tusquellas Fish and Oyster Bar. Yummy. In July, the market celebrates its 80th anniversary, and at that time, we’ll go into more detail on the place. For now, provide some psychic support to make this California dream come true.
Meanwhile, I’ve been roaming between the Dodgers-Marlins game at Chavez Ravine and game six of the Kings-Ducks Stanley Cup series. Of the former, Vin Scully put it so succinctly a few minutes ago when he said, “If you missed the second inning, good for you.” It was brutal, all right, as Miami took advantage of shoddy LA fielding to score six runs and give the Fish a 6-0 edge after three innings. (Incidentally, the Dodgers’ flagship station, KLAC, is a Fox Sports Net affiliate. The mix of the erudite Scully with Fox “attitude” is like blending chardonnay with Cholula hot sauce.)
A few miles south at the other end of downtown, the Kings — needing a win to keep their season alive — lead the Ducks 2-1 after two periods. It has become one of the NHL’s best rivalries, as anyone who saw their outdoor game at Dodger Stadium in January can attest.
If you’ve been following the news, you’re aware of the heat and winds leading to fires in southern California, particularly around San Diego. But did you know that above-average temperatures in Los Angeles in the summer of 1963 led to one of Motown’s early hits? LA disc jockeys began playing the following record, and it became a national success. We’re referring to Martha and the Vandellas’ classic “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave.”
I won’t tell you much more right now — I’ve been wrong before about these things — but the vibes I’m getting from the meeting I had today are good ones. The person in charge of the complex was helpful, and told me not to worry about some of the potential hurdles. With some luck, and psychic support for many of you, my dream of relocating to LA well may be assured by the end of the week.
So while that’s being worked on, some news about what I did last night.
I went to Dodger Stadium and sat in the fabled top deck; it only set me back $10, with a spectacular view of the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance. It’s something every baseball fan should experience at least once. The boys in blue beat Miami 6-5 behind a mammoth three-run homer from Cuban star Yasiel Puig. (His bobblehead is tonight’s giveaway, and the place will be packed.) At game’s end, the unofficial team anthem was played, Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” Here’s the original video, including the opening lines (only the chorus is played at the ballgames). It’s typical wry Newman humor — the person saying these lines is a typical L.A. booster — but Randy’s having fun here, and he probably believes in some of the lyrics, too:
Posted by vp19 on 2014.05.12 at 13:07
Current mood: excited
That hotel, which opened in 1923, is where several Academy Awards ceremonies were held, including the 1937 event where Carole was nominated for “My Man Godfrey” the year before.
This morning, I needed a haircut to face the world (or apartment supervisors), so I looked for a place, and found the Visage Aveda salon. Men’s haircuts, regularly $40, were now $25, so I thought I’d take advantage of a bargain.
I got the haircut, but first waited for a charming lady originally from the Midwest, now living in Uruguay, while she got a pedicure and manicure. Then I was serviced, and the staff did a superlative job. Now, shorn of once-shaggy locks, it’s time for me to look for am apartment. Again, wish me luck.
Carole Lombard’s mural greeted me at the Union Station Metro stop, and I hope she brings me luck this time as I seek a place to call home in her hometown. The search begins tomorrow, and I’ll keep you posted. Please send good vibes my way.
Oh, and happy Mother’s Day, while I still can say it. This is my first Mother’s Day without my mom, and I miss her.