I decided to take a break from the job hunting this weekend. Actually, only officially started this week since I had a lot of odds & ends to deal with first. I went up to visit my mother who lives near Lake Isabella. Hadn’t seen her since 2008.
Here are a few random Ventura shots first since that’s where I’ve been doing the hunting. The marquee from the former Mayfair Theatre sits in an empty lot. I have no idea who owns it or what the plans are for it. The theatre was demolished in 2004:
Here’s what the sign looked like in later years when it housed the Pussycat Theatre (an “adult” movie theatre):
Note the cool box office and the cheese holes above the marquee in the link above. A damned shame that it was destroyed.
Sorry, I didn’t write down the name of this liquor store:
On Ventura Avenue — most likely a repurposed sign. This is a mobile home park:
OK — now on to the trip — Lake Isabella is in Kern County:
A massive sign — but especially in Lake Isabella:
THE coffee shop in town. Yes, we had breakfast here. Decent. Note the extension arrow:
Two or three of these “Dam Korner”s in town — but this one has the nice sign:
From Son-Rise Espresso. An inventive iced latte creation from trash cans:
Arlie’s Club is about as fancy as the signs get here. And one of the very few lit at night:
My mom with the lake in the background. She’s 4′ 9″ or so – and I’m a towering 5′. So for once I shoot downwards on somebody!
The lake in which the dogs, naturally, had a lot of romping time. I’ll spare you shots of the dogs since they got so much air-time in the last post. Maybe this is what lakes on Mars look like:
The prettiest night-time signs in town — at the Isabella Motel:
I made the most of my return home — with full day of sun to shoot stuff in Bakersfield. I’ll get you some shots from there tomorrow night.