Long Day from Hollywood to Pomona

Today was a very long day of driving and shooting.  High volume of photos despite a stressful “glitch” here in Pomona.  I have a nice big batch of photos for you to tide you over til probably Tuesday when I catch-up with life, go back to work & am able to get Sunday’s sampling of photos uploaded here.

The glitch & then we’ll get going with the photos.  I pulled over in Pomona next to a nice big park around 5pm when it was cool enough to let the dogs get some running in.  We came back to the van (aka “Sparkle”) & I turned the key — nothing.  Not even that clickety click you normally get when something dies.   Called AAA and the big truck came within 10 mins.  That’s a record!  Especially since Sparkle needs a flatbed with her All-Wheel-Drive.  Off to Pep Boys we went.  Miracle #2 — there was no waiting.  Three mechanics got right on it.  Sure enough, a dead battery.  Honestly, I think Sparkle has had the same battery since I got her in 2006.  $150 and we were on our way.   I think the whole breakdown & repair took only an hour and a half.

On with the photos.  Starting with Hollywood.  This sign has been standing here near Griffith Park for years.  I’m not sure where it came from or what the plans are.  If any.  The “Hotel” part of the “Californian Hotel” is tumbled over in the background.  By the way, for those of you that are new to my blog — I should mention that all my photos are “clickable” (larger size by clicking — particularly useful for horizontally-oriented photos).

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From Glendale.  A quirky assortment of statues at “Oil Paintings Warehouse” which sells you-name-it.

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From San Gabriel.  The Goody’s Coffee Shop sign has been repurposed for Jeff’s Sporting Goods:
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/roadsidearchitecture/21657757

I swung by today to see if they had opened.  Yup, on Monday.  Here’s the counter which was saved from the restaurant.  Actually, the counter is new — but the terrazzo foot rest and the hardware and stools were saved.  It appears only the butt-touching parts of the seats were reupholstered.  The counter will be used for order-taking & such.  Here’s a shot of the counter/stools from when it was Goody’s:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/92136363@N00/459685635/

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One of the booth benches was saved and is now installed in a fitting room:

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From Pasadena — an entry terrazzo floor — no longer Karl’s there:

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Also Pasadena — a nifty sign — the bar still there.  These metal cylinders with holes would have had bulbs inside (maybe they still do?):

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A couple more signs from Pasadena.  A homemade wooden sign at this lumber place.  Love the funky font, no?

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And “R Place”.  Maybe repurposed — maybe not:

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This Howard Johnson Motor Lodge (now Regency Inn) was given a makeover for the Mad Men TV show.  More about that here:
http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/mad-men-makes-a-howard-johnson-motor-lodge-pit-stop.html

It doesn’t look like they had to do that much — here’s a 2008 photo:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/94896382@N00/2193445439/

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The Lamplighter & steeple were already there:

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The not-so-lucky former Howard Johnson restaurant next door:

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Can we take a nature break?  Not that kind.  How can you not be happy looking at palm trees and clouds?

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And today’s mystery tree.  It seems to be infinite spring here in SoCal.  Heads-up you flora experts — what is this pink flowering wonder?  I’m seeing them every day right now:

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On to Pomona.  Land of the lightning fast tow truck drivers and mechanics.  Too bad the sun was not in my favor for this one:

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An unusual Alta Dena drive-thru with a Polynesian look rather than the barn style look:

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It was brutally hot at this point so I made a pit-stop there for my first sugar fix in months.  Back in NYC, we had FrozFruit ice cream bars — which were pretty awesome.  This company appears to do the same sort of packaging & flavors.  But I’ve never seen Walnut before.  It was a good choice.  Think maple walnut but without the maple.  Creamy with little flecks of walnuts.

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This sign is similar to the “Auto Park” sign I gave you last night.  Note that the tin border details are now just painted on:

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Formerly Kirby’s Shoes — now an antiques store:

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An unusual YMCA sign:

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A terracotta detail from the YMCA Building:

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Uh-oh.  Apparently, this flower store has bit the dust.   I’m fearful for the sign and building:

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Here’s exactly where we had our little breakdown tonight:

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But luckily, we were back on the road in no time and I got another batch of good neon signs.  Still in Pomona:

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I left the cropping wide to give you some sunset flavor:

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From Claremont:

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From Upland.  One of The Hat’s newer locations — but how could I resist:

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1am here — time to join those snoozing pooches.  I’ll get you tomorrow’s batch soon.

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7 thoughts on “Long Day from Hollywood to Pomona

  1. La Paloma is just such glory goodness. My favorite if recent past. Excellent work capturing that.

    Two hats in this post. Awesome!

    Nature break?!? WTH Debra Jane, you getting all SoCal soft on us?!? 😉

    Love the local version of froz-fruit. That looks good!

    • THREE hats if you count the one at Ipernity the same night!

      I’ve always included a little nature photos on my trips to break things up.

      Just got home now — will try to get the final post out tomorrow. Trashed after a crazy productive day on the road.

  2. Hi DJ – I think the flowering tree *might* be a Crepe Myrtle? We have them in Phoenix but they’re just bushes, never make it to tree size. Glad life is good for you and the pooches in SoCal!

    • Good guess, Mo! I just checked Google Images and it looks like a match to me. The dogs & I just arrived home. We’re all zonked — glad to be home for a couple weeks after that heat. I don’t know how you guys do it!

    • Thanks! It turned out to be a very good thing to break down in Pomona. There was a lot to shoot there that night. If I hadn’t had the glitch, I would have been further along with nothing to shoot at the end of the day. They say, some things happen for a reason.

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