What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Definitely Twitter. I find it annoying and weird. Can’t understand how people like it. Of all social media platforms Twitter is the most conducive to aggression and vitriol. There’s so much aggression and mean-spiritedness happening on Twitter, sometimes I wish it would just disappear. And now that the US has a Tweeter-in-Chief instead of a President, I dislike it even more. Anyway, I am a Facebook user and I have my blogs (one is actually quite abandoned) and that’s how I communicate with the world. I can live without Twitter, Instagram, and the rest.
What quirky things do people do where you are from? I live in Los Angeles and, as the whole world knows, Angelenos drive a lot and traffic is their main concern. People here are constantly looking for ways to beat traffic, looking for shortcuts that will get them to their destination faster, and talk about it all the time. Drivers can get very aggressive whenever something slows things down. They honk and exchange “pleasantries” quite often. I always say that Angelenos are very nice people who turn into monsters during rush hour. 🙂 Another quirk of Angelenos is their inability to handle rain. Meteorologists here talk about 2 inches of rain the same way their East Coast peers talk about 5 feet of snow. It’s hilarious. And since it rains so little here, people don’t have umbrellas or raincoats, and can’t drive in the rain. So any little rain causes panic, car accidents and gridlock on the roads. That’s LA…
What are some things you wish you could unlearn? I can’t think of anything I wish to unlearn. On the contrary, I can think of many, many things I wish I had learned, like play the piano and the cello; speak French and Italian; drawing and painting; and many more. Hopefully I can still learn some of these…
Who is someone that you miss having in your life? I don’t miss one person in particular, but I miss having family around. I’m lucky we live close to our daughter in Santa Monica, but all my family is in Brazil and sometimes I wish I had them here. Well, not *all* of them… 😉
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful things have been quiet and the weather has been beautiful. It will change as a heatwave is approaching. This week we are hosting a good friend from Brazil who is visiting LA. We haven’t seen him in almost ten years and it will be fun catching up.
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In 1998 sculptor Robert Graham was commissioned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create the monumental bronze doors which would serve as entryway into the planned Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles, the first major cathedral to be constructed in the United States in the new millennium. The Great Bronze doors were installed in May, 2002 and the Cathedral itself opened to the public in September, 2002. I wasn’t able to photograph the doors closed but the various shots give an idea of what they look like.
“Urban Lights” by Chris Burden. Permanent installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
“Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves. Dia de Los Muertos was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.” (Wikipedia)
In Los Angeles, where about half of the population are Mexican or of Mexican descent, Dia de Los Muertos is a huge thing, with festivals happening in several areas of the city. I had never been to one, although I was fascinated by the concept, the rituals, the make up and costumes people wear, the vibrant colors and the spirit of the day. This year I found out that Santa Monica holds a celebration at its beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery, so I went. It’s a wonderful tradition and I loved everything about it. No wonder Mexicans are so proud of this tradition. Next year I hope to attend the festival at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which is a mega event, with over 50,000 people attending.
What is “Local” when you live in the second-largest city in the United States, a sprawling metropolis with a population that includes people from more than 140 countries speaking 224 different languages? That’s Los Angeles, where I live. It’s hard to feel local. But I have found my spot, the place where I feel “local.” Palisades Park, in Santa Monica, is my hangout, my go-to place for long walks and many photographic endeavors. It’s a place where locals go to enjoy gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean while picnicking with family and friends, sunbathing, walking their dogs, reading, writing, or simply meditating. I have photographed it to exhaustion and will continue to do so for as long as I’m around.