Been too under the weather to see them any sooner than last night. Got all bundled up in our 40 degree weather. 88 degrees in Hawaii for 15-years… takes some doing to get used to the cold. Mandeville Canyon, a road in West L.A. has some of the best lights. Here are some samples:
This is a familiar area for me. Had a family friend who lived in Mandeville. Next main road is 26th Street. That goes straight to the Brentwood Country Mart, an enclave for west-end shoppers who stand in line at the BBQ Chicken place inside a courtyard around a fire pit. These were my old stomping grounds when I was raising my family. Quick trips to the toy store, then a basket of chicken and their delicious seasoned french fries. Xtra BBQ sauce for dipping, please!
My friend Marlene’s father owned the grocery store there, but I didn’t know that then. Took me many years to reunite with her and discover how small the world really is. No wonder I felt like “The Mart” was a home away from home.
Being back in L.A. rekindles these memories, especially when I visit these same places now and occasionally still see a familiar face. I love traveling the roads of my old haunts, still so alive with young families enjoying all the same things I did.
Happy days in 2013! Make them that way through patience and perseverance.