Day 22: More Orange County & Beyond

I worked my butt off today driving from point to point — but still barely made a dent in my L.A. area list. I’m going to have to get realistic in about a week and figure out what part of the trip gets the axe. Most likely it’ll be Northern & maybe some central CA since I can probably make up for some of that in the Fall. But I don’t want to skip Reno.

Riverside really got me frustrated. Horrid traffic going into that town; within that town; as well as getting out. I did get some good stuff while there but hardly worth the effort. I must’ve been stuck in the area for a good three hours. Part of it was construction, part of it was school traffic (parents picking up kids; buses with those red stop signs), and part of it unknown. Even on the highway there were TONS of cars — 3pm on a Thursday. What-ever. So it threw my schedule even more off-track.

I short-changed the dogs on exercise a bit but they didn’t mind too much. One really good run in the morning for Nik in a park with those “dogs must be on-leash signs”. I justify that since no one was there and he was under complete control (following commands from 150 feet away) it didn’t count. And after a manic 20 minute all-out exercise session, he seemed pretty quiet and happy for awhile. The other dogs got exercise from barking from inside the van: pissed that he got to be out while they didn’t.

Some Anaheim signs — all adapted and deteriorated. The Sandman sign really makes me sad.




These old Fotomat kiosks are really a rarity now. A key shop seems like a perfect re-use:


A crappy picture but I’ll include it anyway. Shot from a distance, through the windshield. Feeling lazy and pressed for time. I have only seen these advertising people with giant arrows since I’ve been in California. They spin these giant signs in circles and it’s very eye-catching. I really loved this guy’s contrasting boots with the Statue of Liberty costume.


I thought this was an amusing car wash design. Most likely adapted from the mid-century fins ( or something similar. But I could be wrong — maybe they were always lamps.


Isn’t it always the way? You get yourself set up in the best spot, trying to avoid the sun, the power lines, the cars… and they you raise the camera and some idiot pulls in and parks and ruins everything. Well, I’d been meaning to photo these giant food on trucks things. So this will have to be my old school / new school comparison shot. The market letters here are all outlined in neon.


At a mini golf in Riverside today, I had to pass through an arcade and this game caught my eye. I don’t know if the object of the game is to save or sink the Titanic. But there were all kinds of lights and I was almost tempted to play it. But I’m sure I would’ve sucked as I know nothing about how to play these things. And my lists beckoned.


In Banning, a very sweet, well-kept courtyard motor inn with private garages:


Also in Banning, a nicely painted tribute to Pat Siva. I can’t find anything about her at Google, other than that she is a real estate agent and the Stagecaosh Days’ parade Grand Marshall. So maybe that’s not her after all doing the bareback trick.

4 thoughts on “Day 22: More Orange County & Beyond

  1. Debra Jane,
    Hello! I live in Santa Monica and have been enjoying your CA adventure. While it sounds like you already have a long list of LA sites to see I thought I’d pass along a local find – Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs (12244 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90064, telephone: 310.442.1550) – the structure is the last remaining of a now long gone chain of restaurants known as the Chili Pot and as you might expect the building resembles an odd cooking pot.
    Best of luck with the rest of your travels!

  2. Thanks for thinking of me and I’m glad you are enjoying the blog. The Chili Pot is definitely already on my list. In fact, I think I have at least a couple survivors of the chain to check out. Take care — dj (I used to live in Venice)

  3. Did the Statue of Liberty guy happen to work for Liberty Tax? I see them here in the Twin Cities, but they are never twirling signs. They stand out next to the street in some pretty cold and nasty weather.

  4. I really didn’t notice what business he was working for. But I have seen these outfits since. I’ll pay closer attention the next time I see one. These sign twirlers are just everywhere. Car washes, fast food outlets, etc.

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