OK — time for some of Sunday’s photos. Although Sparkle’s been running flawlessly lately, tonight as I was a mile from home she started sputtering with the check engine light flashing. The mechanic thinks it’s a misfire thing. Maybe a spark plug wire or some such. So the dogs and I are crammed into a rental car til whatever-it-is is fixed. Could’ve happened on this trip. Could’ve happened on my way home last night in the middle of nowhere. Or worst of all, on the three-day trip coming up. So I guess it’s good timing. Trying to find the silver lining in throwing a few hundred more bucks at my box on wheels.
From Rialto — I’m assuming a pretty modern sign:
From San Bernardino — A lot of U-Haul places around the country have those modern U-Haul trucks on the roof or revolving on poles. I’ve never seen one with an antique moving truck before. I think this one is too old to have been a U-Haul truck originally though. U-Haul was established in 1945 (with trailers not trucks) and this looks older than that.
Also San Bernardino — a storybook house which I stumbled upon. Challenging sun right behind it so the colors are washed out. I especially love all the shutters:
From West Covina. An updated sign but still pretty much 1950s/1960s in style. Most car dealerships are arm-twisted into hideous & imposing modern signs by the car manufacturers these days. I guess this one has slipped through the cracks:
Also in West Covina. A party store there now — but this sign is still hanging in:
Another from West Covina. There should be a law that all businesses are required to have mascot characters:
The Terraza Jamay in Montebello. Busted for selling drugs a few years ago. I’m not sure if it’s reopened. Interesting and recent paint scheme. It was previously just two-toned:
A fun one from Pico Rivera:
and its Polynesian-influenced building:
From either Covina or West Covina. A tiki hut former Fotomat! Thatched roof, straw mats exterior embellishments. What it all has to do with cell phones — beats me! But i just want to park my lawn chair there and have a pina colada.
From Whittier. This is all that’s left of Jack’s Salad Bowl — a late 1950s coffee shop designed by Martin Stern, Jr.
But at the same time, the surviving and thriving Friendly Hills Bowl in Whittier:
OK then — more to come next Saturday night as the dogs and I will be heading north for a change. A big three-day Labor Day weekend planned — the gods and Sparkle’s mechanics providing! We mostly be hugging the coast on up to about Santa Cruz. Thanks for tagging along.