L.A.-ish weekend — wrap-up

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.


11 thoughts on “L.A.-ish weekend — wrap-up

  1. it does sound like a plug wire or spark plug thing,should no be to expensive,don’t let them take advantage of a girl,act like you know what it is,and tell them,”can’t be to expensive,and you will plug them on your national Blog,keep a going ,we are living and traveling through you,and Sparkle….thanks

    • Oh, I know mechanical stuff about cars pretty well. My first car was an MG Midget and it spend 80% of its time at the repair shop. So I learned a lot because anything that could go wrong — did! I’ve had Sparkle’s spark plugs & wires replaced previously and it did cost a few hundred. They are difficult to get to. My MG’s spark plugs were right there on top. I used to clean them with a tooth brush and some kind of cleaner to keep them working nicely. I think I still had to replace all four spark plugs at least once a year anyway. I think I drove two hours home once on 3 spark plugs. Sparkle though acted like she was dying just suddenly in a few blocks. Hoping that’s all it is!

  2. When I was 15 and living in San Diego, friends of mine in a ska band played a huge ska festival in Montebello. We all crammed in the van with the instruments and made the drive up and back, a huge deal in my pre-driver’s license life. I remembered the building inside and out so vividly, and now (almost 20 years later) whenever I am on the 60 through that area I think, “One day I’m going to find that wonderful building where 8 of us carried a Hammond organ up the steepest flight of stairs on earth….”

    That building was Terraza Jamay!

    • She’s still in the shop and I’m beyond stressed about it. $50 a day for a rental car on top of it. Supposedly, she needs a major tune-up… but they’re not sure. Christ!

    • There’s a great book about this style of houses if you’re interested:

      Sparkle is STILL not done. The mechanic keeps bitching about how hard she is to work on. The spark plugs are way behind everything and one of the things that they screw into is stripped. I can’t imagine how much they’re gonna charge me. Good Lord. I just hope she’s ready tomorrow AND runs right for this weekend. A tune-up takes more than two days — really?

    • The house has been there since around 1915. My Mom use to call it the “Little Crooked House”. Located Arrowhead Street just north of Baseline, in San Bernardino, California.
      Being a historian, anyone that has any history on the truck on the roof of the U-Haul please let me know. I do know it use to be a Bekins Moving Van and business below. It has been up there at least since the 1940’s but we have no details or photos of it being put up there.

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