Timed Out

Getting old was kind of fun. All journeys are. Being old is no fun. The inevitable health issues eat up too much time, and somehow, now, politics is more depressing than fascinating. Outrage seems pointless, something for young men, but careful analysis takes both thought and time. That’s always the problem now. This evening the internet went out for a few hours. Nothing serious. Tech support, somewhere in Kentucky this time, had all sorts of ideas. A lot of carefully staged reboots fixed everything. But this evening’s time for thought and careful analysis was suddenly gone. There’s no column here. Expect one tomorrow evening. Nothing is easy.

Photography is a different matter. That has nothing to do with thought and careful analysis. That has to do with being startled by the immediate world, right here, right now. And that’s off-the-grid afternoon work. That’s exploring. And so far this week –

Enigmatic Light (35 images): There was a green Lamborghini parked in front of Enigma Coffee. The light was good. ~  Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Going Formal (30 images): This is new. Two shades of gray with brilliant white accents. This is The Television Center, 6311 Romaine Street, 1930, an Art Deco landmark that from 1930 to 1975 was the Hollywood home of Technicolor. All of their films were processed in the labs here, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938) to The Godfather, Part II (1974) – the last American film to use the Technicolor dye process. Now the place is filled with independent television production companies and high-tech soundstages. But the building’s new owners decided to repaint the original all-white landmark and make it formal and classy. Technicolor? Technicolor is long gone. ~ Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Catching Sun (40 images): A day in the sun. Echo Park Lake. Halfway between Hollywood and Chinatown. Hanging with these guys. Seemed like a good idea. ~ Monday, October 18, 2021

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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