Saying Less

There’s no column this evening. Words seem useless these days. Images say more.

Where California Ends (40 images): California ends at the Pacific. California Avenue in Santa Monica ends at the cliffs above the Pacific, at Palisades Park with its old wooden gazebo, high above the beach below. A steep ramp, the cantilevered California Incline, hugs the cliff and leads down and down and down to Pacific Coast Highway, and then it’s off to Malibu just up the coast. But this is where California really ends. At the old wooden gazebo.

Pure Geometry (30 images): The Pink Wall at Melrose and Harper, in context. Pure geometry and basic colors. It doesn’t get more basic than this.

The Mermaids (35 images): There are mermaids in the small pocket park on Santa Monica Boulevard just beyond the Troubadour, where fifty years ago, a young Linda Ronstadt sang so beautifully. But she’s old now. We all are. And this park, just over the line in quiet and staid Beverly Hills, is a good place to sit quietly in the November sunshine. Old men do that. But there are those mermaids. And there’s Eliot – “I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me.”

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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