I thought cucumbers with breakfast eggs would be a jarring combination that wouldn’t work at all, but it turned out to be everything good about finger sandwiches, all in one bite. Thank you, Summer!
You’ve probably heard of Neko Case, and maybe even love her. She often sings with the New Pornographers, and has pipes so powerful they’ll stop you in your tracks, make you cry, all that stuff amazing voices can do. Whenever I’m in LA, a beautiful, melancholy song she sings called “In California,” actually written by a lady named Lisa Marr, pops into my head a lot. It captures how you feel when your mood doesn’t match the sun. It also references Bonnie Brae, a superbly named street you drive past a lot if you’re staying Downtown and don’t like to ever take the highway.
Always, always dip your toes. Even if it means going a little out of your way. Even if it’s freezing.
Exploring Downtown LA again has been a mysterious and exciting adventure. I’m staying in a haunted hotel, but it seems like the ghosts are mostly benevolent, so that’s good.
There is so much decaying glamour within just a few blocks, and so much fresh new life.