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.
It is such a special treat to take in an opera at the Met at Lincoln Center, and one of the best parts starts well before the performance. The Metropolitan Opera House is one of my favorite interiors in New York, because when you walk in and encounter these quasi-futuristic, brilliant twinkling masterpieces, you can’t help but be transported, uplifted and inspired. They were originally hung in 1966 when the Met moved to Lincoln Center, designed by an Austrian man named Hans Harald Rath, and just last year were completely refurbished and re-crystalled in Austria by Swarovski.
A tip if you’re seeing “Tosca” and not feeling up to being emotionally crushed: It has a relatively happy ending if you leave before the third act!
So maybe my friend, Phil, used a different turn of phrase than “jumbled,” but as I switch from summer to fall, not just in terms of clothes but mindset, too, it describes things pretty perfectly. I mean, how are there wire ones in there? That’s a good (albeit embarrassing) reminder to get things in order!
Just yesterday we were playing in the sand and celebrating the nuptials of two crazy kids. Seems a world away from this bleak and dreary NYC Monday, but thinking back on such a sunny, spirited weekend reminded me that on a practical note, we should all copy this simple, inexpensive but statement-making gerbera daisy arrangement!