Yep, it’s the end of this holiday season, and the end for this Christmas tree lot. And soon it will be the end of 2012. See you next year!
It’s 9:45 on Friday night and I’ve got nothin’ for this week’s Photo Hunt! What to do? No time to visit some eccentric local site in search of something to fit the theme. So I go somewhere that is the very antithesis of eccentric:
Yep — I went to the Target at the Eagle Rock Mall. I knew that on the second floor, I would find some sort of bells in the rows of Christmas decor. And I was right.
There were bell ornaments.
There were little bell gift ties.
There were Christmas stockings covered with bells.
Once again, Target saved the day… but isn’t that why it is there?
I don’t eat red meat or pork, so my choices at famed local eatery The Oinkster are rather limited, but I stop in occasionally to treat myself to the Belgian fries — not so much for the fries, which are pretty good, but for the dreamy, zesty garlic aioli that comes with them! If I am feeling especially indulgent (and am not meeting face-to-face with anybody later on that day), I order a second container of the aioli!
I’m not exactly sure how Stellar this bowling alley is, but it is called All Star Lanes! I even dressed up the photo with some HDR toning effects, just to nudge the stellar-ness a tad higher.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in this week’s Photo Hunt. I live in the middle of a big city and there’s really nowhere locally to fly a kite — there are too many electrical wires and palm trees and not much in the way of open spaces. But it turned out that I had this small mylar butterfly kite. It had been sitting around for years and I was considering using it as a cat toy. Well, that didn’t work out too well, so I decided to go outside and see if I could actually fly it. The weather even cooperated — a nice breeze was blowing.
Things started off badly.
I was beginning to wonder if I was going to have any luck.
Eventually I did get it aloft. It was a miracle.
I was even able to get some altitude. I’m glad I didn’t let the cats trash it.
Unlike Halloween decor, which is a passion in southern California, we are not big fans of sprucing up for fall. Since our seasons don’t change to the extent of other parts of the country, we don’t really do much when it comes to seasonal decorating. A small handful of folks show their fall colors, like the bungalow complex above.
But as you can tell, nobody puts much imagination into it. This house has virtually the same seasonal decor as the bungalows above.
Here is something seasonal that you don’t expect to see in a big metropolis like Los Angeles — a neighbor decided to grow corn in their front yard! Every time the mail carrier delivers to their house, I bet he feels like he is walking through a corn field.
Out here in the Los Angeles area, I think people decorate for Halloween even more than they do Christmas, so it was easy to find all sorts of spooky decor in my neighborhood.
This is the classic, toss-up-a-bunch-of-cobwebs-and-a-couple-of-small-ghouls-and-you’re-done decorating style.
And there is always the one family that goes completely overboard. Actually, we have at least half a dozen homes that fall into that category, but this one, with its ghouls, monsters and horror scenes, is the spookiest.
See what I mean?
Although the sophomoric attempt at humor sort of destroyed the spooky effect, at least for me.
And then there are a few homes where you wonder why they even bothered.
Can a muffler repair shop be sassy? I know sassy isn’t what you think when you hear fuel injector cleaner but maybe yes, if you are Arco Iris Mufflers on Colorado Blvd. They’ve decorated their shop with several muffler men. Two of them are on the roof of the island in front.
There’s another one on a pole. Tell me if you don’t think they are a little sassy! And Arco Iris isn’t the only one — my mechanic has a few muffler men too. But you won’t see photos of them here because he is in Atwater, and this is Eagle Rock Scenes, not Atwater Scenes.