I spent some time over in Venice, California today to meet with Michelle about some Gladeo updates.
It was mostly simple stuff. Talking about how to register the nonprofit with Cal State Fullerton’s internship center so I can use it for my class next semester, going over future recruitment, discussing more stuff I can do with the organization going forward, all that good stuff.
Speaking of, I might get to try assisting with video production down the line — Stay tuned for that if so.
However, outside of that there wasn’t really anything noteworthy enough for blog post purposes. Most of my night from here on out is just going to be homework and work-work now that I’m home, and I wouldn’t consider any of that interesting blog topic fodder either.
So I decided I would write something about a few interesting things I ran into while wandering the area of Venice I was in while waiting for our meeting time.
Just feels like something fun I wanted to throw together as a post for the day that has some fun photos.
That said, here are some fun photos.
Just across the street from the restaurant where we met, I found this bike holster. This metallic… Pair of pants, for lack of a better descriptive term for its shape, is made out of old pipes and handheld tools.
Recycling. Good for the environment and apparently good at inspiring random 20-somethings with blogs to write about interesting little things around Venice.
I mostly took this picture because it has become an in-joke within my family to count the number of bird scooters we see lying around different parts of the street as we go on travels around places like Santa Monica.
Between the signage and the cute cotton candy-colored house that it is displayed for, I grew a very quick respect for whoever lives here.
I posted this picture on Twitter because I thought it was pretty hilarious. Over there I said ‘I can appreciate the honesty’ of the statement, though I actually spent a good few minutes trying to figure out exactly how to explain what this is.
Have you ever had those moments when a word is on the tip of your tongue that potentially describes a situation perfectly, but you can’t get that word out of your memory? That was me pacing back-and-forth along a sidewalk trying to write that dumb tweet.
A dumb tweet that nobody looked at.
I blame the lack of a proper word choice.
That said, if you have a good term for proving a point by doing something physical along the lines of what you’re describing, please let me know.
Who is Boobie Ralph?
Why is the “70” in quotation marks? Is Boobie Ralph 70 years old? Or is he from the 1970s?
Is the squiggly line underneath the numbers meant to emphasize them? Or is it a question mark?
I don’t know. I’m not a psychic.
But boy do I want to know.
I don’t have a lot to say about this one, I just liked the pattern on top of this building. Not sure it’s very visible in this picture, but there’s a cool spiderweb of mosaic glass from the looks of things.
There’s a few different things to take out of this one stop sign.
Stop “gentrifying venice” is a good starting place. I don’t think I can add too much more, the statement being plastered at random points throughout the city this way kind of speaks for itself.
Then there are the photo stickers. An anime girl and the Umbrella logo from Resident Evil on the stop sign itself, as well as the bear-shaped honey container on the sign below it.
Plus I would kill to know who ‘blake’ and ‘sarah’ are so I could ask why they seem to be competing for namespace on the off-kilter signage.
What can I say, this particular sign brings up a lot of questions. While I don’t have too many answers, I at least have a pretty picture of it — in my opinion anyway.
I thought the painting on this house’s gate was absolutely wonderful.
While Venice has its own specific beach culture, the composition of this painting in particularly reminded me so much of the Redondo shoreline that it just really hit home. The twin lifeguard stations and palm trees, the lovely sunset above the sands…
I actually wanted to go to the beach after seeing it.
That’s a pretty powerful image, if you ask me.
I think I’ll have to blame my Visual Comm class for making me just a little too attuned to stand-out things in my environment. Whether it be something unusual or something aesthetically pleasing, I’ve been taking a lot more time to mull over these ideas.
Arguably that isn’t a bad thing by any means. On top of the benefits of being more attentive to one’s environment in a digital age, these sort of days where I’m taking a bunch of pretty things out of my environment also make for great blog fodder!
So, if you like this kind of thing, let me know. I wouldn’t be opposed to traveling around California a bit more often to do these sort of observation-driven posts.