Tag Archives: California

Architecture Du Jour: The Ventura Inn

Paleo Retiree writes: In the middle of Ventura, CA’s funky and not at all mall-like Historic Downtown Cultural District is this hardboiled-novel-worthy beauty. Fun tilework, dreamy colors, an excellent job of bringing the building right up to the sidewalk, as well … Continue reading

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Porches of Carpinteria

Paleo Retiree writes: Kicking around the town of Carpinteria, CA for a few days recently left me marveling at an architectural wonder too often taken for granted: the American porch. Carpinteria (or, as everyone calls it, “Carp”) is an idyllic … Continue reading

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Creepshots Or Not: Isla Vista

Paleo Retiree writes: As an artsbuff and an enthusiastic snapshooter, I was fascinated by the debate that kicked up a while back about “creepshots.” (Gawker and Jezebel attack; Reddit bans a few sub-Reddits.) Briefly: young women protested that photographers shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Surf Music

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Related A good source. Another.

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Desert Dweller

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Meet Andrew. He spent some years in the desert outside Las Vegas prospecting for gold but now he lives on the Mojave River in the Mojave Desert between Baker (25 miles away, pop. 735) and Barstow (40 miles … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys’ Fifth Studio Album: Shut Down Volume 2

Sax von Stroheim writes: The Beach Boys’ second Hot Rod Album.

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Sacramento, California

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As promised, here are a few pictures of my state capital. I was on my way back to catch a flight and only had an hour, so forgive the haphazard nature of the snaps. Here’s California’s capitol building, … Continue reading

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Placerville, California

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I had to make a quick business trip to the city of Placerville recently, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The town, a California Historical Landmark, was one of the central locations of the Gold Rush. Here … Continue reading

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Cocktail of the Day

Paleo Retiree writes: A refreshing and elegant John Collins, enjoyed at this terrific retro-style steakhouse on the California coast. A John Collins is a Tom Collins, basically, only made with bourbon in place of the usual gin. Our meal was … Continue reading

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Long Beach Bike Festival

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It was a beautiful day in Southern California yesterday (suck it, East coasters) and thankfully I was able to get away from the office and head down to the Pike to check out the Long Beach Bike … Continue reading

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