Posts Tagged ‘MacArthur Park’

MacArthur Park Perspectives

October 16, 2009

And here is a link to something someone else in the building I live in did. And I happened to notice the tamale guy on his bike yesterday, and here today I am reading an interview with him, thanks to MacArthur Park Media. Here at redroomsalon I have mentioned repeatedly how much I love/hate my neighborhood, how appreciative I am of the people who live in my building, how much I adore my building and here is someone else’s perspective on some of the exact same issues. The site is so gorgeous and professional!

Our blogs also clearly show the difference between someone who is a journalist first and someone who is a writer foremost. I have never claimed to be a journalist. That would involve actually talking to other people and doing interviews. Me, I’m a writer, I observe and speculate, make educated surmissions (or make stuff up) from what I know (or don’t know). I find the posts I write where I try to be extremely factual and objective to be the hardest to write and take the most time, since invariably some fact I wish to state I cannot readily find to substantiate. A reporter would pick up the phone and ask, or talk to the people involved. As a writer, I find I try to just re-write the words to lead the audience to make the same conclusion as if that fact were there.  That’s a lot of re-writing when you can’t find those facts you read on some random website you visited a month or two ago….

Anyway, enjoy the different perspective of MacArthur Park. The journalist view. And I have to admit, sometimes being the ignorant writer, is bliss. What I know of my neighbors by being a tutor in the community has me know my fellow citizens as hardworking, family oriented and struggling to make ends meet, just like me. No more, no less. And not affiliated with gangs or doing drugs or any of that. People just like me who just happen to speak another language, and came more recently to the country than I.

Since I don’t see the neighborhood as particularly unsafe, given the motives of the people I interact with, it makes sense that I live here. But what I read at this other website, I am impressed the authors choose to live in this much darker version of the same place. It takes bravery to choose to live someplace you know isn’t particularly safe. In a convoluted way, it is my ignorance that keeps me safe, and I wouldn’t wish it any other way. Ignorance is bliss.

Tragedy Nearby

September 21, 2009

Just saw this posted on my google newsfeed, that “2 shot, 1 dead in MacArthur Park; LAPD searches for suspects.”

Could explain the helicopters I have been hearing circling overhead for the last hour or so. One edge of the park is only three blocks away from where I am sitting right now. I think I’ll stick with my plans to stay in for most of the day.

However, not to make my neighborhood sound super scary in terms of crime, most shootings I have heard about since I moved here, involved some sort of criminal element, not mere random stranger shootings. Since I have no criminal dealings, I consider myself mainly safe as not a potential target!

Update (1:07 pm PST): Well the latest has it as a gang shooting, thus proving my point of shootings in the area tend to involve a criminal element I am not a part of. I was happy the news noted fatalities are not that common, and that the incident took place at the NW corner of the park, an area I usually don’t frequent, since I live closer to the SE corner. Besides, that is a corner that seems somewhat sketchy still anyway, somewhat less well lit, and I avoid after dark. But hey, that’s the exact same corner that is across from the former Park Plaza Hotel, known for its faded glory beauty, and where I got to see Henry Rollins dj, up close and personal. Hopefully, KCRW listeners wanting to attend the upcoming Masquerade Ball being held there Halloween night will not let this incident dissuade them. I would go myself, except I will be in New Orleans that weekend.

Henry Rollins – Again!

March 15, 2009

Oh My God! I am hyperventilating from excitement. Let me tell you why.

I was so thrilled the other day with an email I got from my local public broadcasting radio station, which so happens to also be the home of many DJs who also happen to be music supervisors on TV shows and movies. As in, their musical tastes have a wide range of influence, like it or not. And I am super excited because,

1) there is going to be a dance party featuring many of those djs, including HENRY ROLLINS, and 2) because the venue is within easy walking distance in a building I have been told used to be the place for many punk shows back in the day. A building that is not open to the public that often. I had wondered about that grand old building, when on my walks, so now I get to see inside it. And 3) I just bought my ticket, before the general public sale, because I support my local NPR station by being a member and members got in on the pre-sale today. OMG!

How thrilling!

Maybe I can finally meet Henry Rollins, tell him that I actually read books, not all of which are children’s books, that I love music, that I think he’s cool, that I think his passionate rants are sexy because it shows he cares and I honestly have no idea why he doesn’t have a girlfriend, and maybe we will hit it off and become an item. Maybe you will be hearing about us soon on the celebrity news. And I can even invite him back to my place, because it is just on the other side of MacArthur Park from the venue, no driving involved. How convenient is that for ease of seduction?…. What to wear, what to wear…. 

Hey, I can dream! ‘Til proven otherwise, I can dream any little fantasy I want….

Regardless, I expect to have a fun time, dancing to a bunch of djs I enjoy, all on the weekend before Coachella, to get my dance groove on!