Posts Tagged ‘Park Plaza Hotel’

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!