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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Visitors from February 28, 2006, 10:00 am Pacific Time to date -


Wednesday, 5 April 2006
Getting Along
Topic: The Movies

Getting Along

Gull on statue of Saber-Toothed Tiger, La Brea Tar Pits, Wilshire Boulevard, Los AngelesLos Angeles is a diverse place, where it's live and let live, and you disregard differences. The recent Oscar-winning movie Crash had it all wrong. Best Picture? We're not at each other's throats, full of not very suppressed racial and ethnic distrust. Most everyone is just doing what they do - off to work, home to the family, shopping for groceries and all the rest. We even talk to each other. But "message movies" need settings, and for this one Los Angeles was good enough (see the county's demographic profile in the tables here).

We do get along, taking seriously what has to be taken seriously, and ignoring the rest. The Oscar-winning movie was made by a Canadian. What does he know?

Note this gull, down on Wilshire at the La Brea Tar Pits. He knows real threats from fake Hollywood crap, set up to scare the rubes. (Photo from July 10, 2005.)





And what about this scene in "Thai Town" - Hollywood Boulevard at Western Avenue, captured on July 23, 2003 - where the fellow walking is unconcerned about the mixed message regarding cuisine. Whatever.

Thai restaurant with giant hot dog, Hollywood Boulevard at Western Avenue, Los Angeles


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