FRIDAY 25 JANUARY ’19 – I wanted to do a simple photo story this afternoon. But I wasn’t sure where to go. My favorite focal length is 35mm. I did, and still sometimes do, use a 35mm f1.8 lens on my Nikon D750. More recently, I’ve been using a 35mm f2.8 lens on my Sony a7iii. But I do have other lenses that are fun to work with from time to time.
I decided to roll 3 dice and let them pick the Camera, Lens, and Location for my photo walk.
Die #1 – Icosahedron Die – Camera
Any odd number = Nikon D750
Any even number = Sony a7iii
Die #2 – Cube Die – Lens
Die #3 – Dodecahedron Die – Location
End of Gold Line
To the Trump Star
With my recently returned, after a month of warranty repair for a faulty USB output, a7iii, and featherlight 120gm 35mm lens in hand, I headed out to the Trump Star…
With the bar’s sort of "no BS" attitude, the screaming fans if it’s game day, and, well, it’s a sports bar on Hollywood Blvd., I don’t tend to think of the Rusty Mullet as an exactly nurturing space. Yet on a couple of occasions, I’ve seen Perla be considerate and caring for some elderly man, or seen an elderly woman eating a tiny meal. When I mentioned that she’d be leaving these friends, Perla said,
I’ve learned that Bartenders, Hair Stylists, Psychologists, Priests, Psychics, Tarot Card Readers, and sometimes even Faculty Office Hours, all serve a similar function. You might get a drink or a haircut, but these encounters often also serve a social function. For Leonard, it might be a bit of human contact in a too fast-moving world. For others, it can be someone to listen as you try to pull the things you know somewhere deep in your brain up into your consciousness.
The deal is: put up $20, and if you can hold on for 2 minutes, you win $100. The trick is, that the bar is a rolling bar on ball bearings. It looks like a chin-up bar, and even if you can’t do chin-ups for 2 minutes, it seems pretty easy to at least hang there for 2 minutes. Well, it would be if it were a chin-up bar. This isn’t a test of bicep strength or even just the ability to hang. It’s actually a test of your finger strength to hold your body weight against a turning bar. Maybe a good rock climber could do it. I never saw anyone succeed with the old bar. In the 2 minutes I watched this one, I never saw anyone try. Too many signs and too little charismatic street hucksterism, I guess. (the woman in the photo isn’t taking the challenge, she’s just feeling the bar)
Funny thing is, no one I ever saw lose on the old bar seemed unhappy. Winning would have been nice, but it was mostly just something to do on a night out on the town. The new proprietors are poor hucksters and part of the "joy" of Hollywood Blvd. is the hucksterism. C’mon, take off all the ugly signs and get a loudspeaker!