ECHO PARK, L.A.
"Why do you have to be so gloomy and morose all the time?" a reader recently asked. "There's so much MORE than that. You should read my friend's blog who is a REAL Christian and HAPPY" etc...
This, in response to what I'd thought was a lovely piece about the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the affinity I feel for Barry, the homeless lush who staggers up and down Sunset Boulevard in my 'hood in L.A....
Boy did that raise my hackles! Gloomy!
Here are some photos I took last week, for example, after arriving early at the Twin Towers jail in downtown L.A. to talk to the inmates with some other folks about our 'journey" with alcoholism/drug addiction.
It was a beautiful afternoon, as you can see. These were taken on a creepily deserted street that runs along the back of the phalanx of cheesy bail bond joints located across from the jail.
|Union Station-adjacent |
Patsaouras Transit Plaza to the left.
|Some glittery concertina wire!|
|Don't you just love combining errands? And parking, too!|
Twin Towers is in the background. Note the slit windows
so the inmates are deprived of a view of the sky, people, or trees.
As if that weren't enough happiness, here are some pix of the drive home afterward, headed east on Cesar Chavez (which turns into Sunset Blvd.)
|BURRITO KING RULES!|
"Give me a person who has suffered by their own willful stupidity
but found God in their process
and I will listen."
--from one of my favorite pieces of fan e-mail ever