Really Local Filming

It can’t get much closer than this.

On the way home I happened to come across some more filming in my neighborhood. (Yes, I know, I see it all the time around here but I’m still intrigued by it all.) So when I got home I decided to grab the camera and ride my bike down to the location and see what was up.

When I arrived, I asked a police officer what they were filming and he told me it was a commercial. Kind of figured as they had all directions around the intersection blocked to all traffic. A few minutes after my arrival they were just about ready to shoot a scene so I sat around and watched.


A tan Nissan Altima passed through the intersection while a light blue VW Golf (I believe), driven by a man in a dog suit (which couldn’t have been fun on this hot day) zoomed by on the other side of the street, hopped the curb, and sheared off a prop fire hydrant in the process. Water shot into the air–and then things got interesting.

A few seconds later, the entire crew went running to the intersection where the fake hydrant was sheared. From what a witness on the other side of the street told me, when the car hopped the curb and hit the hydrant, it apparently also struck an actor that was in “his” front yard picking up his newspaper for the scene.

Within minutes, Long Beach Fire arrived to tend to the actor. Pictures of the event are below and via Slide since I haven’t renewed by Flickr Pro account, which I will do this Friday.

I don’t know the extent of the actor’s injuries but I hope they come out of this okay as the sound of the car crashing was pretty brutal…

What A Party!

There are reasons why I always carry my camera with me to work. While my phone-cam definitely works in a pinch, there are times when I want to shoot something at a higher resolution than my phone is capable of. It is a phone after all.

Yesterday while walking to the train I happened upon a site that I believed was worthy of such quality. See what you think (click to embiggen):

An empty bottle of Beefeater gin, A1 Steak Sauce, and a few cigarette butts.

That must have been one hell of a party.

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A Second Garden

I took a day off work yesterday to spend time with the family.

In addition to dropping off and picking up Anthony from pre-preschool (he “officially graduated” to preschool and has the “diploma” to show for it), we decided to plant a new garden in some wasted space we had in the corner.

One trip to the local nursery and the deed was done. In addition to our existing garden ripe with cherry tomatoes, carrots, pickling cucumbers and beefsteak tomatoes, our new second garden has corn, grapes, pumpkins, watermelon and some herbs. We planted the pumpkins right in time to be picked for Halloween and the corn and watermelon might just be ready at the end of the summer.

We made a mistake with the cucumbers by letting them get too big for pickling. We’re going to pick them while smaller and pickle them so we can have a nice jarful of them. I’ve picked a few cherry tomatoes and there are plenty more coming in, too. Those’ll be nice for salads (and will be salmonella-free).

I’ll post the images later because I did take some but haven’t had the time to upload them just yet.

And let me take this opportunity to say that I really feel like a hippie. All I need are some Birkenstocks and love beads.

But hey, growing your own vegetables is turning out to be fun, relaxing, and educational for Anthony, who can’t wait to pick that first apple from his “buddy,” the apple tree planted in the center of it all 🙂

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