A day at the Getty

I'm not going to lie, this week has been pretty shitty (pardon my French).
My phone line has cut out, again. Third time in 15 months, and because California is in a state of emergency, ATT (#&%*(*@(!!!!) said they can't get to it for THREE WEEKS!

Can you go without home internet for three weeks? No, didn't think so. So job hunting, internet surfing, and just basic networking have all been stifled because ATT is the only player in the game. Don't bet me started on competition...

But I digress, again.

In the middle of my chaos, I get a call from my friends visiting from Australia. They contacted me earlier in the week, but with my virtual foot being cut off, I forgot. Yesterday was Getty day. AHHH! So I hosed myself down, put on some clean clothes and hopped in a cab.

I'd never been to the Getty museum before. I didn't know it was that far out of LA. When we got there, we waited for the tram to take us up the mountain and to the campus. It was a very peaceful ride, and one of the frequent goers recommended we get in the front car to see the view.

Great suggestion, even saw a deer just chillin' by the tram tracks.

Once we reached the top and got out, it was so quiet and still. No traffic and visual obstructions, just marble covered buildings and the putter of fountains. We ascended the main steps and I could not help but think we were on Mt. Olympus.

I said that over and over, especially when we partook of the many panoramic views sprinkled all over the complex.

There were many exhibits going on; illuminated manuscripts from 16th century France, modern photography, expressionists paintings,

17 th century furniture (this 'princess bed' is totally going to be reference for a Princess and the Pea illustration)... I could go on.

This was a bed that we ALL wished we could have in our place. It's about 8ft long and as coral pink as is pictured.
AWESOME!

My favorite exhibit was the Secret Life of Drawings, where they show the restoration process of some of their most severely damaged drawings. I loved seeing so much not entirely modern, though a lot of it was, but painstakingly long detail used in restoring those images. It was humbling and often an uncredited task.

As the day wound down, more nature revealed itself. We caught a hawk riding on the current stalking out some food below. He was there fora good ten minutes just hovering. It was spectacular. We looked down in the cool air and saw the lights of the cars on the roads start to glow. The sky was orange and Olympus was closing. I really didn't want to go.

We returned to mortal status but had a wicked ride home.

*kidding*

We had dinner at a rather good Italian place. The wine was great.

And here I sit in a cafe with a not very good cup of coffee (I make better coffee at home, mind you) in a cafe so I can type this. *sigh*
Just when I thought 2011 was gonna be my year.

So now you know the reason for my sporadic posting. I'm gonna try and get better. Some friends have offered my some time at their places, and I'm working on putting together more advanced posts. So please bear with me. Catalog Sunday will always happen :)

That museum trip hit the spot. I'm so inspired! I had just finished a 2 year long animation project and was feeling rather ill that my internet went down before I could post it online, but I'll let y'all know. Right now I'm getting ready to take my serger to the repair shop. I miss it and I'm tired of everything I use being out of commission. This thing I can at least help.

Man, this ended strangely.

7 comments:

  1. Oh oh oh! Olympus gave me goosebumps. It's on my list of places to go now.

    Sorry about your internet, that sucks.

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  2. That's really a shame about your telephone & internet--I don't really understand why AT&T can't get it done! It's funny that you think the Getty is so far out of Los Angeles--Brentwood and Bel-Air ARE Los Angeles, both technically and to lots of West Siders. It's Burbank that's far out to them. You make me think of the scene at Circus Liquors in Clueless. :)

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  3. Thanks for the Getty images; they are fabulous. I haven't been there since it moved to its new (now old) location. I must go again! Sorry about your Internet. I have AT&T; no problems there but I'm still threatening to get rid of their cell phone :)

    Happy New Year

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  4. If a city has it's own town hall, it's a city, KC. I've found a lot of LA people often overlap Los Angeles the city with LA county. Just because this area is king of urban spral does not mean that this place is one giant city. If you live in Burbank and you list Los Angeles as your address city, then Ill believe you. :)

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  5. I hope I didn't offend you, Shelley. Burbank IS a city. So are Glendale and Pasadena. So are Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Santa Monica. But Brentwood, Bel-Air, Pacific Palisades, Century City, Hollywood, Westwood, Woodland Hills, Encino, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Los Feliz, Silverlake are all part of the official, bizarre and nonsensical City of Los Angeles. Don't know why.

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  6. I don't know many people who wouldn't be somewhat miffed at being compaired to the movie Clueless, but as Ive said, Ive has a fairly crappy week, so this was just the cherry on top.

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  7. I think the day at the Getty was my favourite day in LA. I'm glad you could join us. (I would've commented earlier but the wifi @ the hotel is crappy & only works intermittently).

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