Whew! My life has been a whirlwind lately.
I don’t think I’m going to get a breather until … mid-July?
My oldest son has been home for the last four weeks.
On Saturday, I helped him move into an apartment in Los Angeles where he’ll be living while completing a summer internship program.
In the fall, he’ll return to the east coast to complete his final year in a master’s program.
We made the most of our day in L.A. – the move in was quick, and our play time was long.
(Proving we have our priorities straight?)
We went out to a brunch/lunch with a group of friends at Redbird in downtown L.A.
Entrance to Redbird restaurant in Los Angeles.
From there, we walked the L.A. Arts District where we spent the majority of our day.
Street Art – L.A. Arts District
Breweries are the rage across the country and we had heard there were some great ones in the Arts District.
I’m not much of a drinker because I get drunk on three sips of alcohol making me the cheapest date EVER.
I, also, am not much of a beer person.
But, I enjoy going to breweries anyway.
Breweries in an art district?
Well, that’s a little slice of heaven.
Arts District Brewing Company
I just LOVE when artsy people move into previously industrial areas of a city and make them magnificient.
I love urban photography – especially: street art, areas where old meets new, and places where grubby industrial and modern chic collide.
Public Garden in L.A. Arts District
Urban photography feeds my soul even though my professional work is geared towards “pretty” landscape and seascape photography.
For instance, I loved this neon beer sign at one of the breweries:
Neon Beer Sign at Arts District Brewing Company
When I was a kid, my family visited Catalina Island every summer.
While we were there, I would visit the island’s arcade each evening and play skee ball.
I was DELIGHTED to find skee ball at the Arts District Brewing Company!
Skee Ball at Arts District Brewing Company
I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many tokens our group bought …
We played skee ball for AGES.
I had so much fun!
If I ever become an overnight zillionaire, I will definitely have skee ball in my mansion by the sea.
It was really hard to play skee ball because of my bum arm.
I tried rolling the ball with my left arm but I had no control over it because I’m profoundly right handed.
So, then I tried rolling it with my right arm with frequent rests.
It was quite a challenge and certainly not pain free.
I even yelped loudly a few times from pain but I was able to get through all the games.
I only won one game, but I imagine my scores will improve as I regain more function in my arm?
(Paul Newman is helping me with my skee ball soreness as you’re reading this.)
Jenga is much easier on a bum arm than skee ball.
Towards the end of the day, we stopped at Salt & Straw a “famous” ice cream shop (originally from Portland, Oregon) with flavors like “Honey Lavender” which is a light purple, delightfully flavored, ice cream.
Salt & Straw is unique.
There’s always a long line to purchase a scoop of ice cream because their ice cream is just plain yummy.
(I don’t even remember when the last time was I had “real” ice cream prior to this??)
The store has “runners” bring samples of the flavors (as many as you’d like) while you wait in line.
By the time you get to the front of the line, you’re ready to order and you’ve had the opportunity to try several of their very unique flavors.
I only tried one sample, but there were people in my group (ahem!) who tried LOTS.
All in all, it was a great way to spend a June-Gloom day.