Let’s count all the 1990s things in this commercial!Also on:
55 years ago, the legendary Pacific Electric red line shut down forever. This video captures one of the last trips on the last remaining Pacific Electric interurban railway. Ironically, less than 30 years later, this line would reopen as the first of the new Los Angeles Metro rail lines–the Blue Line–using much of the original track and right-of-way.Also on:
The culture shock that hits me is how Southern Californians don’t use landmarks. Saying “the” feels natural here, but only here. “The 120” or “The 75” just don’t work.
How did Southern Californians come to treat their highway route numbers as if they were proper names?
A while back, Barbie and I took a trip out to Vasquez Rocks County Park to do a little hiking at soak up some Hollywood history. The 932-acre park north of Los Angeles has played the backdrop to dozens of films and television shows, possibly the most famous of which was the original Star Trek episode “Arena” which featured Captain Kirk pitted against a
rubber lizard suit Gorn in a fight to the death on a desert planet.
To pay homage to such a significant piece of popular culture, we set up a photo shoot with my Star Trek Kirk vs. Gorn Minimates figures in front of the iconic “big rocks” that are instantly recognisable to Trekkers and Trekkies alike.
We played around with a few different poses before settling on the “flying kick” that the good captain made famous. Unfortunately, the limitations in the Minimates figures’ articulation made the double-fisted hammer punch pose impossible.Also on: