I think I’m going to include a gratuitous Amazon link this time. If you buy Mandatory Fun by Weird Al Yankovic from that link, both Pharrell and I will make some money because this album includes both Word Crimes, hia parody of Blurred Lines, and Tacky, his parody of Happy.
4:00 So far I’ve had no luck figuring out where we are. It looks like a mausoleum but most of the mausoleums I’ve found just have skylights and this one looks to have fluorescent lighting or something. I did take a side trip because I saw that Jimmy Durante’s gravestone looked like it was designed for a husband and wife, but the photo I saw only showed him on it. I figured that his wife remarried and was buried with that husband or something, but when I looked up Margaret Little Durante’s grave, it shows the same gravestone with her information on it. That made me feel better.
back to figuring out where we are. There’s a rose window up there.
That should help.
It looks like we’re in the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. Only
it doesn’t look like the same mausoleum. Now I’m confused.
Is that the same waiting area that our 3:52 dancer passed through?
It’s the same lamp, certainly. French doors? Check. Column, lamp,
water coolers? Check, check, check. So I guess we’ve been in Altadena
this whole time.
also wonder if, instead of the mausoleum having fluorescent lighting,
I haven’t been seeing that one fluorescent light this whole time.
Nope. I definitely see two fluorescent lights at the same time now.
4:08 Are we going to spend this whole hour in this mausoleum? Also, this next guy has a man bun. Or is he a Sikh? He’s got a bracelet on his right wrist. Is it a kara?
wonder if anyone famous is buried here. Findagrave says that there
are 61 famous burials. I guess for a certain value of “famous.”
Oh, my God. This is where Octavia E. Butler is buried. Oh, crap. I
don’t know if Alex is going to be enthusiastic about adding another
cemetery to our next California trip. Well, she’s not in the
mausoleum at least. He’ll be happy about that.
We’ve left the mausoleum and are watching a small child and her
smaller sister dancing around in the cemetery outside the mausoleum.
Well, the older child is dancing. The younger is just exploring.
We’re still outside the mausoleum and our 4:16 dancer is a comedian
named Gian Molina, who died in 2016.
finally leave the cemetery grounds at around 4:22 and it looks like
we’re on Sacramento, maybe?
We are definitely on Sacramento. We first head southeast and then it
looks like we’ll make a left at Santa Anita, but instead we turn
around, heading northwest up Sacramento again.
We’re somewhere else again, I think*. Let’s find out. This little kid
sure is cute, though.
Well, maybe we aren’t somewhere else because I see a building that
looks not entirely unlike the mausoleum there in the distant
background. I wish I could see a street name or something. Okay, we
have a big building or a mural or a big building with a mural on it
on our right here. And the big building is really big.
We’re somewhere else now watching Stuart (?) dancing through a
residential neighborhood. I’m also trapped because it’s midnight and
my 16-year-old arthritic dog is having trouble settling down. She’s
finally lying down and if I get up, that’ll make her get up and
she’ll be forever trying to settle down again.
guy came out of one of the houses to take a picture of Stuart (and,
presumably, his entourage).
keep seeing signs that have the names of the streets on them, but the
signs are all blurry and I can’t read them.
so desperate to figure out where we are that I’ve locked onto a tall
palm tree in the distance and am trying to locate that palm tree on
Google Image Search.
turn a corner and not only is the street name blurry, but there’s a
tree in front of it.
We’re passing a restaurant or something but I’ve lost track because
this dancer’s dress is just so cute!
found a phone number. Or most of one at any rate. What’s that last
may be the phone number for Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings,
but their address isn’t the right place. Let’s try Google Maps,
so Stuart starts out at Willoughby and Sycamore and dances down the
block to the corner of Sycamore and Waring. Our next dancer starts
out headed west on Waring (and she really does pick up where Stuart
left off – you can see him behind her. In fact, the guy who crosses
the street before she starts must be part of the behind-the-scenes
entourage or something; you can see him and Stuart walking off
together). She dances down Waring to the block between Orange and
Mansfield. Our next dancer picks up there and takes us to the block
between Willoughby and Romaine (hey! It’s Romaine again!). And our
final dancer (*such* a cute dress!) leaves us on the block between
Romaine and Santa Monica.
what’s that big building I see in the distance on Google Street View?
Before we go on to 4:56, let’s explore. Guess what? It’s the
Hollywood Storage Building from 12:43 pm. Wow. It is big.
I got nothing. Lots of buildings. Lots of signs. A light rail
station. I can’t read a single word.
I guess I just needed to be patient? Because we’re in a bus parking
lot and the buses say “Atlantic Express.” I looked that up at
Google Maps and one of the pins is just outside of Chinatown. And I
could see at least one pagoda-looking building in the distance. Or,
well, maybe not.
what the heck is this big pinkish/white stripe across the middle of
the damn map? The Los Angeles Marathon is today, I guess (now you’ll
be able to figure out how far ahead I wrote this. I have no idea
exactly when I will post this, but it looks like it should be at
least two months from now; I can’t wait to find out exactly what the
turnaround time will be).
let’s try the other address. No good, either.
course, Atlantic Express rents buses so maybe these buses are
rentals, which means that they could, once again, be anywhere.
Let’s assume that the pagoda-looking building is, in fact, in
Chinatown and look for a Metro station near Chinatown. That looks
very familiar. We never saw the station very clearly, but that kind
of looks like what we sort of saw. Let’s hit Street View and see what
this is looking really likely. Metro station. Bus parking lot.
Building with three triangular green awnings in front. I like this a
let’s start from 4:56. We start out in a parking lot just off Spring
Street and under the Metro line. We come out from under the Metro
line onto Alameda and then go north on Alameda to College. Then we go
southeast on College until we get to the entrance to the parking lot.
It sure looks to me like the buses say “Atlantic Express,” but
I’m finding articles saying that they closed down at the end of 2013.
Alert: I never do figure out where we are during this part. I’m going
to have to actually research it once I’m done editing and revising
these posts to see if this fits in our polygon or not.