Saturday, July 7, 2012

Russell on the corner of Russell and Vermont

I'm posting this picture of my son Russell as part of Alyce's Saturday Snapshot meme over on her At Home with Books site. To participate, post a picture that you or someone you know took and add your link to Alyce's Mr. Linky.
Notice that Russell is standing under a street sign that says Russell? When he was little and we saw a Russell street sign I would always try to take a picture. Just one of those silly things we parents do.
 I took this picture at 4a.m. Friday morning after my husband and I had picked him up at Union Station in Los Angeles. He was returning to L.A. after a few days visiting a friend up in Klamath, Ca.  It was a very long trip took - a six hour train ride plus two buses - I think it was 16 hours in total. LONG!
He loved the train portion of the trip - it goes along the California coast - but he said the bus trip portion was filled with sad looking people. He said it reminded him of Bukowski and Fitzgerald. I think he said it was Bukowski who said no one rides the bus if they have any other choice. I love that he had this experience; I know the people that he saw and spoke to, people he might not otherwise have been exposed to, are now part of him, and will add to his insight and his empathy. All good stuff for my writer/director son.
After we picked him up, we ate at Fred 62, a really marvellous open all hours restaurant located at the corner of Russell and Vermont in trendy Los Feliz. Delish! 


23 comments:

  1. What a fun habit! I always enjoy fun street signs.

    And I agree--train rides are fun, but long bus rides tend to be depressing. Not to mention, the bus route south to LA is through incredibly dull and ugly country...I've done that ride and it's not fun at all!

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    1. You're right about the ugly part of that drive. It is dreary!

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  2. I don't think I've ever seen a street sign with the same name as anyone in my family - what a great idea though! And that train ride would be very long!

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    1. I bet you do if you look. My husband is Mark so there are tons of those of course. Haven't seen my name though.

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  3. Great photo. I should drag my son to the running trail where there's a Tucker street sign. Good for your son having new experiences. I'm sure there'll be a bus ride in one of his films. Here's Mine

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    1. I like that thought, Paulita. I'll come by and check out your photo. I keep meaning to ask how you add that link.

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    1. Sorry, that was me. Wrong account. Didn't notice!

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    2. So now you are known, not unknown! I bet there aren't a lot of Kailana streets - or maybe there are in Hawaii. Such a pretty name though.

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  5. How great that he still lets you do that! I'm glad that I don't travel on anything that gets me anywhere at 4am anymore- I don't think I could stand it...

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    1. I'm sure the only reason he let me do it was because at 4am, there was no on around and he was too exhausted to object!
      When we got home, my husband and I slept til noon!

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  6. It's nice that he still lets you do that! My son still puts up with my silliness too....And I'm also with Louise on that not traveling at 4 am thing. Not if I don't absolutely have to.


    Here's my Snapshot.

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    1. Yeah, I would never travel at that time. But at 19, I probably would have!

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  7. We've done that too. Have not found a Caleb street though!

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    1. Now I'll be looking for Caleb Streets - I won't be able to help myself! thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Lovely picture - I took a picture of a boat in Patris, just because it's name was my surname! My Snapshots are at http://chriscross-thebooktrunk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/parisian-pictures-take-two.html

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  9. I love the photo and the story and I think he and Bukowski are right about the bus.

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  10. That's a fun idea! Russell was my father's name.

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  11. I love those quirky things in life...standing under a street sign with your name.

    I agree about the train...and hate that bus portion, too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  12. That's a great family traditin - pix of Russell at various Russell streets. Love it!

    I actually like bus rides - there's no pressure since I'm not driving or navigating and I can stare out at the scenery or check-out fellow passengers to my heart's content.

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  13. What a great experience for him. My son took the bus between Toronto and NYC and said much the same thing.

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    1. I would imagine! When I was a teenager I took a bus from Los Angeles to Niagara Falls - the Canadian side. Three days straight. Awful but I have never forgotten it.

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