Thursday, January 7, 2010
On Being a Ghost
My Wife and I went to see the Rembrandt drawing show at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. I enjoyed viewing these exquisite works. We also viewed the Irving Penn “Small Trades” photographs. These too were terrific because of the blend of excellent design and a great revelation of the character of each person’s photographed and their occupation. Afterward we wanted a place to have a snack. We did know where to go. We drove around West LA with no guidance except the memories of 20 year past of being in West Wood and Century City and having fun. We went to those places and found we were ghosts of the past looking for what had been. No crowds of young people on a Saturday night enjoying West Wood. The mall in Century City no longer sported trendy designer digs. It had been remodeled into an overcrowded, trash filled, average shopping mall. Time had passed, and our memories no longer existed in the real world. It made me feel very uncomfortable with the weight of time pressing hard into my chest as I did not belong there. Finally, we drove to Culver City and its emerging night life. The air was lighter and my chest could expand. Still we didn’t find a coffee/dessert place, so we ended up at Tito’s Tacos, also in Culver City and ate there.