The Getty & Daniel Johnston

by slacek
May 5, 2006 4:20 AM
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I started Thursday morning going to the Getty Musuem. I have never visited a museum where the outside is as fascinating as what is on the inside, but the Getty is stunning. A meandering tram ride up the hill transports you to a tiny city of white and marble travertine with the most amazing gardens. I have never seen poppies or cacti like that! Not to mention the art inside...stunning Monet, van Gogh, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec...all amazing. My camera battery died and I forgot my charger so I had to buy a disposable...hopefully, the photos will turn out. I never wanted to leave and wound up staying much longer than I had planned.

Nearly out of gas (literally and figureatively), I made my way up Sepulveda to Ventura and finally found a gas station, holding my breath the entire way. Rush hour traffic actually wasn't too bad and I made it to Griffith Park in reasonably good time. I drove all around and wound up at the Observatory, closed for a three year reomodeling job, but there is a great view of the Hollywood sign from up there.

Finally, I headed to the Arclight to catch a movie (and compare theaters) with Alicia & Ben. I was early so I walked over to Amoeba Music to check it out. And there on stage playing a small keyboard live was Daniel Johnston. I stayed and watched and thought it's little things like that that would make living in New York or LA worth it to me. And, at the same time, I kind of was just missing home...

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