LA Is A Great Big City
On Friday I was supposed to drive the car downtown through the LA traffic, find a parking garage, kill time until 3:00, pick up the spouse from the conference, and we would leave town to beat the commuter traffic. It was a good thing I left the hotel early because by the time I got to the parking garage that the spouse had pointed out to me the night before, there were only a few parking spots left on the roof. I went over to the Macy's Plaza across the street to walk around, and holy cow, that is the filthiest mall I have ever seen. The sidewalks all around the downtown are spotted with mashed gum, the mall had the stink of old rancid grease, and the Borders bookstore looked as if there had been multiple episodes of body fluid spillage, voluntary and involuntary. I was going to go in and buy a pocket book to read in the car, but couldn't make myself walk on the nasty rug another minute.
Leaving the Stinky Mall behind, I walked around the area and found the FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, The West Coast Home of Project Runway. It is a lovely building, really a nice-looking school with a nice park right next door. There was a clothing store there that takes fashion donations from designers and stores so the prices are excellent, there is a school supply store, and a museum. I went in the school store and found the pattern drafting ruler I have always wanted, a metal curved ruler called the Vary Form Curve Rule. I have been considering ordering one off the internet for several years now, but this way I paid no postage! The museum exhibit was so fabulous I spent a lot of time there. High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising will be open until mid-December so I was lucky to see it. She has been donating couture clothing to the school for almost 40 years, and it was so interesting to get a real, close-up view of clothing I would otherwise never get a chance to see. Really worth the trip.
We took the long way home, staying overnight in Bakersfield on Friday, and the next day visiting Hanford where the spouse had worked at the county courthouse during one summer in law school. He says the town has changed a lot, but it is a very pretty town. We walked all around and I made a few interesting finds in a delightfully cluttered antique shop in the old IOOF building. One of the booklets I got is a sewing instruction book from the early twenties.
When we got back on Saturday, we had to get back to putting the house back together after the late, great construction. We managed to put the couch back into place, the drapes are hung, and we got the winter bedspread on the bed along with the flannel sheets. Still a lot to do, but at least we have made progress.