Posted in England, Green & Pleasant Land, Lakenheath, Let's Get Visual, Los Angeles

Union Station, Los Angeles

I’m going to be traveling over the next week. Not by train.

I’m going to my high school reunion – this time in St. Louis. I went to junior high and high school on an American Air Force base in England, RAF Lakenheath. (Sorry to be repetitive, but one must always set the table for the first-time visitor.) It recently occurred to me that I probably can thank Adolph Hitler for this. Or perhaps I need to go farther back to the Treaty of Versailles which pissed Germany off in the first place.  I also lived on a military base in Panama while in 4th and 5th grade.  We’ll ascribe that one to favorable geography.

Art Deco (and passenger trains) make me nostalgic for a time that I didn’t even live through. That’s part of nostalgia, isn’t it?

I’ll tell you something—I have such a raging case of nostalgia that I will probably never leave Pasadena this house that I’ve been in for 25 years. I already miss what I miss—the place I grew up. Time has displaced me from that place. Distance too.

Now I’m twenty-five years on in this place—and I still miss that other place. I couldn’t bear to leave Pasadena and face the prospect of missing it too. Shoot, I still miss Fedco!

My passport does not match the country in which I grew up. (That is an awkward sentence, much like the situation I’m trying to describe.) This makes me a perpetual outsider. When I go ‘home‘ – and it always feels daring to call England ‘home’ – the immigration control folks want to see my return ticket. Still, I feel very content when I’m there.

This weekend, I get to spend time with people who have a similar experience to mine. We are third culture kids, and I blogged about it here in a post called “Is It My England Too? On Being a Third Culture Kid prior to my last high school reunion.

Posting will be light to non-existent during the next few days. Next week, you’ll be seeing the happy faces of my fellow Lancers. See you later.

All photos by Timothy Down.

UPDATE: Wow. I just found out that Edward Lee Howard, a CIA officer who defected to the Soviet Union, graduated from my high school.

Posted in Around Town, Los Angeles


I am Dodger fan (much to the chagrin of my Staten-Island-born mother), and this season was certainly a tough one. I’m not going to get into the older players vs the younger players, or the merits of Grady Little (or lack thereof).

My rant is about today’s season wrap up on FSN. They offered us a quick-cut edit of the season’s highlights. Nice enough—someone(s) obviously spent lots of time on it—but it wasn’t what the True Blue Dodger Fan (TBDF) wanted.

The TBDF wants content. We want a recap of the 10 best at-bats and the 10 best defensive plays (including the 2 triple plays). It’s Sunday afternoon, and we just lost to the Giants 11-2 to conclude the scary season. We want to remember what went right.

We want to remember what went right in context. The quick-cut thing makes the TBDF angry. Those moments flashing before our eyes have a thousand times more meaning when we are reminded at what point in the game and/or season the play-on-display happened.

Our boys of summer didn’t make it to October. Vinnie mentioned how the team spent lotsa dough to buy good players. As usual, Vin’s dulcet tones speak the truth—money doesn’t buy everything.

In closing, Vinnie said, ‘God willing, I’ll see you in the spring.” Yes, Vin, yes. See you next year.


Posted in Around Town, Issues, Los Angeles


What is the MLK-Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MLK-MACC)? The MLK-MACC is located at the former King-Drew Medical Center. According to LA County’s Department of Health Services website: “Urgent Care (non life threatening) medical services remain open at the hospital from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week. Outpatient clinics also remain open. Call the County’s toll free information line, 211, for more information.”

Why am I blogging about this? Because people keep saying that the hospital is closed, even today’s LA Times article about hospitals’ financial woes. But the facility IS NOT completely closed. Yes, the Emergency Department is closed. Yes, there are no inpatient hospital services.

But there is Urgent Care there, and most Emergency Department administrators will tell you that a fairly large percentage (say around 40%) of patients who end up in an emergency room are there for conditions that could have been handled in an Urgent Care facility.

Yes, the community needs that hospital, and the closure of MLK hospital’s emergency room has already resulted worse medical outcomes for residents of the area. BUT PLEASE, local media, let people know that even though the hospital has been eviscerated, health care is still available at the facility.

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