Monday, March 20, 2006

VISUAL POLUTION, YET AGAIN....STILL!

Well, all of a sudden I have now seen another building in Hollywood that has one of these HUGE things on it...what is really bizarre to me is, the only one that I ever noticed for three years or so was that first one that I posted, the iPod one....then, along came the Target one and the reason I never saw it was that it wasn't there till they started 'building' it...(And, BTW, they have begun taking it down!!! I don't get it! OY! Maybe they are going to put some other eyesore up there....) then, there was that other huge one from last week, the building on Wilshire Blvd that is miles and miles from me....and now...this one

And the only reason I saw it at all is, well....there are a couple of reasons. It's been so clear here because of the rains and the winds...and so I was taking a photograph of some clouds and had gone in closer to see just how painted they looked, (different ones from the other day...) and when I looked at these shots blown up on my computer..there was a small portion of this "Ad" up above...

I think being home as much as I have been these last months and having the digital camera and 'seeing' lots of things I had not been really seeing because in truth, I wasn't looking....these awful advertisements have come into my conciousness. There are some smaller one's, too, but I understand that they are like the Billboards we have all been living with for as long as I can remember....even as a child, Times Square had the huge Camel Cigarettes Ad on the side of a big building and smoke rings actually came out of that one! (I looked and looked for a picture of that and couldn't find one...) The thing about that Times Square one was that they would change the picture of the person around that smoke hole, (that sounds rather dirty, doesn't it?) but the hole with the smoke rings would just stay the same...different picture, different mouth....same hole....But you expected those kinds of things in Times Square. You just don't expect that 40 and 50 story building in the middle of nowhere so to speak, would have these huge things on them.

And even weirder...that Target one that was on the side of the TV Guide Building? Is Gone. As of today: G-O-N-E! I noticed yesterday that they were taking it down, (as noted above) and by the time I had the time to take a picture of the removal (just this morning)....it was, removed! Here is a picture of the now empty side of the building on this very overcast, it-is-supposed-to-rain-again-day...here in L.A.




I'm sorry I haven't been posting much of interest lately....but S.T.A.G.E. (just waiting for the official photographer to send me his photo's of the show and then I'll write about the whole thing) and it's aftermath, plus some severe plumbing problems....UGH, and a number of visitors to my home, I'm happy to say, has kept me from doing my blog writing and my blog visiting...I hope you all will bear with me...I am working on two rather long posts, both of which are not nearly ready...and I'm hoping to get to finishing one of them or both of them, fairly soon...

And, I realize there has been another factor lurking in the background for me. When I had that Anonymous nasty mean spirited person commenting it did something to me...it took some of the joy out of blogging for me...and I'm having trouble getting that joy back...I'm sure I will, but it isn't all back yet. And I seemed to have lost a whole lot of people who used to come and visit...Oh well, I guess that's part of The Blogworld, too. So, bear with me dear blog buddies...I will rise again!

And almost last, but by no means least....

HERE is a photo on this gloomy day here in Los Angeles of the Hotel (Just a stones throw away from me..) that our dear WendyWings will be staying in when she comes here in August all the way from New Zealand, to walk The Red Carpet at The Emmy Awards! I'm excited because I will get to meet her "In Person"....Hooray for Wendy!


So, that's it for now...except for this photo of my dear kitty Sweetie. And for those who don't already know, Sweetie has his own blog now...yes, he wanted a place to vent. Well, not vent, really...just a place to share his thoughts...so if you feel like paying him a visit, do! He loves visitors, you know? Just the way the rest of us do.



**Blogger won't let me upload any pictures. So, until such time as it will allow me to do this, I am unable to do a NEW post, since the photo's are essential to what I'm writing about...Blogger sure has been a pisser this past weekend...! OY OY OY!

Time to make other arrangements people???**

(Updated Monday, 1:00 a.m.)














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54 Comments:
had this to say:

Sweetie is incredibly beautiful, Naomi. I'd seen pictures of him before but never one that focused on him to this degree. I'm not a cat person--but even I was taken aback at how pretty he is.

I don't agree with you about the advertisements on the buildings, Naomi, though maybe it's just because I can't see them in person. I don't find buildings very attractive and often would prefer to see the ad picture instead of the building. I guess it would depend on the ad--and the building--though.

Michele sent me!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 2:13:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Sweetie has to be one of the most beautiful cats I have EVER SEEN!!!!!

I am going to visit his/her blog!

michele sent me....

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 2:21:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Hi!! [waves frantically] - it's ME!!

WOW - that huge picture just gone - poof!

Wish the Britr worked that fast! :-)

I am SO glad you are going to see Wendy. RAise a glass to the queen while you're together, eh? :-)

Ah Sweetie, such a handsome boy :-)

I'm still here, just nasty busy with work and Aginoth and stuff...

cq

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 2:29:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

OH! I wish I could kiss through the screen!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 2:30:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

now if they only took that TV guide sign down. I could probably hit it with a slingshot (I'd never do such a thing - but i could if i wanted to)

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 2:38:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I knew something was wrong when your comment moderation was enabled. I also got before a unspirited person and sometimes get them still. I also enabled my comment moderation but friends became less so I disabled it again. I just delete them. Of course it can really make you mad but then who are they right?

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 2:39:00 PM PST 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

Hello Sweetie. My you are so graceful, like your mom no doubt.

Yes, having that camera in your hand lets you see how extraordinary the small ordinary things of life can be.

It looks like my girl and I will be apartment sitting in Brooklyn for two weeks this summer. Botanical gardens down the street. In the same area they filmed Moonstruck.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 3:03:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Don't you let anyone steal your joy!!!!! Argh, that pisses me off! You are so endearing, so full of knowledge, such a breath of fresh air in this blog world.... I am mad to know you are not your 100% joyous self. =) I will visit, and continue to do so, I promise. Glad your view is a little better these days.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 3:04:00 PM PST 

Blogger Joe
had this to say:

I can see how that can get on one's nerves! Just looks tacky to have those ads on the sides of buildings. Oh well, what can you do huh?

Here via Michele.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 3:14:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Sweetie....I love you. Naomi, do this for me, please. Do not let that anonymous piece of trash ruin blogging for you. When you get down over something like that: they win. We wouldn't want that to happen, would we?

I am glad come ads are coming down, but I suspect that others will go up in their place, eventually.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 3:21:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

My philosophy of advertising is simple: as time goes on, every blank spot in the world will eventually become commoditized as potential ad space.

To wit, the average arena has become a visual nightmare. The boards, which used to be pristine white, are now festooned with ads. Logos are painted under the ice, while dancing neon things hang from every available spot. It's depressing.

But, such is the rampantly capitalist world we live in.

Sigh.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 3:26:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

what a great post..
great images...
and I can be patient for you to visit my place..
its always such a joy to have you..

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 3:30:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

intrusive ads everywhere...not so subliminal!

Thanks for visiting my blog (twice in a row). You can find the xylophone at eToys, if you're interested, lol! The kids really do love it. I hear there's a floating drum out there somewhere, too!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 3:45:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

You got skipped again at Michele's, so I slipped over to shine my bright and beautiful smile upon your blog.

(stop rolling your eyes!)

And that's a verrrry pretty kitty!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 4:18:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Beautiful pictures, as always.

Don't let mean commenters get you down...it just isn't worth it. BTDT...I choose to ignore anyone who wants to act like an idiot now....also, that's the joy of comment moderation. :)

Visiting via Michele tonight.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 4:18:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Ahhh look at that, I see my room ( lol not really )
How cool would it be if I can get a reverse picture or your house from my room LOL

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 4:20:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Ahhh look at that, I see my room ( lol not really )
How cool would it be if I can get a reverse picture of your house from my room LOL

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 4:20:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

thanks for stoppin' by my place from Michele's! :)

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 4:30:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Sweetie really is a beautiful kitty! And I do not understand why they spend so much on advertising only to take it down. Makes no sense. At least you don't have to look at it anymore.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 4:52:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I think blogging ebbs and flows, and this may be why not so many visitors (although I was not here during the nasty anonymous blogging and have no idea what that was about). I know sometimes I check my daily blog friends and other times it is a weekly thing...
Here from Michele's tonight. Why is WendyWings going to the Emmy's?

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 4:58:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Sweetie IS a sweetie!!!!! I'm going to her blog now!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 4:59:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh btw Sweetie is absolutly gorgeous, I can't wait to meet the pair of you.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 5:04:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Some people and companies will do anything for money and advertising!!!

That photo of Sweetie is very cute!!!

Michele sent me.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 5:06:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

It's nice to have these photo collection. You can compare in later years the changes that have happened. Nice hobby.

Happy weekend!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 5:50:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Your Sweetie is a sweetie. Great Pictures. Don't let anyone steal your joy....especially anyone that won't even sign their name. Michele sent me tonight.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 8:03:00 PM PST 

Blogger T.
had this to say:

Blogging baddies suck. Don't let the mean asses get you down. I noticed you tried to get on my site from Michele's. Blogger doesn't like me much these days. Thanks for trying. I'll be back!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 8:15:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Back again, via Michele this time. I think we'll convert Utenzi to a cat guy yet - if you keep posting photos of Sweetie!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 8:56:00 PM PST 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

Nicky saw Sweetie's picture and now he has a new crush. Since Maggie here won't give him the time of day, he is lonely.
Here from Michele this time.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 9:11:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Hi again!!

Michele sent me..

My show was GREAT! thanks for asking....I had a nice big crowd and just a great show all around.

Thanks!

N

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 9:33:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Hi again!!

Michele sent me..

My show was GREAT! thanks for asking....I had a nice big crowd and just a great show all around.

Thanks!

N

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 9:33:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, it is Utenzi's girlfriend's cat, I think.

Michele sent me back. I just put up a new post, but bloger wouldn't let me download a photo tonight.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 9:53:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

hello again dear friend!

Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 11:48:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

those nasty individuals struck again, eh? don't let them take away the joy you have in blogging, dear naomi. they obviously don't have anything better to do. :)

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 12:22:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

A great picture of Sweetie. The others have so many intrusive buildings!

Michele sent me here!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 2:49:00 AM PST 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

I guess it really depends on the ad. I have seen buildings being renovated and canvas-covered with wonderful paintings, like fake windows the old buildings have... You are a very sensitive and perceptive person, Naomi. That is very positive because you sparkle but it is negative because you can also sense a malicious (insert swear word!), but like other have already said: don't let one bad soul ruin what you have achieved with your blog, think of all the ones you have reached with your wonderful posts, words and pics. Keep your blogging spirit up, people come and go depending on work schedules or just other needs, but most of us keep coming back for more. Have a lovely day, dear Naomi!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 3:29:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Dear Naomi, I agree with others, don't let bad mean commenters get you down, it just isn't worth it. You are very joyful and optimist person, don't let anyone steal your brightness and joy!!

The pictures are gorgeous. I love the photo on big format.

Sweetie is adorable and gorgeous!

Have a lovely Sunday!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 5:58:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I think this would be the Times Square Camel ad you were looking for?

I just love your pictures, even if they are of billboards. It's like seeing life through someone else's eyes. :)

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 10:34:00 AM PST 

Blogger T.
had this to say:

Good afternoon Naomi! Michele sent me, again. Happy she did. I'm off for the rest of the day. Be good, and see you soon!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 10:46:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

How do they even DO those billboards on the buildings? Advertising is just dumb; I mean, it works, obviously, but it takes something ingenious to get me to buy it (like Swiffer dusters to dust my mini-blinds with, hee-hee!)

Like I said, there are trolls who just go around randomly, and then there are some that will target you and be persistent.
They ALL fall under the classification of "Losers".

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 11:03:00 AM PST 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

Times square with the L'Oreal hair color girls plastered on the buildings. We stayed in the Peachtree right next to that billboard in '95. So much going on ALL the time.
Here from Michele. I have a bed full of sleeping cats; is it naptime for Sweetie too?

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 11:06:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

You get to meet Wendy?? I am sooooo jealous! I love Wendy!

Great post, too. Billboards get to be such an eyesore..and now plastered all over the sides of buildings?? jeez..

Michele sent me. :)

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 11:24:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

On my last visit, I forgot to tell you how absolutely gorgeous Sweetie is...oh, I miss having kitties in my life!

Michele sent me (sort of...you weren't right above, but I thought I would come and say hey again!)

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 11:31:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I always get truly entertained when I read your blog. I envy the beautiful life you have. So much memory I hope you scrapbook them for future generations.
I have a challenge on my blog I would like yo invite you to participate in.
http://mphoinix.blogspot.com/2006/03/my-imperfections.html
Have a great week, not from Michele, on my own :)
Maggie

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 12:19:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

What a BEAUTIFUL cat!!! I posted one of my own cat today too! It's been a long time since i've lived in a big city like that. For me it was New York City, and to be honest, I don't miss it all that much! Those are really neat pictures though!! Hello from Michele's!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 1:41:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

hi, It's me again....

I am sorry to say the same thing, but I just cannot get over that cat!!!!!!!!!!

SWEETIE!!!!

N:)

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 3:33:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! I'm getting here at last!! First time today I've had a chance to be on this machine. Unusual for me, but I have been busy!

Strange that the ads come and go. They need to put that picture of Sweetie on one of those buildings. That cat is beautiful!! Now that would be a feast for everyone to see!

Sorry about the plumbing problems. You are right - UGH!

You are getting to meet a blogger. How cool and awesome is that!!! I know that will be a treat for both of you.

Everyone is right about the people who post nasty comments. I know it's hard but try to ignore them. Your blog is great (like Tony the tiger said it)!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 3:42:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

It's nice that you've been having visitors and that's what's kept you out of the blogosphere - at least you have a good distraction.

And don't let the troll steal your spirit! Dork.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 3:44:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

How could anyone be mean spirited towards you! Thats just not right! I love reading your posts. :)
One of my fav questions to stir conversation is: What would the world be like with no advertisments?
It's interesting where that topic can go!
Also, your cat is gorgeous!!
Ash

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 4:38:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi! I haven't been here in ages. I'm so sorry! I haven't been posting very often, so that's my excuse.

Love your photos and your cat is GORGEOUS! Mine is not nearly as beautiful.

Your photos of the LA skyline are really interesting! I can imagine that the view has changed a lot over the years.

Michele sent me and I'm really glad!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 5:11:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I don't know about this, Naomi. It seems like you and Judy are in cahoots to give me a reputation as a cat fancier. Nope, not for a second--the only good cat is one far, far away. Like Sweetie!

And since you asked, the cat on the header of my blog is one I've posted about on occasion who I call "bad penny" but who's real name is Pippin. He belongs--in as much as cats can be owned--to my girlfriend and she named him after the character in The Hobbit. He likes to sleep on me.

Michele sent me to see you again, Naomi!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 5:34:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

just have a moment to say hello, will be stopping back when i can say more, but i read the whole post... i didnt know you had a mean commenter, if it wasnt anon i would throw some rocks at him for ya. ignore the jerks. anyways, back when i can say more, when there isnt a baby on my lap. keep blogging!

Monday, March 20, 2006 at 2:30:00 AM PST 

Blogger dan
had this to say:

I've never seen a cat vent.

Then again, I've never seen a cat do much but lay around sleeping...

Hmmmm, I'll have to check this out..

Monday, March 20, 2006 at 11:57:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

That is one beautiful cat, my friend.
Well, LA isn't quite the set for Blade Runner yet. It is, as I've said, a strange and interesting city, visually, to this Jersey boy. Haven't been there in years. But a trip the Los Angeles County Museum of Art changed my life more than anything. So, that's something.
I finally shoved some art on to my site late last night. Tough weekend dealing with Blogger, especially if you had something special planned. Looking forward to S.T.A.G.E. coverage.
Bye for now
Rick

Monday, March 20, 2006 at 1:47:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I hate large ads and other things on sides of tall buildings. I especially hate it when I'm driving. It's a horrible distraction, plus, because of a fear of heights, I try not to look at tall buildings or focus on how high up I am when on bridges. I get terrible vertigo. Those signs draw my attention to the buildings that I'm trying to ignore, and the next thing I know, my stomach drops, my knees feel weak, and I feel as if I'm falling off the top of the building. It's very difficult to avoid a serious panic attack. As for the nasty comments, and disappearing visitors, ignore the first and don't worry about the second. Since I've put a counter on my blog, I've come to discover quite a lot of people visit my blog daily but never comment. I visit your blog daily, but maybe only comment once a week or so. So continue blogging. You have a very enjoyable site and we'd all miss you and your lovely photos something fierce if you were to stop. :-)

Monday, March 20, 2006 at 4:54:00 PM PST 

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