Sunset at Telegraph Rd and Atlantic Blvd in East LA

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At sunset in the intersection of Telegraph Rd and Atlantic Blvd in East LA.

The smell of coffee got me out of bed this morning. My mind was racing with things I needed to do before I headed out, however the rush from the caffeine made it feel like 100 things. After several stops in Alhambra and San Fernando Valley I finally made it to the office in Santa Monica, it was 10am and the day was just starting.

For the next eight hours I went into auto mode, examining, imputing and looking at numbers. Double checking work, making sure all is correct. Some people think “auto mode” is great, being able to multi-task while at the same time mentally reviewing the other aspects of life. If you’ve ever sat in front of 20 TV sets, all showing different movies at the same time and following the stories of each, then you know how it feels.

Unfortunately life doesn’t turn off all the TV’s at once, that’s up to me.

However, this day was different. On my way home I drove by the intersection of Telegraph Rd and Atlantic Blvd in East LA, this sunset view instantly pulled the plug on 19 TV sets. Only one was left on, so I took a picture of it.

House on Stilts – an East LA landmark?

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House on stilts – 1219 Dodds Circle in Boyle Heights/City Terrace area of East Los Angeles.

My parents have lived in Boyle Heights for over 35 years and this home on stilts is within eyesight of their front yard. I don’t know when it was built or if it was there when my parents moved to the neighborhood, but as a young kid I recall this home being there.

The home on 1219 Dodds Circle was made famous when it was showcased in the 1995 Robert DeNiro/Al Pacino film Heat. The back side, which faces west, must have spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline. Although I’m not sure how safe I would feel knowing that my home is held up by only 5 steel rods! Either way it’s an interesting home, it’s almost like an East LA landmark…well unofficially.

Want to see how it looks from the base? Check it out on Google Street View, be sure to move the camera up!

Any other local residents want to add there knowledge of this home on stilts? If so leave a comment below!

Old Sears building on Soto and Olympic in LA

Old Sears building on Soto in LA

Old Sears building on Soto & Olympic in East Los Angeles

Most people pass this building everyday on their way to work and forget it’s history. Built in 1927 for their mail order department, it stands tall as a gateway into East Los Angeles. Sears used it until 1992, when it was sold and now sits vacant (although there’s still a Sears on the ground floor). Some locals say it’s haunted, but what old building isn’t! 😉

Sunset in East Los Angeles

Sunset in East Los Angeles

Camera settings:  ISO 80, 59mm, f/4.5, 1/4 s

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