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by houseplant
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Dr. Demento airs last radio show
Replies: 1
Views: 1159

Dr Demento

I ran into Dr D a few years ago at the OC Fair. I mentioned to him that my band The Shatners had received some short-lived airplay on his show. He not only remembered us but recalled the exact names of the songs. He made appearance at a Long Beach book store last week (sans his normal top hat and tu...
by houseplant
Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: URGENT! Help SAVE The Parasol Restaurant in Seal Beach CA!!!
Replies: 67
Views: 35866

Parasol - > Mel's -> Panera

I'm very happy that Panera is moving into the old-but-renovated Parasol building. That whole shopping center seems finally to be taking off and though there are some typical fast food places moving in, the old Parasol building still looks beautiful.
by houseplant
Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:03 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Googie motel in Long Beach to become condos and retail?
Replies: 34
Views: 11551

Sea-Port sprawl

Because I live 20 minutes from the location, I walk past the hotel about twice a week and see nothing special in it - it tends to look better from the rear side (non-PCH) where the building lines repeat and delight The distracting part about the Sea-Port is the crummy pieces of wood and metal they c...
by houseplant
Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 464877

new from sandy Long Beach, CA

This is Kurt...for seven years, I've operated a pseudo-artsy website called Houseplant Picture Studio - if you dig deep enough you'll find old photo album photos, found photos, photos of local buildings, streets, graffiti, basic art and some music posts. I take lots of walks and enjoy looking at any...
by houseplant
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: URGENT! Help SAVE The Parasol Restaurant in Seal Beach CA!!!
Replies: 67
Views: 35866

A little perplexed and a little vexed

Who would've thought the Parasol (AKA Mel's Diner) would be in jeopardy again. So many of us watched originally as it was threatened several years ago. The renovation that was done to the building was magnificent (I think) - I tried to check in on the renovation work every couple of weeks as it was ...
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