Wednesday’s column offers relief from election news: With my deadline falling hours before the polls close, my column becomes an issue-free safe zone. I have news briefs from Upland, Claremont, Ontario and the cultural scene. I hope you will elect to read it.
in Friday’s column, a reader shares his whimsical attempt to throw his weight around when he was principal for a day. Also: six (count ’em, six) items from Ontario and three book items.
For Wednesday’s column, first I follow up on the “Feb. 31” construction signs spotted recently along the 10 Freeway in Claremont and Pomona. They’ve been fixed. Then come items from Chino and Chino Hills, and from the cultural scene, as well as a note about a TV news geographical mistake relating to President Obama’s visit.
How could I resist a construction sign with the date “Feb. 31”? Clearly I could not. Sunday’s column leads off with that item and continues with five Rancho Cucamonga briefs, three Culture Corner briefs and an item on the early days of the Cucamonga library.
Would you like to hear about the photo? After a Facebook tip on Tuesday from reader Ron Scott, who’d seen the sign on the Towne offramp, I made a note of it and spotted similar signs Wednesday evening at a couple of ramps in Pomona and at the Indian Hill on- and offramps. I resolved to take a photo Thursday morning at the Indian Hill onramp on my way into work.
I parked by the closed World Famous Grill (yes, fame is fleeting) and first shot the sign, the one at the eastbound onramp, over and through the chain-link fence, as seen above. Not the best view, but acceptable. Then I walked around the Starbucks to the street and a few feet up the ramp’s landscaped side, nervously, to photograph the sign head-on.
Originally I was going to post the photo on my blog, but I decided Friday morning to use it in print. It’s been years since I ran a silly photo with my column that only went with a short item.
Incidentally, the sign at the westbound offramp would in retrospect have been a better photo, and easier to take, being only feet from the sidewalk and next to a Shell station, but I was in the wrong lane of traffic to get over there once I saw it. In another way, I made the best choice by photographing the eastbound sign, because instead of “this ramp,” this particular sign read “his ramp,” an extra level of strangeness.
Sunday’s column starts with an item about a visit by the late, and towering, Bond villain Richard Kiel, to Ontario. Plus: four items from Claremont, three from Pomona and a comment about Upland City Hall’s latest felon.
Wednesday’s column starts with a silly item from a reader who relates how he came into possession of the Senate Watergate transcripts, and how he disposed of them. Also: four Chino Valley items, two Culture Corner items and details of my next book signing — at the Fair.
Hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend, whether you labored or not. I didn’t leave the confines of the Inland Valley; in fact, I think I stuck exclusively to Claremont and La Verne after scratching the idea of a Metrolink day.
Mostly I read, sought air conditioning and watched movies, catching “Boyhood” and “A Most Wanted Man” at the theater and watching 1921’s “The Phantom Carriage” and 2010’s “The Trip” at home. Also, I booked a flight and made reservations for a vacation in November, and cleaned my bathroom.
How was your weekend?
Wednesday’s column bids farewell to actor Ed Nelson and Chaffey High icon Ed Berryman, both of whom died recently. Also, I plug my next book talk, and I briefly recount my vacation activities.
Sunday’s items column touches on Harlan Ellison, the defunct Espresso Yourself local coffeehouses, the latest from Montclair, cultural events of note, recent filming at Fairplex and a funny reader encounter.
Friday’s column kicks off with an update about Ken McNeil, a former San Antonio Heights man who made our news pages now and then with his activism. After that, I have items about the past: the 1950s “Burns and Allen” show, visits to Pomona by foreign delegations in the 1950s and 1960s, and a local reference in the 1995 Disney movie “A Kid in King Arthur’s Court.”