A visit to Charles Bukowski’s grave

I’m a huge fan of Bukowski, and an even bigger fan of his writing style – which was in the stream-of-consciousness vein, a la Hunter Thompson. Bukowski often said “Don’t try,” and some would think he meant just let the words flow, don’t try to make sense of them. His wife, Linda, says it means don’t just try, but rather, DO.

“Dirty journalism” is the phrase some people use to describe Bukowski’s writing. Some of it borders on pornography (let’s just say you wouldn’t want to be reading his novel Women on an airplane and have your neighbor glance down at the words). Calling it misogynistic and crude is to put his prose mildly. His poetry, however, is quite beautiful. Here is one of my favorites from his book, You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense.

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Balboa Park San Diego

Balboa Park is situated on a bluff overlooking downtown San Diego and its magnificent, natural bay is one of the most spectacular parks in the world. Built for the first World Fair, today, you can stroll along the El Prado pedestrian walkway and visit the Spanish-Renaissance style architecture, and shaded alcoves, with fountains and fabulous street performers in every nook and cranny. Balboa Park is quintessential California at its best.

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The Los Angeles Zoo: Then and Now

The Griffith Park Zoo was originally opened in 1912, amusingly built on the former location of Griffith J. Griffith’s old ostrich farm. It was opened with 15 animals, and due to lack of funding; it opened without any cages, simply stockades to keep the animals in, which were inadequate for several of the species, kept on site.

Stories claim that the history of the zoo was rocky, and it was always struggling. For example, in 1916, the zoo was apparently leaking sewage into the L.A. River, and later during World War I, a meat shortage made it hard to properly care for the animals, forcing the zoo to substitute horse meat for beef, leading to the deaths of many of the meat eating animals, particularly the big cats. Luckily the zoo was free which kept visitors coming.

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Eight Adventurous & Rebellious Women

Throughout history, bold women have been casting off the shackles of conventional life. Women who fought courageously and tirelessly to assert themselves as individuals and experts in their field, something most men have had the luxury of taking for granted.

In the female sect of explorers, there are heiresses, socialites, and rebels. But the one thing they share beyond their sex is an intrepid spirit that thirsts for adventure.

These woman and others like them did not just prevail, they excelled when personal, economic, political, and racial obstacles threatened. The cards were stacked against these women, but they bet the farm and won. Their stories are full of adventure, romance, loss, and triumph. Everyone can relate to that—and to their stories.

Here are 8 women who traveled and led adventurous lives, because they wanted to expand their horizons, earn money, or simply because boredom was not their style.

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Where’s the gold? Here are 5 California lost treasures

Lost treasure has been the focus of countless books, myths, and movies for as long as we’ve been telling stories. History is full of tales about stashes of treasure left behind by pirates, scoundrels, and thieves, and lucky for us, some of that fortune is still up for grabs. Here are five undiscovered treasures, along with a few other stories of lost treasure in California.

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Long Beach

The aquarium in Long Beach, California, is one of the largest aquariums in the United States, with more than 12,000 ocean animals and nearly 50 exhibits requiring more than a million gallons of Pacific seawater. With its sweeping, curving, wave-like architecture, the Aquarium of the Pacific is designed to emulate the ocean. It is the only aquarium in the world to focus solely on the Pacific Ocean.

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The Murder House

Who can forget the terrifying house of horrors from season one of American Horror Story? Surely, anything so outrageously scary can’t be real. Um … guess again.

SAM_5430-001From the first time I saw the “murder house” on television I had to see not only what it looked like in person, but also what it felt like to stand on the front stoop.

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