A few weeks ago, when it was way too hot for a winter's day, Jeremy and I decided to head for cooler climates. As we headed up the mountain to Big Bear, I delighted in watching the temperature on the dashboard drop a steady 30 degrees. We scored an awesome tin table from an antique store that was set up like an old-west town, complete with a hidden cassette player playing some warped old-timey piano music. We saw the pirate ship from the movie Time Bandits, which, when weather permits, you can take a ride on it-AND they shoot the cannon.
On the way back down the mountain we stopped for a quick drink, lured in
by this bar's awesome signage. It was even better inside.
It was a really, really good time.
Monday, May 21, 2012
We finally made it to The Magic Lamp Inn. Located on old route 66, the decor is kinda Madonna Inn-y but with reds instead of pinks, the patrons were all over 60 years old, and the roadside sign is a neon magic lamp that SHOOTS OUT FIRE. The dining room had a fake village facade and a model ship in the glass windowed wall next to us. I know that sentence doesn't make much sense, but stay with me. There's a giant fire pit in the restaurant that you can lounge around on the red leather upholstered circular seating and in the evenings there's karaoke in the bar. Again; everyone is over 60 so the karaoke choices and the crooning are at full force awesomeness. Jeremy sang some Johnny Cash and I took a video- my favorite part of which is when a guy in a walker slowly scoots in front of the camera. Anyways, this place is a historical gem- visit it while you can.
Totally recommended if you're in the area or even if you're not. Here's 500 photos if you're still not convinced.
Prominent 60's pop artist, teacher, activist, and rebel nun. She's got quite an amazing story, and I won't get into it here but if you're curious to learn more about her, here's a short writeup from Studio of Style which also mentions a current Corita exhibition at Otis College. I just realized that the Corita Art Center is just down the street from me at the Immaculate Heart school - and they have visiting hours today.