Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Suave the Band


The Downey free summer concerts began last Wednesday at Furman Park. The first sounds this year came from Suave the Band, Latin Dance. And, there were plenty of people who wanted to dance.

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It was a lot of fun to watch the dancers moving to the beat and clearly having the time of their lives. One of the understandings of the word Suave is confident or self-possessed. These dancers were definitely "suave."

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Another loss for Downey's history

Superintendent's house Rancho Los Amigos

I wrote yesterday about the Rives Mansion, which hopefully will be restored to its full potential. Another historic building, the Harriman House on the Rancho Los Amigos South Campus, won't be so lucky, since it was mostly destroyed by fire last night.

The building was erected in 1915 as the residence for the superintendent of the County Poor Farm. The first residents were William Harriman and his family, who lived here until his resignation in 1952. The 5,000 square foot house was designed in the Craftman style.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cleaning up

Rives Mansion cleanup

We've written a lot about the Rives Mansion. It's a beautiful old house, built in 1911, that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion has fallen on tough times lately.

Last month, the fence around the mansion's back area collapsed under all the overgrown vegetation. The collapse exposed overgrown weeds and lots of trash, as well as evidence that people were illegally living in the garage and water tower. The city of Downey went to court and got the OK to clean up the property. This picture shows the back area, with most of the debris cleaned up.

In the past, the mansion has been a private residence, a potential museum, and a potential steakhouse and wine garden, among other things. If money were no obstacle, what would you do with the mansion?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

There's no place like home


I know it looks like it needs a little tender loving care, but there is something very cozy and appealing about this little home. I recently peeked inside the windows when they were doing some work and it was charming on the inside too.

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."
~ Maya Angelou

Friday, June 23, 2017

Give 'em room

Downey Bicycle Coalition

Wednesday night was the Downey Bicycle Coalition's first Ice Cream Social Ride of the summer. It was advertised as a "short 9mi ride...on an EASY-paced, beach cruiser-friendly loop through Downey with a stop at ColdStone Creamery and nearby U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt."

Downey Bicycle CoalitionCalifornia law requires drivers to stay at least three feet away from cyclists while passing.  I like the bright-colored shirt that is sure to serve as a reminder to drivers who pass this group tonight.

I also like the idea of rewarding myself to  ice cream during a ride.

See what's coming up next on their Facebook event page.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A domain keeper

Isaac's cat

I went out to the street this morning to throw some trash out. While out there, I thought I would check my peach tree for any ripe fruit I could use for breakfast. I noticed a few of the peaches had been eaten by birds. Then I was startled to find our neighbor's cat in my tree. I'm not sure if she was waiting for a bird to return or just surveying her domain. Either way, I left her alone in peace.

“A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Keep your eye on the ball


I went over to Columbus High School this evening to watch some softball games. I took several pictures of the action, and this one, I thought, epitomizes the saying we've all heard, "Keep your eye on the ball." Which is to say, keep your eye on the target or goal.

So, I thought I would ask our DDP followers, "Are you keeping your eye on your goals?" Let us know.

PS She did hit the ball.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Macarons and more macarons


One of the things I like about Downey is its proximity to so many places. We are freeway-close to downtown Los Angeles. In fact, it is less than 15 miles from my house to Bottega Louie Restaurant (7th & Grand). Tonight I joined some coworkers for an amazing dinner there.

20170620_172117-1What a fun evening! Great small plates to start, we ordered and devoured octopus, calamari, crab beignets and, of course, pommes frites. After seeing so many dessert choices when we first entered the restaurant, we could not leave without having dessert. So, we chose a few to sample. I'm thinking there are more trips in my future, there are still so many more goodies to taste!


“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
~ Julia Child