Analogue Girl About Town: Oh, the Mundanity!


Last week was not particularly creatively productive or eventful for me.

Cafe de Leche on York

I mostly ran errands and attempted to finish some current Lomo projects while drinking lots of coffee on the side. I also spent a lot of time daydreaming about leaving LA and moving to another city, which is now more than ever an internal struggle for me because even if I have always been a wanderer, it seems very hard for me now to imagine living somewhere else – but that’s an entirely different story that I want to save for another time.

Crystal Cove in Orange County

Aside from that beach photo shoot I did with my cousin, who I haven’t seen for more than a year now because she lives in San Diego and has a rather hectic schedule that includes early morning skating practices SEVEN days a week, that turned out pretty darn well (check it out here), I didn’t really do any worth sharing.

Wombleton Records, a used vinyl store on York
Gimme Gimme Records, a used vinyl store that moved to LA from New York

So, I haven’t got anything for you this week. I visited a few vinyl stores around the East Side to look for some hard-to-find records and I stopped by the Sun Thrift Store, featured here by my friend herbert-4, where I found a perfectly working mini Sewing Machine, a toy camera, and two tennis rackets all for under $20. Other than that, I’ve got nothing. No interesting anecdotes, no gripping epiphanies. Even my photos for this article are boring! I’ve got nothing but the mundane and I refuse to bore you with the details of it.

A thrift store find!
A swap meet find!

It makes me feel…I don’t know, like a failure for having nothing to offer you this week. Here’s a writer who’s got absolutely nothing to say — while that might not alter world history, it’s still mortifying. And it makes me feel really really anxious. If you know me at all, you’ll know that a REALLY BAD week is better for me than a dull one. I guess I am too high-strung for my own good.

But life is, after all, a wheel and good things are coming; good exciting things. I have a few photo projects lined up, some film swaps with very talented Lomographers, and new articles for the month of March. And in two weeks, I will be heading up to Seattle where I’ll get to meet the super artistic tracyvmoore and hopefully some members of the Seattle Lomo Adventure Club.

So- my dry spell won’t last very long. I take comfort in that fact. Besides, I’m old enough now to realize that the back and forth between the mundane and the extraordinary is man’s everlasting struggle and there were probably a few million people on Earth who had a week as ordinary as mine.

A vintage store on York, next to Future Music

All photographs, except for the beach shot, were taken in LA by Michelle Rae. She lives, breathes, and haunts in the City of Angeles.

written by blueskyandhardrock on 2013-03-13 in #lifestyle #seattle #los-angeles #crystal-cove #vinyl-store #sun-thrift-store #seattle-lomo-adventure-club #wombleton-records #thrift-store #east-side #slac #herbert-4 #analoge-girl-about-town #cafe-de-leche #gimme-gimme-records #thrift-store-finds #orange-county #tracyvmoore #york-boulevard


  1. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    Pretty interesting for nothing to say. Keep it up!

  2. crevans27
    crevans27 ·

    Check out the work of Jenny Holzer if you dont know her already. Pretty sure she once said mundane is to be cherished. A good read.... mundane or not

  3. oneira1927
    oneira1927 ·

    Wobleton records off York, damn how long have I been gone, that is my hood and I do not recall such a record shop....Ahhhhhh, and Sunland thrift.....I have found countless treasures there over the years...I love reading your blogs, they actually make me miss L.A

  4. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    @oneira1927 oh my god, we're almost neighbors! I'm on Verdugo in Glassell Park! and yes, York is now an up-and-comer! one of my fave strips!

  5. oneira1927
    oneira1927 ·

    I am off Figueroa in highland park......damn, why weren't we hanging out???!!!!???

  6. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    @oneira1927 well howdy neighbor! i know, we must! but you're livin' it up in paris now! you've gotta let me know when you come back for a visit!

  7. oneira1927
    oneira1927 ·

    Will do will be my first lomo meeting in L.A.......ever

  8. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    @oneira1927 yay!! we can stop by dave's and get some screaming monkeys!! :D

  9. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    love the last autoexposure!

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