Oh, how I loved the James Bond movies back in the day, when Sean Connery filled the big screen with his smooth, manly moves. One of the most memorable 007 scenes occurred in The Elrod House, which hit the market last week with a $13,890,000 price tag. Remember the epic battle between James, Bambi and Thumper in 1971's Diamonds are Forever? If I win the Powerball jackpot in the near future, this place will be my Palm Springs getaway.
Let's review. Blowfeld held Wilfred Whyte (Jimmy Dean) in the compound, James arrived, got bounced around by the girls, and came out on top, as usual, wrestling them into submission in the infinity pool. But the real star of the scene is the house.
Pretty out there for the early '70s, this home has held its place as a timeless example of organic, modernist architecture. The circular living area, built around existing boulders and rock outcroppings, frames breathtaking, panoramic views. Early on, Lautner was associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and at least some of that influence shows in the structure as it extends and integrates into its natural surroundings. I grew up with and love the modern, atomic look, but this house does not fit into that genre. Not at all. It occupies a space all its own in architectural significance. Find more info and pics at Palm Springs Life.
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I spotted this church from my 48th fl. hotel room, so I took a walk and found it just a couple blocks from Times Square. The front door was propped open, with people sitting inside.
Times Square was packed with people, of course. I discovered something interesting during the ride from the airport. People were practically sprinting out of office buildings and heading right down the middle of the streets. Not on the sidewalks, but right smack in the streets. I asked the driver if that was always the pattern and he said yes, that people will do anything and everything to make their way quickly to the trains. Traffic just comes to a halt when this sea of humanity starts moving.
The H1N1 flu is all over the place, so I'm going through buckets of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, coughing into my elbow and punching the elevator button with anything except my bare-skinned fingers. So far, it's working. Now, if I could only get a flu shot or if I'm lucky, both flu shots ... but the supply of vaccine has so far not made it to my locale, at least for the general public.
How am I going to be able to keep posting my songs of the week when the YouTube deputies keep taking down the video? Why does the music industry insist on irritating their most loyal customers? Wouldn't posting Since I've Been Loving You possibly make you want to go purchase Led Zep III? I DO spend $ on music ... all the time. At least let us have an online listen. I'm only linking, not downloading!
And while I'm on a rant, was that Sly from Sly and the Family Stone I saw on a cooking show the other day? The Food Network or something? I almost fell off the sofa. That's just not right.