Saturday, May 17, 2008

Boyd Wins Hopalong over Bogert


William Boyd retired in Palm Desert. He had been Hopalong Cassidy in the movies. Rumor has it that Frank Bogert wanted the part of Hopalong, but lost out to Boyd.

Please if you have any juicy tidbits about Palm Springs, drop a comment or two.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Horse, and Stuff about DHS

Out in DHS (that would be Desert Hot Springs) there's a horse to greet you at one establishment. I took this picture a couple of months ago and for the life of me, I can't remember where it was.

Maybe Palm Av? Or Pierson? At any rate, the city of DHS is looking for businesses to set up shop on Pierson Blvd (that would be DHS's main drag.

That street's recently been upgraded to include:
Pierson Blvd. has recently undergone a $4 million renovation including:

Widening from two lanes to four with parking on both sides, including biking lanes
Installing landscaped center medians with stamped concrete designs, river rock features, antique lighting, lush and efficient desert flowers
Adding stamped concrete intersections with decorative colors

Here's the link.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Michael's in the Desert



Now this store, which is coming to Palm Springs, is exciting. We'll actually have an art supply store. Everyone loves art!

Michael's Art has--
Beads
Craft Painting
Fine Arts
Floral
Framing
General Crafts
Home Decor
Kids / Teachers
Paper Crafts
Scrapbooking
Seasons & Celebrations
Wedding
Yarn & Needlework

What fun!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Bye Bye Mac Magruder



Mac Magruder Chevrolet had been a Palm Springs landmark for many years. Dumb me didn't notice when it closed down. Anyone know?

What's happening to all the car dealerships in Palm Springs, anyway? Well, for one, they've moved to Cathedral City. Gone are the days when you'd roam Palm Springs and look through the floor to ceiling glass at the latest Chevy.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Bit 'O Country



They're drawin' up a new mural at Bit 'O Country in Palm Springs.

Bit 'O Country is one of my favorite breakfast haunts. I love the place cause they cook their bacon well-done and they have grits. I love grits. I put sugar on them.

They also have biscuits and gravy, which I don't like. I've gone with people, though, who've ordered them and said they're some of the best.

Doncha just love breakfast restaurants.

Friday, May 9, 2008

$4 a Gallon Gas



What's all this that I hear that gas is isn't yet $4 a gallon. We're paying that here in beautiful Palm Springs.

I have a hybrid and it's still $40 to fill my tank here. I shouldn't complain though--a Hummer owner probably pays nearly $100.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Street Fair Musician



Playing the guitar on the street has to be bliss. This street fair musician's pretty good. You can hear him on Thursday nights at Palm Springs Village Fest.

He's located at the east end of the fair near Baristo.

I wish they had more entertainment on Thursday nights, maybe a band or jazz. Justin Blake used to do an event right in the middle, but I can't remember what it was for.

The fair needs some spicin' up. It's kind of stale.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Curved Sidewalks



I never appreciated the curved sidewalks we have here in Palm Springs, until my partner's mother pointed out how much she liked them.

If the Coachella Valley had a sexual orientation, it'd be a gay man, it's so well-groomed. Everything here is meticulous, every vacant area of most of the desert cities is landscaped with plants, that with a little water, thrive in the desert.

I guess we have to get the tourists here as it's our livelihood.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mid-Century Modern Architecture


This type of building has always been one of my favorites. It has everything mid-century--the concrete soaring into a overhang and the floor-to-ceiling glass. Notice, too how the occupants put clay pots outside each doorway. Clever!

This building is located on Indian near Ramon. When I took the picture I tried to line up the roof line with the left edge of the frame. I'm thinking of cropping out the sky. What do you think?

Monday, May 5, 2008

400-Count Sheets Waiting for a New Home

Ahhh, verrrry interesting. Here in Palm Springs we have a new strip mall coming in, which will include a Linens-n-Things.

Only last week Palm Springs Daily Photo noticed that Linens-n-Things is bankrupt and closing stores.

My only question is why is this one opening? I'd like to think Palm Springs as a special place where bankruptcy doesn't exist, but with so many empty storefronts here, I find it difficult to believe that a chain would open a new store here of all places.

Is it because a high population of gay people are here to snap up the latest 400-count cotton sheets?

Friday, May 2, 2008

Purple Flower



Isn't the purple flower against the blue background lovely. These flowers are in bloom now, and I haven't got a clue as to what they're called.

I'm so glad there are people who lend a hand out there in helping me identify the plants of Palm Springs.

The desert has so much more than just tumble weeds.