Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blonde Dates

How many blonde dates have you had?
It's the most wonderful time of the the desert. It's date harvest time! Go up and down Highway 111 in Indio and you'll find the chewest dates you've ever had. Succulant and delicious.

After a long hot summer when temperatures soared to 110 degrees every day, nascent dates--hard and light green--adorned the date palms all over the valley.

Now these dates are brown and squishy-sweet. Great food with great nutrition. Just don't swallow the pits.

halloween art

Monday, September 24, 2012

Calinente Tropics Revisited

Looking through the "A" frame of the Caliente Tropics Hotel in Palm Springs.

This isn't the first time I've written about this mid-century modern Tiki masterpiece. In early 2007, I photographed the Caliente Tropics just before Anna Nicole Smith died, she partied here while filming her reality show. The episode had her judging a male beauty contest.

Prior to that, I wrote an article for the Desert Sun about the hotel's reopening in 2002. At the time, the new owners who came from San Francisco bought the property, putting millions of dollars into it.

Built in the mid-1960s, the Caliente Tropics was the brainchild of Ken Kimes, husband of the notorious murderess Sante. The troubled Sante took in homeless people and tortured them, not to mention burning houses for the sake of watching the embers flicker.

The Caliente Tropics, part of a chain with the Tropics name, has a sister hotel, The Topics in Indio.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Palm Springs Destroyed by Wind Farms

Donald Trump doesn't like the Palm Spring wind farms.
Donald Trump is an interesting man whose bonded with the rightward-tilting pundits, even becoming one himself. Soon he'll have his own show on the Fox News network.

His tweets are incensing Valley residents who take pride on the beautiful windmills that cover the barren mountains on Interstate 10 and Highway 111. Trump believes that the turbines are destroying the scenery around Palm Springs, not to mention the birds flying around them.

Bird killers the wind turbines are not, well, not as much as the loveable domestic cats. Nor as much as the glass on high-rises. Yes, and even less than the automobile. Come to think of it, how many birds have you killed with your car in your lifetime. How many has your cat killed?

So much for bird-killing. To be sure, there are more turbines than ever, and they're still putting them up. The new ones with crane-like bodies are cheaper and less aesthetic  than the older all-white, body-and-fan models.

Today's question is...should more wind turbines be installed on our turbine-infested mountains or should their be a moratorium on building new ones? Better yet, should some of them be taken down.

You with Trump or not? 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dreaming of This

Palm Springs in winter

Aright, already, it's the middle and humid. Did you hear that? Hot and humid.

Winter in Palm Springs is a see-but-don't-touch affair. You see the snow, but you can't touch it.
Lots of people like that. That's why this city--all of the desert cities, actually--are so well-groomed, immaculate, really, compared to most other Southern California tourist destinations.

Looking at this picture now, I know that we who live here don't have much longer to wait until it cools down.

Late September in Palm Springs is like late March in Minneapolis--everybody's waiting to be able to spend some time outside.

Image is of Mesquite Golf Course in HDR.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Palm Springs Neighbohoods--Movie Colony

Anyone remember Cary Grant or Tony Curtis? If you're under 40, you might not have. Tony is Jamie Lee's father (the Activa yogurt lady). Heard of Janet Leigh? She's Jamie's mom. She lived with dad in Palm Springs and Jamie lived there too.

Wanna know more about Jamie and Palm Springs? She's a psuedo-mom to Lindsey Lohan helping to keep up her sobriety. Nice job, Jamie.

Jamie is a Betty Ford Center cheerleader, grateful to such organizations because of what she went through years ago. Grab the October 2012 Good Housekeeping to catch up on that.

Blog's just a bit tongue-and-cheeky today, not to mention gossipy. Hey--what do you want? This is Palm Springs. We have celebrity ghosts here. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What's that Smell Follow-up

Are these dead Talapias causing the foul odor in Palm Springs?
Oh my gosh! The smell is back--big time! Walk outside and the smell of dead fish inundates the air going inside your lungs. Is it harmful? Is it really the smell of dead fish in and around the Salton Sea?

I speculated, as many have, that it's from the annual fish kill that happens in the Salton Sea during the summer when grueling desert temperatures can fry an egg on a sidewalk.

An anonymous visitor commented that the smell might be due to the a once-40-foot high toxic compost pile in Mecca. The EPA was supposed to take care of it, but evidently the smelly mountain has only been cut in half.

Chatter has it that it's a big challenge to close down toxic dump areas in poor communities, hence the delay.

The big question is if the smell we are now experiencing has drifted (along with the dead fish odor) into Palm Springs via a southeasterly  monsoonal wind.

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Great Palm Springs Hike

Palm Springs golf course behind Dumuth Park

The best time to go out and photograph the Palm Springs golf courses is early in the morning just when the sun peeks above the horizon.

This golf course--the Mesquite Country Club--is on El Cielo and Mesquite. The course has a great bike and jogging trail running along the side of it. To get to this trail, go to Dumuth Park and park in one of the many parking lots there. Then walk to the southeast end of the park. You'll see an entry way into the golf course. The trail is to your left.

The trail adjacent to the golf course runs under Gene Autry Trail so you don't have to worry about crossing the street. It also goes through part of the country club land (Mesquite Golf Course), but don't let that deter you; it's a public trail. Continue until you reach the end of the golf course and then turn right (south) for about one-quarter block. You'll see a paved road, which is a continuation of the trail. It runs alongside Soak City Water Park.

Walk to the end of that road (you'll see dozens of bunnies at dusk, an occasional road runner and once in a great while, a coyote) and turn left. You'll now be walking along the edge of the driving range (golf). Continue on until the trail turns abruptly right alongside the far end of the driving range.

The trail then ends at Golf Club Drive. The trail continues on, but by that time you've walked a mile-and-a-half so if you turn around and walk back, you'll have walked a total of about three miles.
It's my favorite walk in Palm Springs.