Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Washingtonias in Love

Bent Washingtonia Robusta palm

Technically this type of palm is a Washingtonia Robusta. Indeed it is robust. Moreover, these Washingtonias appear to be in love--Washingtonias in love. As the hefty mid-century man Jackie Gleason himself said "how sweet it is."

Gleason was a regular on the Bob Hope Classic Golf Tournament, which takes place near Palm Springs.
So much for that off-the-subject diversion.

We were talking about Washingtonia Robustas, right? Well, those trees can grow in awkward ways. When they like each other they lean toward one-another. When they don't like each other, the Washingtonia Roustas curve apart. Okay, so this assumption may or may not be true, but the images sure seem to indicate it.

Now, I've researched the Internet to come up with an the answer to: Why do a few Washingtonia Robostas curve when they grow?

Anyone got any answers or speculations?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Is Lulu's Taking Customers Away from Other Restaurants?

Inside Lulu's restaurant in Palm Springs, California.
Just about everyone is glad that Lulu's is doing well, except, possibly, the restaurants around it. It's the first time in nearly a decade that the tenant of the building in which it resides has been able to get a consistent crowd.

The all-day happy hours don't hurt, either. You can eat at the bar and get in and out for less than $12 a person with tax and tip.  But is that business coming from somewhere else? The crowds in the uptown restaurants have thinned out. Azul and others have lost some of their bustle.

Is there a take-business-away from-Peter-to-pay-Paul syndrome going on?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Downtown Palm Springs During the Twilight Hour Just Before Nightfall

 Palm Springs during the twilight hour just before nightfall is a beautiful site.

It's been over three weeks since I've posted on this blog, and I'm glad to be back. I just got back from a trip to China, one of the most memorable experiences in my life. The photo ops were endless.

Back to Palm Springs. Today's photo is a night shot of the main intersection--Tahquitz Canyon and Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs. Great place to people watch.