October 21, 2007

No More Malibu Castle Kashan

Looks like a fire has destroyed Castle Kashan in Malibu:

"Flames consumed the landmark Castle Kashan, a stately fortress-like home with turrets and arched windows, as about a dozen residents watched from across a street. Chunks of brick fell from the exterior of the burning building overlooking the coast."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7013337,00.html

If you have taken the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to Malibu, you have probably noticed this castle house in the distance off to the right. In recent years it has been rented out for special events. www.malibucastlekashan.com

For a video of a drive up the coast on PCH, take a look at A drive on PCH from Santa Monica to Malibu on YouTube


ultimateLA.com

Posted by ultimatela at 11:54 AM | Comments (1)

February 06, 2005

News Item - Monster SUV can't fit into Century City Mall Parking Garage, creates traffic jam

If you are like me, you find the proliferation of monster SUVs in Los Angeles to be highly annoying. Traffic is tight around here as it is, so why does 10% of the population feel the need to essentially drive a semi around town? They hog space, make it hard to see on the road, and they are a DANGEROUS TANK when in the hands of a cell-phone-talking-while-driving chattering idiot. When you look inside these vehicles, usually there are no passengers, so you are talking about an enormous amount of the earth's resources just to cart around one gluttonous individual. So when you see a "hog" get what they deserve, it does warm your heart just a bit. Yesterday while pulling up to the Century City mall entrance, I noticed a big backup of cars and alot of commotion. What could it be I thought? Is the mall parking lot full today? Hardly, it was an SUV princess that was stuck because her "vehicle" was scraping the top of the parking lot entrance. HA! The thing was just too damn high off the ground. The helpful parking lot attendants guided her out, and her thanks was shooting them a look of "what's the deal with your garage, my sense of entitlement means you should build a taller entrance so that my tank will fit!" A small measure of balance was restored in the universe, as the SUV glutton had to drive away, denied of her Saturday shopping at the mall.

Los Angeles on the Net - www.ultimateLA.com

Posted by ultimatela at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)