There are few things in Los Angeles that surprise you.
We have everything, but sometimes we forget what we have. We’ve all driven down La Brea and been fascinated by the colorful sights of signs, furniture and statues of yesteryear, but felt too embolden to our cars to step out.
Have I ever done this? The answer is still no. I happened to be by on bike and despite being ten minutes late to a meeting, I felt like it was my duty to stop in.
Firstly, I never knew it was called Nick Metropolis! With all the signs, how was I to know which was the right one? You’re just asking for a rhetorical question!
Fortunately for me, I didn’t have a lot of time there. Reason being when I spend time at places like this, I also spend money. A lot of money. The first thing that caught my eye was the giant Rainbow Room sign. Just the thought of owning a small piece of LA history is a thrilling even if I don’t have a place to put it.
If this doesn’t pass your fancy, there are many other mid-century and post-modern relics that are highly desirable. It is really fascinating to find linkage to so many pieces that specifically say Los Angeles from an era where the city began to define it’s future.
As a journalist, it should be my responsibility to do more investigative work of the variety that’s available, but as a consumer, I don’t think I could show that much restraint if I spent more time beyond the five minutes I ran through. If you love Los Angeles, I suggest you take a few more moments than I to look into our past and even buy some of it.
And if you do and need a place for your excess purchases, I know somebody who is willing to store them….