Jon Crispin's Notebook



I’m sitting at the outside bar at the Long Beach Airport drinking a beer and waiting for my flight back home.


It has been a pretty quick but lovely trip.


The above photos are from a nice trip to Olvera Street that we took to eat some great Mexican food and walk around a bit.  Frida Kahlo is everywhere!


Cris and I always try to go to Huntington Beach.  This day was cool, grey, and rainy.  Lovely.


I really like wandering on and under the pier.


It wasn’t very crowded due to the weather.


A Ruby’s chocolate shake always hits the spot.


I don’t remember Zoltar from previous years.  He will tell your fortune though.


I am kind of attracted to photographing weird stuff.


I wonder how many times the Life Ring has been used.


The nearest In n Out is about a 30 minute walk from Lynne’s house.  So much to see along the way!


My brother-in-law John knows so much about LA and it is amazing to spend a day with him cruising around.  This is the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Brentwood.  It is referred to as the Sturges House but is most famous for the fact that Jack Larson the actor who played Jimmy Olsen on the Superman TV show, lived here for many years.  It was to be auctioned a few years ago, but didn’t sell.  It is now abandoned and in rough shape.  Shocking.


It is in a very quaint and beautiful neighborhood.


Check out this deck from below.  It is nearly the size of the house which is only 1400 square feet.  I am always saddened and amazed that such an important house can sit abandoned and empty.  Especially in Brentwood!


John grew up in Palos Verdes, which is to me the most amazing community in the LA area.  It was nice to go there for a coffee before driving back to Tustin.  This fountain is in the center of the little commercial area.

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  1. rooseveltislandlady said, on 28/05/2019 at 10:19 pm

    I see that there is another Frank Lloyd Wright house in peril. One in NJ was moved piece by piece to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AK.  It seems his houses take millions to restore and maintain.  Hope someone adopts it soon. Hi from SUNNY Roosevelt Island.

    Judith Berdy, President The Roosevelt Island Historical Society531 Main St., #1704NY, NY 10044 212-688-4836 917-744-3721 cell

  2. Carolyn Rogers said, on 29/05/2019 at 5:39 am

    Such a fun and interesting post.  Thank you.

  3. Martha Wagner said, on 29/05/2019 at 10:43 pm

    Dear Jon,

    Thanks for sharing your photos. I thought they were really neat – I liked them alot ! I was impressed. The photo of the jewelry was very cool. …I wouldn’t mind wearing one. I enjoy taking “strange ” pictures of unique things too. Our camera club meetings have ended for the summer and will begin again in September. Our last meeting was our “salon”: All members submit 3 photos to another club to judge. I submitted one that I took in P.R. the photos were sent to a club in Canada and my photo was judged as one of the highest scorers. ( equal merit) !!! Not only did I receive a top score, but the points that the photo gave me put me into the highest level of competition in our club.

    At the end of june/beginning of July, we are taking a 3 weeks holiday to Quebec, canada. I intend to take many pictures and hopefully use some for our club next season. We’re going to a Native Canadian Indian pow-wow and I hope I get some good stuff there too. Wish me luck! Please keep me posted on your photo taking. I’m always interested in your work. Have a wonderful summer and take care.


    Martha Wagner
    Dover, NJ

    • joncrispin said, on 04/06/2019 at 11:41 am

      Martha, it is so nice to hear from you. Thanks for staying with the posts. All best, Jon

  4. Martha Wagner said, on 29/05/2019 at 10:57 pm


    Forgot to mention. …..yes, it is extremely depressing to see such a beautiful FLW house abandoned and slowly becoming trashed. What a horrible shame. We have a FLW home close to us that we visited a few years ago. It was built in the woods over a waterfall in PA. It was super cool to visit. FLW was quite an architect. He did amazing things. The unfortunate thing about the waterfall house is that the environment is slowly destroying some of the foundation of the house, even though the PA historical center is trying to upkeep it. I bought some nice postcards of the home so i would always remember it..

    Martha Wagner

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