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32 Hollywood / Vine: Where Gumm became Garland and Louise Kuzma became Traci Lords, there’s a lot of waiting. ” She told me her real name was Angela and she was never going back to some redevelopment patch along the interstate flats of Western Michigan. Up until a few months ago, she was the “Gwyneth Look-Alike” at the Crazy Girls lounge — “But thass all in the pass,” she said, playing up her sense of self as fallen cocktail hag. She got up to dance to a garage-ska beat, intent, with a hard face, athletically imitating the carelessness of youth in her goofy boots and goofy zebra prints, the waitresses staring at her with the embarrassed, pitying look they had practiced on their fathers’ second wives.
NOTE TO SELF: pretend fraying old jacket a tailored Hugo Boss original and don’t look back. So, I quoted The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and did not stop because I was in the bang bang boogie da beat. C. Fields / Kirstie Alley, Jascha Heifetz / Richard Mulligan, Louis Armstrong / David Hasselhoff, who couldn’t help but wonder at the fickleness of the Chamber of Commerce and the idiots who walk all the way with their heads down. So, God / Chickenheart love can prove a congested drive-thru, but the way around town is smooth, just like the theme music from Barnaby Jones.
That too is from the movies: fifteen cent griddle cakes and streetcars; bruiserweights at The Olympic Auditorium; The Trocadero, The Clover Club, The Alabam; chilipot and penny ante; snap brim hats and snub-nose guns; jagged crooktowns and vacant lot killers; black and white flash, Richard Widmark and rye. Union Station, a terminus for the MTA’s Red Line 30 deep in the ground of the San Andreas fault, ready for business, ready to move, like everything here: to the mini-malls and tanning salons off Ventura Blvd.