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Sad.

Guess you really can’t go home again… with coffee,

-Shady

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…I know this video is a couple years old now, but it still makes me excited to get back home in a few days.

It’s been six months,

-Shady

…we find either this waiting in the window for us:

Mr. Fabulous waiting patiently.

Or this:

Meatshake and Heisenberg waiting patiently.

At least they’re excited to see us,

-Shady

THE TIGER HEAD IS HUNG!

…but it didn’t become home until today when the tiger head was finally hung!

Finally home,

-Shady

…we’ll be on our way to Milwaukee (and Chicago)!

Man, that’s an ugly flag,

-Shady

Food Night made it official,

-Shady

Back in the swing of things on Monday.

The town that made a loser out of me,

-Shady

Safe travels, folks.

Kisses,

-Shady

KB and I are heading back to our hometowns tomorrow (Chicago and Milwaukee, respectively) for a week-long break from all things Los Angeles.

I’ll try and update “The Blarg” periodically while I’m gone, but it will be a little bit hit or miss. Mostly because I’ll be drunk the entire time.

What made Milwaukee famous,

-Shady

…by author Neal Gabler titled Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.

A lot of Walt’s personal life is touched on, and his home on Lyric Avenue here in Los Angeles (where he lived from 1927 to 1933) is mentioned numerous times throughout the book.

There’s even an old black-and-white photo of it in the book (click on all photos to view a larger version):

Walt Disney's Lyric Avenue home

This morning, while on my way to a meeting, I came to an intersection and noticed that I was crossing Lyric Avenue. “Oh,” I thought to myself, “this was Disney’s street.”

But it was a quick, fleeting thought because I had to be somewhere. I looked to my right to make sure no one was crossing the street and saw this:

Walt Disney's Lyric Avenue home

I recognized it immediately. I quickly turned right instead of going straight and saw this:

Roy Disney's Lyric Avenue home

This was Roy Disney’s house. The brothers had built matching houses (for the most part; they were actually mirrors of each other) right next to each other on Lyric Avenue.

Here’s another shot of Walt’s house from the other side:

Walt Disney's Lyric Avenue home

And here’s a shot of the two of them next to each other:

Walt and Roy Disney's Lyric Avenue homes

Though differing stories exist, it is believed that Mickey Mouse was actually created in the garage of Walt’s house. Just below that big window there is where a pop culture icon was born.

Pretty cool.

Across the street, I noticed a huge old high school:

John Marshall High School

This is John Marshall High School. Recognize it? You should. Marshall High School is pretty much the go-to high school for film and television productions. It was the high school in:

– “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
– “Bachelor Party”
– “Boy Meets World”
– “The Wonder Years”
– “Grosse Pointe Blank”
– “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
– “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
– “Pretty in Pink”

They also used the school and its football field in “Grease,” and it was also the school where Van Halen got “Hot for Teacher.”

And tying it all together is this photo:

Walt Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue

This is a picture of the first Disney Studios that was located on Hyperion Avenue. If you look in the background of the photo, directly in the center you can see John Marshall High School which, having just been built in 1931, was brand-spanking-new.

So there’s a ton of history going on all within one block, from Freddy Krueger to Mickey Mouse. Pretty damn cool indeed.

Some day strangers will be taking photos of 1703 W. Bolivar Avenue,

-Shady

Old Poop!

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