Tuesday, May 01, 2007

May 1

I inadvertently left home without a drawing implement, so that dictated the direction I would take: to the nearest place to buy a pen, Target. As I left the store, I pondered on the thought that I am not too adept at drawing architecture, cars, or people, three subjects which abound in L.A. I suspect my skills will improve with a year of sketchercize. On the way home I found somewhere to perch in the shade: here's what was across the road.

4 comments:

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Julie Oakley said...

Yes I now find it quite surprising how daunting I thought landscapes could be last year. That surely isn't the house number - I mean is it really 22933 on a road where there is a building that is number 1?

Alison said...

Yes, please could you explain the American numbering system - the addresses I write often have huge numbers?

Hashi said...

Julie and Alison, the American numbering system works on a grid that radiates out from the town or city's central post office. 22933 means the property is on block 22 (or is it block 229?) which is either north, south, east or west from some Very Important Point. And the house numbers don't increase in nice increments of 2. My house number is 23026, but next door is 23018. So I presume it has something to do with the size of the blocks. If we lived in Beverly Hills mansions, our numbers might be 80 numbers apart, not 8. It does actually make it easy to find a house in a flat part of town where the streets are in a square grid. 23026 is going to be on the same east-west block no matter where I go north or south. So there IS a method to the madness (not always obvious in the USA).