It rained a bit yesterday with some really strong winds. In Southern California… that puts all the news broadcasts and weather reports in StormWatch mode with very serious looking graphics and dramatic music. You’d think we were having a blizzard! But, they do it every time it rains. True, it was snowing on the Grapevine and the CHP was escorting cars through the Tejon pass, but, come on! I heard someone once make a very interesting statement: “It must be very difficult to be a weather person in Southern California… there’s no extreme weather to report like they have on the east coast. They have to make stuff up.” It must be Hell doing the weather in Hawaii. Here’s a funny comedy bit where Conan O’Brien’s “Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog” has a guest spot doing the weather in Hawaii. Weather report. I love how the two anchors are trying to keep it together.

Normally my office all goes out to dinner to a nice restaurant for their annual holiday party. We all voted to move the dinner to tomorrow to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the start of the company. We didn’t know where we were going until yesterday. All we knew was it would be in the LA/Santa Monica area and it would be a nice enough restaurant that men would be required to wear a jacket and tie. We’re dining at the Los Angeles Country Club. It’s kinda funny to see it on a map… I think there are three or four country clubs in a 20 mile radius around there. I’m looking forward to having some potentially good food. I hope Bill is too… and not dwelling on eating dinner with a bunch of people he doesn’t know. Should be interesting.

One bit of good news: I got an email from the company I did some freelance illustration with around this time last year saying they have another story they’d like me to illustrate. They are: Hot Topics/Hot Serials (Warning, there is music on their site… it might play even if your speakers are off) Last year I found them on and placed a bid to illustrate a children’s story about the Women’s Suffrage Movement as seen from the perspective of a twelve year old girl. I had a great time working on it and doing all the research. Apparently these people were impressed too because they emailed me when they got another story that required a bit of period research. This story is about a teenage boy who, unknowingly, takes the New York subway back to 1932 and learns about how life was for people that year in Manhattan. It’s a great story and I’m really looking forward to doing the research. I’m looking for images from the early 30s of Times Square, the Roxy Theater and the Horn and Hardart Automat. The Roxy was demolished in the early 60s… bummer. I learned all about the Automats from Alton Brown. I’m also looking for images of nightclubs and the piers that have a view of the Statue of Liberty. Looks like I’ll be making a trip to the local library this weekend. I only have a month to do nine illustrations for this story… and when I worked on the last story, I was unemployed, so I might not be updating much this month.

Have a great weekend.


About wobetxela

Artist, mom, traveler, hiker, babywearer (for as long as they'll let me) and hobbyist photographer.
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  1. bevduhon says:

    Wow, that’s fantastic Alex!!  I’m sure you’ll love the research, and recreating another fabulous era, despite the volume of work to be completed in such a limited amount of time.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this book, your illustrations for the last book were simply amazing!  Good luck and update when you can.

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