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Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California

But do they have any famous graduates?

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When Jim and I were in Los Angeles this past May 11 for National Train Day, we took Los Angeles Metro Rail from the historic Union Station to Hollywood. We exited at the Hollywood/Vine Station and walked along Hollywood Boulevard to the Hollywood/Highland Station, a tiresome many blocks.

Lassie's star on the Hollywood Walk of FameDuring our walk, we discovered stars (the Hollywood Walk of Fame), the historic Pantages Theatre and TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and Mann’s Chinese Theatre), and much more. When we were finished, we tried to find the Hollywood/Highland Station rather than walking back along the extremely crowded Hollywood Boulevard to the Hollywood/Vine station.

It took us a little while to find the Hollywood/Highland Station. We had kept going around it because there was a huge crowd in front of it. Since it’s a subway station, the crowds massed around the entrance to the underground caused us to miss it when we kept going around the crowds.

We got lost several times, but getting lost is not always bad. In this case, we discovered the historic Hollywood High School. It’s not accessible because, well, it’s a high school, so it has a very high fence around it keeping people like me out. The only picture I could get was of an exterior wall of the auditorium which had been painted with a huge mural. This was on the left side:

Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California

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On the right side of the wall was information about the mural:

Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California

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Do you recognize the two people in my photograph? Jim and I think the woman is Judy Garland of “Wizard of Oz” fame. We don’t know who the guy is.

There are probably children of rich and famous movie and television stars who still go to Hollywood High School, again explain the high fence. That got me to thinking just who the famous Hollywood High School graduates are. Here’s a partial list:

  • Carole Lombard, Class of 1923 – Hollywood’s highest-paid actress in the late 1930s and wife of Clark Gable.
  • John Huston, Class of 1923 – Best known (to me) as the director of such classic movies as  The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The African Queen, Moulin Rouge, The Misfits, and The Man Who Would Be King. Great movies all!
  • Lon Chaney, Jr., Class of 1924 – Actor with a long résumé of movies from 1922 to 1971. He played The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster, and, of course, Count Alucard. If you’re not familiar with Count Alucard, just reverse the letters of “alucard.”
  • Alan Ladd, Class of 1931 – Actor who starred in Shane, one of the greatest westerns of all time.
  • Alan Hale, Jr., Class of 1936 – The Skipper from “Gilligan’s Island.”
  • Judy Garland, Class of 1940 – She’s not in Kansas anymore.
  • James Garner, Class of 1944 – “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.”
  • Carol Burnett, Class of 1951 – Do I really need to tell you about Carol? One of the greatest comedic actresses ever!
  • Vincent Bugliosi, Class of 1952 – Attorney who prosecuted the Manson Family for the Tate-La Bianca murders in August 1969 and defended Stephanie Stearns in the “Sea Wind” murders in 1974. He is also an accomplished author, having written many books about famous trials and incidents, including, among others, Helter Skelter, using the song from The Beatles’ “White Album” as the title for the book; The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President, about the Bush/Gore contest in 2000; and The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, which I have not read yet.
  • Ricky Nelson, Class of 1958 – One of my favorite singers from early rock ‘n’ roll. I had tickets to his concert in Dallas on December 31, 1985. The show was canceled because Ricky was killed that afternoon in a plane crash.
  • Stephanie Powers, Class of 1960 – Tied with Shelley Winters as my favorite actress from the ’60s and ’70s. I loved her in “Hart to Hart” with Robert Wagner.
  • Meredith Baxter, Class of 1965 – Mom on “Family Ties”
  • John Ritter, Class of 1966 – Became a television favorite in “Three’s Company.”
  • Laurence Fishburne, Class of 1980 – Actor whom you might know best as Morpheus in the Matrix trilogy. I also recently found out that his wife is Gina Torres, also known as Jessica Pearson from “Suits,” one of my favorite current TV shows — new episodes begin July 16!
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Class of 1983 – Actress from “Sex and the City,” which I have never watched. I know her more as the wife of Matthew Broderick who starred in WarGames, Ferris Beuhler’s Day Off, and Biloxi Blues.

Those are just a few. There are many more. See the Wikipedia entry for Hollywood High School if you’re interested.

With all those famous people graduating from just one high school, I started wondering about all the famous people who graduated from my high school: Henrietta M. King High School in Kingsville, Texas. Number of famous graduates: 1 — me!

King High School in Kingsville, Texas

Go Brahmas!

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My wise old grandmother

The 80/10/5/5 rule and how to use it with WordPress

My wise old grandmother

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When my wise old grandmother was 55, she convinced my 57-year-old grandfather that the two of them should adopt a juvenile delinquent. Said juvenile delinquent was me!

Once they got me, they proceeded to turn me from my juvenile ways by providing both love and discipline. The discipline part is missing from the lives of many of today’s children.

They also taught me how to be a productive citizen and how the world works. One of the world’s workings that they taught me was the 80/20 rule, a rule that says 80% of something is accomplished by 20% of the people involved. There are many variations of the rule, including some I have devised. One of my variations is the 80/10/5/5 rule.

Several times each month someone asks how I got so many followers since I’ve only been blogging on WordPress since January 2012. The answer is my 80/10/5/5 rule.

First, no one is going to read a blog post if they don’t know about it, even if it’s their favorite subject in the whole wide world. So getting started in blogging can be a real chore because it requires real work and effort. Just publishing a blog post probably won’t get you more than one or two readers. However, by using the 80/10/5/5 rule, you can get lots of readers, followers, and LIKEs.

When you publish a blog post, let 100 people know by visiting their blog posts and leaving at least one LIKE. If you do that, using the 80/10/5/5 rule,

  • 80% of those people you LIKEd will be by your blog within a day or two to leave a LIKE
  • 10% will be by within a week or two to leave a LIKE
  • 5% will be by within a month or two to leave a LIKE, and
  • 5% will never be by.

If you keep track of the 100 people you LIKEd and when they returned the LIKE, you’ll see that the 80/10/5/5 rule works really well. Try it and let me know your results.

Of course, we have to end with a flash video, this one from the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, built in 1926:

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Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

Underground in Hollywood, California

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Hollywood, CaliforniaI love visiting historic places, and Hollywood certainly ranks up there with its history, especially music, movies, and television. That made Hollywood a definite stop when Jim and I went traveling on National Train Day (May 11).

We probably would have seen more of Hollywood if we weren’t admiring the many Los Angeles Metro subway stations. Following are some pictures of subway stations on the Red Line from Union Station to the Highland/Hollywood Station (North Highland Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard) in Hollywood.

Of course, “subway” does not mean a place to eat. It means going underground.

Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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Underground was unique. Metro Rail serves an average of 363,000 people on a weekday, yet everywhere I looked it was clean, shiny, and beautiful.

Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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I looked around for people cleaning, shining things, sweeping, picking up trash….

No one.

Maybe Los Angelenos are naturally clean people?

Maybe they simply like living, working, and riding in a clean environment?

Or……………………………..

Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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You can’t do anything within the subway environment without risking a $250 fine.

No entry without valid fare….

No littering….

No eating or drinking….

No smoking….

No spitting or chewing gum….

No skateboarding or scooters….

No loud or rowdy activity….

No rollerblading….

No playing of sound equipment.

I can see mommy and her little child:

Child: “Mommy, I want some chewing gum.”

Mommy: “No!”

Child: “Mommy, can I turn my iPod on?”

Mommy: “No!”

Child: “Mommy, can I have my sandwich?”

Mommy: “No!”

Child: “Mommy, can I have a Coke?”

Mommy: “No!”

Child: “Mommy, can we go home?”

Mommy: “YES!”

Hmmmm. I think I’m understanding why I didn’t see any children on the subway. I think the youngest people I saw were college students on their way to classes. Interesting.

Murals were everywhere:

Los Angeles Metro subway station mural

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Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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Anyone know what this doohickey is?Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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How about these doohickeys,
which were all over the walls and ceilings at one station?Red Line on the Metro subway in Los Angeles

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If the rest of the Los Angeles Metro Rail routes — Blue, Purple, Green, Gold, and Expo lines — are anything like the Red Line, I look forward to exploring Los Angeles by rail in the next few years. No reason to stay away simply because of the traffic and lack of parking.

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Union Station in Los Angeles

Leave the parking to them!

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Not that it would ever happen to me, but if you live in San Diego and get bored after a few years, we’re fortunate to have Los Angeles just ninety miles up the road. Put San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs together — all within 100 miles of each other — and you couldn’t possibly be bored in Southern California!

I didn’t have a great appreciation for Los Angeles until recently, mainly because if I’m driving, I want to be driving! Not stuck on a freeway doing 10 mph, something that’s quite common on freeways like Interstate 5 and U.S. Highway 101 going through the heart of Los Angeles. Both freeways need a serious case of widening or, as San Antonio did, building an upper deck.

Last month, though, on National Train Day (May 11), I took Amtrak to Los Angeles and then hopped on the Los Angeles Metro subway to go over to Hollywood. Until then I had not realized that Los Angeles, in 1994, had started building a subway system. And it’s a nice one! In some future posts, I’ll show you just how nice. I might go to Los Angeles more often now that I know I can use the Metro to go to 90% of the places in Los Angeles that interest me.

My first stop on National Train Day was, of course, the historic Union Station:

Los Angeles Union Station

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Union Station in Los Angeles

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Union Station in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Union Station

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Union Station opened on May 3, 1939, to serve passenger trains from Union Pacific Railroad; Southern Pacific Railroad; and Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad; and commuter trains of the Pacific Electric Railway and Los Angeles Railway. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, it currently serves 60,000 passengers a day.

Union Station in Los Angeles

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Union Station in Los Angeles

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Union Station in Los Angeles

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Union Station in Los Angeles

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Along with passenger trains from Amtrak and Metrolink, Union Station has a separate platform for the Los Angeles Metro subway, and another area for buses, taxis, and bicyclists.

A day pass on the Metro is only $5. That allows you to ride Metro trains all day long, get on and off as you like, and really have some fun. I can highly recommend it as a way to get around the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Sightseeing is so much more fun when you don’t have to try to find a parking place!

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Coaster commuter train, San Diego, California

Hollywood fun!

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What a great National Train Day I had! Hope you had a great day, too!

Jim and I made it over to Hollywood courtesy of the San Diego Trolley, Amtrak, and the Los Angeles Metro. I must say that after a day on the Los Angeles Metro, it has now risen to my #1 favorite mass transit system. They started building it in 1992, and I believe they did it right, and upcoming expansions will only make it better.

Hollywood was a great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. The last time I went, which I think was in the mid-1990s, it was a prime piece of urban decay. I swore I would never go back. I knew that some big-time Hollywood stars had been leading the charge for urban renewal, and I believe they succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, so much so that Hollywood now is way overcrowded.

At one of the new malls, a six-story mall located at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, children were playing in one of those street fountains that shoots water out of the ground. I got a cute flash video:

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