In short, the crazy state of the planet very much resembled the movie that was making its revival at the Venice Fox Theater: "Monde Cane." Translation - A Dog's World. And, in the manner of such things, some of that dog shit flowed downhill to stink up Pepperland.
In an incredibly rare bit of wisdom the LA City Council had just made West Washington an arts and crafts zone, meaning artists could live on the same premises as their businesses. This made the street particularly interesting at night, when the shops/homes would be all lit up with people firing pots in their backyard kilns, or crouched in their front rooms, creating out of wood, leather, glass, metals and stones both rare and common.
You could see artists and musicians holding forth in their living rooms, waving jugs of wine as they made their points. Playwrights tried out their latest one-acts in their living rooms and puppeteers tested the limits of comedic and dramatic strings.
Full disclosure: I had supported their cause in the newspaper for the Arts and Crafts Zone and they were maybe not exactly eternally grateful, but limitedly thankful enough to slip me the odd joint and glass of wine. It was against my journalistic ethics to be too greedy. But when did a glass of wine or two, or nice little pipe of the peaceful stuff get in the way of journalistic truth?
Leigh, a former corpsman, became one of the first paramedics in LA’s brand new program. They had a pet – Old Weird Harold. Harold was a very large black boa constrictor who lived in a glass aquarium and fed happily on white mice that Jay bought for a few bucks a dozen at a giant fish/pet shop by the name of Alan’s Pet Emporium.
He slithered out of the back of the chair across Jan’s shoulders and when she realized what it was she shrieked and fled the apartment, never to return. Weird Harold, however, went on to live another thirty years and Jay had to seek feminine companionship elsewhere.
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