by James C. Stephens


Tuesday, August 10, 1976

Had breakfast with dad, planned when I would start to work with him. The next two weeks must work on portfolio for landscaping.

 

Wednesday, August 11, 1976

Drove in West L.A. to Hollywood area to check out landscape design and basically check out the area. One place I’ve wanted to see was the Pacific Design Center. Very nice. Met one of my old art teachers in there. She, Robin owns the Art Source.

http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com/

Later, I checked out a barrel yard. Talked to an interesting man who explained many things to me about barrels and containers…very, very interesting. Got some great ideas for landscaping. Coming back through Beverly Hills I just stumbled into what must be the grandest mansion in Los Angeles–The Greystone Mansion. Roman Gardens, a panorama to beat panoramas, and the home–wow! It was bought as a park by the City of Beverly Hills for $1,000,000.

https://www.greystonemansion.org/

Thursday, August 12, 1976

Slept late. Terrible feeling. Drove to Jeff’s, talked to him for awhile. We drove down and looked at the new Fox Hills Shopping Plaza. Not too impressive. Rather reeked of the indoor shopping plaza’s so commonplace today. Okay, but not on my menu.

Got home to pick up Tom for Band. Didn’t want to go. Told him let’s talk to Shibucho. Couldn’t get ahold of. Just as I was ready to leave, Chikabucho called and talked to Tom. I was going to give Tom a ride over to the chiku. Just then, Shibucho called. Yelled at Tom. Woke him up. Rejicho was coming to band tonight to watch the Band and Special Group called Energy Crisis. Wow! He freaked didn’t know. We drove down. He’d been titan for four days. We heard Mr. Williams talk. Afterwards I was volunteered as TCD for Koteketai practice at the beach. Many wierdo’s. I almost got punched out by a drunk guy from Santa Cruz. Weird night. Obnoxious Koteketai leader Shelly Blumberg. Women are strange.

(No offense Shelly. I later grew to like Shelly, but ended up marrying Liz Lascar, a Koteketai member-I was probably protecting her from that drunk that night and didn’t even know it! We just celebrated our fortieth anniversary and are very happily married).

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Friday, August 13, 1976

Today, Jeff Silver and I did a vigorous morning gongyo and visited many places. Downtown Arco Plaza, L.A. City Library, Biltmore Hotel, International Trade Center and Huntington Library. Very interesting and educational day. I’m in the process of writing a special article for the World Tribune. Maybe they might be interested, all I can do is try. Meeting tonight with Fujimbucho–0 Guests. Tom is chanting again. Had an interesting talk over diner with Fujimbucho after the meeting. Chanted two and a half hours.


Huntington Library and Gardens:

http://www.huntington.org/

Arco Plaza, renamed City National Plaza:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_National_Plaza

Los Angeles City Library

https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources

Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/los-angeles/millennium-biltmore-hotel-los-angeles/

World Trade Center Los Angeles

https://www.wtcla.org/

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