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Current Affair, move over!

Dear Readers,

You, of all people, know how much I detest that hideous condominium project that sprouted up in the middle of my block. It’s not that it’s just so damned ugly. It’s not that it’s trying to outprice the working poor out of this neighborhood and create, yet another wealthy enclave. No, gentle readers, it’s their unbridled arrogance to name the project The Hollywood. That’s what makes my blood boil! That’s why I’ve always called that thing the Hubris. Hollywood isn’t just a town- it’s a concept, a dream, a complex thing of beauty that is uniquely American. If you were to ask any stranger on the street, “What does Hollywood mean to you?” I can assure you 100% they won’t describe anything close to this:

Well, guess who I ran into today? No! It wasn’t Hillary or Obama! Not even shabby little Tom LaBonge. It was a man who took credit for designing this piece of architectural crap. I noticed a strange man taking pictures with his cell phone of different little features of the building. I asked him in passing, “Would you pay a million for one of these?”

“Yeah, sure,” he shot back a deadpan reply.

“Then you’re crazy,” I said. I admit that my tone was a bit derisive.

“Are you an investor?”

“No,” he said, all the while taking his little pics.

“Don’t tell me you designed this hideous piece of shit?” I laughed

“Shut up!” he yelled at me.

The rest is Hollyblog history:


About Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Natasha, Maxwell, Tigger and Nigel.

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