Snapshots L.A.

FRIDAY NIGHT BIKE RIDES

When I was growing up we lived on our bikes and rode in packs everywhere…the movies, fishing, friends’ houses, the parks. Your bike was a part of you. Then age 15 hit, you got your drivers license and goodbye bike. It’s very interesting that a lot of young people now aren’t bothering to get car licenses. Whatever the reasons, they love their bikes more than cars. I love it.

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One of the places you can see  this happening is the last Friday night of every month at the corner of Wilshire and Western. From all directions several thousand riders arrive.

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  They then take off together, shepherded by the cops.

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It’s a terrific get together, full of energy, friendliness.

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It made me feel good just to be there photographing.

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The ride is sponsored by a group called “Los Angeles Critical Mass.” Here’s a link to their site.

http://lacriticalmass.org/

All Photography Copyright John Fritzlen

A YEAR OF PRACTICING ZEN

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The end of a year, the middle, or the beginning, no matter when, there is zazen. That is the sine qua non. In the zendo or meditation hall, it is thirty minutes of sitting alternating with ten minutes of walking.

The study of the Way is to study the self.

To study the self is to forget the self.

To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.

To be enlightened by all things is to remove the barriers between one’s self and others.

Dogen Zenji

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The Hazy Moon Zen Center 2012 - 2013

Los Angeles, California

All Photographs Copyright John Fritzlen

AFTER MORNING MASS

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Kingsley and Wilshire

Koreatown

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EARLY MORNING WALK

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Koreatown

Western

3rd St.

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GONE

Ardmore Avenue

Koreatown

2 days later

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see September 4 post

STRUGGLING

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Ardmore Avenue

Koreatown

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whoever you are   wherever you are   someone hopes for you


All Photographs Copyright John Fritzlen

STREET FLOWERS

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PASSING THROUGH

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One moment after another. Passing through. The light and the room, too.

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Summer Retreat. Hazy Moon Zen Center. Los Angeles

Photography Copyright John Fritzlen

MUCH LOVED CAFE CLOSES

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Unprepossessing from the outside. Loved on the inside. Maria’s has been a neighborhood gathering place for eighteen years. Set next to a bowling alley and on top of a skating rink, it more than held its own.

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Huge menu. Comfort food and Mexican. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seven days a week. Hot Turkey sandwiches, liver and onions, burritos, incredible meatloaf. I don’t need to go on. Just look at the side choices in the photo above. I never walked out unsatisfied.

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But it was Maria Barojas and her wonderful family that made the place special. Everyone was welcome and treated like a friend. A cliche, but there you have it. Just to to walk in and be greeted by her or her daughters was to immediately relax. Her husband Jose ran the kitchen. No small task.

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Here’s what I’m talking about. Maria helping a friend who’s a little stiff get  on her feet. Every bit of warmth sincere.

All Photography Copyright John Fritzlen