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Originally uploaded by sk8vert.

My old skating friend found me on Flickr and is posting some old skate photos. That’s me, gingerly sliding down a rail it seems.

In the background of this photo is Cecil Park. Where there is now a fully equipped skatepark with cement bowls and rails galore. And not just somewhere in that park, but right there, in the spot you can see.

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Mike posted a shot of the Golden Fire Hydrant at 20th and Church. When I first read that story a few months ago (1906 earthquake lore has been plentiful) I remember thinking how cool it was to live in a city with so much visible history. After Amber and I went to Italy and saw, like, really old shit, coming back to Los Angeles was a bit of a let down.

Of course, Los Angeles does have some really cool history you can reach out and touch—er, drive 20 miles, bake in traffic, dodge a homeless person's shopping cart—and touch, but it's nice to be coming up that hill on Muni and just happen to see something that played a huge part in the history of the neighborhood and the city.

You can read more about the The Golden Fire Hydrant here, or check out another shot.

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