Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Back To Normal in L.A.

I'm back in Los Angeles for a few days to see family and friends (and the Yankees and Angels Saturday.) It was the day after the big Micheal Jackson memorial service at the downtown Staples Center which was the epicenter for the worldwide coverage of the event. Almost everybody has gone home - save for a few TV trucks and a stray reporter and techs. As I take this shot, Staples Center is behind me. I'm shooting towards the smaller intimate concert venue, the Nokia Center.

Meanwhile, not far away from Staples Center, this giant billboard is back in place to welcome return the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez. Right now, Manny is playing with his team on the road after serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's performance enhancement drug policy. At first, the Dodgers said they'd no longer promote the "Mannywood" section of Dodger Stadium. (Mannywood is a word play on the famous Hollywood sign.) But since it seems most L.A. fans are happy to have Manny back with the team, the Dodgers say the promotion will be back in place in some of the cheaper - hard to sell - seats at Dodger Stadium.

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