Six Six Six Days of Satan! Day 3
For those of you beginning to worry that Satan will bring in the Apocalypse on Tuesday, right here in Los Angeles, all I can say is that the signs, indeed, have been all around you.
For me, anyway, the signs were evident from the moment I arrived in Los Angeles about thirteen years ago. The LA riots had happened little more than a year before, and within a month of my arrival I could see the whole of Malibu on fire. Ash dropped down on as if it were a light flurry while the sunset took on a rich blood red tone that filled the sky. A few months later we were hit by the Northridge Earthquake, and a couple months after that El Nino rains hit, causing mudslides in the still devastated Malibu area.
The filmmaking community is equally aware of Los Angeles being, at the very least, a gateway to hell.
In Bedazzled, the Devil (played by Elizabeth Hurley) reads from her contract:
“Paragraph one states that I, the Devil, a not-for-profit organization, with offices in Purgatory, Hell, and Los Angeles, will give you seven wishes to use as you see fit.”
Keanu Reeves is able to visit hell in Constantine, and where is it located? Right on top of the 405 Freeway!
As for signs we can all see, you can begin looking at the nearest phonebook. And what’s the freakin’ prefix of the phone numbers all over Silverlake? 666!
While it isn’t the full triple digit threat, Santa Monica Blvd. was once better known as Route 66… close enough considering its passes through that city of unearthly sin – West Hollywood! Pro-nuclear Ronald Reagan’s Beverly Hills estate was at 666 St. Cloud Dr. (although he had the post office change the number to cover up the obvious).
For the numerically disabled, one only needs to venture to Hollywood, where the boulevard is lined with pentagrams.
And as if we needed another sign – we’re being hit by a hellish heatwave!
If anyone can provide me with other signs they’ve seen around town, please leave it in the comments.