So last week I tried to broaden contest participation with a change in the rules that ended up having the reverse effect. Or perhaps I finally hit on a Mystery Photo that lived up to its name and just stumped all y’all. Seriously doubting whether I’d get even a single response ó not even a good guess! ó I was finally heartened on June 2 to see that Gypxie rode in to my rescue and identified the subject of last week’s mystery photo ó if not the location (at 1700 Stadium Way in Elysian Park). “I remember the day they had the ceremony to put it in,” Gypxie wrote. “It is a beam from the World Trade Center, in honor of all those who lost their lives, especially the firemen and police. God bless em.”
Clue: So the backstory for this week’s image above (click it for a bigger version) is that I finally got around to reading the totally addictive “Helter Skelter” and of course on my way home from work one day finally caved in and did a drive-by of the infamous house on Waverly Terrace where Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered by Manson Family members on Aug. 10, 1969. Spooky. Upon leaving the scene of the crime I remembered I was near this marvelous vista, which my friend Cybele had shown me some time ago while expressing a consternation I immediately shared at this watery park being entirely fenced and inaccessible to the general public for reasons unknown. Not visible from the busy streets that border it, chances are you’ve driven by this beautiful place any number of times and not even known it was there.
New Rules (as of 5.31): So I’m going to try it for one more week. The more the merrier, right? Instead of the first one to correctly identify the location and subject of the above image winning, I’m going to beta test the random selection of a winner who will be selected the following Sunday from all the correct entries and who will win the admiration of the blogging.la readership (or me, whichever’s greater at the time) and a collector’s edition Tush sticker printed with real ink and made with real adhesive. In the event of no one getting it right, the creator of the most entertaining guess will be hailed victorious.