In a textbook case of underutilized space, The Roadium on Redondo Beach Boulevard stands as an open-air swap meet 7 days a week. The sprawling lot used to be a drive-in movie theater in the 70’s and 80’s–my mother told me she watched the Jason slasher movies there. There is actually nothing wrong with its daytime usage as a swap meet because it is one of the largest in the area and is always packed when I drive by it–demonstrating its purpose as a discount retail operation. What is wrong with it is that it has such potential to have a night crowd, but no project has touched it in years.
Just bring back the drive-in theater. Or a sit-in, open-air movie showing. El Camino Community College is right across the street and is a built-in audience. Unlike larger endeavors of renovation and facelift, this project can be quite cheap to undertake and the most important piece of equipment–the large screen–is already in place.
I have spent most days in Torrance thinking about how lifeless this town is and while I may not plant another set of roots here, I do appreciate it. I sometimes search “Torrance” or “north Torrance” on tumblr and find posts from residents who share the same sentiments. Boring, boring, boring, trite, boring. I understand this conviction, but as they say, “anything you love is worth saving."
At our last Page Turners meeting we covered what some Universities have to offer prospective English Majors. Below is all the information featured on the power point in case you needed to remember something. Good luck on your college applications!
CSU Long Beach overview:
The program at Long Beach is very special. They have over 100 full time and part time instructors who are experts in their fields and are involved in teaching, scholarships, creative activities, and publishing in linguistics, literacy, literature and creative and technical writing. Class sizes are relatively small and one to one conferencing with students is widely practiced.
Courses range from basic to advanced writing; surveys of literature; studies of particular genres, eras, themes, and authors; and advanced classes on rhetoric and literacy theory. They develop three skills: analytical reading, effective writing and critical thinking about the human interaction gained through study of the best writing in the English language.
The university offers an English Student Association sponsored by the Associated students as well as symposiums, and creative writers are encouraged to join RipRap, the department’s student designed and published magazine.
Just found out my JC won't be offering winter sessions because of budget cuts.
Meanwhile El Camino College is building a brand spanking new science building. Okay, so that was because of a grant or something. What about cutting athletics!? I mean how many students are benefiting from that anyways? El Camino isn’t known for their sports and yet they have the biggest budget. How about giving over that money to keep classes open for students who need them? Students, like myself, who don’t want to keep coming back every year.
On December 2010 I dedicated my time with El Camino College Inter-Club Council to facepaint little kindergardeners’ faces for Holiday festivities. Many club members came and organized this event to help make Christmas magical and worth remembering for children. All I remembered was I.D.E.A.S. Arts Club volunteered to do face paint and make cotton beards and Architecture Club built ginger bread houses and passed out drinks. This was very fun, here is a picture of us all grouped together!