RSS

Author Archives: kimberlypulver1

Home is where the heart is

Walker Residence

The California dream to provide my kids a place they can call home can be almost impossible. California offers a lot of diversity and opportunity, the problem is, paying for these opportunities as well as a house. Rawls speaks about people’s “expectation and disappointment.” They come to California expecting great things, only to have some of those hopes swept under a rug. Houses are being built all around southern California.  Unfortunately, being able to find a job in which you can meet the expense of these homes becomes difficult. So, in order to remain in California, people begin looking at their second option, owning a condominium.  But even that can be unattainable. People then turn to apartments, hotels, motor homes, tents and even parks. Please, don’t get me wrong, California can be a great place to live, with a lot of opportunities. You can choose whether to sit back and take what you can get, or you can make the best of the situation you are in. When you think about it, kids will look back on their life and either see you made the best out of what you had, or they will say you could have done better, but didn’t. Everyone wants the best for their kids. You can a home for them wherever you are and whatever situation you are in. California offers free parks and beaches galore.  I am not saying California doesn’t try to take care of those less fortunate.  California does offer various ways to help people afford to live in California and have a home for your kids. You have to reach out and take it though; you cannot sit back and not help yourself. Please check out the link above this paragraph, I feel this is what many people’s fantasy living room would look like.

Rawls, James A. “California: A People, A Place, A Dream” California: A People, A Place, A
Dream Eds. Claudia K Jurmain and James J Rawls. SanFrancisco: Chronicle Books,
1986. 141-151. Print.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Rite Spot

The Rite Spot

Frey’s, The Rite Spot, Birthplace of the Cheeseburger, Pasadena, California falls short of a perfect example of “blending and balancing of Arcadian and Utopian elements” (2000 McClung). Unfortunately, at first, a person who is  just learning about Arcadia and Utopia, could mistake this picture as being a perfect example, but after further education, begins to understand the difference.  This painting leans more toward Arcadian elements rather than Utopia because the landscape is hardly affected, and the architecture is far from futuristic. The buildings look as though they were dropped from the sky intact. In saying this, I would like to make my point in referring to the California dream of creating a new product that would quickly become popular. In the painting, there are several different “projects” if you will that are in the beginning stage, Arrowhead water, Ko-Fan, Barbara Ann Bread, and a few others that I can’t quite make out. Also this painting is boasting the birthplace of the cheeseburger.  Unfortunately, there are others refute this, but that is for another time and another blog. This painting, to me shows an example of taking Arcadian elements such as water and oranges and creating a booming industry. The background of the painting looks as though it is in the middle of Death Valley or the Mojave Desert, but is advertising Arrowhead water, and has buckets and buckets of oranges. Making any dream of creating a consumer project seem easy to start, even in the desert.

Frey, Joseph. The Rite Spot, Birthplace of the Cheeseburger, Pasadena,

California. n.d. Private Collection.

The Rite Spot, Birthplace of the Cheeseburger, Pasadena, California

McClung, William Alexander. “Inventing Utopia.” Landscapes of Desire: Anglo
Mythologies of Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
4-9, 19-33. Print.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Santa Monica

Courtyard in Santa Monica

Santa Monica by Savage Garden was one of my favorite songs by the group while growing up in rural Colorado. It made me imagine myself dressed in high fashion, thin, and shopping in expensive stores. This song is of a man living in Santa Monica. This song is very real to a lot of us who have the dream of fitting in, or being part of the “in crowd. The person in the song is lonely, and feels out of place.  Everyone around him is physically perfect and appealing.  Because he doesn’t fit in, he is sad, lonely and depressed. Many of us feel like this, even those not living in California.  But the difference is, California is all about looks.  You have to have nice cars, nice clothes, nice face, nice body, etc. If you are not able to accomplish all of this, you not only will feel out of place, you will also be made to feel that you don’t belong. Image is everything, and many people will go into debt just trying to be a part of the California image. The styles and fads most oftentimes begin in California, and are slowly integrated into the styles of everyone throughout the states, and even the world. The image people create, “have added an unmistakable glamour to the image of the Golden State.” (Rawls, 143)

Santa Monica Savage Garden (1997)

Rawls, James A. “California: A People, A Place, A Dream.” California: A People, A Place, A
Dream. Eds. Claudia K. Jurmain and James J. Rawls. San Francisco: Chronicle Books,
1986. 141-151. Print.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The dream of having a nice car

Cars from Fast and Furious

California is all about image, best cars, best bodies, etc. You don’t fit in here in California if you don’t have a nice car. People judge you on your looks and the kind of car you drive. If you pull up in a Nissan Sentra at the store, people stare at you, and then lock their doors. But if you pull up in your brother in laws’ Porsche Cayenne, you get stares of envy from people all around. And you practically get the red carpet treatment. In the very beginning of the movie Fast and the Furious, when everyone’s cars are lined up, and people are comparing each other’s cars. Those who have the fastest car are treated like a god with people singing their praise all around. This is a prime example of the image one’s car gives that person. That person can treat people badly, and it has no effect on anyone because that person has a nice car, and they don’t want to be cast out because they spoke against him/her. Mr. Carl David mentions this in a similar way he talks about the automobile at first gave people freedom they never had, then became the center of attention, resulting in a lot of wasted time.  There are better things people could be doing with their time, instead, they spend the majority of it cleaning, and maintaining their cars to ensure if anyone sees them, their car is at its utmost best.  That person could be unemployed, but it is for the most part overlooked as long as he has a decent car. But put that same person in a 1980 Nissan Sentra, he is then seen as a loser, and no one will talk to them

Carle, David. Water and the California Dream: Choices for the New Millennium.
San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2000. Print.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Blog for final

The dream of having a nice car

This original posting was incomplete, and lacking substance.  I made my argument more clear, added substance, and corrected grammar issues, as well as added a link to images of cars from the movie Fast and Furious.

 

Santa Monica

My dream was a little fuzzy, as was the details and interpretation of the song.  I also added better descriptions that made sense, rather than sounding like a bunch of “mumbo jumbo”. I added a nice image of a courtyard in Santa Monica, via a link. I was unable to find a way to make it appear in the post directly.

 

The Rite Spot

I was confused, when I first created this post, about the definition of arcadia and utopia.  Once I had a better grasp on that, I was able to make my blog make sense.

 

Home is where the heart is

This being my first post, I had to basically rewrite the whole thing, plus find an image to go with my post.  I was able to find a nice image of a coastal view from the living room.  I also changed the whole post to go along with my new dream, which was much more detailed, and understandable than the first.

 

The Rite Spot was my official favorite, because it is a great reminder that many people’s dreams do come true, as long as they put effort behind making them happen.  I was able to portray my image well, and tie my dream to it efficiently.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized