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Top 10 Weirdnesses About Palms by George Garrigues

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It might not be the most expensively designed site, but The Palms–Village Sun is probably the best neighborhood blog in LA. Written and edited by George Garrigues, a retired journalist who first worked in Palms (in the publications division of Douglas Aircraft) more than 50 years ago.

An Inglewood High and UCLA alum, the native Angeleno was a full-time faculty member of a half dozen universities over his career including USC.

We are stoked and flattered that he agreed to give us the Top 10 Weirdnesses about the Westside Community of Palms... after the jump:

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1. It used to be known as "THE PALMS," predating "THE O.C." by more than a hundred years.

2. You drive through it every day on Venice Blvd. but you don't know it because all the banners say "Downtown Culver City." (Photo.)

3. The Museum of Jurassic Technology has a Russian tea room, complete with genuine Russian.

4. Its middle school is the only one in L.A. with a pedestrian underpass connecting one side of the campus with the other.

5. The skateboard kids doing wheelies on Watseka in front of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, its vegetarian restaurant and its free meals for the needy.

6. The homeless people who set up camp (complete with portable tv and "borrowed" DWP electricity) in Media Park, which is on a long-term lease by L.A. to Culver City and is also the home of the Actors Gang Theater (in the Ivy Station, which used to generate electricity for the old red cars that ran on Venice and Culver Blvds.). And the LAPD senior lead officer who didn't even know he had to patrol that park until about a year ago. Whew!

7. The Big Green Man (plastic) who stands in front of an antique store on Bagley Avenue, which most folks think is part of Culver City's Main Street. (Photo.)

8. The "Hobbit House" on Dunn Drive -- officially Los Angeles city historic-cultural landmark No. 624, the Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence and Apartments. (Photo.)

9. The guy who plays two horns at once Thursday afternoons near the post office. (Photo.)

10. Residents and business people who are proud of Palms nevertheless.