104 North Catalina To-day

104, where Pamela worked at turning suicide from a verb to a noun, is no more.

The evolution of a neighborhood. From left to right, a nice Italian Renaissance/Spanish Eclectic, ca. 1935; some dingbatian boxitude ca. 1955; and our friend 100 Catalina with the Mexican lamp, Colonial S-bracket and Mansardisme, ca. 1975.

And look, here’s a copper blazing through the red, off to go help some wayward lass with a belly full of Seconal. We presume.

Whether suicide is an act of weakness or strength is beyond the scope of this post, but what’s certain is that in telephoning her mother, Pamela has revealed her attempt to be merely a parasuicidal gesture. I say neglect the phone bill!