Angeles Trip - Feb. 2006
stunned. All I've ever heard about Los Angeles is about how bad it is
there... fake people, traffic, pollution, crime, the works. Ever seen the
movie "Falling Down" before? Yeah, well that was my basic impression of
the place for a long time.
month I had the opportunity to venture out there for myself to see if
those impressions were accurate or not. My friend Tom (who some of you may
know as "EvilZug" online) was cool enough to let me stay at his place in
West Hollywood and chauffer me around the entire time. I saw a completely
different side of LA than what I had heard about from people before.
more to do in that place than pretty much anywhere I've ever been before,
I'd say even more so than NYC. The thing about L.A. is that it doesn't
really feel like a city. There's not much for big skyscrapers, just a few
in the downtown area. It's more like a giant, insane amusement park that's
so spread out it seemingly goes on forever. And that's what I love about
it, you can just keep driving around and find all sorts of things to do.
From where we were in West Hollywood, you could get just about anywhere
within 10-30 minutes. Personally, I found the "traffic" problem to be
exaggerated. Granted, there's traffic, but it's not THAT horrible by any
stretch... maybe I'm just used to the traffic here in Richmond and up in
Philly. Fact is, if you know the back roads, you can actually avoid almost
all of the traffic if and when there is any. And honestly, with weather
that perfect and all the great scenery, it's a pleasure to go out
for a drive.
"awesome adventure trip" as Tom liked to call it, we went to all sorts of
amazing and interesting places including: Hollywood, Melrose, Beverly
Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica. We
went to the touristy and non-touristy places so that I could get a good
feel about what L.A. was really like. So here's some of the photos I took
while we were there in no particular order. If some of the pics look
crappy or they aren't rotated 90 degrees, I apologize... I took so many
pics that I just ran them through a batch image optimizer rather than
doing them by hand one by one. Enjoy.
One of the things I really
liked is how no matter where you went, there were always nice hills
around. The photos don't even do them justice.
There was no shortage of
palm trees either.
The Chinese theater
definitely felt like a tourist trap, but the theater itself was really
quite a spectacle. I didn't get to catch a movie there or anything else on
my trip though... I was in L.A. and didn't want to waste my time watching
movies when I could be out and about...
Aside from the walk of stars
and various celebrity imprints in the cement, there were lots of people in
costume who would gladly let you take a photo standing next to them... for
a price. No thanks.
(and yes I don't feel
like rotating those photos at the moment,
so you'll just have to crank your neck to the side to view 'em)
As promised, I would not
leave L.A. until a celebrity had come in contact with my ass. So there you
have it, Steven Seagal's hands have more or less touched my ass just like
his movies touched my heart.
Bruce Lee's kung fu is
strong and will forever protect the theater.
Only in L.A. can you walk
down the street and see a Marilyn Monroe impersonator walking on the
sidewalk, looking into a compact while fixing her makeup and then board a
city bus shortly thereafter.
hooray for nifty architectural designs
ASK THE BRAIN! :O
In addition to the countless "adult" shops on Hollywood blvd, there were
some nifty costume shops. This one had a great window display promotion
going on for Saw II. Too bad the movie wasn't as good as this display.
TEH CRAZIES ARE EVEREEWARE! ALIEN SPACE GODS, PLEASE SPARE US!
If you enjoy shopping for clothes and/or shoes, Los Angeles will be
like heaven on earth for you... seriously.
And GARGANTUAN BEAN BAGS! Yeah, they have those too.
Political correctness is clearly important to L.A. residents.
Ooooooo, beautiful landscapes galore!
It's kind of ironic that L.A. are so concerned with being healthy, yet
there are more donut shops here than anywhere else I've ever seen
before... all of which have great names such as "Yum Yum Donuts".
Did I mention they have
PIZZAS BIGGER THAN
The delivery guy had to turn the thing sideways to even get it through the
We tried, but six of us couldn't finish it. Not even close. :(
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