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Jul. 8th, 2008

I'm at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott for a NAAFA convention.

I drove here. Once I hit LA I realized that although I've visited neighboring areas a number of times and have spent a day or three in LA proper here or there, I've never been here for a solid week.

I probably won't have much time to do anything other than conventioning, but if I were to do something around town, what do you think it should be?


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Jul. 9th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Cute-poet-chick and I always liked to do tv-related stuff. She's a total pop-culture diva. We went to the Television Museum, and we went and saw shows being taped. I really haven't spent much non-tv-related time in LA, typo LJ.
Jul. 9th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
You are less than 5 miles from me :). Look to the N and a little to the west and there I am (*just* N of LAX).

What do you like? And it depends on how far afield you want to go (or don't want to).

This stuff is fairly close:

There's obviously the beach; Santa Monica Pier and the 3rd Street Promenade - there's shops, sometimes performers; Venice Boardwalk lots of shops and lots of performers - artists, skaters (who do routines and dance), dancers; there's a nature sort of walk in the Ballona Wetlands (at Lincoln and Jefferson) - it's peaceful; there's a little "Fisherman's Village" in the Maria (del Rey) - touristy but there's some restaurants and there's a harbor tour, you can also rent boats; the Getty Center (free but you have to pay for parking).
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Marina del Rey is also the home of ISI, which is one of the birthplaces of the ARPAnet and Internet.

There's also McCabe's Guitar Shop on Pico just west of the 10 overpass, featuring lots of guitars and other instruments, not to mention concerts.
Jul. 15th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
auntysocial and I went to Venice Boardwalk today!
Jul. 9th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
My usual recommendation for the coolest place in L.A. is the Museum of Jurassic Technology. This is a storefront on Venice Blvd. in Culver City and is, essentially, a parody of a Victorian natural history museum. The exhibits include stuff like a bat that can fly through solid objects by getting up into ultrasound, for example. The last time I was there, they had expanded a lot and had a great exhibit on string figures, including video demonstrations. It's very weird, but that's what I like about it.

If the Thursday night dances on the pier at Santa Monica are still happening, they often have great music.

You could go up to the Thai mall in Hollywood and eat great food in the food court, accompanied by a Thai Elvis impersonator.

On weekends, the L.A. Conservancy does interesting walking tours downtown.

Jul. 9th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
That museum sounds really nifty!

I liked the Burke Williams spa when I went there for a massage, though I don't remember which location it was. Nice massage ($70 at the time), great big hot tub (20 people-ish?) with tubside pitchers of water w' orange slices), etc. http://www.burkewilliamsspa.com/

Also, the Huntington Library, Arts, and Botanical Gardens near Pasadena.
Jul. 9th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
The Huntington is also a fine place to go. I highly recommend their afternoon tea, followed by a stroll through the rose garden (or the cactus garden or the Japanese garden, depending on your tastes).
Jul. 15th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
The museum of jurassic technology sounds like loads of fun!
Jul. 9th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the Fredericks of Hollywood Museum, which has famous lingerie and lingerie costumes and delves a bit into the history of lingerie.

Also, La Brea Tar Pits was super cool, although not right in town.
Jul. 15th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
The Fredericks of Hollywood museum sounds fun, I'll put it on the list for next time. I've seen the La Brea Tar Pits, I love them.
Jul. 9th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
If i were in LA, i'd want to see the LA County Art Museum (near the tar pits?) and the Getty. They're both probably inconvenient to reach, although the Getty may be on the way out of town.

However, i'd never heard of the Museum of Jurassic Technology. That sounds *cool*
Jul. 15th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
I've seen the LA County Art Museum - ages ago, they interviewed me for a job (but I accepted Apple's offer instead). I'm likely to want to "just get home" tomorrow but I think I will pass by the Getty, we'll see what happens.
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Canters 24-hour deli. But go with people. It is not the same alone.
Jul. 10th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I second Canters.
Jul. 10th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Also, you might consider a trip to Lincoln Fabrics (in Venice, on Lincoln, natch), they are friendly, always have a huge variety of reasonably priced remnants and such (though never organized), and it's not intimidating like the hardcore places in the downtown fashion district.
Jul. 15th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
auntysocial and I tried going to Lincoln Fabrics today but discovered it is closed on Mondays. We went to Venice Beach instead. Maybe next time...
Jul. 15th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Aw, poop.
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I visited the Getty last time I was in LA. It's free (though parking isn't). The collection is pretty good, but the gardens and architecture are fabulous.
Jul. 15th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Thanks - maybe I'll get there next time.
Jul. 9th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't spent a lot of time in LA, but I like the La Brea Tar Pits (especially the wall of dire wolf skulls).

The botanical gardens at UCLA is nice, too.
Jul. 15th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
I've seen the La Brea Tar Pits and love them, but didn't get back there this time.
Jul. 9th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
You probably aren't the least bit interested in where I would want to go if I were staying in LA for a week (Hollywood Park just down Century Blvd. from where you are, the Commerce Casino in Commerce, and the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens).

Venice Beach is a terrific venue for people-watching.

Are you at all interested in Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, or Universal Studios?

My very favorite thing to do in LA, of course, is to leave. The Bay Area is only six hours' drive away!
Jul. 15th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
auntysocial and I went to Venice Beach today. Definitely great people-watching. You might want to read the most recent 3 entries in her journal, which are about Irving Moskowitz's gambling establishments in Hawaiian Gardens.
Jul. 10th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I am sure you have seen this already, but if you haven't: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7498895.stm

Tabby cat adopts red panda cub!
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
I hadn't seen it...

Jul. 10th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
I haven't been in LA since 1981 when I was giving a seminar. But we paused the seminar and all gathered in my room to watch the first shuttle take off. You should have heard us cheering!
Jul. 11th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yarn shopping.
Jul. 15th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Oh well, that happened darn near immediately.
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