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Old 05-01-2009, 05:21 AM
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thanks everybody this will give me some ideas will be making my first trip in november so any more help is much appreciated
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:35 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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Well guys I got home Monday at 10am. After spending 10 days in Los Angeles here are some of my thoughts and observations about the areas I visited as well as some other useless commentary.

Hermosa Beach- This is where the hotel I stayed at was located. The area was filled with some cool bars and restaurants ranging from local pizza joints to nice Irish pubs. I felt quite safe walking around at night, the people down at the bars at night were mostly young professionals although I did see some older folks at times too. During the day the crowd still had a lot of young folks but also a lot of families walking around. I think if I was going to live anywhere n SoCal this is where I would want to be. It was a very relaxing atmosphere and I met several cool people, most of them were transplants from other states. Drink prices at most of the bars was a little outrageous but I guess you pay for the view...

Malibu- I found the general atmosphere to be somewhat similar to Hermosa but the people were not quite as friendly and you could tell the folks here were mostly about money. I ate at Duke's bar and I loved that place, great view and I thought the prices were very reasonable. Overall I thought Malibu was a nice community but even if I won the lotto tomorrow and was going to move to SoCal Malibu wouldn't be all that high on the list. They did have a nice Ralphs though... lol

Venice Beach- WOW talk about diversity. It's amazing how close Venice Beach is to Hermosa or Redondo and how very different they are. You really do see about anything and everything in Venice. I saw a guy get arrested for drinking on the beach (and probably doing some other things) offices to evaluate your medical marijuana eligibility, cult members with shaved heads in orange robes banging on drums, various bands and dj's, some statue guy that would "freeze" and try to scare people as well as some psycho walking on glass bottles. The feel of Venice beach was somewhat dirty to me. It didn't seem like any of the places to eat or drink were that nice and I can't imagine that it's a safe area at night. If it wasn't for the crazy street performers I don't see why anyone would go there. I think my thoughts on that are supported by the fact that I mostly saw tourists hanging out there. I heard lots of different languages and accents.

Hollywood- I drove the sunset strip several times out to the PCH. Hollywood had kind of a cool vibe to it and there were some cool trendy bars. I am a musician so seeing all the guitar stores in close proximity was very cool. I ate at a place called "El Comadre" service was a little iffy but the food was great. One of the best taco's I've ever ate. Farther east on Sunset it turns into a dump real fast. Seems like a good area to avoid at night.

San Diego- I just went for the zoo so I have no comment.

Burbank- I hung out for a little while in "beautiful downtown Burbank" after getting tickets to the Tonight Show. The town seemed pretty fast paced and relatively safe. I wouldn't mind living there if they had a beach.

Universal Studios- I spent most of a day here and it was pretty cool. I think $67 is a bit much for entrance to the park especially after paying $20 for "preferred parking". The attractions were pretty good, I went to Terminator 2 3D, T2 is one of my favorite movies and the exhibit was pretty cool although a bit corny at times. I also went to Waterworld, I can see why the actors here are working in a theme park and not in the movies. Still a fun time though. I also went to the Backdraft exhibit. This was pretty cool (or hot?) but waaaaayyyyy too short and you have to listen to Ron Howard ramble on for several minutes before seeing the pyrotechnics. "City Walk" was OK, I ate at the Hard Rock Cafe but i'm not sure why it's called "City Walk" and not "Food Court". lol

Traffic- I traveled over 2,000 miles on your roads during my 10 day vacation. Hermosa Beach, Malibu, Barstow, Baker, San Diego... I went all over. Traffic at times is as bad as everyone says it is. My eyes were burning during some of my travels from all the smog around me. Not cool. Car Pool lanes are awesome and I took advantage of them all I could when I had my friend traveling with me. You guys seem to have your fair share of LLB's (left lane blockers) I can't tell you how many people I passed on the right with my cruise control set at the speed limit. There were several times where I was going the speed limit and I seemed to be passing most people. I can't really explain it. Where I'm from the speed limit is about the bare minimum you see anyone going, usually it's 5-15mph over the posted limit. I did see a few people speeding by now and then but mostly people seemed to drive slow. After about 5 days I started to figure out most of your major roadways and quit using my nav system to get most places.

San Gabriel Mountains- I traveled through the mountains for awhile and it was a pretty nice relaxing drive. There were a lot of guys on bikes zooming by all the cars and I could just imagine there are some pretty gruesome accidents up there.

Topanga Canyon Road- Drove this road all the way from the PCH into what I think you guys call "the valley", was a very nice drive. I wanted to turn on Mullholland but there was a gate blocking the road.

In-N-Out Burger- I can't figure out why these have not spread across the world like McDonalds. SO GOOD!!!! I miss them already... (double double without onion please)

In conclusion I think if someone wants to move to southern California they need to take a trip there and figure out where the good areas are. Then when they realize how much it costs to live in a nice area or by the beach they better get a good job lined up or be happy with the ghetto.

Personally if I moved to California the Hermosa Beach are would be where I would want to be, the area is very safe, the air is clean and the people were friendly. I would also try and get a job as close to home as possible.

I'll be posting some more pics from my trip in a bit....
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:14 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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More vacation pics!!

I'm not going to put a description on each of the photos because that would take too long but basically these are shots from the mohave desert, death valley, the san gabriel mountains, zuma beach in malibu, hermosa beach, topanga canyon road, rockwalk in hollywood and a car show in hermosa beach just down from my hotel.

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Old 05-07-2009, 02:28 PM
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Did you see the "tree" on Venice Beach, or Jesus carrying his cross?

Great photos! Seems like you had a pretty good time!

Ya'll come back now, ya heah!
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by LizzyNola View Post
Did you see the "tree" on Venice Beach, or Jesus carrying his cross?

Great photos! Seems like you had a pretty good time!

Ya'll come back now, ya heah!

I didn't see that when I was there. The guys in orange robes with shaved heads was probably the weirdest thing I saw.
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:29 PM
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So, you didn't see the midget with the lower portion of his body turned backwards riding a skateboard, huh? I used to live in Venice and I could never figure out how he could balance that way. Felt sort of bad for the guy
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:36 PM
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if you make it to Long Beach, I recommend a visit to the Aquarium, a show at the Laugh Factory, dinner in Belmont Shore, and finally a gondola cruise through the canals in Naples.

sorry, just noticed this is an old post
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:43 PM
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I was kind of depressed getting off the plane back home. Wanted to go back....
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:29 AM
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great great photos thanks man you never want to go home
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by herisserrano View Post
great great photos thanks man you never want to go home

You are correct.
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