January 25th, 2004
So Fizz and I take off randomly.
Citysearch claims that the only things in LA that are open 24 hours are Denny's and a really expensive restaurant. I snort and we make tracks.
We zip around 405 south and take the offramp East to pop off at Wilshire (which incidentally is where I took her for the CHSPE exam (I pointed out the bagel place we went for breakfast that morning).). Drive for a little bit and _bam_. Staring us in the face is Izzy's Deli. Open 24 hours.
KROQ (the local cool station which has its ups and downs is playing cool music). Electronic mixes and so on. Good, good stuff on the whole drive.
I stop the car, we go in, sit down, play Fluxx, eat, play more Fluxx, eat more, play more Fluxx, leave. We hadn't played Fluxx before then, so it was all sorts of fun.
Hop back in. Yay! More good music. Some vocals pop in and we mention Jesse's recent gripe.
Zoop further East on Wilshire taking us to 3rd street and the ocean. Follow Ocean North. End up on San Vicente which winds around back to Wilshire. Take Wilshire back West. Pass the 405 again.
Conversation turns to Jesse and Mike and zooming around in cars and being generally fun. Note made to get Jesse to get his license. Dude! knight3d! You should get your ham license!
At some point during our ongoing conversation, I note that the La Brea Tar Pits are somewhere around here.
Zoom around past Miracle Mile. I tell Fizz about it. We go on.
Further good music. Specifically, the tune in the Honda commercial (I don't remember the name. Help me LJ-Brain!). This makes us happy.
Somewhere about 4 and a half blocks up the road, Fizz says "Sinking animals!"
Now I'm sorta paralyzed by this. At first I think she means a car and I can't just turn and look while zooming down Wilshire. So I check my mirrors and I don't see anything. I look at the buildings...Nothing. So, I query her and she says, "Turn around and you can see them."
So, I pull a ewwie and zoom back and Huh!
La Brea Tar Pits! I've been meaning to take her there since I brought her to LA.
Get out (I _LOVE_ the smell of prehistoric death trap in the morning), circumscribe the tar pits, mention the Simpsons episode, see people wandering around. I mention that there must be a club around (Turns out there was one up the street a little. I could tell by the people standing around it). Point out LACTMA (the LA Contemporary Temporary Museum of Art). I forgot that the two are right next to each other. Mention the movie "Miracle Mile" which I must show Fizz some night. I also mentioned VR.5. One of my favorite shows ever. Kind of a silly premise, but a fun one. It came in around the same time as Space: Above and Beyond and Strange Luck (read: More good shows cancelled by Fox =( ). I think the X-Files premiered around that time too.
We get back in the car. Mention that I should take Fizz to Perversion (a club in North Hollywood) the next time we're down because:
1) she'll have an ID
2) I really want to dance, and
3) Lots of gooooooooooooood music 8)
She mentions some bit about being dancing being kinda bad times-ish. I launch into this:
"Y'know, I don't think there really is such a thing as bad dancing. I mean...It's like...There was this experiment done with these little robots. What you do is you plug in an appendage and tell the CPU how to operate it. The only other ability the robot has is the ability to tell how far from a transmitter it is. The robot tries to be as close as possible to it, so it flails its appendage around until it finds something that works. That's exactly what dancing is. Flailing around until you find something that works."
That amused us both. I love those sudden hits of inspiration like that.
Lovely drive as always. A few random peds wandering around in the middle of the street, but I didn't have to brake for anyone. Nice wide roads for me to press my van along. That's one thing you just can't get in the bay area. =/
We ended up around Century City. Showed Fizz the Bonaventure Hotel and the Staples Center (such pretty buildings). She recognized it from the tour I gave her via MS Flight Simulator 2004. 8)
We talked a little bit about the Stunner at Staples. LA Kings versus someone or other. Game 7. Kings are down 3-0 in the 3rd period. It's looking pretty grim. Long story short, they come back in the last 5 minutes to tie it. Then take it to overtime and win. It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen in hockey. Makes me kinda wish I still played sports.
We finally turned around. I sniffed my way back to Sepulveda and drove by the Veteran's Cemetary (where my maternal grandmother and grandfather are). Talked a little bit about Fizz's Grandaunt and the inherent cruelty in life. There's so many people I'd give my right arm to meet and chat with, but I'll never get the chance to because I was born at the wrong time.
Hop back on the 405 to get through the pass and get the beautiful view of the valley as we come into it. It's one of the things I miss most about LA and the thing I love most about coming back.
The only thing that will improve nights like this is when I get my wearable done with Speakup and find some way to get the voice synth to use the MCP's voice.
Then the world will be mine =D
Shoot, I even got CUPS working on my mom's computer. Still need to get SANE working for the scanner, but I'll take accomplishments as they come ; )
Alrighty: Going to sleep. G'night peeps =D
Wow. Fun times. This reminds me of when Mike used to post long, detailed entries about his day, down to the tax he paid on his sandwich for lunch. (Probably.) They were lots of fun reading though. You lucky people with good memories and a sense of geography!
I remembered more, but things like the bill for Fizz's meatloaf and my corned beef sandwich are getting just a tad out of hand. ; )
I'm going to miss LA a lot starting tomorrow.
|Date:||January 26th, 2004 12:31 am (UTC)|| |
sounds like you two had a blast. I noticed in Fizz's journal you had been considering portland... at some point you two should come up and I could go down and we could meet and it would be good. *nods*
As I just got back from my own trip I am toddling off now. So tired. ^_^;;
|Date:||January 26th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC)|| |
Yeah, I was sorry that fell through. Nevertheless, we have made a pact to take a long train trip by ourselves just for the fun of it as soon as the opportunity arises. Perhaps we could meet you that way. :D
We _totally_ had a blast. Way more fun than two human beings should have. Except for the part where all human beings should have that much fun 8)
I, for one, would be totally down for that. Sounds like a good use of the train ride indeed.
And besides, if we went to Portland, we'd just have to go to Powell's. That would be _horrible_ ; )
|Date:||January 26th, 2004 01:36 am (UTC)|| |
This is my 5500th LJ comment ever and I wanted you to have it. :)
The deli was Izzy's, silly. ^_^
|Date:||January 26th, 2004 02:35 am (UTC)|| |
Argh! I knew that! I knew that!
Still, I'm pleased to have that milestone in my journal.