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