Los Mymoneyeles

Trip Start May 08, 2009
Trip End Jul 06, 2009

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Ivee's House!

Flag of United States  , California
Friday, June 12, 2009

Not Bad LA

I was scared of Los Angeles at first. Its millions of people, tons of cars, and I'm a minority! I knew there was an estimated 72,000 homeless people in the city and it just didn't sound like it was going to be that great. I was proven wrong. I never felt unsafe, race wasn't a huge issue if you ask me, and LA has a ton to offer! The traffic and driving driving driving thing is true though.
Their buses are on 75 cents!! The bad news is there's like 5 different transit systems and I bought an all day transit pass for a bus I never got on. They have a lot of democratic and liberal aspects to the city; social services, community gardens, environmentally friendly businesses. There is a lot of money going around. I've never spent so much in one city because there were so many cool shops!! And food (well everything is) is expensive. For lunch, I spent $16 and that was on the cheap side. I could almost see myself living in Los Angeles. Never saw that coming.

Hot Dog on a Stick

Santa Monica was great. I think every store I went into was run by a gay man. Every man I walked by on the beach appeared to be gay. 3rd street is where all the nicer shops were but I didn't think they were bad at all. It was like Prada, Guccia, etc.; it was like Guess, Express, Diesel stuff. I rented a bike and rode down the whole beach which included Muscle Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica beach. There were mountains to my north which was Malibu. I had a corndog which they call a hotdog on a stick. I also splurged and got a 30 minute massage in one of the beach shops because it was relatively cheap. I bought $10 sunglasses because I broke my other pair. Muscle beach is where there is all sorts of equipment that you can work out on right on the beach! Venice beach had on all the shops and street performers. There was also a theme park with a roller coaster, ferris wheel, etc.
ALSO, very nice people watching. A lot of homeless people sleeping on the beach, cute men, beautiful women, and weird street performers. This is unfortunate but with a tinge of humor: Some guy was yelling out: "I'm an alcoholic! I need a dollar to buy a beer! Do you have a dollar so you can buy me a beer?" Well, I was a little tempted to give him a dollar for the fact that he was telling the truth. I was walking down Promenade shopping street when I saw this guy adjusting himself with his hand in his pants. When he moved his arm away from his pants after finishing, I realized that actually just didn't have a hand and was adjusting himself with his nub.

3 martinis later

Ivee, who I was staying with, and I went out Thursday night to "The Abbey". We ate dinner there and talked it up. Our server was very cute so I of course overtipped and we forgot to get our picture taken I was so enamored. He had left a martini there that Ivee sent back so I drank that on top of my two cosmos....I had predrank too so the rest of the night was hazy. I guess we went to Rage to dance I was dancing on top of those boxes. I had a really good time; just wish I had taken pictures! I then watched the movie "Milk" and bawled my eyes out. The funny thing about that is, the next day I put Milk in to watch it fully and sober. However, I couldn't figure out how to work the DVD plalyer! How did I figure it out when I was drunk but not when I'm sober??

You're a Shining Star No Matter Who You Are

Ivee's brother was my tour guide on Friday. He came later than we had planned because I was SOOO hung over. boo. We went to this mall and they had parking spots that had green or red lights about them to show you if they were taken or not. That way, you could look for an area with a green light and drive over to it instead of having to drive everywhere! Plus, if you leave in under two hours, parking is free!!! I had Panda Express which really helped my hangover. We then went to Hollywood and saw all the stars on the sidewalk. It was very cool people watching. It was really fun to see all the actors; I never realized how many male actors I dislike: Jack Nicolson, Eddie Murphey, the list goes on. We then drove up to Griffith Park where the Observatory and Hollywood sign is. It was beautiful up there and fun to see the city in its entirety. LA does not have many tall buildings. Ivee's brother was a crazy driver but I guess you have to be in Los Angeles. If you ask me, I'll take the bus any day. I think Los Angeles's transit system is affordable and actually very extensive. The problem is, no one will ride it! They all said that the bus is uncomfortable, doesn't get you where you need to go, takes to long, and they're never on time. It got me from A to B pretty quickly, cheap, pretty nice buses, I dont have to worry about driving, and they were on time. Ah well. Oh yea, Ivee's brother is also very cute and gay so that was nice. I realized I don't have any gay friends. It was really nice for someone to appreciate the things I do- loving Kathy Griffin, a guy that walks by, just everything we talked about we were on the same page. Why are all my friends straight?!
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