Trip Start May 08, 2009
27Trip End Jul 06, 2009
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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
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
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