Parting Shots

Volume 6, Issue 125; 03 Dec 2003

I like L.A. Some parting shots and parting thoughts.

I like L.A. I wasn’t predisposed to; its reputation of smog, traffic jams, and contempt for anyone less famous than God did not fill me with enthusiasm. But there’s a lot to do and it was enjoyable and interesting in its own way. There are sure a lot of things we didn’t do, and I look forward to going back to do some more.

That said, the sky is brown. I couldn’t live there. And yes, the traffic is painful. But for what it’s worth, I found everyone friendly and helpful. I didn’t really encounter that many people, though, so maybe I got lucky.

Sony Pictures Studios

They don’t let you take pictures, they don’t even let you carry a camera, so I don’t have any shots to show from the studio tour, but it was interesting. I have a new appreciation for the complexity of effort required to film something.

It was really funny to see TV sets as these little rooms with four walls and no ceiling constructed inside enormous sound stages. You know all that rich, mahogony panelling on sets like courtrooms? Paint on plywood. And all the panoramic city views you see through the windows of a big shot’s office? Thirty-five foot high digital prints or paintings on canvas a few short feet on the other side of that window.

San Gabriel Mission

There are two missions in L.A. We visited San Gabriel Mission. Todo: visit them all, preferably in order and on the same trip.

San Gabriel Mission
San Gabriel Mission
Garden Pot
Garden Pot
Native American
Native American

Santa Monica

There are few things that compare to the sun setting over the ocean.

Sails
Sails
Sunset over Beach
Sunset over Beach
Sunset over Pier
Sunset over Pier
Toys on the Beach
Toys on the Beach
Work on the Beach
Work on the Beach
Moon Over Monica
Moon Over Monica

Dire Wolves

The tar pits caught a lot of dire wolves.

Dire Wolves
Dire Wolves

Christmas in L. A.

No snow? Christmas on the beach? That must really be odd. I’m not saying I couldn’t get used to it, mind you.

Christmas in L.A.
Christmas in L.A.

Birds of Paradise

If it hasn’t already done so, I think the city of Los Angeles should establish the Bird of Paradise as the city flower. They grow everywhere and they are exquisite.

Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise

Dining Out

Four stars to Patina.

Don’t let its new address in The Walt Disney Concert Hall throw you, it’s a beautiful space with cuisine to match: rich, inviting, elegant without being stuffy. They’ve got a couple of seafood-themed tasting menus that looked delightful, but I had a bit more of the terrestrial carnivore in me the night we went; the venison was marvelous. So was the Merry Edwards Pinot Noir 2001.

Leave room for the cheese board. Really. The ostensibly illegal unpasturized camembert was the finest I’ve tasted since the last time I was in France. And the blues. And the chevre. You get the idea.