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    Standing Together

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 30, 2014

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    Rolling down Hollywood Boulevard, in my wheelchair, I saw a crowd in a cluster snapping photos, so of course I joined them to see what the "attraction" was. A cold slap in the face to see that it was Robin Williams Star. He had died three days before and there was a "shrine/tribute" growing, so I took photos also. As I was in the wheelchair and couldn't get a great shot, a man offered to take a shot from above for me. The first photo here.) My immediate thought was, "What a nice man to offer to help me." My after thought was, "This is the way people get their cameras stolen."

    Thank God my first thought was the correct one. I just love nice and helpful people.

    To Be Continued,,,

    Laugh Factory The Comedy Store
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    Get your Talk Radio, Traffic Reports...on L.A. AM

    by marinarena Updated Feb 23, 2011

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    Here's a rundown of popular AM dial choices (subject to change, check website for updates):

    570 AM KLAC- sports talk featuring Laker, Raider, Avenger and UCLA games, Fox Radio, Dan Patrick (of ESPN fame) and that fiery hothead (and hottie) Jim Rome

    640 AM - Hear political heavyweights from the right talk in lefty L.A. , namely Rush Limbaugh

    690 AM Extra- en espanol

    710 AM- ESPN Radio (Disney), catch USC football and baseball, also many national pro ball games and commentary

    790 AM - Get your fix of Don Imus and Sean Hannity

    830 AM- official Angels of Anaheim baseball station, plus Duck games and, yes, even Notre Dame football (I mean, why sorry Notre Dame in L.A?)

    870 AM- various news opinion, including Dennis Miller and Dennis Prager

    980 AM- Headline news

    1070 AM- news perspective, with top of the hour news (much from CBS Radio) and frequent L.A. traffic updates (a must listen-to if driving in L.A.!)

    1090 AM The Mighty- Home of the San Diego Padres, Mighty Ducks, SDSU, Del Mar Race Track
    (San Diego based, may be available in some LA areas)

    1150 AM KTLK- Hear the lefties talk in lefty L.A.

    1330 AM- ESPN Deportes en espanol, home of the Angels of Anaheim, the LA Lakers, NFL, Chivas soccer, Super Liga soccer, US soccer and LA Avengers

    1510 AM Station of the Stars- Inland Empire (East of L.A. based) station that is home of the MLB Angels of Anaheim baseball team

    1540 AM The Ticket- sports radio, get Charger and Raider games

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    SIM cards in the USA for open phones

    by cochinjew Written Mar 14, 2010

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    Someone from Oz had the same query, so yesterday when I was in Miami, I went to check with AT/T, one of the two companies that offer prepaid sim cards. First of all, they are useful only for telephone calls and text messaging. Internet browsing and emails are not allowed. the price is pretty steep when you compare the other plans available: 25 cents per minute incoming and outgoing calls, 25 cents per text.
    I have an unlocked phone (majority of the cellphones in this world are unlocked) and i just buy sim card whichever country i am travelling to: USA France India Malaysia Cambodia Vietnam Singapore all would allow sim cards.
    I have an ipod touch with wifi connection. i can use it, with skype, to call friends and family either for free or for very little.

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    SIM cards in the USA for open phones

    by cochinjew Written Mar 14, 2010

    Someone from Oz had the same query, so yesterday when I was in Miami, I went to check with AT/T, one of the two companies that offer prepaid sim cards. First of all, they are useful only for telephone calls and text messaging. Internet browsing and emails are not allowed. the price is pretty steep when you compare the other plans available: 25 cents per minute incoming and outgoing calls, 25 cents per text.
    I have an unlocked phone (majority of the cellphones in this world are unlocked) and i just buy sim card whichever country i am travelling to: USA France India Malaysia Cambodia Vietnam Singapore all would allow sim cards.
    I have an ipod touch with wifi connection. i can use it, with skype, to call friends and family either for free or for very little.

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    CHARITIES ARE THE RAVE

    by travelgourmet Updated Aug 29, 2009

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    Charities are the rave in LA. If you are in town and can afford to attend one of the galas that appear almost nightly, do, do, do. It is fun to do and also you will hopefully be benefiting a worthy cause. Why a rave? Well LA is also Hollywood and the glitz and glamour of it all draws a crowd. Most are in it to be seen or see and sometimes a great meal is to be had.

    KCET Public Television gave such a party in Beverly Hills, featuring noted TV personality/ Master Chef Jacques Pepin. He was giving out his soon to be released cook book. Jacques came around to every table and signed his new book on cooking. My wife, Sue, and I had met Jacques before at a cooking class that he presented with his daughter, Claudine. Glitz? You bet! Three chefs came out and presented their food dishes with explanations of the ingredients. Glamour? You bet! High fashion and casual elegance filled the room. A great meal? You bet! With top notch chefs, it has to be. And fun was had by all. I love LA.

    KCET DINNER WITH JACQUES PEPIN FOR CHARITY ART IN  APPETIZERS MAIN COURSE DELICIOUS DELECTABLE DESSERTS MY WIFE SUE, JACQUES PEPIN, TRAVELGOURMET
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    Shelling out on a beer

    by Paisleypaul Written Aug 9, 2009

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    Never knew this existed, and not sure if it is avaiable elsewhere in US but it was only around LA and the Southwest (Las Vegas NV, Phoenix AZ, Yuma AZ) that I found this Clamato beer.

    Light in colour as some Europeans might call lager rather than beer, it is flavoured with tomato and clam.

    Worth trying for- well, its oddness, but not a favourite. By Budweiser, in Bud & Bud Light varieties, I think I bought it at Circle K or 7-11.

    Bud Light Clamato, can and poured Bud Light and Budweiser varieties
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    Enjoy the L.A. love for outdoor Farmer's Markets

    by marinarena Updated Sep 19, 2008

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    Particularly, L.A. loves Farmer's Markets. There is usually a nice mix of people who come to get exotic fruits and veggies, as well as prepared foods, fresh flowers, funky clothing and jewelry and various eccletic knick-knacks. There are various versions of the original on 3rd St (which is featured on my set of West Los Angeles pages), though they cannot compare. Still it is worth hunting out some if you happen to be elsewhere in L.A.

    Downtown L.A.

    (Financial District)

    along 5th St in front of Central Library
    This is a great one I have attended regularly. Food includes tamales (Mexican), Greek /Middle Eastern favorities like kebobs, baklava, hummus....
    Wednesdays, from 11AM to 3PM

    (Chinatown)

    700 Traction (near 3rd and Rose intersection), in the Arts District
    Saturday, from 9AM- 2PM... near downtown!

    Other Farmer Markets of Greater L.A. listed on website!

    Farmer's Market, 5th /Flower St,  downtown LA
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    Walking - It's possible, but frowned upon.

    by Mickeytor Written Jan 15, 2007

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    Everyone knows that LA is a driving city. For the most part you will need a car to get around.

    I like walking though, so I decided to be rebellious. On my last trip, my travel companion and I hiked all over Hollywood, once even hoofing it from Rodeo Drive all the way back to Hollywood and Vine, taking in all the fun of Sunset Strip along the way.

    For anyone looking to avoid the car, subways and buses aren't too bad an option. Cabs are a little more difficult. You'll have to call ahead to get one - or pick one up at a nearby hotel.

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    See Jewish Life in Fairfax District/Miracle Mile

    by marinarena Updated Nov 13, 2006

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    If you get craving for some Matzo balls ...come here to the Fairfax District!

    One of the major enclaves of Los Angeles is the conjoined Fairfax District and Miracle Mile neighborhood, best experienced along Fairfax Blvd. One will encounter several delis, markets, gift shops and other Jewish establishments. Orthrodox, Hasidic and Reform Jews make up a majority of residents but others do mix into the community. There is a good number of Russian Jews in the area, which is very close to Hollywood and West Hollywood where there is even bigger concentration of Russians.

    Come in this neighborhood on Fridays and Saturdays, in the early evenings to see the Jewish community in the heights of the Sabbath.

    the heavily Jewish enclave of L.A.- Fairfax Dist.
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    Wave at Bus Stops!

    by marinarena Updated Oct 10, 2006

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    When at a bus stop, try to make the bus driver's life easier by flagging (or waving the hand). This should signal the driver to stop for you. At the majority of stops, there at least two bus routes that will offer service.

    In downtown alone, most stops have 5 or more different routes. Don't assume that all buses will stop just because you are sitting at a bench or standing near the pole with the listed bus routes.

    bus signs, Los Angeles, CA Metro bus signs, LA, CA, USA
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    What to make of 818...

    by marinarena Written Aug 23, 2006

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    L.A. is, like, totally, valley in the 818.... so vast....well, what can be made of her really? Like... she is tranquil, loving the less hectic environment of L.A. She is happy, quite the sunny gal basking in the constant sun. And yeah, like, she's hot too- such a hot, porn-sexy thing ! (The Valley is the porn capital of the U.S.)

    Within the 818 are quite constrasting communities- the beautiful Woodland Hills and the crappy Van Nuys (and I say that with such affection); the charming Chatsworth and the even more crappy Pacoima; the giant business center of Burbank and the tiny Toluca Lake with barely a center, etc etc...

    Depending on who you ask here, the 818 area of "the Valley" is deemed with affection or detest. Those who love it seperate it from "L.A" itself (as if it the latter were the "bad seed"), though the Valley is, politically speaking, part of the city. The Valley has almost broken away from L.A. city a few times but no successful legislation has come about yet.

    Many come in the 818 for Universal Studios and City Walk, including the Gibson Ampitheater.
    General diversion is on and off the grand Ventura Blvd, Sports and nature enthusiasts appreciate Balboa Park in Van Nuys, and arts lovers delight in the theater playhouses in North Hollywood. If not all these, just a nice drive along Mulholland Blvd makes for a wonderdful Valley evening.

    In the end, the 818 is just that "different" one that manages to stand out from the other area codes, despite also being too vast to explain in basic terms.

    San Fernando Valley area shot, California
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    Graffiti!

    by draguza Written Dec 17, 2005

    I took photos of graffiti inside ?the pit? at Venice Pavilion from 1989 to1997, preserving the images for future generations. Like the tide, they would come and go with each new wave of artists. Now, since Venice Pavilion was demolished in 2000, they have become historic souvenirs of a passing era

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    Getting drunk

    by draguza Written Oct 25, 2005

    When I was in LA I was 21-22 years old and I remained impressed of the "common habit" that people of my age had there:going to the pub and getting drunk! I am talking about REALLY drunk...most of the times after the pub closed many of the local clients vomited and threw up..it must be because in AMerica you are not allowed to drink unless you are 21 so when they finally reach the age limit they exagerate!!

    Me & Chris in a pub
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    Internet Points

    by draguza Written Oct 20, 2005

    In Los Angeles there is plenty of Internet Cafes, almost one at every corner!
    If you need to send a mail or check your emails you will even find them inside Coffehouses. They are also pretty cheap compared to the Internet Points in Europe.

    Me at one Internet Caf��
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    Beach Bums

    by draguza Written Aug 24, 2005

    When in LA, go have a look at those beaches and you'll find lots of Californian hunks...hehehe...it is a nice view! Some of them spend the whole day at the beach just exercising and working out to develop their muscles

    Beach bums
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