Los Angeles Local Customs

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  • 1. What to Wear - Packing

    I am obliged to a gal who cuts hair on the other side of town. She is "rad". However, when she was outta town, I got my mop cropped at "Rudy's", a cool spot in Los Feliz. Rudy's is a stylin' space -...

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  • 2. Restaurant Etiquette

    ips are designed to let you share your insights about any cultural differences a traveler to this destination might encounter. For example, local customs like tipping in restaurants, how to greet...

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  • 3. Police and Law Enforcement

    You might not think of california as a place to cycle, but they actually have cycling police there. Especially in the beach areas where you can get around easier and faster than by car. I really like...

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  • 4. Filming and Movies

    One thing they don't mention on the studio tours is that a lot of what ends up in a movie or tv show isn't shot at a studio. Southern California is full of on location filming and if you want to try...

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  • 5. Driving

    The interstate/highway system in Southern California can be a puzzle to folks from out of town. Here are a few tips for the visitor that I hope will make your visit much more pleasant. We all know it...

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  • 6. Tipping

    There's usually a lot of grumblings from foreigners on service tipping, particularly in restaurants. Regardless of whether your agree with the custom, it's customary to tip. Furthermore, wait staff...

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  • 7. Downtown

    What's in an area code: personality (if you are in southern California) ! Once upon a time, well in mid-20th century to be more precise, all of L.A. county was under one area code for telephone--...

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  • 8. No Smoking!

    In case you didn't know, you cannot smoke indoors in any public place anywhere in California and thank god. It's not much of an issue in LA, because most bars and restaurants have outdoor smoking...

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  • 9. Halloween Parade

    Carnaval in West Hollywood: Unreal. I moved here from NYC, six years ago, and the only event in Los Angeles that ever approaches "World" status, in my estimation, is the Carnaval. It runs along Santa...

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  • 10. Rose Parade

    The Rose Parade is actually held in Pasadena, County of Los Angeles. It is probably the most famous parade around. Thousands od people come from all over the country to see the New Years Day Rose...

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  • 11. Long Beach

    Although it's getting more crowded, Long Beach Airport is the preferred airport, served by JetBlue from NY, DC, and Oakland; by American from Dallas & Chicago hubs; and by America West from its...

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  • 12. Chinese culture

    Culture mix (and clash) is everywhere in Los Angeles, but in some places the mix is quite distinct, Such is the case of the adjoining area of Chinatown-Lincoln Heights . As one would expect, the...

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  • 13. Getty Center

    The Getty Center is an exciting, living complex of culture that should not be missed. J.P. Getty stipulated in his will that all the money for the Getty Foundation should be spent each year. Due to...

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  • 14. East Side

    The Sunset Junction Street Fair is an amazing, dynamic Los Angeles event that has become somewhat of a "last hurrah!" for summer in the City of Angels. Originally conceived as an event to bring...

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  • 15. Radio Stations

    Although radio is, arguably, no longer the most important medium for communication here in the city (and moreover of the US), radio does serve a great purpose: to help commuters unwind while dealing...

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  • 16. Latin culture

    Here's the Joke: Q: What's the Capitol of Mexico? A: Los Angeles Indeed, LA has become a majority-minority city, with the largest minority population being, naturally, Mexican. The social and...

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  • 17. Pronunciations

    This is a challenge for any visitor or recent transplant to Los Angeles. Because the city is a mix of Mexican/Spanish and Anglo cultures, the pronunciations of locales, streets, neighborhoods and the...

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  • 18. Free Museum Exhibits

    The public is welcome to visit The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences... November 8 through March 3, 2013 The Academy Grand Lobby Gallery Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends,...

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  • 19. Get your Talk Radio, Traffic Reports...on L.A. AM

    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...

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  • 20. SIM cards in the USA for open phones

    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...

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  • 21. SIM cards in the USA for open phones

    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...

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  • 22. CHARITIES ARE THE RAVE

    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...

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  • 23. Shelling out on a beer

    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...

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  • 24. Enjoy the L.A. love for outdoor Farmer's Markets

    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...

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  • 25. Walking - It's possible, but frowned upon.

    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...

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