Saturday, March 18, 2006

I Love Los Angeles, Part 2

My list of reasons to love L.A. was real incomplete. I left out Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, and Magic Mountain. Our family loves Disneyland. We had season's tickets last year, but we go as a family at least once a year. Then, from time-to-time, Pam and I will do a ditch day, and just the two of us go for the day. We don't tell the kids until after we go.

Universal Studios is getting better and better. It still doesn't get to Disneyland in quality of entertainment, but it is a great fun day. They do need to update or add to the tram ride. If you haven't been for four years or longer, you should go.

The City Walk is better than Disney's. Lots of fun stores and great eateries. My favorite stop is the simulated NASCAR races. You will really believe you are in the race. A tad expensive, but worth it.

So, for those of you who want the slow life with folks who are more "real," head on over to Oklahoma City or Austin. Maybe you'll like Memphis or Bangor.

Sure LA would be better with less smog (even though we have far, far less than we did 25 years ago. It would be better with less traffic, less crime, and fewer homeless. I'm sure we would be pleased if housing were less expensive, and water more plentiful. But guess what, if all of those things were true, you wouldn't be able to count the constant influx of people who would be driving housing prices up, adding to congestion and smog, etc.

And then there's Westwood, the Colosseum, Old Town Pasadena, Laguna, Griffeth Park, The Greek, Santa Monica Place, The Grove, The Library.

How could I forget: Tommy's, In and Out, Cheesecake Factory in the Marina, Ripley's Believe it or Not, movie sets on your neighbor's lawn, incredible sunsets, hiking trails of every kind and every difficulty, waterfalls, tidepools, and 1001 different eccosystems.

The museum of tollerance, the children's museum, the rosebowl, Chavez Ravine, The view of Los Angeles when landing at LAX or driving up to Arrowhead.

So, you LA Haters. Either show me where I'm wrong or shut your hole. Those who agree, add to the list. We could change this blog into an LA travelog.

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