We snuck out to LA for a few days this past weekend to finish up sound on our movie and to visit with friends and family.
It was a whirlwind trip that almost included a visit to the Conan O’Brien set to see Bryan Cranston!!!!, but alas, I forgot how AWE-INSPIRINGLY SHITTY LA traffic is and couldn’t make it on time. Woof! I do not miss being a slave to my car and I do not miss paying so much for gas (gas is $2.99 in Austin, suckers!)
The weather was not typical LA weather. It was cold and gray and barely surpassed 60 degrees most days.
It was beautiful.
Below are a few pictures from our visit.
It might not be the right city for me, but that doesn’t mean I have to stop romanticizing about it.
Please excuse the weird face I’m making in the last photo- I downed a half of a bottle of red wine before my flight…
Oh, and the second to last photo is of Geoff injecting cream cheese into a corn dog.
Yes, they taste as amazing as they sound.
Yesterday I spent the day in a place I frequent in my head, except this time I was there in person.
The wonderfully quirky world of Venice, California quickly became my favorite part of Los Angeles once I peeled back the sticky layer of sweat, sand, liquor and God knows what else that covers the town and saw what lies below the surface.
Venice has not changed a bit since I left four years ago. The only exception is now there is a medicinal marijuana store everywhere you turn. The employees wear green scrubs with marijuana leaves on them and scream at you, “The doctor is in!” It’s only $40 to get your medical marijuana card.
I even saw many of the same street performers who have been performing tricks on the boardwalk for years.
This street performer jumped onto a pile of broken glass
It’s as if Venice has been pickled in time.
I hope it always stays that way.
One of my favorite boardwalk homes designed by Frank Gehry
I relived my regular (more…)