My LA Life

January 23, 2009

The (New) High Price Of Information

Filed under: food, Uncategorized — Tags: , — MT @ 4:11 am


Today I went to get breakfast at Mel’s on Sunset.
I ambled over to buy an LA Times from the street machine, and the price had gone up by 50% to 75c.
Listen Mr Zell, I know the company you bought for peanuts is now broke, but speaking as one of the very few that still BUY a paper, do you think hiking the price for a thin Thursday edition by 50 freaking % is a good way to increase your business???

It really pissed me off.

Still bought it though. Its almost like I can’t eat alone without a paper.Loser.

PS: Corned beef hash was fantastic.

January 14, 2009

Like Winter In July

Filed under: news, Uncategorized — MT @ 6:23 am

From the LA Times:

Southern California’s unseasonable January heat wave shows no signs of letting up.
Temperatures across the region flirted with record-high levels Monday afternoon, and the warm, windy conditions were expected to remain through the weekend.
Temperatures in downtown L.A. reached 88 degrees, edging out the recorded high of 87 degrees and rising 20 degrees above normal levels, said Todd Hall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Records were also set in Long Beach and Burbank at 87 degrees; San Gabriel at 88; and UCLA at 86 degrees. A 54-year-old record was broken in Oxnard, where temperatures inched up to 86 degrees, passing the 1955 record of 85.

January 4, 2009

“LA is a weird place”

Filed under: Uncategorized — MT @ 3:37 am

From the Economist.

Stuff like this happens all the time. Jeremy Piven likes a stiff latte. You can quote me.

January 2, 2009

Foggy LA

Filed under: Uncategorized — MT @ 10:17 pm

After two gorgeous days the fog is back. It won’t rain – just a dense white fog peeling in from the ocean.

December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays

Filed under: Uncategorized — MT @ 3:22 am


Xmas at the Grove

Xmas at the Grove

It’s incredibly cold in Los Angeles for Xmas this year. Like, wear a wool sweater and slippers around the house cold. Where you can tell the heated pools because they look like hot pools in Iceland: steam rising into the air.


December 16, 2008

Shooting Chip and Dale

Filed under: Uncategorized — MT @ 9:42 pm

So, anyway, my cable and internet have been out for most of the last 24 hours not due to the epic rainstorm, but because a FREAKING SQUIRREL had chewed through the line.

Am currently on my way down to a Big 5 to get me a pellet gun….:-)

Cmon, shoot me? Im way too cute, right. Hey, put that thing down....

C'mon, shoot me? I'm way too cute, right. Hey, put that thing down....

December 13, 2008

Late night at Famima

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — MT @ 8:58 pm

Famima is a godsend. its a 24hr newsagent/Pret or NY corner deli with a heavy Japanese design vibe.


Along with all the usual crisps and cola, they have these great small snacks like hot dumplings, sausage pasta and French Toast sticks (!!). So, um, pigged out a bit.
We have one near the office, and the other one I know of is on 3rd St Santa Monica.
When gas was extremely expensive I saw a big future for these guys. But now that it may end being close to free by next year the US will stay in its drive-thru ways.
I really hope these guys survive.
Wow, 2 turkey sandwiches. Really?

December 12, 2008

Selling two of my cars

Filed under: Uncategorized — MT @ 8:12 pm

Ok, you know its a recession when I’m having to sell two of my favourite things. *sigh*

Oh well, they were a great deal of fun.
But I never use them now (I got a great new car recently, and I still have an old Jeep) so I guess it makes sense.
It was beginning to look like a car yard around here.


1968 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

Drove this (very eventfully) from Phoenix to Los Angeles. But it was too big to ever park it up at the house.
If I can I’ll hang on to it, as winter is its season, but she’s not getting a lot of use now.


2001 Chrysler Sebring LXi

This one I won’t miss as much, although she was a great cruising machine for trips out to Santa Monica.
Everyone who has ever visited me here has driven it, and that was really the point: experience LA from a convertible.
These are ridiculously cheap (about $5k for a good used one) and while they are not exactly a BMW (Jeremy Clarkson called the recent one ‘the worst car ever made’), they are incredible value for money, easy to fix and cheap on gas.

*UPDATE* It sold in a day 🙂

December 11, 2008

Winter incoming

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — MT @ 4:01 am

I know its a bitch complaining about a winter that makes you put a jumper on when the rest of the known world is digging snow off its lawn, but hey! This is the Southland.
God I hate that nickname. Only local news reporters and very bad films (Southland Tales – starring the Rock!) have ever used it I think.
Anyway, time to break out the woolens. If I can find them.

Late afternoon Sunset Blvd:

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