Upon day nine here in Los Angeles, the friendliness of strangers strikes me. Granted all but five people are strangers to me. However, I figure even the natives and long-term residents of LA encounter strangers on a daily basis. One begins to ask, what do I want from a stranger? Do I expect frozen chilliness, psychopathic tendencies, or just people going about their business? What are my stranger expectations?
In Los Angeles, Iâ€™ve observed a certain smile and acknowledgement. The uniqueness of this, I believe, is an LA-ism: a culturally defining act, motion, and habit.
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Recently, a friend of mine wanted me to recommend places for another friend, who was visiting Los Angeles, and I wrote a very long e-mail detailing activities, neighborhoods, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. It was very difficult because I didn't know what this friend liked to do, what this friend's tastes were, and I also know that what people like to do while on vacation really varies with each individual. Then, I started thinking about the Los Angeles Times and some in-flight magazine's columns about what certain people would do if they had three perfect days to explore a city. What would... Read More
Youâ€™ve seen signs for them, your neighbors have had them, your relatives have had them, and maybe youâ€™ve even been to one yourself, but theyâ€™re always around. Garage Sales. Are they centers for circulating unwanted junk or more like places where you can get a great deal for amazingly cheap? A little bit of both I suspect. I conducted a garage sale these past few weekends, and the experience was quite an interesting one. Although the first weekend I realized I had made several mistakes in executing the sale, I eventually began realizing the art of a proper garage sale.
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To all the sushi lovers, finally a well rated restaurant that you can add to your list. SanSai Japanese Grill has many locations trough out Los Angeles. From a variety of steak, grilled chicken, sushi and a colorful atmosphere. SanSai, is not your typical romatic restaurant, is more casual but sophisticated. It offers a quicker service and inexpensive quality food.
In particular, SanSai in Beverly Hills offers great customer service and delivers fresh food. Not much of a Sushi lover..... try their signature salads. There are at least five different salads to choose from. Excellent presentation... Read More
Mysteriously floating in the windless sky, an ostentation of water fowl lament the eveningâ€™s activity. Late last night from the roof of the Cadillac Hotel, in Venice Beach, gruesome events were sighted. The generally good-natured and entertaining spare-changers of the boardwalk, took on an aggressive, unearthly quality, as they began to bite and tear apart costumed party-goers.
â€œThat crunch and munch sound filled the air long after the screams had died away,â€ cashier of Henryâ€™s Beach Market, Ted Billows states. His hand shakes slightly as he attempts to add more sugar to an overflowing... Read More
Tonight marks the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST). But what's DST after all? To impress your friends, you could tell them that it was first mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, and put into practice only in 1916 by Germany. You could also tell them that it was first instated in the U.S. in 1918 but the general grumpiness that it triggered made the government forget about it soon after. It went on and off like this several times until 1966 when the U.S. federal Uniform Time Act became law.
Now, the question that matters to us the most: are you gonna sleep an extra hour or not?
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H&M will open its highly anticipated first store in Los Angeles on November 10th.
This date will coincide with the worldwide launch of their new collection designed by Viktor & Rolf. The first 200 customers will receive a free H&M t-shirt and gift cards ranging from $10 to $500.
H&M is a swedish clothing company and Europe's largest fashion retailer with more than 1900 stores in 24 different countries. H&M launched its first American outlet on March 31, 2000 on the 5th Ave of New York City. The west coast got its first store in San Francisco in late 2005.
LA's first H&M will open a 20,000... Read More