I got back from Los Angeles on Tuesday, the day before my birthday. I had an amazing time. I didn’t get to see the Pacific Ocean, because we’d planned to go on Sunday and it rained BUCKETS that day–don’t ever let anyone tell you it never rains in SoCal. But I got to do a ton of other awesome things, and I had some AMAZING food. Saturday I had In-N-Out Burger, went on a helicopter tour of the city, and went to the Lomography store. It was like the mothership was calling me home! Although actually there aren’t any cameras I particularly want right now, so I made it out with just some film and a keychain.
Monday was The Cure at the Pantages Theater, which was sort of the actual reason for my trip. Like, I can’t even put into words what it meant to me to see them again. One of Jamie’s friends that had dinner with us before the show and sat across the aisle from us was like, are you a big fan? And I blurted out I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE KILLED MYSELF AS A TEENAGER IF IT WEREN’T FOR THEIR MUSIC. So yeah, big fan.
But before that I drove Jamie to work in her Mini Cooper, then drove myself to Japantown. Driving in Los Angeles was a new experience for me, but it was mid-day and probably the time when traffic is the least hair-raising it gets in L.A. I have now been to all 3 officially recognized Japantowns in the country: San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles. I had a White Peach Calpico and stocked up on stationery at the Kinokuniya Bookstore. Then Jamie and I had lunch, she went back to work and I went for a stroll through the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. I wasn’t looking for anyone famous, but I did stumble across the Fairbanks’ mausoleum.
This is the view from Jamie and Greg’s window. They live in Lincoln Heights, which I really liked. It seems like a real neighborhood, without the plasticness I tend to attribute to Los Angeles. You can see the Hollywood sign and Dodger Stadium from their house.
I took this in the helicopter.
Flying past the Hollywood sign.
I shot 2 more rolls, but one is 120 and will have to be sent out to Dwayne’s, and one isn’t quite finished. I’ll finish it when I go to New Orleans next Saturday–it’s supposed to storm like crazy tomorrow (the rain must have followed me), so I’ve re-scheduled the November Lomography meetup for the first weekend in December.