Mrs. Spew wondered what was worth the trip?
Anyhow, our targets downtown were the Central Market and the Last Bookstore. Yum and wow. We went for Salvadoran food, since we can't get that in Ottawa (afaik). The bookstore was pretty amazing, both for how much it stocked and for some of the decorations:
We then went to the Griffith Observatory where I learned many things:
- the tunnel scene from Back to the Future 2, which helped to elevate that movie, was shot in the Observatory tunnel!
- that my friends don't know me well. I asked friends which movie came to my mind when seeing the Griffith Observatory. The answer, of course, is the Rocketeer.
- hard scientists like two by two's as well---size/temp of stars:
- the fires got mighty close as the hills/cliffs nearby were mostly treeless and charred.
- don't know if Mr. Griffith was a bad boss but he was a great benefactor--giving the land and insisting on giving the public access to the stars.
- science is cool. Just lots of interesting stuff up there--wish we had more time and maybe next time we will visit at night when they do some public observing.
Then we went to the La Brea Tar Pits which were next door. I had always wanted to see them, and it was very interesting. Traumatic at first, but interesting:
- Heaps of helicopters in LA although they didn't interrupt some strange skywriting:
- The apparent maxim here is: If it has parking, I will go. If it does not, maybe next time. For a city so dependent on cars, it has a lot of places that seem to be devoid of off-street parking. I don't remember having that problem in San Diego.