I love Southern California. I moved out here from Pennsylvania over 7 years ago to attend Fuller, and I fell in love with this region of the US (please don’t tell my mom. She is not happy about this).
I’m an active person, and I love city life, so as you can imagine, Los Angeles is like a big playground for someone like me. There is an endless list of places to go, people to see, food to eat, shows to watch, beaches to visit, mountains to climb, and on and on. Here are 5 of my favorites:
1. Diddy Reise
Two fresh baked cookies and ice cream of your choice made into an ice cream sandwich for $1.75. What more do I need to say? Located just south of UCLA‘s campus, and a few miles from the Getty, Diddy Reise is a must if you’re on the West Side. My last creation was two fresh baked peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream. Fairly pedestrian compared to some of my past orders but still oh so good!
2. Sturtevant Falls
The San Gabriel Mountains run east to west and form the north border of the LA basin. There are literally hundreds of hiking trails all through those mountains. Some are short and easy. Some are long and challenging. All of them are incredible. One of my favorite hikes is to Sturtevant Falls. I won’t bore you with my synopsis of the hike. I’ll let this guy do that. For my part, I’ll just ask you to imagine hiking back a tree covered valley dotted with little privately owned cabins until you reach a 50 foot waterfall. It’s like something out of Lord of the Rings.
3. Go to a show taping. Any show taping.
LA is where a lot of live TV is broadcast and taped, and the producers of these shows fill the studio seats with everyday bums like me and you! It’s easy to get free tickets to most shows, and if you’re in LA, you need to take advantage of this. You can go see Leno, Conan, Ellen, Kimmel, The Voice, American Idol, The Price is Right, and on and on. Although I’ve never done this, I hear that you can also go see a taping of a sitcom like The Big Bang Theory (which, incidentally, it set in Pasadena. The characters in that show went to CalTech, work at JPL, and Penny works at the Pasadena Cheesecake Factory).
4. Hermosa Beach
Southern California has a bunch of beaches. Big shocker, I know. There are the scenic beaches like Point Dume, the trendy beaches like Laguna Beach, and the just plain weird beaches like Venice Beach. But everyone seems to have their favorite beaches – their go-to beaches if you will. Mine is Hermosa Beach. Hermosa has a little bit of everything. It’s scenic and relatively clean. It has the closest thing on the west coast to an east coast board walk. Parking isn’t horrendous. There are just enough people to make it fun, but not too many people to make it annoying. It’s kind of a multi-purpose beach. My standard summer Saturday includes a ride on my motorcycle down to Hermosa, a job from the Hermosa pier to the Manhattan Beach pier and back, a dip in the ocean, and then reading on the beach. Wow. I’m suddenly ready for summer!
5. Supersoul Monday
I saved my favorite for last. Supersoul Monday is very hard to describe. It can only be experienced. Every Monday night, several of the top musicians in LA get together at the Hotel Cafe to make music. It’s organic and fluid. It’s soul, pop, and funk. Original music by Jason Joseph and covers by anyone and everyone from Nine Inch Nails to the Jackson 5. Musicians include Justin Timberlake’s current touring bass player and horn section and the Tonight Show drummer with special guests ranging from Natasha Bedingfield’s band to Prince’s band. It’s really something to behold. If you’re ever in LA on a Monday night, I beg you to come out to Supersoul Monday. You will not be disappointed. Oh, and it’s free! No cover! How they managed that in LA, I will never know.
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