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I've always had a love/hate relationship with Los Angeles. On the one hand, each time I've been there, I've had an amazing time. They also have a plethora of In-N-Out Burgers. Yet, my ex-girlfriend moved out there abruptly and broke up with me soon after, something I've always blamed the City of Angels for. Since then, I've been hesitant to return. Though, with the girl living back on the East Coast, I suppose it's my time to make peace with the city.

I'll be heading out to L.A. next week on "special assignment" from Scaramouch. The details of the trip will be trickling in over the next few days, and I promise they'll be juicy. In the meantime, if anyone has suggestions on new things to see and do out there (I hear the wildfires are nice this time of year) drop me a line in the comments section below.
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That's pretty cool Echo! You've got to check out Venice Beach (bring your camera!), Hollywood Blvd. at 1am (bring your camera!), the Bona Vista Lounge at the Westin Bonaventure, and The Stinking Rose restaurant (be sure to sit in that fertility chair). If you do some driving, go to Tijuana and do a little souvenir shopping on Revolution Blvd. A lot of the vendors will serve serve their customers complementary shots Cazadores (how's that for a wonderful shopping experience!). Just don't get arrested in TJ, or no one will ever see you again.

Safe travels!!

said ConservaLiberCrat_08 on October 15, 2008 10:32 AM.

Go to the Museum of Jurassic Technology on Venice and Bagley. You won't regret it.

said Jennifer on October 15, 2008 10:53 AM.

Man, I was just going to suggest the MofJT.

Additionally, since your name is Echowood, you should visit Echo Park.

said RumorsDaily on October 15, 2008 12:29 PM.

- You must get a hot dog at Pink's. I think it's at La Brea and Melrose. There's a lot of history there that you'll appreciate.
- Likewise for the Chinese Theatre; Hollywood and Orange. Excellent sightseeing along Hollywood as well. Walk, don't drive. I think Hollywood and Vine is about a mile from there. (I'm assuming you haven't been to LA before. If you have, this is probably too touristy for you.)
- I have to second CLC's recommendation for Venice Beach. You are guaranteed to see something that makes you WTF?
- If you happen to be in Santa Monica, Father's Office is a great place to eat and enjoy a few beers. (It's basically a pub.) They have a great beer selection and the burgers are outstanding. Try the sweet potato fries and dipping sauce. BUT, it is always packed ... and you have to bring your patience. I've had best luck going early in the day (weekends) or early in the evening (weekdays). It's on Montana Avenue, but I think they've opened a new location since I was last there. (It may be less crowded.)
- It's too bad you won't be able to see the Phillies put the smackdown on the Dodgers this weekend (if the series even lasts that long) since it will be in Philly. Still, Dodger stadium has to be one of the most bizarre stadiums in the country. If you haven't seen it in person, it worth a drive-by.

said Tim on October 15, 2008 12:56 PM.

Tim is right Echo, I totally forgot about Pink's. Hold the chili though because it's a bit greasy. The hot dogs are a little small (Dodger Dogs are much better) - but it it's a cool place to check out. When Tim mentioned Santa Monica, it also brought the 3rd Street Promenade to mind. They've got this beer tasting place where you can try all kinds from all over (I'm not a big beer drinker, so pardon my ignorance in this area). And you MUST go to Hot Dog on a Stick! The Cherry Lemonade is to DIE for!!

Tim - I caught that Philly comment. 01001001 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101111 01110101 01100111 01101000 01110100 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01110011 01100001 01101001 01100100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01110111 01101111 01110101 01101100 01100100 00100000 01110000 01110010 01100001 01100011 01110100 01101001 01100011 01100101 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01110000 01100101 01110010 00100000 01100101 01110100 01101001 01110001 01110101 01100101 01110100 01110100 01100101

said ConservaLiberCrat_08 on October 15, 2008 1:08 PM.

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said Tim on October 15, 2008 2:08 PM.

Oh, and this.

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said Tim on October 15, 2008 2:17 PM.

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said ConservaLiberCrat_08 on October 15, 2008 2:29 PM.

All in good fun.

said Tim on October 15, 2008 3:20 PM.

Thanks for the tips guys. I have been to LA before, so I'll probably stay away from the touristy things. I may head up to the Getty Center, though I've heard mixed things.

said Echowood on October 15, 2008 5:03 PM.

Last time I was in LA I made a whole video diary about going to the In and Out Burger that's one block from Hollywood and Vine. But I never uploaded it anywhere.

said Scaramouch on October 15, 2008 5:09 PM.

You should hit up The Edison in downtown. It's an old power plant refurbished into an Art Deco bar with amazing drinks.

said monica on October 15, 2008 8:26 PM.

In and Out Burger sucks. They used to be good like 10 years ago now the burgers are small. If you want a real OG burger non tourist place to go eat try:

The Original Tommy's - the one on W. Beverly - Best Chili Burgers EVER

Then get the F' out of LA and goto the OC

The Sugar Shack -Main St - Huntington Beach - Sit outside and get a Great Breakfast at an incredible price and just walking distance from one of Cali's best beach.

said DJ ROBL on October 24, 2008 4:28 PM.
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