El Pueblo de Nuestra
Sennora de la Reina deLos Angeles
The City of Our Lady
Queen of Angels
(I just did that to
impress la Maestra)
June 29 ,2011
So after a good night’s sleep I woke up thinking I was in Chicago. It took me a full cup of coffee to realize I was in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. With early onset Alzheimer’s this trip is
going to be a lot more exciting. That along with my A.D.D. will make life a lot of fun. A.D.D. = Attention Deficit ….look there is a butterfly!
Speaking of excitement I have to tell everyone about my toilet. This thing looks like something I could ride to the moon. I know that the Japanese like their toilets but this thing is outlandish. And I thought ‘bidet’ was just the Aussie way of saying ‘birthday’ as in “Happy B’day mate”. I was going to go to Disneyland today but after my morning coffee kicked in this thing was the only E ticket ride I needed. I find the “Wash On” icon especially appealing. I mean that is a butt crack no matter what language you speak.
THIS IS NOT THE REMOTE FOR THE TV.
So after my love affair with the commode ended I went out exploring the City of Angels by daylight when I was less likely to die. I spent the morning wandering the streets of downtown. I did not see many angels unless they have traded their wings for shopping carts. Actually, LA is pretty much like any other big town I have ever been too. It is just that while I have been around LA a lot, I had never been downtown. In any case LA is more about long beaches and enhanced blonds-the true silicon valley in every sense of the word.
I took time to visit Little Tokyo which really is little and could very well be Tokyo. There were lots of souvenir shops and places to eat all sorts of raw things that did not look like they were quite done dying. At least the mafia did not seem to be around so maybe they did get killed off.
In my wanderings I found the Avila house which was the first home in LA circa 1818. It is open to the public and remarkably good repair. On the same street are a lot of street vendors and outdoor diners so the entire place has the feel of Old Mexico. Across the plaza is the first fire house circa 1884.
Los Angeles is a great city to see on foot as long as you like to walk because there is a bit of it. You could just go and hike Rhode Island but the weather would not be so nice. I made my way back to LA Union Station to catch the Southwest Chief for the next leg of my journey. The train from Chicago was about an hour or so late so I got a late start on my way to Las Vegas, New Mexico. And it got dark early so there was not much to see. But I had an interesting conversation with my seat mate Brandon who bailed out atRiverside.
Los Angeles, Fullerton, Riverside, San Bernadino, Victorville,,Barstow, Needles
Off into the night we went.