Category Archives: Travels

Emergency Stops: A Letter to the Impatient Public Transit Rider

Dear Impatient Public Transit Rider, I'm guessing you had somewhere to go. I mean, obviously, since you couldn't wait the few seconds between the train stopping and the train operator opening the doors that you had to pull on the emergency door stop. Maybe it was a life or death situation. Maybe those seconds were crucial in a 24 montage way and I should actually be addressing this to "Dear Guy Who Thinks He's Jack Bauer" and thank you for saving the world. Erm...somehow, I don't think Read more [...]

La Vida de Caridad: The New York City Vortex

According to the 2010 United States Census, New York City is the most populous city in the country with over eight million people.  Furthermore, according to NYC's official guide, over 40 million people visit this city annually.  You might think after reading this that "it's a small world" but by the end, I wonder if that's the most appropriate phrase.  I can't help but think that my most recent trip to NYC over President's Day weekend is some statistical anomaly. What if I had flown Read more [...]

Almost Happiness

This past weekend life carried me to Los Angeles' Old Chinatown Central Plaza. While there on an errand, I threw a coin into its Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well. By "well" I don't mean your standard hole in the ground encircled by bricks, but you probably figured that out with the phrase "Seven Star Cavern". This is more of a replica of the Seven Star Caves of China, painted green, dotted with Buddha statues and little metal "wells" complete with signage. These signs call out to the things we Read more [...]

The Appeal of #FlightVSBike / #FlightVSMetro

As I sit here engrossed in the twitter feed of #FlightVSBike, following the LAStreetsBlog tracker, and completely ignoring most of what I planned to do this morning, I write this trying to understand for myself what the appeal of this adventure is centered in and on.  I think it is partly because there's something about it that is inherently new - that we've come to a time in our technological advancements that we have such a variety of transportation options across different terrains.  So then, Read more [...]

Glitz & Glamour: Blogger Prom 2010

I am a firm believer that some of the best people in L.A. are the Los Angeles bloggers.  Granted, I could be a little bias.  But given how awesome an event last week's Blogger Prom 2010 was (which was planned by a committee of bloggers), I think I have ample evidence that L.A. bloggers are the best people to party with!  The "Hollywood Confidential" theme was celebrated in full force by all in attendance and the beautiful Yamashiro Restaurant created the perfect atmosphere to turn the clock Read more [...]