Friday, May 11, 2007
The ugly ass Register.com refer at the bottom should be gone shortly. I hope. Go gerbils, go!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
80 Days or Bust
My friend send me this clip this morning, which inspired the question...how would one flee to Kathmandu today?
Again, rather easier than I expected. Maybe it's not so much "fleeing" as "having a big credit card limit."
You'd leave LAX on Thai Airways Flight 795 at 11:50 p.m. for Bangkok, arriving at 6:10 a.m. After a 4 hour, 30 minute layover, you'd get on Thai Airways Flight 319, leaving Bangkok at 10:40 a.m., arriving in Kathmandu at 12:45 p.m. Total cost? $1423, and you'd get there in 24 hours and 50 minutes.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
So what do you do when one of the best parts of the city you live in is burning down?
I lived in Los Feliz for several years, then moved across the freeway to Atwater Village. And there were many mornings I would get up, look at huge, scrubby Griffith Park, and think "Jesus, some day that's going to burn." Yesterday and today seems to be those days. This was more than five years ago, when it actually rained in Los Angeles and therefore was much less Mad Max/Thunderdome than it's been this year.
Really, with the ocean polluted along the entire coastline of L.A. County, Griffith Park - and the Santa Monica Mountains as a hole - are sometimes the only thing natural that's accessible in Los Angeles. It's phenomenal that none of the landmarks have burned down yet - I'd be much more devastated by losing the Observatory than by losing the Hollywood sign. As ever, firefighters are pretty damn amazing.
The L.A. Times is following the story on their breaking news blog.
The photo is from the LATimes.com, taken by Spencer Weiner.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
So I was going to fill out the last day on the plane, but obviously I didn't. Form what I remember I got up, dropped the present off at new friend's house [the church where the woman who lead us to the Sword Museum worked] ate the the hotel and was then on the shuttle bus to Narita just after noon. We had to pay extra for the extra suitcase we sent back. I had a raging head cold - if this were the time of SARS, I'm sure I would have been quarantined. It was kind of jarring to get back on a plane with a bunch of loud Americans. We want to go back soon, I want to see more of Kyoto.
However, since the disasterous family edition, which mananged to pander to both the constestants and the TV audience at home, my enthusiasm has dimmed. Last night marked the end of this season's All Stars edition - and while I watched, I'm just not excited about the show any more. I still love the travel shots, and seeing the logistics of how the production gets to various locations. But the tasks at the locations - and the contestants themselves - have close to zero interest to me. What used to be the rare reality show dedicated to casting quirky characters with an interest in the world has devolved into the trap of thinking that aggressively annoying personalities make good TV. (Hi Charla. Hi Mirna.)
In any case, Eric and Danielle won.