Please note - In Quick Update Part 1, I mention my camera problem. The photos taken below were with my husband's hard-to-use, duct-tape fastened camera.
I have a writing gig where I get to write about L.A. cultural (there is culture in L.A.! I swear.) and entertainment events for L.A. Splash. My first three assignments were to cover some of the events at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Pee Wee, David Arquette and Pop Secret
Oddly, I kept running into Pee Wee Herman. My daughter (who was able to attend some of the events) asked to have her picture taken with Pee Wee and David Arquette, who were standing together. I absent mindedly handed my bag of popcorn, which was in a Pop Secret bag, to David Arquette while I adjusted my cumbersome, duct-tape wrapped camera. To be expected, now that I think of it in hind-sight, David A. looked at me oddly, then looked over to Pee Wee. "Hey! Are you with Pop Secret?" he asked me. It took me a second to realize they thought I was trying to get a photo of them holding the Pop Secret bag - like I was some sort of devious Pop Secret operative. Gawd! I'm a dork. I should have held the Pop Secret bag between my knees.
Broken car, Sleaze-bags and Bird Crap...What a vacation!
I planned to spend a few relaxing days in La Jolla, only to have three days of stress. I traveled with my daughter and her friend, since my husband was too busy working to come along.
On the way to La Jolla, our car broke down on the Five freeway in San Clemente... on a Sunday! Which meant only one car rental place was open, and about to close if a tow truck didn't get me there quickly enough. Fortunately, the rental car man went out of his way to wait, thus saving our vacation!
I'd like to acknowledge all that I'm grateful for during my road mishap: my cell phone, AAA, Bruce at San Clemente Rent-For-Less car rental (who waited for me before closing), the amazing Oscar Ortiz, owner of Auto Medic (who eventually repaired my car at minimal cost), all the nice Marines from Camp Pendelton who stopped to see if we needed help and the surfers who told us, as they walked toward the beach, where the hell we were so a tow truck could find us. I thank all of you!
Now, I'd like to say what I do not appreciate -
Sea World... Yikes! What a rip off... I forgot to check out the prices before we went, so, too late, I discovered they charge Disney prices, but offer much less - and then keep charging for things inside the park.
(On left, beautiful La Jolla Cove)
After paying $150.00 for three people, I was not to pleased to realize I'd need to pay $3.00 more for a straw to drink my soda, or pay another $4.00 for some fish to pet the dolphin, or $3.00 per person for the sky tower for a view of the park... and of the two rides they have - one of them, the Atlantis coaster, was out of commission all morning. In only two hours, we'd seen and done everything. And... to top it off, literally, a seagull crapped on my head and the Sea World cartoon "artist" mocked my daughter in a valley girl voice. When she asked where the dolphins were, he said, "They're, like, totally over there!" We're like, totally, never returning to Sea World - even if the bat rays are the coolest. Have you ever pet a bat ray? Just like slippery little puppy dogs.
The next day we sunbathed and surfed; less expensive and less stressful.
On our last night, my daughter asked a La Jolla police officer where we could find a good Italian restaurant. He not only told us about La Taverna, but drove us right to the front door in his police car. Now that's serving the public!
Anyway, I just wanted to thank the helpful, and note the not so helpful. In one way or another, you're all etched into my brain.
One last mention: I'd definitely recommend Hotel La Jolla At The Shores; The bright colorful decor was pure California, the staff was helpful, the rooms were clean, the pool and jacuzzi were nice and the prices were reasonable.
(photo below, the view from our hotel room.)