May. 17th, 2009 08:44 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Hollywood)
5.0 in Torrance. That was exciting.



Aug. 16th, 2007 08:11 am
dianec42: Cartoon character Daria reading a newspaper (Daria)
Signal fixes get the green light

"L.A. officials Wednesday approved traffic improvements for the car-clogged Westside, including traffic signal upgrades at 361 intersections and the addition of 33 left-turn lights."

Particularly regarding the left-turn lights, that's about time!

(It figures, I move away and they fix the place...)
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (2006 on stage)
Eep! What happened to KMZT? 105.1 seems to be playing country and western now.

I found KMZT's AM presence, but that doesn't work too well while I'm driving, I keep losing the signal. Does anyone know a good backup plan?


Feb. 23rd, 2007 02:57 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (SouthPark)
Last weekend we did NOT make it to Gallifrey con. We did sort of make up for it by watching the rest of season 2 on DVD that we ordered from the UK around Christmas.

I miss British TV. We're making a short trip to England soon for a wedding, and I hope I don't spend the entire rest of the time glued to the telly sighing wistfully.

Why are they changing the dates on daylight saving time AGAIN? It's hard enough to get up in the morning as it is. (I know, I know... they're just doing it to piss off grumpy old farts like me.)

My new resolution around the office: If I cannot help making theatrical sighing noises, I shall at least endeavour to do so with my mouth closed.

It is not actually possible to do a "quick" run of any part of Sunken Temple.

When are the Oscars? I volunteered to drive [livejournal.com profile] stuartc to a thing in Hollywood tomorrow, how doomed are we?

It took me longer to drive home from Torrance last night than it did to drive home from CYPRESS last Thursday. Grrrr.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Hollywood)
There is something to be said for someplace where it's sunny and 70 degrees in the middle of February. Also something to be said for someplace where the sun is still reasonably high in the sky this time of day, this time of year.


Feb. 2nd, 2007 04:33 pm
dianec42: Cartoon character Daria reading a newspaper (Daria)
Whee! The northbound 405 is closed. Apparently a construction crane fell on it.

Hmm, if I start walking now...

(Have I mentioned in the last 5 minutes how tired I am of surprises?)
dianec42: Cartoon character Daria reading a newspaper (Daria)
Dear 405 Commuters,

When I mused aloud that given the way people drive around here, it's a miracle there aren't more car accidents, that was meant to be RHETORICAL. I was certainly not intending that you lot should take it as a challenge.




Dec. 20th, 2006 08:28 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Hollywood)
I belong to a few LJ communites… I just realised I joined [livejournal.com profile] los_angeles because I wanted to ASK questions, but I've just ANSWERED like 3 questions for other people in the past week!

How about now? Have I arrived now?

I mean okay, I cause the need for a new term for "male answer syndrome", but around here?! The mind boggles.


Dec. 13th, 2006 12:45 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (2006 on stage)
I'm super sleepy today. I was awakened in the middle of the night by what could only have been a high-speed chase on the 405.

Somewhat amusingly, I've had the song "Chasing Cars" stuck in my head since I got up this morning. That part is starting to get a bit old.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Cartoon2)
Up until now, I haven't really experienced culture shock. Heck, even when I moved to the UK, very few things were shocking to me. Drive on the other side of the road (and the car)? No problem. They eat what?! Cool! Et cetera.

In SoCal things have generally been quite similar. The traffic's not that much worse than Boston most of the time; I dealt okay when I wandered into the supermercado where the staff spoke some English but the customers certainly didn't; and most of the really annoying celebrities are all over TV and the radio anyway. After all this, what could possibly surprise me?

Well, last Friday I went to the dentist. Everyone there, including the dentist, was REALLY NICE. The dentist even explained to me all the stuff he was looking for, and at the end he even thanked me for getting this looked at because obviously being there was very difficult for me.

What the hell?! Everywhere else I've lived, the dentists have been absolute bastards. These people are freaking me out!
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Scream)
So they've been digging up our street to put in new pipes for a couple of weeks now. Among other things, this means parking is an ever-changing challenge. (Which was TRULY entertaining yesterday, as my car was in for service and I kept the loaner overnight. They gave me the most BORING silver sedan I have ever had the displeasure of driving, which always leads to the "Where did I park? Wait, WHAT did I park?" line of questioning. But I digress.)

So last Friday we found a "temporary water shut-off notice" stuck in our mail slot. (Said mail slot, BTW, has been disused for years and is partially occluded by a ficus tree. I don't know what the hell they were thinking. Has the DWP not discovered doorknob hangers?) Saying that the water would be shut off from 8 AM to 3 PM on the 11th, which was obviously yesterday.

I didn't stick around much past 8 yesterday, but the water was still running when I left, and [livejournal.com profile] stuartc says it was still working when he left at 9.

It's now 7:40 on the 12th, and there are digging sounds practically outside our front door. I've got a bad feeling about this.

Oh, and there are several NEW "no parking" signs up, something about tree trimming. Who the hell coordinates these things?!


Apr. 22nd, 2006 09:07 am
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
Gas hits $4 a gallon in Beverly Hills!
(probably requires free registration to read; sorry, allow me to summarize for you.)

For full-serve. Premium. Possibly at only one location. But oh noes! It's the end of days!

(*tries to figure out what 90p a litre works out to these days*)

Breaking news - LA Times Stretches for Headlines on Slow News Day!

ps - "Chance of showers" my ass. i'm going back to bed.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Hollywood)
Dear Boston,

We found your rain. Please come take it back. It misses you.




Feb. 17th, 2006 06:10 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Snooch Scream)
Every time it rains in the LA area, it is worse than the winter's first snow in DC.

Must remember to use the loo before I try driving home. And possibly bring some provisions for the journey... this could take days...

(www.sigalert.com if you don't believe me... ooh pretty, lookit all that red...)
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Hollywood)
Pursuant to my post from this morning, about today being the second anniversary of our first coming to LA...

(1) At some point, probably soon, I will have been in LA for longer than I was in Dundee. I would probably get really sad about this, except that 2004 was so screwed up that it's going to be impossible to tell exactly when this happens.

(2) I am having ever-more-frequent flashes of being really happy to be here. I hope that trend continues, to the point where I'm happy to be here pretty much all the time. (There have certainly been times when that has not been the case, and I apologise if I've taken that out on any of my friends here.)

(3) It's still really weird here. It's occasionally also really weird being here.

(4) However, a steady supply of good Mexican food makes up for a lot.

(5) I need an LA icon.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Cartoon2)
Two years ago today, my dear husband [livejournal.com profile] stuartc and I came to LA for the first time. (And our lives changed! Forever! *cue dramatic music*)

Today is also apparently the birthday of author Lewis Carroll. This seems fitting.

I will post more when I am awake enough to think of something profound.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
I went out to get lunch about an hour ago. In jeans and a t-shirt. It was quite pleasant out.

I don't know if I'll ever get used to this place... or if I'll ever be able to go back to anywhere that actually gets cold once I do.


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