Archive for October, 2008

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My Time in LA, or Parts of it Anyway

October 31, 2008

My time in LA is drawing to a close. I should be heading out some time tomorrow, possibly in the afternoon, but no later than end of business. My stay in Los Angeles has been rather different than my stays in Vancouver and SanFran, mostly because I’ve been much busier here.

I had decided to spend a full work week in each of the three cities, and in the first two, spent most of that time getting a feel for the place and trying to figure out what work opportunities there might be. Both times, it took a while before I actually found anywhere to drop a resume off at. Even then, there were only a few places that seemed applicable. Either I’m finally getting the hang of this, or the disparity between the job market outside of LA and inside of it is truly enormous, even more so than I would have thought. Just researching companies, talking to people, and dropping of resumes has taken the great bulk of my time. This last week has been the most business-like of the entire trip, which is no bad thing. I’m not burning all this money just to sight see. Still it has been different. For instance, I find it a bit odd that I’ve been in LA for the better part of a week, and will most likely leave it without ever actually going to Los Angeles proper. I’ve been around Hollywood, all over and back and forth in North Hollywood (There’s a high concentration of FX studios and Scene Shops up there), as far North as Santa Clarita, and as far South as Santa Monica, but never made it into downtown.

Meh. I’d rather be busy than not.

I did find some downtime this afternoon, so I took the chance to get closer to the Hollywood sign:

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Day 28 – From Ventura, CA to Los Angeles

October 29, 2008

I got into LA pretty early, and found myself a hostel on Hollywood Blvd, the Banana Bungalow. It seems pretty cool, the rooms are huge by hostel standards, with private bathrooms and kitchens, and there’s free on site parking, so I’m feeling pretty good about my housing status for the next few days. After getting settled, I didn’t have much time or energy for wandering, but I can say one thing with assuredness: LA is hot.

I’ve never cursed myself for forgetting to crack a car window open in late October before. I can only imagine July around here. I was stupidly wearing long jeans, and not even a drafty pair, so biking around was sad for me today. I did manage to snap The Obligatory Hollywood Letters Photo:

Im hoping to get a much closer view later in the week.

I'm hoping to get a much closer view later in the week.

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Day 27 – From San Francisco to Ventura, CA

October 29, 2008

After a bit of self inflicted hullabaloo (at one point, I mistook the fistful of change in my pocket for my keys and thus left said keys in Ryan’s apartment), I made it out of San Francisco much more easily than Vancouver. Once again, I made for the coast and followed Route 1, locally christened “The Cabrillo Highway.”

The fog rolled in pretty hardcore not long into the drive, once more limiting my photographic hijinks, which is probably a good thing so far as making good time goes. Despite the weather’s best efforts to keep my pace up, I did find a few excuses the get the camera out:

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On Palaces and Presidios

October 24, 2008

I’ve got another pile of photos, so I figured I’d better toss out another update while I have the chance:

In Mitchell, SD, they have the Corn Palace (hit up this earlier post for the lowdown). Not to be outdone, Daly City (just south of SanFran) has the Cow Palace:

In Soviet Russia, Cow Palace visits you!

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San Fran, Day 2

October 21, 2008

I spent most of the day researching and catching up on blog entries, but I ventured out for a bit:

View of downtown from 20th Ave.

View of downtown from 20th St.

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San Francisco – Big, Hilly

October 21, 2008

I spent about ten hours today wandering around the city by bike, and my quads might fall off.  I’m serious. I could very well wake up tomorrow, and see them laying on the floor, still smoldering.  I thought Vancouver was hilly. San Francisco isn’t just hilly, it’s absurd.  Yes, I know, the city’s famous for its hills, but really, that’s mistating things. “Famous” has positive connotations. A city can be “famous” for its cuisine, nightlife, or public transit system.  SanFran shouldn’t be “famous for its hills”, it should be “infamous for its mankind hating topography of strife and failure.”

Anywho.  Besides trying to acclimate to spirit crushing hills of despair, I’ve started to get a decent grasp of the size and layout of the city.  For one, it feels fair amount larger than Vancouver.  I spent about the same amount of time biking on day-one up North and covered much of downtown and made a wide circle through suburbia.  Today, in SanFran, the same mileage just got me around San Francisco itself; no ‘burbs to be found.

It was overcast most of the day, but the sun did manage to sneak out for about an hour late in the afternoon.  As it happened, that was the hour I was closing in on the Golden Gate, so you today get the Obligatory Golden Gate Photos:

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Day 18 – From Northern California to San Francisco

October 21, 2008

The shot was straight, the road was rather curvy. It turns out they weren’t redwoods, at least I don’t think so. Either way, they were suitably atmosphere-ide by fog:

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