SoCal 2016 Day 1

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September 24, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

The last time I was in southern California was December of 2012. I was on a week’s vacation to Las Vegas and when planning the trip decided to drive out for a day to spend the morning at Knott’s Berry Farm theme park and the afternoon at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park. Previously I’d spent time at both parks in 2005 on my first west coast SoCal trip. This trip was initially planned for spring of 2016, but because of my onset of medical problems it got pushed back to September instead. Which is fine as this was a great time to go.

We flew out Saturday morning from Greenville, SC’s small airport. I like smaller airports because it’s just easier to park, get thru security, get a bite to eat, and relax before the flight. Plus it was cheaper and Southwest is way better than I felt it used to be. Our flight was around 10:30 with a 2 hour layover at ATL.

Getting to LAX and out to our rental car agency was pretty easy, and the trip to the rental car agency wasn’t nearly as long as when I’d done this 11 years ago as it seemed like Enterprise was a good 30 minutes away from the airport, if I recall correctly. We ended up in a cute VW Bug. Which excited me…until we started driving it. It had great gas mileage, but that was about it. I didn’t like how there were not accommodating handles on the door for when you were trying to open or shut it, and you couldn’t lay the seats back. It’s just not for me. This is actually the first time I’d ever driven a VW Bug. And I really didn’t like it. Neither did Isaac.

SoCal 2016

From Budget Car Rental, which didn’t take long at allas their employees were very quick and efficient, we headed to our first stop in LA. Isaac had looked up some of the best places to eat near LAX, and a great little place called the Humble Potato was right around the corner, so we headed there. Humble Potato was a burger joint that focused on Asian Fusion burgers, or Baga as they spelled and pronounced it. I got the Curry burger, and it was fantastic.

I Hotwired a hotel close, which ended up being a Ramada. It wasn’t the best decision but on a Saturday nite we couldn’t really find anything with vacancy that wasn’t really disgusting. The couple of places we wanted to stay at were booked. I’m bad for Hotwiring rooms at nice places on the nite of being in need of a room, unless it is a holiday weekend or special event. I guess SoCal is different than most places because I rarely have any issues getting a nice room. This was not the case as our hotel wasn’t very good and the neighbors were terrible. Thankfully it was only for one nite. Unfortunately, it was a really bad nite…

But before we spent much time at the Hotel Isaac and I went out on the town. We went shopping in WeHo. I found a shirt I wanted, but the store closed before I got back to it. I found a hat I wanted, but it was too expensive. I’m not paying $50 for a hat. Especially one that I’m not going to wear very much. We had a drink at a local bar, and then headed back to the hotel room for our nite of no fun. Unfortunately there was a very, VERY loud wedding across the street that the police were called several times, but it never stopped. Add to the fact that Isaac was not feeling well, and neither of us got much sleep.

Day 2