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Before GPS, everybody in SoCal carried one or more volumes of the Thomas Guide, a regional map service. These BOOKS of maps - the LA one is an inch thick - are so ubiquitous that every Taxi carries one, and the realtor's MLS includes Thomas coordinates for every house listing. Now a computer will print MapQuest with directions, as will Google Maps. But a GPS has a nice lady that takes good care of you without complaining when you miss a turn...

At least its MUCH safer driving here than in Boston, and lots less potholes than NYC. :D

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Ooops, almost forgot!! Congratulations!! To him and to you...


Thanks, Shadow. What a journey....for him AND us! grad ceremony included only 27 kids. Very private/VIP....like Hollywood Gala night, college equivalent. First movie premiers, then Catered/wine/music/black tie/photograper backdrop. Never woulda figured....daughter who graduated same morning at another college (held in a football stadium was shocked).
Only until you come out to visit.

Thanks, Shadow. What a journey....for him AND us! grad ceremony included only 27 kids. Very private/VIP....like Hollywood Gala night, college equivalent. First movie premiers, then Catered/wine/music/black tie/photograper backdrop. Never woulda figured....daughter who graduated same morning at another college (held in a football stadium was shocked).


Only until you come out to visit.[/QUOTE]

Im banking on it!
 

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Now, we have to book a hotel. No rock bottom bedbug infested/broken springs in matress places. Moderate. Any tips are greatly appreciated, like all of the good advice here so far from the friendly Alfa community.......
 

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Oh.....kinda a unrelated issue, but as our alfa leaks a few drops, couold that be a big deal with say, a Landlord/Cali pollution laws?? A garage is not guaranteed, so a cardboard under the car may not be practical outside......
 

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...hour and a half from LAX to say, silver lake/Miracle mile...
Can be done in 30 minutes. More like 45 minutes to an hour.

...book a hotel. No rock bottom bedbug infested/broken springs in matress places. Moderate...
Can you be more specific on the area you need? Could help in recommending a place in the area you're going to be the most.

Oh.....kinda a unrelated issue, but as our alfa leaks a few drops, couold that be a big deal with say, a Landlord/Cali pollution laws?? A garage is not guaranteed, so a cardboard under the car may not be practical outside......
Wouldn't even worry about the leaking anywhere you find. I would really try to find a place with covered off street parking. The parking spot is the more important, covered is a plus. I know you say its not guaranteed, but he will appreciate more than you can imagine, a reserved parking spot.
 

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Can be done in 30 minutes. More like 45 minutes to an hour.



Can you be more specific on the area you need? Could help in recommending a place in the area you're going to be the most.



Wouldn't even worry about the leaking anywhere you find. I would really try to find a place with covered off street parking. The parking spot is the more important, covered is a plus. I know you say its not guaranteed, but he will appreciate more than you can imagine, a reserved parking spot.
Youre up early Shadow! Good to know its 30-45 minutes! Man, 1 1/2 hrs seemed like kinda far.

So, OK, I guess we should target a hotel near where I mentioned (near could mean within say, 20 minute drive), silver lake/miracle mile/near Hollywood. We found an offer, a special rate for $80-90 ish /night near Universal Studios (plus $18/day for parking). Maybe Im too optimistic. In Orlando $100 gets you a Hilton (outside Disney, of course).
 

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Sorry didn't get back to you sooner. Had to run to Silverlake, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and then back up into the Hollywood Hills. Long morning.

So after thinking about it for awhile, I'm thinking you'd see a more realistic driving time of about an hour from LAX.

Hotel wise, maybe check out this place

Quality Inn

Never stayed there, but go by there every day. Used to be a Holiday Inn Express. It will put you smack dab in the center of just about everything. From there its about a 25/30 min drive to downtown Beverly Hills, Silverlake and Burbank. Probably 15/20 minutes to Miracle Mile, Universal Studios, Paramount studios, Warner Brothers. Three blocks from the Chinese Theater, 4 blocks to Hollywood and Highland. Bunch of restaurants and grocery stores all around and about a block and a half from that car rental place I mentioned before and it has parking too. Its no Hilton (that's down Sunset Blvd a bit) or W hotel, its just a basic place to stay in the center of everything.
 

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Hey Joe,

Burbank is another airport option and my personal choice whenever possible.
it's kind of like flying into Ft Lauderdale vs. say, Miami; small and easy.
It's also closer to Silverlake/Los Feliz.

Hotel wise- I've had many friends stay in the Los Feliz Lodge
Los Feliz Lodge: 1507 North Hoover Street Los Angeles 90027
and all have loved it. It's a bunch of cute little bungalows with kitchens and decks and staying there really gives a feel for the neighborhood. (Sliver Lake) It's not exactly cheap but it's walking distance to
Sunset Junction shops, restaurants the famous Vista movie theatre, and a grocery store so you can cook some meals in the bungalow.
 

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Thanks, Shadow and Jillian. I willl consider these places, and they do sound nice, specially Los Feliz Lodge. Burbank airport......next time Im gonna look into it, as it sounds better option. This time its too late. Still, now I know. I have a hunch there WILL be a next time!

Oh, came across this:http://www.hollywoodhotel.net/ Know about it? Looks like $80-100 is the going rate. Kinda like Orlando. I woulda guessed way higher. Hey, Im happy.

I guess this would make it 3 so far among what weve found, to consider. They want $88 + parking ($18).

Thanks, guys for the personal attention. This planning would not have been as easy otherwise.

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FWIW, Burbank is a nice small airport. It's best as a regional airport. From farther away, to get there, or to go most anywhere using it you end up stopping/changing planes one or more times. It can barely support 737s or AB320's, none of the big twin aisle planes. Some connections can be hours layover. The benefit of LAX is that there are lots of flights direct to lots of places. That's also the worst thing about LAX - lots of people. But you get easy cheap flights.

Burbank is a 20 minute drive for me, but if I'm going cross country, I still drive 1++ hrs to LAX - saves many hours in connections and I get better seats.

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FWIW, Burbank is a nice small airport. It's best as a regional airport. From farther away, to get there, or to go most anywhere using it you end up stopping/changing planes one or more times. It can barely support 737s or AB320's, none of the big twin aisle planes. Some connections can be hours layover. The benefit of LAX is that there are lots of flights direct to lots of places. That's also the worst thing about LAX - lots of people. But you get easy cheap flights.

Burbank is a 20 minute drive for me, but if I'm going cross country, I still drive 1++ hrs to LAX - saves many hours in connections and I get better seats.

R
Thanks, R. (I dont remember.....Robert??). Right, Thats the thing with the smaller airports. I believe they were developed for more local flights. Lay overs are costly in time.
 

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Anyway, I hope you guys fared OK with the floods I heard about. Geez, if it isnt earthqqqqqqqqqqqqqquake or fires or traffic or crime or crowds or smog , its flooding.
 

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Anyway, I hope you guys fared OK with the floods I heard about. Geez, if it isnt earthqqqqqqqqqqqqqquake or fires or traffic or crime or crowds or smog , its flooding.
I'll take an earthquake (been thru a few) over a hurricane or tornado any time. BTW, the three largest earthquakes in the conus (Ankorage was #1) were New Madrid MISSOURI!!!!!! 9.2 - 9.6!!!!!! Just that nobody was there (1800's). Come to think of it, there's still nobody there. Who'd wanna be?

Crime? Thousand Oaks (MY HOME) and Simi Valley (work) are the safest mid (250,000) and small (respectively) cities in the US. Crime is mostly in the gang areas, and mostly gang-on-gang. As a measure, all of LAPD is smaller than Manhattan Div. NYPD NY had more horse cops than we have all cops!

Smog was banned by Governor Moonbeam (OMG he's baaack!) and owes the state back taxes; we'll collect if it shows up again. Floods and mudslides happen to people who build on the sides of mountains and at their bottoms.

We get upset by the crowds (downtown), but a major jamb in LA is a light day in Times Square.

Oh, and I was playing golf this morning in shorts. Nice day; like most of them.

BTW - that storm that covered the mid-south in snow and just buried the entire north east was our nice 5 day rain storm a week+ ago - filled the reservoirs and added 12 feet of powder to the ski slopes. The hard part in LA is deciding wether to go skiing at Big Bear or Mammoth, or go surfing at Zuma Beach (Malibu, 9 miles of wonderful Alfa roads away).

NaNaNa.

:),

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L.A. homicide rates have fallen to 1967 levels. LA Times says that for the first time in more than four decades we might end this year with fewer than 300 killings! Woohoo!!

We got more rain coming. I'm really not a big fan of rain right now.
 

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LOL. Glad tohear things are OK there. hey, My son is hoping to make a living there, eh?

I know its a divergence from this thread, but, hey whats the big deal, so I'll say this: Theres no perfect place.

Actually, hurricanes in the south?? weather men have gotten it wrong again this year with their prediction of 3 majors hitting the US. Didnt happen. Hurricanes ARE predictable, earthquakes are not. Earthquakes have killed way more people in the world history than windstorms.....no comparison. You guys are OK on the crime....I am aware of the gangs.

Biggest scary thing for S Cal: water. No brainer. "member back around early 1990's when each person had 30 gallons/day allotment??

Water-the next "oil". Dams are ageing.....many 40-60 years old. A few go back to the 1800's. Maintanence huge problem. One big storm, or more likely, even a small quake, and your dams can bust. Population pushing limits. Traffic is among worst in nation. Cali budget strained-crisis state. You are living in a desert, fellow members. Population pushing limits. Traffic is among worst in nation. High cost of living/dying.

LA area desert was designed by nature to support small populations .....Gabrielino Indians, who lived on pine nuts/squirrels. Didnt stress the nature there much.

Hehe. But, yes, the weather is nicer there in summer than, well, Florida brutal humidity.........No sarcasm.
 

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our nice 5 day rain storm a week+ ago - filled the reservoirs

NaNaNa.

:),

Robert
Hope those dams hold, Racer.

And, not sure about the "banning" of smog, as LA is the worst for particulates in air.

Golf is cool, but you probably have heard they are also among the biggest polluters/energy/water wasters in "per acre" basis in non industrial land use.
 
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