2011 Jul 15 | The Mint open bar from MetroWize, driving around, newspaper ads

Aw, SF2:CE isn't on. That was one of my favorite games ever.

One of my favorite things about Cali is the colored sidewalk border to let you know the parking rules.

"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You would never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience." - Mitch Hedberg

I wanted Dairy Queen, but I forgot how rare they are out here. The closest one was in the Burbank mall.

There was a nice big outdoor area with lots of shops.

Neat cross.

I'm sure someone has Live2Die, so this is nice adaptation.

That's a little weird.

Aw, poor little dog was running on the road. Thankfully he wasn't squished.

$2 movies? Oh yeah, that's my kind of theater.

Sometimes the traffic indicator on the navigation is a little goofy. For example, it says this road is red...

... but it's wide open.

That's my kind of sign.

M for Moreno Valley, I'd assume.

Smart sign.

Pretty building.

"You know what's sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don't care where you are in America, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there's some violence going down. If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they're lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is 'Run!'" - Chris Rock

Except this one is actually really nice.

A bit of a traffic jam, although it's mostly due to a very long light.

Welcoming you with a traffic jam.

I don't think putting a sticker that says "Candy Vending Machine" makes it so.

A neat little retro shop.

Aw, man, missed it. Wings for a year? I wonder if people slept overnight in line for that.

Might be good to know if I ever find out that the Metrolink is better than driving.

MetroWize, a website about local events, sponsored a hosted bar at The Mint.

The two girls in red dresses were constantly running back to the bar to refill their free shots.

BLVD provided the music.

That's an interesting stamp.

This was annoying. There were a ton of cars parked here, and they all got tickets, including me.

The ticket said it was because it was a passenger loading zone. However, the sign clearly states school days.

And this sign clearly states there is no school. So I'm definitely contesting this one.

Oh, come on, this is annoying. My phone died, so I plugged it into the car. However, it apparently has to build up enough energy to even start up, which takes about 10 minutes.

I'm surprised that got through the censors. I mean, it's basically saying "homosexual," which isn't bad, but M4M has a rather dirty, Craigslists-personals connotation.

San Gabriel is one area that is extremely Asian.

All of the shops have Asian signs.

Cool tree.

I like these skinny ones, but they're a bit overdone here.

A neat little building with lots of medical offices.

What's he going to do with all that OJ?

This is kind of pretty, except I could hear the wires crackling. I don't care what the studies say, I'm not gonna stay here and get brain cancer.

I highly doubt she does a job that requires her to wear boots like that. Well, except for this sign.

I love how you can print at FedEx straight from a USB drive.

Except that all of the copiers are halfway out of toner.

A shipping store right by the Post Office. Which on the surface seems silly, but I'm sure they get a fair amount of business from people who get sick of waiting in line at the Post Office.

Gotta love duct tape.

Cool, a new Cirque du Soleil. And the cheap tickets for the preview show are only $33, not bad.

That's so cute.

You don't see many doctors advertise like this.

Then again, if I looked like her, I'd probably do it, too. Not to mention it's for medical marijuana, so I don't think those patients have the highest standards when it comes to the professionalism of their doctors.

I wonder how many of these people are actually really good at massages and how many just look pretty.

Ooh, haven't seen that before: 2 girls, 4 hands.

Haha, great name for a topless cleaning service.

$2 clothing sale every Saturday and Sunday. Might have to check this place out some time.

This is really cool. The bushes form a thick fence with an opening in the middle.

This counts a fruit, right?

Buy 10!?? Honestly, unless you're having a huge party, those are going to sit around a long time.

Cool idea.

Another pretty entrance to a house via foliage.

The Miracle Mile area.

I like the sabre-toothed tiger statue.

La Brea tar pits.

The front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Another set of medical offices in a neat little building.

Ooh, that's confusing, especially because they're both two-way streets.

A three-lane road with no dividing lines. This is actually rather scary.

One of my favorite things about parking in LA is that there will be two parking spaces, then a no parking zone for a few feet, and then it repeats. It makes parking while driving forward much easier so you don't have to back in.

Hmm... what could that mean?

Ah, he's parked right in front of this, so I'm guessing Playa Del Rey King.

West Coast Champs 2011? But you'd need another C in there. Hmm.

OK, this one I just don't know. It is on a green bug, but still, that's weird. And XO?

Rather pretty view of the city.

What an annoying license plate frame. "'Well...I love my children.' Fuck you! Everybody loves their children. Doesn't make you special." - George Carlin