Not surprisingly we encountered a goodly amount of traffic on our first day back, a Friday. Especially when we dropped off our little trailer up in La Crescenta and headed toward the beach to see the beautiful Pacific.
Even after growing up in LA, I still can't get over how much traffic there is. And it goes on and on for miles, in just about every corner of the city, with very little pattern or rhyme or reason.
But when we finally did make it to our old stomping grounds, and took a walk out onto the pier and then dined at the Whaler, the traffic became a bump in the road.
The Fit Expo is a massive gathering of all types of people in the physical fitness arena.
There were body builders, strong men, cross-fitters, juijitsu players, yogis, Zumbanistas, and so much more.
Everyone was out selling their wares and strutting their stuff.
I definitely suffered a bit of culture shock, being away from LA and the spray tans and silicone and.....
It was an interesting day, because there was really nothing there that was unknown or innovative to me. I've been making a study of this world for a couple of years now and been involved with it in one way or another since I was in my teens.
It's been a long time coming, but I will soon jump into the mix.
High on the list of priorites on this visit to Los Angeles, was connecting with friends.
I've been training in Brazilian Juijistu for a while now. So when I met Efrain a few years back as one of the only other home-school dads that showed up regularly at park days, you can imagine my surprise when I found out that he to trained in BJJ and with some of the people I started with way back when. Since Skye has started training recently, it was a no-brainer to make a point to get to the Brentwood Club where Efrain trains along with Cindy Omatsu. Cindy was a blue belt when I started and is known for being the first Asian-American and first woman outside of Brazil to be promoted to black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What better person for Skye to get a lesson wit?
It was great to see Ef and Cindy as well a couple of other people I'd rolled with in the past. A great vibe and nice place to train.
I met Dave while I was out at Burning Man and he led me through and amazing yoga session out there on the Playa.
We exchanged numbers and became Facebook friends. But as we are rarely in LA these days, I didn't know when I would see him again.
Turns out he teaches a class not to far from where we're staying . So I hauled Skye along to take his Introductory Ashtanga Yoga at the Reincarnation Station!
And what an introduction it was. I was dying, Skye was flying. Doing so much better than I was. It was intense and so much what we needed.
Just around the corner from where we're staying is the Silver Lake reservoir for which, I assume, Silver Lake is named.
There's a fairly decent running track around it, that Skye and I have done a couple of times.
There's also an awesome set of stairs on the way that I wish I had a little more time to tinker with, but as you can see, we are jamming a lot into our LA visit.
Not really at all. Cindy and I went to the SDSA (Set Decorator's Society of America) 20th anniversary party. I walked and took the bus which was pretty cool.
It was an amazing time and wonderful party. Wow. We've been doing this for a while.
So many friends and stories.
And I won a $100 gift card in the raffle. I won a prize at the last of their events I was able to attend. Unfortunately that time it was a gift bag of make-up which I gladly shared making sure I got a little mascara applied before giving all of my goodies away.
It was a full week to say the least and I just barely touched the surface.
Go Big or Go Home.
What does that mean when you don't have a permanent residence, AKA home.
I guess just