Hotels, Camping and Coach-Surfing
Our month-long house-sitting gig came to an end just a day shy of putting Skye on a plane back to Georgia.
We scrambled to pack things up and get it all stuffed into the Rav. Along with the stuff we've been carting around has been several Burning Man items, including a new, used beater bike which now proudly rides atop.
After I finish with LAX, I'll have to head to the Valley to drop stuff off and maybe pick-up the camping gear.
I've had my fill of Los Angeles for a while. It's been great seeing friends, especially for Skye. And I've had a great time training jiujitsu at John Machado's Academy. And it has been incredible to be by the ocean again.
But the traffic....WOW!!!
I've forgotten how bad it is . And for a variety of reasons, I have had to be all over the city and couldn't just hunker down or figure out a way to bike everywhere or use public transport. Nope I've often spent more time in the car driving some 25 miles or so than on the road trip where I'd be logging hundreds of miles a day.
I would have just gotten my camp gear and lay low until Cindy and Skye rejoin me in a week, but I've actually got a few days of work and several aerial and staff spinning classes. So here I am.
All Packed-up with Some Places to Go
My job is in the Valley and my classes are on the Westside and Hollywood, so there is no ideal or central spot that makes the most sense.
I try to stay near the water because seeing the Ocean, running on the beach, those things make me very happy and give a good reason to endure traffic.
Booking.com makes it easy and typically has the best deals, or that's what I've found thus far. Although I might look back into Air B&B.
It's sort of fun having no idea where I'll end up.
It can get old for sure, but hey we've been going stagnate, staying put for almost a month.
So it's been 3 weeks without caffeine. Red Bull had become such an everyday need and now...
When I mentioned it to Cindy she reminded me that when we first met, she was surprised because I didn't drink coffee or tea or soda.
I first started drinking Red Bull when they would drop it off for free on the movies I worked on. It was part of a product placement strategy of theirs. They would literally leave us with cases of Red Bull.
I was a little pissed when they stopped giving it away for free. But I didn't stop. I was hooked. And those little cans are not cheap, but I figured they were around the same as a Starbucks, so I ponied up and continued the habit.
That went on for years.
And now after 3 weeks going cold turkey, I don't miss it.
Well I guess I miss it a little, but really I'm feeling much better without it.
I still have a lot of energy. I just have a better idea of the source.