As Woody Allen once said, Los Angeles only cultural advantage may be that you can turn right on a red light (even tho for the reccord I got a ticket at THE red light where you cannot make a right turn in WeHo) this city has something unlike any other city on the planet.
Once you get rid of all the people around you whose only goals are to become famous for nothing ... it gets better. Things are not as bad as Lady Gaga thinks 'I don't like Los Angeles, the people are awful and terribly shallow' personally, I have seen those everywhere. It's just the world we live in. Of course the LA factor makes some people a little extra awful and shallow than other places but that is just the delusion kicking.
Los Angeles is what you make of it. It's a very creative city but just like everything in life it needs a balance so you have a concentration of gossip-related-businesses whose only purpose is to feed on other people's lives. The Greater Los Angeles is home of over 18 million people and since we do not live in trees and playboy-mansion-like-grottos (except for Hugh Hefner) it's a urban monster but to balance the city, mother nature had a plan, to contain us between the Ocean and the mountains.
This weekend, we drove to the beach for lunch, we relaxed, looked at the surfers, the water was crystal clear and since it is shark's season (not only on Discovery channel) fishing was banned, allowing the waters around the pier of Manhattan Beach to be packed with fishes.
After enjoying the beach we drove back home, because as much as I love the beach, I feel much comfortable swimming in this 'sea-life-controlled-mini-ocean' thing called swiming pool :-)
Just before arriving home we had the pleasure to be welcome by a deer family lunching in the Hollywood Hills. We never saw them that close and unfortunalty I think the drought is making wild animals searching for food in areas where it is not safe for them ...
We did had a few showers over the weekend but far from being sufficient to end this drought. Just enough to stage once again one of the most amazing sunsets ever.