Friday, May 21, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – 70s – Mostly Sunny

Survived our smoky night at the Rodeway Inn room – the open window helped somewhat.

The included breakfast at this hotel is very modest – dry cereal, bagels, sweet rolls, and coffee.  The lobby (which is small) and the courtyard, which is usually filled with smokers, are the only two places to eat breakfast.  Today, we lucked out and the courtyard was empty.

The plan today is to attend the Library Minyan at Beth Am – this is the minyan that my late father-in-law, Louis, used to attend.  The minyan is very nice with a lot of exuberant singing and very good attendance.  The kiddush had the legendary Cholent.  We also had a chance to spend a little time with some folks from the past.

Our hotel is pretty close to CBS Television City, Farmer’s Market, and the Grove Shopping area, so a walk is indicated.  Just across the street, I recognize some familiar faces on one of the walls of CBS TV City.

CBS TV City NCIS (Small)

NCIS Poster – CBS TV City

We started first at the Grove and were met by a literal ocean of people – mostly girls in the 12 –15 year old category.  This should have been a clue to what had just transpired.  We asked one of the police providing security and he told us that a concert had just ended.  As it turned out, the Jonas Brothers had just given a free concert at the Grove and we were in the middle of the crowd dispersal.

Jonas Bros Concert the Grove (Small)

Jonas Brothers Concert Stage – concert ended just minutes ago

It was more difficult than we thought, but we did make it through the crowd and wound up in Farmer’s Market.  There are so many new stores in Farmer’s Market.  Some of the oldies are still there – DuPars Restaurant – but there are plenty of new and upscale eateries in the Market.  One of the neat things we ran across was a reproduction of a vintage Gilmore Gas Station.

Vintage Gilmore Gas Station (Small)

Gilmore Gas Station (18 cents per gallon – Jurassic Period)

Our route home took us through Gilmore Park (the site of the art deco theater in the Movie “Xanadu” and originally known as the Pan Pacific Theater).  This park will house the new Los Angeles Holocaust Memorial, which is under construction, and has quite a way to go to completion. 

Logging enough miles for the day, we returned to the room to do some reading and move to a different and smoke free room.  The room, just down the hall in this small hotel, has such a different feel because of lack of the smoke smell. 

A quiet evening…

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