There are a lot of bicyclists, which is a good thing since many of them do not wear helmets. I imagine there must be a high number of cyclists that do not survive accidents.
Speaking of high, 420 seems to be a way of life here. On Venice Beach they even offered medical evaluations to obtain a prescription for marijuana. What do you think? A couple of cancers, loss of weight...I think I could have been a contender.
Universal Studios was a little lame, but perfect for a 5 or 6 hour day. There really isn't a lot of ground to cover and there aren't too many rides or attractions. I think we hit just about everything, including the backlot tour which was kind of cool. What was decidedly not cool was paying $20 (in addition to the $148 for 2 admission tickets) to park.
Freeway driving isn't as scary as I imagined. Maybe if I didn't have my NYC girl background I would have been more overwhelmed, but I did fine. And I love the carpool lane.
The people here are polite and smile a lot. It must be the sunshine. Or the marijuana.