Down, down, down / by LD

...And down the rabbit hole we go.

What began as an innocent perusal of one of my three favorite bridges in L.A., the Shakespeare Bridge, quickly turned into a veritable Internet orgy, hosted by my mistress Wikipedia. 

To wit: 

  • The Chateau Marmont in Hollywood was designed and constructed as earthquake proof. And yes, I'm packing up my entire life as we speak. You can find me in room 417. *
  • There is a "fantastic jumble of rocks in Los Angeles County" called the Devil's Punchbowl. Read more about it here
  • Okay, it's official. I want to go to The Magic Castle. (What's the Magic Castle, you ask? Well, it's a world famous club for magicians and magic enthusiasts, of course. THEY'RE ILLUSIONS, DAD.)
  • There is an offical Mariachi Plaza, and I am already planning my visit. 
  • Though apparently it has been closed since 2006, there was (and might still be) a Dome Village near Staples Center where homeless people (who rejected the idea of more traditional shelter-style housing) lived.
  • Though it's now a WaMu bank and a strip mall, this is an interesting story about what existed before they "paved paradise and put up a parking lot." 
  • Why haven't I explored Palos Verdes yet? I don't have a good answer, but the Wayfarers Chapel will be my first stop. 
  • The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel is egregiously overpriced
  • Ever wonder what names mean? Here's a list of the etymologies of place names in L.A. For example? Wilshire Blvd. is named after Gaylord Wilshire. Oh, of course. Because Gaylord Boulevard doesn't roll right off the tongue. 
  • Where am I going to be on Sunday, May 17th 2009? Well, here of course. 
  • So you know the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off? You know how Ferris' house was supposedly in Chicago? Well, it's not in Chicago. It's in Long Beach. Here, specifically. 

*That is a completely made up room number.