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 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

The Tiki bar thingie starts at 7:00 and will probaly go to 11:00 or so, depends on how long people want to stay. So anytime after 7:00. Come at 9:00 if you like!

I never know how many will come to these things, especially since it's on a work night for the local folks. I primarily started doing this mainly for people coming from out of town who don't have anything planned and want to get as much out of their visit as they can with the opportunity to meet and socialize with their film music friends. Last year it was just 3 of us, more in the past, but I already know of at least 7 coming this year and that's just because we are all friends and converse a bit on FaceBook. I didn't ask anyone to tell me if they are coming so I'm assuming there may be more who will just show up. Let's just say 10 people as a guess. It's better when it stays small anyway so you get a chance to really converse as a group and not be so spread out to where you can only talk to the people near you. It'll be fun one way or the other!

As to parking, that does really depend. Maybe a local can better answer that. I do know that the Beverly Garland charges $7 for parking although you may be able to find something on the streets nearby. Tiki No is parking on the street so no charge. For thses of us going to Stu Phillips's lunch valet parking is required, but free so only money for tips. In any case you should carry some cash for parking and the costs can vary quite a bit.

 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Well, found out today that I didn't get that job. Regardless, I will still be coming to L.A. later this month.

Regarding my post from last week, does no one have any ideas for cheap motels or places to stay in L.A.? Again, would love a place at or below $50 a night, any reasonably priced motel or lodging in the Santa Monica/North Hollywood area (possibly other nearby areas). Am considering the couchsurfing website as a last resort, as it would be free...

This may sound too "Jedi", but I go with the fate idea. I applied for about a hundred jobs trying to escape one that I despised. Every time I was rejected it was like an ice cold dagger into me. Later after I escaped I found that in several cases where I applied had later subcontracted out the work, went out of business, or were generally horrible places to work. The job I landed in is like peace and tranquility and the people are great.

I hope things go this way for you..

 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Thanks again for all the info, Mark! Wow, very helpful sir.

And ado, I appreciate your words of support. I can never have enough Jedi influence in my life, and I really do think you're right about things working out the way they do.

 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Thanks again for all the info, Mark! Wow, very helpful sir.

And ado, I appreciate your words of support. I can never have enough Jedi influence in my life, and I really do think you're right about things working out the way they do.

cool, you are welcome.

yeah, i have a feeling (the force perhaps) that it will come around for you.


 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

One of the reasons I was thinking of a motel in Santa Monica (in addition to Chris Young's party) is that I'm looking into a job in Malibu and may be spending some time in that area too, at the beaches and going hiking. A decent motel in Santa Monica seems it would be a good in-between from Malibu to N. Hollywood area. A motel in Malibu would be too far out.

The youth hostels in Santa Monica and Hollywood are always cheaper than hotels or motels.

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

This reminds me. Generally speaking, what's the best method of parking in L.A.? Parking lots, parking garages/decks, street/metered parking? I know it depends on the place in question and the area, but I was just wondering in general. Like at the FFM4 event at the hotel I assume there will be hotel parking. At the Varese concert Warner Grande I expect likewise for there to be a lot. Or am I wrong and you park on the street? What about a place like Tiki No? Should I just in general always keep change in my car for metered parking, or do they all accept the credit/debit cards? Should I always have cash just in case a parking lot/deck only takes cash for hourly parking or whatever?

When last I was there, it depended on the venue and location.

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Back to the question about how long a daily commute we would be willing to make. I always tried to live within 25 minutes of my job during most of my years in the work force, having been retired now for most of this year, and loved it when I was just 10 blocks from my office. I could turn off the alarm and be in the office in barely ten minutes, which was such a joy. I've had friends who had to drive an hour, sometimes even 2 hours, each way, which would be a nightmare. So, when possible, try to live pretty close to where you work!

 Posted:   Oct 23, 2013 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

tips and advice, general lifestyle recommendations, things to watch out for (good or bad), or just generally getting acclimated to the city and adjusting to the area.

How could I forget about this?

(Maybe I WANTED to forget it...)

Please warn your readers that an RSVP from a Southern California resident means nothing. I cooked for a week for a big holiday party, and seven of my 12 dinner guests--all of whom had RSVP'd "yes"--left me stranded up that well-known creek. One guest "didn't feel like driving," another "had to go to the movies" with her mother, a third said she had to do laundry.

or as the subtitle of the article put it:

In L.A., the Only People Who Keep Social Commitments Are Proper Hosts, Polite Guests and Other Losers

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