Archive for July, 2012

2nd Annual L.A. River Kayaking Adventure

This was my second time kayaking on the L.A. River. Last year I was part of Paddle The L.A. River’s pilot program and I loved it. This year, two tour operators were granted licenses to operate river tours. Paddle The L.A. River’s dates sold out fast so my friend and I booked our trip with L.A. River Expeditions.

After we signed in and turned in our waivers we were assigned to our kayaks, PFD (personal floatation device, aka life jacket), and helmet. The sun was intense so I put my big sun hat on first to shade my face and neck and then put the helmet on top of that.

L.A. River Expeditions is very hands-on, do-it-yourself. We helped carry our boats in and out of the water and over rocky ledges. Between that and the paddling, we got a good upper body workout!

I wish I could describe the feeling when you first glide onto the water in your boat. It’s one of the most fun things ever!!! And seeing blue herons and snowy egrets up close from the water is amazing. I would love to be a river guide just so I could be on the water all day.

Can’t wait to go again next year!


The Last Days of F. Scott Fitzgerald

On Sunday, July 22nd, 2012, I went on a walking tour of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s West Hollywood with LAVA. Our tour leader was Adrienne Crew, who is President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Dorothy Parker Society and writes for LA Observed. She was a really good tour guide and provided lots of interesting information for each location.

Some of the places we saw on the tour were Fitzgerald’s apartment and the apartment of his mistress, Sheilah Graham, where he died in 1940.After the tour, some of us went to a deli on Sunset Blvd. that Scott and Sheilah liked to eat at, Greenblatt’s. I recommend the #3 on grilled rye. Too bad we couldn’t make a stop at Schwab’s for a Coke and some chocolate. It was torn down in 1988 to build a hideous shopping monstrosity.

Ray Davies at The Wiltern July 21, 2012

Opening band was The 88 and front man Keith Slettedahl is so much fun to watch. He plays a big guitar and wears glasses and has a way of standing kind of sideways to the mic and does all these kicks and slides and things with his legs and feet. Loved his voice. Need to download some of their stuff. Keyboardist Adam Merrin sits hunched over his keyboard and really gets into it, doing bicycle maneuvers with his legs and stuff. Lots of energy in those guys.

Ray Davies came out and sat on the stage with another guitarist, Bill Shanley. They did several acoustic-style numbers and then it was time for the full band, which ended up being the guys from The 88!!!!! I didn’t even realize until they were almost through the first song and then I’m like HEY!

Setlist is from this OC Register article.

I Need You
This Is Where I Belong
Dedicated Follower of Fashion
In a Moment
Sunny Afternoon
A Long Way from Home
Waterloo Sunset
Lola (Tease)
Dead End Street
‘Til the End of the Day
Where Have All the Good Times Gone?
I’m Not Like Everybody Else
20th Century Man
Celluloid Heroes
Come Dancing
You Really Got Me

Full Moon
All Day and All of the Night
Low Budget

I’m personally not a fan of the song Lola, but I’m curious to know why he didn’t play it.

I liked all the other songs. Really good show!