good morning from the sunset strip


it. is. so. delicious. to. be. HERE!


we watched dawn come up over los angeles with a great deal of awe and much silence. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

a perfectly peaceful night’s sleep. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

a quick glance at the chandelier to say good morning.


as you know.

we are suitably attired for the sunset strip. viewer-1

and writing-writing-writing in the new moleskine (#146, if you’re curious). viewerand – for the first time since the dreaded plague hit us – we SWAM!

yes, it was barely after 0730 hours in the morning.

yes, it’s not that warm (but, hey, it *is* January).

and yes, everyone stared at us as we merrily made our way with a slow yet elegant breast stroke up and down the Pool overlooking the twinkly morning-ness of los angeles below.

and – we shyly admit – we were still coughing a bit – but oh! OH! it was bliss.

but now real life (who are we kidding? we wouldn’t know RL if it presented itself on a silver salver with a hand-written note that said “real-life”) intrudes.

so – how to get a driver’s license when the first appointment is not until Jan 24th – we need to get a car lease – but we probably can’t get a car lease without a California driver’s license and we probably can’t get a driver’s license in exchange for our NEW York license because that one expires on feb 8th (the last date of the last Visa) but we DO have an employment card which does not expire until August 2013 – and yes, we wait for the green card – but it has not yet been awarded/arrived – and we’re Pretty Sure you don’t get a lease for a car when you only Officially have seven months left legally in the USA.


not exactly a major issue – and, we agree, a Quality Problem.

but unless we want to catch the bus or the metro (which we have done – the former – but not yet the latter) – we need a car.


we do like the one we have in the parking lot right now – it’s a rental – um – something silver and chrysler and convertible and lovely-to-drive

but we can’t keep the rental (far too spenny as one used to say in england).

not sure what to do.

but we’ve noticed that by putting it Here, some magic seems to happen.

darlings – you are delicious for reading this – we’re going to get ready now and take a little walk down the sunset strip before checking out and (gasp!) heading to our new apartment.

which we could probably spot from this window looking out from the Mondrian but we have the Haziest idea of geography.

it’s all terribly exciting.

yes, there Could have been more planning.

but we’ve noticed that sometimes it’s best to just jump in and stuff sorts itself out.

and if not, one goes to the movies.


hello, los angeles. #weareback


we had Quite intended to go Directly from Palm Springs to our new apartment in Los Angeles (and Greg had so kindly prepped a care package and a blow-up mattress and linens and Everything so we can camp there for a bit.)



there was a setting-off-from-Palm-Springs at a Reasonable Hour and then horribly delayed by a very bad accident (no! not involving us, thank the gods) which held up the Traffic back MILES AND FOR HOURS and we gave a pause and a deep almost sob-like gaze as the cars snaked past the accident scene for we are sure no one survived it – there were six firemen standing seemingly helplessly by the overturned car and if there’s one thing you don’t want firemen to look; it’s helpless. 

(respectful pause).

safe to say we took a Long Time getting into Los Angeles and kept remembering things we would need to buy to camp out there at the new apartment (while our stuff is in a Truck heading West for the next 7 – 10 days, depending on whether it goes via Chicago or Texas or SF with flowers in its hair).

and (to share honestly with you as we do like to) we are Not really quite well enough to have Done That Drive (we can be awfully willful tis true) and so there were Tears and angst and – oh gods – there’s no way to say it without seeming like a Total Princess.


we called the Mondrian and we’re here.



quick last minute Travel(l)er’s tip.

most (pretty expensive) hotels have a room that is designed (Very Cleverly) for people with disabilities but they can’t rent it out unless they have someone who will properly appreciate it – which is either someone for whom it has been Designed OR someone clever like us who says “have you rented it out and if not, is there a special Rate” (because there always is….)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

so here we are – with a cup of tea and a fruit plate (welcome back to L.A, darlings) – and a STUNNING view over the twinkling lights of the city. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAit took us a while to find the television (this being a Starck designed hotel and all) but we Thought the Giant Mirror contained something so we kept looking for a button or a switch and finally made it work.

not that we’re going to Watch it because with a view like this, one might better spend one’s time gazing upon it and feeling grateful and nibbling on a piece of pineapple, sipping tea and generally getting awfully moist around the eyes because we’re home.



now. it. begins.