When a person from the East coast reads reviews of California's Mexican restaurants and sees some mediocre reviews, the translation is basically: "this food is still waaaaay better than any Mexican you'd get at home. And it will be a quarter of the price." Even the ubiquitous roadside stands are better than 95% of the Mexican food available in Manhattan. Ah well. That good food is not completely globalized is one of the main reasons I am compelled to travel as often as I do.
hand printed sign on the wall said that if you sat for longer than 15
minutes, you'd be kicked out. And the smell of freshly fried donuts was
in the air. The man working behind the counter said freshly made
crullers would be ready in 2 minutes if we wanted to wait. It is no
exaggeration that that was one of the best donuts I ever ate. What IS
LA's obsession with donuts? I searched on Google, but all I'm seeing is lists of the best ones. Yes, but WHY? If you know why LA is obsessed with donuts, please let me know. I'm curious.
were we doing out after midnight, being the old fogeys that we are?
Well, we had spent several enjoyable hours at the Comedy Store. It was
open mic and here is how the end of that experience went down:
It was midnight on a Monday at the Comedy Store. As you can imagine,
the crowd was small. It was open mic night so there had been some good
comics and some duds, but we were having a good time, which was why we'd
stuck around for several hours. Anyway, this guy gets up and he sits
down on the stool and gets right up at the edge of the stage and starts
telling this long thing that i can't even call a joke about Batman. It's
going nowhere, but we're riding it out because it is amateur night
And then he gets pissed because no one is laughing and he
yells, "you're the worst fucking audience! It's just a bunch of dudes
out there and you still don't like my batman stuff!" And I threw up my
arms and yelled, "hey! I'm right here!" Now, keep in mind that there
were only 8 people in the audience and he could totally see me.
And then the talent wrangler yells from
the back of the room that this same thing happened the last time this
dude came on and the comic gets really angry and just berates us all for
the rest of his time slot.
So, that was interesting. Also, the MC had
encouraged talking up, which I certainly wasn't planning on doing until
this jerk heckled the audience, for crying out loud.