Sunday, June 08, 2008

Walking L.A. #18 - High Tower and the Hollywood Bowl

Before the walk, we stopped for breakfast at the Mar Vista Farmers Market getting omelettes and French toast from Cafe Laurent. Two good friends who were visiting from San Francisco joined us today.

The first part of the walk was interesting. We walked through the Hollywood Heights neighborhood which is just south of the Hollywood Bowl. At the center of this hillside neighborhood stood a tall elevator tower known as High Tower. The tower is closed to everyone except residents with a key, so we had to climb many cement staircases to get to the top. This was a challenge considering we had our baby and stroller with us. Luckily my friends took turns helping me out. One of the things I liked the most about this neighborhood was that many of the homes were accessible only by footpath. This gave it a quiet, neighborly feel similar to places I've seen in Europe.

The next part of the walk took us to the famous Hollywood Bowl. There were no shows going on and the bowl was open for people to just walk in and check it out. We walked to the boxed seat area, took a seat in one of the boxes, and dreamt about how nice it would be to attend a concert or show in one of the boxes eating cheese and sipping wine.

The next walk is Whitley Heights and Hollywood Boulevard.

Walking L.A.: 36 Walking Tours Exploring Stairways, Streets and Buildings You Never Knew Existed

Monday, June 02, 2008

My Twitter Account Has Disappeared!

I was about to Twitter just now and for some reason Twitter wouldn't let me login. I tried visiting my Twitter feed page at and Twitter responded with the message "That page doesn't exist!". Figuring that Twitter was just down, I tried a friend's page, and that page loaded just fine. In the "Following" section of my friend's page, I noticed that my picture was missing! Next I tried to reset my password, and when I entered my email address, Twitter responded with "Oh, snap! We couldn't find you!".

What is going on? Is my Twitter account really gone and my data lost forever? I know they have had problems scaling recently, but losing someone's account is way worse than having a temporary outage. I submitted a support ticket and also posted a message to Get Satisfaction. Let's see what happens... If this doesn't get resolved, I am just going to give up on Twitter which will probably make my wife happy.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Walking L.A. #17 - Carthay Circle and South Carthay

There wasn't anything that exciting about today's walk which was a little south of last week's walk in the Miracle Mile area. We explored 2 of 3 neighborhoods within a residential district called Carthay: Carthay Circle and South Carthay. Our book says that these neighborhoods are in the Miracle Mile district, but Wikipedia says Carthay is its own district. Both neighborhoods contain HPOZ's for their architectural integrity and cohesiveness. The styles include Spanish Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival. I can't think of much else to say about this walk.

The next walk is High Tower and the Hollywood Bowl.

Walking L.A.: 36 Walking Tours Exploring Stairways, Streets and Buildings You Never Knew Existed