Only in LA: The swimsuit issue

IMG-1.jpgWell, that was going to be the theme. But, owing to budget considerations, I've had to limit my layout to a shot of a cuddly couple from the 1920s, a period in which the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce sent out goofy, staged photos to newspapers around the world. As though anyone had to be persuaded that L.A. was goofy.

Back to our usual format


When I saw the "99" price on a drink menu, I thought perhaps it was a typo. Surely, it was Buck-a-Maggie night, right? No. The Avalon Grille on Catalina does indeed offer one type of margarita for $99.

Why so much? One waiter explained that the concoction includes a rare tequila and an antique grand marnier (mariner IS a typo on the menu.)

And does anybody actually buy one? "We sell maybe 3 or 4 a week," the waiter said. "It's usually a guy trying to impress the girl he's with."

Funny thing about Catalina

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These aren't bumper cars!

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A beautiful day to stay inside

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And who gave "casino" its modern connotation?

"Las Vegas," said Porschia.

Ah, summer in So Cal...

A winged chariot, spotted by Elmar Baxter...


Being on the look-out for ocean-going vehicles on the freeway...


Yard sales that are, uh, big...


Facing that weekday morning dilemma (snapped by Elaine Gardner)...


Yes, it's a great time of the year.

But stay alert


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