First Friday Round Up by Olga

Greetings happy people!

Hopefully all of you listened us and went to First Friday. Those of you who didn’t will know better next month. 😉

We got to First Friday late, despite my own warnings about having a hard time finding parking the later you get to Venice. We also lucked out and found a spot on Venice Boulevard only a few blocks shy of The Brig. Problem? If you’re going to be there past 11 p.m. Venice is not a viable parking option. (Remember? I told you to look at the signs when you’re parking!) Luckily, we were planning on going to weekly horror double-feature night at a friend’s house, so the curfew didn’t bother us.

I (finally) got a melt from the Grilled Cheese Truck, and even though we were in line for at least 30 minutes, it was SO ABSOLUTELY worth the wait. I got a plain, American cheese melt with tomatoes, and it was the best decision I’ve made since college. We also witnessed a glorious truck called to Tornado Potato (http://www.mytornadopotato.com/) and it was not only delicious, it was also really cool to look at. The only “but” is that the potato is a little hard to pull off the stick, but for $6, I’m not about to start complaining.

There were some pretty cool galleries open, and as always, the boutiques were wide open, too. If I was not poor-as-f*ck I would gladly have bought some scarves, a few dressed, and probably a pair of boots (or seven). The prices were reasonable and I will have to go back next month for some of the things I already regret passing over.

We didn’t end up at the bars last night, since we had further plans for the evening, but I can tell you this from my previous experiences. If you’re looking to hook-up with someone (especially really attractive someones) then the bars on First Friday are a really good bet. Everyone is really friendly, easy to talk to, approachable, and willing and able to go home with you, if you’re that kind of person. This is also a good place to go if you’re interested in spicing up your relationship and actually going out instead of wearing pajamas, eating cereal, and watching Fringe like you have been for the past three weeks. 😉

Bottom line? I had a really good time. There’s something to be said about block parties and friendly comradarie. I want to stress the fact that this is the easiest place I’ve been to in LA to make friends, talk to strangers, and meet new people.

All of that being said, last night we came across some folks trying to stop a ten-mile stretch of wetlands south of Marina Del Rey from being developed commercially. They’re trying to get that space turned into a wildlife preserve, and this is a matter of importance to me because I feel that Los Angeles does not have enough green space. Even the places here that are “green” or “wildlife friendly” seem commercialized in some way. I realize that’s part of the charm of Los Angeles, but I can’t help but feel the need to support this cause. To learn more about the cause please go to http://www.ballonafriends.org and if you’d like to write to city council about wanting to develop the wetlands as a continuation of the preserve, please send a letter or post card with a return address to:

Councilman Bill Rosenthal,
LA City Hall Rm 4
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Love,

Olga

P.S. Stay tuned for Steven’s update which will include pictures from last night and more food truck coverage.

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