My best friend just flew home after spending about a week with us. This is the friend who I told all about my abdl side a few years ago, so it's always interesting spending time with him since we always end up talking and joking about diapers. I haven't been able to make it to a munch out here, so I'm not able to interact with any other abdls, or even with anyone else, besides my wife, who knows about this side of me. I do miss the Boston ABDL Munch people, but I just don't have time to do it anymore. It's refreshing to discuss it, or joke about it, openly with him when he comes to visit.
While he was here we decided to take a day trip to Los Angeles to play tourist. Unfortunately for us, we went on one of the warmest possible days. So we're driving around all day in 100+ degrees in my 7 year old car whose AC just couldn't overcome the outside temps. We arrived in LA with a few destinations in mind and were able to hit all but 1.
We started off at the Griffith Observatory. I read that this is the best place to see the Hollywood sign since they cut off access to it from all other ways. Unfortunately we weren't able to see the shows in the observatory because we had our 1 year old with us and they don't allow anyone under 5. The observatory was pretty cool though, and the view of the Hollywood sign and the city skyline were pretty awesome.
After leaving the observatory we headed over toward the La brea Tar Pits. Let me tell you, that was a LONG drive through the city, and not the nice parts of the city. The tar pits, which aren't actually pits, and not even full of tar, were really cool. The museum was in need of an update, but it was interesting to walk the grounds and stumble upon some little pools of bubbling asphalt. The best part was watching my daughter laugh and repeat "kitty" over and over again while a person in a large saber tooth tiger costume was walking around during a show. My daughter loves our 3 cats, and that was one of her first words.
We then stopped for lunch at a place on Sunset Boulevard called Bossa Nova. It's a very good Brazilian restaurant in a not very good area. In fact, aside from immediately around the La Brea Tar Pits and the drive up the mountain to the Griffith Observatory, LA was a rather nasty place. Even the final touristy place we went to, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was very dirty, busy, and severely underwhelming.
I still kind of want to see the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Disneyland, but that will have to wait for another time. We actually had Universal Studios annual passes last year, since we love Universal so much, so we've been there.
Final thoughts: Los Angeles was very underwhelming and did not live up to the hype. I haven't seen it all, but after this trip, I don't know if I even care to.