LA Trip (better late than never)

I'm just getting around to posting a few pictures from a business trip to the LA area (Long Beach specifically) way back in May. The pictures are from the couple hours I took in the evenings for sight seeing. All in all, it was a good trip, though I'd be perfectly happy never passing through LA International Airport again.

First comes a few pictures from Shoreline Park, in Long Beach. It's on the southern part of town, where a river meets the ocean. The Queen Mary dominates the riverside, and there are lots of trails, palm trees, and restaurants.

The second set is from Sunset Beach. It was apparently a bit early in the season still, and it was relatively chilly and windy. It was pretty empty, with more of last year's litter than people. Even so, there was a dolphin, and a pair of determined surfers in the water.

Next is Huntington Beach. This day was much warmer, and so there were lots more people. Given the crowd there already, I can't imagine what it would be like in the height of summer. The pier was nice, with almost as many fishing lines dangling from it as there were people on it. Even those hooks didn't seem to deter the surfers. It was warm enough to stay for a nice sunset, and a couple beers at the Huntington Beach Beer Company (I'd recommend both the beer, and the fish and chips).

The timing of this post is a bit odd, since, as most of you probably know, I've been laid off from GE. The situation isn't too bad, though, because I've already accepted an offer of a position at another company. More on that later. Hope everybody is having a nice summer.


I feel differently about LAX.

Despite it being one of the top 5 busiest airports in the world, I think it is laid out extremely well, logically set up, and one of the best spots to have a layover.

Alternately, DTW reeks of smoke as soon as you step foot outside, the terminals are laid out in a somewhat unfathomable manner, and is one of the most boring airports to have to wait in for any extended period of time.

Although, I may use different ranking criteria than others, by far and away, my favorite terminal so far is DEN, which has a simple if not efficient layout. It is also one of the cleanest and most beautiful airports from an architectural standpoint.

I am glad you had a bit of fun in LA, however - I think I am too chicken to go exploring around without my 9.

Yeah, I avoid Detroit in general whenever possible, not to mention the airport. Admittedly, LAX wasn't so bad once I got past the security. It just wasn't built for the level of screening you have to go through now. The lines went out the door and down the sidewalk, and that was just for domestic flights. I was just glad I didn't have an international flight.

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