Friday, February 25, 2005

i heart LAX

Jonah at LABlogs focused his weekly LA Insight on LAX. My answers follow.

1. Anything you like about LAX?
2. Anything you hate about LAX?
3. Parking at LAX, any tips/secrets?
4. Given the choice, do you fly out of LAX or one of the other Southland airports?
5. Food finds, are there any, and have you ever tried or wanted to try Encounter?
6. If LAX was a region of Los Angeles, what would it be?
7. Did you know that you can't mail anything from LAX? I didn't, until I tried to drop some bills off on the way to a two week vacation in Costa rica.
8. LAX Expansion, have you been following it, do you care?

1. I like the way it is laid out. Easy to navigate, easy to drop off and pick up. Other terminals around the country have done a very good job of sucking the romance out of travel, not LAX. There's something about the approach, whether you're coming from Lincoln, Century Boulevard, the 405, the 105, or a plane about to land - it reminds me of all the places that I still haven't seen (in and out of L.A.) that I want to see, or it inspires me to revisit favorite places, whether physically or while I zone out in LAX traffic. The place is full of promise.

2. Like anywhere else - rude, self-obsessed people with an incredible sense of entitlement jabbering on their cell phone while behind the wheel of the car directly in front of you.

3. Don't park there. Take a cab, take a shuttle, take the metro, have a friend drop you off. I don't mind taking my friends to LAX or picking them up, I doubt I'm the only one who feels that way. So I guess my tip is to find a friend who likes LAX as much as I do.

4. I've flown out of John Wayne, Long Beach and Burbank, but I prefer LAX. It's easy. But with JetBlue flying out of Burbank in May, I may have to give that a try.

5. I had dinner at Encounter a while back with a friend who had to review it. I don't remember much about the food, but since the manager knew we were reviewing the place, they made sure that we were good and liquored up. The view, the ambience, the service, the staggering amount of free booze - wonderful. I don't remember much of anything else. What I do remember shouldn't be recounted online.

6. Huh?

7. No, I didn't know that. What else can't you do at LAX?

8. Haven't been following it. I read something a while back plans to open up another airport somewhere in the Valley. Great idea.

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