December 26th, 2004

buzzed, B&W

Christmas In LA

So, I came out to LA to be with my family for Christmas. My original flight got canceled due to all the snow in the midwest, and I got out here late on Christmas Eve. While I wasn't expecting it, we ended up opening presents about an hour after I got out of the airport (probably about 10:15 PM).

Anyway, today we were down in the Venice Beach area, and while everyone else went to the movies (my brother and my step-sister went to see The Life Aquatic, the kids went to see, and a few of the adults went to see House of Flying Daggers, I went for a walk in the area. I went down to the pier, watched some street performers, waded in the surf a bit, and then walked around a bit more. The one thing I really liked was being able to walk around and just observe all the diversity of the area. It's amazing to be able to walk around, see all the diversity, hear the cacophony of voices, and just all the different groups, which is something I definitely don't get to see/hear in Montana. I noticed all this diversity at the airport too, when in the baggage claim area the signs were in English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish. It's also a bit weird to be hanging out, and hear Korean while people walk by (LA county is around 12% Asian).