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Aug. 19th, 2006 @ 04:28 pm introduction
Hi. I'm not a musicologist. I guess you could call me a groupie. Bet you never thought you'd hear anyone say that.

My fiance, however, is going in to his second year of a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania (which means if any of you need a place to stay at AMS '09...). His concentration is 19th century opera (especially German). His user name is musicologist. He doesn't update because he's too busy playing Nintendo reading Foucault.

I just thought I'd say hi and see who was planning on attending AMS in November. If so, are you staying at the conference hotel?

LA Folks: Restaurants? Things to do? Things with which to occupy myself during the day? (that doesn't require a car...we're renting one but I am too chicken to drive in LA). Where exactly is the hotel? Is it close to anything or in the middle of nowhere?

We're in the final stages of deciding whether or not we can actually put the money out for this trip, so do you think it's worth it for a second year to show up? Why or why not?

Thanks, and nice to meet you all.
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From:morganlf
Date:August 19th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Century City is in a good area of L.A. for getting places. Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus will take you almost everywhere you need to go. Century City is 15 minutes away from Santa Monica and 15 minutes away from Beverly Hills and the other shopping districts around the area. Don't be chicken to drive on the streets of L.A. -- it's really not that bad. LACMA and the LaBrea tarpits are about 15 minutes away by bus (and near Beverly Hills if you're going that way). Santa Monica has some nice shopping districts as well as the beach.

There are many, many wonderful restaurants around. http://losangeles.citysearch.com will give you a good idea of what's good and bad.

It's definitely not in the middle of nowhere...it's in the middle of West Los Angeles.
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From:easter
Date:August 19th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Hi! Wow, I didn't know you were here. :)

Thank you for the info. Now I have a better idea of where the (really freaking expensive) hotel is. I'm vaguely familiar with Santa Monica and its buses, and am glad it's so close to the hotel. I have been in LA twice before and had to get from Pasadena to Santa Monica via public transportation. That was not fun.

By the way, are you going to be at MLA this year? If you need a place to stay, let me know. We're ten minutes from downtown by trolley.
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From:easter
Date:August 19th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Hi!

Ah, that's Richard. We've never met him in person, but I've heard nothing but good things.

You may have met us. We were down in DC and tended to all stick together. If one of the Penn people you met was tall with dark curly hair, that would be Peter.

Mind if I add you? Seems as if we have a lot of common interests.
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From:easter
Date:August 21st, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
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Thanks. Added.

Tim and Gavin! Everyone knows Tim and Gavin.
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From:brandipoo
Date:August 19th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
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You know I'll be there! ;)
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From:easter
Date:August 21st, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
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Fabulous! I was hoping you'd say that.
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From:trooper6
Date:August 19th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Should y'all show up? My advisor says that going to AMS is important in terms of professionalization and learning the sociology of the field. So he'd say go. Me? Of course I'll be there--I'm in LA, after all!

Driving in LA isn't bad. LA drivers are actually pretty good. Better than driving in San Francisco or Berkeley.

So what to do in LA? What sort of stuff do you like? There are museums galore, there are lots of movie theatres, there are scenic places to walk, there may be matinees to theatre performances. Shopping. Beach going. Touristy things like the Walk of Stars, tours of famous people's houses, the Hollywood Cemetary and what not. What sort of things are you interested in?

As for restaurants...there's a gazillion restaurants here too. From Ethiopian to Persian to Diner food to Korean...Brazillian, Cuban...one could go on and on and on. What sort of food do you like? Do you want cheap? Do you want Swanky? Do you want in between?

Give more information on what you're looking for and the passel of us LA-based folks will probably have a million suggestions...we're a talky bunch.
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From:easter
Date:August 21st, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
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Thank you. It looks as if we'll be heading out there...I look forward to meeting everyone!
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From:easter
Date:August 21st, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
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What sort of stuff do you like?

We've basically decided that we're going to show up. It's expensive, but important.

I like museums, but I'm also going to want to do a lot outside because it's going to be freezing at home by that point. Philadelphia in November is not a happy place and I anticipate wanting to soak up as much extra sunshine and warm weather as I can. I want to go to Santa Monica, Pasadena and the Getty if at all possible, but I doubt we'll have that much time. Any other suggestions?

We like any kind of food. Especially Asian. Swanky would be fabulous but as cheap as possible while still qualifying as "good" is realistic. Somewhere around $10-15 a person is probably a good range.

Talky is good. Peter is shy and I am...not. Well, I kind of am, but one of the two of us has to not be and I've been elected.

Nice to meet you! Feel free to add me if you're so inclined, etc. I look forward to meeting you, and thanks for the help.
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From:trooper6
Date:August 21st, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
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Okay...let's see. First off, I'd recommend against Pasadena. It's nice and all, but it is on the other side of the city.

So...I'd say stick West Side-ish.

So in Santa Monica, you could go to the Santa Monica Pier (http://www.santamonicapier.org/) -- it is outdoors, on the sea and there's a Ferris Wheel. The Pier is not to far from the 3rd Street Promenade...as sort of outdoor mall. Might be cool for you to walk down. Another way to go is walk down the Venice Beach strip. (Where Muscle Beach is...and lots of roller skaters...and tatoo shops)

I'm a bad grad student and have never been to the Getty...but everyone says it is super awesome. You could also hit the Hammer Museum...which is near UCLA. If you wanted to visit UCLA, you could visit Power library...also known as the library of UC Sunnydale from the fourth season of Buffy. You could jog a bit east and see the La Brea tar pits and the LA County Museum of Art which is across the street.

if you wanted to be touristy, you could also go to the Walk of Stars...which is also by Grauman's Chinese theatre. I personally was totally stoaked to see the feet of some of the silent film stars I love immortalised in the cement.

There may be interesting events happening...I'd pick up our free weekly news magazien the LA Weekly and just check out what is happening.

For evening time, I wouldn't be surprised if there were an opera on at the LA Opera.

As for food. Well...there are so many options. It's a bit crazy.

A lot of people like the Cuban place Versailles.
Some of my fave places to eat include; Natalee Thai, El Torito, Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine, Shamshiri Persian, Cafe 50s Diner food...yeah...when you get here, just email me.

I look forward to meeting you as well...I'll be one of the UCLA contingent...and probably wearing a bow tie.

I hope that helps and I'm always to give more help when you need it!

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