A shot of Century City (bank/finance/law district of Los Angeles) looking westward from the "Hollywood sign". Hope y'all have a safe and momentous New Year's Eve celebration, and a return to the top New Year! Weather's been kind of overcast- great for surfing, terrible for commuter traffic. Let it be known: People out here can't drive when their windshield-wipers are on, and they're epic pricks and bitches when they're off. Lose/lose all the way around. Take cabs whenever, wherever you can or any free shuttles that you might be offered. MetroLink trains and buses are a good deal, and so are LADOT services- which go everywhere you might wanna go. LADOT is cheap and free with MetroLink fare/stub. Wanna read something incredibly funny? Here's an excerpt, but read the whole article- it sums up Los Angeles and the surrounding areas in a nutshell during this holiday and football bowl season, and isn't spreading any lies!!! (Chris Erskine/LA Times) "In fact, you'll find that L.A. has only three directions, west (toward the ocean), east (toward the mountains) and "where the $&$#@&* am I?" (which is pretty much everywhere else). Here's another tip: If you can stay off the freeways (particularly the 5, the 10, the 110, the 134, the 405, the 210, the 605 and the 101) and the surface streets, you'll be fine. That's right, walk. You'll find we have a fine, ultramodern mass transit system, though it goes nowhere you'd really want to end up. It doesn't go to the airport, for example, or past the Rose Bowl (too obvious) or even to the beach (too much sand and sun). To paraphrase Yogi Berra, nobody ever goes to those places -- they're too crowded."