I have a pet theory that you can tell a lot about a city by paying attention to its signage. So I like to keep my eyes open when I’m in a new place and take pictures of things that strike me as especially interesting. When I was down in Los Angeles, here are a few of the signs that I saw:
Yes, you really can get plastic surgery on Rodeo Drive:
Here’s a 90210 sign:
What’s unusual about that? Well, I also saw an different 90210 ad with the letters sideways, but it looked like the actors had been photoshopped into the second ad with the same poses. Ah, here we are:
That’s just distracting. They could have at least changed the poses around a little bit. Let’s see, I also visited a book store in Los Angeles. When you buy a copy of Beowulf, you get a script book from the movie:
Fitness appears to be a big activity in L.A. and they offer some exercise workouts that you might not find in other cities:
You have your pick of:
- Indoor cycling
- Pole dance workout
- Abs and sculpt
I also saw a “Stunts Unlimited” sign; that’s a business you’d probably only see in L.A. I headed to the beach and enjoyed walking along the boardwalk when I saw this swimsuit sign:
It says “Come in and having the best price bikini for men and women.” But possibly the sign that took my fancy the most was this one:
It says “Organize a teeth whitening party and get your teeth whiten FOR FREE.” I’ve heard of things like botox parties, but that was the first time I’d heard of a teeth whitening party.
Please don’t take these pictures as mean-spirited; L.A. was a ton of fun and an amazing city to explore for a week. I just took pictures of things that grabbed my eye as I saw them. A few of the other fun things I noticed:
- near the Beverly Center, I saw fruit vendors with vibrant multi-colored umbrellas.
- a huge boat parked on the street with a “for sale” sign in the window.
- L.A. has a ton of Land Rovers compared to Northern California.
- someone wearing a hipster shirt that read “MySpace makes work fun.”
- the funniest street name I saw was Cattaraugus Avenue.