10 things I need to do before I leave Los Angeles

I love LA and I plan to be here a while longer. That said, sometimes I wonder if I should move closer to my Rhode Island homeland to be closer to family and further from traffic. I’m still not sure. We’ll see. If you don’t have a love/hate relationship with LA, you’re probably not leaving the house enough. Last Saturday was National Coming Out Day and with all the traffic it seemed like EVERYONE left the house. Misunderstood holidays are a thing. Happy Columbus Day.

bronson bat cave

If I were to leave LA, my to-do list currently consists of the following:

  1. Visit the Thriller house. There are still a lot of tourist attractions that I need to check off the to-do list I made when I was still living in Rhode Island. This past weekend I finally visited the Bat Cave. Apparently Don Draper/Dick Whitman’s childhood home is right near the Thriller house, so this trip will be a twofer.
  2. Get some dim sum at Din Tai Fung. I’ve heard it’s good. I really just like the word “dumplings.”
  3. Rent a house with a pool in Palm Springs. Probably not during Coachella.
  4. Take a flight up to Bellingham, WA while I’m still a cheap flight away. My wife lived up there for a short time and loved it. Maybe hit Alaska too? I’ll need to get in and out quickly before the S.A.D. kicks in, that’s the reason I made my Doc Hollidayesque move out here in the first place.
  5. Go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour so I can get my photo taken behind Ellen’s desk. My mom loves Ellen.
  6. Finally visit Clifton’s Cafeteria when it opens. It’s going to reopen, right?
  7. See the Grand Canyon. This might be a “on the way out” stop.
  8. Visit the Getty Villa. Why not.
  9. Grab lunch at the Brentwood Country Mart. I’ve been there more than a handful of time, but I’ve never eaten at any of the walk up counters. Also, someone told me they once saw Eddie Van Halen there.
  10. Camp in Big Sur. I once bought a hacky sack at the general store there. Hm, maybe I shouldn’t leave California.

I’m going to keep adding to this list, but I feel like I’ve covered a lot of ground in my 8 years in Los Angeles. I’ve checked off a good portion of Caroline On Crack’s 100 Things To Try in LA Before You Die and my liver is proof of that. I’ll post a list of things I’ve done in LA that I’ve really enjoyed, but that will require some thinking.

No matter where I end up, I’m sure my first step into knee-deep snow will drive me right back here.