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Week in Los Angeles

It appears that despite what I thought before, the migration to my own domain didn’t go smoothly. Although I was sure I changed the feed details at Feedburner, somehow it didn’t stick, so email subscription (or perhaps feed readers as well) didn’t work – I guess most of you missed this post.

Hopefully, they’re working now (let met know if they’re not).

Just so this post will not be totally a meta-post, let me write a bit on what we’ve been doing here this past week.

Music – we heard a jazz concert by Hiromi’s Sonic Boom – I guess they can be classified as jazz, but it’s unlike other jazz you might have heard. Hiromi, on the piano, gives a very emotional show, and the other accomplished members of the band play well together. I can’t really describe the music so I refer you Google her (my web browser here is a shitty KMart browser so I can’t even find a sound sample for technical reasons).

Disneyland – what amazed me about Disneyland is the extreme efficieny it all operates. We’ve been there 9 years ago, and I rmemeber the hours-long lines to the rides. Now, you can get “fast-passes” to the rides – you go to an automated machine, gets a ticket that tells you when to come to the ride (within an hour’s range), you go at that time and hardly stand in line. Also, I think holograms have progressed quite a bit – we saw some convincing ones at the Haunted House ride.

Aquariam – we went to the Aquarium in Long Beach, pretty standard, except for the awsome diving birds (photos will come later), and the fact that you can pet some sea animals there including mantas and sharks! I also like the fact that several of the aquariums have waves, to better simulate some natural habitats. The large shark feeding was disappointing though – no real access to see anything interesting, unlike some other aquariums (The one in Eilat has better access, for example).

Santa Monica Beach – A quick stop at the beach. A lot colder than Israeli beach, bordering on the pacific ocean and not the shielded mediterranean sea. Nice waves – I think psychologically the feeling of bathing in the ocean is different than bathing in the sea, at least for me.

That’s it for now. We’ll probablly not have time for much more activies. We thought about going white-water rafting but it seems it’s several hours drive from here and we don’t really have the time for it.