My easy bike ride to work in Eugene: mostly along the riverfront bike path (no cars, no stoplights, dedicated bike lane), a few residential streets, cross two major roads. About two miles.
My "easy" bike ride to class in LA: all streets (many of which are as big as the two major roads I had only to cross in Eugene), frequently no bike lanes, ride on Santa Monica and Sepulveda boulevards (5 lane highways), cross two freeways. About five miles.
Riding my bike here is great. I feel like I'm in a high-stakes game of frogger, but with more sex appeal. In all fairness, the part of town I live in (Santa Monica) is very bike friendly -- dedicated bike lanes everywhere, lots of low-traffic (it's a relative thing, of course) side streets you can take. It's when you get closer to the UCLA campus that things get hairier. On a positive note, though, I timed my ride home today: 22 minutes, which -- considering it's a 4 1/2 mile ride with stop lights and the like -- is not too bad.
Exciting times. In other news, I have a few pictures of my apartment. The outside's not all that exciting, but here's the living room and kitchen.
And here's my bedroom, before and during the unpacking process.
Also, I've been taking a little time to explore the greater LA area. I haven't done too much yet, but I've taken in a few things. By far the most notable are the Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area and the Santa Monica Pier. The former is a park built around a series of old oil wells -- bear in mind, when you look at this picture, that this park is really right in the middle of LA (you can just barely see the ocean on the horizon). The Santa Monica Pier is basically a mini amusement-park -- it jets out into the pacific for a thousand feet or so, and has shops and a roller-coaster and other touristy attractions. Coincidentally, it's only about a mile from my house.
Anyone out there have suggestions for other interesting things to see/do in LA? Other than the Getty Center. I already know about that one.