After driving through this hot and crowded city in pursuit of an elusive paycheck, I drove down Hollywood Blvd. for the first time in a while and what did I see but two reality shows being filmed, a lot more fans crowding in front of the Mann’s Chinese than ever before, including spillage over to the Kodak Building, which used to see no action, and a vibrant tourist season in full swing. Driving over Laurel Canyon Blvd. and into Studio City what should I pass but three bikini clad girls being photographed in the middle of Ventura Blvd. It’s funny and surreal all at once. Rush hour? Three half-dressed girls bending over? Emma, who was with me, kept saying “OH MY GOD!” And it was worthy of that.

Unfortunately, I had no camera with me to record this tawdry event. I hope someone somewhere did.