I had arrived in Downtown LA already late in the evening of day 2 after the power shopping experience in the outlet center – I had booked a hotel directly in the financial district for the third and fourth stay in LA. In the evening of day 2, I only walked around the block a bit, and although it is supposed to be safe, I have to admit that it is kind of scary in the dark (I guess I have seen too many movies playing in LA…).
On day 3 I tried again my luck to get a pre-paid SIM-card for data service and finally found a shop that sold me one without having to buy a cell phone. It took the guy there almost an hour to get my Google Nexus One phone running with the “Simple Mobile” provider network, but now everything is set up for one month unlimited online everywhere, it also works great with Android’s mobile hotspot functionality for the netbook.
At about noon I eventually had the chance to walk around in LA Downtown. The weather was again quite foggy, and this time it did not even clear up until late afternoon. There is not so much to see in LA Downtown, so I was able to visit the most interesting places in a few hours (Disney Concert Hall, Pershing Square, Angels Flight Railway, City Hall, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument with a brief private tour, Union Station, Grand Central Market, Jewelry District). After a little rest in the hotel I went out again to buy some box office tickets for the play “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams in the Mark Taper Forum, which seems to be one of the most important playhouses in LA. Until the play started, I went out for a short glimpse on Chinatown and Little Tokyo, and had a melting pot meal eating “Japanese Taco” in the latter. The play was quite funny and well-played, but a bit long-winded (almost 3 hours) and the broad Mississipi accent was a bit too exaggerated.