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Some of you asked me to do a trip report about my recent Jeopardy audition - so here goes!

I've taken Jeopardy's online test a couple of times, and this year I got an email inviting me to audition for the show on June 6th in Los Angeles. Providentially, Southwest had a great sale that coincided with my travel dates, and I found an inexpensive car rental with Enterprise.

I left Tuesday, June 5th. My Southwest flight was sold out, and I was offered a seat on the next flight plus a $100 travel credit. But since I was on my own and I had some things I wanted to do in LA, I declined. Thankfully, the majority of the passengers got off at our stop in Las Vegas, and though the continuing flight was crowded, it wasn't bad.

Enterprise was quick and efficient. I rented a Ford Fiesta, which was fun to drive. It came with satellite radio, but that stopped working after the first day - sort of weird.

Tracys2cents mentioned you could use www.yelp.com to find restaurants within a mile of your destination, so I spent some time compiling a list of places I wanted to try. After spending some time driving around Westchester and Playa del Rey, where Mr. Pickle and I met and used to live, it was lunch time.

I traveled down Culver Blvd. looking for a Korean restaurant called Destini Cafe, but it had apparently changed its name, so I decided to visit my second choice, the Burmese Market and Cafe on Sepulveda. I drove past it several times before I realized it too had changed its name to the Jasmine Deli and Halal Meat Market. Fortunately I had change, because I'd forgotten how often you have to pay to park in Los Angeles.

This place is inexpensive - my lunch was about $7 - and delicious. I had lamb curry, vegetables in a korma-like sauce, and really tasty fresh naan. There was a really spicy salad with shredded cabbage, veggies and some kind of chile, too. I like chile, but my mouth was begging for mercy after a couple of bites!

After lunch, I checked into the Rodeway Inn on Washington for the night. It's a small property, but it was just right for me - clean, comfortable, quiet, and inexpensive. I called home to let people know I had arrived safely (my dad, who lives with us, was worried about his little girl being all alone in The Big City) and headed back out.

The weather was beautiful both days of my visit, and I really enjoyed my trip up to Santa Monica. I didn't have a lot planned, but it was nice to see some of my old haunts as I drove. I spent some time at a really nice yarn store, Wildfiber, on 14th Street, and had a very tasty latte at the Funnel Mill on Broadway before I headed down toward the beach.

A couple of people recommended Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica, and I decided to have dinner there. It's a pub/restaurant/gift shop about a block from the beach, and they were offering a special Diamond Jubilee tea, which sounded perfect as I wasn't super hungry after my lunch. Tea, of course, with a small sausage roll, a mini-quiche, tea sandwiches, and a delicious little scone with clotted cream and jam. I ordered a Pimm's to go along with my meal, and had a lovely time sitting out on their patio reading The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge. :-)

On to the actual audition in the next installment!

Lee Ann

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