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Le Parc Suites in West Hollywood

April 20th, 2009

Le Parc is easily one of my favorite Hotels in the LA area.

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The above pic is not perfect but you can see that the room is huge.

I often staid at Le Parc Suites in West Hollywood even before they were on Hotwire, but now that they are.  I was able to stay there for less than $100 a night.

That’s an amazing deal for a Hotel where you might run in to a rockstar, like Kelly Clarkson who I met on my first stay there.

It’s also a great deal for a room that includes a kitchen and dining area.

 

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Couch and Sitting Area.

 

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Office Area.

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Powder Room.

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And a Very nice Bathroom with step down tub and shower.

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Le Parc also has Gnoll’s restaurant on site which is a quiet, nice dining experience with great service because it typically only has 4 people in the dining room which holds 20.  They also deliver to your room if you want to eat at the dining area in your room, or will deliver pool side if you like to dine on the roof.

Le Parc is one of the best places if you want to take meeting, or just unwind.  You don’t feel claustrophobic in their rooms, and being a few blocks in to suburbia off the main drag, it’s always quiet.  Unless you book the week that Def Jam rents most the hotel, but they have always warned me when I was booking during those times.

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The Dive that is Comfort Inn & Suites Lamplighter in San Luis Obispo

April 20th, 2009

I stay in a lot of nice hotels, but I also stay in a lot of cheap hotels.  Occasionally I get lucky and get both.  Several Mom and Pop Hotels off the beaten path have been $35 a night and bordered on Bed and Breakfast quality.

The Dive that is Comfort Inn & Suites Lamplighter in San Luis Obispo, CA is not one of those.

I checked in late at night it was about 1 am when I arrived at the Comfort Inn, and the attendant was nice, but it was all down hill from there.

I didn’t really check the room out when I first got there, or I might have decided to sleep in the car.

I did notice right away that the sink dripped and the drain plug was broken, but the drip, drip, drip that I was hearing was actually in the next room’s bathroom, so all night, DRIP, DRIP, DRIP, Woosh as the tank refilled.

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It wasn’t until the next morning I noticed how nasty the sheets were.

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Here’s a close up of that ugly stain.  I don’t want to know what it is, but when bleaching doesn’t take the stain out, throw away the sheets ok?  I have been in dives that at least cut the stain out and patched it.  Less than ideal, but didn’t make me feel dirty.

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And the shower.

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If the room were clean, it would still have been an expensive place at $75 a night plus tax.

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I don’t need much, but at that price the room should be clean and look pleasant.  At any price the room should be sanitary enough I don’t wake up, and feel dirty.

Comfort Inn & Suites Lamplighter in San Luis Obispo, CA apparently is remodeling some of the rooms according to locals, so maybe it is better on the other half of the hotel, but that is still no excuse.

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Love Sac Sactionals Modular Furniture

April 16th, 2009

I move a lot.  And I keep throwing away couches because as my space changes things don’t fit.  So I decided to invest in some furniture that was easier to move, easier to rearrange and would work in more spaces.

This is how I ended up with LoveSac. Charlie from LoveSac sold me my first 4 bases and 5 backs while at Sundance film festival. I’m now addicted and will likely be ordering another 2 bases and 2 sides, and maybe a full couch 3 bases and 5 sides.

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I have a picture on order for behind the couch (it looks bare in this picture), and the rest of the covers should be enroute but shipped from a different location than the bases.

Interestingly this all comes via fedex, and I could fit a loveseat easily in my Mini Cooper.  As you can see Nala is a big fan.

The LoveSac Sactional seems to be easy to remove cat hair from, and it sleeps well.  It’s low enough to the ground that things don’t end up under it.  My only complaint is that there is quite a bit of branding on it. Sure my TV says Samsung, and my my Xbox says Xbox, but the couch cushions have Love sac tags on the top, rather than the bottom where I could keep them hidden and are really sewn in so I can’t just pull them.

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Considering Driving Ferrari 430 Scuderia in the 2009 Gumball 3000

April 11th, 2009

So my good friend Chris hears I’m shopping Ferrari’s and says… How do you feel about one with a few miles on it?  I’m like Really? You think I should get a used Ferrari? Chris is doing ok, but he is cheap, as demonstrated by his shack near Pizmo Beach.  He says “It will be new when you first drive it”.

After dancing me around for a while he finally the other day told me what the deal is.  He is working on a Charity Auction to be Co-driver in the Gumball 3000. The starting bid is $400k Which is about $120k over list for this 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, and I was really thinking about getting one in White to Cut down on the Cop Stops… But you get to drive in the race, and the notoriety that comes with having had it in the Gumball 3000 is worth something. And this 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia is a tuned model done by Risi Competizione which adds to the value, and spending time beside Mika Salo would be awesome.

And according to the Auction site you also get:

  • Two seats at either their US Tour or Road and Racing events

  • Honorary membership with Risi Competizione

  • A complete set of racing gear (helmet, driving suit, gloves, shoes, etc.)

I did stop at the Seattle Ferrari dealer and look at this one.

2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia similar to the one I might race in Gumball 3000

Which weighs in at $302k so I’m doing the qualification for the E-bay auction, we’ll see what portion of the donation is tax deductible and if I can come out a head or close on this deal.

Oddly Diz is ok with this, I thought I’d get an earful of “don’t do that you’ll die”  Maybe she thinks she is on my life insurance policy…

I am also a supporter of Hole in the Wall Camps, as many of you know.

But if you don’t… Here is a bit about Hole in the Wall Camps.

The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps is a not for profit umbrella organization set up to serve existing Hole in the Wall Camps as well as camps in formation. Our mission is to extend the magical Hole in the Wall Camps experience to as many children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions as possible. www.holeinthewallcamps.org

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